Heidi Roman

Published February 15, 2012

CLAWSON — Clawson is going to heat things up downtown, no matter what Mother Nature has in store for the rest of the season.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is planning a first-time event, Fire and Spice…and Everything Nice! for Feb. 18.

The event will include a bonfire, marshmallow drop, chili cook-off and craft projects to benefit location organizations.

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Published February 15, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak is investigating the legalities of restricting door-to-door solicitation after dark and implementing a “do not knock” policy that would try to protect residents from unwanted visitors.

The City Commission directed the city attorney to analyze possible revisions to the city’s solicitation ordinance.

Commissioner Dave Poulton said recent incidents involving solicitation in the community got him thinking about changes that could be made to the ordinance.

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Published February 15, 2012

CLAWSON — With at least six immediate family members and friends lost to various forms of the disease, the American Cancer Society’s work is near and dear to Melissa Coatta.

But the cause hits even closer to home than that. Coatta was diagnosed with melanoma six years ago.

“I was lucky and caught it early,” the 31-year-old lifelong Clawson resident said.

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Published February 15, 2012

CLAWSON — Cheryl Rogers’ first attempt at retirement wasn’t very relaxing.

After her first retirement, she immediately came back as Clawson Public Schools’ superintendent to serve under a new contract.

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Published February 10, 2012

C&G Newspapers

Police do not suspect any foul play involved in the death of a 41-year-old Royal Oak man whose body was found behind a business earlier this week.

The body of the man, whose name is not being released, was discovered by an employee of a glass business on East Hudson the morning of Feb. 6. It was located between two cars.

Royal Oak Police Lt. Tom Goad said an autopsy was still pending as of Feb. 10.

Goad said the investigation is ongoing and no further details were being released.
 

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Published February 6, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Support for a 5-year-old Doberman pinscher whose owner claims Royal Oak wanted the dog destroyed exploded on social media sites, though the city said it just wanted assurance that steps are being taken to avoid future attacks.

Heidi, an adopted Doberman, bit a stranger outside a market in the city last October, according to reports.

Her owner, Janet Spalding, created a website, www.saveheidi.com, and an online petition seeking support from the public.

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Published February 6, 2012

ROYAL OAK — A missing “for sale” sign and new activity on the former Fresard dealership on Main Street has nearby residents wondering if an offer on the property is pending, but officials say there is no reason to get excited yet.

The site at 40 N. Main St. was a hot topic last summer when Kroger submitted plans to build a grocery store on the property. The plans immediately became controversial.

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Published February 6, 2012

ROYAL OAK — A re-energized focus on the city’s parks, neighborhoods and community preservation are some of the goals set forth in Royal Oak’s Strategic Plan, approved Jan. 23.

The strategic plan outlines objectives the city hopes to accomplish in the next fiscal year and came as the result of a day-long planning session last month.

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Published February 6, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Several guest speakers at Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak campus will delve into topics relating to black culture in honor of Black History Month.

The presentations are free and open to the public, with speakers meant to appeal to a wide audience. Topics include hip-hop culture, social factors that impact success and student health.

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Published February 6, 2012

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In America’s biggest cities and coastal destinations, the most mouthwatering food doesn’t always come from five-star kitchens with months-long waiting lists and highfalutin clientele.

Sometimes it comes off the back of a truck.

Philadelphia has its Philly cheese steaks. New York City has its gyros. And now metro Detroit has more mobile lunch options than ever, with the growing number of restaurants on wheels.

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Published February 3, 2012

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Kisa, an 8-year-old female tiger at the Detroit Zoo, has a new sweetie for Valentine’s Day this year.

A 13-year-old Amur tiger arrived at the zoo as a potential mate for Kisa just in time for breeding season.

Kolyma, pronounced ko-LEEM-a, was sent from the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin after he was identified as a breeding partner for Kisa. He is named for the region in Russia where Amur tigers are found.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Customers at Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak can legally cut a rug, after the City Commission agreed to allow dancing as part of the business’ request to change its plan of operation.

Fifth Avenue will utilize a 10-by-10-foot dance floor on the first floor, and a 10-by-14-foot dance floor on the second floor when the upper level is open. It will also extend its hours of operation and seasonal outdoor service use.

The City Commission approved the proposal Jan. 23 with a 5-2 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Capello and Commissioner Dave Poulton opposing.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — On a hot summer day, the Heritage Park Splash Pad in Farmington Hills is a popular place for families.

Royal Oak residents could have their own place to cool down in warm weather as early as 2013, if a proposal to build a splash park and two picnic shelters in Grant Park is approved.

The Rehabilitation Board of Appeals will host a public hearing in late February to get input on a proposal to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to build a splash pad water park and pavilions at the north side of the park, located on Fourth Street.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Where contractors, owners and renovators gave up, a bulldozer will take over.

A blighted, abandoned home at 303 Woodlawn, near 13 Mile and Rochester roads in Royal Oak, is expected to be torn down after sitting in a dilapidated state for years.

The windows are boarded up and the siding is torn off portions of the home. Attempts by previous owners to spruce up the place were ditched.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Lois Hillebrand can’t pinpoint what it was about the man and woman trying to earn cash for food and rent, but something about them made her nervous.

She wasn’t the only one who had a bad inkling Nov. 20. Leah Storto’s tension mounted as minutes ticked by and she didn’t hear back from her dear cousin — who felt more like a sister.

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