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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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Published May 24, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is hoping for a picture-perfect beginning to its upcoming activities in Dodge Park with the introduction of the new Art in the Park series.

The city, in conjunction with Painting Sensations in Shelby Township, will hold Art in the Park painting sessions at 6 p.m. one Thursday a month — June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. The painting events will overlap with the Dodge Park Farmers Market, as well as the Music in the Park concert series.

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Published May 24, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Jeff Bahorski, who has handled Sterling Heights’ legal matters for years as city attorney, is about to become assistant city manager.

At the end of a May 17 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool announced Bahorski’s appointment to assistant city manager, effective June 1.

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Published May 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Food Program recently received more than 300,000 pounds of food thanks to the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

The May 14 countywide drive netted a total of 500,000 pounds of food. The food helps feed families, seniors, veterans, children and the homeless throughout the county.

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Published May 23, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights man who served in World War II and shook hands with Winston Churchill celebrated a century of living May 11 when he turned 100 years old.

Fred Kreiser followed up his birthday with a party among family members at his home at Oakmont Sterling Assisted May 14.

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Published May 23, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — It wasn’t an explosive announcement, but city officials said they are once again getting ready to enforce the laws and rules pertaining to consumer fireworks.

At a May 17 City Council meeting, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool reminded residents about the basics of the city’s and the state’s consumer fireworks regulations. Consumer fireworks, unlike novelty items such as sparklers, are known for leaving the ground during use.

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Published May 23, 2016

Classic car culture has developed its own set of classic events, as proven by a packed calendar of auto expos and cruises in metro Detroit.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which spans along its namesake avenue in multiple Oakland County communities, tends to get the lion’s share of publicity, people who want to view some of the finest vehicles in automotive history won’t have to wait until August to do so. For instance, June will usher in auto events in Roseville, Eastpointe, Shelby Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — In large part, the days of calling the golf course clubhouse, asking for a tee time and hoping there’s an opening have faded into the past.

For many golfers, the decision of where to go, how much to pay and what time they’re teeing off is now just a few clicks away.

GolfNow was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in discount golf. The service (www.GolfNow.com) is affiliated with the Golf Channel and is a member of the NBC Sports Group.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights firefighters will more easily be able to keep watch of their health due to a recent city expenditure.

At a May 4 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved a purchase of Fitbit Blaze fitness watches for the Sterling Heights Fire Department in the council’s consent agenda. According to the Fitbit website, the Fitbit Blaze devices track and monitor sleep, heart rates, steps, workouts and more.

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Published May 17, 2016

After more than four decades of participation in the Community Development Block Grant program, Sterling Heights’ reported plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year shows another slight increase in federal aid that can be used to assist community agencies, building projects and more.

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Published May 16, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — With the summer heat just around the corner, Sterling Heights city officials are reminding low-income residents that they might be able to qualify for water bill payment assistance.

During a May 4 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Treasurer Jennifer Varney gave a brief presentation about the Water Residential Assistance Program that is available for some communities in the region.

Varney said WRAP was created and funded through the regional Great Lakes Water Authority, which officially became operational in January.

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Published May 16, 2016

Dogs and cats cannot drive vehicles, so it is up to their owners to look out for pet passengers’ safety.

Although animal welfare groups have long warned pet owners against leaving animals inside hot cars during the warmer months, the problem persists, Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said.

“We do still occasionally get calls of people leaving their animals in their cars,” he said. “Hopefully, people are getting more aware that there are some major issues with doing that.”

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Published May 13, 2016

The time will soon be ripe for Sterling Heights’ second annual Dodge Park Farmers Market to set up shop in the city.

According to city officials, the market will open June 2 this year and will run 3-8 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29, not including the Thursday of the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair, July 28.

In the past, officials have explained the concept of the farmers market as a place to buy products and produce, and as a community gathering destination. Veggies, fruits, other foods and products will be available for purchase.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 10, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacements are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools.

During an election May 3, the voting majority passed a $134.5 million bond issue to fund a number of updates throughout the district.

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Published May 10, 2016

A local school for international studies recently ranked as the most challenging school in Michigan once again, according to an index by a national newspaper.

The Washington Post index of America’s Most Challenging High Schools named the Utica Academy for International Studies No.1 in the state. The school, which belongs to Utica Community Schools, has taken the top spot on that list four times in a row, according to school officials. The school placed No. 2 among Midwestern schools.

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Published May 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights city officials say the newly passed 2016-17 budget will allow the city to follow its long-term plans.

The Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved the proposed and amended 2016-17 budget during a May 4 council meeting. The 2016-17 fiscal year starts in July.

According to the city, the overall proposed budget is for around $170 million. Sterling Heights Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker said the total budget decreased by about $7.8 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the previous year.

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