Cortney Casey

Published August 10, 2012

A revamped method of classifying results — touted by the Michigan Department of Education as providing “greater transparency” — is shaping the latest Michigan School Report Card grades.

Newly established “reward,” “focus” and “priority” categories denote schools that are highest in achievement or multi-year progress levels, have “wide achievement between various student populations” and “need to improve their attention on student learning,” respectively.

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Published August 10, 2012

Residents and colleagues weren’t the only ones with questions about the now-ubiquitous YouTube video of Councilman Paul Smith at a 2009 tea party rally.

The Sterling Heights Police Department and Smith himself confirmed that two Secret Service agents were present at the Aug. 8 City Council meeting — where fellow officials asked for Smith’s resignation — and interviewed Smith the next day.

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Published August 9, 2012

Three years after it was shot, a video that features Paul Smith, now a City Council member, wielding protest signs depicting the violent demise of Democratic officials is causing a stir in Sterling Heights — and prompting calls for his resignation.

The video was recorded at a 2009 tea party rally in Troy and was posted on YouTube shortly thereafter, but it began making the rounds in Sterling Heights Aug. 6, after someone forwarded the link to law enforcement.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published August 7, 2012

The digging of basements, the laying of foundations, the erecting of walls: Years ago, these tasks were commonplace as neighborhoods sprang up with regularity.

But then the market tanked, and the hammers and saws fell silent. New housing developments in Sterling Heights and beyond languished, partially completed, for years. Others never got off the ground at all.

Now, they’re beginning to see renewed activity, and what was taken for granted years ago is eliciting notice today.

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Published August 7, 2012

Spider-Man isn’t the only community crusader getting a reboot this year.

Sterling Heights’ Community Emergency Response Team — a group of residents ready, willing and trained to assist in an emergency — is evolving, with new a structure, schedule and leadership.

The team previously fell under the city’s emergency manager, but with that position’s elimination in the 2012-13 budget, the Sterling Heights Police Department took over.

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Published August 7, 2012

Raymond Damouni’s words were simple — “I am happy” — but the slow grin spreading across his face said far more.

A war refugee from Lebanon, the Dearborn resident was awaiting the start of a July 27 naturalization ceremony at the Sterling Heights Public Library, where he would become the latest member of his family to be declared an American citizen.

Alongside him were his sister, Norma Damouni, and mother, Georgette Bou Safi, who took the oath of allegiance themselves years ago.

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Published August 7, 2012

After a lengthy discussion and two failed votes, City Council opted by default to leave things status quo when it comes to officials presenting visual aids during meetings.

The issue of council members displaying charts, graphs, etc., arose during budget discussions earlier this year — when administrators balked at Councilman Paul Smith’s desire to show his own visual renderings of financial figures on screen — and has since evolved into a point of contention at the council table.

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Published August 1, 2012

One man was killed and several other people were injured after a double rollover accident at Metropolitan Parkway and Dodge Park Road July 29.

According to the Sterling Heights police, officers dispatched to the area at around 1:30 p.m. found a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a Toyota Camry overturned in the Metro Parkway median, both with “extensive damage.”

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Published July 31, 2012

Three Detroit residents are facing a slew of felony charges after allegedly robbing a gas station, attacking the workers and leading Sterling Heights police on a pursuit that culminated in a crash — all in the middle of a Friday afternoon.

According to police, the incident began at 3:30 p.m. July 27, when two men armed with a Taser and a shotgun entered the BP gas station at 18 Mile and Mound.

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Published July 31, 2012

Sterling Heights officials are gaining a new tool for encouraging overhauls of existing commercial and retail sites in the community.

On July 17, City Council adopted zoning ordinance amendments that establish a commercial redevelopment planned unit development option, or CRPUD, which streamlines the process for certain mixed-use projects.

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Published July 31, 2012

As a child you grow up worshipping the men in blue; as adulthood approaches, you inevitably link them to anxiety-inducing experiences — receiving a speeding ticket, reporting a crime.

But rarely do you get the chance to simply rub elbows with them in a relaxed setting.

The Sterling Heights Police Department aims to facilitate just that through National Night Out, a free summertime shindig set for 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 7 outside the police station, on Dodge Park Road.

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Published July 31, 2012

Martina Hahn is turning the art world upside down — literally.

The Walloon Lake resident will bring her talent for “speed painting” to the Sterling Heights Public Library Aug. 7, rapidly whipping up an image from the classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” on a rotating easel that flips the 25-foot-square canvas vertically and horizontally as she works.

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Published July 31, 2012

After violent storms in the early morning hours, the rain waned but began again in earnest just minutes before the 2012 Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair’s first day kicked off July 26.

For fervent fans and those involved in the event’s planning and execution, staying home wasn’t an option, and flexibility became the name of the game.

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Published July 31, 2012

Residents and officials throughout metro Detroit have confirmed similar struggles with rats, some of which have been ongoing for years.

“My dog has killed rats, which worries me — even rat droppings are very dangerous to dogs,” said Hazel Park resident Marlene Pringle. “The rats are very bold, just walking across the street on John R by the service drive in broad daylight. We were stopped at the light, and we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh — what is that?’ And then you kind of joke: ‘Should we yield?’ Holy mackerel!”

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