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Published August 22, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Aaron Flanigan has been a resident of Madison Heights since moving in with his wife (then girlfriend) in 2010. He says that since moving to town, he’s really come to appreciate the kind of people who live there.

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Published August 20, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The ever-growing Hazel Park Art Fair is gearing up for its sixth year, promising a wide variety of physical art and performance art from creative talent around metro Detroit.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The venue is Green Acres Park, behind the Hazel Park Community Center at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. Admission and parking are free. Parking is available in the lot at the park, along the street and at the Community Center.

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Published August 17, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, authorities in Madison Heights continued their search for Donnie Ray Martin, 31, who has been missing since early August. 

Martin, a Madison Heights resident, was last seen around noon Aug. 3, when he left his job at a tree-trimming service in Madison Heights after being paid. His father reported his son’s disappearance around 11 p.m. the following day. Police say they don’t know whether this is simply a case where Martin doesn’t want to be found, or whether foul play may be involved.

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Published August 17, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS/WARREN/SOUTHFIELD — The FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force, in a joint effort with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s newly formed opioid trafficking unit and existing human trafficking unit, recently arrested four suspects charged with drug and human trafficking crimes at multiple sites in Madison Heights, Warren and Southfield.

The suspects and their charges include:

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 15, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A resident of Hazel Park for 22 years, Charles Gladue has long had an interest in the community. Currently, he’s serving on the city’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Tax Review Board. He’s also passionate about the city’s past, serving as vice chair of the Hazel Park Historical Commission and Museum.

With seats opening up on the City Council, he’s now campaigning for office so that he can be more directly involved in the city’s future.

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Published August 15, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Amy Aubry has owned a home in Hazel Park since July 2011. She said she chose the city for several reasons: It is close to her job and her friends, it has a fenced-in backyard for her dogs, and the price was right.

“However, the most important reason was that Hazel Park was a small, close-knit community like my hometown (of Clawson),” Aubry said. “I’ve stayed because my intuition was correct: I’m surrounded by a caring community with great neighbors.”

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Published August 15, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — From heavy-duty military vehicles built to survive a bomb blast, to the police cruisers and fire engines that keep the community safe, there will be all kinds of trucks to see during an upcoming event at Madison High School.

The event is appropriately titled “Trucks, Trucks, TRUCKS!” and will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the parking lot at Madison High, 915 E. 11 Mile Road.

Admission is free. The trucks will be parked on the 11 Mile side, but attendees can park on either side.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 10, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Authorities tracked down and captured the suspect in a recent bank robbery in Hazel Park, who reportedly issued a note to the teller that said, “Give me all your money or I’ll kill everyone in here.” 

The suspect, Kristy Lee Balowski, 39, of Ferndale, was arrested Aug. 7 on a warrant for bank robbery, which carries a sentence of life in prison or any number of years. She was arraigned by Magistrate James Patterson in Hazel Park 43rd District Court, and her bond was set at $1 million.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 8, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — At its regular meeting July 24, the Madison Heights City Council voted to approve a resolution in support of state Senate Bill 184. The state program would help disabled and senior residents stay in their homes by authorizing tax credits that defray the cost of accessible housing or retrofits done to improve accessibility, like wheelchair ramps.

However, while the City Council was unanimous in its support of SB184, some council members cautioned that the bill, in its current form, may not be enough to adequately address the problem.

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Published August 8, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — City buildings in Madison Heights are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and closed daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch. For many residents, these hours may not work well with their busy work schedules. So what should they do if they have a pressing matter that needs to be resolved?

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Published August 8, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Tammy Harp is the general manager for the Madison Heights Wolverines, a football and cheer league comprising some 250 kids. Recently, she noticed that “so many” families are struggling financially, and the cost of back-to-school supplies adds to the strain. Backpacks alone can cost $25 or more.

So Harp, who also runs Mr. B’s Quikstop Marathon, a gas station in Madison Heights, approached the Madison Heights/Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce with an idea.

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Published August 8, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Over the next year, every home in Madison Heights will be receiving a water meter upgrade. The program will be rolled out in phases, targeting different areas of the city at different times. Affected homeowners have been notified and will schedule appointments for the work to be done through the city’s contractor.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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