Cortney Casey

Published December 5, 2012

If lack of a green thumb is causing a blue — or a brown — Christmas around your house, it might be time to get back to the basics.

When caring for holiday foliage, it’s all about water, light, and proper amounts thereof, say gardening experts.

O Christmas tree

With neglect apt to prompt “A Charlie Brown Christmas”-style scene in the living room, live Christmas trees are on the critical-care list.

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Published December 5, 2012

If you’re burned out on Bing and numb on Nat, there are plenty of ways to freshen up your holiday playlist by adding tracks that offer twists on classic tunes.

At Mike Duffy’s house, in Grosse Pointe Woods, the CD player is split between his wife’s choral Christmas music and the rock ‘n’ roll renditions he prefers.

They used to expand their collection of holiday CDs and records yearly, but “we have so many now, we don’t really need to add too many,” laughed the self-described “music nut.”

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Published December 4, 2012

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WARREN – The physical work will be mostly cosmetic — a few paint touchups here, a few repairs there — but the philosophical overhaul will be major when Freedom Hill Amphitheatre reopens in early summer.

So vowed partners involved in the rebooted venture, who held a Dec. 4 press conference at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Warren to announce the endeavor and the first addition to the 2013 entertainment lineup: Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum.

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Published December 4, 2012

When Gerard Santoro rhapsodizes about the Clinton River, it sounds like something straight out of an exotic travel brochure.

As Macomb County’s program manager for land and water resources, Santoro has become intimately acquainted with the local waterways, and his praise comes across as earnest and sincere.

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Published December 4, 2012

A jury has found a Sterling Heights woman guilty on multiple counts in a 2011 incident that the prosecution described as “every (police) officer’s worst fear.”Caroline Hocking-Sullivan, 49, was convicted on one count of assault with intent to murder and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon Nov. 26, following a three-week trial in Macomb County Circuit Court.

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Published December 4, 2012

There are plenty of traditional ways to celebrate the season — but this, says Christine Lavin, isn’t one of them.

Lavin and Uncle Bonsai, a Seattle-based trio, will take the stage at the Warren Consolidated Performing Arts Center with special guest Don White for a Dec. 8 concert benefitting the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team.

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Published November 27, 2012

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An observant neighbor’s 911 call helped police nab the man they say is responsible for several recent home invasions in the 18 1/2 Mile and Ryan area.

Officers responded to the 5000 block of Adair around 2 a.m. Nov. 23, after a nearby resident reported seeing someone attempting to break into a home, said Lt. Kevin Reese of the Sterling Heights Police Department.

“When police arrived, he was coming out of the side garage door,” he said, noting that the man was carrying lawn maintenance equipment stolen from that home at the time.

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Published November 27, 2012

Every December, Aaron Filipski is jittery with anticipation, as he awaits the Sterling Heights Department of Public Works’ Ken Stempowski Memorial Food and Clothing Drives.“So far, I haven’t been let down once,” said Filipski, the DPW water service worker who coordinates the annual efforts.

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Published November 27, 2012

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Published November 27, 2012

A former substitute teacher accused of sexual assault and inappropriate communications with students has pleaded no contest to several of the counts against him in exchange for the dismissal of others.

Christopher Michael Skebo, 29, entered the pleas Nov. 15, the day his trial in Macomb County Circuit Court was due to begin.

The charges, which stem from two separate cases in Sterling Heights and Warren, involve improper relationships Skebo allegedly had with underage students while working as a substitute band teacher at local high schools.

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Published November 27, 2012

It’s last call for a Sterling Heights survey that asks residents to express views on various municipal services.

Randomly selected homeowners received the questionnaire in early November through U.S. mail and email. Residents who didn’t get a survey but would like to participate can do so online at www.    sterling-heights.net or via phone by calling (866) 472-2552, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Community Relations Director Steve Guitar said administrators hope to receive all responses by Dec. 1.

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Published November 27, 2012

The Sterling Heights Public Library is launching a new, kid-friendly event that targets families suffering from bookstore sticker shock or digging out beneath overstuffed bookshelves at home.

On Dec. 1, the library will host its first Children’s Book Swap, which encourages kids ages 8-12 to bring up to five gently used books for trading.

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Published November 26, 2012

A Sterling Heights man charged months ago with disinterment/mutilation and arson is now officially facing murder charges that were long rumored to be pending.

James Cornelius Brown, 24, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, a life felony, in the deaths of Demesha Hunt, Renesha Landers, Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary before Judge Michael Maceroni in 41-A District Court Nov. 26.

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Published November 21, 2012

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STERLING HEIGHTS -- More than a year ago, Sterling Heights emergency dispatchers became familiar fixtures at City Council meetings, protesting a possible county consolidation that administrators deemed only “conceptual” at the time.

The plan has shifted from hypothetical to real, as council voted 5-2 Nov. 20 to approve an intergovernmental agreement for regional emergency dispatch services.

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Published November 21, 2012

Thankful thoughts

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
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