Victoria Mitchell

Published June 28, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Fourth of July Committee announced a lineup full of opportunities to celebrate the summer holiday.

“It’s that time of year, and we’re really excited to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Clawson, a long-standing tradition,” said City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Committee Chair Debbie Wooley.

The fun already began June 24 with the annual Clawson Kiddie Parade, but it will keep on going through the big show in the night sky on Tuesday, July 4.

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Published June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Normandy Oaks Task Force plan to meet the evening of June 29 to make their pick for a landscape architect for future park development.

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Published June 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners are expected to give their go-ahead Monday night to lawyers tasked with finalizing development agreement documents for a new six-story office building in the existing Royal Oak City Hall parking lot.

The vote to finalize the negotiations for a $36.25 million, Class A 142,523-square-foot building is scheduled for the night of June 26.

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Published June 25, 2017

Police on the scene of an active investigation at Woodward North Apartments, at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, said that one man had been shot and one man had been stabbed during an incident Sunday afternoon.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Keith Spencer said that both men were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“There is an understanding that they both knew each other,” he said.

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Published June 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — On June 13, Royal Oak Planning Commission members unanimously approved the site plan for a new Police Department headquarters proposed for city-owned property as part of a new civic center plan.

Representatives from Partners in Architecture showed renderings and gave meeting attendees a glimpse into the city-owned, modern building that would be attached via a bridged walkway to the 44th District Court building.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — It would be hard to deny that the little city with a big heart loves to celebrate the Fourth of July. But before the fireworks sizzle next month, some pre-patriotic annual activities will get the spirit sparked.

The Clawson Kiddie Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, from Clawson Middle School, 150 John M. Ave., and travel down Phillips Avenue to Custer Avenue and finish at City Park, at Elmwood and Custer avenues.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — The city of Clawson received some national attention last month for its recently updated downtown master plan.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority and Detroit-based consulting firm Giffels Webster were presented with the 2017 Vernon Deines Honor Award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan during the May 7 American Planning Association National Planning Conference in New York City.

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Published June 15, 2017

Bigger, better and “off the charts” is how organizers of the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats describe the 2017 Labor Day weekend festival.

Organizers, sponsors and others involved with the Sept. 1-4 event gathered inside Fifth Avenue June 14 in downtown Royal Oak to offer a preview.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see a stormtrooper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the streets this weekend. There is no world domination or paranormal activity happening, and the only thing your P.K.E. meter will detect is fun.

The inaugural Craftcom, presented by Black Lotus Brewing Co., will take place 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 17 in downtown Clawson. Main Street will be closed from 14 Mile road to Broadacre Avenue for the event.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A group of Northwood Elementary School students spent their school year smiling while spreading gratitude through good deeds during the year.

More than 20 students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the school’s SMILE — Students Mindfully Illuminating Lives Everywhere — club, which culminated in a special meeting after school June 7.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously voted June 6 to amend the city’s existing animals ordinance and add a new section that will declare certain actions as a nuisance with a punishment for humans of up to $500.

Elected officials said the intention of the new law is to allow a resident the opportunity to file a complaint for processing through the office of the Clawson prosecutor.

City Attorney Jon Kingsepp reiterated that residents will play a crucial role in enforcing the newly adopted law.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — After passing out many Community of Excellence awards, Shawn Lewis-Lakin received one of his own during a surprise presentation at the June 8 Royal Oak Schools Board of Education meeting.

Board of Education President Deb Anderson presented the award with former Board of Education member Lisa Bradford at the beginning of the meeting.

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Published June 12, 2017

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No injuries occurred following a three-vehicle crash and fire that shut down Interstate 696 lanes near Woodward Avenue for nearly a week.

Work on the roadway and median began June 12 and concluded the morning of June 17.   

MDOT workers were on the scene throughout the work week resulting in intermittent lane closures on both sides of I-696. The closures fluctuated between one and three lanes at a time. The lane closures — predominantly on the westbound side of the freeway at Campbell Road — caused backups during rush-hour commutes.

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Published June 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools Board of Education members last week unanimously approved submitting language to the state that would ask voters in November to approve a $59.9 million facilities upgrade plan, and they also unanimously approved a reduced millage rate for the 2017-18 school year.

The June 8 regular board meeting vote reduced local district tax rates for the upcoming year ending June 30, 2018, by 0.6 mills.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Tiles carefully created by members of the Addams Elementary School community were revealed last week inside a colorful mosaic that now hangs in the building’s front hallway.

Art teacher Alicia Cergnul ripped away the black paper covering the 7-foot piece of circular artwork May 31 in front of a crowd of students, current and former educators, school volunteers and administrators who all played a role in the project’s creation.

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