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Published December 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — An officer from the Madison Heights Police Department was involved in a car crash the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 6.

According to a news release issued by Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke, the officer was driving through the intersection at Dartmouth Street and University Avenue around 5:36 a.m. when another vehicle reportedly disregarded a stop sign and crashed into the officer’s patrol vehicle.

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Published December 5, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park police recently joined Operation Medicine Cabinet, a county initiative to collect and safely dispose of drugs that are no longer needed. In truth, however, they’ve been doing this on their own for several years, and they’re hoping more people will take advantage of the service so that prescription medications and other drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands, or in a landfill where they will leach off into the earth.

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Published December 5, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — City Councilman David Soltis and Mayor Brian Hartwell are planning to celebrate the Christmas season during a luncheon at the Madison Heights Senior Citizen Center Dec. 15, and all seniors are invited to meet them and share in the festivities.

It’s a chance to connect with your elected officials in person, and for them to hear about the concerns seniors have. The luncheon takes place at noon. One must be age 50 or older to join, and should sign up at least two days before the event since the meals are brought over from another location.

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Published November 30, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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Published November 29, 2016

METRO DETROIT — America has a parenting problem, according to medical doctor and psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax, author of “The Collapse of Parenting.” And this has led to a culture of disrespect and the ill effects that come with it: anxiety, depression and more.

Increasingly, parents turn to prescription drugs to control their child’s behavior — a measure of last resort in other countries, but commonplace in the United States. But Sax says the real solution lies in better parenting.

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Published November 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The police officers and firefighters who protect us do so at their own peril, often putting their lives on the line. When they head out to work, they don’t know if they’ll survive and return home at the end of the day. They see people at their worst — desperate criminals, the victims thereof, and those who lost everything in a fire or accident — and it takes an emotional toll.

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Published November 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While everyone else is enjoying the holidays with family and friends, many police officers and firefighters spend Christmas at work, on call in case there’s an emergency. So for the second year in a row, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis is pulling together volunteers to bring some holiday cheer to the men and women who protect others.

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Published November 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Intermediate Women’s Club has been around for nearly 40 years now, in which time it’s achieved a great deal of good. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs — an organization spanning club, district, state and international levels — the MHIWC now has more than 85 members from 20 communities, and is in the process of collecting 2017 dues. It ranks have changed over the years, but its goal remains the same: to serve others.

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — An aging kiln at Hazel Park High has finally been replaced after 30 years of dutiful service, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the nonprofit Hazel Park Creative Arts. Over the course of a year and a half, HPCA raised more than $15,000 to remove the deteriorated old kiln, purchase and install the new kiln, and modify the room to bring it up to current fire code standards. 

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Published November 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Gary McGillivray, the incumbent Oakland County commissioner for the 20th District, was re-elected 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.

McGillivray said he was honored to be elected to his fourth term as county commissioner.

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Published November 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — During the general election Nov. 8, voters in Madison Heights and Hazel Park 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 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Voters supported two proposals for the city of Hazel Park during the general election Nov. 8, approving staggered four-year terms for mayor and council and an increase in the petition signatures required for an item to make the ballot.

Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 both passed by overwhelming majorities: Proposal 1 at 68.57 percent (3,644 votes) to 31.43 percent (1,670 votes), and Proposal 2 at 64.56 percent (3,246 votes) to 35.44 percent (1,782 votes).

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Published November 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK/FERNDALE — Voters in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale, supported a millage during the general election Nov. 8 for critical repairs and updates around the district. The millage replaces two existing millages, so there will be no increase in taxes.

The millage passed by 57.54 percent (4,366 votes) to 42.46 percent (3,222 votes).

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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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