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October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Run (For Your Lives) in Costume!

The annual Frightful 5K and Pumpkin 1K event will be haunting the Troy Community Center on Sunday, October 28. Whether you’re a goblin, ghost or zombie, you can scare your friends and neighbors running the 5K along Big Beaver or do the monster dash at the Pumpkin 1K. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. at Troy Community Center and the Pumpkin 1K is at 9:30 a.m. This year, there will be even more fun with inflatables and a free open swim for race participants. Registration includes a race shirt, bag, and free open swim. Register here.

Fifi, Fido and Friends are Invited to Howl-O-Ween

 

Why should kids without fur have all the fun? Dress up your canine children and bring them to trick-or-treat and show off their Howl-O-Ween finest in a doggie costume contest. The event will be Tuesday, October 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Daisy Knight Dog Park. The event is for dog park members and space is limited to the first 50 small dogs and 50 large dogs. Dogs must wear their licenses. Tickets are $3 per dog for residents and $5 per dog for nonresidents. The rain date is Wednesday, October 24. Register by noon on October 22 in person at Troy Community Center or online at rec.troymi.gov/registration using activity #8200-A for dogs over 25 lbs. or activity #8200-B for dogs under 25 lbs.

Get Paid to Help at Pools, Parties or on Hardpack

Whether your specialty is water, tiny tots or mogul fields, Troy Recreation might be looking for you. They are currently hiring for positions including swim Instructor, lifeguard, community center attendant, Birthday Party Coordinators and leaders, rec aides and ski program staff. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older and are asked to apply in person at the Community Center. Call (248) 524-3484 for more information.

Troy City Council Schedules Interviews for City Manager Candidates

Troy City Council has scheduled a first round of interviews for City Manager candidates for Saturday, October 27.  The six candidates are: Victor Cardenas, Jane Bais-DiSessa, Gary M. Mekjian, Mark F. Miller, Rex Saukkonen, and Chris D. Wilson. You can see the candidates’ resumes at https://bit.ly/2EiGpbU. A finalist round of interviews is expected to be scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, at which time the public will be able to meet the finalist candidates.

The Ridgedale Players Present “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)”

In this comedy by Steve Franco, the Douglas family is busily preparing to be invaded by their quirky relatives for their annual Christmas Eve dinner.  After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high-strung and irritable Tony and his dim-witted sidekick Vinny find themselves in need of a place to briefly hide out.  Using a ruse to gain entrance into the Douglas home, they suddenly find themselves in charge of an ever-growing list of family members that they are forced to hold hostage.  Performances will be November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2018. Tickets are available at ridgedaleplayers.com/2018-2019-season.

 

October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

It May Be You

Clawson is one of those walkable, hometowny kinds of places. And the mission of The Clawson Downtown Development Authority is to keep the downtown area strong and vibrant. In celebration of the city and the people in it, the DDA recently completed the first phase of a permanent public art installation consisting of steel silhouettes that represent what DDA Director Joan Horton calls “the very best of Clawson – its people.” Several two-dimensional steel figures represent a woman and her dog, a man holding a child, a woman with a shopping bag and a youngster with a backpack. The DDA is currently looking for sponsors for the next phase of the installation. Contact Joan Horton at (248) 435-5299 or ddadirector@cityofclawson.com for sponsorship information.

The Blue Cat Band Rocks the Clawson Public Library

Come tap your feet and get into a groove at the library. Detroiters Al Carmichael on guitar and vocals, Billy Farris on guitar and vocals, Ken Murphy on drums and percussion, and Frankie Lee and bass bring together four lifetimes of musical experience and styles. The group has deep Detroit roots as well as a long list of song-writing, studio, national and international touring credits. Their rock, country, folk and blues classics will bring a whole new vibe to the Library at an all-ages show on Monday, October 29   7:00pm -7:45pm. To register, call (248) 588-5500.

Scary Senior Halloween Event

The Clawson Senior Center will host a Halloween Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon. The afternoon will feature food, tricks, treats and prizes for the best costumes. The cost is $4, and tickets should be purchased by October 25th. Clawson residents can call the center to arrange free transportation for any of their programs or for lunch. Please call (248) 583-6700 for more information.

AOK Acting & Improv Workshop & Halloween Party

Do you want to act like a goblin or a ghoul? Acting Out Kids Community Theatre Kids is hosting a Halloween event for youngsters ages 7 to 18. Costumes are welcome but not required for this evening of acting, improv, and Halloween games and activities.

Acting Out Kids Community Theatre is an inclusive, youth-centered performing arts theatre and production studio that works to build confidence and emphasizes creativity in all aspects and all types of stage and video production.

The Halloween event will take place on Friday, October 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hunter Community Center in Clawson. The price is $10.00 per child and there will be concessions available for purchase. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.  To register, please contact actingoutkids@yahoo.com.

October 10th, 2018

October 10th, 2018

Chicken Talk

On Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m., there will be a public town hall meeting to discuss the current animal ordinance and chickens in particular. The meeting will be at City Hall at 425 N. Main Street.

It May Be You

Clawson is one of those walkable, hometowny kinds of places. And the mission of The Clawson Downtown Development Authority is to keep the downtown area strong and vibrant. In celebration of the city and the people in it, the DDA recently completed the first phase of a permanent public art installation consisting of steel silhouettes that represent what DDA Director Joan Horton calls “the very best of Clawson – its people.” Several two-dimensional steel figures represent a woman and her dog, a man holding a child, a woman with a shopping bag and a youngster with a backpack. The DDA is currently looking for sponsors for the next phase of the installation. Contact Joan Horton at (248) 435-5299 or ddadirector@cityofclawson.com for sponsorship information.

Free College Savings Talk

College doesn’t have to break the bank. John M. Dyer, a Financial Advisor with Royal Oak Financial Advisors, LLC, will help you learn how to invest in your child’s future without sacrificing yours on Saturday, October 13, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Blair Memorial Library. My Dyer can help you figure out how much college will cost, understand your savings options and decide which is best for you, while avoiding common college savings pitfalls. Call 248.588.5500 to register.

Kids Don’t Have to be Spooked by Allergies this Halloween

Although we don’t quite know why food allergies are on the rise, we do know that they can take the fun out of Halloween. To put the treat back into Halloween for kids with allergies, Clawson’s Downtown Development Authority created Trick-or-Treasure, their annual allergy-friendly trick or treat event.

Kids are invited to come out on Saturday, October 27 from noon until 3 p.m. and visit downtown businesses to gather allergy-friendly treat. Little witches, wizards, super-heroes and monsters will get treats from participating businesses as well as the Clawson Police and Fire Departments.

Halloween Isn’t Just for Little Kids in Clawson

The Great Pubkin Crawl for the over-21 set is a team event that combines a scavenger hunt, trivia, games and silly tasks. On Saturday, October 27, players will visit at least five of the eight venues while completing a game booklet solving puzzles, completing tasks and finding scavenger hunt items or snapping a photo. Booklets will be turned in at the end of the night for the prize drawings. Wear a costume and enjoy food and drink specials at downtown spots such as Mojave Cantina, Moose Winooski, Fifty Four West, Black Lotus Brewing Company, Old Detroit Burger Bar, Montage Grill, Tavern on the Main, Renshaw Lounge, and the new Zeoli’s Italian. Proceeds will support the Downtown Public Art Fund. Space is limited, so the organizers suggest pre-registration. Visit the DDA site for registration and more information. Registration will also be open the evening of the event at Three Cats Cafe, 116 W. 14 Mile, from 6-7pm.

Halloween Isn’t Just for Little Kids in Clawson

Halloween Isn’t Just for Little Kids in Clawson

The Great Pubkin Crawl for the over-21 set is a team event that combines a scavenger hunt, trivia, games and silly tasks. On Saturday, October 27, players will visit at least five of the eight venues while completing a game booklet solving puzzles, completing tasks and finding scavenger hunt items or snapping a photo. Booklets will be turned in at the end of the night for the prize drawings. Wear a costume and enjoy food and drink specials at downtown spots such as Mojave Cantina, Moose Winooski, Fifty Four West, Black Lotus Brewing Company, Old Detroit Burger Bar, Montage Grill, Tavern on the Main, Renshaw Lounge, and the new Zeoli’s Italian. Proceeds will support the Downtown Public Art Fund. Space is limited, so the organizers suggest pre-registration. Visit the DDA site for registration and more information. Registration will also be open the evening of the event at Three Cats Cafe, 116 W. 14 Mile, from 6-7pm.

For 112 Years, Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors Have Served the Royal Oak Community

For 112 Years, Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors Have Served the Royal Oak Community

For 112 Years, Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors Have Served the Royal Oak Community

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OCTOBER 2018

BY REBECCA CALAPPI

LBN Community Series
Royal Oak

When Eric Page’s father died in 2014, there was no doubt in his mind who he’d call first: Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors.

“Even if we didn’t know the Lopes as well as we do, there’d be absolutely no doubt who we’d call,” said Page. “They’ve taken care of my grandmother, my grandfather, and my father. You know for sure that everything’s going to be done correctly. What the family name stands for is the utmost dignity for your family member and there’s never a doubt.”

Mike Lope (L), John Sullivan (C), and Jim Sullivan (R)

Page is childhood friends with Michael Lope, the great-grandson of William Sullivan, the founder of Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors. Michael, along with his father Ray Lope, mother Meg (Sullivan) Lope, uncles John Sullivan and Bill Sullivan, aunt Marty (Sullivan) McGinnity and cousin Jim Sullivan, now run the family business.

Since many people hosted funerals in their own house, there was no need for a funeral home, just a storefront.

“William had a livery stable in downtown Royal Oak and he knew a cabinet maker, so together they could make caskets and get people to the cemetery,” said Lope.

The year was 1906 and the storefront was located on Main Street in Royal Oak.

In 1939, after twins Meg and Marty were born, William Sullivan moved his family to a house on 11 Mile Road. This would become the permanent home of the family business.

About that time, having family funerals at home was going out of vogue and more people began turning to funeral homes for all their needs. The funeral home had two chapels at the time, and the family lived above the business.

 

In 1945, the family moved to another house to make room for William’s expanding business. By the 1960s and 1970s, William had passed away, leaving his son, Jim in charge.

John Sullivan is a co-owner. “I saw what my grandfather and father did, and respected them. We had a good name in the community and I wanted to help with that. We’re proud to have the fourth generation here to keep it going. We’re going to be here for a long time,” he said.

“We really want people to feel comfortable when they come in, like they’re home. We want them to welcome their guests in a relaxed environment.”

Today, the Sullivan family is as dedicated as ever to providing compassionate, dignified services for families at two locations, including Utica. The old homestead on 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak is still the site of the funeral home, but after several expansions and additions, it’s difficult to see the original footprint from outside.

“We’re always putting money into our buildings,” said Lope. “We really want people to feel comfortable when they come in, like they’re home. We want them to welcome their guests in a relaxed environment.”

 

Both locations recently added a large chapel, “because so many people don’t identify with a church. We put the addition on to serve that niche,” said Lope.

Additionally, Sullivan & Son offers specialized services that many other funeral homes don’t.

“We’re one of the leaders in the area for green burials, which is basically environmentally friendly burial. No embalming or traditional vaults. The idea is to get people back to the earth as soon as possible. We have two to three green burial seminars a year and probably do 20 a year,” said Lope. “It’s a personal preference, though. Our whole focus is to make sure our staff is educated and families get what they want. We need to make sure we’re experts in all the fields.”

Lope explained that Sullivan & Son provides a full range of services for whatever a family might need.

“The whole thing for us is to try and offer as many options as possible. Pre-arranging funerals helps people get what they’re looking for, but once someone passes away, it’s important for families to know we’re there for them,” said Lope. “Our biggest thing as funeral directors, is to help figure out what’s best for families. Customer service is at the heart of what we do. Whatever it is people are looking for, we’re here for them.”

The Sullivan family roots run deep in Royal Oak as does their sense of duty to the community to which they belong. They are major supporters of the Boys and Girls Club, and served with the Rotary, St. Vincent de Paul, historical societies and many more. Mortuary science students at Wayne State University are invited to use the apartment at the funeral home when they are completing their apprenticeship as well.

“Community service is paramount. We don’t do it just for business purposes, we truly believe in our community,” said Lope.

For more than 112 years, Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors has been the shoulder the Royal Oak community leans on in sad times. It’s the oldest business in the city and has high hopes of being able to serve the community that has been so good to them for many years to come.

Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors
Royal Oak: (248) 541-7000
Utica: (586) 731-2411
www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com

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