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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

The new Sterling Heights Farmers Market at Dodge Park has already had a bumper crop of success, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the weekly market, which runs from 3-8 p.m. on Thursdays, has been a hit despite some recent rainy weather. The market opened for the first time at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights on June 4.

“From our perspective, the farmers market has been a success, basing it on foot traffic, basing it on the fact that our parking lots are all packed,” he said.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Heidi Kujat may not have entered her paintings into any commercial art shows yet, but she recently became the Sterling Heights Featured Artist for June and July.

Kujat, 52, of St. Clair Shores, was recently picked by the Sterling Heights Arts Commission as its Featured Artist.

Kujat’s work is set to remain on display at Sterling Heights City Hall and at the city’s public library until the end of July, according to city officials.

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 30, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The summer weather is hardly a roadblock for road crews working on an estimated $48.53 million in road and parking lot repairs in 2015, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

During a June 16 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool summarized some of the projects and said a lot of construction activity will be going on in Sterling Heights this summer.

“I think most would agree that a newly constructed road makes a vast improvement in any given neighborhood,” Vanderpool added.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

Freedom Hill is counting on a banner year for its annual pre-Independence Day event, the Stars & Stripes Festival June 25-28.

Joe Nieporte, co-owner of festival organizer Funfest Productions Inc., said the festival, now in its third consecutive year at Freedom Hill after a stay in Mount Clemens, features a new layout.

“It takes a few years to kind of see the flow of people,” he explained.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 26, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/UTICA — School officials agreed to deeply tap their stash of fund reserves and lay off some teachers to balance the budget June 22.

The Utica Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s 2015-16 budget at a meeting last month.

School districts are legally required to approve balanced budgets by June 30. Superintendent Christine Johns said the budget will fund district services and learning opportunities for 28,100 students.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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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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