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Published March 23, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council recently clicked “on” for a proposal that officials say will fund new city customer service software to make handling resident concerns more efficient.

During a March 15 meeting, the council voted unanimously to fund the SeeClickFix software and its accompanying app for three years — starting July 1 — at an annual rate of $18,696. The proposal was part of the city’s consent agenda, and City Council members did not discuss the issue during the meeting.

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Published March 23, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — The Library of Michigan recently awarded 13 elementary school libraries in the Warren Consolidated Schools district with a certificate of completion for meeting the qualified or exemplary status of the measurement benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools.  

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Published March 21, 2016

When it comes to traffic safety, experts are nodding in agreement over the importance of reminding drivers not to nod off while they’re on the road.

AAA Michigan brought attention to the dangers of drowsy driving in light of the March 13 start of daylight saving time. A University of Colorado Boulder analysis concluded that the springtime time switch correlates to a 5 to 7 percent increase in risk of a deadly car crash.

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Published March 18, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights found some room within its 36.8 square miles to accommodate a new cyber space.

Government officials, academic representatives and others held a grand opening event March 18 for the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, which is housed inside the Velocity Collaboration Center building in Sterling Heights. The Velocity Collaboration Center also is home to the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, which provides resources that help small businesses.

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Published March 16, 2016

Utica Community Schools students will get a sneak peek of the adult world at the Career Expo 2016 March 29.

The event, which takes place at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, will invite an estimated 100 professionals from different careers.

They will teach students about their jobs and the education, qualifications and skills needed to do them. Students and their parents are welcome, as is school district staff, according to UCS.

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Published March 15, 2016

Sterling Heights has done some of the heavy lifting in arranging options for senior citizens and other residents who live in the city who have difficulty with shoveling snow or mowing lawns by themselves.

During a March 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool reminded residents that some people are eligible to receive assistance in the areas of grass cutting, snow removal or odd household jobs.

According to Vanderpool, one group that offers such help for seniors is Macomb Community Action, through the Senior Citizen Chore Service program.

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Published March 15, 2016

As the Sterling Heights City Council continues to steer its way through negotiating a new waste hauling contract, the issue of political campaign contributions has arisen again.

The issue came up during a March 1 meeting, when a 4-3 council majority decided to pursue a request for proposals process toward a new contract, which could last five to eight years.

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Published March 14, 2016

The trouble in River City will make its way to Sterling Heights when Henry Ford II High School presents “The Music Man” March 17-20.

Ford theater director Kirstin Carolin said the students have been doing a great job learning the roles and putting the show together. She said the students’ strong talent has made the show possible to present.

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Published March 14, 2016

Results from the March 8 presidential primary election revealed that more Sterling Heights voters picked Republican businessman Donald Trump than any other candidate. And despite Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Michigan’s Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton maintained a slight lead in Sterling Heights.

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Published March 14, 2016

It can be a pain to look through a windshield pane that gets cracked or chipped, and auto repair professionals say it’s best to fix small flaws before they become a bigger problem later on.

Mark Sykes, who owns Showcase Collision and Auto Care Center in Warren, said, this time of year, along with the start of spring, is when people start taking a closer look at their car for repairs. He also said this season is a common one for getting windshield damage from stone chips and other hazards.

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Published March 9, 2016

The Sterling Heights Coffeehouse concert program has been brewing up its latest batch of musical talent for 2016.

On Feb. 28, The Swift Brothers, a Michigan-based folk duo, played at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center. On March 13, the Celtic music group Blackthorn is expected to perform its repertoire of Irish tunes at the Recreation Center.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, this year is the first time in a while that the city has had more than one musical group perform during the Sterling Coffeehouse concert series.

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Published March 9, 2016

A new baseball-themed incentive program that promotes reading to elementary school students is on deck in the Utica Community Schools district.

UCS students from grades three through six will be spending March, which is Reading Month, in their own form of spring training. The students will be involved in a reading incentive program called Lancelot’s Learners League, which is affiliated with the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

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Published March 8, 2016

County and regional water authority officials are touting a new water residential assistance program they say could help some local low-income residents afford their water bills.

Brian Baker, who represents Macomb County on the Great Lakes Water Authority, said the residential assistance program is being administered through allied agencies. The program was set to begin March 1.

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Published March 8, 2016

With a deadline approaching, the Sterling Heights City Council wasted no time approving a request for proposals on services for a waste hauling contract.

During a March 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council voted 4-3 to approve the RFP. Waste hauling companies are expected to submit proposals on a waste hauling contract that is scheduled to start in May. The contract could last five years, with an option to have it last six, seven or eight years in total, according to city officials.

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Published March 8, 2016

Just as spring is the time for many homeowners to do some cleaning, the changing of the seasons is a good time to examine a vehicle’s condition and be mindful of driving practices. 

According to Gary Bubar, traffic safety and public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, the early spring can still sometimes bring an unexpected reprise of winter driving and its challenges. This is especially true at night when the temperature cools, which can cause roads to freeze and produce patches of black ice, he said.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 3, 2016

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging locals to eat, drink and enjoy good times at restaurants that are clustered in Sterling Heights, Utica and Shelby Township this March.

More than 20 restaurants will hold special deals for patrons during the chamber’s Restaurant Week, which runs March 6-12 this year.

According to chamber staff, the promotion is designed to bring attention to new restaurants and entice customers to try out different venues.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published February 29, 2016

After a winter of salting and plowing, the local county road commissions will soon transition to fixing the damage that the elements and vehicles cause to roads, bridges and more.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said Oakland County has about $27 million in road repairs scheduled in its 2016 construction program. In addition, many projects are buttressed by federal funding and local matches, he said.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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