Jeremy Carroll

Published May 25, 2011

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The days of standard chain-link fences from yard to yard are gone.

“People are going away from chain-link fencing, and going to more the PVC, vinyl or aluminum fencing,” said Tom McKenney, owner of Tom’s Fence Co. in St. Clair Shores. “It’s a better look, and a lot of people want more privacy.”

He said a 6-foot-tall vinyl fence offers better security, as well. When building a larger privacy fence, most cities require affected neighbors to agree to the construction.

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Published May 25, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak will replace hot water boilers, air-conditioning units and outdated lighting in City Hall and the Police Department as part of an energy-improvement program.

The City Commission approved spending $562,000 to make the improvements, with all but the final $132,000 coming from a grant from the federal government. The remaining balance will be paid back through energy savings.

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Published May 25, 2011

ROYAL OAK — City officials agreed to reinstitute a sidewalk replacement program aimed at fixing the broken and potentially hazardous sidewalks in the city.

The six-year program is set to start in 2012, according to the proposal approved by the City Commission May 16. The work is expected to cost the city approximately $6 million, and residents will be forced to pay for repairs on their property.

City Engineer Elden Danielson said the city undertook a similar plan in 1995 that took 11 years and $9.1 million to complete.

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Published May 20, 2011

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City employees agreed to take a 10 percent pay cut and changes to their health care as a way to avoid layoffs, as the Clawson City Council passed the 2011-2012 budget May 17.

Elected officials praised union and non-union employees alike. Most were in the middle of their contracts when they made the concessions, which will save the city a total of $550,000.

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Published May 18, 2011

ROYAL OAK — A year after beginning to brew beer inside a small industrial building, a local woman said the enterprise has gone even better than planned.

“I thought that after a year, if we were able to pay our bills we would be doing good, but this has been a sucker punch,” Clawson resident Kristy Smith said. “We are doing it seven days a week and we are actually making this happen.”

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Published May 17, 2011

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MotorCity Casino has pulled its sponsorship of the Woodward Dream Cruise, leaving a large budget hole for the nonprofit organization that oversees the event.

Greg Rassel, president of Woodward Dream Cruise Inc., said the group had hoped to keep MotorCity Casino on board, but the casino recently informed them they will not be sponsoring the 2011 cruise.

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Published May 15, 2011

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It’s going to be a busy summer for Clawson Public Schools Director of Information Technology Marcus Isabell and his two co-workers in the technology department.

The trio of employees will be installing 900 computers throughout the district following the passage of the $4.19 million bond issue May 3. Voters passed the bond, and 1.3 mills will be collected for 10 years from taxpayers.

“We don’t have a lot of time to set it up, but it will be a great benefit for the students and teachers in the district,” Isabell said.

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Published May 12, 2011

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When an 18-year-old James Adams Jr. went to sign up to serve in the Marines during World War II, a recruiter for the Navy walked over and began inquiring about why he was joining that other military branch.

“He said, ‘Remember, wherever you go, you are going to have to walk,’” Adams recalled. “I said, ‘You’re right.’ So I joined the Navy.”

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Published May 11, 2011

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Organizers say they want to turn Arts, Beats & Eats into the largest food event in the country with the addition of 15 more restaurant booths.

The announcement was one of several made at a press conference May 10 at Lockhart’s BBQ in downtown Royal Oak.

“We are going to have the largest food fair in America,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “It’s become a real premier event, and it couldn’t have been done without our great hosts here in Royal Oak.”

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Published May 10, 2011

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The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contact for the district’s office support workers, instituting a pay freeze and increasing the employees’ cost to health care.

The contract with the Clawson Office Support Personnel Association, or COSPA, will run through the 2012-2013 fiscal year, ending on June 30, 2013. The group represents approximately 12 employees, said Gary Jackson, the district’s director of business services.

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Published May 9, 2011

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For Emagine, May 13 is show time.

The much-talked-about movie theater and bowling complex will hold a three-day charity preview weekend May 13-15 to benefit various local nonprofit groups. It opens to the general public at 5 p.m. on May 16.

“We’ve overcome a number of challenges,” said Paul Glantz, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. “It’s a very attractive venue inside and out. We feel like we addressed the concerns of the community and we hope we have done so.”

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Published May 3, 2011

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Voters approved a 0.33-mill tax increase to fund operations at Blair Memorial Library and to allow the facility to be fully self-sufficient.

The vote came two years after voters passed a 0.5-mill increase to expand the building, which opened again in 2010 after a period of reconstruction.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Library Director Elizabeth Gulick said. “I’m overjoyed.”

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Published May 3, 2011

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Voters approved a technology bond that will upgrade 10-year-old computers and provide funding for other products like Smart boards.

“The administration, the staff and the parents all came together for the district,” said Clawson Public Schools Board of Education member Cyndi Peltonen. “The people in our city saw how important this was.”

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Published May 3, 2011

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Parking on the streets in downtown Royal Oak is about to get more expensive after officials approved raising rates to $1 an hour from 11 a.m. to midnight six days a week.

The rate hike will be for all spots on the streets in the central business district, bordered by Lincoln Avenue to the south, 11 Mile Road to the north, Troy Street to the east and West Street to the west. The increase doesn’t include the surface lots.

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Published May 2, 2011

ROYAL OAK — With the annual Wine Stroll event having sold out early before, the Royal Oak Restaurant Association and Downtown Development Authority have expanded the event in 2011 to include more venues and more tickets for purchase.

The charity event returns May 14 in downtown Royal Oak, but organizers say just because there are more tickets doesn’t mean it won’t sell out quickly again.

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