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Published May 27, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A direct link has been formed between Red Oaks Dog Park and Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, and it’s just one of many links in an emerging network of trails that will allow residents to crisscross the county without ever stepping foot in a car.

Work on the Red Oaks Connector Trail started in the spring of 2014 and took about four to six months to complete. Park staff then decided to delay the official dedication of the trail until May 2015. It was finally dedicated May 12.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 15, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park City Council has agreed to lift the city’s ban on pit bulls following feedback from animal advocacy groups, residents and individuals looking to move into the city. However, there will be some restrictions put in place. 

The decision was made during a special meeting May 6, undoing the ordinance that was put into effect in 2012. City Manager Ed Klobucher said the ban originally came about in response to a rash of pit bull attacks. He said 45 attacks occurred between 2009 and 2015.

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Published May 14, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Senior citizens from Madison Heights — and those from out of town, as well — are invited to come along on a free bus trip headed for Lansing next month, where they will have a chance to make their voices heard by those in power.

Hundreds of senior groups from across Michigan will descend on the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, as part of Older Michiganians Day. The Madison Heights group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Madison Heights Senior Citizen Center, 29448 John R Road.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.

But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 9, 2015

HAZEL PARK — He appeared last year as a contestant on the 12th season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” In 2011, he opened his first restaurant, The Root, in White Lake; in 2012, it was named Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. Earlier this year, Food & Wine named him the People’s Best New Chef in the Great Lakes Region.

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Published May 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Earlier this year, the all-new Madison Elementary opened its doors, marking the end of Phase I of the Madison school district’s vision of “One Campus — One Community.” The goal is to consolidate the elementary school, middle school and high school at a single campus in the area of 11 Mile and Hales.

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Published May 6, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Bishop Foley Catholic High in Madison Heights is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In that time, the school has given back to the community in many ways, including over the last six years, when it’s done service on a massive scale with Be the Difference Day.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.

The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.

Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 25, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When thoroughbreds returned to Hazel Park Raceway last year after a 30-year hiatus, an estimated 14,000-15,000 people turned out to see the majestic steeds in action. 

The track is hoping to replicate that success this year, kicking off the meet just in time for the Kentucky Derby, with the first race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

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Published April 24, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade — held the Saturday before Memorial Day — will feature a picnic in Civic Center Park after the memorial service this year. But first, efforts continue to raise money for the privately funded event, with the Pub Crawl on May 2.

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Published April 23, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS/ROCHESTER — Police are investigating a case that ended with a 56-year-old Ferndale man jumping to his death from the third-story window of a local motel April 22.

Rochester police responded to a home in the 1600 block of Chase Drive at 1:30 p.m. after a woman reported that a man she was acquainted with was cutting cable and phone wires with a knife on the exterior of her home.

The man, according to police, was the subject of prior stalking complaints and was not allowed to be in the area due to a personal protection order.

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Published April 22, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 70 kids from four elementary schools will be turned into Oompa Loompas at the end of the month as part of the Lamphere High Drama Club’s springtime musical, “Willy Wonka.”

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.

The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.

The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 16, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, police in Madison Heights were awaiting the toxicology results for a man who died when he crashed his car into a local business April 13. Police suspected that the driver may have been drinking.

The incident occurred around 10:50 p.m. The 22-year-old man, identified as Talando Mattox, of Detroit, was allegedly speeding northbound on John R in his 2010 Dodge Charger, when the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck the corner of CK Fruit Market, 30160 John R Road.

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Published April 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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