Victoria Mitchell

Published December 10, 2014

CLAWSON — The city received a favorable opinion as part of its 2014 fiscal-year-end financial audit.

The certified public accounting firm of Post, Smythe, Lutz & Ziel LLP gave the city an unqualified report upon review of the city’s financial records from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. Though “unqualified” might sound strange at first, it is the best report a municipality can receive.

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Published December 3, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The many places a dollar bill travels throughout the city is the subject of Becca Messner’s film debut.

Messner, 14, directed and filmed the movie “Dollar Day,” a 13-minute short following a specially signed dollar bill for 24 hours in Royal Oak.

“I’m excited to see it on the big screen,” Messner said. “A lot of time, effort and thought went into it.”

The short film took about two months to make and was written by Becca’s mother, Paula Messner.

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Published December 3, 2014

ROYAL OAK — After a decade of perseverance and a lot of teamwork, Royal Oak Schools is hosting a community celebration for Royal Oak Middle School’s fully restored, Depression-era murals.

The free event will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 inside the school auditorium, 709 N. Washington, and will highlight the 10-year mural restoration effort and the 80 years since the initiation of the three oil-on-canvas murals that offer an artistic glimpse at the history of the Royal Oak community.

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Published December 2, 2014

Crooks Road between 12  Mile and Marywood is closed and power is out in the area after a moving truck struck a low-hanging power line at about 8:15 a.m. today.

No injuries were reported, and DTE is at the site and estimates that the road will be reopened by 4 p.m. Police advise motorists to find an alternate route until the repairs are complete.

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Published November 28, 2014

As the holiday season is upon us and toy purchases kick into overdrive, health care experts at Beaumont Children’s Hospital urge shoppers to be vigilant when it comes to keeping kids safe.

Preceding the release of the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland list of dangerous toys, trauma health care providers gathered Nov. 25 at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center to offer guidelines to keep children out of the emergency room.

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Published November 25, 2014

Clawson Public Schools trustee Linda Grossmann submitted her resignation today after a video clip from a recent school board meeting went viral showing her remarking to “just shoot” the Kenwood Elementary School students who have food allergies.

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Published November 25, 2014

ROYAL OAK — City officials entered into a unique partnership with a Detroit architectural think tank last week to create plans for an urban “smart park” in the downtown area that would look to donors for funding.

“As far as we know, we would be the first city in the nation to have a smart park,” said City of Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids.

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Published November 25, 2014

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — For Kathy Leenhouts, thinking of the Clawson annual tree-lighting ceremony brings family tradition to mind. Leenhouts remembers bringing her children to the event decades ago and spending time singing carols and waiting for the city’s tree to illuminate the night.

“It really brings the community together,” Leenhouts said. “And it’s a fun way to kick off the holiday season.”

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Published November 25, 2014

ROYAL OAK — David Gillam bid a final farewell to Royal Oak last week following his retirement as city attorney.

“It is kind of amazing when you think of the amount of ground that we have covered since I’ve been here in the City Attorney’s Office,” he said. 

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Published November 25, 2014

A video clip from the Nov. 10 Clawson Public Schools Board of Education meeting is going viral on Facebook after trustee Linda Grossmann made a remark to “just shoot” the Kenwood Elementary School children who have food allergies.

“Well, you should just shoot them,” Grossmann said, following a comment that children’s birthday snacks have been discontinued because of the dangerous effects to children with allergies. Grossmann then said “no” and put her hands up, apparently to indicate that she was not serious.

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Published November 24, 2014

CLAWSON — After a nearly three-week canvassing process, Andrea Hodges is the victor of the final open seat on the Clawson Public Schools Board of Education.

Hodges was one of two residents to file as a write-in candidate for the four-year term. She will join newly elected incumbent board members President Kevin Turner and trustees Linda Grossmann and Ethan McClure. 

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Published November 19, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Residents are invited to gather downtown this weekend for a day of holiday cheer, merry memories and a visit from the jolly old elf.

The 13th annual Holiday Magic Parade will kick off at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the corner of Lincoln and Washington avenues and will feature more than 80 entries, including community groups, marching bands, circus performers, dance troupes and floats from The Parade Company. The LakeShoremen Drum & Bugle Corps will make its debut this year, and morning talk show host Jay Towers, of WNIC-FM, will serve as the grand marshal.

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Published November 19, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Patricia Paruch felt a strong sense of familiarity last week as she joined the City Commission following two decades away from the commission chambers.

“It was kind of déjà vu because I certainly sat there for a number of years, including when I was sitting on the City Commission — that was essentially where I sat. It was in that position along the table,” Paruch said.

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Published November 19, 2014

ROYAL OAK — It has been less than a month, but the bright, flashing lights at the city’s newest crosswalk have caused consternation.

“I have a concern that it is going to give people a false sense of security on that intersection,” Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said. “It appears that both pedestrians and drivers are confused by it. It is something the Police Department is monitoring as best as we can, but I’m advising people to use caution.”

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Published November 19, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Property owners worried about their neighbors’ trees must seek solutions on their own, following a split vote by commission members to keep city officials out of the issue.

By a 4-3 vote, the City Commission decided against further investigation into creating an ordinance governing dangerous trees on private property. Commissioners Patricia Paruch, David Poulton, Jim Ellison and Sharlan Douglas were the no votes.

“This is just another occasion where I’m not sure if we’ve got a solution in search of a problem,” Douglas said.

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