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Published April 26, 2016

Some of the finest of fine art that Utica Community Schools students have produced was on display April 18-22 during the school district’s annual K-12 Fine Arts Festival.

Karen Borbolla, Morgan Elementary art teacher and UCS K-12 art department chair, said the week’s festivities were held at the old Ewell Elementary School building in Shelby Township.

She said they expected to reach an attendance target range between 10,000 and 11,000 people, including students, families, school administrators and community members.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

The April 19 filing deadline has passed, and now Macomb County has an official list of Democratic and Republican candidates for the state’s 30th House District race.

Seven candidates are vying to fill the state House seat, which will have no incumbent candidate running. State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, is the current occupant, but he is term-limited.

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Published April 26, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — With April winding down, it won’t be long before parents connect their kids to a bevy of summer programming available from the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department and Velocity Jr.

For parents who wish to immerse their children in science, robotics, computers and more, the Velocity Jr. summer camps are coming back.

During the April 5 City Council meeting, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool offered a brief preview of the program.

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Published April 26, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights Police Capt. John Berg — who has served as interim police chief for several months — was formally approved to become Chief Berg for the long haul at the April 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting.

In a unanimous vote, the council approved City Manager Mark Vanderpool’s recommendation that Berg be selected from among three top job candidates to replace former Police Chief Michael Reese, who retired from the position in December.

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Published April 25, 2016

Family members seeking to congratulate their graduates with a vehicle purchase or lease can score some top-grade deals this time of year, according to some local dealerships. 

Fernando Mendez, sales manager for Serra Kia in Washington Township, said his dealership sees some of the graduation crowd walk through its doors around this time of year. 

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Published April 22, 2016

Sterling Heights police and city officials said a recent report of a coyote sighting in the city is no cause for alarm, but they encouraged residents to cut off possible food supplies and to keep pets secure.

According to reports, someone spotted a coyote in a neighborhood near 15 Mile and Dodge Park roads April 19.

In a statement, Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said coyotes are “not uncommon” to the area due to the city’s large amount of wooded parkland.

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Published April 20, 2016

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently looked within its namesake city to find Melanie Davis, its newest president and CEO.

Davis, 45, from Sterling Heights, will take over the job from Wayne Oehmke, 74, from Macomb Township. Oehmke plans to retire from the leadership spot next month.

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Published April 19, 2016

In unrelated campaigns, a church and a new outpatient drug treatment center are focusing on preventing and treating drug addiction this month.

St. Michael Catholic Community in Sterling Heights will participate in a National Drug Take Back Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30. The church is encouraging people to bring their unused prescription drugs — but not needles — to the church so that qualified officials can properly dispose of them. The church is conducting the initiative in conjunction with Operation Rx in Macomb County.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 18, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

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Published April 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the Oculus Rift is attempting to mainstream virtual reality to consumers, Utica Community Schools’ plans to introduce a different company’s 3-D technology into the classroom have also become a reality.

The school district held a demonstration of zSpace virtual reality learning materials April 12 at Ebeling Elementary School in Macomb Township. UCS has been using the technology for about a month, and it is the first school district in the state to do so, according to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy.

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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced April 13 that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Flynn, D-Sterling Heights, is serving his fifth term after becoming the youngest commissioner ever elected to the board at age 20 and becoming the youngest board chair at age 26.

“I am truly privileged to have had the responsibility to hold the positions entrusted to me by my constituents and colleagues,” Flynn said in a press release.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 14, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is wasting no time this April in arranging special dates for people to recycle their electronic junk and papers.

At an April 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool encouraged people to bring their unwanted electronic waste April 16, and unwanted papers April 23, to the city’s Department of Public Works building.

“This has been hugely popular over the last few years,” he said, referring to the electronics day.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — In 1928, a new summer camp was developed in Burtchville, north of Port Huron, to welcome children with physical disabilities who could enjoy summer activities at their leisure.

The camp was originally incorporated as the Michigan League for Crippled Children by a woman named Grace Bentley, who was committed to special-needs children. The camp, which took on the name Camp Grace Bentley, flourished and over the years has continued to welcome children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, blindness, autism and those who use wheelchairs.

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Published April 11, 2016

Hall Road is getting ready to become a dining hall for hundreds of grub crawlers later this month, due in part to the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold its Spring 2016 Grub Crawl 5:30-9 p.m. April 27.

This year, the event’s participating restaurants are bd’s Mongolian Grill, Buca di Beppo, Clancy’s Irish Pub, Dooleys, Joe’s Southern Grill inside Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, Red Ox Tavern, Sherwood Brewing Co. and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.

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Published April 11, 2016

Around the same time metro Detroiters hang up their winter coats, many motorists will be searching for ways to remove the winter coating of dirt and salt off their vehicles.

Ryan Smiecinski, manager of Joe’s Auto Parts in Royal Oak, said there are numerous options when it comes to cleaning a vehicle’s exterior and interior, depending on how much time and effort the owner wants to employ.

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Published April 8, 2016

After a months-long bidding process that frequently divided Sterling Heights City Council members, the council unanimously voted to approve a waste hauling contract April 5.

The council voted to pick Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services as the city’s next contracted hauler for an eight-year term. The city approved the new partnership before Sterling Heights’ current waste hauling contract with Waste Management expires at the end of April. Rizzo is expected to start picking up Sterling Heights’ trash in May.

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