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Published December 2, 2015

’Tis the season for transitions in Sterling Heights’ city  administration.

During a Nov. 17 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council voted 7-0 to approve longtime staffer Michael Moore as the city’s official Department of Public Works director. Moore was interim director in the wake of Sal Conigliaro’s retirement from the director post last summer.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published December 1, 2015

An initial report of an alleged threat that alluded to the Islamic State triggered a Meijer store’s temporary closure but was later deemed groundless, Sterling Heights police said.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith, an employee of the Meijer store near Van Dyke Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway was in the process of walking out of the store at around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Along the way, she reportedly had a conversation with a male customer about world events, including the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

Wish lists are on many minds this season, and a common-but-unstated desire among drivers is to avoid getting into a traffic accident.

A list compiled by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan has tentatively revealed some local intersections with the highest number of vehicle crashes in 2015 thus far. 

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Published November 27, 2015

Sterling Heights is getting ready to celebrate tradition and light the tree once more during its 39th annual A Sterling Christmas event Dec. 5.

Kyle Langlois, the city’s parks and recreation manager, said organizers plan to stay “about status quo” when it comes to the event’s offerings, adding that the event has grown to a point where “we’re pretty expanded out.” He said the city anticipates a turnout of around 4,000 people every year.

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Published November 24, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN — Investigators said Tad Dennis had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream when the SUV he was driving crossed from westbound Plumbrook Road into oncoming traffic on Sept. 11 at a “conservatively” estimated speed of 70 mph.

The devastating crash that followed left 17-year-old Sterling Heights resident Diana Pozderca dead. 

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Published November 24, 2015

The Sterling Heights city election is over, but two defeated candidates want to spread the word that a campaign flier that was allegedly distributed by an anonymous person contained falsehoods about their stances on refugee policy.

Jazmine Early and Sanaa Elias, who ran as challengers for the Sterling Heights City Council Nov. 3, say someone circulated a flier that mischaracterized the two of them as supporting mass importation of Syrian refugees.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

Drivers can keep a thief from taking away their Christmas cheer through proper safeguarding of vehicles and their contents this holiday season, according to police.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said thieves tend to smash into car windows to reach inside and grab anything valuable that they see. He warned people to never leave their holiday packages exposed in a vehicle. If possible, lock gifts in a trunk or in a covered hatchback trunk, or at least hide the valuables under objects on the vehicle floor.

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Published November 19, 2015

Black Friday is coming, and a majority of Michigan retailers are not expecting a black mark on their economic forecasts for the holiday shopping season, according to a recent survey.

An Oct. 26 press release from the Michigan Retailers Association revealed that its Michigan Retail Index shows respondents predicting an average sales increase of 2 percent this holiday season.

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Published November 19, 2015

A report of a student contracting tuberculosis within the Utica Community Schools district has led school officials to notify parents, and a county health official says his agency is monitoring the situation.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the illness was contracted by a Utica High School student who also attends class at Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights for an hour a day.

McAvoy said the district alerted parents about the situation Nov. 18.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s Nov. 15 announcement on refugees and the safety of Michigan residents has been interpreted by some as supporting an effort to stop refugees from settling in Michigan, but a spokesman for the governor said Snyder plans to comply with the federal process.

In a statement issued Nov. 15, Snyder called Michigan a “welcoming state” with a rich immigration history, but he added that “our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”

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Published November 18, 2015

The city will soon receive vendor bids on waste hauling contract options after the City Council voted 4-3 Nov. 4 to approve bid specifications for distribution.

The vote to approve bid specifications fell along the same lines as an October vote to ask city administrators to formulate bid specifications, with council input, in order to rebid for garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup services.

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Published November 18, 2015

“Almost” is more than good enough for Eisenhower High School students as they get ready to present their latest play, “Almost, Maine,” Nov. 20-22.

Eisenhower theater director David Springer described “Almost, Maine” as “a more modern play” that has a feeling of fun and quirkiness.

“It is actually one of the most performed plays of the 2010s, and the reason for that is that it’s a romantic comedy,” he said.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 16, 2015

If your newer vehicle didn’t come with a spare tire, there is no reason to despair so long as you make plans well ahead of a flat tire event, according to AAA and tire experts.

According to AAA, a spare tire has become a less common feature in newer vehicles due to it being removed in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency ratings. Instead, some newer vehicles come equipped with a tire inflation kit. 

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Published November 13, 2015

As the epicenter of Middle Eastern culture in America, metro Detroit has a new building that serves as a community center and larger facility for the Chaldean Community Foundation in Sterling Heights.

The Community Foundation is the charitable arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce in Bingham Farms.

The foundation’s president, Martin Manna, said the new building opened to the public Nov. 10, and a grand opening was scheduled to take place Nov. 13. He said construction had been ongoing since April, and he called the opening “long overdue.”

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 10, 2015

An 89-year-old man is in critical condition after being attacked by a suspect who also allegedly stole an 85-year-old woman’s purse in Sterling Heights Nov. 5, police said.

Police said the couple was targeted after 7 p.m. Thursday upon returning to a home after dinner in the 42000 block of Jason Court, near 19 Mile and Schoenherr roads. A suspect allegedly approached the couple, attacked the man and grabbed the woman’s purse, police said.

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