Victoria Mitchell

Published March 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Need help shoveling your sidewalk? Babysitting your children? Walking your dog?

The Royal Oak High School Interact Club is at your service.

Service for Service is the name of a program underway now through the club as a way to raise money for the group’s second international service trip to Costa Rica this June.

More than a dozen students will be spending a part of the summer working in an orphanage and in wildlife preservation during their two-week trip.

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Published March 4, 2015

CLAWSON — Before Jimmy Marvin passed away from cancer 12 years ago, he had a discussion with his parents from his hospital bed about establishing a scholarship fund in his name.

“He wanted to be a teacher,” said Jimmy’s mother, Maggie Marvin. “So, he and his dad talked about having a scholarship.”

Saturday, March 7, marks the 12th annual Jimmy Marvin Spring into Life Benefit from 5:30-midnight at the U.F.C.W. Hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights.

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Published March 4, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The South Oakland Family YMCA is ready to begin one of its initiatives next week that is designed to empower young women throughout the area in both mind and body.

The Girls on the Run program will kick off March 9 at the Royal Oak facility and at participating elementary schools in Royal Oak, Berkley and Madison Heights.

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Published March 2, 2015

An 85-year-old woman died March 1 from injuries sustained in a car crash that afternoon.

According to police, the woman, whom they identified as Farmington Hills resident Mary Riordan, drove through a red light on northbound Woodward Avenue at 13 Mile Road at about 2:54 p.m.

Police said that as Riordan entered the intersection, her 2007 Lincoln MKZ was struck by a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck traveling eastbound on 13 Mile Road.

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Published February 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners agreed last week to begin a dialogue on how to manage unclear sidewalks throughout the city.

The decision came after resident Amanda Klein spoke before council during the Feb. 16 meeting about the snow-covered sidewalks along 11 Mile Road. Klein is a public transit advocate and uses public transportation every day from her Royal Oak home.

Klein said the sidewalks near the transit center and along 11 Mile Road are blocked, and she doesn’t feel safe walking along that route.

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Published February 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK/FERNDALE — A lawsuit filed against the cities of Ferndale and Royal Oak alleges that both municipalities are responsible for injuries that a man sustained after hitting potholes in both communities.

Legal documents state that Hazel Park resident Michael James Rowan fell to the pavement, sustaining broken and bruised ribs, a broken left elbow and right shoulder, injuries to his arms and chest, and negative aftereffects from the crash.

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Published February 23, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Longtime Royal Oak resident Ernie Misch is a local celebrity to those who follow his public access television shows.

He hosts three series consisting of about 35-40 programs each, totalling about 120 programs, with the assistance of CMNtv.

By tuning in to WOW! or Comcast xFinity channel 18, residents of participating communities may watch “So Far, Safari,” “Every Thing Great Lakes,” and “Great Waters Wonderland.”

Misch said his experience with CMNtv has been rewarding.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The district is cautiously eyeing future state funding following Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015-16 state budget released last week, which outlines preliminary plans for backing local schools.

Superintendent of Schools Shawn Lewis-Lakin said that although the governor boasted a $75 increase in foundation grants, or per-pupil funding, during his Feb. 11 presentation, less publicized cuts proposed as part of the $54 billion state budget would mean a loss of about a quarter of a million dollars for Royal Oak Schools.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — More than one year ago, Royal Oak Fire Department Lt. Dan Phillips found himself in a situation he vowed would never happen again.

He was outside a home, waiting for a resident’s son to come by with a key after the woman called 911 for help. The woman told the dispatch department she had fallen but wasn’t critically hurt, and for the firefighters to wait for the key.

“We stood outside for about 15-20 minutes,” Phillips said.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Crispelli’s managing partner Mark Artinian said he was blindsided last week when what he thought would be a straightforward pitch for a new downtown bread bakery turned into a threatened lawsuit over a parking lot.

“This is a surprise to me,” Artinian said. “The agreement that I had through the owner of the building was that (parking) was attached.”

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Published February 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — “Idyllic” would never be an adjective Kate White would use to describe her childhood.

In place of picket fences and homemade apple pie, White would hide in her home and watch as her mother got high before falling asleep on the living room floor. Often, she would wait after school to realize that her mother wasn’t coming to pick her up.

White describes a memory of her mother taking her to Belle Isle in Detroit to buy drugs when White was around 5 years old. They couldn’t get home to Ferndale, so they slept on the fountain.

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Published February 17, 2015

Police arrested a 62-year-old felon Tuesday morning after he allegedly was seen fleeing from PNC Bank following 911 calls reporting a robbery.

No one was injured during the 9:45 a.m. Feb. 17 incident at the bank located at 1710 E. 12 Mile Road, including a customer inside the bank who confronted the robber.

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Published February 11, 2015

CLAWSON — The Downtown Development Authority is ready to heat up the winter this weekend with its annual Fire & Ice with Spice event.

The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14 happening stays true to its name by offering residents plenty of chill opportunities and fired-up shows.

“There is a lot going on,” said Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Joan Horton. “There will always be an activity.”

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Published February 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic church is now a Minor Basilica.

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced on Jan. 31 that Pope Francis granted the title of Minor Basilica to the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church, or Shrine, as many of its parishioners refer to their place of worship.

According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, the title is given to churches around the world to denote a particular importance in liturgical and pastoral life, and a closer relationship with the pope.

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Published February 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — While children were outside making snow angels and rejoicing during two snow days, the rest of the city was digging out from the first major winter storm of the season.

“We’ve finally ended 24-hour shifts some time this morning,” said Department of Public Service Director Greg Rassel on Feb. 6. He said the department was still going through certain areas like parking lots to clean up any remaining snow.

“We had well over 12 inches of snow,” he said. “It took about 40 hours to clear.”

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