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Published October 14, 2016

Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights will eventually be transformed into a redesigned golf course with an accompanying housing community for senior residents, according to plans from Moceri Cos.

Moceri Cos., which specializes in building and development and is based in Auburn Hills, has announced plans to build a housing development near Maple Lane Drive called Verandas, which will also contain a senior living development called Blossom Lane. Verandas is expected to be a $300 million project, according to a company press release.

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Published October 14, 2016

A recently approved agreement with Warren could potentially give Sterling Heights residents a deal on using the Warren Community Center and its aquatic amenities, but the service-sharing agreement is contingent on Sterling Heights voters approving a November millage proposal.

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Published October 13, 2016

A Sterling Heights High School student is facing several charges after he allegedly made threatening comments to individual students and the student body itself.

According to a Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office press release, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged Brendan Joseph Boucher, 18, with false report or threat of terrorism, a felony, and possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, a misdemeanor, Oct. 13.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Roughly 25 people in Macomb County are turning 65 years old each day.

At that current rate, the need for enhanced senior services is growing, which means funding for those services also will need to grow.

One of those programs seeking more funding in this year’s budget cycle is Meals on Wheels. It is seeking an increase of $100,000 in its budget to improve transportation efforts and to keep pace with rising costs from food vendors.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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Published October 11, 2016

Dodge Park will be haunted by a host of families and kids when the third annual Sterling Frights Halloween event returns Oct. 22.

According to the city, the Sterling Frights event is intended to entertain kids ages 12 and younger. Young attendees may receive goodie bags, go trick-or-treating for candy, and eat free cider and doughnuts, according to Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny.

“We’re going to have more costumed characters out there than we have in the past,” Nowotny added.

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Published October 11, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights recently made the business terrain for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a little smoother for the automaker’s planned investments toward building a major pickup truck in the city.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted Oct. 4 to give FCA an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate on particular land space within the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published October 11, 2016

Mayor Michael Taylor’s message was optimistic when he delivered Sterling Heights’ first-ever State of the City address Sept. 30.

During the address, which took place at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel, Taylor said he wanted to promote ways to improve transparency by explaining city challenges, successes and future plans.

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Published October 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Although back-to-school season is now several weeks old, the shorter, colder and darker days — combined with the timing of Halloween — may provide additional challenges that drivers need to be vigilant about, according to pedestrian safety experts.

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Published October 10, 2016

In an effort to curb aggressive, distracted and speedy driving before inclement weather and the holiday shopping season hits, police are rolling out an October campaign that includes increased signage and traffic stops along Hall Road from Utica to Chesterfield Township.

The traffic enforcement initiative also is a proactive attempt to increase safe driving before the impending Hall Road reconstruction from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. That reconstruction is scheduled for March to November 2017.

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Published October 5, 2016

Sterling Heights police are warning the public to be cautious if they see scary clowns in the area.

A pair of Oct. 4 incidents involving suspects wearing clown costumes have reportedly terrorized people in the city and caused a minor injury to a child.

The first sighting occurred around 6:48 p.m. in the 43000 block of Normandy, near 19 Mile Road and Van Dyke, police said.

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Published October 5, 2016

The process of building a new bridge over the Clinton River, at Dodge Park, is flowing steadily.

At a Sept. 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a contract between the city and the Michigan Department of Transportation concerning bridge building work at Dodge Park. The action item was part of the meeting’s consent agenda.

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Published October 4, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights man has been arrested after he reportedly threatened to “sever the heads” of two Macomb County Circuit Court judges, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that Mohammad Subhi Alsheleh, 30, was arraigned Oct. 3 in the 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights on a pair of felony charges, including one related to terrorism.

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Published October 4, 2016

Amid a series of massacres and terrorist attacks that have occurred over the past several years, Sterling Heights Police Department officers recently assured the public that they are trained to handle a crisis situation — and they informed local leaders on some ways to save lives as well.

The Police Department held a Response to an Active Assailant Training program for dozens of local business and church leaders Sept. 28 at St. Blase Catholic Church in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published October 3, 2016

The family of a teen with special needs is hoping their recent fundraiser will be a springboard toward paying for a unique kind of first vehicle.
The Sept. 29 Jump for Noah fundraiser at AirTime Trampoline and Game Park in Sterling Heights helped raise money toward buying a customized golf cart for Noah Mathews, who has autism, as well as other physical and cognitive conditions.

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Published September 30, 2016

City and county officials welcomed news from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that 700 additional jobs will soon be added at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

According to the automaker, the jobs are a byproduct of the company’s decision to produce the next-generation version of the Ram 1500. City officials say they believe the pickup truck will be produced in 2018.

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Published September 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Drivers who seek vivid views may take a leaf from the Pure Michigan campaign and its ideas for fall color tours. 

Maia Turek, statewide recreation programmer at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, called “leaf peeping” very popular in the state, mainly because it has so many forested areas. According to Pure Michigan’s website, Michigan has an estimated 19 million acres of woods. 

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Published September 26, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved police and fire vehicle purchases Sept. 6.

The council vote was part of the consent agenda and approved the replacement of nine police sedans and one SUV with new SUVs. In a separate item, council also agreed to buy a new aerial ladder fire truck.

During the meeting, Sterling Heights resident Joe Judnick asked during public comment about the proposed vehicle purchases and whether the new vehicles would mean that old vehicles would be retired.

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