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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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Published September 18, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Now in its 64th year, Hazel Park Youth Assistance — the first of the youth assistance groups now in every school district in Oakland County — continues to divert kids out of the legal system when they make mistakes, helping to minimize trauma, learn from the experience and come away stronger.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form.


Now in its seventh year, the Art Challenge is organized by the Madison Heights South End Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and aimed at students in grades K-12 in both the Madison and Lamphere school districts, as well as at Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — This November, voters in Madison Heights will decide the mayor of Madison Heights. The choices are the current mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, or the challenger Brian Hartwell, who served as a city councilman for eight years.


Here’s a closer look at the two candidates:

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Published September 15, 2015

HAZEL PARK — For about 30 years, the kiln at Hazel Park High School has been firing up pottery for the ceramics program. Through it, countless students have learned an art form that could lead to a creative outlet, a therapeutic pastime or a career. There have even been scholarship opportunities for students who have gone through the ceramics program.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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