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Published September 15, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — On Sept. 13, the Madison Heights Community Round Table hosted a forum in the council chambers at Madison Heights City Hall, featuring eight candidates competing for three four-year terms on the Madison Heights City Council this November.

The candidates include incumbents Mark Bliss and David Soltis, as well as challengers Ronald Butcher, Johnnette Eggert, Aaron Flanigan, Roslyn Grafstein, Mark Kimble and Emily Rohrbach. 

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Published September 13, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Mark Bliss, the mayor pro tem of Madison Heights, has an extensive family history with the city stretching back 50 years, including four generations still living there. He said he has a deep appreciation for the city’s past, but he also believes in the potential of its future, finding ways to modernize Madison Heights with new technology and quality-of-life offerings.

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Published September 13, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — David Soltis, a first-term councilman now seeking a second term on the Madison Heights City Council, said his goal as an elected official is simple enough. He described his approach as “The Three P’s” — Public Safety, People and Production.

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Published September 13, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The Tri-County Commerce Center in Hazel Park opened this year with the announcement of two major tenants: online retailer Amazon.com and automotive supplier Bridgewater Interiors LLC. Now a third tenant has been confirmed in the form of LG Electronics, which will occupy a 250,000-square-foot facility producing electric components for vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV — a move that will create nearly 300 new Michigan jobs.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 7, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A young man is dead after being shot by his own cousin at a Madison Heights hotel in what appears to have been an accident, according to police.

The suspect — Christian Dejuan Washington, 17, of Hamtramck — was arraigned Sept. 1 in Madison Heights 43rd District Court. He was charged with one count of manslaughter — death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice, a 15-year felony and/or $750 fine, and one count of felony firearm, a two-year felony. He is being held on $1 million cash bond or surety.

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published September 1, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Ronald Butcher grew up in Mount Pleasant and moved to Lansing when he was 20, where he lived another 11 years before meeting his wife and moving to Madison Heights, where they purchased a home at the end of 2001.

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Published September 1, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Anja Barmettler moved to Hazel Park 14 years ago, drawn to the city for its affordability and central location near her business office, corporate accounts, freeways and entertainment venues.

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Published September 1, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved Hazel Park Raceway for an additional four nights of live thoroughbred racing. The new dates are Sunday, Sept. 10; Monday, Sept. 11; Sunday, Sept. 17; and Monday, Sept. 18.

Sunday races start at 4:30 p.m., while Monday races start at 7:20 p.m. Thoroughbred horses are the kind seen in the Kentucky Derby, renowned for their power and pageantry. These four extra race dates will be the last opportunity to see them live at the track before the season ends.  

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Published September 1, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park Public Schools is gearing up for the Hometown Huddle, a free community event at Hazel Park High School that will feature plenty of food, fun and opportunities to learn about what’s happening in the district.

The Hometown Huddle, now in its third year, will take place Friday, Sept. 8, at the high school, 23400 Hughes Ave., from 5 to 6 p.m. Everything is free except for the raffle tickets; the ticket sales will help fund next year’s Hometown Huddle.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

HAZEL PARK — When Jan Parisi resigned as mayor of Hazel Park in late 2016 due to health- and family-related reasons, Jeffrey Keeton, the former mayor pro tem, took over.

The City Council then appointed Bethany Holland to fill Keeton’s vacancy.

Now Holland is running for another term on the City Council this November. She’s been a resident of Hazel Park for 10 years, and in that time she’s put in thousands of hours of volunteer work.

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Published August 29, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park City Councilman Andy LeCureaux moved to the city of Hazel Park in 1994, when he was a divorced father looking for an affordable, centrally located home for him and his daughter.

“One thing that was so attractive about our home on Tawas was its location,” LeCureaux said. “We could walk or ride bikes to Country Boy (Restaurant) for breakfast or play at Tuski Park. The library, post office, City Hall and grocery store are also a short distance away.

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Published August 29, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — For more than 50 years, the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, or OLHSA, has continued former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” with relief programs aimed at those facing financial hardship.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 25, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A girl in Madison Heights said she encountered a masked man who broke into her home while her parents were gone, and who grabbed her as she fled the house.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at her home in the 1500 block of Cynthia Street. The girl, 17, thought she was home alone at the time; her mother had just left the house several minutes earlier. That’s when the girl claimed she heard a loud crash coming from her bedroom at the end of the hallway.

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Published August 22, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A Detroit man opened fire on a Ferndale man sitting in a Hazel Park home, penetrating his arm and striking his abdomen Aug. 12. The victim survived, and the suspect is in police custody. 

The suspect is Michael Anthony Green, 33, who was arraigned Aug. 14 before Magistrate James Paterson in Hazel Park 43rd District Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, which carries a potential sentence of life in prison or any number of years, as well as second-offense felony firearm charges that carry a five-year sentence.

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Published August 22, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Alissa Sullivan describes herself as a tireless volunteer who feels she could make a difference on the Hazel Park City Council.

“I have a long history of volunteering for ample causes and programs,” Sullivan said.

“Public service is a fundamental part of my life. I want to seize every opportunity to learn and to better represent every voice in our community. I want to be an educated advocate for the city and for all of my neighbors.” 

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