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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights firefighters will more easily be able to keep watch of their health due to a recent city expenditure.

At a May 4 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved a purchase of Fitbit Blaze fitness watches for the Sterling Heights Fire Department in the council’s consent agenda. According to the Fitbit website, the Fitbit Blaze devices track and monitor sleep, heart rates, steps, workouts and more.

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Published May 17, 2016

After more than four decades of participation in the Community Development Block Grant program, Sterling Heights’ reported plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year shows another slight increase in federal aid that can be used to assist community agencies, building projects and more.

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Published May 16, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — With the summer heat just around the corner, Sterling Heights city officials are reminding low-income residents that they might be able to qualify for water bill payment assistance.

During a May 4 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Treasurer Jennifer Varney gave a brief presentation about the Water Residential Assistance Program that is available for some communities in the region.

Varney said WRAP was created and funded through the regional Great Lakes Water Authority, which officially became operational in January.

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Published May 16, 2016

Dogs and cats cannot drive vehicles, so it is up to their owners to look out for pet passengers’ safety.

Although animal welfare groups have long warned pet owners against leaving animals inside hot cars during the warmer months, the problem persists, Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said.

“We do still occasionally get calls of people leaving their animals in their cars,” he said. “Hopefully, people are getting more aware that there are some major issues with doing that.”

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Published May 13, 2016

The time will soon be ripe for Sterling Heights’ second annual Dodge Park Farmers Market to set up shop in the city.

According to city officials, the market will open June 2 this year and will run 3-8 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29, not including the Thursday of the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair, July 28.

In the past, officials have explained the concept of the farmers market as a place to buy products and produce, and as a community gathering destination. Veggies, fruits, other foods and products will be available for purchase.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 10, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacements are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools.

During an election May 3, the voting majority passed a $134.5 million bond issue to fund a number of updates throughout the district.

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Published May 10, 2016

A local school for international studies recently ranked as the most challenging school in Michigan once again, according to an index by a national newspaper.

The Washington Post index of America’s Most Challenging High Schools named the Utica Academy for International Studies No.1 in the state. The school, which belongs to Utica Community Schools, has taken the top spot on that list four times in a row, according to school officials. The school placed No. 2 among Midwestern schools.

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Published May 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights city officials say the newly passed 2016-17 budget will allow the city to follow its long-term plans.

The Sterling Heights City Council unanimously approved the proposed and amended 2016-17 budget during a May 4 council meeting. The 2016-17 fiscal year starts in July.

According to the city, the overall proposed budget is for around $170 million. Sterling Heights Finance and Budget Director Brian Baker said the total budget decreased by about $7.8 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the previous year.

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Published May 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — When it comes to paying for higher education, more than 30 local students recently added to their financial foundation thanks to the Sterling Heights Community Foundation’s annual scholarship program.

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Published May 9, 2016

Construction work will not deter the city of Sterling Heights from paying its respects to fallen members of the armed forces this Memorial Day.

According to city officials, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will be the city’s 37th annual one. Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the parade activities will start at 10 a.m. that day.

Officials say residents can expect to see Mayor Michael Taylor at a 9 a.m. pre-parade ceremony event that will take place near City Hall.

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Published May 9, 2016

With winter well in the past, the bikers are back on Michigan’s roads, and more people are looking to shop for a motorcycle, according to motorcycle dealers.

Frank Blowers, customer and community manager from Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township, said his store had good business during the winter months, but he called April’s customer traffic “incredible.” He said customers on average tend to be buying two new motorcycles for every used one.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Macomb County park that hosts Sterling Heights’ largest musical venue plans to sustain its reputation for entertainment over the next few months.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, has announced a host of performances as part of its 2016 schedule. The amphitheater — which is run through a recently minted agreement between Palace Sports & Entertainment and Luna Entertainment — holds an audience capacity of around 7,200 people, according to the venue’s website.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacement are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools after voters approved a bond issue during the May 3 general election.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 3, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights officials and volunteers hope that May flowers will be accompanied by May followers of a monthlong campaign to make the city’s outdoor beauty shine.

At an April 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool introduced a presentation on the full schedule of May activities for what is now called Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month. The council approved the activities unanimously in a resolution.

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Published May 3, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights city officials recently touted strides and successes in economic development, but some are asking the city to pursue more data so the city can market itself as an attractive spot to the business community.

At an April 19 City Council meeting, City Development Director Denice Gerstenberg revealed some of the new businesses that are making Sterling Heights their home.

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Published May 2, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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