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Published March 6, 2015

After finishing a musical based on a “tale as old as time,” it’s time for Sterling Civic Theatre to embark on a spring drama camp involving drones with cameras attached.

The theater group will host its Stage Geeks Theater Camp on select days from March 16-April 29, following the troupe’s early March run of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

According to SCT founder Larry O’Grady, the camp will introduce participants in kindergarten through grade six to a sampling of the components of a theatrical show.

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Published March 4, 2015

 

STERLING HEIGHTS — A new shield-shaped logo representing the city of Sterling Heights continued to endure blows from some residents, while some city officials defended it at a Feb. 17 City Council meeting.

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Published March 4, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Local fans of Irish music are in luck as Sterling Heights gets ready to host the music group Blackthorn this month.

The Irish group will perform two concerts worth of Celtic classics and tunes at the Recreation Center at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights March 8.

The Sterling Coffeehouse series is the first major music event of the year for the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The next major undertaking is the Music in the Park series, which starts in June, according to Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois.

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Published February 27, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights city officials are right at home with statistics showing that home prices are on the road to recovery within the city.

During a Feb. 17 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said Sterling Heights property values are on the rise.

He cited statistics stating that Sterling Heights’ city assessment values have increased 15.29 percent on average, which is the highest listed on the city’s chart, beating 23 other listed communities in Macomb County. The county average is an 11.63 percent increase.

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Published February 25, 2015

When the Detroit Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan envisioned adding art to the upcoming children’s hospital in Troy, they decided to employ a mix of glass and class.

Students from Utica Community Schools have been working hard on designing five mosaic glass murals that each take a different perspective on the four seasons.

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Published February 25, 2015

An upcoming annual event will welcome guests to see, hear and taste the traditions of people from around the world.

Sterling Heights and its Ethnic Community Committee will present the 2015 Cultural Exchange event March 13 at the Sterling Heights Senior Center.

City spokeswoman Bridget Doyle said in an email that the Cultural Exchange is an annual event that “highlights the beautiful and unique facets of the many ethnicities and cultures that make up our great city.”

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Published February 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Students at Eisenhower High School are learning that fairy tales do come true when you bring them to the stage.

Eisenhower’s Performing Arts Department will present the musical “Into the Woods” Feb. 26-March 1 at the high school.

Director David Springer said the musical, which originally came out in the 1980s, has a story that weaves together several plots from fairy tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Published December 5, 2014

While people reflect on or test out their New Year’s resolutions, a long stretch of Van Dyke Avenue will begin to undergo a revolution, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

During a Dec. 2 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said an estimated 30 representatives from businesses in the Van Dyke area attended a recent meeting to stay informed about the project.

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Published November 19, 2014

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Published October 22, 2014

Almost one year after Sterling Heights voters approved a public safety and road repairs millage, city officials listed a series of completed projects that they said were funded with the help of the additional revenue.

At an Oct. 7 City Council meeting, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool talked about the Safe Streets Proposal, the 2.5-mill millage that included 0.8 mills of funding for neighborhood road repairs. Voters approved the millage for six years.

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Published October 22, 2014

Sterling Heights’ Featured Artist for October and November says he is no stranger to being recognized locally for his work.

Ken Pilarski’s paintings are currently on display at the Sterling Heights City Hall and at the Sterling Heights Public Library. He said he has on display a mixture of landscapes, portraits, floral paintings and more that were done in acrylic.

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published February 5, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The caretakers of a critically acclaimed polar bear exhibit and penguinarium now have another frigid star behind the scenes: a big, new commercial freezer that keeps animals’ cuisine chilly.

A few months ago, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak welcomed the freezer’s installation, and zoo officials say it makes it easy to store animal grub, called “browse” — another way of referring to vegetation, twigs and leaves. Zoo officials say the freezer has expanded their storage of vegetation and animal food by 200 percent.

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Published November 6, 2013

The season for feasting is picking up steam, and the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas is keeping metro Detroit bakeries busy.

Ashley Bainbridge, manager of the Sterling Heights location of the Achatz Handmade Pie Co., said her store bakes mostly pies, both sweet and savory, though they also sell cookies and pound cakes.

For Thanksgiving, the big star is predictably the pumpkin pie. However, Bainbridge said Achatz sells a variant called a pumpkin praline pie.

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Published May 1, 2013

Freedom Hill County Park earned its freedom to put up an upgraded sign with a bigger electronic screen at an April 18 Sterling Heights Zoning Board of Appeals special meeting.

Freedom Hill is preparing to open its first full-fledged summer season since 2009. Park officials plan to hire 200-300 part-time workers this year to help out with the season.

The Zoning Board approved a set of variances to replace the sign at Freedom Hill in a 4-0 vote. Board members Bruce Kremhelmer, Laura Szpont and Raymond Washburn were absent from the meeting.

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Published April 24, 2013

Sterling Heights is on the path to fixing a few of its crummiest streets this year, after the Sterling Heights City Council agreed to amend the city budget.

At an April 15 meeting, the City Council voted 6-0 to conduct an estimated $1.15 million in asphalt resurfacing work on sections of four streets as part of the 2013-14 proposed budget. Councilman Paul Smith was absent at the time of the vote.

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Published April 16, 2013

As part of a free test run, Sterling Heights officials are trusting a defense contractor to combat vehicle rust.

City officials met with employees of VSE Corp. in Sterling Heights April 11 to draw attention to a plan to potentially help city vehicles resist corrosion.

Greg Bock, a program manager at VSE’s systems engineering division, said he wants to apply his company’s anti-corrosion spray for use in civilian circumstances.

He said he hopes to become the city’s partner in extending the lives of city vehicles while saving taxpayer money.

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Published March 22, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Heights’ own Laura Zdravkovski was crowned Mrs. Michigan America 2013 March 9, setting the stage for her to compete in the Mrs. America pageant in August.

“This position is very surreal to me,” Zdravkovski said recently. “I’m very honored, and I’m very humbled.”

Zdravkovski, who represented Macomb County in the pageant, said she initially didn’t realize she was named first place.

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Published October 30, 2012

A walkway meant as a convenience has become decidedly inconvenient for homeowners in a neighborhood near 18 Mile and Van Dyke.

Armed with petitions signed by fellow residents of Buckingham Estates, David Lemaux approached City Council earlier this month seeking partial closure of the walkway between 8691 and 8703 Hamilton East, which links his subdivision with a network of condominiums and apartments.

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Published June 26, 2012

Heart: steady. Ears: clear. Temperature: normal.

Yet, all of the plush patients present at a June 18 Teddy Bear Clinic at Lakeside Mall appeared to require a similar remedy: more reading.

So declared Cindy Macks, Erin Miller and Carla Hardies of Reach Out and Read Michigan, who performed “checkups” with great fanfare on young visitors’ teddy bears, horses, puppies and other plush friends as part of Lakeside’s recently launched Monday Fun Day program.

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