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Published May 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s not every day that fans can rub elbows with some of their favorite comic book creators, artists, and film and TV icons, but then again, Motor City Comic Con is not an everyday event.

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Published May 8, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Mother’s Day in the city means tradition and flowers — a lot of flowers.

This year will not vary when the 24th annual Royal Oak in Bloom fills the Williams Street parking lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in front of City Hall.

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — An even bigger rib festival is returning to the downtown this summer following majority City Commission approval to once again support the event.

Members of the City Commission approved 6-1 a request to host Royal Oak Rib Fest June 30-July 2 in the two Main Street municipal parking lots and adjacent areas between Fifth and Seventh streets.

The festival would take place from 1 to 11 p.m. June 30,  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 and from noon to 9:30 p.m. July 2, with street closures beginning  at 8 a.m. June 29 to set up the event.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A suspected third-time drunken driver was arrested early April 21 after allegedly leading police on a low-speed chase through multiple communities.

Farmington Hills resident Satira Marie Kitchen, 50, was arraigned in 44th District Court April 21 and charged with operating while intoxicated-third offense, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, open alcohol in a motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. She was given a $10,000 bond.

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Published May 3, 2017

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Mail carriers throughout the area are hoping that they will collect much more than they deliver next weekend.

Saturday, May 13, is the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive day, when people can leave nonperishable food items near their mailboxes for pickup.

The drive takes place annually the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the United States, and the initiative is led by the National Association of Letter Carriers with the help of other postal employees and volunteers.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Smiling at times, resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, walked through Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom last week before sitting down next to his attorney for a hearing at the 44th District Court.

Singh was set to appear for his preliminary examination April 28, but the proceeding was continued because the original prosecutor on the case was unable to attend. At the judge’s request, another attorney appeared from the prosecution’s team.

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Published May 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Gail Boledovich took her own life May 1, 2005, after battling schizophrenia.

Since that day, Royal Oak resident Julie Farhat and her siblings — Boledovich’s children — have been doing what they can to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

For Farhat and her siblings, that meant creating the charitable organization Mind Over Matter — or MOM, as many refer to it — along with an annual fundraising run.

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Published May 1, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County has rebounded to “cruising altitude” since the 2009 recession low point, according to University of Michigan economists.

“The big story is that it continues to improve in the eighth year of recovery,” said economist Gabriel Ehrlich. He said Oakland County has outstripped the nation and the state in job growth since 2009.

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Published May 1, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If walls could talk, the ones that hold up some of Oakland County’s most historic homes would no doubt have some great stories to tell.

But since walls can’t talk, Ron Campbell will have to do it for them. That’s what he’ll do at the next Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society mini-lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

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Published April 28, 2017

WARREN — Kenia Gilmore had the weight of her family’s world on her shoulders after she discovered a lump in her breast and was faced with a stage 2 cancer diagnosis last April.

In the months that followed, the Warren mother of two’s life was thrown into chaos by a battery of tests, surgery to remove her breasts, chemotherapy and eventually, reconstruction. She took medical leave from her job as a home health care worker last May and was permanently let go by her employer in September.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — With a round of applause and a unanimous vote, Mary Beth Fitzpatrick officially was approved as the next Royal Oak Schools superintendent during the April 13 Board of Education meeting.

Board members approved a three-year annually renewable contract with a base salary of $165,000, increasing 2 percent per year. The contract, including other benefits, is effective July 1.

The contract was negotiated by the Staff Relations Committee, which consists of three school board members.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Get ready to be dazzled with spins, jumps and plenty of sequins this weekend at the community ice rink.

“Extra! Extra! Skate All About It!” will hit the ice April 29 and 30 at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

This year marks the 38th annual performance of the City of Royal Oak Ice Show, and performances will feature numbers representing various sections of a newspaper, including headlines, sports, weather and entertainment.

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Published April 26, 2017

Royal Oak — The Royal Oak Schools 2016-17 Outstanding Teachers of the Year are elementary teacher Lynne Laurinec, middle school teacher Greg White and high school teacher Leah Doster-Barnett.

The Board of Education honored all three teachers last month.

“You represent the very best of what happens in our buildings each and every day,” Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin told the honorees during the meeting.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The planning has begun as officials prepare to celebrate upcoming momentous dates in the city’s history.

City Manager Don Johnson said he wants to draw attention to three significant events coming up for the city:

• The 100th anniversary of the Royal Oak Police Department, which will take place next year.

• The bicentennial of Lewis Cass naming the area Royal Oak, which will take place in 2019.

• The 100th anniversary of Royal Oak becoming a city, which will take place in 2021.

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Published April 24, 2017

NOVI — What began as a humble event with a community of like-minded folks has morphed into a star-studded happening that includes thousands who embrace a vegan lifestyle.

“Eighteen years ago, we had a small hall in Ferndale and 300 people showed up, and throughout the years, it’s just evolved, and now we’re anticipating 5,000 attendees,” said VegMichigan President Paul Krause. “It’s really become our premier event and one of the major one-day events at the facility.”

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Published April 21, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, honored 10 C & G Newspapers staffers with 14 awards at the annual awards ceremony April 19.

Staff Photographer Deb Jacques garnered four awards in Feature Photography — first place, “Penguin exhibit opens”; second place, “Summer fun”; third place, “Waste not”; and honorable mention, “Afghanistan veteran triple amputee honored.”

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Published April 19, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners last week unanimously supported extending an agreement with developers interested in creating a Royal Oak city center at a time when the project experienced some key changes.

The April 10 approval granted a fifth extension to the Central Park Development Group’s  preferred-developer exclusivity period, passed control of many of the civic campus structures to the city and left the development group solely in charge of its proposed seven-story office building.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLAWSON — Art in the city abounds following the recent installation of 10 pieces throughout the community, compliments of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside| Out program.

The installation took place April 12 at different key Clawson locations, including City Hall, the Blair Memorial Library, Evolve, Barb’s Pasties & Pizza, Phil Cavill’s Tire & Auto Service, Val’s Pet Supplies and in City Park for prominent display during the farmers market season.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLAWSON —  New cards were revealed last Monday as just one of a few debuts during National Library Week April 10-14 at the Blair Memorial Library.

The new full-sized and keychain cards feature a photo of the library on North Main Street, bringing a fresher look to its predecessor. The photo includes an outside look at the library and was taken by youth librarian Kristen Church.

“In honor of National Library Week, we thought we would just go ahead and launch them,” said Blair Memorial Library Director Jenni Gannod.

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