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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Gary McGillivray, the incumbent Oakland County commissioner for the 20th District, was reelected to another two-year term during the general election Nov. 8.

McGillivray, a Democrat, received 59.88 percent of the vote (14,298 votes), besting his Republican rival David Harrell, who took 39.54 percent (9,441 votes).

Write-ins accounted for 0.57 percent, or 137 votes.

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Published November 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — During the general election Nov. 8, voters in Madison Heights elected candidates to serve on school boards.

In Madison District Public Schools, nine candidates ran for four four-year terms. Incumbent Christin Cole came out on top at 16.69 percent (1,824 votes), followed by incumbent Bill Pittman at 15.87 percent (1,735 votes), newcomer Mark Kimble at 13.18 percent (1,441 votes), and incumbent Donald Brecht, Jr. at 11.39 percent (1,245 votes).

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 8, 2016

PONTIAC — The number of licensed foster care homes in Michigan dropped by 349 from this time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately, the need for safe, loving spaces for children continues to grow.

For those thinking about filling that need, Oakland Family Services will host an informational program Nov. 17 to share the ins and outs of foster care with prospective parents.

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Published November 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — After the rush of Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, a day to appreciate the entrepreneurs around town.

And on that day, Nov. 26, city officials are asking residents to celebrate by visiting small shops, ethnic restaurants and other one-of-a-kind businesses that make Madison Heights a special place. 

“We want everyone to make a conscious effort to shop local,” said Linda Williams, the city’s economic and community engagement supervisor.

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Published November 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Hiller Elementary School turned its gym into a makeshift mall Oct. 26, where volunteers, including Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell, lent a helping hand to kids from underprivileged families. The kids were there to pick out clothing and other necessities as part of Operation School Bell. The volunteers were their guides.

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Published November 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The city of Madison Heights has been named a five-star community for business in the annual eCities study conducted by iLabs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The announcement was made Nov. 2. Five stars is the highest number of stars a community can receive. Last year, Madison Heights was four stars.

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Published November 8, 2016

HAZEL PARK/FERNDALE — Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner prefers his officers to look professional, covering up tattoos and keeping their faces clean-shaven. But for the month of November, he’s relaxing his department’s grooming standards just a bit — and for a good cause.

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Published November 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Two millages are set to expire next year for Hazel Park Public Schools, millages that allow the district to repair and update its buildings — say, if a boiler breaks down or the roof starts leaking. On Election Day Nov. 8, voters will be asked to approve one millage that will replace both.

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Published November 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — One of the main hallways at the Hazel Park Community Center has been given a dramatic face-lift thanks to the efforts of a talented artist.

What were once drab cinderblock walls outside the main banquet hall are now floor-to-ceiling arrangements of triangles in varying shades of green, blue and beige — official city colors — that perfectly intersect points created by door thresholds, light fixtures and other details.

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Published November 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The city of Hazel Park has a petition problem, officials say.

Currently, it takes very little to get an issue on the ballot — only 15 percent of the votes received by the mayor. Now a proposal seeks to increase the signature requirement for initiative and referendum petitions so that issues on the ballot better reflect the will of the people.

The ballot language for Proposal 2, up for vote on Nov. 8, reads as follows:

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Published November 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Officials in Hazel Park are asking voters to approve a change to the terms of City Council, saying it will provide greater stability in local government.

Currently, the mayor and four council members of the Hazel Park City Council are all up for reelection the same year, every two years. On the ballot Nov. 8, a proposed charter amendment seeks to move them onto staggered terms, and to increase their terms from two years to four years.

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Published October 27, 2016

In the Madison-Park News’ coverage area, voters will decide on national, state, county and local races and issues Nov. 8.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (...) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. Profiles do not appear for candidates running unopposed.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Between now and Veterans Day, Nov. 11, several groups are hard at work collecting as much winter clothing as they can. Their goal is to distribute the items to the many homeless military veterans in metro Detroit — men and women who served their country but slipped through the cracks due to financial hardship, mental health issues such as substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues.

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Published October 25, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Bullying has long been a problem in schools. Today it’s more complicated than ever due to the internet and social media, where bullying continues online, following the victim home even if they manage to avoid the bully during the day.

Wanting to root out bullying in their own schools and promote a culture of kindness, Hazel Park Schools officials have been raising awareness for the issue, implementing programs and features to address it.

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Published October 25, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — College isn’t the only path to a fulfilling career. There are many rewarding opportunities in the skilled trades. The state estimates that there will be more than 6,700 skilled trades jobs waiting to be filled in the state every year through 2022, with average salaries as high as $34 an hour. And a newly expanded school in Madison Heights aims to help people attain those jobs.

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Published October 24, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — Halloween is this Monday, Oct. 31. Police are already mobilizing patrols backed by reserve officers and police explorers to keep neighborhoods safe.

Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines also reminded residents to exercise common sense and a healthy amount of caution, whether they’re handing out candy or have children trick-or-treating.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Over a dozen Oakland County communities will see a decrease in sanitation costs thanks to a new water treatment project that officials celebrated Oct. 11.

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