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Published July 22, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights’ city summer bash promises to celebrate the 1980s for its opening day and to bring back favorite attractions throughout the rest of the three-day event.

The Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will return to the Richard J. Notte City Center and its surroundings July 28-30.

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Published July 18, 2016

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will choose party candidates for multiple county and state races during the Aug. 2 primary election. Profiles appear only for candidates in contested party races. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published July 18, 2016

A 64-year-old Sterling Heights resident died in one of two house fires that occurred on the same day recently.

According to the Fire Department, at about 9:25 p.m. July 8, five Sterling Heights fire stations coordinated to put out a house fire in the 2000 block of Newell Drive. As Sterling Heights firefighters worked, the Warren and Clinton Township fire departments were asked to assist in guarding the city from additional problems.

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Published July 18, 2016

In order for Sterling Heights voters to choose the people they wish to lead the county, state and country, there first needs to be people who help the election process work smoothly.

The city of Sterling Heights is looking for election inspectors for the Aug. 2 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election. City Clerk Mark Carufel said election inspectors help conduct elections according to state rules and instructions from the city clerk and his staff.

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Published July 17, 2016

While the classics will remain, organizers of the Concours d’Elegance of America say they are planning to reach out to a younger generation of auto lovers when the annual event returns to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 15, 2016

A new mobile game that lets people play a popular Nintendo franchise in the real world has caught up both Sterling Heights residents and city officials — even while news reports nationwide detail the clashes that arise when reality and video game fantasy converge.

On July 6, “Pokémon Go” was released in the U.S. for iPhone and Android devices. According to an analytics website called SimilarWeb, the game soared in popularity and was already installed in more than 5 percent of U.S. Android devices by July 8.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Metro Detroiters craving some pasta and Italian-themed activities are invited to Freedom Hill County Park for Festa Italiana July 15-17.

Festa Italiana Chairman Joe Ventimiglia, from the Italian American Cultural Society, said the festival has drawn an estimated 25,000 visitors over the weekend in the past. Part of the event’s appeal lies in the local Italian community’s ability to come together away from the worries of everyday life, he said. But he added that people of all ethnicities will find lots to love.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Thirty-five full-time teachers are no longer employed at Utica Community Schools as part of the school district’s implementation of a balanced 2016-17 fiscal year budget, according to UCS officials.

The 2016-17 budget, along with the recent round of layoffs, were effective at the start of July. The UCS Board of Education adopted a balanced 2016-17 budget June 13. The operating budget weighs in at $277.6 million.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Months before Sterling Heights residents vote on whether to accept a new millage dedicated to parks and recreation projects, city officials are promoting the parks’ benefits to the public as part of a July campaign.

At a June 21 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved a resolution that declares July Parks and Recreation Month in Sterling Heights and encourages residents to embrace the city’s parks and enjoy the city’s recreational programs.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 5, 2016

Local dealerships are uncovering the details about what customers want in a new convertible and what automakers have to offer this summer. 

Mike Long, sales manager at Royal Oak Ford, said many people celebrate the warmer weather with a slick new Ford Mustang convertible. He explained that convertible sales pick up as soon as the temperatures climb.

“The demand for convertibles right now is strong, and we sell every one that we get,” he said.

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Published July 4, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials recently received the fresh air of good news when they learned that federal firefighting aid could help replace compressed air filling stations at two Sterling Heights fire stations.

The city announced in June that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is sending more than $176,000 in new grant money to the Sterling Heights Fire Department. According to the city, the grant requires a 10 percent city match.

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Published July 3, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library is encouraging patrons young and old to put forth an Olympic effort in reading as part of its latest spin on the summer reading program.

Every year, the library runs a campaign that invites adults, children and others to take part in reading activities while offering chances to receive prizes.

At a June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the summer reading program “long-established and successful,” and he encouraged people to check out the library’s website for more details.

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published July 1, 2016

While thousands of metro Detroiters celebrated the red, white and blue, local police wrapped up their summer Operation Blue Light campaign to thwart ignorers of red lights and more.

The Sterling Heights Police Department participated in Operation Blue Light through a joint effort with police departments from Shelby Township and Utica. The cops’ campaign began June 20 and ended July 4.

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Published July 1, 2016

Road crews are making progress on the path to smoother major and local roads in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

At the June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said repairs on Ryan Road, between 15 Mile Road and Metropolitan Parkway, are getting started, and the work will get rid of old concrete and replace it with fresh material.

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Published June 30, 2016

The Sterling Heights Fire Department rescued a pet from a burning home June 30.

At around 10 a.m., the Fire Department learned of a house fire in the 8700 block of Shannon Drive, a bit north of the intersection of Clinton River Road and Riverland Drive, according to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin.

“The report was there was heavy smoke coming from the house and … there might be an occupant in the house,” he said.

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Published June 27, 2016

As immigration and national security continue to be top issues in the news and in political campaigns, federal statistics show that Michigan is receiving the most Syrian refugees so far this fiscal year.

In March, the U.S. Department of State said the federal government planned to take in and resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016, which started last October. In fiscal year 2017, the government also plans to accept into the U.S. a total of 100,000 refugees from around the world.

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