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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 16, 2016

Upcoming Utica Community Schools high school graduates who speak more than one language proficiently may now be eligible to get an extra certification on their diploma.

At a Feb. 8 UCS Board of Education meeting, school board members unanimously voted to attach a Seal of Global Language to high school diplomas for students who can prove they can speak more than one language. Besides the gold diploma seal, additional benefits include a special commencement cord and a notation on the students’ high school transcripts.

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Published February 16, 2016

Sterling Heights is inviting the public to join a celebration of ethnic differences during its upcoming 2016 Cultural Exchange.

This year, the annual event, which is sponsored by the Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, will return to the Sterling Heights Senior Center March 4.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle, dozens of cultural and ethnic backgrounds have been represented at the Cultural Exchange, where visitors become acquainted with the world’s food and customs.

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Published February 16, 2016

In preparation for its semicentennial celebrations in 2018, Sterling Heights recently agreed to a deal with a book publisher to take a retrospective look at the city’s half-century of history.

During a Feb. 2 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement between the city and a publishing firm to produce a book about Sterling Heights’ history. The deal was passed in the council’s consent agenda.

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Published February 15, 2016

In order to build a car, you need the right materials. And over at Ford Motor Co.’s exhibit at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, some of the automaker’s toughest, lightest and most sustainable materials shared the spotlight with its new, upcoming vehicles.

Some displays showed sustainable materials that Ford says it is using or testing in vehicles. It says algae foam is being tested as an alternative to oil-based foams. It also says using soy foam cuts down on the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.

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Published February 12, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will soon have more in store for its patrons after closing the book on the remodeling of its Friends Used But Sterling Bookstore.

According to the city, library officials plan to shut down the bookstore Feb. 11-15 for remodeling. The bookstore will reopen  Feb. 16, and staff will offer cookies and hold a special sale in which red-dotted books only cost $1 per bag, according to the city.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County third-graders who have a second-nature knack for art were recently honored for their contributions to an environmentally themed calendar.

The Macomb Intermediate School District gave out awards Jan. 28 for its 2016 Environmental Art Competition, including awards for its 2016 Environmental Calendar Contest. According to organizers, the contest’s purpose is to create artwork that demonstrates the importance of green living and recycling.

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Published February 9, 2016

Eisenhower High School students are looking “under the sea” for theatrical inspiration.

The school’s performing arts department will present its latest musical, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” March 4-6.

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Published February 9, 2016

Sterling Heights residents are steering their plans toward making their vehicles ready for show at the 64th annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama.

The hot rod show will run Feb. 26-28 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Autorama is affiliated with Championship Auto Shows Inc. and the Michigan Hot Rod Association.

Event organizers said visitors can expect to see more than 800 vehicles on display ranging from hot rods and custom vehicles to motorcycles and trucks.

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Published February 9, 2016

In order to conform to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the city of Sterling Heights should take steps to amend its sign ordinance, according to the city’s legal counsel.

During a Jan. 26 special meeting on strategic planning, city officials discussed a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, and its ripple effects on municipal law.

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Published February 8, 2016

Whether it’s through ride-sharing or computer assistance, the future of innovative transportation was revealed a bit more at last month’s North American International Auto Show.

At the Ford exhibit, Patrick Ellis, who handles Ford’s connected vehicle research, explained a little about a ride-sharing shuttle service that his company is currently testing out in beta.

The concept, branded as Go Ride Intelligent Shuttle, is being developed as a mobility option for people in urban environments who otherwise might not have access to a car. 

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Published February 5, 2016

The future of Lakeside Mall and an upcoming Sterling Enterprise Park were two of the big economic development issues that city officials discussed during a recent strategic planning session.

At a Jan. 26 meeting, Sterling Heights City Council members listened to economic development objectives through presentations by the city’s economic development consultant, Luke Bonner, and City Development Director Denice Gerstenberg.

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Published February 3, 2016

A partnership between the city of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is poised to be a boon to some local businesses.

Organizers are already laying out the groundwork for the fifth-annual Michigan Week Business Expo and Sterling Edge Awards Luncheon, which will take place May 18 at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel, on Van Dyke Avenue.

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Published February 3, 2016

A Stevenson High School music teacher and band director earned some local fanfare after being named a top teacher by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Michael Sekich joined the ranks of the magazine’s “18th Annual 50 Directors Who Make A Difference Report.” The results were published in the magazine’s December 2015 issue.

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Published February 1, 2016

Whether the vehicles were blue, silver, green or purple, hues were huge at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which took place at Cobo Center in Detroit in January.

Violet vehicles dazzled at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles exhibit. A Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger showed off a paint color called Plum Crazy, and a Jeep Wrangler was painted in a similar purple color.

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Published February 1, 2016

Parks, art and entertainment options were prominent in city officials’ recent presentations of strategic planning ideas.

During a Jan. 26 special meeting, City Council members listened to city officials as they discussed ways to improve Sterling Heights’ parks, the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center, the Clinton River area and more.

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Published January 27, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library has turned the page to 2016 by anticipating new programs and promoting new books.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the library issued 3,669 new library cards in 2015, and 382,918 patrons visited throughout the year. Visitors checked out a total of 543,250 items, and 18,957 attended library programs, according to library statistics.

Groth added that the five most frequently circulated books in 2015 were the following:

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Published January 27, 2016

Sterling Heights and Clinton Township recently agreed to borrow each other’s fire vehicles in times of emergency.

At a Jan. 19 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously voted to adopt an interlocal agreement for reciprocal lending of municipal fire apparatus.

During the meeting, Fire Chief Chris Martin said the agreement will allow the sharing of fire apparatus in an emergency situation. Martin called the plan a no-brainer, adding that the SHFD could potentially face a vehicle shortage situation, and he wants to be prepared.

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Published January 27, 2016

If Michigan’s thumb could grip a painter’s brush, it would have to work skillfully in order to match the talents of several winning Utica Community Schools art students who took top awards at the Thumb Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

According to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honors creative teens in grades seven through 12.

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Published January 27, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council refused to be silent about a recently passed law that city officials say restricts how and when municipalities may present information about local ballot issues.

At a Jan. 19 meeting, the council voted to adopt a resolution that urges the state to repeal a portion of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed as Senate Bill 571 Jan. 6.

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