Cortney Casey

Published October 24, 2012

Things at City Hall are reconfiguring for the second consecutive year as Sterling Heights administrators shuffle to accommodate recent layoffs and retirements.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool introduced the overhauled hierarchy at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting, and council gave its final sign-off on the plan Oct. 16. 

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Published October 17, 2012

For senior citizens struggling to adapt to the challenges of age, the list of questions regarding long-term care options is often extensive and the answers elusive.

Some seniors lack transportation or even basic nutritional necessities. Some need in-home health care — others, just an occasional hand with their housework.

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Published October 16, 2012

Barb and Ken Milczynski attribute earning the 2012 Sterling Heights Beautification Commission’s top accolade for residential properties to one factor.

“We’re both nuts,” laughed Ken. “You’ve got to be a little nuts to win this thing.”

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Published October 16, 2012

The approximately 250 strangers conversing amongst themselves fell silent and turned their attention to Patty Kukes as she stepped to the podium on Sept. 27.
It was the kind of setting that would have constituted her son Andy’s worst nightmare. But that was precisely the point of “Misunderstood No More,” a presentation put on by the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety and hosted by Macomb County Community Mental Health Services.

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Published October 16, 2012

The ways local individuals, businesses and organizations advocate and celebrate diversity are often crucial to quality of life, yet largely unrecognized.

So say Susan Kattula and fellow members of the Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, who aim to rectify that with their fifth annual Diversity Distinction Awards program.

The initiative asks the public to nominate people who have gone to great lengths to “champion diversity,” said Community Relations Director Steve Guitar.

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Published October 16, 2012

The replacement of a high-pressure gas line that runs beneath the Clinton River is prompting double-takes among frequent visitors to Dodge Park.

Residents Judy and Ron Kozlowski were riding their bikes along the Clinton River Trail earlier this month, part of their daily summertime ritual, when they came across a wide swath of cleared vegetation.

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Published October 16, 2012

There was a simple reason why Gerald Gorski didn’t join the Veterans of Foreign Wars until nearly 40 years after his discharge from the U.S. Navy.

No one ever asked him.

Now, Gorski — who, since finally joining at a friend’s urging in 2005, has ascended to commander of Sterling Heights’ Post 6250 and for District 5, covering Macomb and Oakland counties — has made asking others his mission “by any means,” whether it’s at a job fair, a civic event or even the grocery store.

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Published October 15, 2012

A Sterling Heights teen died Oct. 15 after his vehicle struck the brick wall of the Walmart store on the city’s south side.

According to Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department, Jacob Geml, 19, was driving on the strip of roadway directly in front of the tenant spaces at the Shops at Sterling Ponds around 4 a.m. when the accident occurred.

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Published October 9, 2012

MACOMB COUNTY — As Rob Blehm explained how fall’s cooler temperatures are starting to stunt the growth of cucumbers, a kindergartner piped up: “What’s a cucumber?”

Blehm instantly held out a stubby pickle cucumber — plucked just moments earlier from the very garden in which he stood outside Susick Elementary — for the student to see and touch.

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Published October 9, 2012

C&G Newspapers

Brian Dubay is still weeks away from leaving for Antarctica, but already his eighth-grade social studies students at Grissom Middle School are learning a little something about the icy continent.

“They want me to bring back a polar bear, and so I had to explain, ‘No, that’s the North Pole,’” he laughed. “They said, ‘OK, bring us back a penguin,’ and I said, ‘No, that’s illegal!’”

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Published October 9, 2012

An alleged bank robber’s elusion of authorities was short-lived, after police in another jurisdiction nabbed him on additional charges.

According to Sterling Heights police, the suspect entered the Chase Bank branch in the 33000 block of Schoenherr, near 14 Mile, just before noon Oct. 1 and approached the teller line, passing a note to an employee that read, “Give me all your money — 20s, 10s, 5s — I know where you work.”

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Published October 8, 2012

There’ll be something more frightening than the prospect of a double bogey at Sunnybrook Golf & Bowl this Halloween season.

Sterling Civic Theatre plans to unleash 50-100 undead wanderers on the golf course for its first-ever Zombie Apocalypse Oct. 19-20, which challenges players to navigate a course while fending off creepily costumed actors.

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Published October 8, 2012

Shoppers bundled against the blustery weather. Decorated trees glowing in the store windows. Lazy snowflakes drifting past streetlamps.

At one time, it was Christmas on Woodward — more specifically, Christmas at Hudson’s, the famed department store in downtown Detroit.

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Published October 8, 2012

Real men — and women — wear pink.

Members of the Sterling Heights Fire Department will swap their usual dark-colored gear for eye-catching pink Oct. 10-12 in support of Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure and October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Besides sporting the shirts while on duty, the firefighters will sell them for $20 apiece at the department’s Oct. 14 open house at Fire Station No. 4.

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Published October 8, 2012