Cortney Casey

Published November 6, 2012

Disc golf fanatic John Minicuci has made courses for his beloved sport materialize across Michigan, from Detroit to Grayling.

But the one he’s still struggling to make a reality is in his own hometown.

Minicuci, who grew up in Sterling Heights but now lives in Troy, has been lobbying for nearly a decade to install a disc golf course at one of Sterling Heights’ parks.

“Believe me: You build it, they will come,” he said.

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Published November 6, 2012

Bridget Ascenzo had mere seconds to rejoice over her acceptance into the Lira Ensemble of Chicago before the panic set in.

After declaring Ascenzo hired, Lira co-founder Lucyna Migala breezily announced that the group sings exclusively in Polish, but no worries; she’d teach Ascenzo the alphabet on the spot before whisking her off to her first rehearsal.

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Published November 6, 2012

They wear different uniforms, different ribbons, and they carry the ranks of different service branches. They’ve fought in different countries, in different wars, and they’ve seen different events unfold before them. They hail from different generations.

But on Nov. 11, they come together to honor all who have served the United States through the military.

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Published November 6, 2012

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STERLING HEIGHTS -- Just weeks after posing as customers to rob a local jewelry store, two men were nabbed by police when they tried to do it again.

According to Sterling Heights police, the original incident occurred Oct. 16, when the two subjects entered the Dominic’s Jewelry store on Lakeside Circle, near Lakeside Mall, Oct. 16 and began trying on watches.

After the first man left the store, the second man snatched the $18,000 Rolex watch he’d been examining, pushed the sales associate back, and fled to a vehicle driven by his cohort.

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Published November 6, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder rolled into town Nov. 1 in some highly visible wheels: a colorful bus covered tip to tail in advertisements urging Michiganders to vote yes on Proposal 1 and no on the remaining five ballot issues.

His morning stop in Sterling Heights was part of a four-day bus tour to combat what he deemed rampant misinformation on the proposals.

The Sentry sat down with the Republican governor at Penna’s of Sterling, prior to a town hall meeting attended by local leaders and residents, to talk about some recent issues relevant to Sterling Heights.

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Published November 5, 2012

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STERLING HEIGHTS -- Sterling Heights police received a few more pieces of the puzzle in an ongoing mystery, after DNA testing indicated human remains found in a sewer in August belonged to a female.

The news came from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification – Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics, where police sent the body parts in September in hopes of gaining more clues to the victim’s identity.

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Published October 31, 2012

If you’re on autopilot when it comes time to head to the polls, a second glance at your voter registration card might be in order.

Congressional redistricting due to the 2010 census prompted the city to reduce and reconfigure its precincts, resulting in new precinct numbers and locations for Sterling Heights residents.

City Clerk Walt Blessed said his office mailed all registered voters new voter cards in June, but he expects some recipients probably assumed it was just a routine card replacement and tossed the slip of paper without noting the change.

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Published October 30, 2012

As the workers at Mannino’s Bakery have learned, a mouthful of cupcake isn’t enough to stifle a political debate.

In fact, this time of year, it’s more likely to encourage one.

For the third time, the Sterling Heights-based shop is whipping up thousands of election-themed cookies and cupcakes to whet the appetite of the politically savvy sweet-tooth.

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Published October 30, 2012

A walkway meant as a convenience has become decidedly inconvenient for homeowners in a neighborhood near 18 Mile and Van Dyke.

Armed with petitions signed by fellow residents of Buckingham Estates, David Lemaux approached City Council earlier this month seeking partial closure of the walkway between 8691 and 8703 Hamilton East, which links his subdivision with a network of condominiums and apartments.

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Published October 30, 2012

With the layoff of its emergency services manager earlier this year, the city is turning to the county for assistance.

On Oct. 16, administrators introduced a code amendment that would allow Sterling Heights to participate in the Macomb County Emergency Management Program in lieu of duplicating the efforts on the municipal level.

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Published October 30, 2012

When it comes to addressing hookah lounges, the Zoning Board of Appeals will make do with guidance from the Planning Department versus pursuing additional direction from City Council.

In August, ZBA members voted to draw up a resolution asking council members to supply firm guidelines on where, zoning-wise, hookah lounges can set up shop, and other characteristics, like hours of operation.

With the proper certificate, a hookah lounge can qualify as a tobacco specialty retail store, a category eligible for exemption from the Michigan workplace smoking ban.

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Published October 30, 2012

As similar displays occurred across the state and nation, a crowd gathered outside Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church in Sterling Heights Oct. 20 for a local Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally.

The event specifically zoned in on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate under the Affordable Care Act that requires employer health plans to cover contraceptives and related services without co-pay or cost sharing, under the umbrella of women’s preventative health.

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Published October 24, 2012

Tax abatement requests are no rarity for Sterling Heights, but the ones that came before City Council Oct. 16 had a few more zeros than usual tacked on.

By a 6-1 vote, council members approved industrial facilities tax exemption certificates for Ford Motor Co. on new investments totaling more than $170 million at the automaker’s two Sterling-based plants.

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Published October 24, 2012

In person and on paper, there is little to suggest that Calli Bowman-Tomlinson is anything other than a typical sixth-grader, albeit of the ultra-conscientious variety.

She’s an A/B honor roll student with a slew of artistic, academic and athletic extracurricular activities: piano, choir, cheerleading and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The blue-jeans clad 12-year-old bounds out the front door of her Sterling Heights home with classic youthful exuberance, colorful braces on her teeth and hair cut in a pixie style.

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Published October 24, 2012

A bouquet of flowers: a common still life subject that’s pleasing to the eye, if not particularly thought-provoking.
At least, not at first glance.

An upcoming Detroit Institute of Arts Speakers’ Bureau presentation at the Sterling Heights Public Library, “Hidden Stories,” will explore the deeper meanings and symbolism buried amid some of the museum’s famed pieces.

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