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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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Published October 21, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Now that fall is here, Harper Woods Public Library Adult Service Librarian Suzanne Kent is reminding residents of the many library programs offered during the autumn season.


One such program is the new coloring club for adults that is designed to help people de-stress and get in touch with their thoughts and feelings. Library staff will supply colored pencils and coloring pages, or patrons can bring their own supplies.

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Published October 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — Families can celebrate Halloween early in downtown Rochester this month with trick-or-treating, a costume parade and an expanded spaghetti dinner at the new Fire Department building Oct. 24.

The fun kicks off 30 minutes earlier than usual, at 3:30 p.m., when approximately 50 downtown businesses will hand out goodies to costumed children during Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rochester until 5 p.m.

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Published October 20, 2015

Troy resident Wade Tennant wanted his daughter Grace, 8, to learn the same kinds of skills she would learn in Boy Scouts, with him.

So he and some other local dads who wanted to spend time with their sons and daughters started Three Fires Longhouse, a spinoff of a similar group offered through the YMCA.

Tennant, secretary for the organization, said the group aims to strengthen the father-child bond.

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Published October 21, 2015

WARREN — The hard work and dedication of Fitzgerald High School teacher Ken Krause has been noticed by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

The organization named Krause its 2015 MICPA Outstanding High School Teacher.

Krause, who teaches several classes — including accounting I and II, business law, marketing I and II, financial literacy, and U.S. history — was recognized at the Oct. 8 Fitzgerald Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

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Published October 19, 2015

Police and health experts are warning metro Detroit’s drivers to not be afraid of being extra cautious while driving or trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Donna Bucciarelli, injury prevention education coordinator at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, said adult drivers should never be distracted by phones and texts, but it’s especially important to pay attention on Halloween due to the night’s foot traffic.

“Especially on Halloween, kids … have a mission,” she said. “They will dart out in front of cars, in between cars.”

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Published October 20, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Her military service took her across the country and around the world, but now Monica Munir is finally settling down in a place to call her own, working with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to achieve her dream of home ownership.

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Published October 19, 2015

HAZEL PARK — While it’s made of steel and stands 13 feet tall, a new sculpture in Hazel Park’s Art Park conveys the delicate curvature and natural colors one would expect from a flower.

True to its name, “Petal Parts” resembles part of a flower and makes the viewer feel like an insect nestled inside. It’s built to capture light and shadow in a way that changes its appearance throughout the course of the day.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Whether she’s creating a portrait of a prominent local figure or making a documentary about some aspect of Detroit, artist and filmmaker Nicole Macdonald incorporates the complex history of her creative subjects in a way that gives depth and breadth to her work.


Macdonald — who was born and raised in Detroit, and whose family moved to Grosse Pointe Park when she was a teen — again lives in the city that inspires her art.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar shows that it’s not Halloween yet, but shoppers will have a chance to check off their holiday gift lists this weekend and spend the rest of the season relaxing instead of stressing out.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Like a family reunion, the Grosse Pointe Art Center’s annual Members Show brings the gang together once a year.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You and your dog probably had a lot of fun together this summer, right? Long walks as the sun went down, exciting trips to the park and maybe even a dip in a nearby lake.

But brace yourself: Winter is coming.

The options for keeping your pup occupied seem to drop right along with the temperatures, since dog parks and long jaunts around the neighborhood are more difficult in the cold. So what’s a pet parent to do?

Get creative, that’s what. 

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There are few better ways to gear up for Halloween than attending a haunted house. 

The spooky music, the dark and the fear of the unknown — was that your friend or a creature of the night breathing on your neck? 

A haunted house is sure to get you in the mood, and quickly.

Local venues offer the Halloween gamut, from over-the-top mayhem and panic to family-friendly entertainment and fun.

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Published October 14, 2015

As a victim of domestic violence, Kelly Mays, 40, said she felt she had no voice and that she wasn’t beautiful.

She said poetry helped her to find her voice and reassure other domestic violence survivors that there was help for them to leave dangerous situations. 

Mays, a therapist with Starfish Family Services, is currently pursuing her doctorate in counseling from Walden University. She was the keynote speaker at a ceremony held at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — For Thomas Oppat, the life events leading to his appointment as Shrine Catholic High School and Academy principal were filled with sequential divinity.

“It just all fell into place for me,” he said. “When I sit back now, I think, ‘God, you knew what was happening.’”

Walking the hallways of the seventh- and eighth-grade academy and ninth- to 12th-grade high school on 13 Mile Road, Oppat feels at home while he continues to learn about and appreciate the institution’s history and people.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In October 1911, Ty Cobb was named one of the first baseball MVPs, the first public elevator was installed in London and Orville Wright stayed aloft for nine minutes and 45 seconds in an air glider.


That same month, on October 23, 1911, Josephine DiMaggio was born.


Raised by her grandmother and aunts in Detroit after her mother died when she was just 11 months old, she learned meticulous cleaning skills and helped keep the house when relatives from Italy would come to Michigan in search of a new home.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — She had been a volunteer for decades, but 15 years ago, Peggy DeHaven decided she wanted to do more.


DeHaven, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for three years had been a volunteer working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she lost her mother to the disease 31 years ago. When she heard about the ACS Cancer Action Network, she realized that was the work she wanted to do.

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Published October 14, 2015

A rebranded annual Halloween party in Sterling Heights has gotten over its first-time jitters and is ready to build on its success, according to city officials.

On Oct. 24, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party at Dodge Park.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the city has hosted a Halloween party for many years, but officials decided to rebrand the event to Sterling Frights last year and make some changes to the event.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The North End St. Clair Shores Village Fire Department gathered at the station located on Jefferson Avenue and Avon Street for a photograph with their mascot dog on October 28, 1928. Standing by the left fire truck, from left, were Ken Bell, Norm Whiting and Chief James Stapleton.  On the left truck were, from left, Harvey Burke, John Koepsell, Captain Jim Bell, Ed Bell and Dave Meldrum.

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Published October 14, 2015

UTICA — Utica High School theater students are counting down the days until they perform a unique play based on the characters from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The school will perform “Dracula,” by Utica alumnus and playwright Jake Feeman, Nov. 5-7. The production will be an additional time that an original Feeman composition has been presented at the school, with another being “Lovely Lovely Valentine” last school year.

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