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Published May 19, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Before Carol Spellman was declared the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the Madison Heights Community Round Table — a who’s who of do-gooders in the city — at its annual awards luncheon May 18, presenter Fran Kirchoff touched on the mottos of the many civic groups in attendance.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A foster home can give a child up for adoption a sense of normalcy while they search for a permanent family. And right now more foster homes are needed, according to the Madison Heights office of Bethany Christian Services.

“We are greatly in need of foster families,” said Starr Allen-Pettway, the new branch director at Bethany Christian Services, whose varied history includes AIDS service organizations, as well as work with the homeless population and the treatment of delinquency, therapeutic foster case, substance abuse and more.

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Published May 16, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Michigan State Police are investigating an incident where a motorist hit a trooper’s vehicle while the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Nine Mile Road in Hazel Park, critically injuring a woman and dealing mild injuries to others.

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Published May 16, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Close to 1,300 people attended this year’s Family Science Night at Wilkinson Middle School in the Madison school district.

The May 6 event, now in its third consecutive year, featured a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions, many of them educational in nature.

“It’s a community event. It’s bringing everyone in our district together,” said Mike Janigian, a science teacher at Wilkinson and the organizer behind the popular event.

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Published May 16, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Derby Day festivities at Hazel Park Raceway have come and gone, but unlike last year, they weren’t accompanied by live racing. That’s because the 2016 thoroughbred meet starts later this month, which track officials say will result in horses that are better prepared.

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Published May 12, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The budget for the new fiscal year met with unanimous approval at the Madison Heights City Council meeting May 9.

There weren’t any notable changes from the budget previewed at council’s workshop in April. To recap, that means no new taxes. It also means that while the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is charging the city more for water, the increase won’t be passed on to taxpayers.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — There are 154 seniors graduating in the Lamphere High Class of 2016. Of them, 152 have already been accepted to college, and the other two have plans to attend a military school and a cosmetology school.

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Published May 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Downtown Development Authority has announced its theme for this year’s Art Challenge: “This Is Home.” And this time, it’s about designing functional art in the form of bike racks that will be built by a local businessman and installed by the DDA around town.

Students from the Madison and Lamphere districts, as well as Bishop Foley Catholic High, are invited to submit designs for bike racks that reflect local businesses, neighborhoods or the city itself.

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Published May 9, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Public Schools are full of talented young artists. Now they will have a place to share their creations with the community.

The Wilfred Webb Art Gallery will open Monday, May 16, in the district’s administrative building at 1620 E. Elza Ave. The grand opening will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. There will be an ice cream social in the courtyard at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The search for a missing Troy woman came to a tragic end when a Hazel Park man allegedly confessed to police that her body was hidden in his home.

Jordan McClanahan, 23, is charged in the murder of Jessica White, 21, whose badly decomposed body was found wrapped up and stowed away in a roofline storage area connected to the bedroom of his father’s bungalow home.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A woman who works as a police dispatcher in Warren is filing a civil lawsuit  in federal court against a Hazel Park police officer, claiming he used her boyfriend’s confiscated smartphone to access the nanny cam in her home and spy on her while she breast-fed her baby.

The plaintiff is Megan Pearce, mother of the baby, who is being represented by the Detroit-based law firm Ernst & Marko PLC. The accused is officer Michael Emmi.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the third year in a row, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis is inviting seniors to join him on a bus trip to the Capitol building in Lansing, where they will have a chance to share their concerns with lawmakers.

The idea is to cut out the middle man. Rather than calling your representative and possibly being lost in the shuffle due to the sheer volume of calls, why not meet them face to face?

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Published May 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — On Monday, May 9, the Madison Heights City Council is expected to vote on the budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

There are no new taxes planned. And while the Great Lakes Water Authority is charging the city more for water, the increase won’t be passed on to taxpayers.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, authorities were investigating the circumstances of a woman’s death in Madison Heights.

Cynthia Marie McCabe, 56, was found dead April 19 inside her home at Ackels Mobile Home Community, located at 25151 Dequindre Road.

The deceased was reportedly found by her husband, who also lives at the residence. The husband called 911 and reported the incident.

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Published May 3, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Board of Education and the Hazel Park Education Association have finalized a memorandum of understanding on the school year for 2016-17 that will see certain benefits restored and more training for teachers, as well as a longer school year.

While the two parties have a collective bargaining agreement through Aug. 17, 2017, the district’s Deficit Elimination Plan with the Michigan Department of Treasury requires that the board and employees reach a yearly agreement as they work toward moving out of debt by 2020.

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