Victoria Mitchell

Published April 26, 2017

Royal Oak — The Royal Oak Schools 2016-17 Outstanding Teachers of the Year are elementary teacher Lynne Laurinec, middle school teacher Greg White and high school teacher Leah Doster-Barnett.

The Board of Education honored all three teachers last month.

“You represent the very best of what happens in our buildings each and every day,” Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin told the honorees during the meeting.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The planning has begun as officials prepare to celebrate upcoming momentous dates in the city’s history.

City Manager Don Johnson said he wants to draw attention to three significant events coming up for the city:

• The 100th anniversary of the Royal Oak Police Department, which will take place next year.

• The bicentennial of Lewis Cass naming the area Royal Oak, which will take place in 2019.

• The 100th anniversary of Royal Oak becoming a city, which will take place in 2021.

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Published April 24, 2017

NOVI — What began as a humble event with a community of like-minded folks has morphed into a star-studded happening that includes thousands who embrace a vegan lifestyle.

“Eighteen years ago, we had a small hall in Ferndale and 300 people showed up, and throughout the years, it’s just evolved, and now we’re anticipating 5,000 attendees,” said VegMichigan President Paul Krause. “It’s really become our premier event and one of the major one-day events at the facility.”

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Published April 19, 2017

CLAWSON — Art in the city abounds following the recent installation of 10 pieces throughout the community, compliments of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside| Out program.

The installation took place April 12 at different key Clawson locations, including City Hall, the Blair Memorial Library, Evolve, Barb’s Pasties & Pizza, Phil Cavill’s Tire & Auto Service, Val’s Pet Supplies and in City Park for prominent display during the farmers market season.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLAWSON —  New cards were revealed last Monday as just one of a few debuts during National Library Week April 10-14 at the Blair Memorial Library.

The new full-sized and keychain cards feature a photo of the library on North Main Street, bringing a fresher look to its predecessor. The photo includes an outside look at the library and was taken by youth librarian Kristen Church.

“In honor of National Library Week, we thought we would just go ahead and launch them,” said Blair Memorial Library Director Jenni Gannod.

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Published April 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are ready to face off once again in the seventh annual Guns & Hoses charity hockey game this weekend.

The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

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Published April 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the community will have the opportunity April 20 to see design plans for a new Police Department headquarters proposed on city-owned property adjacent to the 44th District Court.

Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said Police Chief Corey O’Donohue will present the police station design plans to the public at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, on city cable TV station WROK.

“The presentation can also be viewed on Facebook and YouTube live,” she said.

Davids said the plans will be available online too.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When Fadi Francis put out a call to the community to help promote autism awareness, he never imagined the magnitude of positivity and partnership that would come his way on behalf of the Judson Center.

Francis works at the Judson Center’s Royal Oak location as a development associate and was tasked with kicking off the Bring Autism to Light campaign.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Two men face time behind bars after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase with drugs in the car.

John Michael Knudsen, 38, of Livonia, and Dustin Michael Cline, 28, of Trenton, were arraigned April 5 in 44th District Court.

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Published April 11, 2017

ROYAL OAK — From recycling to gardening to renewable energy, Earth Day events in the city will provide knowledge and know-how this Saturday.

Earth Day in Royal Oak, presented by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board, will take place 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 in the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. 

Rain barrels will be available for $60, and the event will serve as a sneak peek of the new 65-gallon recycling cart for residents.

Information will be provided during the event on what can and cannot go into the new bins.

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Published April 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Brooke Wilson Vitale’s love for baking goes beyond buttercream.

She began her admiration for baked goods as a teen creating recipes from scratch while blogging her way through the process.

Vitale fondly mixed ingredients and flavors to hone her passion and connect with her late grandmother.

Her blog is no longer online, but her craft and grandmother’s legacy are vibrantly shining at Vitale’s two Love & Buttercream locations in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

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Published April 5, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — After the death of a beloved Huntington Woods teen, the city will dedicate one of his favorite spots in his honor.

The Huntington Woods City Commission approved at its March 28 meeting a resolution to place a plaque in honor of Dominic Geskey on a bench in front of the city’s Public Safety Department, 12755 W. 11 Mile Road.

Geskey, 15, died March 13 from sudden cardiac arrest. He is survived by his parents, Stephen Geskey and Mary Blazevich, and his sisters, Claire and Ella.

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Published April 5, 2017

CLAWSON — The hunt will begin this weekend when the Easter Bunny hops into town and greets local children with a treat and a smile.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. April 8 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave., at Bywood Avenue.

“It looks like April 8 will be a dry and sunny day,” said Mayor Penny Luebs, encouraging everyone to come out.

Last year’s mid-March happening was chilly, and organizers are hoping for a warmer temperature this year.

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Published April 5, 2017

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FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — The cities of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Detroit, as well as the Detroit Zoo, might partner on a proposed trolley system that would make stops along Woodward Avenue.

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Published April 4, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — Police arrested a Southfield man after he allegedly led them on a multi-city, high-speed car chase last week.

Frankie Lysander Burton, 50, was arraigned in 44th District Court March 30 and charged with one felony count of third-degree fleeing and eluding, two felony counts of first-degree retail fraud, and one count of operating a vehicle without a license. Each felony count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, and the license offense carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail. His bond was set at $50,000, no 10 percent.

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