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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Memorial Park is going to the dogs this weekend during the 2015 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The family-friendly event celebrating everything furry and Fido will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 inside the park, which is located at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

“It’s all dogs, all day, so if you love dogs, then come on out,” said Jennifer Clark, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce director of events and communications.

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Published September 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.

The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City Park, which is located off of Elmwood Avenue between Main Street and Crooks Road.

“It’s been going on as long as I’ve been here,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A Woodward Avenue Thai restaurant is closed after a medical emergency caused a driver to smash into the side of the building, police said.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said that at about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24, a 32-year-old Livonia man had a diabetic reaction, left the roadway and crashed into Siam Spicy, located on the east side of Woodward Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road.

Clemens said the man was transported to Beaumont Hospital and was in stable condition.

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Published September 23, 2015

CLAWSON — Elected officials expect to approve a new fire code next month after going back and forth on proposed changes since July.

“We’ll get it eventually,” said City Councilman Gregory Kucera.

Council was asked to adopt the 2012 International Fire Code, presented by Fire Chief Richard Dylewski, during its July 7 meeting, but questions arose about changes requiring businesses to purchase and install lockbox systems and rules governing residential fire pits.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Paying for downtown parking will become more varied as city officials voted last week to remove hundreds of coin-operated machines in favor of pay stations in the farmers market and Sixth and Main parking lots.

Unlike pay stations in other communities, such as Ferndale, that use a pay-by-parking-space method, Royal Oak will be using a pay-by-license-plate method and smartphone apps.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners were expected to approve on Monday a newly created ordinance governing the use of quadricycles in the downtown area.

The issue was expected to be adopted after the Review’s press time the night of Sept. 21. The ordinance was expected to go into effect the first week of October.

The first reading of the multi-passenger, commercial bike ordinance passed Sept. 14, though commissioners asked for some tweaks before taking a final vote for adoption at a subsequent meeting.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Fire Department will receive more than $60,000 in federal grant money to help equip city homes with smoke detectors.

Fire Chief Chuck Thomas said the money will go toward purchasing 2,000 smoke detectors for senior citizens and low-income residents with children.

“We were happy because it is money that we don’t have in the city,” he said. “And any money that we can get helps out.”

Thomas said the department will begin implementing a program to identify those eligible.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak City Commission will hear next week from a select group of developers who will pitch their residential housing plans for a voter-approved 10-acre parcel at the site of the proposed Normandy Oaks Park.

Three teams were selected by the Normandy Oaks Task Force to appear before the commission during its Sept. 21 regular meeting. They have well-known names in the industry — Pulte Land Company, Robertson Brothers Homes and Burton-Katzman.

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Published September 16, 2015

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”

The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” — is the latest creation of the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, a group originated and run entirely by children.

“It’s a very funny movie, but it has adult humor in it,” said actor and theater co-founding member Max Siwek, 12.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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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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