Cortney Casey

Published August 28, 2012

C&G Newspapers

The 2012-13 school year is kicking off with faculty musical chairs at Warren Consolidated Schools, with more than a dozen administrators trading places.

WCS spokesman Robert Freehan acknowledged that the changes constituted “an unusual number of moves in a single year,” but chalked it up to the “domino effect” triggered by the union bidding process.

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Published August 22, 2012

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — The Michigan Department of Education recently released new data measuring student achievement at public schools across the state that has local officials examining how their schools stack up.

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Published August 22, 2012

A resolution passed by City Council Aug. 7 cites the “substantial and significant decline in qualify of life for the residents” as it beseeches state legislators to repeal the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.

The measure also decries the burden on the Police, Fire and the Community Relations departments in addressing complaints and incidents, and referencing the resources expended in preparing new local ordinances, declares the act “an unfunded mandate” from the state.

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Published August 22, 2012

For anyone looking to get their hands dirty in the name of a good cause, two prime opportunities are coming up in Sterling Heights and the surrounding area.

Through its Sterling Heights Initiative for Neighborhood Excellence program, the city is hosting another Community Pride & SHINE Day Aug. 25, which encourages all residents to spruce up their properties and links volunteers with homeowners who need maintenance help due to physical or financial constraints.

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Published August 22, 2012

Debra Levantrosser Setman likes to say she was “born into a lean household.”

She didn’t know the term as it applied to the corporate world then. All she knew was that every time the refrigerator door needlessly lingered open, it became a lesson in conservation. All family members were encouraged to identify and eliminate waste. And when major decisions were required, they were made as a team.

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Published August 22, 2012

Fun at the fair
The Great Lakes State Fair runs Friday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 3 — Labor Day — at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. Hours of operation vary based on attraction:
• Livestock exhibits: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3.
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Published August 22, 2012

One of Sterling Heights’ largest empty industrial buildings is getting a breath of new life, thanks to sizeable incoming investments by automotive supplier A.G. Simpson.

City Council approved three industrial facilities tax exemption certificates Aug. 8 in conjunction with the company’s overhaul of the former BorgWarner site on 18 1/2 Mile and smaller projects at existing AGS sites on Sterling Drive North and Sterling Drive South.

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Published August 22, 2012

The preliminary exam for a Sterling Heights man charged with arson and mutilating four women’s bodies has been adjourned again.

James Cornelius Brown, 24, was due to appear in 41-A District Court Aug. 13 on four counts of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body, one count of arson of real property and one count of arson of personal property.

At press time, no new date had been set for the hearing, which already had been postponed from June 8.

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Published August 15, 2012

Crews entering the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor along 15 Mile as part of an ongoing sewer repair project Aug. 15 made a grisly discovery: human remains.

Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department said “around a dozen” body parts were found by workers from Inland Waters Pollution Control, a private company contracted for the project, around 8:30 a.m., approximately 50 feet below a manhole east of Maple Lane.

At press time, the remains’ origin and identity remained a mystery.

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Published August 15, 2012

Her son is, for the most part, oblivious to it, but Shell Jones sees the stares, hears the whispers, when he doesn’t act like other children his age in social settings.

Diagnosed with autism at age 2 ½, he just recently, at age 9, became verbal. For Jones’ family, it’s a miraculous milestone; for others, it’s one long since passed and taken for granted.

“It’s been a long battle,” said Jones, “but I’m up for the fight.”

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Published August 15, 2012

Art Coutre has his dentist, doctor and banker “trained,” as he phrases it.

No appointments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Mondays. No exceptions.

“Any day but Monday,” he said with a grin. “I’m busy on Monday. They follow my orders, or they don’t get my business.”

The Sterling Heights resident has somewhere he needs to be: Senior Corner at Sunnybrook Lanes, a group of locals ages 50-plus who gather weekly for companionship, cards and other activities.

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Published August 15, 2012

City Manager Mark Vanderpool’s enthusiasm was, in a word, unbridled.

“It’s totally awesome,” he said. “It’s truly state of the art. It’s impeccably clean, highly automated. It’s really an engineering marvel. It’s amazing the advancement that we’re seeing in the automotive industry, especially the domestic auto industry.”

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Published August 15, 2012

A developer’s variance request earned the Zoning Board of Appeals’ approval late last month, but not without resurrecting members’ exasperation over correspondence from a city councilman.

Joe Iacopelli of Iacopelli Building Co. had sought a 6.4-foot variance to the minimum width on a lot in his new Cobble Creek development on 16 ½ Mile, near Dodge Park Road.

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Published August 15, 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 15, 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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