Cortney Casey

Published January 24, 2013

To make a place once exclusively occupied by adults suitable for tiny tots with super-sized curiosity, the best tactic is getting down to their level — literally.

That may mean taking it as far as crawling around on the floor to see what’s within a child’s sight and reach, and how it might become a hazard, said registered nurse Donna Bucciarelli, trauma prevention coordinator for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

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Published January 2, 2013

While Sterling Heights continued to grow in population — with ascension to the state’s third largest city reportedly on the horizon — its municipal ranks continued to dwindle amid ongoing financial struggles in 2012.

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Published January 2, 2013

Martin

Chris Martin had a familiar figure by his side, as he formally accepted the position of Sterling Heights fire chief Dec. 18.

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Published January 2, 2013

WARREN — From beginning to end, from the national news to the local level, 2012 sure seemed like another year of struggles. 

Leaders in the region tussled with the question of how best to tighten their fiscal belts, while many residents were asked to pay a little more for things like water and public safety.

Seemingly everywhere, the desperate times brought violence into communities, while the criminal justice system and law enforcement — often working with depleted resources — worked under a heavy burden.

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Published December 19, 2012

When Christine Sauve urged people she works with to nominate candidates for the Sterling Heights Diversity Distinction Awards, she didn’t mean herself.

So Sauve was shocked when she learned she was one of five honored through the awards, presented annually by the Ethnic Community Committee to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that “champion diversity” in Sterling Heights.

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Published December 19, 2012

Property on Dequindre that was changed to office zoning years ago will revert back to its original single-family designation with recent City Council action.

Sterling Land Development LLC petitioned for the change back to R-100 with intentions to construct a residential neighborhood on the property, located between 19 Mile and Forest Meade, said interim City Planner Don Mende.

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Published December 19, 2012

“Super drunk” drivers nabbed in Sterling Heights are now more likely to face steeper penalties, thanks to code amendments adopted recently.

Known as the “High BAC” law, referring to blood alcohol content — or more informally, the “Super Drunk” legislation — the measure is part of the Michigan Vehicle Code that became effective in October 2010. 

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Published December 19, 2012

Plante & Moran representatives were in the house Dec. 4 to present the city with its annual early Christmas gift — a clean audit.

Mark Hurst, governmental accounting and auditing partner, confirmed to City Council that Sterling Heights, per usual, had earned an “unqualified opinion” on financial statements and accounting procedures for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

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Published December 19, 2012

Dwayne McLachlan

With property assessments — and the resulting revenues — remaining a major issue in Sterling Heights, Dwayne McLachlan is in the hot seat, but says he’s ready for the challenge.

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Published December 17, 2012

The aisles of the Target on Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre were full of men and women in blue — and one in red — the morning of Dec. 8.

Current and retired Sterling Heights police officers and dispatchers visited the store for the annual Cops & Kids program, which unites the police personnel with local children for a donation-fueled shopping spree.

And Santa Claus, himself, made an appearance as well — his hearty laugh echoing through the toy section as he greeted the youngsters.

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Published December 17, 2012

The sellers wanted more, and Karen and Dennis Hertz weren’t sure they were willing to pay it.

It was 11 years ago, and the Hertzes had been going back-and-forth with the owners of their dream home for six months. Its listing price was more than they wanted to spend, but it had an indoor pool, after all.

When the final counter-offer came across from the sellers — $5,000 higher than the Hertzes’ last proposal — Karen made Dennis a promise that’s come back to haunt her for more than a decade.

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Published December 11, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like … April?

Unseasonably warm weather — nearly 50 degrees — ushered in the 36th annual A Sterling Christmas event at Dodge Park Dec. 1, which attracted what very well may have been record crowds.

With the light snow of the week prior a distant memory, Mayor Richard Notte and the Sterling Heights City Council welcomed Santa Claus to the city after Sterling Civic Theatre members performed Christmas songs on stage at the Dodge Park band shell.

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Published December 11, 2012

Ever since Carol Blake took up painting, her 87-year-old mother has harbored a dream.

“She swims with this group of ladies that she’s swam with for 35 years, and she wanted me to be the Sterling Heights Artist of the Month before she died,” Blake quipped as she accepted the honor at City Hall Dec. 4. “She’s ecstatic to take the newspaper to the swimming pool and show all of her swimming buddies, ‘This is my daughter, the Artist of the Month.’ So here I am.”

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Published December 11, 2012

Know about snow
In a snow emergency, city officials will notify residents via Sterling Heights TV (Comcast Channel 5 and WOW Channel 10) and Sterling Heights radio (1700-AM), as well as through the city’s website, email lists, Facebook page and Twitter account. Read More

Published December 11, 2012

A plan to renovate a former Knights of Columbus hall into a family restaurant was halted in its tracks after City Council opted not to approve a proposed rezoning last month.

Petitioner Diana Toma had requested a conditional rezoning to shift the 2-acre parcel on 15 Mile, near Rhoten, from R-60, one-family residential, to C-1, local convenience business district, to accommodate the project.

Toma intended to renovate the 21-year-old building, adding about 3,300 square feet to the structure’s existing 3,500-square-foot footprint. 

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