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Published August 15, 2016

Although the heyday of the hot rod drifts further into the past, local car enthusiasts say they are doing what they can to preserve the legacy of classic car cruising and to keep the dream alive for the next generation.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is returning to Woodward Avenue Aug. 20. According to cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels, the enthusiasm for the nostalgia-fueled car event isn’t running on empty.

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Published August 12, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The American Islamic Community Center recently filed a 54-page lawsuit against the city of Sterling Heights after the city rejected the center’s mosque proposal in 2015.

The AICC, based in Madison Heights, announced Aug. 10 that it had filed its lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Sterling Heights. In addition, the religious group is asking for the federal government to get involved — particularly the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Published August 8, 2016

Newer technology is often looked upon as a key to convenience, but sometimes key-related electronic components can carry their own set of problems unless drivers stay vigilant.

According to AAA, a recent study revealed that an estimated 32 million drivers had an experience with AAA that involved a vehicle being stranded in 2015, with many of those vehicles being under 5 years old.

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Published August 8, 2016

Two Utica Community Schools got just what the doctor ordered this summer — a sneak preview of what medical school is like.

Stevenson High School student Rachel Lee and Eisenhower High School student Madison Thompson took part in an Oakland University program that gave them a glimpse of what it’s like to take medical classes and do lab work.

The program, which reportedly involved 30 area students, lasted for two weeks and was facilitated by the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

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Published August 8, 2016

Fresh off of celebrating July as Parks and Recreation Month, Sterling Heights city officials said they are quickly transitioning to a plan to provide details and information to residents about an upcoming parks and recreation millage proposal.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 1, 2016

Volunteers at St. Michael Catholic Community in Sterling Heights recently proved that they belong to a growing church — particularly when it comes to growing plants.

St. Michael recently celebrated the completion and dedication of its restored peace garden July 10.

Ed Biegas. a volunteer who has taken care of St. Michael’s peace garden for around 27 years, said the restored garden is about 70 feet by 100 feet in size and contains about 16 or 17 trees, including red maples, flowering crabapples and serviceberries.

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Published August 1, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council recently saluted a U.S. Supreme Court judgment and altered city regulations on signs and flags to conform with a recent ruling.

At a July 19 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to pass an overarching motion to adopt revisions to signage regulations in the zoning ordinance.

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Published August 1, 2016

After years of planning, fundraising and construction, playtime is finally beginning at the Play-Place for Autistic Children.

The play center, located near the corner of 18 Mile and Mound roads in Sterling Heights, is set to celebrate its grand opening Aug. 1.

According to its organizers, the Play-Place is set up to accommodate kids who have special needs, including autism, while giving them a unique place to enjoy time with their families.

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Published August 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is continuing to put its faith in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

On July 26, FCA announced that it will spend almost $1.5 billion to further invest in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located along Van Dyke Avenue, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

The money is slated to make the factory suitable for building the next generation of the Ram 1500 pickup truck, according to the automaker and Sterling Heights city officials.

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Published August 1, 2016

If you are the owner of a recent-model Ford vehicle who is having trouble mastering the high-tech intricacies of Sync, it could be time to get in sync with a local dealership. 

While most schools have yet to start a new class year, Sync classes are just getting started at Avis Ford in Southfield. General sales manager Roy Williams said his dealership planned to hold a class for the first time July 30. 

“These classes just kind of started this month, and Ford is doing it at various dealerships,” he said. 

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Published July 26, 2016

Sterling Heights Library Director Tammy Turgeon recently gained some encouragement that her work and accomplishments are going in the right direction.

In July, the Michigan Library Association picked Turgeon as its 2016 Librarian of the Year. Turgeon said she found out about the award in mid-July and was excited and honored to receive it from her colleagues. The library board, city management, city staff and residents have congratulated her, she said.

She said she looks forward to attending the MLA’s annual conference in Lansing this October to formally be honored.

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Published July 26, 2016

Sterling Heights police say they recently arrested five suspects who they believe were involved in a recent jewelry store robbery in Sterling Heights.

According to police, the incident started at around 6:50 p.m. July 14 at Lucido Fine Jewelry, located near Schoenherr and 19 Mile roads.

According to an email from Sterling Heights police, five people reportedly collaborated in the heist, which involved breaking glass showcases — which displayed Rolex watches — with a sledgehammer and taking six watches worth approximately $110,000.

 

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Published July 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Changes around the Clinton River and its trails will not be winding down in the immediate future, and city officials say the improvements will make the river area a better place for recreation.

During a July 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents about upcoming disruptions to the Clinton River path system as habitat and improvement work proceeds on the Clinton River, particularly between Hayes Road and the upstream city limit.

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Published July 22, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights’ city summer bash promises to celebrate the 1980s for its opening day and to bring back favorite attractions throughout the rest of the three-day event.

The Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will return to the Richard J. Notte City Center and its surroundings July 28-30.

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Published July 18, 2016

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will choose party candidates for multiple county and state races during the Aug. 2 primary election. Profiles appear only for candidates in contested party races. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published July 18, 2016

A 64-year-old Sterling Heights resident died in one of two house fires that occurred on the same day recently.

According to the Fire Department, at about 9:25 p.m. July 8, five Sterling Heights fire stations coordinated to put out a house fire in the 2000 block of Newell Drive. As Sterling Heights firefighters worked, the Warren and Clinton Township fire departments were asked to assist in guarding the city from additional problems.

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Published July 18, 2016

In order for Sterling Heights voters to choose the people they wish to lead the county, state and country, there first needs to be people who help the election process work smoothly.

The city of Sterling Heights is looking for election inspectors for the Aug. 2 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election. City Clerk Mark Carufel said election inspectors help conduct elections according to state rules and instructions from the city clerk and his staff.

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Published July 17, 2016

While the classics will remain, organizers of the Concours d’Elegance of America say they are planning to reach out to a younger generation of auto lovers when the annual event returns to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 15, 2016

A new mobile game that lets people play a popular Nintendo franchise in the real world has caught up both Sterling Heights residents and city officials — even while news reports nationwide detail the clashes that arise when reality and video game fantasy converge.

On July 6, “Pokémon Go” was released in the U.S. for iPhone and Android devices. According to an analytics website called SimilarWeb, the game soared in popularity and was already installed in more than 5 percent of U.S. Android devices by July 8.

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