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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Macomb Matters February 2022 Issue 80

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Message from Mark


The team at our Macomb County Human Resources and Labor Relations department likes to say that serving the community is our career - and I think that’s the perfect way to summarize our jobs. As public servants, we work on behalf of the residents of our 27 municipalities. Whether this means responding to an emergency, or helping a local business apply for a grant, we’re here to provide important services and to meet the needs of our population. So I’d like to start this message by saying thank you. Thank you for our continued dedication to our community and for your unwavering support of our residents. 

Just this last month I saw that commitment in action at our Department of Roads, who dealt with snow, slush and ice around the clock to ensure the safety of motorists. And because of these efforts, this team received the coveted Channel 7 “Jimmy Award" on February 18. As challenging as it is keeping up with road construction, maintenance, plowing and patching, they are doing their best on behalf of all who travel our roadways and I’d like to commend them for their actions. Thank you Bryan and the entire team at the department.

I’d also like to highlight Macomb Community Action and the organizers of the 32nd annual Walk for Warmth. The virtual event, which runs through February 26, raises funds that support emergency grants and heating assistance programs – initiatives that keep the heat running in hundreds of homes across Macomb. Over the years, this event has helped thousands of individuals and families and none of that would be possible without the creative and committed folks at MCA.

All this to say, we have an incredible workforce here at the County. I am proud to be a part of this team and feel honored that I get to come into work here every day.

So thank you again. Take care and stay safe,





Employee Focus

Eric Dimoff


In this edition of Focus Macomb, we highlight Eric Dimoff, an employee of the Department of Roads. Keep reading for insights into Eric’s role at the county and how he spends his free time.

How long have you been with the county?
I joined the team at the Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) in the summer of 2019 – in the middle of a busy construction season!

What is your current position and what do you do?
I serve as the department’s public information officer, coordinating community outreach, public relations, media relations and communications activities for MCDR.

You are the person behind the scenes promoting/communicating updates from the Roads Dept. What led you to this career and what are some of the challenges you face?
I changed my career path multiple times early in college until I enrolled in a public relations writing class – and I was hooked. My first job out of school was an internship at a full-service communications firm in Lansing, which eventually led to a full-time role at the agency. The time I spent there was invaluable, allowing me to work for multiple clients and issues related to education, energy, entertainment, gaming, government, health care, manufacturing, professional sports and transportation. Other career experiences have enabled me to develop and hone strategic, tactical and technical skills to manage the opportunities and challenges that accompany communicating about our roads.

Roads are something the public is passionate about – and so are we. We understand the challenges businesses, residents and motorists face on the road ways. From potholes and construction zones to traffic and adverse weather, the Department of Roads works relentlessly to ensure we maintain a safe and drivable road system for all Macomb County motorists and visitors.

What have you found most rewarding about your career with Macomb County?
Working with our local municipal partners to discuss community priorities and exploring opportunities to strengthen our transportation system together is very rewarding. From identifying community needs to project planning, local communities are an integral part of MCDR’s mission to effectively deliver quality road and bridge projects, services and information.

Briefly describe your education/alma mater.
I am a graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!) with a degree in communications.

Briefly tell us about your family (pets count too!).
I was born and raised in the Lansing area but my family is originally from the Metro Detroit area. After joining the Department of Roads, I relocated to St. Clair Shores with my fiancé Anne and our dog Gibson (named after our favorite Spartan and Detroit Tiger). My grandmother still lives in Macomb County and she regularly reminds me about the great job MCDR does when she sees our trucks on the road!

What do you like to do outside of work?
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, traveling, enjoying local eats, attending sporting events and collecting baseball cards (yes, it’s still a thing and I’ve been enjoying the hobby since I was a kid!).

Briefly describe something you are passionate about, a philosophy you embrace or a topic that matters greatly to you.
I’ve always been a firm believer of empowerment and enabling people to pursue their goals by providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed – both personally and professionally. I’m forever grateful for the leaders I worked with early on in my career and look forward to helping others reach their goals.

Your recent MSU proposal/engagement was featured on the local news! Do you have wedding plans yet?
My fiancé and I were in East Lansing for the annual rivalry game between the Spartans and the Wolverines – we all know how that turned out. A Local 4 WDIV news crew happened to be on campus at the Sparty statue where I was planning to propose. I asked the camera man, whose name was also Eric (small world!), to act like he was taking a picture of us in front of the statue. Long story short, I proposed, she said “yes” and the moment made the nightly news. It was a storybook weekend, with the Spartans capping it off nicely with a victory! We don’t have any wedding plans yet, but stay tuned. Who knows, maybe WDIV will attend the wedding!



Employee Accolades

Macomb Community Action presents CERA program results in statewide meeting

Julie Hintz and Mary Frontiero recently presented their CERA (COVID Emergency Rental Assistance) program experience during a statewide meeting for the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. The pair shared their successful strategies and tactics around landlord engagement so programs across the state could learn best practices. Congratulations to Julie, Mary and the entire MCA team for their work on the CERA initiative.

Jack Latour recognized for a good deed in feature story by the Macomb Daily

Jack Latour, an employee of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, was recently recognized in the Macomb Daily for his efforts to help a friend. The friend, Shawn Gulley, is a quadripoligic, a disability Jack was familiar with after having dealt with temporary paralyzation due to an accident. The pair bonded over their experiences, and together realized their shared love of hunting. Due to his disability, Gulley had not been able to go hunting in years. Latour made it his mission to change that, finding Hunt 2 Heal in Big Rapids. The pair were able to go hunting at the start of deer season, and together, they bagged an eight-point buck.

“He was just ecstatic when he was there,” said Latour. “It was so rewarding. When we got that deer and he started breaking down and crying and can’t even wipe away his own tears, you think of what a man like Shawn has to do on a daily basis that we take for granted.”

"Most people know Jack as a cop's cop,” said County Executive Mark Hackel. “But as you can tell by his actions, he truly is a compassionate person. That's why he has had such a successful career in law enforcement.”

Is there someone in your office who deserves a “pat on the back” for an outstanding achievement? If so, please let the Macomb Matters committee know about it! Email with the details.



New Hires/Retirees

The Macomb Matters Committee would like to congratulate Sandee Moore, Debbie Bogan and Gary Cutler on their retirements after many years of service!


Sandee Moore

How many years have you been with the county?
I started at Macomb County in 1988, working at the Macomb County Road Commission (now the Department of Roads) as a switchboard operator.

Tell us about the different positions you have held during your time with the county?
I’ve held a few different positions during my time with Macomb County, including the human resources, right of way and traffic departments at the Department of Roads. Here’s a fun fact. For many years, I was also known as the department’s chief holiday decorator!

What will you miss most about working for Macomb County?
I’ll miss the people the most. Meeting local community leaders, helping residents and motorists, interacting with the media, and the daily interactions with roads, police and emergency personnel. I always enjoy meeting new people. I consider myself fortunate to have spent my career at roads and I am blessed to have spent it with many great colleagues and friends. All and all, I couldn’t have spent my career at a better place with better people.

What are you most proud of during your career with Macomb County?
I take great pride in public service. Being able to work for the Department of Roads for most of my career. Assisting people every day and helping them.

What are your post retirement plans?
I plan on having a lot of fun and enjoying life to the fullest. I love cooking and trying new things so I plan on spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m also in a knitting, sewing and craft group. I also plan on enjoying frequent long walks and spending time with my family.

Quote from Vince Viviano, Chief of Staff, Macomb County Department of Roads:
“In all my years at the Department of Roads, Sandee greeted everyone with her infectious smile every day and maintained a great attitude, even when dealing with difficult situations or calls from the public. She will be greatly missed as the voice of Macomb County Department of Roads.”


Debbie Bogan

How many years have you been with the county?
25.5 years.

Tell us about the different positions you have held during your time with the county?
My first position with the county was in January 1996. My two sons were two and four-years-old at the time. I had recently left a full-time position at St. Joseph's West, now known as Henry Ford Macomb, in order to devote my time searching for a part-time job that would provide for a better work/home-life balance. I found a temp position at the county and at about my six-week mark, I was offered a permanent position, but I made the very difficult decision to turn it down so that I could stick to my original goal in finding that "perfect" part-time job. It turned out to be the best decision for me. Fast forward to August 1996. Again my resume was pulled from the temp pool. And as they say, the rest is history. I began working, in my opinion, for one of the greatest Extension programs with some of the most dedicated, caring people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I had found my "perfect" part-time position. My primary responsibilities included providing basic information to the parents calling seeking child care options and routing them to a referral counselor, producing a bimonthly newsletter and mailing them to roughly 1000 child care providers or facilities via bulk (snail) mail, maintaining registration lists and processing payments for the various child care trainings, helping collect statistics and producing reports related to the statistics as required by the State.

Eventually, I ended up responsible for all of MSU Extension's grants-monitoring budgets, reconciling accounts, preparing check requests, journal entries and helping with the annual budget process. All of these factors, along with my account clerk IV experience, provided me with the knowledge needed to assume the interim administrative assistant responsibility when my predecessor retired in July, 2017. That, in turn, led to my final promotion in January 2018 as the permanent Administrative Assistant, which the position was eventually reclassified as office manager after the county's compensation and classification study was complete.

What will you miss most about working for Macomb County?
I found out in the early years of my career that I truly loved helping people, especially sharing knowledge/experience that could be beneficial to someone. That was one of the main reasons I enjoyed working at MSU Extension. Their mission statement says exactly that: "Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities." I found it very rewarding to help connect clients to any one of the vast majority of programs and/or resources that Extension offers. Ultimately, what I will miss most, is the people that I either worked with at MSU Extension, especially the support staff, or the many county employees outside of Extension that I made wonderful connections with through the years. I feel very fortunate because I have made lifelong friends through Extension. My 4C family and I used to get together regularly pre-COVID and have kept up doing whatever we can safely since COVID. There's also a handful of other current and former Extension staff that I used to meet up with regularly pre-COVID, and I expect to continue in some capacity going forward.

What are you most proud of during your career with Macomb County?
If I have to pick one thing or theme that I am most proud of, it would have to be supporting and guiding the Extension office through multiple transitions and challenges that occured in the last 5 years. When I first decided to assume the responsibility of interim administrative assistant, MSU Extension had a brand new district coordinator, Ed Scott. I had big shoes to fill when my predecessor, Debbie Safian, retired. My main purpose was to keep things as status quo as possible, with as few disruptions as possible for everyone, while helping Ed learn our office and county procedures. I feel that I did a good job, and I hope that the rest of the Extension staff would agree. Not surprisingly, my biggest challenge was navigating the entire COVID situation. I appreciated all the guidance I received from several county department heads. MSU Extension staff employed by the University worked exclusively remotely from mid-March 2020 until September 2021. I, along with the rest of the support staff, continued to keep the Clinton Township and Warren offices operating and our clients assisted during that time. I am very proud of our support staff and myself.

What are your post retirement plans?
My retirement came just a little sooner than I expected. My mother was recently diagnosed with early stage dementia. Her cognitive state has been declining, especially since COVID hit and after the loss of her lifelong partner. I am an only child, so I know I have my work cut out for me. There is no way to tell how many good years my mom has left, so my husband and I made this difficult decision for me to retire so that we all can get as much enjoyment out of whatever years that we can. To start, we plan to take my mom to Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina in early spring to visit family and friends while she is still able. Our youngest son and daughter-in-law live in Cincinnati, so we expect to get down there for visits as much as possible. For our Christmas present, they have booked an Airbnb and have planned a trip for all of us to Hocking Hills, Ohio, this summer. I am so looking forward to that trip. My husband is semi-retired with full retirement coming in the very near future. He and I hope to be out hitting the local fairways as often as we can. We are a golfing family!!! We love music, especially the local music hopefully we'll be attending lots of music festivals and events this summer...we already have tickets to see REO Speedwagon, Styx and Loverboy at PINE KNOB in June, Yay!! We plan to visit some of our favorite breweries and taprooms and hopefully explore new ones as we travel around the state. And grandchildren better be in my future. So many things to look forward to. I want to be one of those retirees that get to say that "I just don't know how I ever had the time to work"


Gary Cutler

Tell us about the different positions you have held during your time with the county.
My career with Macomb County started in 1987 when I joined the Finance Department. Over the last 35 years, my job title and responsibilities have changed but I have always been an accountant.  During my tenure in the Finance Department, I worked with seemingly every county department. I was a union steward, officer and bargaining member for MCEA and UAW. In 2010, my position was eliminated in the Finance Department and I joined Macomb Community Action. After years of supporting departments that provided services to the public, my role as financial services manager at MCA allowed me to work closely with the frontline staff and citizens of Macomb County that we serve.

What will you miss most about working for Macomb County?
I have had the privilege of working with talented and dedicated county staff and believe that the county’s most valuable assets are their employees. I have also had the good fortune of meeting and working with other community members. These friends, and the countless other individuals I have encountered over my years at the county, are certainly what I will miss most.

What are you most proud of during your career with Macomb County?
That my coworkers have elected me (I believe seven times) to represent them on the Macomb County Employees Retirement System. That during my tenure on the board the system has grown to $1.3 billion and is currently over 100 percent funded. This means that the system has assets to cover all the benefits that current employees and retirees have earned.

What are your post retirement plans?
I am looking forward to becoming a grandparent this summer.  Spending time with my wife, family and friends is at the top of my list in retirement. 

Any other words of wisdom to share?
Love God, Love People

Click here for a list of New Hires/Retirees



Resource Corner: Perks at work in the new year


Macomb County Government Perks at Work is here to help you start 2022 on a healthy note. Visit and click on Health & Wellness. You can access employee pricing and Perks at Work rewards points on a variety of fitness and wellness products, from meal preparation kits to meditation and everything in between. And everywhere in between as well! There are discounts for national fitness brands, online fitness classes and special offers for local companies, such as Macomb Athletic Club located at the corner of Groesbeck and Cass, or Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio in downtown Mt. Clemens. You can support your own well-being and local businesses at the same time.

Breaks from the everyday grind are an important aspect of well-being too. As Macomb County employees, we enjoy generous time off benefits. Use them for your benefit! The Perks at Work program has a robust page of travel discounts. Spend some time dreaming about – and planning – a getaway. Whether you’re flying solo or looking for a family friendly adventure, Perks at Work can help.

Finally, remember to look after your financial health as well. Tax season – and the anxiety that can come with it – is fast approaching. Macomb County Government Perks at Work has negotiated employee pricing with Turbo tax ($20 off online tax preparation), and you can earn WOW points with other tax preparation services.  Visit, click “More” and select “Taxes'' from the drop down menu. You can also learn more here.



32nd annual Walk for Warmth underway


The 32nd Macomb Community Action annual Walk for Warmth is underway now through Saturday, February 26! But even though the event has started, there’s still time to participate and donate in support of this great cause!

The self-paced 5k, which is being held individually at locations of a participant’s choosing, supports low-income Macomb County residents in need during the winter months. All funds raised during the event will be used to assist individuals with heat-related emergencies like paying a utility bill or replacing a broken furnace.

“Every year, Macomb County residents join together in the Walk for Warmth to help care for their neighbors in need,” said Ernest Cawvey, director of Macomb Community Action. “As the COVID pandemic continues to exacerbate the challenges of our most vulnerable families, our 32nd Walk For Warmth is more important than ever. The pandemic also reminds us that we cannot address these monumental challenges alone, and the Walk For Warmth symbolizes the broad partnerships that help Macomb Community Action serve our community. We are thankful for the outpouring of community support that we have received throughout the pandemic, and grateful to our Walk For Warmth community sponsors and all of the individuals that have pledged their support this year. We look forward to seeing you virtually for this event.”

Since it began, Walk for Warmth has raised over $800,000 that has helped local families stay warm in their homes throughout the winter. In 2021 alone, the event helped support 24 households with electric and/or natural gas assistance.

Participants can make an online pledge to walk a 5k. They are also encouraged to take photos and post them on social media. Please use #W4W2022 and tag Macomb Community Action on Facebook (@MacombCommunityAction) and Twitter (@_mcaction), to be entered in photo contests. For more information, visit



Dignity in action


John Abraham
Traffic Operations Center Director Department of Roads

Recently the Dignity Campaign published a graphic translating the word 'Dignity' into the most commonly spoken languages used throughout Macomb County. John Abraham, who grew up in India and speaks and writes five languages, brought to our attention a typo in the Hindi translation. He informed us that each of India's 20+ states has it's own distinct language, customs, cuisine and traditions, and that even a slight variation in symbols used can completely change the meaning of a word. In this case, the originally published word meant 'heat'. While kindly offering his help in correcting the mistake, John also enlightened us to the amazing fact that in India one learns three languages in school, with Hindi, the national language, being mandatory.

John could have easily criticized, or ignored, our error. Instead he assumed our good intentions and provided a learning opportunity to us. Today we are sharing this learning moment with you. We would like to recognize John for using DIGNITY in the workplace.

In a situation where you might be tempted to criticize someone's misunderstanding, follow John's lead in:

  • Assuming good intentions
  • Approaching with a calm demeanor
  • Providing context for the miscommunication
  • Offering insight and knowledge
  • Suggesting advice for next time



‘Tell Me Something Good’ section to share good news, employee stories


Share your stories through the Tell Me Something Good column

"Tell Me Something Good!" is meant to be a column where employees can share good news about themselves. For instance, weddings, (and non-work related) things that are happening for our employees. Have you added someone to your family – new baby, grandbaby, spouse, pet, daughter or son-in-law? Recently engaged or married? Bought a house? Has someone in your family recently graduated, gone off to college, or joined the service? Have you won an award, completed a marathon, or been recognized for your community service? Share the news and your fellow Macomb County employees can celebrate with you! Click on the link below, and answer a few simple questions. Send pictures! And then watch for upcoming editions of the Macomb Matters Newsletter! Submit your stories here.

Do you have something to share for an upcoming newsletter? Submit your good news here. Questions or looking for additional information? Email the Macomb Matters editorial team at



HRLR looking for employee stories


As we all know, the county is hiring! And to help HRLR in their hiring efforts, we’ve teamed up to help them gather employee stories and testimonials. Tell us why you like working for the county. Share your favorite part of your job. Submit why you applied for your position. We want to know! Ultimately, these submissions would be included in HRLR promotional efforts that will encourage interested individuals to apply for our open positions.

So - are you willing to share your story? Get started here.



For Your Benefit


As I type this article it feels as though we are in the death throes of Winter 2022. I don’t know about you, but this winter has seemed less annoying than many in the past. Snow hasn’t been too bad on the roads (although as I type we are under a winter storm warning) and the days have seemed sunnier this year, even if it has been ice cold for stretches.

I reflected on that and I started to wonder if it’s truly a different winter or if my perspective on it has changed. With all that we have all been through these past two years, maybe there’s a better appreciation for all the things that life has to offer big and small, pleasant and at times unpleasant. Maybe, just maybe, the reading I have been doing on resilience has started to pay off and an old dog is learning some new tricks.

I then came across this quote from Elizabeth Edwards:

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

It really resonated with me as these last few days we have been hearing more and more about slowly moving back towards “normal”. Some employer mandates are being lifted and some restrictions are being loosened. While moving back towards normal sounds great, I don’t believe we can ever go back to what it was like in 2019. So I hope you will join me in accepting that and trying “to put something together that’s good.”

To that end, and in contemplation of moving toward a more normal environment, our health insurance providers are offering free at home Covid tests. You can find information on that for HAP members here:

and for BCBSM/BCN members here:

I hope you have a great next few months and the next time I write this article we will be on the edge of summer!




In Memory


Andrea Szalkowski
May 4. 1967 – January 14, 2022

Macomb County has lost a dear friend, colleague and co-worker. More importantly a family has lost a mother, wife, sister and more, Andrea Szalkowski.

Many of you may have known Andrea as a teacher in the Head Start Program, others of you may have known her as the wife of Deputy Anthony Szalkowski, still others of you may have known her as the Sister of Sheila Cote’ at the Office of Senior Services. From what you will read shortly, she probably liked to mostly be known as Marc, Andrew, Anna Kate, and Danny's mom. That’s a lot of reach for someone who was far too young to pass, not to mention the hundreds and likely thousands of little lives she touched as a teacher for over 25 years.

Andrea’s sister Sheila authored the following tribute to her:

We are devastated by the loss of our kind, loving, gentle Andrea. She was my lifelong friend and I cannot imagine what life will be like without her.

Andrea loved children and teaching was her life passion. She would often share stories of cute things her students said or did. She truly found joy in her work with children. She provided security and nurturing to those children who were struggling with behavior issues or an unstable home environment. Her impact in the lives of children she taught was far-reaching and beyond the confinement of the classroom. Andrea cared a great deal for her co-workers and developed friendships with them over the years.

She devoted her life to her family. She married her high school sweetheart, Tony. They enjoyed an active life together centered around their children. She was an incredible mother and raised 4 of the most amazing children-Marc, Andrew, Anna Kate and Danny. They are a symbol of her kindness, compassion, wisdom and love – a living message she has left for us.



Providing support by keeping it casual


The Board of Commissioners has announced the continuation of the Macomb County Casual Day Charitable Collections Program. Participating employees (with department leader permission) may wear casual clothing to work on Fridays (or other designated day), if they donate at least a dollar. Participating departments will be monitored, and donations are sent in a timely fashion. Collected donations are then sent by the Board Office to the assigned charities.

The BOC recently announced the full list of programs it will support in 2022. Stay tuned for additional announcements on the topic, and in the meantime, if you are able, please participate in the upcoming Casual Days that will help:

March 4, 11, 18, 25

Charity: The Arc
Services: Securing all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose where and how they learn, live, and work throughout their lifetimes.

April 1, 8, 15, 22

Charity: Autism Connect
Services: Programs for individuals with autism and their families.



Macomb County Animal Control Adoption of the Month - February


Pictured are just a few of the many animals who found a home with the help of Macomb County Animal Control! Is your companion waiting for you? Pay a visit to the shelter and find out! Visit the website for more information about pets available for adoption, information about the adoption process and hours of operation.



MMYH Ambassadors

MMYH Ambassador - Take a quiz, win a prize!

Welcome back to the MMYH Ambassadors column! This edition will feature an important program offered through Veterans Services and Macomb Community Action: Free tax preparation.

Macomb County Veterans Services has partnered with Macomb Community Action and the Accounting Aid Society to offer free tax help for local veterans and low-income individuals and families through its IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Services will be available at a variety of locations across the county through appointments and walk-in opportunities.

The tax program is offered annually and typically serves about 2,500 people. Individuals can qualify for help if they meet the following criteria:

  • Their annual family income is less than $57,000
  • They do not have corporate returns
  • They do not have foreign income

In-person appointments can be made through the county’s online scheduler or by calling 586-463-2537. Virtual appointments can be made by emailing, booking through the Accounting Aid Society’s online system or by calling the Society at 313-556-1920.

Individuals must have several items with them for service, including identification, income documentation, a letter from the IRS with the total of advance child tax credit, a letter from the IRS showing the amount of the 3rd economic impact payment, proof of expenses, direct deposit information and the past year’s completed tax returns. More specific details can be found here.

Now - think you’re ready to complete the ambassador quiz and win some great county swag? Click here to get started and stay tuned for the next issue, where we’ll cover a new topic.



Paw Print


Greetings from Chief Randazzo!

I hope 2022 started well for everyone. We received some wonderful news to jump start our year:  our 2021 statistics are in and I am proud to share that we have a 94 percent save rate. It is the highest save rate we’ve ever had. This is especially meaningful because we receive all sorts of animals, not just dogs and cats, but reptiles, amphibians, exotics and farm animals.  We receive the strays and animals who are victims of cruelty. We are the final safety net for these animals, who are truly homeless. And we strive to save them all. We are successful 94 percent of the time.

There was some sad news at the end of 2021. Fans of Betty White, an advocate for all animals, domestic and wild, received the unwelcome news that she passed away on December 31, 2021, just a few days shy of her 100th birthday. Like many other animal welfare organizations, we went all out to celebrate Betty White, and honor her role as an advocate for animals. There was a #BettyWhitechallenge fundraiser for our welfare fund, and we held a “Thank You for Being a Friend” birthday bash/adoption event from January 18 to January 23. All adoptions during this celebration were sponsored, and many animals were placed in loving homes. It was a blast. We had a life size cut-out of Betty White, who we know was celebrating with us in spirit, and we shared pictures of the event on our Facebook page. The #BettyWhitechallenge benefited animal welfare organizations throughout the country, including ours. The #BettyWhitechallenge may have come and gone, but the real challenge has not. We can honor the memory of Betty White every day by being responsible stewards of the animals around us.

We’re also pleased to announce that one of our long-term residents, Bruce Wayne, finally found his family. He is pictured here, and the video of his home-going, posted on our Facebook page on January 23, 2022, has been viewed almost 500,000 times!!!! If the video inspires you to invite someone new into your family, visit our adoption page on the web for more information about our adoption process. 

Until next time~  Chief Randazzo



Recipe Corner

White Chicken Chili



  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
  • cut bite-sized
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder or 6
  • cloves garlic
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) white beans,
  • rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (or 14.5 ounce can) chicken broth (see notes)
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped mild green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup nonfat or 1% milk

Nutrition FactsService Size: 1 Cup
Servings: 8
Calories: 266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.8g
Saturated Fat 5.4g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 629mg
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber 3.5g
Total Sugars 1.8g
Protein 24.4g
Vitamin D 8mcg
Calcium 113mg
Iron 3mg
Potassium 480mg
*The % Daily Value
(DV) tells you how
much a nutrient in a
food serving
contributes to a daily
diet. 2,000 calorie a
day is used for general
nutrition advice.


Wash hands and all food preparation surfaces.

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan; sauté the chicken, onion and garlic until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add the beans, broth, chilies and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and milk.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Broth can be canned or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon.
  • You may want to let chili cool slightly before adding sour cream and milk to prevent curdling
  • Instead of chicken use turkey or an additional 2 cups of cooked beans.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
  • Serve with hot sauce or black pepper.

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