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Published February 17, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials are lawyering up to pursue legal remedies, if necessary, in order to shield the city and residents from potential financial burdens associated with the 15 Mile Road Interceptor collapse and sinkhole in Fraser.

During the Sterling Heights City Council’s Feb. 7 meeting, the council members emerged from a closed session meeting with the city attorney and voted unanimously to hire the law firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton.

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Published February 16, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 15, 2017

Eisenhower High School is ready to greet the second half of its school year with a kiss by staging the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

According to Eisenhower theater director David Springer, the school decided last spring to stage the musical after performing “The Little Mermaid” in spring 2016. He called “Bye Bye Birdie” an “old-school show” and said it would be a good experience for kids to perform it after recently having done more current productions.

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Automaker representatives and local dealerships are weighing in on the impact that last month’s North American International Auto Show — as well as recent auto awards — have had on consumer interest and sales.

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Published February 14, 2017

The Sterling Heights Police Department proved that it is doggedly determined to fight crime at a Feb. 7 City Council meeting.

In addition to swearing in four human police officers, the Police Department introduced a new K-9 into the force. Police Chief John Berg said the female Dutch shepherd, whose name is Ivy, is set to start several months of training.

“This officer comes to us from Tennessee, and this officer comes on four legs, and she is the first female K-9 we’ve had since the 1970s,” Berg said.

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Published February 14, 2017

The Sterling Heights Fire Department presented department information and a goal checklist for residents to follow in order to keep their homes safer at a recent meeting.

During a Jan. 24 special Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Fire Chief Chris Martin explained that his organization is well-equipped to follow its mission statement, which contains a commitment to be proactive in reducing fire-related deaths, injuries and property loss.

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Published February 14, 2017

A new year means a chance to turn over a new leaf, and the city of Sterling Heights has committed to putting more leaves in its boundaries in the years ahead.

At a Jan. 24 strategic planning meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council listened to city officials talk about trees and the need to increase the numbers of them in the city.

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Published February 10, 2017

Organizations that assist local Middle Eastern communities are reacting to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that, among other things, paused refugee admissions and temporarily restricted certain incoming U.S. noncitizens.

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Published February 8, 2017

The day when cars can communicate with one another and with road infrastructure is approaching the horizon, according to experts at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January.

Over at the display of the auto supplier Denso, company representatives explained the latest progress with V2X technology that is designed to streamline driving and make it safer. Denso says V2X incorporates technology in which cars and their surroundings interact, including vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I).

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Published February 7, 2017

Sterling Heights Police Department personnel revealed the basics behind their new CORE community outreach program at a Jan. 24 Sterling Heights City Council special strategic planning meeting.

According to Police Chief John Berg, CORE, which stands for Community Outreach and Engagement, is an upcoming police liaison program created to better connect officers and residents. It will formally roll out to the public this spring.

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Published February 7, 2017

The hot rods promise to still be hot at Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center in Detroit Feb. 24-26.

More than 800 vehicles are scheduled to appear at the event, including hot rods, custom vehicles, motorbikes and trucks. The event is presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, hosted by the Michigan Hot Rod Association and produced by Championship Auto Shows Inc.

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Published February 7, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials are developing plans they believe will smartly install more public art in the city.

Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski revealed the latest update to the city’s evolving public art plan at a Jan. 24 special Sterling Heights City Council meeting that addressed strategic planning.

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Published February 7, 2017

Some of the amenities that Sterling Heights officials promised voters in seeking approval of a November parks and recreation millage proposal should be open to the public later this year, according to city officials.

During a Jan. 24 special Sterling Heights City Council meeting, council members heard strategic planning reports from department heads, and the status of the Recreating Recreation plan arose again. City Development Director Denice Gerstenberg offered updates on a proposed timeline that city officials have charted out.

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Published February 1, 2017

The days of the wooden-paneled station wagon have been eclipsed as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit showed off some of the latest models and concepts that could define family vehicles in the future.

During a Jan. 9 presentation to the media, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., said the 2018 Honda Odyssey is “designed around the needs of the family” and compared its vision to offering a campfire atmosphere that lets everyone join the conversation, including occupants in the back.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After prescription drugs and opiates have ravaged families and society in recent years, one community has come together to offer proactive solutions.

On Jan. 31, “Hope Not Handcuffs” was officially launched in Macomb County, led by Families Against Narcotics, in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery initiative.

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Published January 31, 2017

A high school senior from Utica Community Schools proved he could get his act together perfectly on his ACT.

Atishay Singh, 18, of Sterling Heights, recently earned a flawless composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. Singh — who attends Stevenson High School, and the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology — said he earned the perfect score last fall when he took the test for the second time.

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Published January 31, 2017

NOVI — The summer vacationing months are still months away, but for people interested in purchasing a recreational vehicle, now is the time to browse and learn about the latest trends in metro Detroit.

The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi will host the 51st annual Detroit Camper and RV Show Feb. 8-12.

Bill Sheffer, executive director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, said organizers expect around 25,000 people to attend the show, and dealers will showcase an estimated 280 recreational vehicles.

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Published January 31, 2017

With nominations now coming in, local businesses will be on the edge of their seats this May when the 2017 Sterling Edge Awards are announced.

Melanie Davis, president and CEO of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the point of the awards ceremony is to recognize Sterling Heights-area companies that have demonstrated best business practices.

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Published January 31, 2017

The Sterling Heights City Council and the city’s residents have not run out of things to say yet over a proposal to limit public speaking time at council meetings.

During a Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Councilman Doug Skrzyniarz spent the end of the meeting trying to convince his colleagues to support reducing audience members’ public speaking time from seven minutes to three minutes per agenda item and during general public comment.

The proposal comes at a time when some council members have previously complained about audience interruptions and rudeness.

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Published January 31, 2017

As Sterling Heights has crossed over into a new year, so has it begun the work of building a new crossing over the Clinton River.

According to a presentation by City Manager Mark Vanderpool at a Jan. 17 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the city started moving toward constructing a new pedestrian bridge in Dodge Park in January.

“I’d like to begin by updating everyone — not that you would notice this — I doubt you’ve been out on the trail,” he said.

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