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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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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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