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Published June 3, 2015

ROYAL OAK  — Police are investigating a string of break-ins at businesses before Memorial Day weekend.

Lt. Dave Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said none of the businesses were occupied at the time of the break-ins.

Police said all incidents happened sometime between the night of May 20 and the early morning hours of May 21.

According to police, officers responded to an alarm call at about 4:55 a.m. May 21 at the Sunoco station located at 1808 Crooks Road. Officers found a broken garage door window.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Asking for help can be a difficult task for a mother, and accepting it can be even harder.

But it’s a concept that parent Karin Prothero was forced to embrace when her now 7-year-old daughter, Tessa, was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma. She was diagnosed with the aggressive form of cancer that attacks the sympathetic nervous system nearly two years ago while Karin was pregnant with her 18-month-old daughter, Marley.

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Published June 1, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A multi-county vehicle chase that began in Royal Oak Friday evening ended with the arrest of a 42-year-old Clawson man for fleeing and eluding law enforcement officials.

No one was injured during the pursuit, which began at about 8:30 p.m. May 29 near the intersection of 12 Mile and Campbell roads.

Royal Oak police said officers were called to the 700 block of Ottawa Drive after the suspect approached a woman and her 9-year-old child and displayed “suspicious and unusual behavior.”

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council unanimously agreed during the May 19 meeting to an estimated net 3.47 percent quarterly increase in water and sewer rates.

The actual amount is based on water consumption and will be effective for the fiscal year starting July 1.

“As far as the overall rate goes, that’s the lowest percentage increase in the 15 years I’ve been here,” said City Manager Mark Pollock.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city is making changes to its sidewalk repair program despite initial claims that it would stand by its procedures.

Mayor Jim Ellison, speaking on behalf of the City Commission, stated during the May 11 meeting that the sidewalk repair program would remain unchanged.

But after further investigation and meetings between city officials and the key organizer of a group of residents critical of the sidewalk repair program, City Manager Don Johnson announced on May 18 that there would be changes.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Attendees are invited to gather and show their respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Community Parade.

The parade begins 9 a.m. May 25 at Lincoln and Main streets in downtown Royal Oak. The route travels from South Main Street and Harrison, heading north to Second Street, then east to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where the annual memorial service will be held. A shuttle service will be available in front of City Hall for those in the parade. The shuttle will take participants to the start of the parade.

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Published May 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Three lifelong Royal Oak residents are packing up their classrooms and saying farewell in June to the district hallways they called a second home for decades.

As friends, colleagues and mentors to one another, Northwood Elementary School teachers Kristin Ryan, Betty Ann Garlak and Michelle Villerot are retiring with a combined total of nearly 80 years of teaching in Royal Oak Schools.

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Published May 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Betty Ann Garlak is concluding her 30-year Royal Oak Schools career with honors after being named the district’s 2014-15 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Garlak wouldn’t accept the honor without crediting others.

“It was surprising, and I was very, very honored, but you can’t help feel that there are so many deserving colleagues within my hall, within my building, within the district. It was just a very special honor and just kind of the icing on the cake of a great 30-year career,” she said.

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Published May 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Pride was the overwhelming sentiment during the 2015 Royal Oak Schools Junior Olympics held May 13  at Royal Oak High School.

“I feel strong and proud to be picked because I’m with the tug-of-war,” said Keller Elementary School fourth-grader Elyse Finch.

And the excitement wasn’t limited to the students.

This was the first time Addams Elementary School Principal Joe Youanes took part in the event, and he was excited for the students.

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