Victoria Mitchell

Published December 29, 2014

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — High school seniors Evan DeCiantis and Wade Murley did not know a lot about managing their money, but that all changed after completing an eight-week financial challenge and winning $20,000 college scholarships.

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Published December 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Residents will have the opportunity to support community projects from their mailboxes by utilizing a donation program originated through a city philanthropic foundation.

The Royal Oak Opportunity to Serve Foundation received the go-ahead for its water bill donation program, which offers residents the opportunity to support Royal Oak organizations by pledging a recurring donation via their quarterly water bills.

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Published December 24, 2014

Thomas Reed Jr.

CLAWSON — The Clawson Board of Education selected a new member during a Dec. 15 special meeting to fill the vacancy left when former trustee Linda Grossmann resigned last month.

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Published December 24, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The kids may be out of school until the new year, but that doesn’t mean district offices will be quiet throughout the break.

School administrators are packing up and moving out of their current offices on Lexington Boulevard near the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center, and they’re moving to their new location at 800 DeVillen on the north side of the Churchill Community Education Center.

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Published December 24, 2014

ROYAL OAK — An employee of the 44th District Court received a payout of $24,000 as part of a deal to end her employment and promise not to bring any further legal action against the court.

“She did accept the separation agreement, and she is no longer an employee of the courthouse,” said interim City Attorney Mark Liss. The resignation was effective Nov. 14.

Liss said it was not a very high payout considering the potential of what a lawsuit could cost the city.

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Published December 17, 2014

Parks

One man and one teen were arrested earlier this month and charged with breaking into a home on the city’s east side and stealing jewelry and an iPad.

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Published December 16, 2014

ROYAL OAK — St. Mary Catholic School teacher Mary Stanko had a light bulb moment when she decided to pair the kids’ love for Santa Claus and a lesson in writing.

“The kids didn’t know letter writing,” said Stank, who introduced the subject disguised as writing letters to Santa Claus coupled with walking the letters to the post office.

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Published December 16, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education unanimously renewed their participation in schools of choice for the 2015-16 school year on Dec. 11.

But Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin cautions there is only one way to guarantee enrollment in a particular school.

“The way to guarantee attendance at a specific school is to live in that attendance area,” Lewis-Lakin said. “And those are decisions that are under families’ control.”

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Published December 16, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Finance Department anticipates receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the seventh year in a row.

The Dec. 1 announcement was part of the city’s 2013-14 fiscal-year-end annual audit presentation.

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Published December 16, 2014

CLAWSON — The giving spirit shines like the North Star as community members rally to help an extended family left suddenly without a home after a December afternoon fire.

“If any kind of miracle needs to happen, it needs to happen now,” said longtime family friend Carrie Chambers. “Our goal is to try and get them into a house by Christmas.”

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Published December 15, 2014

ROYAL OAK — About 70 people gathered in the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center last week to make sure their voices were heard regarding the formation of the future Normandy Oaks park.

The meeting was standing room only during the joint meeting of the Royal Oak Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Normandy Oaks Task Force during the evening of Dec. 11. 

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Published December 10, 2014

CLAWSON — Clawson Public Schools is accepting applications to fill an open spot on the Board of Education following the resignation of former board member Linda Grossmann.

Grossmann resigned on Nov. 25 after a video went viral showing her quipping to “just shoot” the children at Kenwood Elementary School who have food allergies. The comment was made during the Clawson Schools Nov. 10 regular board meeting.

“I was just so shocked over it all and all of the threatening emails and phone calls,” Grossmann said.

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Published December 10, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department is lending its expertise to the development plans for the voter-approved, 40-acre park on the Normandy Oaks Golf Course property.

Residents are invited to attend a joint meeting between the Normandy Oaks Task Force and the Royal Oak Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marais Ave.

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Published December 10, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Officials can check off one of the city’s annual objectives after securing approval to establish the Royal Oak Department of Community Development effective immediately.

The move consolidates the planning, building and engineering departments into a single department under a sole executive department head.

City Manager Donald Johnson said creation of the new department will result in a unified development process benefitting developers and residents by placing all of the functions that manage projects under common leadership.

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Published December 10, 2014

CLAWSON — The Blair Memorial Library will be expanding its large-print book collection following the receipt of $2,500 from the City of Clawson Community Development Block Grant funds.

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