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Published September 30, 2015

Sterling Heights and Utica’s wishes for resources to produce a cleaner, more productive Clinton River were recently granted, according to city officials.

At a Sept. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, officials announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had approved a $4.5 million grant that will be used to pursue a Clinton River Corridor Habitat Restoration Project.

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Published September 28, 2015

Fall has begun, but it’s still too soon for most cyclists to put away their bikes. So safety advocates are reminding metro Detroiters to watch out for bicyclists and to keep a close eye out for them at intersections, in neighborhoods and on the roads.

AAA Michigan public affairs director Susan Hiltz said that while cyclists are most frequently on the road during the summer months, the prevalence of cycling means that motorists cannot let their guard down.

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Published September 25, 2015

If you’re driving along the M-59/Hall Road corridor this October, expect the Sterling Heights Police Department and other police agencies to be part of your commute.

Sterling Heights police are coordinating with their neighbors from Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Utica to crack down on motorists’ illegal driving habits. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department will also monitor the road.

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Published September 23, 2015

It may be called a crawl, but there is no sign that the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s fall restaurant event is slowing down.

The chamber will hold its Fall Grub Crawl Sept. 23 at eight participating local restaurants — that’s two more than last year’s number, according to chamber President and CEO Wayne Oehmke.

Oehmke said the restaurants are mainly on Hall Road, west of Schoenherr Road, and the restaurants that are returning this year are fan favorites.

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Published September 23, 2015

Local activists and athletes hoping to end childhood cancer will strap on their running shoes as part of a charity fundraiser in Sterling Heights.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will hold a St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer Sept. 26 at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights. The hospital focuses on treating and beating cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children.

Event sponsors include local businesses and media, as well as the city of Sterling Heights and C & G Newspapers.

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Published September 23, 2015

Go-karts will change courses from recreational to educational at an upcoming event in Sterling Heights that is designed to persuade teens to be attentive, safe drivers on the road.

On Sept. 24, Kart 2 Kart Indoor Karting and Conference Center in Sterling Heights will host the Get SHARP distracted driving program for local schools as part of a private event. SHARP is an acronym for the Sterling Heights Alcohol Reduction Program.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 21, 2015

Attentive driving means sharing the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, and around this time of year, it can also mean having to stop for animals like deer.

According to data compiled by insurance company State Farm with the aid of Federal Highway Administration statistics, the most recently tabulated odds of Michigan drivers having a deer-related auto accident are 1 in 97.

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Published September 18, 2015

Michigan politicians and charitable relief agencies are keeping an eye on the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe as hundreds of thousands of people are leaving Syria, other Middle Eastern nations and some African nations in recent weeks and months.

In September, the Obama administration announced that the United States is planning to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 fiscal year, and some politicians, such as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, have called for accepting even more.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

Summer can make students forgetful of their previous learning, but many drivers also need a refresher lesson on what to do when they see a school bus making a stop, according to state traffic safety experts.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said the biggest thing that motorists need to keep in mind is that traffic patterns have changed, particularly around the high-risk period of 3-7 p.m.

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Published September 14, 2015

Residents who take advantage of the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department’s programs can look forward to an awesome autumn, according to city officials.

According to Parks and Recreation Department officials, several special events are drawing closer on the calendar in Sterling Heights:

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Published September 14, 2015

The Sterling Heights Public Library is celebrating September by encouraging people to get signed up to gain access to the facility’s resources while perhaps winning a prize in the process.

According to SHPL Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth, the library is participating in the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month campaign as a way of promoting the benefits of card ownership.

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Published September 14, 2015

After decades of being a mainstay of entertainment in Sterling Heights, Sunnybrook Golf Bowl Motel in Sterling Heights recently announced that its final day of business will be Sept. 30.

Sunnybrook owner Randy Shank, who acquired Sunnybrook in 1998 and was affiliated with it for more than a decade prior, said he’d like to thank his dedicated staff and loyal, faithful customers, who kept the venue going from the beginning and through the economic downturn.

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Published September 14, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Public schools throughout the state have taken a hit financially in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped educators from teaching their students.

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Published September 11, 2015

At a packed Sept. 10 meeting, the Sterling Heights Planning Commission unanimously denied a special approval land use request for a mosque on 15 Mile Road.

According to city officials, the Sterling Heights Planning Commission has the final say on the matter. During the meeting, City Planner Don Mende recommended that the city deny the application for a special approval land use, citing concerns over building size and nonconformity to the residential district.

“The structure would dominate the visual landscape,” he said.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.

Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.

For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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