Victoria Mitchell

Published April 15, 2015

ROYAL OAK — An early April pellet gun shooting spree left many residents with shattered car windows.

There were seven total incidents reported to police, including one home that is believed to have been hit by a BB.

“We are investigating these incidents, and if the individual(s) involved are identified, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLAWSON — Residents are invited to take a trip back in time on Saturday with a guided bus tour of the city.

The Historic Clawson Bus Tour will take place at 1 p.m. April 18 and will feature a tour of some of the city’s kit houses, the history of its streets and early settlers, and other local tidbits.

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Published April 14, 2015

CLAWSON — If you’re a fixture in Clawson then there is a good chance you have bumped into Max and Madison Siwak.

The brother-and-sister team currently host and produce the “Awesome Clawson” and “Awesome Clawson Kids” local television shows, hold charitable collection drives for the Clawson Food Pantry and local animal shelters, intern at the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, and run the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre.

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Published April 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — With the series tied at two wins for the Police Department and two wins for the Fire Department, the rubber match will take place Saturday night when the puck drops in the fifth annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game.

Since the annual game between the departments began in 2010, each department has accumulated two wins (there was no game in 2012), but the ultimate winner of bragging rights will be determined at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Construction to add about 90 more spaces to the Farmers Market parking lot is expected to begin this week with a target completion date in September.

The $621,904 parking addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day weekend, in time for Arts, Beats & Eats.

City of Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said WCI Contractors Inc. will begin work to extend the existing parking lot at the market, located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, further south.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There are some givens when Evan Gulock steps behind the lens.

He will approach his latest film with the maturity of an old soul, the final project likely will receive an award, and his Royal Oak High School film teacher and mentor, Mike Conrad, will cheer Gulock on while giving sage advice.

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Published April 6, 2015

CLAWSON — Six high school students were recognized recently for their artistic contributions during Black History Month.

Seniors Brittney LaCouver, Hannah McLauchlan, Bryanna Williams and Ashlee Cluckey; junior Alexis Thorne; and sophomore Jodi Lewandowski-Romans were chosen as semifinalists in the McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas art contest.

Fifty semifinalists were chosen from the tri-county area to advance to the final round of competition.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Stagecrafters has announced the productions included in its 60th anniversary season, and there is a little something for everyone — including many award-winning plays — beginning this summer.

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Published March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local leaders are supporting Michigan’s Proposal 1, which they say has a direct impact on government and education, while others raise questions about the plan.

Members of the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution March 12 showing that the district supports a Proposal 1 “yes” vote during the special statewide election May 5.

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Published March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Ever dream of having a putting green in your own backyard?

The lush green grass and ability to sink a putt may be in your future as part of the city’s initiative to sell the greens from the shuttered Normandy Oaks Golf Course.

But only if attempts to sell the grass fail.

“We’re not having a fire sale yet,” said Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids.

Davids said the city is marketing the greens intact to existing golf courses first.

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Published March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — With the enrollment season underway, school officials said they are maintaining a conservative approach to transfer and school of choice requests and are watching the numbers closely.

“Obviously we want to accommodate parents, but we just want to be careful because we also want to keep class sizes very reasonable,” said administrator Patrick Wolynski.

Enrollment forms the basis of funding, affects all of the district’s staffing decisions and impacts class sizes.

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Published March 30, 2015

CLAWSON — The City Clerk’s office is putting the finishing touches on necessary paperwork and signage for residents interested in keeping solicitors off of their front porches.

Deputy City Clerk Michael D. Smith said the final revisions are being made to stickers for display on residential homes and on registry documents banning solicitors from approaching houses. He expects the non-solicitor list, or no-knock registry program, will roll out in the next couple of weeks.

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Published March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city recently achieved a status only two municipalities in Michigan have earned — maintaining the Tree City USA designation for the past 37 years.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently granted recognition to Royal Oak as a 2014 Tree City USA, extending its run as a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority.

Royal Oak and Adrian are the only two communities in Michigan that have been recognized with the Tree City USA award every year since the beginning of the Michigan program in 1976.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Children are invited to hop over to any of the many bunny happenings and Easter egg extravaganzas taking place over the next week and a half.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 28 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave.

The city of Clawson and Clawson Youth Assistance sponsor the event for children ages 12 and younger.

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Published March 25, 2015

CLAWSON — Resident Gregg Phelps will have his design work displayed throughout the city as an integral part of Clawson’s 75th anniversary celebration.

“It is surreal,” Phelps said. “It is exciting.”

Phelps was honored last week during the City Council meeting for his winning entry.

“This is one of the fun things we, as council, are able to do: to present the winner of the city of Clawson 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee logo (contest),” Mayor Penny Luebs said.

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