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Andy Kozlowski

C&G Staff Reporter – Madison-Park News


Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski covers Madison Heights, Hazel Park, Madison District Public Schools, Lamphere Public Schools and Hazel Park Public Schools for the Madison-Park News.

Published May 4, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s the day before Easter. The sun is shining, traffic is bustling, and Sokol Karroca has the door to his first business wide open.

As the fresh air breezes into Natalie’s Bakery, 31023 John R next to Biggby Coffee at 13 Mile, the aroma of baked goods is wafting out.

As the only European-style bakery in town, it’s also the smell of something new.

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Published May 4, 2011

HAZEL PARK — Hunger is a silent menace, even in the “land of plenty.”

“So often, people’s hunger is exceeded by their pride and self-esteem,” said the Rev. Archie Hensley of Landmark Community Church. “We want to assure people that they are not alone in this battle.”

Seeking to end hunger, a group of Christian organizations including EACH, or Everyone A Chance to Hear, began the “Big Red Daily Bread” program May 1.

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Published May 4, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — The animal lover knows that cats and dogs are like furry, four-legged children.

Innocent and unconditionally loving, these companion critters can’t comprehend why they suffer. And so, animal lovers strive to alleviate their hurting however they can.

This is the drive behind the staff and the volunteers at the no-kill city animal shelters in Madison Heights and Hazel Park.

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Published April 27, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — With the May 3 vote on proposals L and MR right around the corner and the May 16 deadline for adopting the fiscal year 2011-12 budget not far behind, city officials are trying to anticipate what happens if both pass, if one passes and not the other or if neither passes.

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Published April 22, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — A ball of muscle with a back covered in fur, Jim Myers, better known as George “The Animal” Steele, made a name for himself in World Wrestling Entertainment from 1968 to 1997, where his theatrics saw him eating turnbuckle stuffing, sticking out a green tongue, and delivering the dreaded “Flying Hammerlock” finisher, as well as plenty of ringside drama with Randy “Macho Man” Savage and others.

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Published April 22, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Upon first stepping into the Michigan Orchid Society’s 57th Annual Palm Sunday Orchid Show, held the weekend of April 16-17 at Madison Place across from Lamphere High, it’s hard to tell what hits you first: the staggering assortment of flowers in all shapes, sizes and colors or the equally abundant fragrance.

Suffice it to say, it was stimulus overload — and a green thumb’s paradise.

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Published April 7, 2011

HAZEL PARK — It’s springtime, and the days are longer, the world more lively.

Also bustling is the Hazel Park Memorial Library, 123 E. Nine Mile, where each new season ushers in programs both fresh and familiar.

In addition to spring sales and volunteer opportunities to take advantage of the sunshine, the library has a slate of one-time and ongoing events in the evening as well.

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Published April 7, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Sue Cantrell still has nightmares about it to this day.

It’s the evening of Cinco de Mayo, 2010. The skies are dark, and two figures appear at her door. Through her peephole, the Madison Heights resident can’t tell who they are, so she remains silent. They check the side door to the house and return to the porch, and this time, she spots their radios and realizes they’re police.

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Published April 6, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — After worming their way through the large intestine, the students of Guardian Angels Elementary School, now turned to poop, slid through the rectum and squeezed out the anus, where they basked in the glory of their quest through the human body.

It was definitely one of their more interesting field trips.

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Published April 4, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Orchids are smart, adaptable plants, finding a way to grow on every continent but Antarctica. They’re varied, too, with over 30,000 species and 100,000 hybrids registered with the American Orchid Society.

There are orchids that grow on vines running along trees, their root systems anchored to bark. Others grow in the soil, underground or on the surface of rocks. They can resemble the insects that pollinate them, grass in a field or a bird in a tree. There are even species so small they require a magnifying glass to see.

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Published April 4, 2011

HAZEL PARK — When her husband lost his job a year ago, Rose Elaine Clay had to find a way to help her family make ends meet.

But the 46-year-old Hazel Park resident, known to locals by her childhood nickname “LaLa,” didn’t want to simply scrape by doing work she didn’t enjoy.

So when the opportunity presented itself, LaLa leveraged the support of her family and turned hard work, natural talent and a metric ton of passion for baking into a brand-new business: LaLa Cookies & Cakes.

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Published March 30, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Engineers and architects have a reputation as creative problem solvers, but they’re not usually thought of as creative artists.

This stereotype is soundly defeated with a trip to the Metro Carvers of Michigan’s 31st annual Woodcarving Show, which took place at Madison Place March 19-20.

While not everyone there had a technical background, many did, such as Mike Murdock of Troy, an architect working at the Detroit Medical Center.

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Published March 25, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — As the ribbon was cut at Navistar Defense March 21, ushering in a new start for the major military contractor, attendees’ thoughts were on more than just the economic impact the company would bring.

“People of this great country are always divided when it comes to policy,” said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. “We debate whether we should’ve gone to Iraq; we debate whether we should be in Afghanistan, and how long; we debate what’s going on in Libya.

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Published March 25, 2011

HAZEL PARK — For the second year running, the Shrine Circus has pitched its big top tent at the Hazel Park Harness Raceway at 10 Mile and Dequindre. You can get in on the fun all this week, now through April 3, and feel good knowing that the good times support a good cause.

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Published March 18, 2011

HAZEL PARK — With budget shortfalls forcing many cities to consider cuts to core services, such as police and fire, cities will take aid wherever they can find it.

Hazel Park has one such opportunity, though officials say whether they can use it will depend on whether the police/fire millage is approved by voters May 3.

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