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Published August 30, 2016

A local woman credits a nonprofit weight loss program with helping her lose more than 100 pounds in the span of a year after a health scare arose in her family.

Kathy Repetto, 59, of Sterling Heights, said she is now maintaining her weight of around 165 pounds after losing 115 pounds through the TOPS Club program. TOPS is a nonprofit group named after the acronym Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

Repetto said she is a part of TOPS Chapter No. 1049 in Utica, which meets at  Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Published August 30, 2016

Road hazards include more than dangerous drivers or inclement weather — they can also include the junk that falls off other cars and trucks.

Drivers transporting cargo are supposed to avoid overloading their materials, and they’re supposed to bind the cargo firmly and then cover it with a tarp or net, according to AAA. In Michigan, the police can punish negligent drivers whose cargo falls off with a misdemeanor.

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Published August 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Veteran Affairs Commission is seeking to possibly add more volunteers to its workforce through the addition of a task force.

Pat Daniels, the chairman of the commission, said he hopes to involve several individuals who recently applied for a pair of commission appointments, which were filled by Michael Salyers and Therese Wrobel, both of whom were up for reappointment.

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Published August 26, 2016

Hard work has paid off for the business and labor groups that joined efforts to build a monument that honors local workers.

On Aug. 20, local dignitaries and supporters of Freedom Hill Amphitheatre presided over a ribbon-cutting event at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights to celebrate the completion of a monument called “A Tribute to the American Workforce.” The monument can be seen at the amphitheater’s main concourse, in a spot that will be visible to concert visitors.

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Published August 24, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library hopes to start out young residents’ K-12 academic careers by having them first experience 1K books.

Just in time for the school year, the library is promoting its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to local preschoolers and even younger children. Library staffers say the program will help children become literate at an early age, thus boosting their academic scores and futures.

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Published August 23, 2016

Communication is key to Sterling Heights’ upcoming plans as summer transitions to fall.

Sterling Heights officials say they want to hear from residents and others who are interested in the city at an inaugural New Resident Forum that will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road.

Officials say this new program idea was raised at a January city strategic planning meeting, and they aspire for it to be held twice a year — a follow-up forum is scheduled for February 2017.

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Published August 23, 2016

Sterling Heights police and public safety organizations mixed a night of fun with demonstrations on how they keep the peace during an annual outreach event.

Hundreds of people — mainly Sterling Heights residents — visited the Richard J. Notte City Center Aug. 17 to meet public safety officials in person, see law enforcement vehicles and more at the 2016 National Night Out event, according to police. The action primarily took place in front of the Sterling Heights Police Department building 6:30-9 p.m.

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Published August 22, 2016

September is almost here, but it’s not too late to take a refresher course on driving safety tips and the rules regarding school buses.

First Lt. Jim Flegel from the Michigan State Police described some of the unique challenges that back-to-school season imposes on the roads.

“Going back to school is an exciting time for both children and parents, but it can also be a hazardous time and an increase in risk of children being hit and injured by vehicles,” Flegel said.

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Published August 17, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Organizers of the annual Healthy Living Expo are getting warmed up in order to bring the event back to the Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center Sept. 15.

Hospitals, health services companies and more will appear at the expo to showcase services and information to people of all ages, but the expo has a particular focus on seniors. The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce is a chief organizer behind the event, and C & G Newspapers is an event sponsor.

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Published August 17, 2016

During the dog days of summer, the Sterling Heights City Council took a fresh look at its dangerous or potentially dangerous dog regulations and discussed some proposed changes to them.

The City Council voted unanimously to introduce the proposed alterations at its Aug. 3 meeting. The proposed changes would modify a 2011 legal model that regulates dogs deemed dangerous or potentially dangerous based on rules, not centered on particular breeds.

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Published August 17, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — While students spent the summer relaxing, the Utica Community Schools district reportedly spent its summer using bond money to invest in school infrastructure and technology.

On Aug. 10, the school district released a list of its summer 2016 bond issue projects.

According to the school district, 36 sites at UCS schools received swipe-card entry equipment, secondary schools received laptops, and the district bought 20 new buses.

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Published August 16, 2016

A Sterling Heights police officer was recently honored for his role in rescuing a Sterling Heights resident by performing CPR.

During an Aug. 3 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Jeff Bahorski honored Sterling Heights police officer Kevin McLellan for some recent rescue work credited with saving a life. He added that the incident recently caught the attention of the media, and a clip of some TV news footage was shown.

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Published August 15, 2016

Although the heyday of the hot rod drifts further into the past, local car enthusiasts say they are doing what they can to preserve the legacy of classic car cruising and to keep the dream alive for the next generation.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is returning to Woodward Avenue Aug. 20. According to cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels, the enthusiasm for the nostalgia-fueled car event isn’t running on empty.

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Published August 12, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The American Islamic Community Center recently filed a 54-page lawsuit against the city of Sterling Heights after the city rejected the center’s mosque proposal in 2015.

The AICC, based in Madison Heights, announced Aug. 10 that it had filed its lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Sterling Heights. In addition, the religious group is asking for the federal government to get involved — particularly the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Published August 8, 2016

Newer technology is often looked upon as a key to convenience, but sometimes key-related electronic components can carry their own set of problems unless drivers stay vigilant.

According to AAA, a recent study revealed that an estimated 32 million drivers had an experience with AAA that involved a vehicle being stranded in 2015, with many of those vehicles being under 5 years old.

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Published August 8, 2016

Two Utica Community Schools got just what the doctor ordered this summer — a sneak preview of what medical school is like.

Stevenson High School student Rachel Lee and Eisenhower High School student Madison Thompson took part in an Oakland University program that gave them a glimpse of what it’s like to take medical classes and do lab work.

The program, which reportedly involved 30 area students, lasted for two weeks and was facilitated by the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

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Published August 8, 2016

Fresh off of celebrating July as Parks and Recreation Month, Sterling Heights city officials said they are quickly transitioning to a plan to provide details and information to residents about an upcoming parks and recreation millage proposal.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 1, 2016

Volunteers at St. Michael Catholic Community in Sterling Heights recently proved that they belong to a growing church — particularly when it comes to growing plants.

St. Michael recently celebrated the completion and dedication of its restored peace garden July 10.

Ed Biegas. a volunteer who has taken care of St. Michael’s peace garden for around 27 years, said the restored garden is about 70 feet by 100 feet in size and contains about 16 or 17 trees, including red maples, flowering crabapples and serviceberries.

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Published August 1, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council recently saluted a U.S. Supreme Court judgment and altered city regulations on signs and flags to conform with a recent ruling.

At a July 19 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to pass an overarching motion to adopt revisions to signage regulations in the zoning ordinance.

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