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Published November 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Public safety officials are warning residents to be aware of phone scams happening in the area that involve callers who pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to an alert issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, the scam involves a phone message, supposedly from the IRS, alleging that the recipient owes several thousand dollars in back taxes.

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Published November 23, 2015

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Southfield woman found unresponsive in her car early Sunday morning.

Police are not speculating on the cause.

“At this point it is a 21-year-old young lady that was, unfortunately, found unresponsive in her car,” said Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. “She stopped breathing while we were there, and she was rushed to the hospital, and she died.

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Published November 22, 2015

Although the first snow of the 2015-16 season was a beautiful site, for thousands of residents, the winter weather meant lights out.

About 4,000 Royal Oak DTE customers on the city’s east side were without power Nov. 21.

The power outage also affected parts of Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale.

DTE officials said the power outage was a result of a problem at the company’s Lincoln substation. Residents in the area reported seeing flashing lights in the sky before the outages.

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Published November 18, 2015

CLAWSON — Protecting the community’s investment and making sure all guests enjoy their park experience is a top priority for Kathy Leenhouts.

“We have just put all of this money into the park, and we have all of these new facilities, and I know that a lot of residents have voiced their concerns over maintenance and upkeep,” she said. “And so we’re really trying to address that.”

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Family, friends and fun will combine this weekend for a downtown tradition to start the holiday season.

The 14th annual Holiday Magic Parade will begin marching along downtown streets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parade will start at Lincoln and Washington and head north on Washington to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local children will have the opportunity to name the city’s upcoming smart park following approval last week to enter into a partnership with the school district.

Members of the City Commission gave their unanimous support during the Nov. 9 meeting to allow Royal Oak Schools elementary students the chance to name the future Center Street smart park. The park was made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Resident Ann Daly has been thinking about white elephants for more than a decade.

One white elephant to be exact.

Daly, 91, has played an active role in making sure that the annual Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale remains a success.

“It’s a fun day,” Daly said. “I really love it. I love all the people. And it goes to a really good cause — us old folks.”

The event will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.

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Published November 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Director Edward Nahhat is mad about the Royal Oak High School Drama Club’s upcoming fall production.

“It’s going really well,” he said. “I’m crazy about it.”

The extremely busy and talented group will present “Crazy for You” Nov. 13-15 inside the high school auditorium on Lexington Boulevard.

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy stars senior Michael Miller and junior Kristen Dubicki.

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Published November 10, 2015

CLAWSON — A community steeped in tradition and legacy will soon be served by a new face on the City Council.

After taking the majority of votes in the Nov. 3 election, Matthew Ulbrich was expected to be sworn into office Nov. 9, after the Review’s press time. He will be the new face on the council, joining current Mayor Pro Tem Howard Airriess to fill the two four-year-term seats that were up for election.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The growth and requests to use the city’s farmers market prompted officials at their regular commission meeting last month to discuss the purpose of the destination.

The topic was listed as a discussion item during the commission’s Oct. 26 meeting, following the commission’s Aug. 17 denial to host an Octoberfest event in the market’s parking lot.

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Published November 3, 2015

Familiar faces ushered in election night victories in Royal Oak, while a newcomer will soon take a seat on the Clawson City Council.  

According to unofficial results issued by the Oakland County Elections Division, newcomer Matthew Ulbrich received the most votes for the Clawson City Council during the Nov. 3 election — 854 votes, good for 38.23 percent of the total vote.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROYAL OAK — It is safe to say Jim Ellison knows a bit about Royal Oak.

He has lived here all his life, served on numerous boards and commissions — including the City Commission from 1991 to 1995 — made a successful run at mayor in 2003, attended myriad local events, attended Royal Oak schools and has called the community home with his wife and children.

On Nov. 3, Ellison was re-elected to serve another two-year term as mayor. Ellison ran unopposed.

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Published November 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Fire Chief Chuck Thomas credited his firefighters, along with city employees, for handling two blazes that happened within days of one another last week.

No one was injured in either fire, Thomas said.

“In both cases the firemen did a really good job,” he said.

The Fire and Police departments responded first to a condominium fire shortly after 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the 1900 block of Seabright Court — near 14 Mile and Crooks roads — after a woman called 911 to report smelling smoke inside her home.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 29, 2015

A local man faces up to life in prison if found guilty of shooting to death a 28-year-old Madison Heights man during the middle of the night Oct. 26.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance Oct. 19 to allow local enforcement of state laws that mandate how drivers may transport marijuana legally.

City officials said the measure is similar to adopting the driving while intoxicated city ordinance — taking a state law and adopting an ordinance so the violation could be enforced locally instead of having to go through the county prosecutor’s office.

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Published October 28, 2015

CLAWSON — City officials have said that they will protect the community’s parks, and soon they will have a local law to back their message.

Members of the City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a parks ordinance Oct. 20 that details hours, limits the use of pets, outlines parking and lists sanctions for those caught causing destruction to any of Clawson’s parks. The ordinance is expected to be adopted on second reading and go into effect next month, with an exemption for the Fourth of July.

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