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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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Published January 27, 2016

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — “January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank a school board member today” was written on the Warren Consolidated Schools Facebook page Jan. 12 to recognize what local school boards do every day.

Every January, students and staff in the Center Line, Van Dyke, Warren Woods, Warren Consolidated and Fitzgerald school districts find ways to show their appreciation to their respective school boards with gifts, personal notes, artwork and kind words.

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Published January 27, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Some people were meant to be on stage performing before an audience.

Jacquelyn Wrubel, a seventh-grader in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Visual and Performing Arts (MSVPA) program, is one of them.

When it comes to live theater, “You are there,” Wrubel said. “You are in the experience.”

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Published January 25, 2016

Local leaders at the Annual Leaders Luncheon shared their opinions, plans and predictions for the year ahead, while some called for the state of Michigan to build a fairer system for financing municipalities and school districts.

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry presided over the annual luncheon Jan. 20 at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township.

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Published January 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — There will be a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at Coyote Joe’s, 49440 Ryan Road in Shelby Township to benefit the Police Unity Tour 2016: Team Rolling Bacon.

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Published January 25, 2016

The North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center may now be closed to the public for another year, but it’s not too late for prospective car buyers to drive over to a dealership showroom to take advantage of some deals.

According to Nick Schrah, new car sales manager at Bill Fox Chevrolet, the auto show tends to bring a huge increase in business around this time of year.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The winding down of the Van Dyke Avenue reconstruction project doesn’t mean that the city is out of the clear for construction work in 2016.

During a Jan. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said residents and motorists are not going to get much reprieve with road construction.

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A pair of sisters and some of their allies at Utica Community Schools recently uncovered the results of their holiday blanket drive for sick children.

Nikki Sorgi, a Henry Ford II High School junior, said she helped run the blanket drive with her sister, Alex Sorgi, who graduated from Ford in 2015. With the help of the Eric Hartwell Foundation, the sisters dropped off donated blankets to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. On Dec. 23, the sisters, accompanied by other Ford students, supplied the hospital with almost 150 donated blankets.

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The chill and snow of winter has finally arrived for a while in metro Detroit, and the Sterling Heights Public Library is transforming itself into a warm, inviting place of discovery.

The library will hold a Winter Scavenger Hunt for kids throughout the day Jan. 21. Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, said the timing and theme of this scavenger hunt are unique.

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