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Published November 16, 2016

Making a trek across a nation to fulfill a dream steeped in greater purpose is something former Royal Oak resident Amy Smeed has in common with Disney’s newest princess, Moana.

“Moana” opens in theaters Nov. 23, and with the use of computer-generated animation tells the story of an adventurous Polynesian princess who sails out on a daring mission to save her people despite her father’s wishes that she stay and lead.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — There is only one place to kick off the holiday season, and that is right downtown for the 15th annual Holiday Magic Parade.

The popular event, presented by Genisys Credit Union, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The parade will begin at Lincoln and Washington avenues and head north on Washington Avenue to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette Avenue.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters said “yes” at the polls last week for two local proposals.

The public safety-minded Proposal A passed overwhelmingly with 79 percent of the vote, according to unofficial Oakland County election results. The proposal received 25,326 “yes” votes and 6,680 “no” votes.

The approval amends the city charter to allow for a police, fire and emergency medical service millage renewal of up to 3.975 mills for a period not to exceed five years beginning Dec. 1, 2017.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Since before he was mayor, Jim Ellison developed an annual ritual on Election Day that takes place long before the sun comes up.

Ellison leaves the warmth of his home and makes the short trip to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties building near Campbell Road and Lincoln Avenue to make sure he is the first person in line to vote. He races to be first in line, perpetuating a friendly rivalry with his fellow Precinct 2 voters.

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Published November 14, 2016

CLAWSON — “Fun, fearless and friendly” is the mantra of the Acting Out Kids Community Theater group, and this fall has been no different as it prepares for many new offerings and a reprise of its popular dinner theater.

The group — led by Mark, Nicole, Madison and Max Siwak — is bringing back its dinner theater this weekend with “You Might Have Talent,” a spoof of the reality TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

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Published November 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin released a statement in response to an incident that went viral via Facebook video of a small group of Royal Oak Middle School students chanting, “Build the wall,” the day after Donald Trump was elected president.

The mantra became popular during the Trump campaign regarding his plans on immigration to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 9, 2016

Voters said “yes” at the polls today for two local proposals and a new role for the city’s longtime mayor.

The public-safety minded Proposal A passed overwhelmingly with 79 percent of the vote, according to unofficial Oakland County election results.

The approval amends the city charter to allow for a police, fire and emergency medical service millage renewal of up to 3.975 mills for a period not to exceed five years beginning Dec. 1, 2017.

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Published November 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Crushing comfort zones and valuing global exchanges were the themes for a group of 40 students living an educational experience.

Twenty foreign exchange students arrived in Royal Oak Oct. 18 to begin their U.S. experience with 20 Royal Oak High School German-language students as part of the Royal Oak Schools’ German American Partnership Program.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLAWSON — The largest fundraising event for the Clawson Senior Center is ready to offer the public a chance to do a little shopping while adding some whimsy to the weekend.

The Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.

“The money is put in the account that pays for special entertainment and speakers throughout the year,” said Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts. “It is also used for special projects.”

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Published November 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK —   The darkest day for Christie Siegel provided a shining light when the mother of two was recognized last month as the 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Through the Jordan & Ashley Siegel Scholarship Fund, with facilitation through Royal Oak Youth Assistance, Christie Siegel has raised more than $50,000 for children and families in need of assistance.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLAWSON — Police say it could be weeks before blood tests reveal the exact cause of a serious car crash last week that hospitalized a mother and her 9-year-old son.

“The case remains under investigation,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello, adding that they were not releasing the names of those involved or further details at this time.

Sarvello said late last week that speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor, but the use of prescription medications by the driver is being investigated.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 8, 2016

PONTIAC — The number of licensed foster care homes in Michigan dropped by 349 from this time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately, the need for safe, loving spaces for children continues to grow.

For those thinking about filling that need, Oakland Family Services will host an informational program Nov. 17 to share the ins and outs of foster care with prospective parents.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission voted unanimously last week in favor of approving a three-month extension with a team interested in developing city-owned property on the south side of downtown.

Commissioners gave their collective nod to Burton-Katzman LLC on Oct. 24, allowing an extension of an exclusivity agreement that the firm has with the city to construct a mixed-use development on the parking lots at 600 and 700 South Main St.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A former Michigan State Trooper and current Royal Oak resident recently was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $170,000 in vehicle inspection fees.

Seth Swanson, 31, was arraigned Oct. 26 before 45-B District Court Chief Judge Michelle Appel in Oak Park on one felony count of embezzlement by a public official over $50, and one felony count of uttering and publishing.

Swanson entered a not guilty plea and was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond with the condition that he surrender his concealed pistol license and passport.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is well-known for its dining options, and Restaurant Week historically has been a big hit, but adding a charitable cause to the recipe has organizers sure that this fall’s event will reach a new level of success.

The Royal Oak Restaurant Association will present “Royal Oak Restaurant Week: Giving Back” Nov. 4-13 at more than 25 participating downtown dining establishments.

Participating restaurants will offer preset three-course lunch and dinner menus at the $15, $25 or $35 price point per person.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners voted unanimously last week to move forward with engineering and development plans for a potential $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development in place of the current City Hall.

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Published October 31, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother known for allegedly drop-kicking a birthday cake in Kroger received her sentence in 44th District Court Oct. 31 for a prior incident in which she allegedly slapped an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Review’s coverage area Nov. 8, voters will decide the general election candidates for county, state and federal races and whether a millage renewal, millage reinstatement and Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan assessment should be adopted. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.Read More