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Published July 5, 2017

CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

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Published June 30, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just as the grills and sparklers fizzle out at the end of Independence Day, the fun will just be getting started at Springfield Oaks County Park as the annual Oakland County Fair opens up July 7-16.

Grandstand entertainment, games, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and so much more will bring Davisburg to life once again for the decades-old family event. But tradition is only half of the fun, according to Fair Manager L.C. Scramlin.

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Published June 29, 2017

Resident Frederick Lewis Harris is facing possibly 20 years in prison for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he allegedly stabbed two men at Woodward North Apartments.

Harris, 35, was arraigned in 44th District Court June 28 and charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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Published June 29, 2017

Dylan Ray Beard, of Pontiac, is facing time behind bars after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into the front yard of a Berkley home.

No one was injured in the incident.

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Published June 29, 2017

Federal agents spent the day June 28 going in and out of Affordable Lab on Crooks Road, executing search warrants.

Khaalid Walls, northeast regional communications director and spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said special agents and task force officers with Homeland Security Investigations executed federal sealed search warrants in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Published June 28, 2017

Police said a 35-year-old Woodward North Apartments resident has been arrested for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he was shot in the leg and another man was stabbed.

The man’s name is not being released pending an arraignment. He is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old Lathrup Village man who police said he knew.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said both men were taken to Beaumont Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Published June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When one of Wendy Nicholls’ young rehabilitation patients came to her more than a decade ago and said he would never ride a bike, she wouldn’t accept that proclamation.

“I told him, ‘Let me put you in this bike, and if at the end of the day you can’t ride it, then you can tell me every single day how wrong I am,’” she said. “I put him on the bike and down the hallway he went.

“He was the reason I started Bike Day.”

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Published June 28, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Fourth of July Committee announced a lineup full of opportunities to celebrate the summer holiday.

“It’s that time of year, and we’re really excited to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Clawson, a long-standing tradition,” said City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Committee Chair Debbie Wooley.

The fun already began June 24 with the annual Clawson Kiddie Parade, but it will keep on going through the big show in the night sky on Tuesday, July 4.

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Published June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Normandy Oaks Task Force plan to meet the evening of June 29 to make their pick for a landscape architect for future park development.

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Published June 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners are expected to give their go-ahead Monday night to lawyers tasked with finalizing development agreement documents for a new six-story office building in the existing Royal Oak City Hall parking lot.

The vote to finalize the negotiations for a $36.25 million, Class A 142,523-square-foot building is scheduled for the night of June 26.

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Published June 25, 2017

Police on the scene of an active investigation at Woodward North Apartments, at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, said that one man had been shot and one man had been stabbed during an incident Sunday afternoon.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Keith Spencer said that both men were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“There is an understanding that they both knew each other,” he said.

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Published June 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are 75 years and growing.

From giant inflatable slides and treetop fun to state-of-the-art playground improvements and wildlife and nature conservation efforts, the parks system is continually growing and evolving.

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Director George Phifer said that ever since the park system opened to the public in 1942, visiting is like taking a mini vacation right at home.

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Published June 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — On June 13, Royal Oak Planning Commission members unanimously approved the site plan for a new Police Department headquarters proposed for city-owned property as part of a new civic center plan.

Representatives from Partners in Architecture showed renderings and gave meeting attendees a glimpse into the city-owned, modern building that would be attached via a bridged walkway to the 44th District Court building.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — It would be hard to deny that the little city with a big heart loves to celebrate the Fourth of July. But before the fireworks sizzle next month, some pre-patriotic annual activities will get the spirit sparked.

The Clawson Kiddie Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, from Clawson Middle School, 150 John M. Ave., and travel down Phillips Avenue to Custer Avenue and finish at City Park, at Elmwood and Custer avenues.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — The city of Clawson received some national attention last month for its recently updated downtown master plan.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority and Detroit-based consulting firm Giffels Webster were presented with the 2017 Vernon Deines Honor Award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan during the May 7 American Planning Association National Planning Conference in New York City.

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Each winter, as municipal workers make our icy roads safer, they could also be turning our famous freshwater lakes saltier.

Much saltier.

An intensive study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April observed long-term chloride trends in 371 freshwater lakes across the continent. It was determined that there were increasing chloride trends in most of the urban and rural lakes in the Midwest and Northeast surrounded by greater than 1 percent of impervious land.

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Published June 15, 2017

Bigger, better and “off the charts” is how organizers of the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats describe the 2017 Labor Day weekend festival.

Organizers, sponsors and others involved with the Sept. 1-4 event gathered inside Fifth Avenue June 14 in downtown Royal Oak to offer a preview.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see a stormtrooper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the streets this weekend. There is no world domination or paranormal activity happening, and the only thing your P.K.E. meter will detect is fun.

The inaugural Craftcom, presented by Black Lotus Brewing Co., will take place 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 17 in downtown Clawson. Main Street will be closed from 14 Mile road to Broadacre Avenue for the event.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A group of Northwood Elementary School students spent their school year smiling while spreading gratitude through good deeds during the year.

More than 20 students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the school’s SMILE — Students Mindfully Illuminating Lives Everywhere — club, which culminated in a special meeting after school June 7.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously voted June 6 to amend the city’s existing animals ordinance and add a new section that will declare certain actions as a nuisance with a punishment for humans of up to $500.

Elected officials said the intention of the new law is to allow a resident the opportunity to file a complaint for processing through the office of the Clawson prosecutor.

City Attorney Jon Kingsepp reiterated that residents will play a crucial role in enforcing the newly adopted law.

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