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Published December 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Jim Ellison pounded his last gavel in Royal Oak City Hall last week before he was sent off with Hawaiian flair and parting comments during his final mayoral meeting.

Fellow commissioners donned Hawaiian-style shirts Dec. 12 during a special meeting where Ellison officially resigned as mayor of the city in which he was born and raised to prepare for his new role as 26th District state representative in the new year.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — A new year means new plans, and Clawson residents need to act fast for their input to count when it comes to development in their community.

Clawson residents are invited to voice their opinions by the end of the week on the growth of the community through a short online survey for the city’s master plan. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Clawson MasterPlan. A link to the survey is provided on the city’s website.

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Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs says one of the reasons generations of families remain in the community is because the city allows residents to age in place.

“It is a phenomenon in Clawson that people who live here stay here,” she said, adding that when kids go away to college or move early in life, the majority of the time, they return. “So, neighbors do know neighbors in Clawson, and truly we are a community for a lifetime.”

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Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON — Students from Michelle Haight’s sixth-grade class spent the morning Dec. 6 in the Clawson Middle School cafeteria preparing hundreds of sandwiches as part of global hunger day in the building.

“We’re focusing on global hunger awareness, and we are making a local difference with Capachin (Soup) Kitchen in Detroit,” Haight said.

The children quickly and efficiently made 300 ham and cheese sandwiches and were pleased about what they were doing.

“We get to help the homeless,” said student Malik Lester.

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Published December 13, 2016

CLAWSON — The city’s Police Department will join an Oakland County crash consortium following unanimous approval from the City Council last week.

Police Chief Harry Anderson said that being a part of the South Oakland County Crash Investigation Team will benefit the department in many ways, including joint training and additional support during emergencies.

Other member communities include Troy, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield and Birmingham.

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Published December 12, 2016

The mother of the victim in a hit-and-run spoke to media in hopes that someone with information about her son’s death will come forward

Michael Proxmire, 49, was fatally hit by a vehicle between 10:30 and 11:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, near the intersection of eastbound 10 Mile Road and Huron Avenue. Police said the Madison Heights man was found lying in the roadway by a passer-by, who then called the police. Proxmire was pronounced dead at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

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Published December 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Snow emergencies, no school and plenty of shoveling defined the first snow event of the 2016-17 season.

According to the National Weather Service, the official measured snowfall total for the city of Royal Oak was 9.5 inches. Other areas such as Ann Arbor and Mount Clemens were reported as having received more than 11 inches of snow.

Oakland County was under a winter storm warning Dec. 11, ending at 4 a.m. Dec. 12. The storm brought with it snowfall that was consistent and heavy at times.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
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Published December 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The attorney for a Royal Oak resident accused of being intoxicated while crashing into a car, subsequently killing a 10-year-old Eastpointe girl, asked for more time in court Friday to prepare for her client’s defense.

Defense attorney Marie Garian appeared before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Dec. 2 asking to postpone her client’s probable cause hearing while she awaits documents and photos from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Published December 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The latest development in a proposed $100 million civic center project has elected officials considering a new design for City Hall and departing from a public-private partnership.

During the Nov. 28 City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved diverting previously approved design dollars to create plans for a stand-alone structure.

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Published November 30, 2016

Fire officials are investigating what caused a home to erupt into flames Wednesday morning on a quiet residential street.

No one was injured at the scene and no one lived in the house at 705 Whitcomb Ave.

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Published November 30, 2016

ROYAL OAK — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas inside the city’s historical museum.

The trees are trimmed in decor from decades past, and the display cabinets are filled with trips to yesteryear during the holidays.

Every carefully placed item is a part of the Royal Oak Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Christmas Shopping Through the Years.”

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Published November 30, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said the district is united in moving forward following two highly discussed and publicized incidents at Royal Oak Middle School in November.

“Moving forward, our first commitment is to move forward together,” Lewis-Lakin said. “I’ve called on people, I’ve stated in the board meeting, that blame, finger-pointing, that’s got to end. Our focus has got to be moving forward together.

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Published November 30, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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Published November 28, 2016

DEARBORN — Health professionals gathered Nov. 22 inside Beaumont Children's Center for Exceptional Families to discuss the 31st annual Trouble in Toyland safety survey, which this year focuses on online sales.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund conducts an annual survey of toy safety, which reportedly has led to more than 150 recalls and other regulatory actions during the past 30 years. Beaumont partnered with the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan to educate Michigan consumers about potential dangers.

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Published November 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A group of students were recognized last week for their dedication to their schools and communities.

“They care where they grew up, and they care about their communities,” said Optimist Club member Ilene Harmon. “You don’t always see that in a high school student.”

Students from Shrine, Royal Oak and Berkley high schools were honored by the Royal Oak Optimist Club Nov. 16 during the organization’s 2016 Youth Appreciation Awards Breakfast at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in Royal Oak.

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Published November 23, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — It’s no secret that people in Clawson love the holidays.

From holiday craft shows to special luncheons to lighting up the community Christmas tree, the spirit is ongoing throughout the season.

“The spirit of the holiday is alive and well in Clawson,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “Kids and adults alike enjoy meeting Santa, and it is the beginning of the holiday season promoting caring, sharing and big hearts.”

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Published November 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Plans barely moved forward last week to build a $15.5 million, seven-story parking structure on the Second Street parking lot across from the post office.

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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