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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 31, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Civic groups, city officials and more thanked their best volunteers from the past year at the 30th annual Madison Heights Community Round Table Awards Luncheon, which took place at the Club Venetian on May 20.

The year’s top honor, MHCRT Volunteer of the Year, went to Bobby Robinson, president of the Madison Heights Men’s Club. The Madison Heights Men’s Club also received the Madison Heights City Council Appreciation Award, presented by Mayor Edward Swanson and the City Council.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison school district is getting ready for this year’s Summer Food Service Program, with a new focus on fun activities to keep the kids occupied at each site, and outreach efforts to qualifying churches and daycare centers that could use the meals, as well.

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Published May 27, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Anyone can change for the better.


That’s a belief held by David Jones — a living example of turning one’s life around. Now filling in as pastor at Ferndale Bible Church, Jones is also a licensed chaplain and continues to lead an addiction recovery program at Landmark Community Church in Hazel Park. Recently, he helped implement the same program at two transitional housing projects in Detroit.

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Published May 27, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A direct link has been formed between Red Oaks Dog Park and Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, and it’s just one of many links in an emerging network of trails that will allow residents to crisscross the county without ever stepping foot in a car.

Work on the Red Oaks Connector Trail started in the spring of 2014 and took about four to six months to complete. Park staff then decided to delay the official dedication of the trail until May 2015. It was finally dedicated May 12.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 15, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park City Council has agreed to lift the city’s ban on pit bulls following feedback from animal advocacy groups, residents and individuals looking to move into the city. However, there will be some restrictions put in place. 

The decision was made during a special meeting May 6, undoing the ordinance that was put into effect in 2012. City Manager Ed Klobucher said the ban originally came about in response to a rash of pit bull attacks. He said 45 attacks occurred between 2009 and 2015.

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Published May 14, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Senior citizens from Madison Heights — and those from out of town, as well — are invited to come along on a free bus trip headed for Lansing next month, where they will have a chance to make their voices heard by those in power.

Hundreds of senior groups from across Michigan will descend on the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, as part of Older Michiganians Day. The Madison Heights group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Madison Heights Senior Citizen Center, 29448 John R Road.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.


But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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