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Published December 14, 2015

Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 11, 2015

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, have shoved personal safety to the forefront of many Americans’ minds. And while martial arts or a firearm are common self-defense options, police and local businesses say people should be prepared if they choose to pursue those choices.

Patricia Yousif, owner of Patriots Ammo & Arms in Shelby Township, said there is a surge of people taking gun training lessons and also buying firearms at her store. She said AR semi-automatic rifles are currently a popular buy.

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Published December 11, 2015

The nearly yearlong construction on Van Dyke Avenue and its resulting traffic restrictions have mostly eased as of December, with the expectation that related work will continue in the spring of 2016, according to city officials.

At a Dec. 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said he was happy to announce that most construction barrels have been removed from the avenue as road construction season wraps up for the year.

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Published December 9, 2015

Sterling Heights Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker, who represents Macomb County on the new regional water authority, is predicting rising water rates over the next two years, though he said he’ll do what he can to be a watchdog in representing the county’s interests and the interests of water rate customers.

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Published December 9, 2015

High school seniors who attend Utica Community Schools and its Utica Center for Science and Industry showed the community their tricks of the trade for designing helpful new products.

According to school officials, UCSI held a simulated trade show Dec. 2 at its building in Sterling Heights as a way to teach high schoolers lessons about integrating engineering, mechatronics and multimedia elements.

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Published December 8, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Sterling Heights author hopes to add a new wrinkle to getting young people interested in reading with his book about a pug dog’s international adventures.

Author Daniel David Elles released a children’s book this fall called “The Adventures of Elvis the Pug: Lost in Canada.”

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Published December 7, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Even if a new car doesn’t fit on your Christmas shopping list, local dealerships say they sell other items and merchandise that could please fans of certain automakers and brands.

According to staff at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, the dealership offers vehicle accessories such as special floor mats and vehicle remote starters that can be activated by cellphone. 

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Published December 4, 2015

A Hall Road monitoring project that combined the efforts of several local police departments in October netted more than 1,300 offenses, according to Sterling Heights police.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith, a collective police effort to patrol and enforce traffic laws on M-59/Hall Road throughout Macomb County was helpful in reducing unlawful driving habits. Prior to setting up the enforcement zone, police had received complaints about speeding, tailgating and more along the thoroughfare.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

Utica Community Schools students used and reused their problem-solving skills when they operated robots and demonstrated their expertise in solving trash-based problems at a recent regional FIRST Lego League tournament in Sterling Heights.

More than 40 teams competed in the annual UCS ThunderQuest tournament Nov. 21 at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights.

Jake Palmer, a principal at Switzer Elementary School who is involved with ThunderQuest, said the tournament was held despite a snowstorm outside.

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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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