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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A steady stream of rock, country and a whole lot of funk will be brought to downtown Royal Oak for the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival.

Organizers and sponsors came together July 25 at HopCat to announce that the Sept. 1-4 festival will be headlined by 311, the B-52s, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Other nationally known artists performing include Starship, Dwight Yoakam, the Wallflowers and Candlebox.

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Published July 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Classic car enthusiasts are invited to take a cruise back in time this weekend during two Royal Oak Historical Society Museum events celebrating everything automobile.

The first event will kick off Automotive Heritage Month with an opening reception for the “Chrome, Fins & Style” and “Woodward Memories” exhibits from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Entering high school is a pretty scary thought for a lot of teenagers.

“It’s a very critical time,” said Lisa Manganello, Royal Oak Community Coalition executive director. “And a lot of young people have more stress than they ever had.”

To help teens embrace this uncertain event, the Royal Oak Community Coalition, along with Royal Oak Schools, will present Life is Your Playbook day camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, inside the Royal Oak Schools administrative building, 800 DeVillen Ave.

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Published July 26, 2017

CLAWSON — Things won’t be the same around City Hall after tomorrow.

City Clerk Machele Kukuk will say farewell when she retires July 27 after offering expertise and familiar smiles inside the North Main Street building since 1978.

“It will be the hardest saying goodbye,” she said. “It has always been my home. I am already getting emotional.”

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Published July 26, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council voted unanimously July 18 in favor of appointing Michael Smith to the city clerk position effective July 31.

Smith serves as the city’s deputy clerk, a position he has held since 2010.

“He is experienced at what he does, does an excellent job, so it was our natural choice to move forward with an appointment to the position of city clerk,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

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Published July 25, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A group of residents who recently filed a lawsuit against the city received a preliminary injunction July 19 to stop the installation of new sidewalks in their northern Royal Oak neighborhood.

According to court documents, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren granted the injunction, which prohibits the city from installing sidewalks, removing trees or doing any nonemergency work next to the plaintiffs’ properties while the case is being adjudicated.

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When 86-year-old Bill Baker learned that his brain tumor was returning, it was another valley in his medical journey.

Already a cancer survivor and former Mayo Clinic patient for partial tumor removal, the mid-Michigan resident wasn’t sure if there would be any more options. But then one day while channel surfing, he saw Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson discussing a new type of radiation treatment coming to the area.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners were expected to cast their votes earlier this week on the Normandy Oaks Task Force recommendation to hire Nowak & Fraus for park architectural services.

Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson said the recommendation would be on the City Commission’s July 10 agenda. The Review went to press before the meeting.

Normandy Oaks Task Force Chair Mike Ripinski said that if the City Commission approves the firm, the next step would be to begin public engagement in multiple ways to hear stakeholders’ input.

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Published July 12, 2017

CLAWSON — Changes could be coming to Clawson’s sidewalk repair and replacement program if the City Council approves a $2.125 million bond initiative this summer for November’s ballot.

City Manager Mark Pollock said bond approval would change the financing of its sidewalk program from collecting a $25 annual fee from all residents to issuing unlimited tax general obligation bonds.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Royal Oak Optimist Club were honored late last month for donating 400 bike helmets to all third-grade students in the community.

“We are so lucky to have such an amazing Optimist Club in this town,” said Mayor Michael Fournier. “Their work is very tangible and their spirit is even greater than we could ever hope for any of us.”

The club was honored during the June 26 City Commission meeting. The helmets were distributed at all six Royal Oak elementary schools last month.

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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Published July 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Police said last week that a 60-year-old Roseville man remained in the hospital after he allegedly hit a disabled Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus during the night of July 5 on Woodward Avenue.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said two days after the crash that no further information on the man’s condition was available, other than that he was in stable condition at Beaumont Hospital while being treated for serious injuries.

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Published July 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — A group of Macomb Community College students who feel their freedom of speech was violated earlier this year are seeking justice through the legal system.

On July 5, attorneys from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the students to challenge a college policy that they say bans all public expression from anyone, minus labor unions, without a permit from administrators.

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Published July 5, 2017

How can you wish upon a star if the stars are hard to see?

Light pollution in large metropolitan areas such as Detroit can limit what’s visible in the night sky, but luckily for stargazers, better viewing options aren’t far away.

Several Michigan parks now have state-designated dark sky preserves that aim to restrict artificial light, preserve natural darkness and provide spectacular views for visitors.

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