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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Published February 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP —  Dedication, craftsmanship and artistry are at their peak at North America’s oldest, largest and most prestigious custom car and hot rod show March 7-9 at Cobo Center, which draws enthusiasts from all over the country and more than 150,000 spectators.

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Published February 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A diverse group of more than a dozen writers, among them half a dozen published authors, gathers weekly at the Shelby Community Center to share their writing, critique each other, stay on track and find inspiration.

The group, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, is always welcoming new members and garners a weekly attendance of 10-12 people. Members’ genres range from poetry to biographies, fantasy to essays, and six-word stories to adventure.

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Published February 19, 2014

UTICA — On Feb. 11, the Utica City Council unanimously approved a five-year master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department that will guide the city through 2018.

A driving force to update the plan is that the state only disperses parks and recreation grants to municipalities with an active, approved five-year plan, and the city’s last plan was updated in 2007, according to Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Director Stephen Cassin.

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Published February 19, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kelley LaBonty, founder of Detroit Animal Welfare Group, said she never received a single complaint until last summer, when a neighbor complained about her having seven dogs.

Township Attorney Rob Huth said the neighbor contacted the township through the subdivision’s homeowners association president and raised the concern about a large number of dogs and a possible safety issue because there are children in the neighborhood.

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Published February 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Now in its eighth year, Shelby Township’s 24-hour cancer research fundraising event has been growing steadily. The theme for this year is “rock out cancer,” so teams will be decking out their campsites in a rock-related fashion.

Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and benefits efforts to fight all types of cancer. This year, the Shelby event will take place from 10 a.m. May 17 to 10 a.m. May 18 at River Bends Park. Participants walk around a track and camp out overnight.

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Published February 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When a long-time Shelby Historical Committee member moved to Troy, the committee sought a replacement for him after the Shelby Township Board of Trustees mandated that he could not continue his term with the committee.

Member Victoria Hill recommended her friend Ashley Florence, of Shelby Township, and committee chairman Clendon Mason said Florence’s résumé and contributions at the few meetings she attended beforehand pleased the group.

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Published February 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — “Don’t throw away your notes” could be one lesson learned on a local woman’s journey to publishing her first book.

R.C. Matthews, 44, of Shelby Township, conceived the idea for her romantic comedy, “Little White Lies,” while living in Cologne, Germany, in 1997. A year and a half ago, she rediscovered the first two chapters, notes, research and a floppy disk in a binder while cleaning her basement.

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Published February 12, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With history-making snowfall in the month of January alone, this winter is one for the record books. School closings, frigid temperatures and traffic congestion wear on many Michiganders.

This January, the National Weather Service listed a record 39.1 inches of snow in the Detroit area. The previous record of 29.6 inches occurred in 1978. With an average temperature of 16.4 degrees, last month also holds the spot as the sixth-coldest January on record. At press time, temperatures dipped below 0 degrees for a total of 11 days.

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