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Published November 19, 2015

A report of a student contracting tuberculosis within the Utica Community Schools district has led school officials to notify parents, and a county health official says his agency is monitoring the situation.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the illness was contracted by a Utica High School student who also attends class at Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights for an hour a day.

McAvoy said the district alerted parents about the situation Nov. 18.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s Nov. 15 announcement on refugees and the safety of Michigan residents has been interpreted by some as supporting an effort to stop refugees from settling in Michigan, but a spokesman for the governor said Snyder plans to comply with the federal process.

In a statement issued Nov. 15, Snyder called Michigan a “welcoming state” with a rich immigration history, but he added that “our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”

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Published November 18, 2015

The city will soon receive vendor bids on waste hauling contract options after the City Council voted 4-3 Nov. 4 to approve bid specifications for distribution.

The vote to approve bid specifications fell along the same lines as an October vote to ask city administrators to formulate bid specifications, with council input, in order to rebid for garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup services.

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Published November 18, 2015

“Almost” is more than good enough for Eisenhower High School students as they get ready to present their latest play, “Almost, Maine,” Nov. 20-22.

Eisenhower theater director David Springer described “Almost, Maine” as “a more modern play” that has a feeling of fun and quirkiness.

“It is actually one of the most performed plays of the 2010s, and the reason for that is that it’s a romantic comedy,” he said.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 16, 2015

If your newer vehicle didn’t come with a spare tire, there is no reason to despair so long as you make plans well ahead of a flat tire event, according to AAA and tire experts.

According to AAA, a spare tire has become a less common feature in newer vehicles due to it being removed in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency ratings. Instead, some newer vehicles come equipped with a tire inflation kit. 

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Published November 13, 2015

As the epicenter of Middle Eastern culture in America, metro Detroit has a new building that serves as a community center and larger facility for the Chaldean Community Foundation in Sterling Heights.

The Community Foundation is the charitable arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce in Bingham Farms.

The foundation’s president, Martin Manna, said the new building opened to the public Nov. 10, and a grand opening was scheduled to take place Nov. 13. He said construction had been ongoing since April, and he called the opening “long overdue.”

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 10, 2015

An 89-year-old man is in critical condition after being attacked by a suspect who also allegedly stole an 85-year-old woman’s purse in Sterling Heights Nov. 5, police said.

Police said the couple was targeted after 7 p.m. Thursday upon returning to a home after dinner in the 42000 block of Jason Court, near 19 Mile and Schoenherr roads. A suspect allegedly approached the couple, attacked the man and grabbed the woman’s purse, police said.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

Sunnybrook’s status as a golfing destination may now be history in Sterling Heights, but city officials see sunnier days ahead for the city’s manufacturing base with the announcement of a major industrial development.

On Oct. 27, the city announced in a press release that Sterling Heights will soon be home to a new, large industrial enterprise area that will replace the golf course that had been owned by Sunnybrook Golf Bowl Motel. Sunnybrook closed at the end of September.

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Published November 4, 2015

When the Detroit Institute of Arts searched for students to offer their input on an art exhibit, it found a pair of budding art analysts at Utica Community Schools.

Utica High School student Sydney Wilcox and Henry Ford II High School student Justin Walters were two of 11 local students to have their comments on artwork recorded in tandem with a DIA exhibit called “30 Americans.” The exhibit runs until Jan. 18, 2016.

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Published November 4, 2015

A Sterling Heights restaurant will be on the side of the Angels when it hosts a pair of events aimed at helping children and families in need.

The nonprofit group Calling All Angels will host the Giving Children Hope charity gala and fundraiser Nov. 6 at Penna’s of Sterling. The event will include dinner, beverages, dancing, auctions and charitable gaming.

According to CAA, proceeds will help the charity serve the needs of children in the tri-county area who are homeless, abused, neglected, ill or otherwise disadvantaged.

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Published November 4, 2015

Online metrics suggest that Sterling Heights’ efforts to expand its online and social media presence are paying off, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle said at an Oct. 20 City Council meeting that the city continues to explore digital engagement by using its website and social media tools.

“We find that the more we utilize digital tools, it’s easier for residents to communicate, ask questions, address concerns and give suggestions to city staff,” she said.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 30, 2015

The Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center has been proactive in learning how to serve the center’s patrons, including those who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other illnesses that cause progressive memory loss in older adults, city officials say.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

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Published October 28, 2015

Organizers of local Veterans Day events are lining things up in formation in order to show appreciation to people who have served in the military.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center, located at 40620 Utica Road in Dodge Park.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle, the city teams up with the Sterling Heights Community Foundation and local veterans to present the ceremony.

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