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Published September 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Community Engagement Team at Hazel Park Public Schools is getting ready for the second annual Hometown Huddle, which will feature family-friendly games and activities leading up to a football game.

The festivities will take place Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., right outside the football field entranceway at Hazel Park High, 23400 Hughes Ave. There will be reduced admission for student families for the football game following the event.

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Seniors from Bloomfield Hills Marian and Warren Regina high schools will take over Phillip E. Runkel Field at Stevenson High School  in Sterling Heights for the annual powderpuff football game at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed in an annual powderpuff football game that brings together students, staff, alumni and families. At last year’s game, Regina defeated Marian 21-12. In powderpuff, the players don’t wear pads, and instead of tackling, the athletes pull flags from their opponents.

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Published September 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — An ambitious project is underway in Hazel Park Public Schools. The goal is to create a comprehensive database containing every graduate from the district. This is not only important for chronicling the history of the district, but for keeping graduates up to date on the work of the Promise Zone, which helps send graduates to college.

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Published September 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK/WARREN — Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren is teaming up with Hazel Park Animal Control to provide pet owners with low-cost vaccinations that will keep their furry friends healthy. Microchips that will help pets return home if they ever end up lost will also be available.

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Published September 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The state’s School Reform/Redesign Office recently placed INVEST Roosevelt Alternative High School on its priority list of low-performing schools — a classification that was swiftly denounced as unfair by district officials from Hazel Park Public Schools.

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Published September 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A dozen juniors and seniors from Hazel Park High School recently completed their time in the Hazel Park Career Fellowship Program, learning skills that will help them in their future studies and careers.

Kayla Roney, executive director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone, said selected students were provided with paid internships. They were also required to attend professional development training sessions during five of the six weeks over the summer.

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Published September 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Today’s world is more connected than ever, thanks to the internet and the many devices that can access it. But there are still people on the other side of the digital divide — those who aren’t sure how to use a computer.

For those people, the Hazel Park District Library will be holding basic computer skills classes where guests can learn how to use search engines, send emails and open attachments, follow family and friends on Facebook, and more.

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Published September 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Next year, two millages expire that help Hazel Park Public Schools repair and update its buildings. It’s money that’s critical if a boiler breaks down or the roof starts leaking. So this November, the district is asking voters to approve one millage that would replace both.

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Published September 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The 990-foot-long River Ride at Red Oaks Waterpark will soon be teeming with 5,000 yellow rubber duckies as part of the second annual Motor City Quack Attack.

Dumped from a front-loader into the gentle current below, the ducks will drift downstream to the finish line. Each duck is adopted by a person for $5 apiece, and you can adopt multiple ducks. First place receives $1,000; second place, $500; and third place, $250.

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Published August 31, 2016

WATERFORD — If one of your favorite summertime activities is garage saling, you’re in luck.

The Oakland County Market — which typically hosts local farmers, crafters and food artisans Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — will open up Sunday, Sept. 11, for a community garage sale inside the market stalls.

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Published August 27, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 40 Lamphere Schools alumni, including Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Bliss, will star in a drama production of “The Arabian Nights,” which includes the tale of “Aladdin,” at Lamphere High on Saturday, Sept. 10.

And it’s for a good cause, too: 100 percent of the proceeds will help fund the drama club’s trip to Scotland next summer, where it will perform in the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, also known as the Fringe.

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Published August 27, 2016

HAZEL PARK — As the new school year begins at Hazel Park Public Schools, the district is making several major changes to the way it teaches students. The theme is “engagement,” encouraging students to be active thinkers rather than passive listeners.

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Published August 26, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Since Dr. Amy Kruppe became superintendent of Hazel Park Public Schools in 2015, the district has experienced an almost 100 percent turnover in administrative staff.

Following a recent wave of new promotions and hires, only two of the original administrative team members remain from two years ago. For the new school year, a number of familiar faces will be in new places — and there is fresh talent from outside the district as well.

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Published August 26, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For decades, Doug’s Delight was a cherished fixture in the city of Hazel Park — a walk-up shop selling ice cream and comfort food at the corner of John R Road and West Annabelle Avenue, just north of Woodward Heights Boulevard. But then the owner died unexpectedly two years ago, and it’s been closed ever since.

This didn’t sit right with chef James Rigato, owner of nearby Mabel Gray. He began thinking about ways he could help restore Doug’s Delight to greatness. 

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Published August 23, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The state has approved Hazel Park Raceway for seven extra nights beyond the regularly planned season, meaning race fans will have more opportunities to see the majestic thoroughbreds in action.

The original season, approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board last October, was for 30 nights of live racing on Fridays and Saturdays from May 27 through Sept. 3. But now the MGCB has approved the track’s request for seven extra nights.

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Published August 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — An accomplished music group with more than 40 seasons under its belt will be holding auditions for new members this fall.

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Published August 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While they haven’t appeared yet in Madison Heights, police are warning residents to watch out for anyone claiming to be an employee of the city.

If someone calls you or comes to your door saying there’s work that needs to be done involving utilities or other issues, and you’re not expecting them, call 911 or Madison Heights police at (248) 585-2100, and ask if there’s really an issue that needs to be resolved.

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Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — By visiting www.madison-heights.org and scrolling down to the bottom of the column on the left-hand side, residents can find a link to crimemapping.com. Madison Heights is now a registered member, allowing users to see when and where certain crimes occurred.

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Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — In an attempt to address the hidden, but very real, problem of hunger in the city, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis has proposed the creation of a volunteer-run food pantry that would distribute goods to those in need throughout the year.

City staff has recommended the use of the shelter building at Rosie’s Park, but no location has been finalized yet. At press time, Soltis was in talks with area churches that might be able to partner up and enhance the pantry’s efforts.

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Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The animal shelter in Madison Heights has a long history of working with rescue agencies to find homes for dogs and cats in its care. But now it will also be able to do direct adoptions, something that hasn’t been allowed at the shelter for years.

The Madison Heights City Council unanimously approved direct adoptions at its meeting Aug. 8.

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