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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A consulting firm hired to determine what types of businesses to attract and how to attract them to the downtown and greater area presented its findings to city officials last month, identifying what an ideal blueprint may or may not look like.

The Retail Coach — which combines recruitment of retailers and developers into development plans, studies and strategies — presented its findings up to the present during a joint special meeting held Aug. 24 with the City Commission and the Downtown Development Authority.

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Published September 9, 2015

CLAWSON — Teachers Christina Stachel and Caroline Cwiek spent their first day of school yesterday back in the buildings where they once walked the halls.

Both educators were hired by the district this summer and both women are former Clawson High School graduates.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to be back in my district, where I was impacted to be a teacher,” Cwiek said. “And I love being back in my old community.”

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Published September 9, 2015

ROYAL OAK — As incoming freshman head back to class this week, they won’t be the only ones new to the hallways of Royal Oak High School.

Michael Giromini took over as the new principal of Royal Oak High School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring during its Sept. 1 special meeting.

“I’m humbled and honored just to accept this opportunity and be back in a great district with a great school and a great staff, and I know I’m joining a great community,” he said.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

Significantly more than a quarter of a million people came to downtown Royal Oak throughout Labor Day weekend for the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Event Producer Jon Witz estimated total attendance at 385,000 people — with the most attendance on Saturday with 135,000 filling downtown Royal Oak — despite temperatures hovering at or near 90 degrees and high humidity during the four-day event. Monday saw the lowest attendance with 65,000 people.

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Published September 4, 2015

The 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats opened Friday morning, kicking off four days of food, music, art and fun throughout downtown Royal Oak.

Gary and Sandie Vanek visited the event shortly after 11 a.m. and took full advantage of the free parking and free admission Friday until 5 p.m.

“I’ve been a lifelong resident of the city of Royal Oak, and we’ve been coming every year,” Gary Vanek said.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

CLAWSON — Never underestimate parental drive once the power of a giving community fuels their vision.

This is just one of the lessons learned after following the history behind the Clawson Skate Park committee — officially known as the North Woodward Community Foundation — a nonprofit organization formed in 2012 with the dream of having a place for kids to skate.

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will come to downtown Royal Oak during Labor Day weekend for the fifth year with more than a quarter million visitors and a sensory bonanza.

Along with emerging and seasoned artists, this year’s event will include myriad dining options and the festival’s largest dollar amount to date spent on live entertainment.

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Austen Brantley began sculpting in high school, he had found the space where he belonged.

Brantley, 19, attended Norup International School and is a 2013 graduate of Berkley High School. He now works, lives and displays his art in Royal Oak.

His sculptures bare the soul of someone with a seemingly longer life, as he draws inspiration from Renaissance and classical sculptors and African art.

Brantley said that since graduating high school, he has worked at his craft and has asked other artists for critiques to make him better.

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Published August 31, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Police are looking for the person responsible for robbing a Walgreens at 3:40 p.m. Aug. 21 while implying to the store manager that he had a gun.

“The case is still under investigation,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.   He said no one was injured in the incident.

Police responded to the Walgreens, located at 30852 Woodward Ave., after receiving a phone call that a man came into the store, walked up to a display and started putting merchandise into a black trash bag.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A lot of conclusions come with the first unofficial day of fall.

On Sept. 8, Arts, Beats & Eats is over, Labor Day weekend is over and summer vacation is just a memory for school-age children.

But this year, the date also marks the beginning of a three-week road closure for one of the city’s heavily traveled arteries.

From Sept. 8 through Oct. 2, Main Street will be closed just south of the downtown district as Canadian National Railroad makes repairs to its railroad crossing.

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Published August 26, 2015

CLAWSON — City leaders soon will discuss new, proposed laws written to protect city parks from destruction or defacement.

City attorney Jon Kingsepp announced during the City Council’s Aug. 18 meeting that he is working with a team to develop proposed park ordinances that would attach stiff penalties for those who destroy city property.

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Published August 26, 2015

CLAWSON — The back-to-school lists, from required items to wish-list wants, often mean a lot of added expense for parents.

With a full understanding of the financial commitment and a desire for all kids in the community to start the school year with zero worries, the Clawson Police Department is holding its annual Back Pack Drive Fundraiser.

Accepted items include paper, binders, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and any other school-related item.

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Published August 21, 2015

“Pedal Pubs” recently received a green light from Gov. Rick Snyder in the state of Michigan, and it’s no surprise that requests already are coming in to operate the quadricycle bars in downtown Royal Oak.

The concept is the same as a limousine, but with a commercial-sized quadricycle instead of a car. Occupants could drink while a sober operator controlled the bike.

But Royal Oak won’t be seeing the moving watering holes anytime soon.

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Published August 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — In a matter of minutes, anyone can jump into action and help save someone’s life.

That was the message public safety and health providers were spreading noon-6 p.m. Aug. 15 at Royal Oak Fire Station No. 2 during the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

At the epicenter of the big cruise at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Fire Lt. Dan Phillips introduced the first sidewalk CPR instructional event in partnership with Beaumont Hospital.

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Published August 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Tucked away in the city of Royal Oak charter are references that the city manager must be a man.

Although that seems like more of a strange but true tale harkening back to the olden days, changing the language to gender-neutral terms requires a favorable public vote.

On Nov. 3, residents will be asked to approve this charter amendment along with four other changes that the Royal Oak Charter Review Committee deemed necessary.

The other changes include:

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