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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 September 16, 2013

UTICA — The City Council Sept. 10 unanimously approved the installation of two ‘No Stopping, Standing, Parking’ signs near Flickinger Elementary to decongest traffic problems on McClellan Street and Remer Court.

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Published September 11, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a federal grant awarded to the Shelby Township Police Department, Shelby parks are now under pole camera surveillance. The security measure stemmed from incidents in and around Shelby Township parks involving mostly vandalism, but also inappropriate activity.

“It’s definitely going to be a set of eyes in the sky for us to protect all of our residents, especially since the biggest thing in Shelby is vandalism,” said Joe Youngblood, director of the Shelby Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department.

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Published September 11, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The position of library director has been vacant since David Conklin’s departure May 10 to head up the Genesee Library District, but, come October, a new face will lead the Shelby Township Library.

“I’m excited to get a library director here as soon as possible,” said Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis. “(Conklin) had a great skill set, and we’re looking for someone like him who can take up a library the size of Shelby and make things happen with a very limited budget.”

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Published September 11, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 25, around 30 miniature snapping turtles began emerging from their shells at the Stony Creek Nature Center.

Park interpreter Aaron Yilmaz was excited when, in early August, he caught sight of a large female snapping turtle he estimated to be at least 11 years old digging in the ground just outside of the nature center’s windows near the soon-to-be butterfly house.

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Published September 11, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It’s official: Shelby Township will be host to the JVIS-USA headquarters building, a global company whose annual sales are $320 million and growing. The development will bring $143,000 in revenue to the township over the next 12 years, as well as 75 to 100 new jobs.

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Published September 9, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s River Bends Park is now host to a unique type of recreational activity. On Sept. 5, the sound of laughter, small talk and jovial heckling, mingled with the dull thwack of paddle on Wiffle ball, filled the park.

The name of the game is pickleball, and, according to Ray Snay, a U.S.A. Pickleball Association ambassador for southeast Michigan, it is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.

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Published September 4, 2013

Police are conducting an investigation into the death of 2-year-old James Nelson, who was discovered Sept. 3 in a blue Dodge Caravan on Marmoor Drive in Dequindre Estates Trailer Park, near Hamlin and Dequindre Roads.

Police said his mother’s roommate discovered the boy at around 5 or 6 p.m. strapped in his car seat in the rear passenger seat. The unlocked minivan was in the driveway in front of their trailer and its windows were rolled up. She called 911 from a neighbor’s residence as residents were trying to administer medical attention at the scene.

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Published September 4, 2013

UTICA — A Warren man racked up a total bill of more than $35,000 using fraudulent credit cards at the Utica Sam’s Club and businesses in neighboring cities, according to a police report.

A Secret Service agent contacted Utica police Detective Gregory Morabito Feb. 13 to see if the Utica Police Department would be interested in prosecuting the case, and Morabito agreed.

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Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Business, fashion and networking opportunities heated up under the roof of the Cherry Creek Golf Club’s banquet center Aug. 28 for the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce’s third Sizzle with Style luncheon.

Announcers Alan Vine, of Advantage Apparel, and Carolyn Martin, of the Village of East Harbor, introduced the local businesswomen and commented on their outfits.

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Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Prompted by a letter from Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham to Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, township officials responded to concerns regarding the county’s assistance with the Shelby police budget.

In the letter, Wickersham expressed that he received many inquiries from members of his office, the law enforcement community and a media reference to the county providing police services to Shelby.

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Published September 4, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — All of the 86 units in Building B at township-owned Shelby Manor Senior Housing are now refurbished, and new fire detectors with lights and louder alarms have been installed after a fire displaced nearly 100 seniors last Nov. 17.

In the spring, the development re-opened 36 units, and 30 seniors returned to Shelby Manor. With the nine-month lapse before the rest of the building became inhabitable again, only nine more seniors are returning.

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Published September 4, 2013

UTICA — It is that time again: St. Lawrence’s Applefest, Utica’s largest event, is rolling into town for its 21st year Sept. 6-8.

The festival is a huge fundraiser and community-building endeavor that attracts tens of thousands of people during its three-day span and benefits St. Lawrence School, its athletic programs and the parish, itself.

With free parking and admission, the event is a popular family destination.

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Published August 30, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The clerk’s office sent notification letters and reissued voter registration cards to more than 20,000 Shelby Township residents after a series of precinct changes, which stemmed from one precinct nearing its maximum voter capacity.

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Published August 28, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If the Shelby Township Board of Trustees approves a tax abatement at its Sept. 3 meeting, a large manufacturing development will begin to take shape at the Cherry Creek Corporate Park at Shelby Parkway on Investment Drive.

JVIS USA, a manufacturer of a variety of mostly automotive parts, has an agreement with developer Eugene D’Agostini to build a $4.1 million, 100,000-square-foot building that will create 75-100 new jobs, pending the tax abatement approval.

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Published August 28, 2013

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