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Published October 2, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN/CENTER LINE — For the last seven years, a program that comes with blessings has fed Warren Consolidated Schools students in need.

The district participates in Blessings in a Backpack, a national program that provides free meals to students. The students in the program receive a backpack full of food to take home with them every Friday over the weekend. There is enough food for six meals to be eaten Saturday and Sunday. The backpacks are returned to school every Monday to be refilled for the following weekend. Each child get his or her own backpack.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 27, 2017

Utica Community Schools’ four high school marching bands are getting ready to hold one of their most instrumental nights of the year.

The marching bands will take to Runkel Field at Stevenson High School Oct. 1 when they host their annual Band-A-Rama event.

According to Brett Bays, band director at Utica High School, all four high school band directors had a hand in bringing Band-A-Rama together. Several hundred students will start the evening off by performing in unison, he said.

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Published September 27, 2017

A Macomb County commissioner was recently arrested and cited on suspicion of impaired driving after he reportedly crashed into a police vehicle, Sterling Heights police said.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello, Commissioner Don Brown, R-Washington Township, came into contact with Sterling Heights police shortly before 12:30 a.m. Aug. 27 along northbound Mound Road, just south of 18 1/2 Mile Road.

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Published September 27, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials recently explained the deal with Delia Park by showing off the new surfacing on its tennis courts.

At a Sept. 19 presentation, members of the Sterling Heights City Council held a ribbon-cutting event at Delia Park to celebrate the tennis courts’ refurbishment — one of the many agenda items in the city’s Recreating Recreation initiative. That initiative plans for around $45 million in improvements through 2019 to city parks and recreation amenities.

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Published September 27, 2017

Work on Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road will be in full motion in the upcoming weeks as the 2017 construction season winds down, according to Sterling Heights officials.

At a Sept. 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool summarized upcoming work along stretches of Metro Parkway, also known as 16 Mile Road. The City Council later unanimously voted via the consent agenda to approve spending for that road’s projects.

“Obviously, these are some of the worst sections of Metro Parkway,” Vanderpool said.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Almost nine months to the day after the ground opened up, the sewer interceptor running underneath 15 Mile Road is working as it was originally intended.

On Sept. 26, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller flipped a switch to turn off bypass pumps and “let the flow go” through an interceptor that is utilized by 11 different county communities in the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD. A crane operator then lifted a bulkhead from underground.

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Published September 26, 2017

Fire crews used some special tools recently to crack a safe that had three children trapped inside.

According to the Sterling Heights Fire Department, fire crews were deployed to the 13000 block of Maidstone Court, near Schoenherr Road and Metropolitan Parkway, at around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The rescue workers were sent to help three kids — two 4-year-olds and a 3-year-old — who became locked inside a newly delivered gun safe on accident, Fire Chief Chris Martin said.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

Red, amber and green aren’t just traffic lights in autumnal Michigan, but they’re colors on the trees along the state’s wooded highways. And according to travel and tourism groups, those trees will be getting plenty of interest in the coming weeks. 

AAA Michigan public affairs specialist Gary Bubar said many people take trips all over the state to “follow the color” as the reds and oranges hit their peak. 

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Enterprise Park is getting down to business with building construction while other parts of Sterling Heights are experiencing commercial and industrial development, according to the city manager.

During a Sept. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said the city is seeing lots of economic development, and he reviewed some of the major projects currently underway.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Their destination was hundreds of miles away, but members of the Sterling Heights Fire Department did what they could to help Florida residents suffering under Hurricane Irma — even if their time to help was curtailed by Florida officials.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, four SHFD members were sent to the Sunshine State to help with hurricane-related rescue and recovery. The members were Fire Chief Chris Martin, Battalion Chief Ed Miller, Training Capt. Shawn Allen and Lt. Will Walker.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — After years of complaints about the state’s fireworks law, the Sterling Heights City Council launched a resolution to urge the passing of a repeal bill.

The City Council passed its resolution unanimously via its consent agenda at a Sept. 5 meeting. The resolution asks lawmakers to enact House Bill 4244 of 2017, a repeal of the current Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — A new chapter of a Catholic nonprofit charity is taking steps to accrue some funds to complete its mission.

Mission Youth Detroit will hold the Miles for Missions 5K run-walk fundraiser at River Bends Park in Shelby Township Oct. 7.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights woman who is competing in a state pageant is hoping to spread the news about the importance of scoliosis testing.

Jennifer Dunger, 20, from Sterling Heights, is trying out later this month for Miss Michigan USA, which is affiliated with the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. She also is pursuing a baking and pastry career via the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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Published September 13, 2017

The Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping to boost brainpower and wireless internet access for its patrons with the help of two new programs.

At a Sept. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Library Director Tammy Turgeon talked about her facility’s Exercise Your Brain program, along with the new circulation of Wi-Fi hot spots for residents.

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Published September 13, 2017

Hookah coals were responsible for causing a fire at a Sterling Heights apartment complex several months ago that caused one fatality and injured three other people, according to an investigation by city police and fire officials.

During the night of May 17, a two-alarm fire started at an apartment building and spread to an adjoining one at the Sterling Knolls apartments, located in the 11000 block of 15 Mile Road, near Dodge Park Road.

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Published September 13, 2017

Dale Dwojakowski is now able to drop the “interim” label from his position as Sterling Heights’ police chief.

The Sterling Heights City Council confirmed the city manager’s appointment of Dwojakowski to officially serve as the city’s police chief at a Sept. 5 council meeting.

The vote was 5-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Ziarko and Councilwoman Maria Schmidt dissenting. Dwojakowski officially became the chief Sept. 6, after previously serving around 60 days as interim police chief.

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