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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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Published October 28, 2015

It’ll soon be time to dress up again in Sterling Heights, as one of the city’s most prestigious outings of the year gets ready to begin.

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation’s third annual Puttin’ on the Ritz gala will invite ticket holders to dine, mingle and more Nov. 20 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 28, 2015

Before the Dodge Park Farmers Market hauls off for the year, some of the city’s hardest-working vehicles will be on display for residents to see up close and personal.

Sterling Heights will host its first Touch a Truck activity Oct. 29 at Dodge Park. The event will run 3-6 p.m. — concurrent with the Farmers Market’s last day in 2015.

At an Oct. 20 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the idea of bringing together the city’s major equipment for display “new and exciting.”

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Published October 28, 2015

Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

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Published October 26, 2015

Talk of Indian summer and El Niño to the contrary, the arctic air of winter is bound to make an appearance in Michigan soon. And for drivers, that should mean being ready to prepare for the challenges that cold temperatures and snow may bring to a vehicle.

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan public affairs specialist, said now is the best time to check on everything in the car, before the weather gets cold.

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Published October 23, 2015

Sterling Heights city officials got down to business as they learned details of the city’s economic health and upcoming plans Oct. 20.

Lukas Bonner, whom the council appointed to be an economic development adviser, presented an update on the city’s economic record.

Among the topics he raised, Bonner said ‘the community is mostly built out — a challenge for bringing in new investment and enlarging the tax base.

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Published October 21, 2015

An end-of-the-meeting motion to pursue an open bidding process for picking a city waste hauler narrowly passed the Sterling Heights City Council Oct. 6.

The council voted 4-3 to not extend the city's contract with Waste Management for one or two years, but instead have an open bidding process. The motion directs city administrators to prepare bid specs and meet with council members for suggestions.

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Published October 21, 2015

Several residents and City Council challenger candidates made another round of pleas to Sterling Heights city officials to take more action on smart meters during an Oct. 6 council meeting.

During public comment, resident and council candidate Jackie Ryan said she did a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered documents related to the smart meter issue.

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Published October 21, 2015

An expert at playing the keys recently gave eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools some keys to understanding the World War II era and the Holocaust from a personal perspective.

On Oct. 12, more than 2,000 eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools witnessed a presentation by Grammy-nominated pianist and author Mona Golabek at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

During the presentation, Golabek shared the story behind “The Children of Willesden Lane,” a book that she wrote with co-author Lee Cohen.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will be tasked Nov. 3 with deciding all seven seats of the Sterling Heights City Council. Two candidates, Mayor Michael Taylor and Councilman Nate Shannon, were appointed to their current positions following the death of former Mayor Richard Notte in 2014. They are running to retain their seats.

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Published October 19, 2015

Police and health experts are warning metro Detroit’s drivers to not be afraid of being extra cautious while driving or trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Donna Bucciarelli, injury prevention education coordinator at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, said adult drivers should never be distracted by phones and texts, but it’s especially important to pay attention on Halloween due to the night’s foot traffic.

“Especially on Halloween, kids … have a mission,” she said. “They will dart out in front of cars, in between cars.”

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Published October 16, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Reconstruction work on around 3 miles of Van Dyke Avenue is on course to wind down by winter, according to a presentation that updated residents on road repairs in Sterling Heights.

During an Oct. 6 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said progress has been made in 2015, but the season is not over.

“We have a little longer to go, especially on Van Dyke,” he said.

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Published October 14, 2015

Ten out of 12 candidates running for nonmayoral City Council positions in Sterling Heights this November gathered to elaborate on their views at an Oct. 1 candidate forum.

The forum, moderated by Wayne Oehmke from the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, lasted about two hours as candidates gave opening and closing statements and answered multiple rounds of questions.

Sterling Heights residents will vote Nov. 3 to determine who is seated on the City Council — one mayor and six other council members — for the next two years.

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Published October 14, 2015

Sterling Heights’ two mayoral candidates drew sharp distinctions between each other during an Oct. 1 candidate forum at Sterling Heights City Hall.

Mayor Michael Taylor and challenger Paul Smith answered questions for around 35 minutes at the forum, which was sponsored by the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was moderated by chamber President and CEO Wayne Oehmke.

The candidate forum was a prelude to the Nov. 3 election, in which Sterling Heights voters will pick a mayor and six other City Council members, all for two-year terms.

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