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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Around this time each year, Prince of Glory Lutheran Church holds a coffeehouse concert to raise money for its sister synod overseas in Mbulu, Tanzania. This year’s event will promote the same cause, but it will also support another: the people of Flint affected by the water crisis.

The coffeehouse concert promises to have several local bands playing folk music in a cozy atmosphere with warm drinks. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, 1357 W. 14 Mile Road.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During their 2014-15 Women Build in Madison Heights, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County members found themselves working with volunteer students from Madison Preparatory Academy, a collaboration that came about by chance when HfHOC asked to use Madison Prep’s parking lot and facilities for its volunteers.

Now, in 2016, more Madison district students are at work on a new Habitat build. This time it’s the students from the Building Trades program at Madison High School, which provides certification in the construction trades upon graduation.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — There’s a lot happening at the Red Oaks Nature Center this month, both indoors and outdoors.

At one event, parents can drop off their kids to learn about winter constellations in an inflatable planetarium, followed by a discussion of nocturnal wildlife. It’s a great opportunity for Mom and Dad to enjoy a date night while the kids learn about nature in a safe environment. At another event, parents and their young ones can learn about birds and bird-watching together.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — We live in a tech-savvy world, with many opportunities for those who are familiar with computers. Many kids today are already connected, watching user-created content on YouTube, social networking with each other on Facebook and Twitter, and playing games like Minecraft on their video game consoles and mobile devices.

These products and services are made possible by people in the computer science field. And now students at Madison Elementary and Wilkinson Middle School in the Madison school district are being introduced to the field by way of CS First.

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Published February 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The military is its own world, and even those who don’t see combat still sacrifice much being away from home. Yet despite national slogans such as “Support Our Troops,” many servicemen and women feel abandoned once they leave the military. Some suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and slip through cracks in the system, unable to get the help they need.

That’s why Madison Heights United Methodist Church, 246 E. 11 Mile Road, is trying to do its part to help those who served the country.

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Published February 2, 2016

HAZEL PARK — In many ways, the Hazel Park District Library is the hub of the community.

Adults use the computers and Internet connection to research and apply for new jobs. Kids go there to make friends in a safe environment and do homework. And everyone can enjoy free and low-cost programming, as well as the abundance of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more.

But despite many cost-cutting efforts in recent years, the library is struggling financially.

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Published February 2, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade and service on the lawn of City Hall have continued each year, despite the fact that they were cut from the city’s budget in 2009.

This is thanks to the volunteers on the Parade Committee, who collect funds for the event, paying for public safety personnel that close the roads and manage the crowds. The money also covers the cost of the cable broadcast that brings the parade to those unable to attend.

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Published February 2, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The property at 1839 E. Eight Mile Road has been unused for years — something of a rarity in Hazel Park, a town where land is a hot commodity.

But that’s about to change.

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Published February 2, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes people balk at the cost of adopting an animal. A rescue may charge $200 for a dog, but they might have already spent hundreds more on spaying or neutering, dental care, food and more. Treating heartworm alone can cost $400. And then there are cases where an animal has mange, broken limbs or other ailments that require immediate treatment.

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Published January 27, 2016

FERNDALE — In its 15th year, the Ferndale Blues & Music Festival not only continues to diversify its musical performances, but also its locations.

The annual festival started as a string of performances in a variety of locations in Ferndale, but this year organizer Craig Covey said there will be a performance once again in Royal Oak Township and, for the first time, a performance at Cork, a restaurant in Pleasant Ridge.

The event will kick off Jan. 29 and run through Feb. 6 at locations such as Dino’s, Rosie O’Grady’s and Como’s.

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Published January 27, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Several years ago, Madison Heights City Councilwoman Margene Scott was having difficulty moving around and standing up for extended periods of time. Since then she’s recovered, thanks to physical therapy, but she learned a valuable lesson.

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Published January 27, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods continues to offer educational programming during the winter months. Next up is a lesson on ways to survive extreme temperatures, should you find yourself stranded in the cold. The workshop will also look at ways that animals and plants survive Michigan’s harsh winters.

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Published January 27, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Fire Department has released statistics for service in 2015, revealing an increase in most categories.

In 2015, there were nearly 3,200 runs in total, of which more than 2,500 were medical calls, roughly 680 were fire calls and, of the fire calls, more than 30 were structure fires. 

By comparison, in 2014, there were more than 2,900 runs in total, of which 2,240 were medical calls. Fire calls were about the same, at nearly 680, but there were more structure fires, at nearly 60.

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Published January 27, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Like most municipalities across the state of Michigan, the city of Madison Heights has its share of unfunded liability — costs that it must pay for past, present and future retirees receiving pension, health care and other benefits.

At present, this is estimated to total nearly $104 million. These costs continue to grow due to a variety of factors, including revised “mortality tables” reflecting ever-increasing life expectancy.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 22, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — It hasn’t been put up for a vote, but there is talk on the Madison Heights City Council of implementing tighter security at council meetings.

Mayor Brian Hartwell said he is against it, but feels he is in the minority. He worries that screening attendees would alienate them from attending public meetings. He also feels the extra security is an extreme reaction to nonexistent threats, and wholly unnecessary.

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Published January 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — In December, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneur Lounge — or E-Lounge, for short — discussed topics they’d like to explore in 2016. And now the first of those topics is here: “Proactive Safety Tips for Entrepreneurs and Businesses.”

“Emphasis on the word ‘proactive,’” said Linda Williams, economic and community engagement supervisor for the city of Madison Heights.

“It’s about being a good business owner.”

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Published January 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — What was looking like a mild winter is beginning to show some bite, with temperatures dropping down into the teens.

Which is why pet owners need to take responsibility and minimize their pets’ exposure to the cold. Failing to do so can put pets in grave danger — and lead to legal troubles for the owner.

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