News & Notes - 9/6/23 Sterling Heights Sentry

Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 8, 2023

Photo taken from Sterling Heights Police Department Facebook page


Police decorate vehicles with school logos
STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Police Department recently revealed specially decorated school resource officer vehicles. Each of the 2023 Dodge Durangos’ hoods has the logo of the high school it represents and protects: Stevenson, Henry Ford II and Sterling Heights high schools.

“The Sterling Heights Police Department prides itself on having a great relationship with the Utica and Warren Consolidated School Districts,” police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said in a press release. “Not only do we pride ourselves on how safe we make the schools, but now with these new vehicles, we will also look good doing it!”

Learn more about the SHPD by calling (586) 446-2800.


Bocce Barn to host cornhole games
STERLING HEIGHTS — The Bocce Barn near the Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Road, will host noncompetitive cornhole games 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14. Players may get a coupon for the Detroit Panzerotti Co. food truck, which is scheduled to be at the Dodge Park Farmers Market, 40620 Utica Road.

Admission is free for residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. RSVP by Sept. 12 by visiting Learn more by calling (586) 446-2700.


Credit union holds game donation drive for patients
METRO DETROIT — Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, 44911 Mound Road in Sterling Heights, is doing a “Be a Game Changer” toy drive in September. The campaign will donate games and make them accessible to patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Troy and Detroit locations.

The credit union is asking its members and the public to buy and donate games — including video games, board games, card games and puzzles — that appear on special Amazon, Target and Walmart online wish lists. The credit union will match donations item for item. The campaign’s goal is to donate at least 500 new games that patients can play.

Learn more by visiting


Citizens Police Academy welcomes enrollees
STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights Police Department is bringing back its Citizens Police Academy starting Sept. 12. The free, 10-week program introduces adult participants to the various tasks and fields of work that the department does.

Admission is free. Learn more by visiting Ask additional questions by emailing Sgt. Aaron Susalla at


Church to hold fall festival
UTICA — Utica United Methodist Church, 8650 Canal Road, will hold a Community Fall Festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16. The event promises food, games, kids’ play activities, crafts, a DJ and more. Learn more by visiting or by calling (586) 731-7667.


Time for a bike ride
STERLING HEIGHTS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners invites residents to its Drop-In Community Bike Ride from 9 a.m. until noon Sept. 16 at Clinton River Park North, located on Riverland Drive, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

The event, hosted by County Commissioner Don VanSyckel of Sterling Heights, is designed to promote health, wellness and community engagement. A bike helmet is required.

Participants can choose from a variety of well-planned routes suitable for riders of all levels. Three routes ranging from approximately 1-3 miles will showcase the park’s natural landscapes.

The event is free. Bathrooms are located at the Nature Center. To preregister or for more information visit