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$100 million dollars in pension assets.
"The treasurer might consider this is
not the right position for her, and she
might consider stepping down; said
Ureste, who supported Weingarden's
re-election campaign in 2012 but said
recent issues have made her change her
mind about the treasurer's competence.
During public comment, several resi-
dents expressed disappointment over
the animosity between the elected offi-
cials. The treasurer's husband, attorney
Howard Weingarden, said he was "sick-
ened" by the board's actions. He called
Shaughnessy the "ringleader" and said
he will consider legal action regarding
the defamatory statements made in the
report and at the meeting.
"If you look at the facts, I've done noth-
ing illegal, nothing unethical and nothing
that has cost the township money:' said
Teri Weingarden, adding the report had
"nothing of substance" to substantiate the
allegations it contained. "It was a lot of
fluff meant to mislead the public."
Weingarden cited a section in the
report that stated she may have violated
the township's ethics policy by getting
free theater tickets from an investment
sales representative, an accusation she
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her husband and daughter attended.
She said she had presented this receipt
to the board when the subject had come
up at a prior meeting.
"I think he [Johnson] has been very
unethical; she said. "The truth was not
important"
Officials estimated it could take
a couple of months for Johnson to
prepare a detailed petition for review
by the governor, during which time
Weingarden will continue her duties.
Johnson's report also states the
response timeline is up to the governor
or his office.
Shaughnessy said she is concerned
Weingarden will jeopardize the town-
ship's finances if she is allowed to
remain in office.
"There were things that were not in
the report, such as the high concentra-
tion of risk regarding her investments:'
Shaughnessy said.
Weingarden is worried the increasing
acrimony among board members and
employees will have a negative effect on
the township.
"The public doesn't want to watch us
fight," she said, "and the board is spend-
ing thousands of dollars on politics. I just
want a detente so we can just come into
work every day and do our jobs."

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ell-recognized as a mentor
and leader and known on
college campuses through-
out the state as a Hillel executive director
of exceptional qualities, Cindy Hughey
recently was named the 24th recipient of
the prestigious Berman Award.
Established in 1988
by Mandell "Bill" and
Madeleine "Madge"
Berman, the award
honors the career
achievement of an
outstanding profes-
sional employed by the
Jewish Federation of
Cindy Hughey
Metropolitan Detroit,
its family of agencies and other Detroit-
area Jewish social service organizations.
According to their time-honored tradi-
tion, the Bermans presented the award at
the November meeting of the Federation
board. In her remarks, Madge described
how Hughey has played a transforma-
tive role with Hillel, starting with a two-
year campaign to raise funds to build
the Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish
Student Center, where student activities
now flourish.
As executive director of MSU Hillel,
Cindy recognized the need for Hillel out-
reach to Jewish students throughout the

state, so she envisioned a unique model
for collaboration — the alliance we call
HCAM," Madge said.
Today MSU Hillel serves as a center for
Jewish life and a hub for approximately
3,500 students in East Lansing. With
36 student leaders and 26 paid student
internships, MSU Hillel offers more than
200 programs per year, including two
Birthright trips and three alternative
spring break programs.
Hughey and her staff connect and
anchor Hillel activities for another 2,500
students in the 10-campus HCAM
consortium, including Alma, Albion
and Kalamazoo colleges, and Central
Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Grand
Valley State, Michigan Technological,
Northern Michigan, Saginaw Valley State
and Western Michigan universities.
"You can have vision, great ideas and a
plan to execute the vision, but without the
financial support of donors, nothing hap-
pens:' Hughey said in accepting the award.
"I have every past, present and future
donor to thank for their generosity, but
my greatest reward comes from seeing
the impact our combined efforts have on
young people across the state. I am very
lucky to do what I do, and I hope that I
have made a small contribution to the
future of our community."

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