Thomas Franz

Published March 6, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Statements made in lawsuit filings by legal representatives of former Macomb Township Supervisor Mark Grabow conflict with statements made in a motion for dismissal by representatives of Macomb Township.

Grabow filed suit against the township March 3, alleging that the township’s Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act and also public policy during a Dec. 21, 2016, board meeting.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With record high temperatures blanketing the metro Detroit region recently, golfers around the area took advantage of a rare opportunity to hit the links in the middle of February.

At least two golf courses in Macomb Township, Sycamore Hills and Cracklewood, opened for business the weekend of Feb. 18 and remained open for much of the following week.

As temperatures soared into the mid-60’s under sunny skies, hundreds of golfers flocked to each course to get an early start on spring.

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Published March 2, 2017

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Every math fan’s favorite holiday, March 14, or Pi Day, is coming up, and a local author has published a novel about how the idea of Pi can be a metaphor for life.

Bianca March, 40, of Macomb Township, published “Searching for Pi” last year, and she is going to be offering the book for free in celebration of the upcoming Pi Day holiday.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Firefighting wasn’t Jim Peterson’s first job, but it was always his dream job.

Eight years ago, Peterson decided to turn that dream into reality.

A former member of the military and a plastics molder by trade, Peterson joined the Macomb Township Fire Department as a paid, on-call firefighter.

While often working 50 hours per week at his day job, Peterson frequently staffed a 2-6 a.m. shift with the Fire Department. This past December, Peterson was promoted at the Fire Department to become a full-time firefighter.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The first phase of a widening project for North Avenue between Hall and 21 Mile roads, is set to get underway this weekend.

Macomb County Department of Roads officials said that North Avenue will be closed down between Hall and 21 Mile beginning at 7 p.m. March 3 through 5 a.m. March 6.

The reason for the closure is to replace a culvert that stretches the length of the road, just south of 21 Mile Road.

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Published March 1, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a pair of homes were broken into in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 in Macomb Township.

The home invasions occurred just blocks apart in the Willowood Subdivision, near 22 Mile Road and Romeo Plank. Authorities said in each incident, the homeowners were home and sleeping when the thefts occurred.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Officials from Macomb County’s Community Mental Health program urged state legislators during a Feb. 17 forum to address funding problems for services they provide to residents in need.

The issue at hand is that CMH has already lost 14.4 percent (about $18 million) of its Medicaid funding since April 1, 2016, and it is expected to lose another $12.5 million in funding starting this upcoming April 1.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three juveniles have been charged for several incidents of throwing rocks at vehicles in Macomb Township and Shelby Township.

The incidents occurred this past November, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reportedly received a complaint on Nov. 19 that a vehicle was driving on 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township when its windshield suddenly shattered.

A man and his 16-year old daughter were in the vehicle, and the shattering glass led to the daughter’s hands being cut.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of Macomb Township businesses were recently recognized by Macomb County officials for having unique programs in workforce development and diversification.

At the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14, county officials recognized R&E Automated Systems with a “Champion of Workforce Development” award, and Baker Industries for being a “Diversification Leader.”

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 44-year-old Chesterfield Township man who is already facing charges for second-degree criminal sexual conduct has now been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that James Beck faces the charges after an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old Macomb Township girl in early February.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci has retired from a position in the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Bucci was an operational services manager in the department and was placed on paid administrative leave by new Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller Jan. 3.

Macomb County Corporation Counsel John Schapka confirmed Bucci’s Feb. 14 retirement and said that Bucci will be eligible to receive pension benefits.

Bucci did not return requests for comment on his retirement, and Miller’s office declined to comment.

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Published February 14, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Mal Forys never thought he would one day participate in a muscle car show like Autorama.

To have a car worthy of being recognized at nearly the top of a class seemed even further out of reach.

However, that all changed a few years ago.

Forys, a retired Chrysler worker of 41 years and Air National Guard veteran of 30 years, bought himself a Dodge Challenger in 2009 as a retirement gift to himself.

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Published February 14, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new sport is coming to the Chippewa Valley school district.

A boys lacrosse program will play its first games this spring, and it will be a unified team of students from Macomb Dakota and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

The Chippewa Valley Board of Education approved the new program during a Feb. 6 meeting.

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Published February 14, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools has unveiled a new website designed to educate student-athletes on how to improve performance while avoiding harmful activities. 

The district’s “Life of an Athlete” website started up Feb. 7 before a crowd of administrators, coaches and student-athletes in the district’s administration building.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP— After receiving approval from the state treasury department a week earlier, the Chippewa Valley Board of Education gained approval from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office to hold a bond proposal election May 2. 

Voters will decide whether to approve a project plan priced at $89,942,125. It would raise taxes on a home valued at $200,000 by $50 per year.

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