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Published October 26, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The two candidates for mayor of Madison Heights made their case before a who’s who of public servants and volunteers at the annual Meet the Candidates Luncheon, held by the Madison Heights Community Round Table at the Lamphere schools Administration Office Oct. 21.

The incumbent mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, is challenged this year by Brian Hartwell, a former councilman of eight years and mayor pro tem of four years, who resigned earlier this year in order to run for the office of mayor.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Published October 26, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Plans are coming together to transform the north parking lot of Hazel Park Raceway into the site of several new businesses that are expected to bring 300-400 jobs to the city.  

“This will be one of the largest redevelopment projects in Oakland County,” said Ed Klobucher, city manager of Hazel Park. “That’s exciting in itself. And since it’s new construction, it will add to our city’s tax base.”

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Published October 25, 2015

HAZEL PARK — A constant stream of people poured through the doors of Cellarmen’s at its grand opening Oct. 17. The original plan was to cut the red ribbon with a samurai sword, but with so many bodies around, the owners thought better of it.

A microbrewery with a tasting room, retail space and production on-site, Cellarmen’s is run by Ian Radogost-Givens and Jason Petrocik, two bushy-bearded gentlemen who source their honey, hops, apples and other ingredients from local suppliers, creating all kinds of cider, mead and beer.

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Published October 20, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Her military service took her across the country and around the world, but now Monica Munir is finally settling down in a place to call her own, working with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to achieve her dream of home ownership.

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Published October 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An increasingly displaced deer population is leading to more and more road incidents, especially during the fall, which is their mating season.

And while it sounds cruel, if one leaps in front of your car, it’s safer to hit the deer than to try and avoid it.

That’s what Michigan State Police are telling the public with the campaign slogan “Don’t veer for deer.” Police say that more drivers are injured driving off the road or into other traffic than are injured by driving straight ahead when faced with a deer.

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Published October 19, 2015

HAZEL PARK — While it’s made of steel and stands 13 feet tall, a new sculpture in Hazel Park’s Art Park conveys the delicate curvature and natural colors one would expect from a flower.

True to its name, “Petal Parts” resembles part of a flower and makes the viewer feel like an insect nestled inside. It’s built to capture light and shadow in a way that changes its appearance throughout the course of the day.

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Published October 12, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — While the Madison Heights Public Library maintains an ongoing book sale in the form of a “book truck” in the lobby, it pales in comparison to the annual sale in October. The October sale includes a huge variety of works in many mediums.

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Published October 11, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A local woman is participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for pit bulls while collecting donations of money and supplies for a shelter and rescue.

Julie Weaver, of Madison Heights, is the owner of Buddy, a pit bull. At press time, Buddy was the only dog from Michigan participating in the 2015 Monster Holiday Drive, organized by the group I’m Not a Monster (INAM), which aims to educate people on pit bulls.

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Published October 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Oakland County Parks is planning a new event this year where guests will carve pumpkins, see live bats and creepy-crawlers, go on fall color hikes, work on arts and crafts, and go trick-or-treating on a path lined with the jack-o’-lanterns they made.

There will also be cider and doughnuts to enjoy during the day, and hot cocoa and marshmallows around a campfire at night. It all takes place Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Published October 9, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Early detection of breast cancer can save lives, yet little more than half of U.S. women with health insurance get an annual mammogram, according to a recent survey by the Society for Women’s Health Research.

Now the city of Madison Heights is doing its part to remind women by participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And it’s doing it in a big way.

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Published October 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Hospice workers care for patients who may be ill or dying, and they provide relief for caregivers who are feeling emotionally drained. It’s important work, but it can be tricky for hospices to find volunteers because people tend to feel uneasy about end-of-life issues.

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Published October 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths, and in nearly 6 out of 10 incidents, driver distraction was involved, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The two most common distractions causing teen driver crashes are interacting with passengers and using a cellphone. Just one teen passenger doubles the risk that a teen driver will get into a fatal crash, while three or more quadruples the risk.

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Published October 5, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For its 60th year, Madison Heights has launched a comprehensive “community” tab on its website, www.madison-heights.org, which highlights everything the city has to offer in one convenient place. It’s a useful tool for people who live, work or study in the city, or who simply want to try something new.

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Published October 1, 2015

HAZEL PARK — At press time, authorities were attempting to figure out why two men driving down Interstate 75 suddenly stopped their vehicle, leading to one of their deaths when another man crashed into them.

The incident occurred early in the morning Sept. 24. Troopers with the Michigan State Police received word of a fatal crash and responded to the scene around 3:20 a.m. The freeway was closed until 9 a.m. as they tended to the wounded and cleaned up the scene.

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Published September 30, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Landmark Community Church is currently reconfiguring part of its campus to accommodate Youths with a Mission (YWAM), an international effort that trains people to get out into the world and serve others. Since the 1970s, YWAM has trained 4 million people and sent them around the globe. 

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Published September 29, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For kids, walking to school can be an adventure of sorts, but not every kid gets to experience this. Many are driven to school since they live farther away or are enrolled via Schools of Choice. They also miss out on the exercise and sense of community that strolling through the neighborhood naturally provides.

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Published September 26, 2015

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library is still struggling, but it continues to maintain a strong lineup of programs and services thanks to timely donations from other libraries and groups, as well as the fundraising work of the Hazel Park Library Friends.

But more volunteers are needed. Anyone with any amount of time or talent to share is welcome to join the group and see how they can help.

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Published September 23, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Educators have often wrestled with how to get around the “brain drain” that occurs over summer break. When students come back in the fall, teachers find themselves working harder to get the students focused and back up to speed. Sometimes this means retreading old ground instead of delving straight into new material.

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Published September 23, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — In trying to keep up appearances, many people hide the fact that they’re struggling financially, which is why sometimes the existence of child poverty goes unnoticed. But it’s very real, according to census data and other sources, and it has one city official very concerned.

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Published September 22, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Starting at ground level in the lobby and reaching to the second floor, a mural of a tree at Edmonson Elementary showcases the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” as outlined by best-selling author Stephen R. Covey. It’s the result of dedicated volunteers painting over the summer, and a testament to a culture of constructive thinking at the elementary school.

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