Sarah Wojcik bio image

Sarah Wojcik

C&G Staff Reporter – Royal Oak Review


Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers the cities of Royal Oak and Clawson, as well as Royal Oak and Clawson schools, for the Royal Oak Review. She covered Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News from 2013 to 2017. Sarah is a graduate of Oakland University. She has won four Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published March 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Department of Public Works Director David Miller estimated that approximately 10-15 percent of Shelby Township water consumers — up to 10,000 people — get their water from a private well.

Groundwater Awareness Week is March 9-15, and it is important for citizens to take care of their water wells because they are their personal responsibility — Miller said the DPW does not maintain private wells.

Read More

Published March 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The retirement of former Police Chief Roland Woelkers in late January created a vacancy in the top position at the Shelby Township Police Department.

At a work session Feb. 10, the Board of Trustees and Human Resource Director Lisa Suida interviewed the single candidate for chief, Capt. Stephen Stanbury.

Stanbury was the only qualifying candidate out of the three command officers who applied for the position, as determined by the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

At roughly 6 a.m. March 5, during the Shelby Township Police Department’s shift change, the department received a call regarding an industrial accident.

The accident occurred at Colonial Plastics, located on Filomena Drive, near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads, and claimed the life of a 23-year-old Washington Township man, police said.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

UTICA — Through Wish Upon A Wedding, teams of wish-granters donate professional services and products to provide couples facing health problems with a wedding that includes everything, except alcohol, free of charge.

So far, Wish Upon A Wedding has granted more than 60 weddings and vow renewals for individuals with terminal illnesses and other life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation, since its inception in 2010. The organization has handled two weddings in Michigan, including one for a Utica couple.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Board of Trustees is determined to keep the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in all of Shelby Township’s elementary schools, despite finances threatening the program’s existence during the past several years.

With the Shelby Township Police Department trying to save money and avoid future budget deficits, the board unveiled a challenge to local businesses to fund the D.A.R.E. program Feb. 26.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

C&G Newspapers

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 18, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Sterling Heights for shared plan review and inspection services between the two communities’ building departments.

According to the agreement, either municipality can request personnel services of the other, based on a formula in which no costs are incurred because the number of hours used by each community remains balanced.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A nearly 7-acre parcel of land, located on the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, has been a source of contention between nearby homeowners and the property owner for more than a year.

While zoned as single-family housing, Tony Penna, legal counsel to property owner Girolamo Vitale, proposed that the township rezone the property to allow for multifamily homes and an office building.

Read More

Published March 5, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two of six wooden bridges along the trail that runs east of Dequindre Road, between 25 Mile and 26 Mile roads, and into Stony Creek Metropark must be replaced for safety.

On Feb. 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $7,500 project by ASTI Environmental to prepare a wetland delineation assessment, and develop and submit a permit application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Read More

Published February 26, 2014

UTICA — At approximately 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10, police were dispatched to Maria’s Catholic Supply, located on Van Dyke Avenue, between Hall and 21 Mile roads, for a report of stolen donation money.

The clerk told police that a clean-shaven white man with a stocky build, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a stocking cap and army jacket, took about $40 cash from a donation jar at the front counter.

Read More

Published February 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Under the township’s sidewalk ordinance, property owners adjacent to public sidewalks must keep sidewalks free and clear of accumulations of snow, sleet, ice and water.

Building Director Tim Wood said the township itself has been struggling with snow accumulations and unnatural snow banks created by plows that obstruct public walkways and intersections, but that there are repercussions for those who do not maintain vigilance.

Read More

Published February 26, 2014

PONTIAC — Two friends got together in 2009 to launch Spotlight for a Cure, an organization that hosts an annual talent show fundraiser to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), which performs research, facilitates programs and support for those with HD and their families, aiming to raise awareness.

The show, now in its fifth year, will take place at the historic Lafayette Grande Ballroom in Pontiac and will feature at least 12 acts, a house band, celebrity judges, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and raffles at 7 p.m. March 8.

Read More

Published February 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Retirement was the door that Jerry McCloud, 65, of Shelby Township, needed to pursue his passion for cars and indulge in a ground-up restoration project that will be displayed for all to see at the 62nd Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center March 7-9.

McCloud’s son-in-law’s father discovered the now refurbished 1965 Ford Mustang fastback in race red that had been sitting in a garage for 16 years, and McCloud enlisted the help of more knowledgeable acquaintances in his quest to turn the car into his dream vehicle.

Read More

Published February 24, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In large letters on his Shelby Township storefront window, Jeff Scheuer, 49, of Rochester Hills, congratulates Erin Hamlin, the first American Olympian to medal in singles luge and the first female American to medal in luge at the Olympics.

The window of Mattress To Go, located on Van Dyke Avenue, between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads, reads, “USA ERIN HAMLIN WINS LUGE BRONZE.”

Read More

Published February 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center’s spur-of-the-moment programming, founded about three years ago, kick-started the new year with a snowshoes and survival program Feb. 7.

Park interpreters hope to host a spontaneous program once a month for events that  the interpreters cannot plan for a certain time and day, such as salamander migration and frog mating in the spring.

Read More

Newsroom tweets

Tweets by C & G Newspapers journalists
Reporters' opinions are their own and retweets do not equal endorsements.