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Published November 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The goal of the inaugural Hat Trick for Heroes to raise money for Michigan’s disabled vets.

Held in honor of Veterans Day, it’s also a win-win for those who also love standup comedy, classic cars and nostalgic hockey. 

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Published November 9, 2016

It was no walk in the park, but Sterling Heights’ millage proposal to fund parks and recreation projects passed at the ballot box Nov. 8.

According to unofficial tallies documented on the Macomb County elections website, with all 45 precincts reporting, Sterling Heights voters narrowly approved the proposal 50.7-49.3 percent. By vote totals, yes had 26,400, and no had 25,662.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A local auto dealership is looking to collect a bundle of donated clothing this holiday season so that it can help bundle up people in need for the winter.

Dealership customers are encouraged to donate winter coats to Elder Ford in Troy from now until Dec. 16 for The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is a sponsor of the coat drive as well.

Elder Ford asks that the donated coats be new or gently used, and it welcomes coats of all sizes that can fit children or adults.

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Published November 8, 2016

Business groups are predicting a merry holiday shopping season as the days count down to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Hanukkah and Christmas.

For Melanie Davis, ’tis the season for business and busyness for many of her members in the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“A good chunk of the business that they do throughout the year still comes during November and December, when people are shopping for gifts,” she said. “I think even restaurants see an increase because they do see people who are having holiday parties.”

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Published November 8, 2016

Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools and other community organizations are standing at attention to commemorate Veterans Day this year.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold a ceremony to honor veterans at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the Recreation Center at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road.

Besides the central role that veterans will serve in the event, the Sterling Heights Community Foundation, Sam’s Club and Utica Van Dyke Towing are also playing a role in sponsoring the event.

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Published November 8, 2016

A plot of land along Ryan Road in Sterling Heights will remain vacant for now due to the Sterling Heights City Council’s recent split majority vote to stop a rezoning proposal for a commercial development.

During an Oct. 18 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to pass a motion to deny the introduction of a proposal to conditionally rezone a piece of land by the intersection of Ryan Road and Nathan West from R-60 residential to C-1 commercial.

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Published November 8, 2016

Sterling Heights has sought the help of a guru to give residents another on-demand option for yardwork and snow removal.

During a Nov. 1 presentation, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool discussed the city’s new partnership with a company in Ann Arbor called LawnGuru.

The company lets residents use a computer or mobile device app to find and pay on-demand for a worker to mow a lawn, or clear a snowy driveway. Users pay for the work with a credit card.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 1, 2016

Local high school students will soon get a chance to re-enact a TV movie that turned Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and other performers into household names.

Henry Ford II High School will present “High School Musical on Stage!” Nov. 10-12. The stage musical is based on the 2006 TV movie, “High School Musical,” which aired on the Disney Channel and has since spawned sequels.

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Published November 1, 2016

Local businesses and residents are weighing in on the debate over mass transit as the countdown to a public vote on an upcoming millage continues.

In late September, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors voted to advocate a “yes” vote on a millage proposal that comes courtesy of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

If it passes at the polls Nov. 8, the proposal would levy 1.2 mills for 20 years, thus costing $120 annually to a taxpayer owning a home with an assessed value of $100,000.

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Published October 28, 2016

Macomb County and its two most populated cities are uniting to raise a mound of grant money to fix Mound Road.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted unanimously in its consent agenda Oct. 18 to approve chipping in $50,000 toward a Mound Road reconstruction grant-seeking initiative.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will decide, among other races, choices for Congress, the Michigan Legislature, judges, county offices, school boards and ballot proposals Nov. 8.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Soon it will be time to bundle up for the winter, and it likewise will be a good idea to bundle up some time to take care of your vehicle before the snowfall starts.

The nonprofit Car Care Council says October is Fall Car Care Month, and it recommends that drivers get their vehicles’ engines, belts, hoses, brakes, fluids and more checked before it’s too cold — and potentially too late. 

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Published October 24, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials and residents responded to recent news concerning waste hauler Rizzo Environmental Services — namely, news of its acquisition by another company, as well as Rizzo’s name appearing in the news over an FBI corruption investigation involving Clinton Township.

GFL Environmental Inc., based in Toronto, said in an October press release that it “completed its merger” between Rizzo and GFL’s American subsidiary Sept. 30.

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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The future of Volvo vehicles is on a guided course to keep drivers safe, according to staff at Suburban Volvo in Troy.

Retail Operations Manager Rob Lyons said the 2017 S90 sedan was released this month, replacing the earlier S80 model. He added that the new sedan “kind of goes hand in hand together” with the 2016 XC90 SUV, which came out about a year ago.

Lyons explained that, when it comes to target demographics, his dealership sees people from pretty much every corner of the buying public.

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Published October 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A new piece of technology is soon going to help speed up crash scene investigations on roads patrolled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approved for purchase during a Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting Oct. 5, a laser scanner from Faro Technologies will replace the current Total station, which has been used since 2002.

“We’re always looking at technology that’s out there and what pieces of equipment we can use to do our job better and be more accurate,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

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Published October 17, 2016

Sterling Heights police say they have caught a man accused of robbing a local credit union while wearing a fake beard Oct. 17.

At about 9:41 a.m., the Vibe Credit Union, 33950 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights, was reportedly robbed.

Police said the man wore a fake beard, a yellow jacket and rubber boots, and police added that he reportedly wielded a silver handgun.

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