Thomas Franz

Published March 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, the district’s Education Foundation will host its annual Taste Fest event, and on Saturday, March 25, its Coalition for Youth and Families will be hosting its Parent Saturday event.

Taste Fest is the primary fundraising event for the education foundation, which offers mini-grants to teachers who want to make purchases for or develop programs that would normally not be funded by the district.

The foundation grants in excess of $20,000 annually to teachers, who must apply for the funds.

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Published March 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Residents in communities that are part of the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District, or MIDD, now have a clearer view of how much of a financial impact they will see in order to fund repairs to the Fraser sinkhole.

On March 15, the Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that pledges the county’s full faith and credit on drain bonds by a 10-1 vote. It effectively authorizes the MIDD to issue up to $240 million in bonds for funding repairs to the sinkhole.

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Published March 15, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — In front of an emotional courtroom March 14, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced a Macomb Township man to at least 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge earlier this year.

Jerald Boozer-Brown Jr., who was being represented by Richard Glanda, initially tried to make a motion to withdraw his plea and go to trial, but Faunce denied the motion.

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Published March 15, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An automotive plastics company is eyeing expansion in Macomb Township.

CIE Automotive already has two locations in the township and one more in Shelby Township, and it is looking to add a distribution center in Macomb Township in order to dedicate its other locations to manufacturing.

A representative from CIE wasn’t available to comment for this article, but the expansion was the subject of an agenda item during a March 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published March 15, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last November, Chippewa Valley Schools approved the polling of district residents by a public opinion firm to gauge how residents feel about a possible tax increase to fund a bond plan for improvements to the district.

The election is May 2, and based on findings presented by Bernie Porn, of Epic MRA, to the Board of Education March 6, residents seem to have a favorable opinion of the proposal.

The poll, conducted Nov. 19-22, interviewed by phone 400 residents who live in all areas of the district.

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Published March 15, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Fire Department worked nonstop as a day-long wind storm blew through Michigan March 8.

The storm brought wind gusts in excess of 60 mph to the area and caused more than 800,000 DTE Energy customers across the metro Detroit region to lose power.

A report from the National Weather Service stated the highest wind gust measured locally was 53 mph at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. A gust of 68 mph was recorded at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last November, Chippewa Valley Schools approved the polling of district residents by a public opinion firm to gauge how residents feel about a possible tax increase to fund a bond plan for improvements to the district.

The election is May 2, and based on findings presented by Bernie Porn of Epic MRA to the Board of Education March 6, residents seem to have a favorable opinion of the proposal.

The poll was conducted Nov. 19-22 to interview by phone 400 residents who live in all areas of the district. 

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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The drama group at Chippewa Valley High School is tackling a new set of challenges as it prepares for its spring productions of “Clue: The Play.”

The show that is based off of the board game and 1980s movie is giving students an opportunity to portray violent murderers with an element of dark humor.

That is a sharp contrast from its production of “Rosie the Riveter” last spring, said drama club chair Nick Marinello, but the students have embraced the challenge and are ready to perform a very different type of show.

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Published March 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new residential development is about to begin construction on the east side of Card Road, just north of 22 Mile Road.

Riviera Ridge Estates will be a development of 57 single-family homes featuring at least three styles with prices starting at $330,000.

“We have all brand-new floor plans,” said Sandro Palazzolo, a builder with Newmark Homes, the developer of Riviera Ridge. “We’re using a lot of the open layouts, a lot with dual islands in the kitchen and a lot of the modern ideas, like rear covered patios.”

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A professional a cappella group from Sweden will soon be making its way across the pond to perform at Chippewa Valley High School.

“The Real Group” is a five-person a cappella group that will bring its talents to the high school for a concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

Olivia Ferguson, a teacher, accompanist and collaborative pianist for Chippewa Valley’s choir department, said The Real Group features jazz a cappella music, but also sings familiar pop and classical tunes, frequently in English and Swedish.

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Published March 8, 2017

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CLINTON/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After gaining approval from state and county officials, Chippewa Valley Schools officially has a bond proposal election set for May 2.

The proposal’s ballot language can now be found on the Macomb County Clerk’s website, and it details the purpose of the bond and provides information about the financial impact on residents in the district and on the district itself.

If approved, the bond program would create $89,950,000 in funds for Chippewa schools, and it would increase property taxes on district residents by 0.5 mills.

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Published March 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A professional a cappella group from Sweden will soon be making its way across the pond to perform at Chippewa Valley High School. 

“The Real Group” is a five-person a cappella group that will bring its talents to the high school for a concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

Olivia Ferguson, a teacher, accompanist and collaborative pianist for Chippewa Valley’s choir department, said the Real Group features jazz a cappella music, but also sings familiar pop and classical tunes, frequently in English and Swedish.

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Published March 7, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A case involving a 62-year-old Macomb Township woman charged with second-degree murder is heading to circuit court.

During a Feb. 28 hearing at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, Julie Chimelak was deemed to be competent, meaning that the case against her could move forward.

Chimelak faces the charge for the fatal shooting death of her husband, Ronald Chimelak, 75, on Nov. 25, 2015.

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Published March 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Along 24 Mile Road between Card and Foss roads, sits more than 200 years of Macomb Township history.

A 1-acre cemetery contains the family names of Hall, Foss and Card, all of which are names familiar to the township and its history.

Gravesites of soldiers who fought in the Civil War can be found there along with a couple of individuals who were born in the late 1700’s.

For about the past seven years, one township resident has taken up the responsibility of maintaining this plot of land.

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Published March 7, 2017

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CLINTON/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After gaining approval from state and county officials, Chippewa Valley Schools officially has a bond proposal election set for May 2.

The proposal’s ballot language can now be found on the Macomb County Clerk’s website, and it details the purpose of the bond and provides the financial impact on residents in the district and the district itself.

If approved, the bond program would create $89,950,000 in funds for Chippewa schools, and it would increase property taxes by 0.5 mills on district residents.

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