Victoria Mitchell

Published January 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — If they didn’t believe in kismet before, Linda Zublick and Mark Jewett have plenty of reason to now, after being in the right place on the right night to save a man’s life.

Zublick and Jewett received Citizen Awards last month for their quick action that saved the life of patron Robert McGrath during a performance of Stagecrafters’ “Other Desert Cities” at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak.

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Published January 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — If Keith Reid and Craig Schlicht have their way, the two business partners will join a trend by opening a craft distillery in the city.

The two men received the City Commission’s unanimous approval earlier this month for their application for a small distillery license. The duo also received the Royal Oak Police Department’s approval.

“This is a very small operation. The applicants meet the requirements of the Police Department, and we have no objections,” said Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue.

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Published January 21, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights has entered into an inter-local agreement with Royal Oak and Ferndale, giving their staff the opportunity to participate in the MiLife Health and Wellness Center, run by CareHere out of the lower level of Madison Heights City Hall.

Participation in the MiLife Center allows city employees and their eligible dependents to have access to primary and acute medical care, management of chronic illness and conditions, health risk assessments, lab testing, limited generic prescriptions, wellness programs and coaching, and more.

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Published January 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — As residents remain vigilant in their ongoing recovery from the Aug. 11 flooding, many issues have come to the forefront as a result.

The flooding has caused residents and business owners to examine city stormwater regulations and what fixes may be needed to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Our hope is that the catastrophe will move more people to take action to abate the problem,” said Tom Regan, chair of the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board.

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Published January 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Residents looking to support homeless initiatives throughout the Royal Oak area have upcoming options to lend a hand.

The South Oakland Warming Centers collaborative organization is operating rotating nighttime shelters housed within many churches. The churches provide a safe, warm place to sleep, along with hot meals for the homeless.

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Published January 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City officials are testing a new mobile parking app that will allow downtown visitors to pay and track parking-spot expiration through an app on their cellphones.

The pilot Parkmobile program is available only for the off-street parking lot at Fifth and Center streets at this time. Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said Parkmobile is used in more than 600 locations in the U.S. by millions of registered users.

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Published January 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City employee Stewart Meek will make his health a top priority this year with considerable help from his employer.

Royal Oak, with the cities of Ferndale and Madison Heights, has entered an interlocal agreement to hire the CareHere firm to offer employees participation in the MiLife Health and Wellness Center program.

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Published January 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Steven Duffey has been visiting the Welcome Inn Day Center for a couple of years off and on, but the frigid temperatures last week brought a new level of thanks and friendship for those visiting the warming space.

“This is my family,” Duffey said. “Everyone in here is my family.”

Duffey was joined by his new friend, Jennifer Marlin, who he met during an act of paying it forward.

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Published January 9, 2015

An online fundraising campaign created to support the family who lost their home and belongings during a Jan. 8 house fire started with a bang and continues to flourish.

Donations and family updates are available by searching for “Baldwin House Fire” at www.gofundme.com. The page quickly reached $3,720 shortly after it was created by a family member. As of press time, the total reached $6,630.

Fast philanthropic action is credited in part to the Oakland Elementary School community.

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Published January 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The current City Hall site could have a completely new look if a real estate professional can come up with a plan to redevelop the downtown property, including the Police Department.

City officials granted Jeffrey Surnow, of the Surnow Company, 90 days to come up with a development plan for the property at 211 S. Williams St.

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Published January 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Art initiatives are at the forefront of the new year for the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts as it debuts works in one series and begins the groundwork for an upcoming gateway display.

The second annual Art Explored series kicked off last month throughout the downtown highlighting 10 works by seven Michigan artists and one duo.

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Published January 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — With the sudden temperature dip at the start of the new year comes the possibility that school will be canceled for a snow day. While children are making plans for sledding and hot cocoa, parents begin the uncertainty of trying to figure out, sooner than later, what type of child care they might need.

“As a parent and as one who has not always worked in schools, I know how disruptive a school cancellation can be to family routines,” said Royal Oak Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin.

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Published December 31, 2014

The year of 2014 was one of loss defined by Mother Nature. Families experienced devastating property losses from the Aug. 11 floods. The impact of the year’s weather on the Clawson and Royal Oak city governments was also monumental, from the harsh winter requiring an abundance of resources to the floods requiring overtime hours from the communities’ sanitation workers.

Here are the Review’s top events from 2014.

Weather 

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Published December 31, 2014

The Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying the suspects responsible for damaging multiple cars, lampposts and Christmas displays on Dec. 28.

“It appears to be just random,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.

Clemens said two individuals attacked at least 13 homes or vehicles between 1:15-2:30 a.m. Dec. 28 on East Sixth Street, Knowles Street, South Gainsborough Avenue and East Lincoln Avenue. All homes were east of Main Street and south of Fourth Street.

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