News & Notes - 8/9/23 Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak Review | Published August 10, 2023


Woodward Avenue construction on hold
OAKLAND COUNTY — Construction on Woodward Avenue will be put on hold during the Dream Cruise festivities. Ferndale’s events will take place Aug. 18-19.

“Construction along Woodward Avenue from 8 Mile to Oakridge Street will completely pause during the cruise this year and all four lanes in both directions of Woodward will be open and accessible,” a news release states.

“Woodward Moves was designed to increase Ferndale’s safety, inclusivity and economic prosperity by making the avenue more accessible to all travelers,” the release states. “The project is nearing completion, and the City of Ferndale team is growing increasingly excited to welcome a new and improved Woodward Avenue later this fall.”


Go Comedy! celebrates homecoming
FERNDALE — The Go Comedy! Improv Theater is celebrating 15 years with a special Homecoming Week Aug. 9-13.

According to a press release, Go Comedy! will be welcoming native Detroiters for shows during Homecoming Week. Performers will include Maribeth Monroe, Jamie Moyer, James Quesada, Julia Schroeder and Nicole Pascaretta.

Go Comedy! also announced that it was launching a public capital campaign to ensure “Go Comedy! continues its legacy as a home for Improv Comedy and Improvisers in Metro Detroit. Through several programs, the for-profit theater is turning to the community for additional support during a time when many local and small theater companies are also struggling,” the release states.

“Our community in Ferndale, and throughout metro Detroit has been really terrific in supporting us for nearly 15 years,” Go Comedy co-founder and director Tommy LeRoy said in the release. “Since our return to live audiences, we’ve honestly struggled to return to pre-pandemic levels, so we’re giving our community additional ways to help us continue being a place to laugh, see a show, learn to improvise and have a really great time.”

Programs being offered include the ability to “adopt a seat” in the theater with a sponsorship or memorial tag and silent auctions during Homecoming Week events.

For tickets and more information, visit


Mayor to give Royal Oak’s State of the City address
ROYAL OAK — The State of the City address will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

Mayor Michael Fournier will deliver the address, which will cover, according to the event listing, “a summary of recent events in the city and discuss the exciting projects planned for the upcoming year.”

The event, hosted by the Royal Oak Rotary Club, is free to the public, though people can pay $12 for a luncheon that will follow the speech. The luncheon will have a gourmet salad bar, chicken and dessert.

For more information, visit


Royal Oak seeks feedback on communication
ROYAL OAK — The city of Royal Oak is launching a public survey to gather feedback on its communication efforts.

According to the city, the survey seeks to enhance “communication with Royal Oak residents and visitors and to better understand the current perception individuals have as it relates to the city.”

Questions on the survey include, “How would you describe Royal Oak to family and friends?”; “Favorite and least favorite things about Royal Oak?”; and “What decisions went into calling Royal Oak home?”

The survey can be accessed at It will be open until Sept. 1. Printed surveys also will be available to the public at City Hall, the Royal Oak Public Library, the Police Department, the Royal Oak Farmers Market, the Mahany/Meininger Senior Center and the Jack & Patti Community Center. The surveys can be completed and returned to any of these locations.

“We truly value everyone that calls this community home and those that choose to spend time here,” Todd Fenton, Royal Oak’s deputy city manager, said in a prepared statement. “We invite people to take the survey so we can not only understand what people enjoy about Royal Oak, but also what can be improved upon as it relates to communication. What we learn will help us to move this great city forward, together, and to guide our communication efforts to meet our needs.”