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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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Published October 17, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — There are more than 3,700 homeless people in Oakland County,  according to the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness. This includes more than 750 families and more than 700 children. And according to the Oakland County Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, roughly 40 percent of all homeless people suffer from mental illness, and about 25 percent are honorably discharged military veterans.

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Published October 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Wilkinson Middle School in Madison District Public Schools is now home to the Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration, or MAMC — a special program for both students and non-students, offering training and certification in a variety of fields, using equipment and teaching skills that will make graduates attractive hires at leading companies.

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Published October 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A young Madison Heights couple is seeking answers after their dog recently had its leg amputated after being shot by their neighbor, who reportedly ran inside his home to retrieve a gun when the dog jumped the fence Oct. 3, and then came back outside to shoot it.

The dog’s owner, Lauren Foster, says the neighbor, an officer with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, also trained his gun on her when she came to the fence line.

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Published October 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — In what’s been a huge headache for police in the weeks leading up to Halloween, pranksters and criminals dressed as creepy clowns and other ghoulish figures continue to scare people across the nation. Madison Heights and Hazel Park are no exception.

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Published October 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year, Landmark Community Church held a first responders event that aimed to thank police officers, firefighters and paramedics for their work protecting others. This year, they’re doing it again, in what the church hopes will become an annual sign of appreciation.

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Published October 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Emad Tammo was a successful artist back in his homeland of Iraq. But like many refugees who come to America seeking a safe life for their families, he had to start over when he arrived in the states a few years ago.

Working at a local restaurant, Tammo speaks limited English and hasn’t had many chances to showcase his artistic ability. During his free time, however, he’s been contributing art to Hiller Elementary in Lamphere Schools, where his youngest daughter attends school.

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