News & Notes - 7/26/23 Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak Review | Published July 27, 2023


Clawson schools gives update on bond work
CLAWSON — Clawson Public Schools recently gave an update on projects that the district has been working on from its 2021 bond.

According to the district, recent work at Clawson Middle School has included flooring improvements and an elevator installation. Upcoming work is slated to include equipment commissioning.

Clawson High School has been undergoing work that includes gym masonry and roofing installations. Upcoming work is slated to include cafeteria rooftop unit swaps and interior painting.


Remember to vote
CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Residents of the Clawson Public Schools district have a $25.5 million bond proposal on the Aug. 8 ballot. Additionally, Royal Oak residents in precincts 1 and 7 reside in the Berkley School District and have an $88 million bond to vote on.

For C & G Newspapers’ coverage of the bonds, visit


Detroit Zoo celebrates 95 years
ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo is holding a monthlong celebration in honor of its 95th anniversary.

The zoo, which opened on Aug. 1, 1928, will be holding special events, as well as discounts and themed merchandise throughout the month of August.

On Aug. 1, when the zoo will open its gates an hour early at 8 a.m., the first 95 nonmember guests will receive free admission, and the first 995 people who enter the zoo will enjoy a free one-way train ride on the Tauber Family Railroad, a press release states.

“The morning also features a variety of unique experiences, including sea otter, red panda and reptile feedings; divers conducting tank cleanings at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center; miniature donkey walks; and special animal enrichments. Country music radio station 99.5 WYCD will also host a live broadcast at the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness until 10 a.m. The kickoff event is included with Zoo admission and is free for members,” the release states.

On Aug. 6, a concert with country music artist Hannah Ellis will be held. The opening act will be metro Detroit native Louie Lee, who will take the stage at the Main Picnic Grove at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ellis at 8 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are required and cost $19.95.

“The Detroit Zoo opened to the public for the first time on Aug. 1, 1928. Since then, it has built an incredible legacy of excellence in animal well-being, conservation, education and sustainability,” Dr. Hayley Murphy, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society, said in a prepared statement. “We have a lot to celebrate during this milestone anniversary, and this is one party you will not want to miss. We cannot wait to celebrate the past 95 years, and we look forward to a bright future here at the Detroit Zoo.”

For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit


Cycle track project to continue into November
PLEASANT RIDGE — At the end of June, construction began on the city’s Woodward Avenue streetscape and cycle track project. It’s expected to be completed by mid-November.

According to a news release, on-street parking temporarily will not be available during the project. Public parking will be available in the public parking lots at Wellesley Drive and Fairwood Boulevard, and on side streets where allowed. One or two lanes will be closed on Woodward and Main Street between Sylvan Avenue and Interstate 696 during the length of the project. The primary contractor for the project is Merlo Construction.

The news release also said that 11 honey locust trees have to be removed, but most of the existing trees will be preserved and 24 new trees will be planted, resulting in a net increase of 13 trees.

For more information on the project, visit