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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Whether you come for the flora or the fauna, Royal Oak in Bloom is a tradition for thousands who visit the downtown during the annual event.

Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the happening began 23 years ago as a way to beautify the city. It has grown to the point that it attracted about 3,500 people last year.

“It’s just become this annual event that people plan for and mark their calendars for, and vendors set aside time for, on Mother’s Day,” she said.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Nearly 250 people filled City Hall and nearby overflow rooms April 18 to see firsthand the more than $100 million plans for a Central Park development.

Real estate professional Ron Boji held the floor during the meeting, which lasted more than three hours, to describe the plans for the center of the downtown that would include a new City Hall, Police Department, promenade, parking structure and park. The park would include a splash pad, amphitheater, green space and seating.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — With the warmer weather finally here, construction season has arrived and will include many projects ranging from residential sidewalk repairs to park improvements.

Projects revealed by the city of Royal Oak Engineering Department for the 2016 season include road and water main improvements, streetscape improvements, sidewalk improvements and continuation of the scheduled 10-year road repair plan supported by voters in 2014, when the majority allowed the city to levy a tax of up to 2.5 mills for a period not to exceed 10 years.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Changes are coming soon to a heavily used entry road that connects motorists from Interstate 696 to the downtown and beyond.

Members of the City Commission were expected to approve documents Monday night, after press time, that would signal the beginning of two upcoming projects on South Main Street.

The Michigan Department of Transportation South Main Street resurfacing project will begin in early June and involve resurfacing the roadway with asphalt from West 10 Mile Road to Lincoln Avenue.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Focus, drive and just plain believing you can do anything is the secret behind Judy Davids’ success and what ultimately attracted Hollywood executives to her quirky, suburban life story.

Davids learned late last year some exciting news that Alcon Entertainment recently made public — the option to a book she wrote, “Rock Star Mommy: My Life as a Rocker Mom,” was purchased for adaptation into a screenplay by Karen McCullah, co-writer of “Legally Blond” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”

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Published April 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — After attracting nearly 10,000 people to the Royal Oak Farmers Market last Fourth of July weekend, Royal Oak Rib Fest will not return this year following a City Commission vote last week.

The commission voted 5-2 during its April 11 meeting to deny the special event permit and deny a request from event co-founder and co-producer John Badanjek to table the application for a couple of weeks.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLAWSON — See a problem? Want to report it? The entire process is as simple as a couple of clicks on a smartphone or a computer.

The city of Clawson rolled out SeeClickFix earlier this month, allowing registered users to directly report nonemergency issues and communicate with department heads via easy-to-use technology.

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Published April 18, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health System officials confirmed last week that it will begin demolition of the Northwood Shopping Plaza by the end of 2016.

The announcement comes after years of discussion on what exactly Beaumont decision-makers would do with the 212,908 square feet of property located at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. Beaumont has owned the the shopping center property since the 1980s.

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Published April 13, 2016

Nearly 70 penguins made an appearance April 13 during a sneak peek of the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center inside the Detroit Zoo.

The 33,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open to the public April 18.

Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan expects the new attraction to draw heavy attention, as it is the largest penguin habitat in the nation.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court against Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and four unnamed officers — three male and one female — alleging that the officers used excessive force during a St. Patrick’s Day arrest on the sidewalk outside Blackfinn Ameripub on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A summer tragedy last year made it obvious for Royal Oak Police Sgt. Patrick Stanton that his annual charity hockey game would benefit the family of a fallen officer.

“It was one of those things, heading into winter once it happened — as sad as the whole thing is, and seeing the wife and the kids — I pretty much knew from that moment who we were playing for this April,” he said.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Police are still seeking information regarding an unknown driver who hit a home during the middle of the night early last week.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said an initial investigation revealed that at about 11 p.m. April 2, a vehicle swiped the west side of a house at the corner of Crooks Road and West Elmwood Avenue, hitting an electrical meter box, bushes and the outside faucet of the home. Sarvello said the car then went through a wooden fence and back onto northbound Crooks Road.

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Published April 11, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The public is invited to a special meeting that has been scheduled to reveal plans for a new municipal complex that would be built on the current City Hall property.

The town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in room 315 of City Hall and is intended to inform attendees of proposed design plans for a new Royal Oak City Hall, Police Department and downtown park. Other potential features could include a parking deck, a restaurant, an amphitheater and office space at and surrounding the current complex at 211 S. Williams St.

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A priest who served throughout metro Detroit from 1956 to 1975 has been accused of alleged sexual abuse of minors in Wayne and Oakland counties while in ministry.

The Archdiocese of Detroit said that allegations of sexual abuse of minors while in ministry have been brought against Richard R. Lauinger, 85. The Archdiocesan Board of Review has considered the allegations and has found them to be credible.

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Published April 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Debbie Murray is ready to help residents in need of home repairs who are unable to afford the high costs or who can’t find the right person to call for an honest day’s work.

“Most of the residents are very thankful, and they are getting work done that they can’t afford,” she said.

Murray is the program officer for the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Program.

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Published April 6, 2016

CLAWSON — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Arbor Day Art Project, a contest open to children in the community.

Kathy Leenhouts, Clawson director of recreation and senior services, said children who live in or attend school in Clawson are invited to design, either by illustration or written word, a project that expresses the value of trees in the world. 

Leenhouts said this is the first time the city has decided to hold an Arbor Day art contest.

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Published April 4, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak High School student Kayla Clark already knows what she would like to do when she graduates from college.

“I want to go into school psychology and become a school psychologist and specialize in grief and trauma so I can help students that are going through similar experiences that I have,” she said.

Clark’s father died suddenly while she was a freshman, and in addition to the overwhelming grief, daily aspirations like hoping, planning and paying for college came to a standstill.

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Published March 30, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The upcoming Center Street smart park is no longer nameless thanks to a few winning Oak Ridge Elementary School students.

Fifth-graders Evan Helton, Sam Fisher, Trevor Smigelski and Roger Vasilkovskii won a districtwide naming contest and received the honor of knowing Eagle Plaza received its name as a result of their ingenuity.

“This is one of the best moments I have ever had in my life, naming a park,” Helton said.

Vasilkovskii agreed.

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