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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 18, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

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Published April 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the Oculus Rift is attempting to mainstream virtual reality to consumers, Utica Community Schools’ plans to introduce a different company’s 3-D technology into the classroom have also become a reality.

The school district held a demonstration of zSpace virtual reality learning materials April 12 at Ebeling Elementary School in Macomb Township. UCS has been using the technology for about a month, and it is the first school district in the state to do so, according to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy.

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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced April 13 that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Flynn, D-Sterling Heights, is serving his fifth term after becoming the youngest commissioner ever elected to the board at age 20 and becoming the youngest board chair at age 26.

“I am truly privileged to have had the responsibility to hold the positions entrusted to me by my constituents and colleagues,” Flynn said in a press release.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 14, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is wasting no time this April in arranging special dates for people to recycle their electronic junk and papers.

At an April 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool encouraged people to bring their unwanted electronic waste April 16, and unwanted papers April 23, to the city’s Department of Public Works building.

“This has been hugely popular over the last few years,” he said, referring to the electronics day.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — In 1928, a new summer camp was developed in Burtchville, north of Port Huron, to welcome children with physical disabilities who could enjoy summer activities at their leisure.

The camp was originally incorporated as the Michigan League for Crippled Children by a woman named Grace Bentley, who was committed to special-needs children. The camp, which took on the name Camp Grace Bentley, flourished and over the years has continued to welcome children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, blindness, autism and those who use wheelchairs.

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Published April 11, 2016

Hall Road is getting ready to become a dining hall for hundreds of grub crawlers later this month, due in part to the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold its Spring 2016 Grub Crawl 5:30-9 p.m. April 27.

This year, the event’s participating restaurants are bd’s Mongolian Grill, Buca di Beppo, Clancy’s Irish Pub, Dooleys, Joe’s Southern Grill inside Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, Red Ox Tavern, Sherwood Brewing Co. and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.

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Published April 11, 2016

Around the same time metro Detroiters hang up their winter coats, many motorists will be searching for ways to remove the winter coating of dirt and salt off their vehicles.

Ryan Smiecinski, manager of Joe’s Auto Parts in Royal Oak, said there are numerous options when it comes to cleaning a vehicle’s exterior and interior, depending on how much time and effort the owner wants to employ.

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Published April 8, 2016

After a months-long bidding process that frequently divided Sterling Heights City Council members, the council unanimously voted to approve a waste hauling contract April 5.

The council voted to pick Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services as the city’s next contracted hauler for an eight-year term. The city approved the new partnership before Sterling Heights’ current waste hauling contract with Waste Management expires at the end of April. Rizzo is expected to start picking up Sterling Heights’ trash in May.

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Published April 8, 2016

Wayne Oehmke, a prominent member of Macomb County’s business community, will soon retire from his position as the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s president and CEO.

Oehmke, 74, from Macomb Township, is scheduled to retire from the chamber’s leadership in early May. He said he was president and CEO for about eight years after serving the chamber in other ways in previous years, including chairing the chamber’s board four times. Prior to being part of the chamber, he also had a career in the local newspaper industry.

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Published April 6, 2016

Utica Community Schools was once again serenaded with praise by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation when the district was named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.

The NAMM Foundation, which is based in California, announced the honorees in late March. The foundation most recently honored 476 U.S. school districts for providing students with a quality music education. Applicants had to prove to the foundation and the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas that they offer student access and create successful outcomes.

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Published April 5, 2016

Utica High School students hope to match up audiences to a familiar soundtrack and a classic story when they present “Emma!: A Pop Musical” April 21-23.

Utica High School Theater Director Joel Kaczmarczyk said he found the musical through Playscripts Inc. He said the musical has a recent copyright, and it was performed for the first time ever by Troy Athens High School.

“They sent me a copy, and I also had a reference CD,” he said. “I fell in love with it. It’s great.”

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Published April 4, 2016

Sterling Heights will hear the sounds of summer a few weeks longer this year.

The city’s Music in the Park concert series will run for 12 weeks June-August, according to city officials. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays June 2-Aug. 25, except for July 28, at Dodge Park.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois attributed the decision to expectation-exceeding popularity for concerts and the launch of the Dodge Park Farmers Market. Last year, Music in the Park took place on seven Thursdays.

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Published April 4, 2016

Michigan State University analysts and professors expect the recent trend of cheap gas prices to continue to have a positive effect on Michigan tourism this spring and summer.

AAA reported that the average gas price in Michigan was $1.96 per gallon as of March 27, though gas prices in some areas of Michigan recently climbed above $2 for the first time in late March.

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Published April 1, 2016

The son of Sterling Heights’ late mayor is now pursuing his own run for public office.

Michael Notte announced his candidacy for state representative in the 30th House District March 28 at the DC3S building in Sterling Heights.

DC3S, or the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy, is an organization that assists local businesses in the defense industry by offering them office space and other needs.

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Published April 1, 2016

Immigration watchers, advocates and critics expect more refugees to make it to Michigan soon as part of the Obama administration’s target of expanding acceptance of refugees, including ones from Syria.

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Published March 30, 2016

Sterling Heights High School was placed on lockdown for a short time March 23 for what officials were originally led to believe was a confrontation between two students.

After officials interviewed one of the students involved, it was determined that she had changed her story about the incident and there was no altercation after all.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sterling Heights residents who want the Fire Department to have an easier time reaching them now have a key solution.

This month, the Sterling Heights Fire Department started publicizing a voluntary residential lock box initiative for residents that can help the Fire Department enter homes in emergency situations.

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