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Published May 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak City Commission was expected to approve a $60,000 crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a downtown urban smart park.

The topic was scheduled for discussion and a vote during the May 18 meeting at City Hall.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.


But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLAWSON — The tradition of giving is continuous in the hallways of Guardian Angels Catholic School, where helping out is more than a mantra — it’s a mission.

Principal Melissa Santos said the school is steeped in tradition and a mission of treating others with Christ-like kindness.

“We really try to do a lot with social justice here,” Santos said. “And getting the kids to understand what we need to do for people who are less fortunate.”

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Published May 13, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak school district recently received a distinction that no other in Oakland County may claim — all of its schools are green.

Officials said that for the sixth year, Royal Oak Schools has been officially proclaimed a 100 percent green district through the state of Michigan Green Schools program.

“I am incredibly proud that Royal Oak Schools once again has distinguished ourselves as the only district in Oakland County to have 100 percent of our schools designated as green schools,” Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said.

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Published May 13, 2015

BERKLEY/ROYAL OAK — The doors to the 45-A District Court in Berkley will close permanently May 15, which will bring a mandated merger closer to completion.

Gary Dodge, 44th District Court administrator, said that all Berkley and Royal Oak residents will be serviced through the Royal Oak courthouse on 11 Mile Road, east of Main Street, starting Monday.

“The Berkley residents need to come here on the 18th, and anybody that will be doing jury service in the future will also be coming here, because it now encompasses both communities,” Dodge said.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 11, 2015

A 73-year-old woman sustained a “significant” head injury after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday while walking in the intersection of Fourth and Main streets, police said.

The Allen Park woman was taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital after she was hit at about 11:26 a.m. May 9 and was in stable condition as of May 11. Police said the woman also had scrapes on her arms.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 7, 2015

Police said a report of a barricaded gunman and hostage situation inside a home on May 2 was a case of "swatting" — a serious hoax.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

CLAWSON — A nearly $500,000 construction project is underway on 14 Mile Road to enhance the city’s profile as a walkable community.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority Pedestrian Crossing Improvements Project involves creating two pedestrian crossing islands on East 14 Mile Road and one on West 14 Mile Road near Main Street.

“The pedestrian islands will allow safe passage across a major street and increase the walkability,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Do you think you could beat a police officer in a foot race? Or take on one of them in a push-up contest?

Those interested in finding out will have their chances at 9 a.m. May 9 at the Royal Oak High School track and field, 1500 Lexington Blvd., for the debut of Are You Faster Than a Cop?

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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Jennifer Clark will head downtown to begin setting up for one of the city’s most anticipated happenings.

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce director of events said that she and other volunteers will gather at the Williams Street parking lot at about 2 a.m. to begin setting up for the 22nd annual Royal Oak in Bloom, which will take place from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10.

“It is the annual garden, flower and plant sale every Mother’s Day,” Clark said.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Every day with Daniel Webster is a lucky day for those that know him and his work.

The lifelong Royal Oak resident and head custodian at Royal Oak High School was named as the school district’s nominee for the Oakland Schools Betty Campion Distinguished Support Service Award during the April 16 regular Board of Education meeting.

“I’m truly humbled,” Webster said. “I really appreciate everybody who wrote on my behalf. I’m just blown away. I think this is just really, really, really nice.”

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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — An anniversary celebration and tribute will be held Friday in honor of the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day.

V-E Day signifies the end of World War II in Europe. World War II had two major fronts — one in the Pacific and one in Europe — and May 8, 1945, was the end of the war in Europe.

The 70th anniversary celebration will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 8 at Memorial Park, the future home of the World War II Legacy Memorial at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

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