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Published September 30, 2015

Marching bands from Utica Community Schools’ four major high schools will get into position and play during their annual Band-A-Rama fundraiser Oct. 4 outside Stevenson High School.

According to Chris Traskal, director of bands at Eisenhower High School, the four high schools will start the evening by playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” together. Then each school band will perform its own halftime presentation.

He said the event brings in a large audience of people from across the UCS district who come to watch hundreds of band members play.

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Published September 30, 2015

Utica Community Schools officials plan to be an open book in explaining how they hope to help high school students excel on the now-required SAT college entrance exam.

UCS will hold a presentation Oct. 8 at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights to help parents help their children succeed on the exam. The district is holding the presentation with the help of representatives from the College Board, the group that administers the exams.

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Published September 30, 2015

A new ranking of populous Michigan cities found that Sterling Heights fits in the top tier of its peers, city officials said during a Sept. 15 City Council meeting.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool announced that the Auburn Hills-based government data firm Munetrix had ranked cities’ safety by population level. Based on 2014 data, the organization found that Sterling Heights ranked sixth among the top 15 Michigan cities with populations of more than 50,000. The city also ranked first among cities with more than 100,000 people, he said.

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Published September 30, 2015

Sterling Heights and Utica’s wishes for resources to produce a cleaner, more productive Clinton River were recently granted, according to city officials.

At a Sept. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, officials announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had approved a $4.5 million grant that will be used to pursue a Clinton River Corridor Habitat Restoration Project.

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Published September 28, 2015

Fall has begun, but it’s still too soon for most cyclists to put away their bikes. So safety advocates are reminding metro Detroiters to watch out for bicyclists and to keep a close eye out for them at intersections, in neighborhoods and on the roads.

AAA Michigan public affairs director Susan Hiltz said that while cyclists are most frequently on the road during the summer months, the prevalence of cycling means that motorists cannot let their guard down.

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Published September 25, 2015

If you’re driving along the M-59/Hall Road corridor this October, expect the Sterling Heights Police Department and other police agencies to be part of your commute.

Sterling Heights police are coordinating with their neighbors from Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Utica to crack down on motorists’ illegal driving habits. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department will also monitor the road.

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Published September 23, 2015

It may be called a crawl, but there is no sign that the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s fall restaurant event is slowing down.

The chamber will hold its Fall Grub Crawl Sept. 23 at eight participating local restaurants — that’s two more than last year’s number, according to chamber President and CEO Wayne Oehmke.

Oehmke said the restaurants are mainly on Hall Road, west of Schoenherr Road, and the restaurants that are returning this year are fan favorites.

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Published September 23, 2015

Local activists and athletes hoping to end childhood cancer will strap on their running shoes as part of a charity fundraiser in Sterling Heights.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will hold a St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer Sept. 26 at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights. The hospital focuses on treating and beating cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children.

Event sponsors include local businesses and media, as well as the city of Sterling Heights and C & G Newspapers.

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Published September 23, 2015

Go-karts will change courses from recreational to educational at an upcoming event in Sterling Heights that is designed to persuade teens to be attentive, safe drivers on the road.

On Sept. 24, Kart 2 Kart Indoor Karting and Conference Center in Sterling Heights will host the Get SHARP distracted driving program for local schools as part of a private event. SHARP is an acronym for the Sterling Heights Alcohol Reduction Program.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 21, 2015

Attentive driving means sharing the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, and around this time of year, it can also mean having to stop for animals like deer.

According to data compiled by insurance company State Farm with the aid of Federal Highway Administration statistics, the most recently tabulated odds of Michigan drivers having a deer-related auto accident are 1 in 97.

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Published September 18, 2015

Michigan politicians and charitable relief agencies are keeping an eye on the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe as hundreds of thousands of people are leaving Syria, other Middle Eastern nations and some African nations in recent weeks and months.

In September, the Obama administration announced that the United States is planning to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 fiscal year, and some politicians, such as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, have called for accepting even more.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

Summer can make students forgetful of their previous learning, but many drivers also need a refresher lesson on what to do when they see a school bus making a stop, according to state traffic safety experts.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said the biggest thing that motorists need to keep in mind is that traffic patterns have changed, particularly around the high-risk period of 3-7 p.m.

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Published September 14, 2015

Residents who take advantage of the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department’s programs can look forward to an awesome autumn, according to city officials.

According to Parks and Recreation Department officials, several special events are drawing closer on the calendar in Sterling Heights:

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Published September 14, 2015

The Sterling Heights Public Library is celebrating September by encouraging people to get signed up to gain access to the facility’s resources while perhaps winning a prize in the process.

According to SHPL Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth, the library is participating in the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month campaign as a way of promoting the benefits of card ownership.

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Published September 14, 2015

After decades of being a mainstay of entertainment in Sterling Heights, Sunnybrook Golf Bowl Motel in Sterling Heights recently announced that its final day of business will be Sept. 30.

Sunnybrook owner Randy Shank, who acquired Sunnybrook in 1998 and was affiliated with it for more than a decade prior, said he’d like to thank his dedicated staff and loyal, faithful customers, who kept the venue going from the beginning and through the economic downturn.

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Published September 14, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Public schools throughout the state have taken a hit financially in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped educators from teaching their students.

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Published September 11, 2015

At a packed Sept. 10 meeting, the Sterling Heights Planning Commission unanimously denied a special approval land use request for a mosque on 15 Mile Road.

According to city officials, the Sterling Heights Planning Commission has the final say on the matter. During the meeting, City Planner Don Mende recommended that the city deny the application for a special approval land use, citing concerns over building size and nonconformity to the residential district.

“The structure would dominate the visual landscape,” he said.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.

Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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