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Published September 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Everyone is invited to a super celebration this weekend at the library.

The Super Star Sunday Celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at 222 E. 11 Mile Road to bring attention to two happenings: the 20th anniversary of the Star Dream Fountain featuring Marshall Fredericks’ sculpture, and the addition of Sunday afternoon hours at the library.

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published September 3, 2017

The sun shined brightly on opening day for the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival happening downtown throughout Labor Day weekend.

A favorable weather forecast, record-breaking entertainment lineup and plethora of art and food all factor into what organizers think will make this year the highest-populated event since the festival debuted in Pontiac two decades ago. This September marks the eighth year the event will be held in Royal Oak after being held previously in Pontiac.

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Published September 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved an agreement with the Central Park Development Group Aug. 29 for the construction of a nearly $40 million, six-story, 142,523-square-foot office building with a first-floor restaurant and retail.

The unanimous vote came early Tuesday morning, as the Monday night meeting went past midnight after more than 40 people spoke in favor or against the development during public comment.

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Published August 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A party two decades in the making will hit the streets this weekend when the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats comes to downtown Royal Oak.

Arguably the largest food, music and arts festival in Michigan, the event will take place Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4. As in previous years, free admission will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on opening day.

The event hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Monday. Regular admission costs $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Things have been relatively quiet for new superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick.

Her first day as head of the Royal Oak school district was July 1, when she replaced former Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin, who retired at the end of June.

Fitzpatrick’s first couple of months without students have been spent getting to know her administrative team, school and community leaders, and settling into her new role.

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Published August 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Two Detroit men are facing myriad charges after allegedly stealing rims and tires for years — including on Royal Oak’s  east side — and one of the men reportedly was a part of a Michigan State Police chase last week that ended in Southfield.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously approved an amended development agreement Aug. 14 that still promises to bring a Hyatt hotel to North Main Street.

The more than $50 million mixed-use project, stretching 3.5 acres from 400 to 460 North Main Street — the former Fresard Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealership — would include the hotel, a mixed-use building with residential housing, and an off-street parking deck.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — There are a couple of subjects weighing on author Dan Calabrese’s mind.

“I would say there are two things that I really know a lot about,” Calabrese said. “One is spiritual warfare and the other is baseball.”

The Royal Oak resident and lifelong writer recently combined both subjects in his latest book, “Backstop,” a spiritual thriller based in Lakeland, Florida.

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Published August 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — On Aug. 15, Beaumont Health officials offered a preview of the hospital’s new $120.8 million, 125,000-square-foot emergency center, which emphasizes patient privacy.

Upgrades include 99 private rooms, 54 medical observation rooms, state-of-the-art equipment, a cafe and a modern design. That design is patient- and family-centered and features a calming environment.

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Published August 21, 2017

A couple was physically unharmed after they were robbed by a man with a semi-automatic handgun Sunday morning in the driveway of their home, police said.

“This is a rare incident,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer. “The time of day that this happened, and the location that it occurred in, it just doesn’t happen in Royal Oak.

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Published August 20, 2017

Fifty cents on a hot and sunny Woodward Dream Cruise day goes pretty far when it’s collected by two young ladies with caring hearts.

Instead of watching all of the action right on Woodward Avenue Aug. 19, Alyssa Whitmore, 13, and Julia Ortel, 12, held a fundraiser in the front yard of the Whitmores’ home just down the street from the revving engines.

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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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