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Published January 4, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Plans for a voter-approved park at the shuttered Normandy Oaks Golf Course will move forward in the new year.

The plan to make progress was reinforced unanimously Dec. 19 when commissioners said that they will no longer delay designing and developing the park and will direct the city administration to begin the process to select a landscape architect for both the Normandy Oaks site and the proposed downtown civic center park.

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Published January 4, 2017

CLAWSON — A cooler summer is ahead inside the city’s historical museum following unanimous approval for a new climate control system.

City Council members voted unanimously Dec. 20 to supply an air-conditioning system for the Clawson Historical Museum at a cost not to exceed $44,950. The system was designed to retrofit homes that don’t have existing ductwork, like the museum, which has plaster walls and utilizes a 1949 hot water boiler for heat.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:

 

Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.

 

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Published December 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society finalized plans for a new, green parking lot to help accommodate the destination’s rising attendance.

The 215-space parking lot is located off Woodward Avenue near the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and zoo officials said it is the largest permeable pavement lot in Oakland County.

Officials said the parking lot utilizes a progressive, green design that incorporates permeable pavement, which reduces stormwater runoff and filters pollutants to improve water quality.

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Published December 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — Police arrested a 24-year-old Southfield man Dec. 20 after he was caught allegedly stealing packages from residents’ front porches in multiple communities.

The man was arraigned Dec. 21 in 45th District Court in Oak Park and charged with one count of larceny more than $200 but less than $1,000, and receiving and concealing stolen property less than $200. The suspect’s bond was set at $25,000 cash, no 10 percent, and he entered a plea of not guilty. An attorney was not yet assigned, as the charges are misdemeanors.

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Published December 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A familiar face will join the City Commission in January when former state Rep. Marie Donigan is sworn in as the commission’s newest member.

Donigan’s appointment was approved with a 5-1 vote during the Dec. 19 regular commission meeting. She will fill the commission vacancy created when Michael Fournier was appointed as mayor earlier this month following Jim Ellison’s resignation.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Presented with an oak gavel engraved with his name and “big shoes to fill,” Michael Fournier was named the city’s new mayor during a special Dec. 12 City Commission meeting.

Fournier, 37, was sworn into office by outgoing mayor Jim Ellison before taking the center seat in the commission chambers as leader of his first meeting.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The popularly attended drag queen bingo will have a new home next year after receiving plenty of support to move into the vacated Pronto! Corner Store at the corner of Washington Avenue and Sixth Street.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A man accused of calling in a bomb threat to a downtown yogurt shop was sentenced to prison time late last month.

Benjamin Tesner, 23, of Oak Park, was sentenced by Oakland County 6th Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. O’Brien on Nov. 21 to a prison term of 16 months to 20 years after he pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to one count of false report of terrorism.

According to court documents handwritten and signed by Tesner, he wrote, “I called in a false bomb threat to a yogurt shop in Royal Oak, Michigan.”

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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.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
Click here to submit your own recipe, and we'll add it to the list.

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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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