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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 28, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — When City Councilman David Soltis attended a business summit presented by the Detroit Economic Club last year, he learned about major concerns shared by light industrial and manufacturing businesses — most notably, a statewide shortage of skilled laborers — and he realized this need probably exists back in his city as well.

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Published July 28, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Margene Scott has long been passionate about the subject of history.

She played a key role in the opening and reopening of the Heritage Rooms — the city’s museum in the lower level of City Hall — and co-authored the Madison Heights edition of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America,” released in 2014. A shutterbug who’s often seen with a camera at community events, Scott relishes preserving the past so that future generations can learn from it and appreciate their roots. 

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Published July 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A few years ago, Johnnette Eggert lost both of her parents.

“My mom got sick and went to the hospital and never made it out,” Eggert said. “My father couldn’t handle that. Six months later, he died of a broken heart, and some other underlying factors.”

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Published July 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights City Councilman Robert Corbett wants to hear from the community on what kind of changes or additions should be made in the parks to make them more enjoyable for kids with disabilities to use.

The City Council has already programmed $25,000 into the current fiscal year’s budget to upgrade playground equipment in the parks.

Another $75,000 is programmed over the next several years for the same purpose, with other revenue in varying amounts for playscape upgrades, trail resurfacing and parking lot improvements.

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Published July 26, 2017

HAZEL PARK — One of the largest developments in Oakland County was recently completed in the form of the Tri-County Commerce Center, which will house several tenants and bring hundreds of jobs to the city of Hazel Park, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenue.

One major name is already among the tenants: Amazon.com. The other tenant so far is an automotive supplier, Bridgewater Interiors LLC. Ashley Capital, the New York-based developer behind the project, is in talks with a potential third tenant.

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Published July 24, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A man who fell off a scooter he was operating was pronounced dead July 24 after being struck by an SUV in Madison Heights. 

The incident occurred early in the morning, just before 5 a.m., on Dequindre Road north of 11 Mile Road. Madison Heights police were notified via a 911 call from a nurse who witnessed the incident and attended to the victim at the scene. 

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The city of Madison Heights doesn’t have a typical downtown district with a main street like neighboring Royal Oak and Ferndale. But that hasn’t stopped the city’s Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, from developing its own take on the concept.

Figuring out exactly what that downtown should entail remains a work in progress, but already the DDA is finding ways to give the district a stronger sense of place.

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Published July 19, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Qualifying low-income Madison Heights residents are eligible for free vouchers to Red Oaks Waterpark, thanks to a new program resulting from a City Council initiative.

The vouchers normally cost $14. The same vouchers will be sold at a 79 percent discount ($3) to moderate-income residents, and to all other residents at a 57 percent discount ($6).

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Published July 19, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — While Suzette Gysel, the animal control officer for Madison Heights, was away on vacation, a Chevy Silverado rolled into the parking lot of the local Police Department July 7, stuffed with items for the homeless animals and gift cards worth hundreds of dollars.  

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 12, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The city of Madison Heights has citizen-led boards that specialize in researching different topics, such as the Multicultural Relations Advisory Board and the Information Technology Advisory Committee. But currently, there is no board dedicated to promoting arts and culture in the city.

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Published July 12, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Data analysts from the consumer research website GoodCall have compiled a report on the best cities in the country for first responders to live and work — and the city of Madison Heights is among the top 25.

Out of the 835 U.S. cities that were evaluated, Madison Heights ranked No. 24.

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Published July 12, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — City staff will soon begin redesigning how local roads are built in Madison Heights so that healthy trees are preserved except for in the most extreme cases.

This is the result of a new budget item that was approved by the Madison Heights City Council, prompted in part by the severe loss of tree canopy on Moulin Avenue, west of Simonds Elementary. Mayor Brian Hartwell said in an email that the City Council has “put city engineers on notice that trees should not be an expendable casualty to building roads.”

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Published July 12, 2017

HAZEL PARK — An array of exercise equipment is now available for public use at Hazel Park Legacy Fitness Park.

The facilities are located in the northwest corner of Green Acres Park, along Mapledale Avenue. Green Acres Park is the city’s largest park, located in the northwest corner of the city, between Mapledale Avenue and Woodward Heights Boulevard, on the east side of Lenox Street. 

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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Published July 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — A group of Macomb Community College students who feel their freedom of speech was violated earlier this year are seeking justice through the legal system.

On July 5, attorneys from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the students to challenge a college policy that they say bans all public expression from anyone, minus labor unions, without a permit from administrators.

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