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Published February 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Showing personal appreciation, Mayor Michael Fournier proclaimed January as School Board Appreciation Month during the Royal Oak City Commission’s Jan. 23 meeting.

Fournier said not only is it an honor to acknowledge the board as part of his mayoral duties, but the observance is personally important to him, as his wife is a teacher and he has one child in the Royal Oak school district and two who will be students.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City officials voted last week in favor of moving forward with design plans for a $100 million Royal Oak city center development that will include a stand-alone City Hall.

The unanimous decision to move forward with design plans no longer showing City Hall as a condominium occupying two floors within a mixed-use office building was reached during the commission’s Jan. 23 meeting.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously extended an exclusivity agreement Jan. 23 to develop city-owned property on South Main Street.

The commission voted to grant a third extension to Burton-Katzman LLC for an additional 120 days, and listened to changes from an original concept for the city-owned properties located at 600 and 700 S. Main St.

“Due to increased interest from office tenants and a hotel tenant, they have decided to change the footprint of the project,” said Todd Fenton, Royal Oak economic development manager.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Looking for a way to connect with the city while on the go? Is your face always in your phone?

The city has you covered with its new app, available now for iPhone and Android.

“It is basically another way of looking at our website,” said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids.

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Published January 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In 1959, Art Van Elslander opened his first store on Gratiot in Detroit. In February, he expects to close on a deal to sell Art Van Furniture to a private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In a media release dated Jan. 25, Van Elslander said the time was right. 

Headquartered in Warren, Art Van operates more than 100 stores across five states and has been named among the top independent and overall furniture retailers in the United States. The business model includes a franchising program and boasts 3,500 employees.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 24, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Shawn Lewis-Lakin received a calling this summer that is moving him toward a new life path.

Lewis-Lakin, 57, announced last week that he will retire from his position of superintendent of Royal Oak Schools effective June 30 to begin a new role serving as the senior associate pastor at Birmingham First United Methodist Church effective July 1.

Lewis-Lakin said that since August, he has been engaged in a process focused on returning to full-time service in the church.

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Published January 24, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A group of residents are hoping that their appeal to the City Commission will scale back a proposed apartment building in their neighborhood.

Earlier this month, the Harrison II received the green light from the city’s Planning Commission and is expected to go before the City Commission in February.

The group remains hopeful that the City Commission will deny or change the density of the project, despite a similar appeal failing to generate enough Planning Commission votes during its Jan. 10 meeting.

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Published January 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police Department is giving high praise to one of its own after a woman was pulled from a burning car following a vehicle crash.

Sgt. Karly Wingart pulled a 36-year-old Royal Oak resident from the Ford Fusion the resident was a passenger in shortly after midnight on Sunday, Jan. 15. The car hit a stopped Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus, and the engine compartment burst into flames, police said.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission is seeking input on design aspects of a $100 million Royal Oak city center development by the end of the month so that planning can continue on the proposed project.

Input is needed before the commission’s next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 inside Royal Oak City Hall, 211 S. Williams St.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Residents have less than a month to provide final input on the city’s parks and recreation master plan.

City officials said that over the last several months, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Recreation Department, the Public Services Department and the City Manager’s Office have worked to complete a five-year parks and recreation master plan with an increased focus on public input.

City officials said that resident interest and input in the plan has been strong, surpassing that of previous plans.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A 26-year-old Fraser man was arrested and charged last week with several crimes, including stealing from cars in Royal Oak.

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Published January 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Last year’s mild winter meant that mosquitoes stuck around longer and had more opportunities to spread heartworm in dogs and cats. The parasite is damaging and even deadly if left untreated, and an infected pet may not show symptoms for months. That’s why experts recommend having your pet checked out at a vet this winter, and why every pet should also be on heartworm preventative to avoid infection in the first place.

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Published January 18, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The Oakland County economy is in good shape, but it’s just not growing as fast as we would all like.

That was the major takeaway from the annual Economic Forecast hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Jan. 12 at The Reserve in Birmingham. The first chamber event of 2017 brought together members, finance figures and municipal leaders to hear what experts predict for the region’s economy over the next 12 months.

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Published January 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When Spencer Barrer makes the jaunt to the 2017 North American International Auto Show this month, the experience will have much more meaning than thousands of others gathering in Detroit.

“I know it will be an event to remember,” he said.

The Royal Oak High School sophomore will have his poster on display at the annual auto show after taking first place in the 10th-grade category in the 29th annual NAIAS poster contest.

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Why hire a marketing agency to create an anti-drug film when you can tap into the enormous pool of talent and creativity that’s waiting in our schools?

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming up with national and local agencies to launch a film contest that gives students the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of opioid misuse.

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Published January 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — After attending a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Walled Lake last year, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin made a vow to himself that he would not let another year pass without the community having an appropriate event to recognize the holiday.

With the help of other like-minded people, and planning that began in June, the superintendent’s vision was put into reality.

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Published January 10, 2017

CLAWSON — Steven and Starr Champine chose one of the coldest days of the year to put up their Christmas lights.

“It’s become a tradition,” Steven said, adding that each year, they wait for the cold and light a bonfire before climbing up the ladder.

The couple’s cold and hard work paid off as their home was one of five chosen for the 2016 Holiday Decoration Beautification Awards.

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Published January 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Police said that a 17-year-old Madison Heights man had his day in court Friday after leading officers on a multi-city chase while driving a stolen car.

Destin La-Roy Hollis was arraigned in 44th District Court the morning of Jan. 6 and charged with one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile and one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding police. Both felony charges carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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Published January 9, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Vietnam Veteran Curtis Burton rushed to Memorial Park the morning of Jan. 5 to have his photograph taken with the “Embracing Peace” statue before it departed for warmer quarters.

“I just had to come see it,” he said. “It was on my to-do list for the last six months, but every time I came by here, I was on the other side of the street.”

Burton said he even attended the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise and saw it from the road, but he wanted a photo up close before it left.

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