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Published February 24, 2016

HAZEL PARK — It’s something that requires continual fundraising, but the payoff is that every student in Hazel Park can pursue a post-secondary education. The next opportunity to support this noble goal is coming up soon.

The third annual “Race to College” dinner, benefiting the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Hazel Park Community Center, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd.

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Published February 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — An upcoming benefit for the Lamphere High Drama Club will give attendees a chance to show off their inner royalty.

People of all ages can come dressed as their favorite prince or princess. For the young and young-at-heart, it’ll be like meeting their favorite Disney characters.  

The Royal Prince and Princess Sing-A-Long Fundraiser will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults.

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Published February 23, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park Public Schools has undergone dramatic change in recent years,  but the work appears to be paying off. The Michigan Department of Education recently announced that HPPS is no longer on the state’s list of low-performing school districts. 

HPPS was placed on the list during the 2011-12 school year. Back then, the high school was in the bottom 5 percent statewide, and the adult education program was dead last.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Each month, aspiring business owners get together at Biggby Coffee in Madison Heights for the Entrepreneur Lounge, or E-Lounge, where they discuss topics relevant to their interests. Past topics have included filing patents, securing business loans, forming partnerships, using social media, protecting your business and more.

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Published February 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While the fiscal year for the Madison Heights Public Library runs from July 1 through June 30, estimates based on the current fiscal year at the midway point already show the library on track to surpass last year’s total in both visitors (103,000) and circulation (113,735).

“What is equally important to note is that this (circulation) figure reflects both print and electronic reading,” said Roslyn Yerman, the library director, in an email.

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Published February 16, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While the number of fire runs and medical runs didn’t change much between 2014 and 2015, one thing that did change for the Madison Heights Fire Department was the youthfulness of its staff.

There were five new hires in 2014 and 2015. Another two have been hired this year. And the plan is to hire two more in the next few weeks.

Each of these nine hires are replacing firefighters who have retired. And there are plans for another four hires by the end of 2016.

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Published February 16, 2016

HAZEL PARK — While some categories saw an uptick in crime in 2015, Hazel Park continues to maintain an overall five-year decline in crime, according to numbers recently released by the city’s Police Department.

“Overall, we are still doing extremely well compared to where we were in some categories several years ago,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner.

For example, there were 166 cases of breaking and entering in 2011, which dropped to 104 incidents in 2012, 76 incidents in 2013, 75 incidents in 2014, and 63 incidents in 2015.

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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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