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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — About 140 people filled the Churchill Community Education Center auditorium May 24 to learn more about the proposed $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development.

Factors affecting the project were discussed, including the hows and the whys from the city’s perspective regarding the project, which would build a new police headquarters and City Hall.

The existing City Hall was built in 1952 for $473,061, which City Manager Don Johnson said would cost about $4.3 million today.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Visiting Engraving Specialist in the business’s  modified Washington Street house was like walking into an era when customer service included a long conversation about how the family was doing.

This level of kinship has come to a close, as partners Dick Lang and Kent Randall have decided to retire after more than four decades of helping clients with myriad engraving needs.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Paying for parking downtown may become more appealing following the City Commission’s approval to move forward with the Meters Made Beautiful program suggested by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats producer Jon Witz May 23 to collaborate with the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts for a parking meter painting program and contest in time for the annual Labor Day festival.

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Published May 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Barbecues, beach trips and gardening are coveted activities enjoyed by residents when the mercury finally begins to rise; but unfortunately, police warn that the high temperatures also mean the return of warm-weather rips-offs.

“Every summer, we have different scams that people pull,” said Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens. “You will have groups that go around and they will want to seal your driveway, for example, or say that you have a tree that is dangerous and needs to be trimmed.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Fifth-grade teacher Robert Wax has an interesting perspective on life.

“You know how when you are little, how kids are asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” he said. “I never had one answer to that.”

The Northwood Elementary School teacher has personified his life philosophy that you don’t have to pick just one thing.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said last week the city is a safe place to live, as evidenced by historical crime data and a dedicated police force.

“We’ve had steady drops in crime for really two decades,” O’Donohue said. “And this year we had a 5 percent increase in Part A crimes.”

O’Donohue said many reported crimes in the city are still decreasing despite seeing an increase in a couple of categories — significantly frauds.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — When Randall Porterfield began building a nearly 11-foot replica of the Titanic four years ago in the privacy of his bedroom, he knew something special was happening.

“Practice makes perfect, but I believe I have a gift,” he said.

The Detroit resident’s inspiration to try such a project was born from his tenacity and belief that he could accomplish anything.

The process began with studying hundreds of photos, books and movies to design the ship to be as historically accurate as possible.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON  —
The public is invited to gather and show respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in downtown Royal Oak. The route will travel from South Main Street and Harrison, head 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 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Although the weather may not have necessarily felt like spring during weekends past, that will all change Sunday when the city of Clawson welcomes the Farmers Market 2016 Flower Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce and the Clawson Farmers Market, will bring picked, potted and perfectly propped plants and flowers to City Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — The city’s new prosecution team has been busy during its honeymoon phase, revising many municipal ordinances with the goal of easier local enforcement.

Clawson City Council members unanimously adopted the group of ordinance revisions during their May 3 meeting.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Excitement is bubbling over for the 11th annual Claws & Paws event happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

The 2016 event, brought to the public by Guardians For Animals and the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate everything and anything pet- and owner-related and will include all of the excitement attendees have come to expect in the past, along with some interesting additions.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 16, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission were expected to approve Monday night a location change for an upcoming town hall meeting regarding the proposed $100 million Central Park development.

Commissioners were expected to meet after the Review’s press time and change the venue for a May 24 special meeting from Royal Oak Middle School to the Churchill Community Education Center, located at 707 Girard Ave. The change would be due to a scheduling conflict with the school site.

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Published May 11, 2016

CLAWSON — It is no surprise that historical museum curator Melodie Nichols loves fashion. She is often seen about town mixing her love for vintage apparel with current appeal.

During a signature fundraising event for the Clawson Historical Society, Nichols will bring her classic flair to the community and combine it with the widespread love for that certain PBS TV show that takes place in the 1920s.

The society will host a “Downton Abbey” themed fashion show and tea at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in the Clawson City Hall community room, 425 N. Main St.

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Published May 11, 2016

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CLAWSON — The Clawson Downtown Development Authority seeks citizen input on what they find to be the most meaningful places and spaces in town.

Input will be gathered in the form of an online survey where participants may snap photos of specific buildings or spaces with their smartphones or log on to the website from a tablet or PC to comment on what specifically makes Clawson unique.

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Published May 11, 2016

CLAWSON — Before rushing off to work last week, Myra Hurd took the time to pray.

“We’re lifting up each other,” she said. “Not only for myself, but for everything. For the nation, for people, for the world and our loved ones.”

Hurd came to America from the Philippines and found belonging in a new country through prayer and fellowship at Grace Apostolic Church in Clawson.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — They’re furry, they’re friendly and they may just be the next member of your family.

The spring 2016 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place 1-7 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Detroit Zoo, located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Organizers said the event has placed more than 22,000 homeless animals into homes since 1993.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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