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Woodward Talk

Published August 19, 2017

Cars and stars lined the roadway Aug. 19 during the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Warm weather and sunny skies set the backdrop for the annual event, attracting more than 40,000 vehicles and 1.2 million people from throughout the world.

White Lake resident Eric Baum said he never misses the cruise and stops by each community with his 1968 Ford Mustang fastback painted dark emerald green with a gold side stripe.

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Published August 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Planning Commission members gave their unanimous approval last week for a proposed downtown apartment building, pending tweaks to developers’ plans before heading to the Royal Oak City Commission.

Plans for The Washington — which would be located at the southwest corner of South Washington and West Harrison avenues — were presented to the Planning Commission Aug. 8.

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Published August 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The time is here to motor into town for the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The annual event officially takes place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, on the iconic roadway from Ferndale north to Pontiac.

Greg Rassel, president of the Woodward Dream Cruise board, said this year, Ford has stepped in as the presenting sponsor, and the event expects to attract more than 40,000 vehicles and 1.2 million people from throughout the world.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo will be adding another attraction to its repertoire next year, only this time, it does not exactly belong with the other animals.

Buddy’s Pizza announced that it will be opening a 4,434-square-foot restaurant inside the Detroit Zoo next spring. The restaurant will be located just west of the Ford Education Center, will seat 155 guests — 80 indoors and 75 on an outdoor patio and rooftop deck — and will offer a view of Rackham Fountain.

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Published August 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Several community organizations worked together to give kids an unforgettable experience at the Detroit Zoo recently.

On Aug. 1, 14 kids from West Bloomfield visited the zoo’s popular penguin exhibit and had the chance to speak to a penguin expert, courtesy of community organizations West Bloomfield Youth Assistance and the West Bloomfield Optimist Club.

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Published August 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Last week, police were still investigating the circumstances of a collision in which a 56-year-old Center Line motorcyclist died Aug. 8 after hitting a van that was crossing northbound Woodward Avenue to Northwood Boulevard.

Law enforcement officials said the motorcyclist was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Police said the driver of the van was not injured.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — City officials from Royal Oak and Clawson say all residents will receive their new South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority 65-gallon recycling carts by mid- to late August.

More than half of Royal Oak residents had received delivery of the carts to their homes as of last week, with the remainder scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.

Royal Oak Director of Public Services and Recreation Greg Rassel said the city is a little ahead of schedule.

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Published August 9, 2017

CLAWSON — The spotlight will be on the downtown this weekend when vehicle enthusiasts gather for the 19th annual Down on Main Street car show.

The event, hosted by the Clawson Lions Club, will take place rain or shine at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The event always takes place the Saturday before the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 7, 2017

CLAWSON — When retired veteran Phil Weitlauf learned about an abandoned canine graveyard years ago, even he couldn’t have imagined what the western Oakland County property would come to mean to him and service dogs throughout the United States.

“I went to investigate it, and in the middle of the cemetery was a big monument that said, ‘War dogs.’ It had some writing on it, and it was erected in 1946,” he said, adding that he learned it was created in 1936 and abandoned in the mid-1980s.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise will return this month with a new presenting sponsor, thousands of classic vehicles and more than a million enthusiasts lining the iconic avenue.

The annual event officially will take place Aug. 19 and stretch from Ferndale north to Pontiac. The happening is always held the third Saturday in August, although residents in the cruise communities know that the event starts unofficially weeks before.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Looking for another way to travel down Woodward Avenue during the annual Dream Cruise?

Everyone is invited to lace up their running shoes and participate in the sixth annual Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

The run and walk is an official Woodward Dream Cruise event and will take participants right down historic Woodward Avenue on cruise day. 

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

CLAWSON — On July 18, members of the Clawson City Council unanimously approved placing a $2.125 million sidewalk improvement bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot.

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Published August 1, 2017

CLAWSON — Five families were honored during the July 18 Clawson City Council meeting for keeping up exceptional yards this summer.

“We are fortunate that residents do take pride in their homes and property, resulting in a well-maintained community,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It is nice to walk or bike ride through Clawson to see the different styles of homes and how they are maintained.”

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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