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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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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Metro Detroiters craving some pasta and Italian-themed activities are invited to Freedom Hill County Park for Festa Italiana July 15-17.

Festa Italiana Chairman Joe Ventimiglia, from the Italian American Cultural Society, said the festival has drawn an estimated 25,000 visitors over the weekend in the past. Part of the event’s appeal lies in the local Italian community’s ability to come together away from the worries of everyday life, he said. But he added that people of all ethnicities will find lots to love.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Thirty-five full-time teachers are no longer employed at Utica Community Schools as part of the school district’s implementation of a balanced 2016-17 fiscal year budget, according to UCS officials.

The 2016-17 budget, along with the recent round of layoffs, were effective at the start of July. The UCS Board of Education adopted a balanced 2016-17 budget June 13. The operating budget weighs in at $277.6 million.

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Published July 13, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Months before Sterling Heights residents vote on whether to accept a new millage dedicated to parks and recreation projects, city officials are promoting the parks’ benefits to the public as part of a July campaign.

At a June 21 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved a resolution that declares July Parks and Recreation Month in Sterling Heights and encourages residents to embrace the city’s parks and enjoy the city’s recreational programs.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 5, 2016

Local dealerships are uncovering the details about what customers want in a new convertible and what automakers have to offer this summer. 

Mike Long, sales manager at Royal Oak Ford, said many people celebrate the warmer weather with a slick new Ford Mustang convertible. He explained that convertible sales pick up as soon as the temperatures climb.

“The demand for convertibles right now is strong, and we sell every one that we get,” he said.

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Published July 4, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials recently received the fresh air of good news when they learned that federal firefighting aid could help replace compressed air filling stations at two Sterling Heights fire stations.

The city announced in June that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is sending more than $176,000 in new grant money to the Sterling Heights Fire Department. According to the city, the grant requires a 10 percent city match.

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Published July 3, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library is encouraging patrons young and old to put forth an Olympic effort in reading as part of its latest spin on the summer reading program.

Every year, the library runs a campaign that invites adults, children and others to take part in reading activities while offering chances to receive prizes.

At a June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool called the summer reading program “long-established and successful,” and he encouraged people to check out the library’s website for more details.

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