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Published October 10, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Over the summer, the Association of Chinese Americans held its first annual Healthy Gardening Fair. Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell, himself a member of the ACA, said the event was so successful that they’re already planning the next one.

The mayor wants to find around 30 to 40 vendors. This includes those with farm-fresh food and prepared meals, as well as handcrafted items representing the many different cultures in the city.

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Published October 6, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Video of an after-school fight between two students at Hazel Park Junior High — in which one student is beaten to the ground and onlookers don’t intervene — recently made the rounds on social media, prompting the district to address the issue.  

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Published October 6, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A motorist struck another driver and sent the other driver veering off the road and into a Madison Heights home, with the car catching fire but the driver escaping to safety, according to police.

Now the motorist who started the chain reaction is facing misdemeanor charges. 

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — During its meeting Sept. 25, the Madison Heights City Council approved a proposal by City Councilman Robert Corbett to waive the ambulance transport fee for residents. 

Previously, when a resident needed an ambulance, the city would bill the patient’s insurance company for part of the cost, and then the resident would pay the rest themselves.

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Published October 4, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The horses are done racing for the season at Hazel Park Raceway, but the historic track continues to engage the community in other ways. 

Recently, the national nonprofit BRAKES — Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe — came to Hazel Park Raceway Sept. 23-24 to take advantage of the spacious parking lot there, teaching teens and their parents about “driving defensively.” 

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Published October 2, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Last year’s spring musical marked Taylor Morrow’s directorial debut with the Hazel Park Drama Club. She said the theme of coming home in “The Wizard of Oz” felt appropriate since she, herself, had found a new home in the drama program.

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Published October 2, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Lamphere Schools has identified ways to improve the district’s security, technology, energy efficiency, roofing, parking lots, athletic facilities and more — and it won’t cost taxpayers anything extra. 

In fact, the proposed millage will save residents at least a little bit of money — an average of $50 in savings per year, for a house valued at $100,000. 

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — For years, the city of Madison Heights has ushered in the fall season with its annual event at the Red Oaks Nature Center, the Fall Open House. This year, the event has a new name — the Hometown Harvest — but will still feature everything people know and love.

Hosted by Oakland County Parks in cooperation with the city of Madison Heights, the free event will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights.

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Published September 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Southend Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, recently recommended the City Council’s approval of its vision for the next 20 years.

While Madison Heights doesn’t have a conventional downtown area in the sense of neighboring Ferndale or Royal Oak, the city has been trying to develop its own concept of a downtown area in the DDA’s coverage area.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The summer of 2017 saw the first segment of the controversial Interstate 75 modernization project get underway in Bloomfield Township and Auburn Hills.

By this time next year, the Michigan Department of Transportation hopes to take the rest of the plan into overdrive and cut the duration of the construction work nearly in half, wrapping up by 2020, or about 10 years sooner.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the second year in a row, the Michigan chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is holding its Students of the Year campaign, where every dollar raised goes toward researching a cure for blood cancer.

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Published September 20, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park Public Schools gets a lot of mileage out of the auditorium at Hazel Park High. It’s used not only for the fall and spring Drama Club productions, but also for meetings with parents, band concerts, choir concerts and other student activities.

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Published September 19, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A police officer with the Hazel Park Police Department has been suspended without pay after being accused of embezzling at least $85,000 in non-drug forfeitures. Now an internal investigation is underway, as well as a criminal investigation by Michigan State Police.

The officer — whose name will not be disclosed since he had not been charged at press time — is an 18-year veteran of the HPPD, formerly assigned to the detective bureau.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 15, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Ed Swanson, the second-longest-serving mayor in the history of Madison Heights, died Sept. 10 at the age of 87. His former colleagues on the City Council say his legacy is one of laughter, professionalism, pride in the city, and a sincere love for the people he served.

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