Victoria Mitchell

Published June 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The majority of city commissioners approved a development exclusivity agreement last month for a downsized plan on South Main Street.

Rather than extend an exclusivity agreement with Burton-Katzman LLC, the commission, with a 5-2 vote May 22, approved granting a new 120-day exclusivity agreement for the city-owned parking lot located at 600 S. Main St.

As a part of the agreement, city staff is prohibited from marketing 600 S. Main St. during the five-month period.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Anyone looking for a glimpse into what led up to a Troy doctor’s arrest and subsequent 21 felony charges will have to wait.

Royal Oak resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, stood in an orange jumpsuit May 26 next to attorney Paul Stablein, who waived his client’s right to a preliminary exam and instead will have matters bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court.

Stablein said he spoke to his client the day prior to his appearance in front of 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg about waiving his rights.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Anyone looking for a glimpse into what led up to a Troy doctor’s arrest and subsequent 21 felony charges will have to wait.

Royal Oak resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, stood in an orange jumpsuit May 26 next to attorney Paul Stablein, who waived his client’s right to a preliminary exam and instead will have matters bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court.

Stablein said he spoke to his client the day prior to his appearance in front of 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg about waiving his rights.

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Published June 5, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will be heating up a new location this weekend, as it will bring earthly elements to Main Street.

After decades of calling Washington Avenue home, the happening honoring clay, glass and metal creations will be located on Main Street, stretching from Sixth Street to 11 Mile Road.

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Published June 1, 2017

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Police said a 62-year-old Fenton man was taken into custody after stabbing himself multiple times with a knife while inside a stolen car early Monday morning in the Meijer parking lot at 5150 Coolidge Highway.

The man remained hospitalized as of Thursday, and no one else was injured during the incident.

Royal Oak police received a call from Berkley public safety officers at about 5 a.m. May 29 to report a possible stolen vehicle last seen in the area of Harvard and Webster roads in Royal Oak.

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Published May 31, 2017

CLAWSON — Clawson Public Schools named its 2016-17 Outstanding Teachers of the Year earlier this month, choosing one educator from the elementary, middle and high school levels.

This year’s winners are Denise Cherry, of Kenwood Elementary School; Chris Claffey, of Clawson Middle School; and Angela Stankrauff, of Clawson High School.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Art aficionados throughout the community are invited to gather for a grand celebration in one of the community’s restored buildings that houses some craftsmanship of its own.

The third annual Royal Oak Celebration of the Arts will take place noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave.

The event is a collaboration between the city of Royal Oak and Royal Oak Schools to showcase myriad artistic endeavors created, played, acted, painted, sang, danced and filmed by students and adults.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The majority of City Commission members approved installing some residential sidewalks last week as part of a six-year walkability plan, despite strong opposition from impacted homeowners who must foot the bill.

With a 5-2 vote, the City Commission decided May 22 to add sidewalks to the areas of Custer Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Glendale Avenue, Delemere Boulevard, Sunnybrook Drive, Bellevue Road, Woodside Road, Stephenson Highway and adjacent to three city parks. In total, 10 locations were identified for sidewalks this year.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The fate of two popular events was determined by members of the Downtown Development Authority earlier in May with the help of some outside event planners and promoters.

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Published May 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Members of the community will have many activities available over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29 to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

Memorial Day parade

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lincoln Avenue and Main Street.

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Published May 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin gave his final State of the Schools address earlier this month, highlighting the district’s goals and announcing the possibility of a $59.9 million bond proposal this November.

If approved by the Royal Oak Board of Education, the bond request would appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. The request would be based off a nearly two-year facilities assessment plan. Lewis-Lakin said the plan was developed while keeping the three “A’s” in mind: academics, athletics and the arts.

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Published May 23, 2017

CLAWSON — Residents will see an increase in their water bills this fall following the Clawson City Council’s approval last week to increase rates.

Council members unanimously and unenthusiastically voted in favor of a net 4.05 percent increase during the May 16 regular meeting.

“Generally, when we’re charged with water with an increase, we absolutely pass it on to you,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

The net increase equals $5.31 per 1,000 cubic feet of water used per quarter.

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Published May 18, 2017

Police arrested a man suspected in the armed robbery of a local gas station after seeing the suspect in the area riding a bike early May 18.

The man was taken to the Royal Oak Police Department, where he was awaiting arraignment.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Sgt. Donald Swiatkowski said the man also is believed to be a suspect in a breaking and entering in Troy.

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Published May 17, 2017

CLAWSON — The 2017 Clawson Farmers Market season will open this weekend with its popular Flower Day and will continue straight through to fall with a record number of vendors since the event’s inception and a wider selection of goods.

The market will open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at City Park at Elmwood and Custer avenues. It will continue with those hours each Sunday through September.

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Published May 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — What do you get when you host two animal-loving events throughout the area in one weekend? A cornucopia of tail-wagging, sloppy kisses and “furever” friends.

The spring edition of Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo and the 12th annual Claws & Paws take place this weekend, and both events are free to the public for entry and parking.

Claws & Paws

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