Victoria Mitchell

Published May 17, 2017

CLAWSON — City Attorney Jon Kingsepp was expected to continue the discussion May 16 about a new ordinance governing animals deemed a public nuisance.

Kingsepp was expected to revisit the conversation that started earlier in the month after the majority of City Council members passed the first reading of an ordinance creating sanctions aimed at animals that cause a nuisance. The council was not expected to pass the ordinance on second reading during the May 16 meeting, which was held after the Review went to press.

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Published May 15, 2017

ROYAL OAK — So what exactly would a city center development look like?

First of all, the City Commission has made it clear that nothing has been finalized.

Discussion of a $100 million city center development began in April 2016, and after a series of town hall and public meetings spanning the past year, iterations of what the development would look like and who would maintain ownership have emerged.

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Published May 15, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Visions of a city center development including nearly $100 million in buildings and a central park on municipal property took a step toward reality when site plans for a private office building received a green light last week.

On May 9, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional site plan and a special use permit for the Central Park Development Group’s six-story office building.

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Published May 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Gary Dodge, 44th District Court administrator, is looking for feedback on the new online services that the court rolled out late last month.

The courthouse was one of a handful chosen to try out online access for numerous services, including viewing past and present daily dockets and looking up court cases.

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Published May 10, 2017

CLAWSON — The Kenwood Elementary School Edible Kids Gardening Club is growing good things and cultivating friendship, life lessons and a lot of fun.

“I hope to establish good eating habits and get them excited about gardening,” said parent volunteer and club leader Lisa Ball. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

Ball combines her knowledge and passion for gardening and healthy eating habits while meeting with students in second to fifth grades who stay after school to be part of the group.

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Published May 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak High School was named last week as one of the 2017 Best High Schools as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

The school received the designation for the third consecutive year.

“We are doing good work at Royal Oak High School,” said Principal Mike Giromini. “Teachers are engaged in regular reflection about curriculum and instruction​, and we continue to develop our IB Middle Years Programme in conjunction with Royal Oak Middle School.

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Published May 8, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Mother’s Day in the city means tradition and flowers — a lot of flowers.

This year will not vary when the 24th annual Royal Oak in Bloom fills the Williams Street parking lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in front of City Hall.

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — An even bigger rib festival is returning to the downtown this summer following majority City Commission approval to once again support the event.

Members of the City Commission approved 6-1 a request to host Royal Oak Rib Fest June 30-July 2 in the two Main Street municipal parking lots and adjacent areas between Fifth and Seventh streets.

The festival would take place from 1 to 11 p.m. June 30,  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 and from noon to 9:30 p.m. July 2, with street closures beginning  at 8 a.m. June 29 to set up the event.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A suspected third-time drunken driver was arrested early April 21 after allegedly leading police on a low-speed chase through multiple communities.

Farmington Hills resident Satira Marie Kitchen, 50, was arraigned in 44th District Court April 21 and charged with operating while intoxicated-third offense, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, open alcohol in a motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. She was given a $10,000 bond.

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Published May 3, 2017

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Mail carriers throughout the area are hoping that they will collect much more than they deliver next weekend.

Saturday, May 13, is the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive day, when people can leave nonperishable food items near their mailboxes for pickup.

The drive takes place annually the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the United States, and the initiative is led by the National Association of Letter Carriers with the help of other postal employees and volunteers.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Smiling at times, resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, walked through Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom last week before sitting down next to his attorney for a hearing at the 44th District Court.

Singh was set to appear for his preliminary examination April 28, but the proceeding was continued because the original prosecutor on the case was unable to attend. At the judge’s request, another attorney appeared from the prosecution’s team.

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Published May 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Gail Boledovich took her own life May 1, 2005, after battling schizophrenia.

Since that day, Royal Oak resident Julie Farhat and her siblings — Boledovich’s children — have been doing what they can to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

For Farhat and her siblings, that meant creating the charitable organization Mind Over Matter — or MOM, as many refer to it — along with an annual fundraising run.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — With a round of applause and a unanimous vote, Mary Beth Fitzpatrick officially was approved as the next Royal Oak Schools superintendent during the April 13 Board of Education meeting.

Board members approved a three-year annually renewable contract with a base salary of $165,000, increasing 2 percent per year. The contract, including other benefits, is effective July 1.

The contract was negotiated by the Staff Relations Committee, which consists of three school board members.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Get ready to be dazzled with spins, jumps and plenty of sequins this weekend at the community ice rink.

“Extra! Extra! Skate All About It!” will hit the ice April 29 and 30 at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

This year marks the 38th annual performance of the City of Royal Oak Ice Show, and performances will feature numbers representing various sections of a newspaper, including headlines, sports, weather and entertainment.

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