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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published July 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK/EASTPOINTE — When the cities of Hazel Park and Eastpointe were at risk of losing critical lifesaving services, their city managers came up with a solution: the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA. Approved by voters in both cities early last year, the authority allowed Hazel Park and Eastpointe to retain fire and ambulance services. 

Now a third city wishes to join the authority: Wayne. But in order to join SMORSA, voters in all three cities must approve the proposal during the election Aug. 2.

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Published July 1, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — On Aug. 2, residents of Madison Heights will decide whether to continue two millages: Proposal R, supporting neighborhood road improvements, and Proposal V, replacing vehicles for public works and emergency responders.

Both are going into their third cycle, dubbed R-3 and V-3, respectively.

Choosing to renew these millages, which expire in 2017, will not increase anyone’s tax bill. Rather, taxes would continue at the same level they are at now: a 10-year, 2-mill levy for Proposal R-3, and a 10-year, 0.25-mill levy for Proposal V-3.

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Published June 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The 2012 murder of a Madison Heights man and father of two remains unsolved. Now the reward has increased for any tips leading to an arrest and conviction.

Last year, the Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were offering $5,000, and Crime Stoppers was offering $2,500. Now Crime Stoppers has added another $5,000, increasing its reward to $7,500.

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Published June 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At the Madison Heights Fire Department, certain members train as part of the Technical Rescue Team. They specialize in the most difficult and dangerous of rescues — those involving high-angle rescues, confined spaces, building collapses and trench collapses. It’s a position where a firefighter can find themselves 200 feet off the ground, dangling in the air, in a hole barely wider than their body, with poor lighting and breathing conditions, and someone’s life on the line.  

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Published June 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Around 80 artists have already signed up for the Hazel Park Art Fair, now in its fifth year, but there are still booth spaces available for those who want to sell their art. There is a fee for the booth, benefiting a good cause, and the artist keeps any profit they make.

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Published June 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Once the horses finish racing Friday, July 1, fireworks will light up the skies over Hazel Park Raceway. It’s a long-standing tradition that will continue this year with live music, a barbecue and more.

“It’s very popular,” said Ladd Biro, director of racing at Hazel Park Raceway. “Absolutely one of our biggest days. And I’d take a stab we’ll have anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 people. All of the surrounding areas, the streets are parked up.”

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Published June 22, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — They say a picture is worth a thousand words — so video must be worth even more. For businesses, video can be a powerful marketing tool, conveying the appeal of a product or service in a visually memorable way.

For the next E-Lounge — short for Entrepreneur Lounge — the topic will be how businesses can use video media to develop their brand on social media. Apps such as Snapchat and Periscope will be discussed.

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Published June 21, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Safety Sam is back.

Looking like something out of the Disney movie “Cars,” the animatronic was seen at Lessenger Elementary June 3, scooting around and making kids laugh. He’s been missing in action for years, but now Madison Heights police have brought him back out of retirement.

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Published June 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Red Oaks Waterpark is open for summer, and it features the complete replacement of its wave-generating equipment.

“It was a major capital improvement project,” said Matt Pardy, supervisor for Red Oaks Parks, which also includes the nature center, golf course, dog park and soccer complex. “All of the old equipment that was originally part of the park when it opened in the mid-’80s was taken out, and all-new equipment was put in, which will allow us to produce much bigger and better waves.”

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Published June 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When Madison Elementary opened in early 2015, it combined Halfman and Edison elementaries, merging their students with room to spare. And it would appear the new school has been a boon for the district, with so many incoming students that it’s now two years ahead of where district officials thought it would be in terms of student enrollment.

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Published June 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During the 50th anniversary of Bishop Foley Catholic High School last year, many alumni reminisced about Foley Fest, the carnival that the school used to hold from the mid-‘70s until the mid-2000s. The event became so popular that in 2000, it moved from the school grounds to Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights in order to accommodate the crowds. But several years later, the event had grown too costly to continue, so it went on hiatus — until now.

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Published June 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park City Council unanimously adopted its budget last month, maintaining what City Manager Ed Klobucher described as “status quo.”

The average taxpayer will see no major change in their city taxes from the current fiscal year. This is based on an average taxable value of $20,785 in 2016, compared to $20,470 in 2015.

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Published June 13, 2016

FRASER/HAZEL PARK — Life’s twists and turns can be tragic, yet cathartic.

That has been the case for Brian Lewandowski, the gallery coordinator at Phoenix Café in Hazel Park.

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Published June 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — During Memorial Day weekend, the city of Hazel Park unveiled plans for the Hazel Park Family Fitness Park, to be located within Green Acres Park on Woodward Heights.

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Published June 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Over the years, a courtyard at Lessenger Elementary in the Lamphere school district has become a labor of love for students and staff. They tend to a garden, a koi pond, bird feeders, and a rabbit hutch that’s home to a pet bunny. Here they learn lessons about being good stewards of the Earth. They also create works of art, some of which line the walls of the courtyard, while others peek out from the greenery. 

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Published June 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Those looking for fresh produce at low prices can look forward to the grand opening of the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market this Sunday, June 19.

The market, located in Green Acres Park behind the Recreation Center at Woodward Heights and Lennox, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday from June 19 through Sept. 9, taking a break Aug. 28 for the Hazel Park Art Fair.

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Published June 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s hard to imagine a better way to close out high school.

First, Noah Suitt joined his fellow seniors during Lamphere High’s Clap Out May 26 — a tradition where the band leads the seniors out of the school for the last time, while the underclassmen line the halls and cheer them on. Then, once he was outside with his friends, laughing and crying over all the great memories, he was called back into the school.

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Published June 7, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A resolution is in the works on the Madison Heights City Council that would oppose discrimination based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

While the resolution is non-binding and wouldn’t affect legal change, it could be a first step in a dialogue on the topic that could lead to an ordinance protecting minorities against discrimination.

The current draft of the resolution being considered was put forth by City Councilman Robert Corbett.

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Published June 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The summer food service program is a way to make sure that kids in the community stay well-fed over school break.

And in the Madison school district, it will start with a neighborhood block party.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Madison Elementary, 27107 Hales St. in Madison Heights. This is the second year the district has held a kickoff event, sponsored by the district and United Way.

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