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Published September 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The community is invited to a special tribute for first responders locally and across the country in observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Royal Oak Memorial Society is hosting A Day to Remember at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the Royal Oak Public Library entrance.

Event organizer Carol Hennessey said the gathering was designed as a remembrance and show of appreciation for all those who protect and respond in times of terror and during everyday life.

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Published September 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police are looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for breaking into homes on the city’s south end between 3 p.m. Aug. 23 and 6:45 p.m. Aug. 28.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said they believe all cases may be related.

“There were four roughly around the same day and time frame with similar characteristics,” he said. “But we are not 100 percent that they are connected, but they could be the same suspect and we’re investigating those cases now.”

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Published September 2, 2016

Blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s set the backdrop during the opening of the the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

A line of people waited for the gates to open 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and it didn’t take long before Washington Avenue and adjacent side streets filled with people ready to peruse the food, drinks, bands, artwork and vendors lining the roadways.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is inviting community members to a special forum this fall focused on the continuation of creating a bicycle-friendly city.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m Oct. 3 at a to-be-determined location and will focus on the city’s ongoing efforts to create a year-round walkable and bikeable city, with the main focus on cycling.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Art will be imitating life in November when Sharlan Douglas goes behind the scenes as director of “The Best Man,” one of the plays taking Main Stage during Stagecrafters’ 2016-17 season.

Of why she chose the drama, Douglas said, “The quality of the script, it is really well-crafted, very well-written, lots of good tension in the scenes, and certainly the marketability of it doing it in an election season.”

The play takes place during a hypothetical 1960s Democratic National Convention.

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Published August 31, 2016

WATERFORD — If one of your favorite summertime activities is garage saling, you’re in luck.

The Oakland County Market — which typically hosts local farmers, crafters and food artisans Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — will open up Sunday, Sept. 11, for a community garage sale inside the market stalls.

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Published August 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Labor Day weekend is upon us and that means one thing for the community — the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will fill the downtown with music, plenty of food and artistic creations.

Key players in this year’s event gathered Aug. 9 to reveal specifics about the festival taking place Sept. 2-5 in downtown Royal Oak.

The musical headliners coming to the city this weekend were announced, and they represented an eclectic mix of genres.

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Published August 29, 2016

City officials expect North Main Street to reopen early this week after a large sinkhole shut down the roadway just north of 12 Mile Road.

“We’re hoping that we can get it completed today,” said Royal Oak Department of Public Works Director Greg Rassel on Monday, Aug. 29. “Because of the size of the job, we needed to bring our contractor in with larger equipment than what we have to complete the repair.”

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Published August 24, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors voted 6-0 last week to extend construction plans for a proposed $48 million North Main Street development anchored by a Hyatt Place Hotel after key players said they needed more time to begin construction.

Representatives from 400 Main LLC appeared before the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority Aug. 17 and asked for a one-year extension on a reimbursement agreement that the development team has with the authority.

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Published August 22, 2016

CLAWSON — Clawson Police Lt. Scott Sarvello spent his Sunday at the weekly farmers market doing his part to make sure the children in the community put their best feet forward this fall.

Sarvello, along with Sgt. Kellie Bauss, family and friends, manned a tent to collect school supplies as part of the annual Clawson Police Department Backpack Drive fundraiser.

This is the seventh year Sarvello has spearheaded the back-to-school supplies drive to benefit Clawson Public Schools.

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Published August 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Dan and Denise Hollenkamp celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss Saturday like any other couple might do — renewing their vows — but in the front seat of their classic car on Woodward Avenue.

The couple drove their 1968 Mercury Monterey convertible — better know as Big Red — through the Hagerty drive-through marriage vow renewal event, Veils, Vettes & Vow Renewals.

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Published August 20, 2016

Memories and meaning filled the Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday as millions of car enthusiasts filled the thoroughfare to share their passion for the classics.

“It’s Woodward,” said 1965 Ford Mustang owner Steve Colegrove. “It’s better than Christmas.”

Colegrove drove his poppy red car, revving the engine down Woodward Avenue.

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Published August 18, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother found herself in court again Thursday after allegedly slapping an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream last year when she learned the shop was out of Mackinac Island fudge.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, stood mute during her arraignment before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke the morning of Aug. 18 as she was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLAWSON — U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Glenn Kramer loved his wife.

“My buddies would say they took more heat from their wives because they couldn’t have a relationship like ours,” Kramer said. “We were together for 37 years, and I loved her deeply.

“She was more than my wife; she was my friend and somebody I looked forward to seeing every day.”

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Published August 17, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Classic cruisers are more than muscle and metal for many couples. The smooth leather interiors and revved-up engines also bring back thoughts of yesteryear.

Hagerty Insurance is bringing back that sense of nostalgia once again this year with its drive-through marriage vow renewal event.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 27-year-old Royal Oak resident who was hit by an Amtrak train in the middle of the night Aug. 6 was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, investigators determined that the man disregarded the activated warning signals and lowered crossing arm to film a northbound freight train traveling on the east set of tracks downtown near the Amtrak train station.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 25-year-old man with an extensive criminal background made his first court appearance Friday for his alleged involvement in two recent bank robberies.

Justin Thomas Luther, with a last known address in Troy, was arraigned Aug. 12 before 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg and was charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of armed robbery for an Aug. 8 incident in Royal Oak. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison. Luther entered a plea of not guilty.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The summer concert series is going out with a pedal and push this week as the Arts Commission partners with Detroit Cycle Pub in offering art tours this Thursday.

Art Explored Cycle Tours will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 during the final performance of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series.

The 20-minute six-seater bike tours will pedal past eight of the latest installations of the Art Explored series, which are located throughout the downtown.

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Published August 10, 2016

CLAWSON — When longtime community activist and Lions Club member Howie Airriess came up with the idea to host a car show nearly two decades ago, he was just hoping to give a boost to the downtown area.

“I originally started this show to get things moving on South Main Street,” he said. “I look back now how it has helped South Main, plus it has turned into the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser.”

The Down on Main Car Show will return to Clawson for its 18th year this weekend, growing from a couple dozen cars to between 300 and 350 entries.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city will be home to a grand Spirit of ’45 Day celebration this weekend, carrying forward a tradition sanctioned by Congress six years ago.

Communities across the nation will be remembering all who played an important role on the battlefield and on the home front during the World War II era following the unanimous decision by lawmakers in 2010 to proclaim the second Sunday of August for that purpose.

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