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Published December 21, 2015

For another year, Sterling Heights police officers’ annual Cops and Kids event was on target in helping low-income families afford some presents this holiday season.

Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 118 and from the Sterling Heights Police Department teamed up with the Target store at Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road to host a Dec. 12 shopping spree for a preselected group of young people.

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Published December 21, 2015

This year’s version of Sterling Heights’ “Project Runway” amateur fashion contest will focus less on style and more on absurdity according to organizers at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library will hold its “Project Runway: Ugly Sweater Edition” Dec. 29.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the event’s timing with the end of the year was intentional.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

The start of a new year signals the green light for the start of a new season at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit.

The auto show season will start Jan. 9 with an event at MGM Grand Detroit called “The Gallery.” Then the media will be invited Jan. 11-12 to tour the exhibits at Cobo Center. 

Industry professionals will convene Jan. 13-14 for their own preview, and a charity preview will take place Jan. 15. Finally, the general public is invited to personally see the displays Jan. 16-24. 

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Published December 14, 2015

Whether you choose to make a toast to the holidays or not, police and driving safety experts say that preventing drunken driving is something that everyone should celebrate.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said police plan to be very vigilant in spotting drunken drivers on the road and arresting them. He said while he has no problem with people celebrating and having fun, police are “not at all for mixing alcohol and driving.”

Under the influence, drivers pose a danger not just to themselves but everyone else on the road, he explained.

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Published December 14, 2015

Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 11, 2015

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, have shoved personal safety to the forefront of many Americans’ minds. And while martial arts or a firearm are common self-defense options, police and local businesses say people should be prepared if they choose to pursue those choices.

Patricia Yousif, owner of Patriots Ammo & Arms in Shelby Township, said there is a surge of people taking gun training lessons and also buying firearms at her store. She said AR semi-automatic rifles are currently a popular buy.

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Published December 11, 2015

The nearly yearlong construction on Van Dyke Avenue and its resulting traffic restrictions have mostly eased as of December, with the expectation that related work will continue in the spring of 2016, according to city officials.

At a Dec. 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said he was happy to announce that most construction barrels have been removed from the avenue as road construction season wraps up for the year.

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Published December 9, 2015

Sterling Heights Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker, who represents Macomb County on the new regional water authority, is predicting rising water rates over the next two years, though he said he’ll do what he can to be a watchdog in representing the county’s interests and the interests of water rate customers.

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Published December 9, 2015

High school seniors who attend Utica Community Schools and its Utica Center for Science and Industry showed the community their tricks of the trade for designing helpful new products.

According to school officials, UCSI held a simulated trade show Dec. 2 at its building in Sterling Heights as a way to teach high schoolers lessons about integrating engineering, mechatronics and multimedia elements.

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Published December 8, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Sterling Heights author hopes to add a new wrinkle to getting young people interested in reading with his book about a pug dog’s international adventures.

Author Daniel David Elles released a children’s book this fall called “The Adventures of Elvis the Pug: Lost in Canada.”

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Published December 7, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Even if a new car doesn’t fit on your Christmas shopping list, local dealerships say they sell other items and merchandise that could please fans of certain automakers and brands.

According to staff at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, the dealership offers vehicle accessories such as special floor mats and vehicle remote starters that can be activated by cellphone. 

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Published December 4, 2015

A Hall Road monitoring project that combined the efforts of several local police departments in October netted more than 1,300 offenses, according to Sterling Heights police.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith, a collective police effort to patrol and enforce traffic laws on M-59/Hall Road throughout Macomb County was helpful in reducing unlawful driving habits. Prior to setting up the enforcement zone, police had received complaints about speeding, tailgating and more along the thoroughfare.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

Utica Community Schools students used and reused their problem-solving skills when they operated robots and demonstrated their expertise in solving trash-based problems at a recent regional FIRST Lego League tournament in Sterling Heights.

More than 40 teams competed in the annual UCS ThunderQuest tournament Nov. 21 at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights.

Jake Palmer, a principal at Switzer Elementary School who is involved with ThunderQuest, said the tournament was held despite a snowstorm outside.

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Published December 2, 2015

’Tis the season for transitions in Sterling Heights’ city  administration.

During a Nov. 17 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council voted 7-0 to approve longtime staffer Michael Moore as the city’s official Department of Public Works director. Moore was interim director in the wake of Sal Conigliaro’s retirement from the director post last summer.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published December 1, 2015

An initial report of an alleged threat that alluded to the Islamic State triggered a Meijer store’s temporary closure but was later deemed groundless, Sterling Heights police said.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith, an employee of the Meijer store near Van Dyke Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway was in the process of walking out of the store at around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Along the way, she reportedly had a conversation with a male customer about world events, including the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

Wish lists are on many minds this season, and a common-but-unstated desire among drivers is to avoid getting into a traffic accident.

A list compiled by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan has tentatively revealed some local intersections with the highest number of vehicle crashes in 2015 thus far. 

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