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Published September 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Crowds of metro Detroit students will wait at their stops for the school bus this fall, but bus drivers are counting on motorists to also stop and take precautions so that everyone is safe.

AAA is urging drivers to act carefully for the new school year by driving slowly and vigilantly when in school zones to avoid hitting young pedestrians or bicyclists.

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Published September 11, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a 64-year-old Sterling Heights woman.

According to Clinton Township Sgt. Christopher Allis, the crash occurred around 3:34 p.m. Sept. 10 at the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck Highway.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

The prospects of Sterling Heights reaching loftier heights in the years ahead will be spelled out in an upcoming mayoral address.

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor is planning to present the second annual State of the City address, which this year will be held Sept. 29 at the Macedonian Cultural Center in Sterling Heights.

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Published September 5, 2017

The Sterling Heights Public Library set a new program into flight Aug. 24 — a new drone program for youths ages 11-17.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the drone program follows a $2,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He said the grant is being used to promote the library’s programming dealing with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Published September 5, 2017

The Sterling Heights City Council bumped up its support for revamping the Mound Road corridor with a critical vote to pledge matching funds toward a large federal grant.

At an Aug. 15 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in its consent agenda to offer matching funds toward the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant — also known as INFRA — should the Mound Road project receive that grant approval.

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Published September 1, 2017

Hundreds of participants will get moving at the end of September to raise money to fight domestic and sexual violence in Sterling Heights.

Turning Point will hold the 2017 Tara’s Walk Sept. 30 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights.

According to event organizers, the path will wind along the Metropolitan Parkway bike path, then down Schoenherr Road and through Bethesda Christian Church’s campus, before returning to Freedom Hill.

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Published September 1, 2017

As students get ready to use their new school supplies this September, the Utica Community Schools district is providing students with a toolkit of its own.

On the first day of school, Sept. 5, the school district was expected to offer a free collection of electronic and online resources called the UCS Success Toolkit. The toolkit is available to students and their families via the UCS website and mobile app.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

Dinner will be served on wheels at Freedom Hill, thanks to the efforts of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The chamber is inviting an assortment of food trucks to the grounds outside the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 4-9 p.m. Sept. 7 for its first-ever Food Truck Rally in Sterling Heights.

McLaren Macomb Hospital will be the event’s presenting sponsor, and C & G Newspapers is also one of the event sponsors.

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Published August 30, 2017

Metro Detroiters who are in the market for a corn roast, a pet parade, cooking events or other fun activities are welcome to attend the Dodge Park Farmers Market this September.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said the earlier summer months pair up the market with live entertainment from the Music in the Park summer concert series. Since the concerts ended in late August, it’s time for alternative attractions to keep market visitors intrigued and entertained, he explained.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

The path to completing a list of street and road repairs in Sterling Heights is still a long one, but progress has been made, according to city officials.

At an Aug. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave an update about road construction projects in the city.

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Published August 28, 2017

Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation are urging drivers to consider taking turns when having to merge in a construction zone due to blocked-off lanes.

Michigan State Police Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel said the best way of merging when entering a construction zone is not really specified in the law. But he said the Michigan Department of Transportation has documented two main ways that people merge. 

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Published August 28, 2017

Work crews have been busy performing A-grade renovations by outfitting Utica Community Schools buildings with improvements paid for by a bond, administrators said.

This year, the district has tallied a list of over 60 summer improvements made across UCS’ school buildings. This is not the first time that improvements such as these have occurred during summer break — it’s happened every year for the past several years, thanks to a $112.5 million bond proposal approved by voters in 2009.

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Published August 23, 2017

Labor on the lanes of metro Detroit’s roads is paying off, but more work is yet to be done during this year’s road construction schedule, according to representatives from two county road commissions. 

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson commented on some of his organization’s recent activity.

“First and foremost, things are going well, very busy, lots of stuff going on,” he said.

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Published August 22, 2017

The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee recently announced a business, an organization and four people who are being honored for their commitment to diversity.

The award winners will be invited to attend a special dinner Sept. 21 at the American Polish Century Club’s Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights. That dinner will honor the winners of the Diversity Distinction Awards, now in their 10th year. The event is a joint effort between the Sterling Heights City Council and the Ethnic Community Committee, along with support from Comcast.

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Published August 22, 2017

Sterling Heights has officially received a way to pay for new firefighting staff to run its new emergency transport plan.

According to city officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the city a $2.62 million federal grant over a three-year period via the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

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Published August 21, 2017

New and improved amenities for bicyclists are joining other upcoming additions to Sterling Heights’ Richard J. Notte City Center campus, Dodge Park and other parts of the city, according to city officials.

At an Aug. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool outlined the latest about city improvements, including new bicycle racks.

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Published August 18, 2017

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — On Aug. 7, while many local students were still enjoying summer vacation, students from two local schools began their first day of school.

Students at Siersma Elementary and Holden Elementary in Warren Consolidated Schools started the 2017-18 school year that day. Siersma, in Warren, and Holden, in Sterling Heights, are both on the year-round calendar. The remaining WCS schools are on the traditional calendar. The year-round program was implemented during the 2013-14 school year.

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