Victoria Mitchell

Published February 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Police officer Paul Darr’s fast action is one of the reasons he was recognized for heroic efforts last month.

Darr was presented with the life-saving award during the Jan. 20 Clawson City Council meeting. 

“This is his fourth life that he has saved in the city,” said Police Chief Harry Anderson.

In addition to his certificate, Darr will receive a medal engraved with four stars for the lives he has saved.

“A lot of our guys say that, ‘If I get hurt, I want Darr there,’” Anderson said.

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Published February 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council decided to table approving a no-knock ordinance during the Feb. 3 council meeting until adjustments could be made to it.

The ordinance would require vendors to register with the city and then abide by no-knock stickers displayed on residents’ homes.

“There was some consideration by residents who live in Clawson that too many people are knocking on their door without obtaining a peddlers license,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

“So, we decided to make a no-knock list,” she said.

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Published February 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Despite strong suggestions to avoid allowing poker machines back into the city, council members gave the go-ahead to begin drafting an ordinance granting service clubs with limited memberships the right to bring the gambling machines inside their organizations.

City Attorney Jon Kingsepp during the Feb. 3 meeting strongly cautioned the council against directing him to pen an ordinance allowing the poker machines inside only nonprofit organizations’ buildings.

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Published February 4, 2015

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Published February 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Superintendent of Schools Shawn Lewis-Lakin said the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT as its primary form of student assessment doesn’t impact the district’s primary goal of educating its students.

“Making sure that all students have a broad foundation of knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary to apply their knowledge to real-world applications — this has been and will continue to be our focus,” he said.

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Published February 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Kroger is eyeing the city as its second Michigan location for a Kroger Marketplace store.

Plans submitted to the city indicate that the store would be located on the former St. Dennis Catholic Church site at the southwest corner of 12 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway.

Doug Hedges, of the Royal Oak Planning Department, confirmed that Kroger submitted plans for that site. Hedges said the process is at the final site plan stage for the development of the property.

“It’s still being reviewed by staff,” he said.

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Published February 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Residents packed a small meeting room last week with hopes of learning more about stormwater initiatives and if the city has any management plans in play.

Latecomers left because of a lack of space inside the meeting room at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center during the 7 p.m. Jan. 28 gathering. About 70 people were in attendance, including stormwater management experts, local and county officials, city employees, business owners and residents.

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Published February 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City motels and hotels have been extended a two-month moratorium against enforcement of a new ordinance set to take effect dictating the length of time that extended guests may stay at one location.

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Published January 28, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Lee Collick’s field of dreams is iced over, and that is just fine with him.

He envisioned building a community ice rink and hoped that residents would come.

Collick’s dream was realized this winter when he constructed a community ice rink at the corner of Troy and Third streets, which became an instant hit with residents.

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Published January 28, 2015

CLAWSON — A day later, the smell of smoke was still prominent at the site where a blaze ripped through a local business.

No one was injured during the Jan. 18 fire at Discount Tile & Marble, located at 860 Badder Ave., off Rochester Road, and no one was inside at the time.

The business was closed Monday morning, and the windows and doorway were boarded up.

“There was extensive damage to the structure,” said Fire Chief Richard Dylewski.

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Published January 28, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is bustling with activity this week as volunteers are busy hanging photos and organizing centuries-old documents for an upcoming exhibit.

The Lumber Barons of Royal Oak opens Jan. 31 and will run through the middle of July. The exhibit features objects and photos of the original lumber yards, horse-drawn lumber wagons, and family members through the years.

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Published January 28, 2015

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Published January 27, 2015

Those who knew Ed Baldwin will always remember him as a generous spirit and hilarious friend and family member.

“I told our pastor he was willing to help anybody,” said Melissa Baldwin, Ed Baldwin’s niece. “He was always right there to help, no matter what.”

Ed Baldwin, 37, died Jan. 23 after being in critical condition following a jump from a second-story window to save himself and his son during a Jan. 8 house fire. A memorial service was held Jan. 26 at Ferndale Free Methodist Church.

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Published January 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Super Bowl Sunday descends this weekend, but not everyone will be tuning in to watch the game. From eyeing the inflation of the Patriots’ footballs to the Katy Perry halftime show, viewers have other agendas. 

“People watch the Super Bowl as much for the commercials as they do for the game,” said Jim Berline, president of The Berline Group advertising agency in Royal Oak.

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Published January 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Inspiring a new generation of givers has become a passion for Royal Oak businessman Rick Van House II.

He and his wife, Nicole Van House, created GiveYoung.org more than two years ago to draw younger adults toward charitable organizations through engaging opportunities.

Rick Van House, 35, is the founder of Know Advertising in Royal Oak. He began the business in 2005 out of his basement and moved his company to the Know advertising building on West 11 Mile Road and Lafayette Avenue in 2008, where the business stands today.

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