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Published September 26, 2016

Proposed requirements for manicured landscaping could make Sterling Heights businesses more attractive, according to some Sterling Heights City Council members.

On Sept. 20, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce a proposal to make landscaping standards on nonresidential properties more stringent in exchange for loosening requirements to install potentially superfluous parking spaces. However, the proposed regulations are not officially approved yet, and they will reappear before the council for consideration at a future council meeting.

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Published September 25, 2016

Sterling Heights residents will be represented among musicians skilled in Arabic music, jazz and funk who will fuse the genres at the Garden Theater in Detroit Sept. 29.

Victor Ghannam, 59, of Sterling Heights, plans to perform in “Arab-esque,” a show that is part of the “In Transit Detroit” world music concert series. Since February, the concert series has hosted different ethnic styles of music on the last Thursday of each month.

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Published September 24, 2016

Utica Community Schools is a step ahead of the state in its academic prowess when it comes to average spring 2016 test scores in the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress state standardized exam, according to results that the state and the Macomb Intermediate School District released.

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Published September 22, 2016

A portion of eastbound Hall Road in Sterling Heights was temporarily closed Sept. 21 after a four-car crash sent four people to the hospital with injuries — one person’s critical — according to Sterling Heights police.

According to a police report, at around 2:30 p.m. on Hall Road, near Delco Boulevard, a man driving a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck reportedly struck the back of a 2015 Buick Encore. The first impact caused a chain of crashes involving a 2007 Pontiac Vibe and a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, police said.

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Published September 21, 2016

FARMINGTON/LIVONIA/STERLING HEIGHTS — More than 100 years of local melodic history will unite in Farmington.

“It’ll be two fine groups being put together — the quality of musicianship and leadership will be really great,”  Sylvia Karpinsky, director of the Sterling Heights-based Great Lakes Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, said recently.

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Published September 21, 2016

A state stormwater grant that Sterling Heights city officials requested almost three years ago has been officially granted to the city.

Officials followed up that announcement by purchasing upgrades to Sterling Heights’ geographic data technology.

Sterling Heights city officials reportedly applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater grant in November 2013. According to Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker, the city learned that it had received the grant at the end of August.

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Published September 21, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — With aspirations to become a pediatrician, Regina High School senior Stephanie Elias was the ideal candidate to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, over the summer.

Elias, of Sterling Heights, received the Award of Excellence at the June 25-27 honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or work in the medical research field. Regina is an all-girls Catholic high school located in Warren.

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Published September 20, 2016

Sterling Heights is expanding its use of a medication that counteracts the deadly effects of an opiate overdose, according to a presentation during a City Council meeting Sept. 6.

According to Sterling Heights Police Capt. Dale Dwojakowski, police vehicles are now equipped with a pouch of Narcan, known generically as naloxone. He said the drug can mitigate overdoses caused by opiates, including heroin and prescription painkillers.

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Published September 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It might not be your imagination if you’ve been clocking more miles lately on your odometer, or if you’ve been seeing more vehicles on the road.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s American Driving Survey, Americans collectively drove about 2.45 trillion miles in 2015, beating 2014’s total by about 2.4 percent. The time behind the wheel exceeded 290 hours for the average driver.

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Seniors from Bloomfield Hills Marian and Warren Regina high schools will take over Phillip E. Runkel Field at Stevenson High School  in Sterling Heights for the annual powderpuff football game at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed in an annual powderpuff football game that brings together students, staff, alumni and families. At last year’s game, Regina defeated Marian 21-12. In powderpuff, the players don’t wear pads, and instead of tackling, the athletes pull flags from their opponents.

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Published September 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — With the Macomb County budget for the next fiscal year now introduced, discussions are set to begin to see what items require a closer look.

The balanced budget of $242.1 million represents an increase in expenditures of $8,551,270, or 3.7 percent, from the previous fiscal year, and a 2.1 percent increase in revenues. It is the county’s sixth consecutive balanced budget.

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Published September 13, 2016

As schools tell students to hit the books once again, the Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping that a fresh set of events and promotions could entice more teens to read more on their own.

According to city officials, September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in libraries across the country.

Barbara Petrowski, youth services librarian, said the library encourages people to get their own library cards so they can check out books and other media.

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Published September 9, 2016

Sterling Heights residents are expressing outrage over the high costs of their most recent water bills.

During a Sept. 6 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, several public speakers complained about water bills that they say are vastly more expensive than their previous ones.

Sterling Heights resident Giulio Russo called the situation “a total joke.”

He compared a current water bill to one that he said was from the same month a year ago with about the same amount of water usage on it.

“It went from $287.82 to $910.23,” he said.

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Published September 7, 2016

When Eppler Junior High School students go back to school, they’ll be ready to be back in the ballgame too.

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Published September 7, 2016

Students and teachers officially got back to the business of learning the day after Labor Day.

Utica Community Schools was scheduled to greet the start of a fresh school year Sept. 6. UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy commented on how school staff handles the hectic season.

“Back to school is a great UCS tradition,” he said. “It’s a time of opportunity, and our schools are ready and excited about welcoming kids there.”

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Published September 6, 2016

Two Sterling Heights city departments are getting ready to figuratively bring down the house with open house events in the next few weeks.

The city’s Department of Public Works plans to start a brand-new open house tradition with an event Sept. 17 at its building on 18 Mile Road.

According to city officials, the event’s purpose is to teach residents about what the department does in a way that provides fun experiences. It also gives people a chance to meet DPW officials and connect their faces to their duties.

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Published September 6, 2016

The trees may soon become bare this fall, but the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department promises not to be bereft of activities and special events during the season.

While the city’s Music in the Park summer concert series ended in August, Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny noted that the Dodge Park Farmers Market will continue to gather on Thursdays throughout September.

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Published August 31, 2016

CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Two local schools have been recognized among the best high schools in the state and across the nation.

U.S. News and World Report, a provider of service news and information that has a focus on education, recently announced that the Michigan Math and Science Academy ranked No. 80 on its annual Best High Schools list and Sterling Heights High School ranked No. 82. Schools were ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well educators prepare students for college.

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Published August 30, 2016

With the start of a new school year, Utica Community Schools is giving some starter lessons about its newly revamped website and the rollout of a new downloadable mobile app for students and parents and more.

According to school officials, the overhaul affects the websites for the school district’s online ecosystem, including the schools and specialty programs. In a statement, UCS Superintendent Christine Johns praised the online changes for their functionality.

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Published August 30, 2016

A local woman credits a nonprofit weight loss program with helping her lose more than 100 pounds in the span of a year after a health scare arose in her family.

Kathy Repetto, 59, of Sterling Heights, said she is now maintaining her weight of around 165 pounds after losing 115 pounds through the TOPS Club program. TOPS is a nonprofit group named after the acronym Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

Repetto said she is a part of TOPS Chapter No. 1049 in Utica, which meets at  Trinity Lutheran Church.

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