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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

Sunnybrook’s status as a golfing destination may now be history in Sterling Heights, but city officials see sunnier days ahead for the city’s manufacturing base with the announcement of a major industrial development.

On Oct. 27, the city announced in a press release that Sterling Heights will soon be home to a new, large industrial enterprise area that will replace the golf course that had been owned by Sunnybrook Golf Bowl Motel. Sunnybrook closed at the end of September.

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Published November 4, 2015

When the Detroit Institute of Arts searched for students to offer their input on an art exhibit, it found a pair of budding art analysts at Utica Community Schools.

Utica High School student Sydney Wilcox and Henry Ford II High School student Justin Walters were two of 11 local students to have their comments on artwork recorded in tandem with a DIA exhibit called “30 Americans.” The exhibit runs until Jan. 18, 2016.

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Published November 4, 2015

A Sterling Heights restaurant will be on the side of the Angels when it hosts a pair of events aimed at helping children and families in need.

The nonprofit group Calling All Angels will host the Giving Children Hope charity gala and fundraiser Nov. 6 at Penna’s of Sterling. The event will include dinner, beverages, dancing, auctions and charitable gaming.

According to CAA, proceeds will help the charity serve the needs of children in the tri-county area who are homeless, abused, neglected, ill or otherwise disadvantaged.

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Published November 4, 2015

Online metrics suggest that Sterling Heights’ efforts to expand its online and social media presence are paying off, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle said at an Oct. 20 City Council meeting that the city continues to explore digital engagement by using its website and social media tools.

“We find that the more we utilize digital tools, it’s easier for residents to communicate, ask questions, address concerns and give suggestions to city staff,” she said.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 30, 2015

The Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center has been proactive in learning how to serve the center’s patrons, including those who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other illnesses that cause progressive memory loss in older adults, city officials say.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

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Published October 28, 2015

Organizers of local Veterans Day events are lining things up in formation in order to show appreciation to people who have served in the military.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center, located at 40620 Utica Road in Dodge Park.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle, the city teams up with the Sterling Heights Community Foundation and local veterans to present the ceremony.

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Published October 28, 2015

It’ll soon be time to dress up again in Sterling Heights, as one of the city’s most prestigious outings of the year gets ready to begin.

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation’s third annual Puttin’ on the Ritz gala will invite ticket holders to dine, mingle and more Nov. 20 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 28, 2015

Before the Dodge Park Farmers Market hauls off for the year, some of the city’s hardest-working vehicles will be on display for residents to see up close and personal.

Sterling Heights will host its first Touch a Truck activity Oct. 29 at Dodge Park. The event will run 3-6 p.m. — concurrent with the Farmers Market’s last day in 2015.

At an Oct. 20 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the idea of bringing together the city’s major equipment for display “new and exciting.”

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Published October 28, 2015

Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

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Published October 26, 2015

Talk of Indian summer and El Niño to the contrary, the arctic air of winter is bound to make an appearance in Michigan soon. And for drivers, that should mean being ready to prepare for the challenges that cold temperatures and snow may bring to a vehicle.

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan public affairs specialist, said now is the best time to check on everything in the car, before the weather gets cold.

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Published October 23, 2015

Sterling Heights city officials got down to business as they learned details of the city’s economic health and upcoming plans Oct. 20.

Lukas Bonner, whom the council appointed to be an economic development adviser, presented an update on the city’s economic record.

Among the topics he raised, Bonner said ‘the community is mostly built out — a challenge for bringing in new investment and enlarging the tax base.

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Published October 21, 2015

An end-of-the-meeting motion to pursue an open bidding process for picking a city waste hauler narrowly passed the Sterling Heights City Council Oct. 6.

The council voted 4-3 to not extend the city's contract with Waste Management for one or two years, but instead have an open bidding process. The motion directs city administrators to prepare bid specs and meet with council members for suggestions.

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Published October 21, 2015

Several residents and City Council challenger candidates made another round of pleas to Sterling Heights city officials to take more action on smart meters during an Oct. 6 council meeting.

During public comment, resident and council candidate Jackie Ryan said she did a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered documents related to the smart meter issue.

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Published October 21, 2015

An expert at playing the keys recently gave eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools some keys to understanding the World War II era and the Holocaust from a personal perspective.

On Oct. 12, more than 2,000 eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools witnessed a presentation by Grammy-nominated pianist and author Mona Golabek at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

During the presentation, Golabek shared the story behind “The Children of Willesden Lane,” a book that she wrote with co-author Lee Cohen.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will be tasked Nov. 3 with deciding all seven seats of the Sterling Heights City Council. Two candidates, Mayor Michael Taylor and Councilman Nate Shannon, were appointed to their current positions following the death of former Mayor Richard Notte in 2014. They are running to retain their seats.

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