News & Notes - 8/23/23 Sterling Heights Sentry

Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 24, 2023


Diversity Dinner tickets for sale
The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee will host its annual Sterling Heights Diversity Dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Century Banquet Center, 33204 Maple Lane Drive. The event will honor diversity advocates in the city. Priya Mann from WDIV will be a guest speaker.

Ticket admission costs $30, or $300 for a table of 10. Learn how to buy tickets by calling (586) 446-2473 or by emailing Sue Giallombardo at


CRWC to hold beer-, wine-tasting event
The Clinton River Watershed Council will present a Crafts on the Clinton beer and wine tasting event at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion, 40620 Utica Road. The event will also feature food, music and art vendors.

Attendees have to show ID proving their age of 21 years or up. Purchase tickets by visiting


City buildings to close for Labor Day
City offices will close Sept. 4 for Labor Day. That includes City Hall, the Community Center, the Senior Center, the Nature Center, the Recycling Center, the Department of Public Works and the library. The 41-A District Court will close, too.

In addition, no garbage pickup will take place that day, which will cause a one-day delay in the pickup schedule that week. Learn more about the trash pickup by calling the Department of Public Works at (586) 446-2440.


City celebrates HUD’s praise over block grant management
During the Aug. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool honored Teresa Jarzab and Sydnie Allor for their roles in helping the city obtain an excellent reputation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to city officials, HUD recently honored Sterling Heights’ “outstanding performance” after monitoring the city’s handling of the Community Development Block Grant program June 12-15.

The CDBG program allocates money to municipalities that can be used on quality-of-life programs that benefit low- to moderate-income residents. HUD periodically monitors communities’ use of the program for effectiveness and rule compliance, and Sterling Heights hadn’t been monitored since 2011, officials said.

“As I mentioned, being selected for monitoring is not something communities look forward to, especially knowing that HUD is very stringent in their standards, and their public reviews can be very harsh,” Vanderpool said. “Thankfully, Sterling Heights’ results did not indicate any deficiencies in our program whatsoever.”

Vanderpool thanked Jarzab and Allor. “Without their effort and this highly detailed work that’s required by the federal government, we would not be in this exemplary position we’re in today,” he said.


Themed Dodge Park Thursdays coming
Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, will bring special events to its 3-8 p.m. Dodge Park Thursdays with an Aug. 31 Cool Car Show, a Sept. 7 Pet Parade, a Sept. 14 Market Fit event, a Sept. 21 Fall Day, and a Sept. 28 Touch A Truck event full of city vehicles. Learn more by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2700.