Victoria Mitchell

Published November 3, 2014

Royal Oak Mayor Pro Tem David Poulton is running as a write-in candidate for 44th District Court judge following recent news that incumbent Judge Terrance Brennan is no longer on the bench.

Poulton said he knew that Brennan had not been in the courthouse since early last month and was aware that the Michigan Supreme Court named Judge Derek Meinecke as the new 44th District chief judge.

“I’ve also heard rumors of other things at the court, and I’ve learned from (city) administration that the judge planned to resign if re-elected,” Poulton said.

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Published October 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Plans for a Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Royal Oak are moving forward following the City Commission’s approval of an estimated $50 million project on North Main Street.

Commissioners unanimously approved a special development agreement Oct. 20 that authorized the redevelopment of the former Jim Fresard auto dealership at 400 N. Main Street. The dealership closed in 2008, and the property has been vacant ever since.

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Published October 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — This is the week resident John E.L. Tenney blends in with the macabre backdrop of horror flicks, ghost sightings and instantaneous looks of horror on faces young and old.

“I’m the weird guy in the neighborhood who passes out candy and watches classic horror movies,” Tenney said.

But the intriguing notion of this guy is that, come Nov. 1, when everyone else puts their costumes away, the realm of paranormal activity remains Tenney’s reality.

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Published October 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — On Nov. 4, residents will vote for or against the Normandy Oaks Park Ordinance that would allow city officials to sell up to one-fifth of the public golf course and convert the remaining acreage to a city park.

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Published October 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The City released a plan last week that gives a street-by-street look at proposed construction if voters approve a Nov. 4 ballot proposal asking for money to support Royal Oak’s road system. 

The 2014 Proposed Management Program & Millage Plan of Action document, plus maps and tables, are available by visiting www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us.

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Published October 22, 2014

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — It is time to gather up your ghosts and goblins and head downtown for a haunting Halloween. The communities of Clawson and Royal Oak are hosting a myriad of activities open to youth looking for an alternative to traditional door-to-door tricks and treats.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority will offer Trick or Treasure 2014 for families looking for an allergy-friendly way to celebrate the October holiday.

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Published October 22, 2014

CLAWSON — What once looked like a shortage of candidates for the Clawson Public Schools Board of Education is now a full slate following the recent filing of one write-in candidate.

Thomas J. Reed Jr. filed the necessary paperwork with the Oakland County Elections Division to run for one of four full-term openings.

Residents will be asked on the Nov. 4 ballot to vote for four school board members to serve out a full term and one candidate for a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016. One candidate, Kimberley M. Carlesimo, is running for the partial-term seat.

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Published October 22, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Judy Davids has always been a constant in the Royal Oak scene, but it wasn’t until the August floods that it became apparent her devotion reached award-winning status.

Davids’ role as the City of Royal Oak community engagement specialist requires her to take phone calls from residents, which were voluminous during the Aug. 11 storms, but there is nothing in her job description that states she must roll up her sleeves and go to residents’ homes and personally clean up their flooded basements.

That is exactly what Davids did, though.

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Published October 20, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak residents must decide in November the dollar value they place on city roads.

Voters will be asked Nov. 4 if they would approve an amendment to the City Charter allowing the City to levy a tax of up to 2.5 mills for a period not to exceed 10 years.

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Published October 17, 2014

After three years on the City Commission, Peggy Goodwin resigned effective immediately Oct. 15.

“It’s hard,” she said. “But the best thing to do was to resign.”

Her decision came after considering her professional and personal commitments, and primarily her need to coordinate her mother’s long-term care as she leaves a nursing and rehabilitation center this week.

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Published October 15, 2014

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners passed last week on creating a proposal that would offer residents free permits for certain work resulting from flood damage repair.

The Oct. 6 decision to not take action came upon the advice of City Manager Don Johnson, who explained during the regular commission meeting that because of the presidential disaster declaration Sept. 25, he believed that permit costs should be covered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency program.

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Published October 13, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Local dignitaries and philanthropists gathered Oct. 9 at Starr Jaycee Park to share in more than $360,000 raised during the 17th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

About 75 attendees gathered at the 13 Mile Road park, east of Crooks, during a brisk morning as Event Producer Jonathan Witz presented to 75 nonprofit and community organizations a total of $360,820 raised during the Labor Day weekend event. 

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