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Published June 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Whether you are 4 or 74, a fun part of summer is reading. From beach reads to “War and Peace,” now is the time to grab a book and some friends and visit your local library for some summer fun and programs.

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Published June 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A bit of nostalgia peppered the annual State of the City Address June 8 as Jim Ellison took the stage for what could be his last State of the City as mayor.

Before Ellison addressed a full crowd inside the Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak, his son, Bradley Ellison, took the stage for a surprise performance of “Beautiful City” from “Godspell.” He sang and played the keyboard after speaking about his father, offering heartfelt and comical opening remarks.

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Published June 10, 2016

An Oakland County Circuit Court jury found Royal Oak resident Kirk Leach not guilty of the murder of 28-year-old Kenith Walter inside Leach’s Fern Street home in October 2015.

The jury reached the unanimous decision the afternoon of June 9, finding Leach not guilty on a count of open murder, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Georgie Abbey’s opinions on abortion were reinforced after making an award-winning documentary on the contentious subject.

The Royal Oak High School senior interviewed clergymen, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and students, and utilized C-SPAN footage in her short film.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — For more than the past two decades, artisans specializing in clay, glass and metal have been filling Washington Avenue with their earthly creations.

“They are all created from dirt and earth, and they come from fire, so I like to think of it as a very grounded event,” said Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark.

The 22nd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, on Washington Avenue from Fourth Street to Lincoln Avenue.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Building character for fifth-grader Farrah Ardwin involves a laptop, moviemaking software iMovie and an eye for detail.

The Addams Elementary School student recently was asked by Spanish teacher Shannon Bowman to produce a short movie detailing the building’s new Family Circles character-building program.

The movie is scheduled to be shown before the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education June 9 to demonstrate the program, which Bowman and Addams Principal Joseph Youanes started this year.

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Published June 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — When resident Robert Jones was honored with the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts lifetime achievement award at the age of 100 last year during the annual Celebration of the Arts, many thought the revelry wouldn’t be topped.

Jones’ daughter, Beverly Garcia, described the event as moving, especially when 24 trombone players began playing from the balcony of the middle school theater.

“A lot of them were his students,” she explained.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

CLAWSON — Water rates will increase in the city following City Council approval of the 2016-17 annual budget.

Council members unanimously adopted the $15.17 million budget and accompanying millage and water and sewer rates during the council’s May 17 meeting. The council adopted the budget following public hearings where no one spoke.

Water and sewer rates will increase about 5.6 percent per 1,000 cubic feet per quarter for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — About 140 people filled the Churchill Community Education Center auditorium May 24 to learn more about the proposed $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development.

Factors affecting the project were discussed, including the hows and the whys from the city’s perspective regarding the project, which would build a new police headquarters and City Hall.

The existing City Hall was built in 1952 for $473,061, which City Manager Don Johnson said would cost about $4.3 million today.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Visiting Engraving Specialist in the business’s  modified Washington Street house was like walking into an era when customer service included a long conversation about how the family was doing.

This level of kinship has come to a close, as partners Dick Lang and Kent Randall have decided to retire after more than four decades of helping clients with myriad engraving needs.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Paying for parking downtown may become more appealing following the City Commission’s approval to move forward with the Meters Made Beautiful program suggested by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats producer Jon Witz May 23 to collaborate with the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts for a parking meter painting program and contest in time for the annual Labor Day festival.

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Published May 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Barbecues, beach trips and gardening are coveted activities enjoyed by residents when the mercury finally begins to rise; but unfortunately, police warn that the high temperatures also mean the return of warm-weather rips-offs.

“Every summer, we have different scams that people pull,” said Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens. “You will have groups that go around and they will want to seal your driveway, for example, or say that you have a tree that is dangerous and needs to be trimmed.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Fifth-grade teacher Robert Wax has an interesting perspective on life.

“You know how when you are little, how kids are asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” he said. “I never had one answer to that.”

The Northwood Elementary School teacher has personified his life philosophy that you don’t have to pick just one thing.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said last week the city is a safe place to live, as evidenced by historical crime data and a dedicated police force.

“We’ve had steady drops in crime for really two decades,” O’Donohue said. “And this year we had a 5 percent increase in Part A crimes.”

O’Donohue said many reported crimes in the city are still decreasing despite seeing an increase in a couple of categories — significantly frauds.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — When Randall Porterfield began building a nearly 11-foot replica of the Titanic four years ago in the privacy of his bedroom, he knew something special was happening.

“Practice makes perfect, but I believe I have a gift,” he said.

The Detroit resident’s inspiration to try such a project was born from his tenacity and belief that he could accomplish anything.

The process began with studying hundreds of photos, books and movies to design the ship to be as historically accurate as possible.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON  —
The public is invited to gather and show respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in downtown Royal Oak. The route will travel from South Main Street and Harrison, head north to Second Street, then east to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where the annual memorial service will be held. A shuttle service will be available in front of City Hall for those in the parade. The shuttle will take participants to the start of the parade.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Although the weather may not have necessarily felt like spring during weekends past, that will all change Sunday when the city of Clawson welcomes the Farmers Market 2016 Flower Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce and the Clawson Farmers Market, will bring picked, potted and perfectly propped plants and flowers to City Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — The city’s new prosecution team has been busy during its honeymoon phase, revising many municipal ordinances with the goal of easier local enforcement.

Clawson City Council members unanimously adopted the group of ordinance revisions during their May 3 meeting.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Excitement is bubbling over for the 11th annual Claws & Paws event happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

The 2016 event, brought to the public by Guardians For Animals and the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate everything and anything pet- and owner-related and will include all of the excitement attendees have come to expect in the past, along with some interesting additions.

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