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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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Published August 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Historical facts and stories tell the tales of the past, but a different look into the city’s history will be explored this weekend during a paranormal tour of the former Northwood Fire Station.

“We were contacted by the firehouse some time ago to investigate,” said Brian Danhausen, event co-organizer and founder and lead investigator of Into The AfterLife Paranormal. “We went in — as with every case — expecting nothing, but each time walking out with evidence and personal experiences.”

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 16, 2015

Jeff Campion had a decent Nova in high school.

But now, Campion has a 1970 Chevy Nova with a stroker 388, which is basically a 350 Chevy engine with oversized pistons. It packs about 505 horsepower and he polishes it pretty much nonstop.

“It’s quite loud. If I were to start it, you would hear it,” he said while showing the car at the 2015 Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. “But it’s a fun little ride.”

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission expressed dismay with DTE Energy’s tree-trimming management last week, citing the company’s promises at a commission meeting months ago that recently seemed to have been ignored.

“I think we’re just all coming to terms with the fact that we’ve wasted an amazing amount of time listening to representatives from DTE explain away and make excuses for their actions in this and other regards,” said Commissioner Michael Fournier.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — From an early age, Grace Novak possessed a giving spirit.

“Grace has always had such a kind heart,” said mother Christine Novak. “She is a sensitive soul and has always reached out to others in need. 

“Whether it is towards my handicapped father, or a lost dog, she will always lend a helping hand. She roots for the underdog — no pun intended — and if it’s an actual dog, all the more.”

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