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Published March 7, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Lifelong Hazel Park resident Anna Gregory doesn’t remember much about the car accident that gave her a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, some 20 years ago. But she said she remembers feeling scared. It was a stressful experience for her as an adult, which led her to think how bad such dramatic experiences must be for children who can’t make sense of their pain.

“Adults can handle these kinds of trauma a little bit better,” Gregory said. “So my main goal is to help the children.”

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Published March 7, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Brian Hartwell, the mayor of Madison Heights, believes that diversity is an asset for his community. He himself is descended from immigrants: His grandparents emigrated from Canada, originating from a French-speaking town in New Brunswick.

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Published March 7, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — During the State of the Cities address Feb. 23, Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell laid out the city’s vision for the year while reviewing the accomplishments of recent months.

The mayors of Madison Heights and Hazel Park gave their speeches this year at MRA Mobile Experiential in Madison Heights. The annual event is hosted by the Madison Heights/Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce.

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Published March 3, 2017

The Knights of Columbus No. 4188
870 N. Main St., Clawson

The Knights of Columbus will host all-you-can-eat fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. All proceeds will benefit the South Oakland Autism Society. For more information, call (248) 588-3547.

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Published February 28, 2017

HAZEL PARK — For 15 years now, Ed Klobucher has served as city manager of Hazel Park. From the start, he inherited a grueling situation, and subsequent years have not been much kinder.

But thanks to the hard work of Hazel Park’s residents and city employees, the small town that was among the hardest hit by the Great Recession is beginning to see a renaissance of sorts. As Klobucher continues to guide the new mayor and City Council, he feels confident about the city’s future.

“The secret sauce,” he said, “is cooperation.”

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Published February 28, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Those looking to reconstruct their family tree now have a helpful resource available at the Hazel Park District Library in the form of its subscription to the library edition of Ancestry.com. In addition, the library is planning to launch a genealogy club for like-minded family historians in the coming months. 

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Published February 28, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — What began as an ambitious bond proposal for a state-of-the-art elementary school is reality today, and exceeding the expectations of school officials with strong student retention and enrollment rates.

Madison Elementary turned two this year. When the school first opened in 2015 and merged the Madison school district’s elementary school populations, it had 350 students. Now the school has more than 500 students enrolled, quickly approaching its peak capacity of 600-700.

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Published February 28, 2017

HAZEL PARK — If you’re a student who graduates from Hazel Park Public Schools and resides in the school district, which includes Hazel Park and parts of Ferndale, then you’re eligible for a tuition-free path to an associate degree through Oakland Community College. And depending on financial aid packages, you may also be eligible to take the equivalent scholarship to any other postsecondary institution in Michigan.

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Published February 28, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — As WWE star George “The Animal” Steele, Jim Myers brought joy to people around the world with his antics in the ring. His character was a wild man with a green tongue, tearing up turnbuckles and tussling with the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The suspect in at least 29 commercial and residential break-ins across south Macomb and Oakland counties has been caught in the act by Warren police.

Armed with a description of the suspect and his vehicle, officers assigned to the Warren Police Department Special Operations Unit spotted 44-year-old Jeffrey Stackpoole, of Roseville, and the white 2003 GMC Sierra near 12 Mile and Hayes roads at 12:36 a.m. Feb. 22.

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Published February 21, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A local author and illustrator is coming to the Madison Heights Public Library to discuss her book about the last Detroit Zoo elephants. The presentation, recommended for kids ages 6-12, will also talk about elephant conservation and why they must be protected.

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Published February 21, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students and staff at Lamphere High are concerned about people speeding in the parking lot. Now the school’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club is campaigning to slow down drivers. The club is being assisted by the Madison Heights Police Department, located right next door.

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Published February 21, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 800 hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles will pack Cobo Center at this year’s Detroit Autorama.

Billed as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show,” the event is celebrating its 65th anniversary and draws people from across the state and country, including local car lovers who want to showcase their classic cars and heavily modified rides.

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Published February 17, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Officials with Hazel Park Public Schools have announced a variety of new security measures, including the presence of auxiliary police officers at all boys basketball games for the remainder of the year, a new code of conduct for audience members, and revised seating in which spectators from both schools sit on one side of the gym and players and coaches sit on the other.

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Published February 14, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park has changed dramatically over the decades. With the opening of the Hazel Park Historical Museum Feb. 2 — exactly 75 years to the day Hazel Park became a chartered city — younger generations can now appreciate a Hazel Park they never knew.

Located at 45 E. Pearl Ave., between Hitchock ReMax and Tabernacle Baptist Church, the museum will next be open Sunday, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. Organizers are still working out regular hours.

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Published February 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The DTE Energy Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association, ensuring another year of the science, technology, engineering and math learning initiative.

Oakland Schools STEM Coordinator Michael McIntyre said the support from the DTE Energy Foundation will allow officials to continue offering the high-tech experience to Oakland County students and maintain their focus on STEM skills imperative for 21st-century jobs. 

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Published February 14, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Nick Luxon still remembers the horrible pain from when he fell victim to a trap in Vietnam.

A sergeant in the 4th Infantry Division during the war, he was dropped into a landing zone that turned out to be booby-trapped with pungi stakes — bamboo slices that were soaked in excrement to cause serious infections.

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Published February 14, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library will soon launch its Seed Library, where patrons can check out seeds to take home and grow their own flowers, herbs and produce. The plants are organic or heirloom, meaning they have no genetic modifications. They’re as close to the originals as possible.

“Heirloom and organic gardening have become the ‘in thing’ to do, with all the concern about GMOs and franken-foods,” said Corrine Stocker, HPDL director. “People are returning to basics.”

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Published February 8, 2017

Two Oak Park brothers were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, for armed robbery at multiple 7-Elevens across Ferndale, Oak Park and Madison Heights.

Noah David Polonis, 17, and Nicholas Richard Polonis, 25, were apprehended by Madison Heights police officers at around 5:30 p.m. after the fourth of four 7-Elevens was robbed.

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Published February 7, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Longtime volunteer Harold Brenizer died Jan. 22 at the age of 82. He led a life of service to others and made countless contributions to his hometown of Hazel Park.

This includes 30 years on the Hazel Park Board of Education and 20 years working at the Hazel Park Recreation Center, where he served as building supervisor and delivered meals to homebound seniors and helped transport them to the grocery store, doctor appointments and more.

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