Victoria Mitchell

Published July 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Entering high school is a pretty scary thought for a lot of teenagers.

“It’s a very critical time,” said Lisa Manganello, Royal Oak Community Coalition executive director. “And a lot of young people have more stress than they ever had.”

To help teens embrace this uncertain event, the Royal Oak Community Coalition, along with Royal Oak Schools, will present Life is Your Playbook day camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, inside the Royal Oak Schools administrative building, 800 DeVillen Ave.

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Published July 26, 2017

CLAWSON — Things won’t be the same around City Hall after tomorrow.

City Clerk Machele Kukuk will say farewell when she retires July 27 after offering expertise and familiar smiles inside the North Main Street building since 1978.

“It will be the hardest saying goodbye,” she said. “It has always been my home. I am already getting emotional.”

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Published July 26, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council voted unanimously July 18 in favor of appointing Michael Smith to the city clerk position effective July 31.

Smith serves as the city’s deputy clerk, a position he has held since 2010.

“He is experienced at what he does, does an excellent job, so it was our natural choice to move forward with an appointment to the position of city clerk,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

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Published July 25, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A group of residents who recently filed a lawsuit against the city received a preliminary injunction July 19 to stop the installation of new sidewalks in their northern Royal Oak neighborhood.

According to court documents, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren granted the injunction, which prohibits the city from installing sidewalks, removing trees or doing any nonemergency work next to the plaintiffs’ properties while the case is being adjudicated.

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Published July 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When 86-year-old Bill Baker learned that his brain tumor was returning, it was another valley in his medical journey.

Already a cancer survivor and former Mayo Clinic patient for partial tumor removal, the mid-Michigan resident wasn’t sure if there would be any more options. But then one day while channel surfing, he saw Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson discussing a new type of radiation treatment coming to the area.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners were expected to cast their votes earlier this week on the Normandy Oaks Task Force recommendation to hire Nowak & Fraus for park architectural services.

Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson said the recommendation would be on the City Commission’s July 10 agenda. The Review went to press before the meeting.

Normandy Oaks Task Force Chair Mike Ripinski said that if the City Commission approves the firm, the next step would be to begin public engagement in multiple ways to hear stakeholders’ input.

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Published July 12, 2017

CLAWSON — Changes could be coming to Clawson’s sidewalk repair and replacement program if the City Council approves a $2.125 million bond initiative this summer for November’s ballot.

City Manager Mark Pollock said bond approval would change the financing of its sidewalk program from collecting a $25 annual fee from all residents to issuing unlimited tax general obligation bonds.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Royal Oak Optimist Club were honored late last month for donating 400 bike helmets to all third-grade students in the community.

“We are so lucky to have such an amazing Optimist Club in this town,” said Mayor Michael Fournier. “Their work is very tangible and their spirit is even greater than we could ever hope for any of us.”

The club was honored during the June 26 City Commission meeting. The helmets were distributed at all six Royal Oak elementary schools last month.

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Published July 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Police said last week that a 60-year-old Roseville man remained in the hospital after he allegedly hit a disabled Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus during the night of July 5 on Woodward Avenue.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said two days after the crash that no further information on the man’s condition was available, other than that he was in stable condition at Beaumont Hospital while being treated for serious injuries.

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Published July 5, 2017

CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

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Published June 29, 2017

Resident Frederick Lewis Harris is facing possibly 20 years in prison for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he allegedly stabbed two men at Woodward North Apartments.

Harris, 35, was arraigned in 44th District Court June 28 and charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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Published June 29, 2017

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Dylan Ray Beard, of Pontiac, is facing time behind bars after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into the front yard of a Berkley home.

No one was injured in the incident.

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Published June 29, 2017

Federal agents spent the day June 28 going in and out of Affordable Lab on Crooks Road, executing search warrants.

Khaalid Walls, northeast regional communications director and spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said special agents and task force officers with Homeland Security Investigations executed federal sealed search warrants in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Published June 28, 2017

Police said a 35-year-old Woodward North Apartments resident has been arrested for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he was shot in the leg and another man was stabbed.

The man’s name is not being released pending an arraignment. He is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old Lathrup Village man who police said he knew.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said both men were taken to Beaumont Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Published June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When one of Wendy Nicholls’ young rehabilitation patients came to her more than a decade ago and said he would never ride a bike, she wouldn’t accept that proclamation.

“I told him, ‘Let me put you in this bike, and if at the end of the day you can’t ride it, then you can tell me every single day how wrong I am,’” she said. “I put him on the bike and down the hallway he went.

“He was the reason I started Bike Day.”

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