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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form.


Now in its seventh year, the Art Challenge is organized by the Madison Heights South End Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and aimed at students in grades K-12 in both the Madison and Lamphere school districts, as well as at Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — This November, voters in Madison Heights will decide the mayor of Madison Heights. The choices are the current mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, or the challenger Brian Hartwell, who served as a city councilman for eight years.


Here’s a closer look at the two candidates:

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Published September 15, 2015

HAZEL PARK — For about 30 years, the kiln at Hazel Park High School has been firing up pottery for the ceramics program. Through it, countless students have learned an art form that could lead to a creative outlet, a therapeutic pastime or a career. There have even been scholarship opportunities for students who have gone through the ceramics program.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 2, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A new veterans ministry at Madison Heights United Methodist Church wants to help those who served in the military. A monthly brunch the second Sunday of every month, where veterans eat for free, will help raise money for the program. Veterans also eat for free at community dinners held the third Saturday of every month.  

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Published September 2, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito wrote his novel “Band Fags!” and set it in his hometown of Hazel Park, he didn’t know that one day it would be performed there as a play.

This is the third time that the novel, winner of the 2008 Best Fiction Award from the InsightOut Book Club, has taken the stage. The first time was when SNAP! Productions in Omaha, Nebraska, produced it in June 2012. Next, the play made its West Coast debut at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in September 2013.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 31, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Senior Citizens Center has long been a nondescript building unnoticed by many, but thanks to the work of a group of volunteers, it’s looking more vibrant than ever, both inside and out.

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Published August 26, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — “You’re beautiful.” “You’re smart.” “You’re talented.”

It’s one thing to hear it from a parent, someone you’d expect to say nice things. But to hear it from your peers? Much more impactful.

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Published August 24, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Public Schools have revealed seven new staff members who will be filling important roles within the district.

First are the principals at Hazel Park High School, Hazel Park Junior High and Webb Elementary, replacing principals who were working on extended contracts and are now fully retired.

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Published August 24, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The popular “Around the Globe in Madison Heights” Taste Festival and Cultural Show is normally held on a single night at Wilkinson Middle School, but this year the concept has gone on the road, with monthly promotions highlighting the cuisines of different cultures.

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Published August 18, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The revitalization of the John R corridor in Hazel Park continues this fall with the addition of a new destination attraction: Cellarmen’s, a microbrewery with a tasting room, retail space and production on-site.

Sourcing their honey, hops, apples and other ingredients from local suppliers, cider makers Ian Radogost-Givens and Jason Petrocik will make all kinds of cider, beer and mead.

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Published August 17, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The state recently removed Hazel Park Junior High from a list of low-performing Michigan schools, citing progress made over the last four years. The school will continue to prepare yearly improvement plans for the state, but the milestone comes as welcome news for Hazel Park Public Schools.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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