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Published June 20, 2016

Amid data that says that more Michigan motorcyclists are dying on the road, safety organizations are recommending proper road etiquette and headgear as ways to lessen the odds of becoming a fatality statistic.

According to AAA, preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that Michigan motorcycle fatalities rose 23 percent — from 112 to 138 — from 2014 to 2015. 

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist for AAA Michigan, said an increase in road traffic might have played a partial role in the rise of reported motorcycle fatalities.

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Published June 17, 2016

Students may be on summer break, but road crews plan to continue construction work on major roads inside or bordering Sterling Heights.

At a June 7 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave an update on roadwork at two thoroughfares in the city.

The Van Dyke Avenue project, which lasted for much of 2015 and spanned between 18 Mile to south of 15 Mile, is proceeding and is in its final phase. He said two Van Dyke intersections, at Metropolitan Parkway and at 18 Mile Road, are being wrapped up.

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Published June 15, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights has appointed a new city attorney to keep an eagle eye on its legal matters.

During a June 7 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously voted to appoint Marc Kaszubski to the city attorney position for a term that started June 8, 2016, and lasts until June 30, 2018.

Kaszubski is succeeding Jeff Bahorski in the role; Bahorski was Sterling Heights’ city attorney from 2004 until 2016 and was recently appointed by the city to be its assistant city manager and eventual human resources director.

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Published June 14, 2016

Thousands of graduating seniors from the Utica Community Schools district have been deemed ready to face a future of higher education or careers upon earning their diplomas.

UCS high schoolers were scheduled to celebrate their graduations during June commencement ceremonies, including those for the four main high schools June 11.

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Published June 13, 2016

Whether it’s the odometer or some signal that serves as a reminder, it’s no surprise that a periodic oil change is a regular part of owning a vehicle. But vehicle models may differ in their oil change schedules or the types of oil recommended, according to local auto service professionals. 

Dave Pannecouk, owner of Dave’s Complete Auto Service in Harrison Township, said regular oil changes maintain a vehicle’s longevity and help it run better. 

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Published June 10, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The future plans of Sterling Heights’ parks and recreational facilities will be in play when residents vote on a millage proposal Nov. 8.

At a June 7 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council voted 6-1 to approve the proposal’s ballot language. Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Romano was the lone dissenter.

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Published June 8, 2016

Eleven Oakbrook Elementary School students earned the chance to have lunch with Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor, according to the school’s parent-teacher organization.

Lola Hess, vice president of the Oakbrook Family Tree PTO, said 11 students were chosen to have lunch  June 2 with the mayor. The students were the top earners for the school’s biggest fundraiser, the Hometown Heroes Fun Run. Hess said those students raised $4,720.09 this year for the May 6 fun run, which is designed to promote physical activity and healthy habits.

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Published June 6, 2016

Utica Community Schools students who are interested in teaching the next generation recently gained experience in the skill of writing children’s books.

Karen Chaffee, instructor for Henry Ford II High School’s Future Educators class, said her juniors and seniors recently penned their own children’s books in her class.

Future Educators classes in the other three main UCS high schools did the same, and the best books were recently honored in a contest, she said.

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Published June 6, 2016

A Sterling Heights state representative is hoping that a set of recently proposed bills in the state House of Representatives that would prevent minors from buying e-cigarettes will eventually become law and not vanish like a vapor.

State Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, is the primary sponsor of a three-bill package of proposals, House Bills 5686-5688, introduced May 24. The bills, which have attracted co-sponsors, aim to regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices.

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Published June 6, 2016

Whether it’s a traffic jam, summer construction or mere happenstance, the driving experience offers numerous chances to encounter frustration. And according to experts, drivers need to take steps to prevent danger from happening to themselves or others. 

According to Sgt. Jill Bennett from the Michigan State Police, aggressive driving incidents and road rage sometimes occurs during rush hour on major metro Detroit expressways. But she said it is seen elsewhere, too.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 3, 2016

A firefighting training session has come and gone in a flash, but the Sterling Heights Fire Department says firefighters learned valuable knowledge from the experience.

According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, the live fire training exercise took place May 25-27 in the parking lot of the former Sunnybrook Lanes building in Sterling Heights. The SHFD said fire departments from Utica and Shelby Township were also invited to participate.

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Published June 1, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights resident is facing charges after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Warren Consolidated Schools bus as it transported students home May 27.

Konrad Sliwinski, 40, has been charged with a minor injury accident, felonious assault with a motor vehicle, and reckless driving for crashing into the bus after he was allegedly involved in a road rage incident that reportedly began in Troy.      

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Published May 31, 2016

The new president and CEO of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melanie Davis, has wasted no time getting down to business with setting goals and meeting prominent community members.

Davis, 45, from Sterling Heights, replaced Wayne Oehmke when he retired from the position in the beginning of May. Her past career experience includes positions at the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce,  at the Detroit Regional Chamber and at the Adcraft Club of Detroit.

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Published May 31, 2016

From Memorial Day weekend on, many metro Detroiters will seek out a natural retreat during their summer excursions. But even on a camping trip, people aren’t out of the woods in terms of motor safety.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, said a combination of factors like warmer weather and kids finishing the school year will mean more traffic on roads and at travel destinations, including campsites. 

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Published May 30, 2016

Some Sterling Heights officials expressed pride in recent statistics gleaned from the city’s month-long cleanup campaign.

During a May 17 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool shared some facts and figures related to the campaign known as Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month.

“I wanted to give the community a bit of an update because I think you’ll appreciate some of these statistics,” he said.

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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — When the Beaumont One: Air Medical Transportation Helicopter crew receives an emergency call, the staff is up in the air within 6-10 minutes and heading to the scene.

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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Grissom Middle School student was taken to a local hospital for observation after a Warren Consolidated Schools bus was involved in a traffic incident at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 27.

The crash happened on 15 Mile Road between Ryan and Dequindre roads, according to district officials. According to information obtained by WCS officials, an SUV hit the bus head-on and the bus driver was not at fault.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The initiative and talent of two Eisenhower High School students recently paid off when they took a first-place award in a filmmaking contest.

Eisenhower sophomores Isabel Wallace and Emma Heidrich worked together to create a 30-second public service announcement video for the Courageous Persuaders contest, which was sponsored by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. The contest’s objective is to encourage students to make videos that warn people of the dangers of underage drinking and driving while texting.

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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Change is coming to part of the Clinton River this year, and kayakers, fishers and others who use the waterway for recreation should keep the impact in mind, according to city officials.

Last year, the Sterling Heights City Council agreed to a plan with Utica to secure $4.5 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant money — with no local matching funds needed — for restoration and cleanup improvements to an estimated 9-mile portion of the Clinton River.

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