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Published December 30, 2015

The year 2030 is a popular destination on the city of Sterling Heights’ visionary timeline for the future, and the year 2015 served as an entry point for making some of those dreams come to life.

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — The year 2015 again had local school officials closely watching their district’s financial budgets. The fiscal year for local districts runs July 1 through June 30, and school boards had to approve budgets by June 30, 2015, for the 2015-16 school year.

Educators also took pride in student and staff accomplishments, focused on student achievement, continued to use various teaching methods to help at-risk students, remained up-to-date with mandates coming from state lawmakers and kept student safety on the forefront.

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Published December 29, 2015

AAA Michigan has some advice for drivers to keep in the back of their minds when deciding how and where to park.

The auto association is now saying that motorists should back into parking spaces because it is safer for them and others when it is time to leave. According to AAA, parking lot accidents make up around 14 percent of crashes that end up with a claim.

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Published December 24, 2015

Capuchin friars in Detroit and their fundraising allies plan to roll out a bocce event in Sterling Heights after the new year begins.

The fourth annual Bocce with the Brothers fundraiser will take place at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights Jan. 22.

Michael Schodowski, founder of Bocce with the Brothers, said the fundraiser will be an indoor “strolling party” and will feature a buffet and a 19-piece band. Guests can look forward to getting a drink at a cash bar, bidding in a silent auction and, of course, playing bocce ball.

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Published December 23, 2015

Charity starts in the community at Utica Community Schools this holiday season as students offer their gifts of resources, time and services, according to school officials.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the school district’s students have planned to participate in more than 200 charitable activities during the holiday season. Examples include caroling at local senior centers, setting up hat-and-mitten trees on which they hang donated winter clothing, stocking up food banks and assisting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Published December 22, 2015

Setting up and maintaining a Christmas tree requires more than ornaments, garland and a star on top — it requires a commitment to safety, according to the Sterling Heights Fire Department.

According to a list of the Fire Department’s safety tips, Christmas trees might not be the most common cause for fires, but they can be dangerous when they happen. Electrical mishaps and proximity to heat sources are listed as two of the most common threats.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

For another year, Sterling Heights police officers’ annual Cops and Kids event was on target in helping low-income families afford some presents this holiday season.

Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 118 and from the Sterling Heights Police Department teamed up with the Target store at Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road to host a Dec. 12 shopping spree for a preselected group of young people.

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Published December 21, 2015

This year’s version of Sterling Heights’ “Project Runway” amateur fashion contest will focus less on style and more on absurdity according to organizers at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library will hold its “Project Runway: Ugly Sweater Edition” Dec. 29.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the event’s timing with the end of the year was intentional.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

The start of a new year signals the green light for the start of a new season at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit.

The auto show season will start Jan. 9 with an event at MGM Grand Detroit called “The Gallery.” Then the media will be invited Jan. 11-12 to tour the exhibits at Cobo Center. 

Industry professionals will convene Jan. 13-14 for their own preview, and a charity preview will take place Jan. 15. Finally, the general public is invited to personally see the displays Jan. 16-24. 

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Published December 14, 2015

Whether you choose to make a toast to the holidays or not, police and driving safety experts say that preventing drunken driving is something that everyone should celebrate.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said police plan to be very vigilant in spotting drunken drivers on the road and arresting them. He said while he has no problem with people celebrating and having fun, police are “not at all for mixing alcohol and driving.”

Under the influence, drivers pose a danger not just to themselves but everyone else on the road, he explained.

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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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