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Published June 23, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Red, white and blue are likely to be among the summer fashion colors on display during the June 27 all-American edition of the Sterling Heights Public Library’s “Project Runway” series of fashion contests.

Library public relations and programs coordinator Jason Groth said the library has held similar “Project Runway” events in the past, and he said the contests are a form of career preparation for some teens.

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Published June 23, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Attendees at a recent student film event saw some coming attractions — what could be the next generation of filmmaking talent in Hollywood, TV and more.

Utica Community Schools partnered with Emagine Entertainment on June 17 to display some students’ award-winning short films at the Emagine Macomb Theatre.

The event, titled “A Filmmaker’s Evening,” presented 39 works that were part of the 47th Michigan Student Film Festival held by the Digital Arts, Film & Television group April 25 in Detroit.

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Published June 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen people around metro Detroit have been charged in what the federal government is calling the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Nationwide, 243 arrests were made as part of the investigation, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in schemes to defraud Medicare of $712 million through false billings. The investigation also led to the suspension of a number of health care providers.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 21, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — As it gets closer to the Fourth of July, a local state representative has drafted proposed legislation to curtail the use of consumer fireworks in Michigan.

State Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, said in June that he wants to repeal Michigan’s relaxed fireworks laws. His proposal consists of two bills: One repeals changes made by the Michigan Legislature in 2011, and the other bill cleans up technical language.

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Published June 20, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — A pack of large dogs reportedly went on the loose in a Sterling Heights neighborhood June 12, allegedly trapping a man on top of his vehicle and killing a cat.

According to Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese, five Cane Corsos were reportedly discovered roaming on their own. Multiple dogs were spotted at 4:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Bainbridge Drive. Reese said the dogs are not in the pit bull family but are very large.

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Published June 19, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Not only was it the end of the school year for Fillmore Elementary on June 17, it was the end of an era.

The building closed as an elementary school as Warren Consolidated Schools officials find ways to reduce the district’s budget. At the May 6 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted to merge Fillmore and Black elementary schools. Fillmore students will relocate to Black for the 2015-16 school year. Both schools are located in Sterling Heights. School officials plan to “repurpose” Fillmore.

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Published June 19, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

The legacy of former Mayor Richard Notte will continue to live on in the city that he served for about three decades, thanks in part to a new road sign.

The Sterling Heights City Council attended a June 2 dedication ceremony on 19 Mile Road, near Rhineland Drive, to officially unveil a Richard J. Notte Boulevard sign to commemorate Notte’s legacy. According to city officials, the boundaries for the newly marked boulevard are Ryan Road and Mound Road.

At a June 2 City Council meeting, Councilman Joseph Romano described Notte as “my friend and mentor.”

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Published June 17, 2015

Scouts are known for navigating trails, and a local aspiring Eagle Scout recently organized a campaign to put together an aluminum path for people in wheelchairs to more easily access a local church.

Boy Scout Bradley Heydel, 17, of Sterling Heights, and his fellow Scouts recently installed a modern wheelchair ramp at Christ Lutheran Church in Warren. The new ramp replaces an old wooden one that had been deemed too small and shabby.

An Eagle Scout service project is a prerequisite step toward being honored as an Eagle Scout, which is Boy Scouting’s highest rank.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

Students scheduled to graduate from two Sterling Heights high schools in the Utica Community Schools district said they are ready to take their knowledge and skills to the next stage.

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Published June 10, 2015

City officials are urging Sterling Heights residents to check their clocks and their calendars before cranking the water spigot this summer.

During a June 2 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said officials are asking residents to abide by voluntary guidelines for watering lawns, filling pools, washing cars and other activities that require lots of water.

The purpose of these guidelines is to reduce the odds of low water pressure and keep to a minimum water rate increases from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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