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Woodward Talk

Published August 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Dan and Denise Hollenkamp celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss Saturday like any other couple might do — renewing their vows — but in the front seat of their classic car on Woodward Avenue.

The couple drove their 1968 Mercury Monterey convertible — better know as Big Red — through the Hagerty drive-through marriage vow renewal event, Veils, Vettes & Vow Renewals.

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Published August 20, 2016

Memories and meaning filled the Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday as millions of car enthusiasts filled the thoroughfare to share their passion for the classics.

“It’s Woodward,” said 1965 Ford Mustang owner Steve Colegrove. “It’s better than Christmas.”

Colegrove drove his poppy red car, revving the engine down Woodward Avenue.

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Published August 18, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother found herself in court again Thursday after allegedly slapping an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream last year when she learned the shop was out of Mackinac Island fudge.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, stood mute during her arraignment before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke the morning of Aug. 18 as she was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLAWSON — U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Glenn Kramer loved his wife.

“My buddies would say they took more heat from their wives because they couldn’t have a relationship like ours,” Kramer said. “We were together for 37 years, and I loved her deeply.

“She was more than my wife; she was my friend and somebody I looked forward to seeing every day.”

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Published August 17, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Classic cruisers are more than muscle and metal for many couples. The smooth leather interiors and revved-up engines also bring back thoughts of yesteryear.

Hagerty Insurance is bringing back that sense of nostalgia once again this year with its drive-through marriage vow renewal event.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 27-year-old Royal Oak resident who was hit by an Amtrak train in the middle of the night Aug. 6 was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, investigators determined that the man disregarded the activated warning signals and lowered crossing arm to film a northbound freight train traveling on the east set of tracks downtown near the Amtrak train station.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 25-year-old man with an extensive criminal background made his first court appearance Friday for his alleged involvement in two recent bank robberies.

Justin Thomas Luther, with a last known address in Troy, was arraigned Aug. 12 before 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg and was charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of armed robbery for an Aug. 8 incident in Royal Oak. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison. Luther entered a plea of not guilty.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The summer concert series is going out with a pedal and push this week as the Arts Commission partners with Detroit Cycle Pub in offering art tours this Thursday.

Art Explored Cycle Tours will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 during the final performance of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series.

The 20-minute six-seater bike tours will pedal past eight of the latest installations of the Art Explored series, which are located throughout the downtown.

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Published August 10, 2016

CLAWSON — When longtime community activist and Lions Club member Howie Airriess came up with the idea to host a car show nearly two decades ago, he was just hoping to give a boost to the downtown area.

“I originally started this show to get things moving on South Main Street,” he said. “I look back now how it has helped South Main, plus it has turned into the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser.”

The Down on Main Car Show will return to Clawson for its 18th year this weekend, growing from a couple dozen cars to between 300 and 350 entries.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city will be home to a grand Spirit of ’45 Day celebration this weekend, carrying forward a tradition sanctioned by Congress six years ago.

Communities across the nation will be remembering all who played an important role on the battlefield and on the home front during the World War II era following the unanimous decision by lawmakers in 2010 to proclaim the second Sunday of August for that purpose.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 58-year-old Royal Oak resident was arraigned in court Aug. 2 after he allegedly threatened a man with a knife over a parking space.

Robert Rovinsky was arraigned in 44th District Court Aug. 2 and charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was given a $10,000 bond. The charge is a four-year felony with a fine of not more than $2,000.

Rovinsky pleaded not guilty and, as of press time, an attorney had not yet been retained or appointed for him.

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Published August 10, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office hope the public’s input will help them catch a thief who broke into the Verizon Wireless Store on Groesbeck in Mount Clemens Aug. 5.

Law enforcement officials say the suspect may be connected to similar break-ins in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance images of the male suspect who smashed through a glass door of the store located at 17 S. Groesbeck at approximately 4:25 a.m.

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Published August 8, 2016

The Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the FBI are investigating a robbery at TCF Bank Aug. 8.

No one was injured during the robbery and images of the suspect were captured on surveillance video, according to police.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, the man entered the bank, located at 1811 Crooks Road, at 12:03 p.m.

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Published August 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters showed up at the polls Aug. 2 with strong support for two local proposals on the ballot.

According to unofficial election results, Proposal A passed with 88 percent of the vote, and Proposal B passed with 74 percent of the vote.

The passing of Proposal A authorized city officials to renew the solid waste and recycling millage levy for a period not to exceed five years, up to 1 mill, to defray the costs of refuse collection, disposal and curbside recycling.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — During the November general election, residents will be asked to renew a public safety millage that city officials said is responsible for staffing police, fire and emergency medical services at or near bare-minimum levels.

Commissioners voted unanimously to place the renewal on the November ballot during the City Commission’s July 11 regular meeting.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Detroit Zoo visitors will never look at chalk art the same way again when art meets inspiration next week throughout the venue.

Street artist and illustrator David Zinn will be coming to the Detroit Zoo from noon to 8 p.m Aug. 10 to create his 3-D animal drawings entirely with chalk at three different locations at the Royal Oak destination.

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Published August 3, 2016

CLAWSON —  Friends, fun and ice cream are synonymous with summer, and this weekend, the Clawson Historical Museum will combine all three in a family-friendly event.

Everyone is invited to join in an old-fashioned summer celebration 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Clawson Historical Museum, 41 Fisher Court.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health officials said construction is on track to transform the hospital’s Rose Cancer Center.

“The new cancer treatment center canopy and vestibule exterior work is scheduled to complete in mid-October,” Beaumont Construction Project Executive Art Eckert said in an email.

Eckert said the team has completed the required rerouting of traffic from the south parking deck and has demolished the existing roadway, completed the rough grading and installed the caissons.

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Volunteer Randy Burean believes something unique is happening next month at the city’s historical museum.

Two specialized exhibits will be on display, including a glimpse at Woodward Avenue through the decades.

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