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Published January 13, 2016

CLAWSON — City Council members narrowly defeated a resolution to join an intergovernmental health and wellness consortium, which the city manager had proposed as a cost-saving measure.

The council voted 3-2 Jan. 6 to deny membership into the MiLife Health & Wellness Center.

“We can revisit it,” City Manager Mark Pollock said. “I’ll give them more information, and I’ll leave it up to council if they want to bring it back up.

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Published January 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Robert and Shari Kallmeyer have been providing the community with award-winning decorations for years during the Christmas season.

“I do it just because I enjoy it,” said Robert Kallmeyer. “It’s kind of my Christmas.”

The couple fills their Elmwood Avenue and Langley Boulevard corner lot with myriad decorations, including a lot of lights. Colorful lights fill their trees, home and garage, ranging from LED to icicle lights.

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Published January 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo reported record-breaking 2015 attendance numbers last week, smashing totals reported in previous years.

Zoo officials announced Jan. 5 that total attendance reached 1.48 million visitors in 2015, breaking the record of 1.36 million visitors set in 1997. Officials said the 2015 numbers mark the ninth consecutive year the zoo’s attendance exceeded 1 million visitors.

Detroit Zoo Communications Director Jennie Miller said she believes the new record was set as a result of many factors, including new exhibits, animals and attractions.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — After a conversation with Scott Newport, it is clear that great loss never goes away, but how you live your daily life following that monumental moment will define your being.

Newport experienced that moment the day after Thanksgiving in 2009 when his 7-year-old son, Evan, died.

It was a miracle his son lived as long as he did — at least that is what the doctors said — but it didn’t make the loss any easier.

His son was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome and related heart disease at birth.

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Published January 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin considers his most recent success to be the transition to the new M-STEP standardized test, which yielded scores above state and county averages.

The test results for the exam, which had been administered in the spring, were released Dec. 17.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission unanimously adopted a resolution Dec. 21 asking Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a bill they feel will put a stop to needed communication before an election.

Commissioners said that Senate Bill 571 — supported by the state House and Senate — would prohibit school districts, governments and other public bodies and authorities from sending any communication to residents that mentions an upcoming property tax millage or other local ballot measure within 60 days of a vote.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Arriving via FedEx, 20 gentoo penguins marched into the Detroit Zoo last month to nest in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center when construction wraps up this April.

Zoo officials said the aquatic birds – 10 females and 10 males – currently are chilling in a special quarantine area at the Penguinarium. People can recognize the long-tailed penguin by the white stripe extending across its head and its bright red-orange bill. It is the third-largest penguin, reaching a height of up to 30 inches and a weight of up to 20 pounds.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The start of a new year for Welcome Inn Day Center Executive Director Jason Morgan means more opportunities to connect.

Morgan hopes to connect with guests visiting the homeless shelter and then connect them with the appropriate resources to place them back on their feet.

But in order to do so, he needs more volunteers and resources.

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Published January 6, 2016

CLAWSON — After receiving two artificial knees, Sylvia Fry knew her days of traditional aerobicizing were over.

But that didn’t stop Fry from making sure she continued to exercise on a regular basis by visiting the Hunter Community Center.

“My doctor said any exercise that you do is better than nothing,” she said.

Fry, 76, attends chair yoga and chair exercise classes at the center and said it keeps her feeling great. The classes are free. Donations are suggested, but not required.

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Published December 30, 2015

2015 will be defined as the year of the Police Department.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue headed up an extremely busy 2015 and has already set his New Year’s resolution.

“I resolve to get the department fully staffed and to get our citizens police academy up and running,” O’Donohue said.

As 2016 approaches, we will reflect on 2015 in the cities of Royal Oak and Clawson and the impact the largest events had on both communities.

Here are the Review’s top events from 2015.

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Published December 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Organizers of the Make My Christmas Merry holiday pet adoption event are calling it a success, and the official count of forever homes is still growing.

Event organizers said about 100 people came through the shelter’s doors on Saturday, Dec. 19, and four pets went home that day with their new families in time for the holidays.

“We had so many people in and out, and it was just amazing how many people we had,” said shelter volunteer Pamela Wilson.

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Published December 23, 2015

CLAWSON — All Greg Kucera Jr. needs now is some below-freezing temperatures so that he can begin building an ice rink for the community.

The planning commissioner, community volunteer and former city councilman received the official go-ahead Dec. 15 to construct a pop-up outdoor ice rink on the empty land fronting Main Street, one block north of 14 Mile Road on the west side of the street. 

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Published December 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Christmas spirit filled more than 1,200 hearts last week as select individuals were invited to shop for food and gifts inside the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.

Held Dec. 16 and 17, the annual event helps provide a Christmas celebration for those in southeastern Oakland County who may otherwise not be able to have one.

None of the available gifts are wrapped and no children arrive with their parents.

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Published December 23, 2015

CLAWSON — City officials are looking into whether or not certain park amenities will be open during the winter months for residential use.

Elected officials, along with city administrators, discussed the issue during the Clawson City Council’s Dec. 15 meeting.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Friends and family of a Royal Oak murder suspect sat in a 44th District courtroom to learn that the proceedings that had been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18 would be postponed until next year.

According to court officials, the probable cause hearing for defendant Kirk David Leach was postponed because a new court-appointed attorney recently was assigned to his case. 

Court clerks did not know why Leach’s attorney was changed. 

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Published December 16, 2015

ROYAL OAK — With unanimous support from the City Commission, Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue received the additional title of assistant city manager along with an annual salary increase of approximately $20,000.

City Manager Donald Johnson asked the commission to approve the new appointment Dec. 7 as a twofold solution that would appoint a second-in-command should he be unreachable and retain O’Donohue, who is eligible for retirement.

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