Victoria Mitchell

Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — During the past 10 years that resident Jennifer Harris has lived in the city, she’s viewed the community as a place for all to call home.

“There are a lot of people in our downtown neighborhood who are here on a green card, and I think it would be great for us to let the world know that Royal Oak is full of good people that welcome immigrants,” she said.

The resident said that her husband is an immigrant, and she  talked about how she recently attended her neighbor’s citizenship celebration.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Despite a core neighborhood group’s opposition to a high-density, luxury apartment building proposal, the project will move forward following unanimous approval.

City commissioners voted in favor of the Harrison II development agreement during the commission’s Feb. 13 regular meeting.

The Harrison II would complement the Harrison I and would be located to the north of the existing development on East Harrison Avenue.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A large group of middle school students proved earlier this month that a little bit goes a long way when they raised nearly $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Students raised $9,181 for the “Pennies for Patients” fundraising campaign, which raises money for cancer research.

The contest was facilitated through the Royal Oak Middle School Student Council, and students have raised more than $24,000 for the society over the past five years.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Things are going to heat up downtown when the chili hits the pots this weekend during one of the city’s most popular annual events.

Fire & Ice with Spice will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and is presented by the Clawson Downtown Development Authority.

Event organizers said the event usually draws a large crowd, but every year varies depending on the weather.

“We host this in the southeast municipal parking lot,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “Look for the big white tents. The tents will be heated.”

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Published February 14, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of a new special education director during its regular meeting last month.

Lisonn Delcamp was named the new Clawson Public Schools student services/special education director during the board’s Jan. 23 meeting. Delcamp assumed the role at the end of last month, replacing her predecessor, Marcia Young.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLAWSON — You know spring must be around the corner when securing Sundays for the community’s annual farmers market enters the discussion.

So while cabin fever has set in for Michiganders, City Council members unanimously approved the Clawson Chamber of Commerce schedule for the 2017 Clawson Farmers Market season during a meeting Feb. 9.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday, May 21 through Sept. 24.

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Published February 8, 2017

ROYAL OAK — District stakeholders have more than a week to respond to a survey designed to gather input on the Royal Oak Schools superintendent search.

Tom White, representing the Michigan Association of School Boards, said the survey allows stakeholders to share their ideas and feedback on the characteristics they would like to see in the future superintendent of Royal Oak Schools. Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin will retire at the end of the school year.

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Published February 8, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Troop 1634 Eagle Scout Advisor Michael Chutorash is happy to say Scouting is alive and well at Shrine.

“As a troop — sponsored by the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica — we have always strived to bring an outstanding program to our Scout families and are so thankful for the support we receive from so many volunteers,” he said.

Four young men from the troop were recognized Jan. 22 for reaching Scouting’s highest honor — Eagle Scout.

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Published February 7, 2017

Following a psychiatric evaluation of defendant Kumar Abhigyan Singh, who faces charges including terrorism and ethnic intimidation for threats he allegedly made last year, a district court judge ruled Feb. 7 that the case against the Royal Oak resident and doctor will move forward.

“I will find he is competent to stand trial at this time,” said 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg.

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Published February 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Residents will soon have a new reason to cheer, as the city welcomes its first semi-pro team to the field at Royal Oak High School.

The Oakland County Football Club announced late last month that it is moving its semi-professional soccer organization from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak to bring fresh entertainment and action to the city.

“I think it’s exciting,” said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids, adding that it fills a void in the city in the sports team category.

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Published February 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Showing personal appreciation, Mayor Michael Fournier proclaimed January as School Board Appreciation Month during the Royal Oak City Commission’s Jan. 23 meeting.

Fournier said not only is it an honor to acknowledge the board as part of his mayoral duties, but the observance is personally important to him, as his wife is a teacher and he has one child in the Royal Oak school district and two who will be students.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City officials voted last week in favor of moving forward with design plans for a $100 million Royal Oak city center development that will include a stand-alone City Hall.

The unanimous decision to move forward with design plans no longer showing City Hall as a condominium occupying two floors within a mixed-use office building was reached during the commission’s Jan. 23 meeting.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously extended an exclusivity agreement Jan. 23 to develop city-owned property on South Main Street.

The commission voted to grant a third extension to Burton-Katzman LLC for an additional 120 days, and listened to changes from an original concept for the city-owned properties located at 600 and 700 S. Main St.

“Due to increased interest from office tenants and a hotel tenant, they have decided to change the footprint of the project,” said Todd Fenton, Royal Oak economic development manager.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Looking for a way to connect with the city while on the go? Is your face always in your phone?

The city has you covered with its new app, available now for iPhone and Android.

“It is basically another way of looking at our website,” said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids.

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Published January 30, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Any thank-you speech given by the Rev. Robert Fisher would begin by giving thanks and praise to the almighty God.

The recent rector of National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak along with the Rev. Gerard Battersby were ordained as bishops for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.

“We are grateful for the gift of life, the gift of faith and the gift of the vocation he has called us to,” Fisher said.

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