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Berkley – August 26, 2019

Berkley – August 26, 2019

Berkley Named Best Suburb in Michigan

Berkley officials announced the city was named the Best Suburb in Michigan by GoBankingRates and featured in the Top Suburb in Every State on

The ranking, which came out in August, is based in part on strong residential property values, a low crime rate, and an exceptional school district. U.S. News & World Report lists Berkley High School as one of the Best High Schools in America for 2019.

Berkley City Manager Matt Baumgarten said the announcement is one more feather in the cap for a community that’s earned a number of accolades in recent years. This year alone, Berkley was named one of the Top 10 Cities & Towns for New Families in the U.S by and one of the Top 5 safest Communities in Michigan by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

“We have a great mix of young families who just moved into Berkley and families who have roots in our community that trace back for generations,” Baumgarten said. “Our residents are involved in the community – they volunteer, they speak up, they value our progress and our traditions. That type of support makes a huge difference.”

Fire Hall Expansion Weekly Update

The cement work was completed last week. Lighting and painting are next on the agenda for the new building.

Ribbon Cutting for Administration Building

Join Berkley Schools on Monday, Sep. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. for an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Administrative Offices Building (formerly Tyndall Center). Stop in to see the transformation from a child care building into an office building with professional development spaces throughout. The new offices are located at 14501 Talbot St, in Oak Park.



Library Book Club Seeks Bookworms

The Tuesday Book Club will meet Sept. 10 to discuss “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” by Lisa See. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m.



Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Royal Oak – August 26, 2019

Royal Oak – August 26, 2019

On Your Mark…Get Set…Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

Thousands of runners and walkers will lace up their running shoes and head to the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 8, for the Detroit Zoological Society’s 23rd annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

The event includes a 5K run, 10K run, Too Wild! 5K + 10K combo and noncompetitive 1.5-mile fun walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K races start at the Detroit Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo. Walkers follow a course past many of the award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo begins with the 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by the untimed fun walk at 8:45 a.m. and the 10K run at 9:15 a.m. Online registration is available at until 10 p.m. Sept. 5, and registration will also be available at the Zoo on Sept. 6, 7 and 8.

All Run Wild participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Detroit Zoological Society water bottle, a finisher medal at the completion of their race and admission to the Detroit Zoo on race day.

Special spectator admission includes access to the finish line, the post-race party and admission to the Zoo for the day. Spectator admission can be purchased in conjunction with race registration or during packet pickup hours. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-18.

The Detroit Zoological Society is looking for volunteers 16 years of age or older to assist as course marshals during the event. For information, contact

Arts, Beats & Eats Information for Royal Oak Residents

Just when the Dream Cruise is over, Arts, Beats & Eats blows into town. Residets should take note of road closures and parking questions.
Washington between Second and Lincoln, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Lincoln streets between Lafayette and Main, and Center Street between Third and Seventh.

Most streets close for festival set-up at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The following streets will remain open at all times around the festival: Lafayette to the west, Eleven Mile to the north, and Main Street to the east.

Within an approximate one half to one-mile radius from the festival, all parking in neighborhoods is on a permit parking only basis, and police will be issuing $50 fines as a deterrent. Residents may report problems to Royal Oak Police, who also have the option to tow vehicles if resident parking problems are an issue.

All bands on local stages stop at 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 9 p.m. on Monday. All bands on the national stage run until 11:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and until 10 p.m. on Monday.

Royal Oak Police will have representatives patrolling neighborhoods for parking violations and unruly behavior. Report any concerns at any time to Royal Police Department non-emergency line at 248-246-3500.

For more information go to

Parking for All

Parking for disabled people is now free in many areas in Downtown Royal Oak through February 2020.

The free parking is being offered at nearly two dozen recently added on-street handicap spots and all surface lots. Normal parking rates apply at all city-owned parking structures.

The locations of the on-street handicap parking spaces — located on Washington Ave, Center St. and Seventh St. — were selected to minimize the distance to the nearest ramp or dropped curb, and to provide a safe aisle adjacent to the parking space.

The new handicap spots are not necessarily ADA compliant as the roadway pavement may exceed 2 percent in some areas. However, for a retrofit of existing parking areas, the selected locations are appropriate.

Seven New Art Installations Coming to Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts presented the pieces it was recommending for the 2019-2020 Art Explored Program to the city commission at the Aug. 12 meeting and the commissioner unanimously approved. Be sure to take a tour downtown to see these six pieces already installed:

  • Fractured Excavations Tile Series by Nick Wecker on the Royal Oak Public Library Building at 222 East Eleven Mile Road
  • Ben Jamin by Steve Miller on the Center Street Parking Deck at 300 South Center Street
  • Pullin Your Weight by Michael Errigo on the Sullivan Building at 225 South Main Street
  • Baptized in Dirty Water by Onzie Norman on the SMART Transit Center on the South Lafayette side of the structure
  • Assembly Line by Francis Vallejo on the Little Bros Restaurant at 201 W 4th Street
  • House on the Hill by Lisa Goedert ion Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle at 310 South Troy Street
Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Troy – August 26, 2019

Troy – August 26, 2019

Save the Date for Battle of the Badges

Join the community for an epic softball game between the Troy Police Department and the Troy Fire Department Friday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.

All proceeds from the game will go to the Troy Firefighter Memorial Project. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.A raffle, 50/50 tickets and snacks will be available at the game.

Volunteers Needed for Troy Family Daze

The annual Troy Family Daze festival is right around the corner, and community volunteers are crucial to its success. Individuals interested in volunteering can check out this link for the various opportunities, and times available.

Troy Daze is Sept. 12 – 15 at the Troy Civic Center.


Tell Us What you Think

Be sure to take the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey that is online now.

The department is conducting this survey until Sept. 6 to get input from Troy residents and non-residents. Click here to fill out this short survey and share your opinion.

What’s Your Brand?: A Personal Branding Workshop

Are you looking to jump into the professional world? Change careers? Get that promotion? This workshop might be the tool to help you do just that. Head to the Troy Public Library Thursday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to see real-world examples, in a workshop that focuses on defining one’s personal brand and offers tips on leveraging it to stand out at work…and beyond.



Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
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Auburn Hills – August 26, 2019

Auburn Hills – August 26, 2019

#TweetsFromTheBeat Returns

#TweetsFromTheBeat is back by popular demand! Join the Auburn Hills Police Department, Shelby Township Police Department, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Ferndale Police Department on Twitter Sept. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. for their own “Live PD” Tweet Along. Make sure you are following all of the departments on social media if you’d like to participate.

SeptemBEERfest Announces Breweries

Lovers of craft beer rejoice—the breweries for SeptemBEERfest were announced. Roak Brewing Co., Perrin Brewing Co., Rochester Mills Beer Co., and Midland Brewing Company will all be on hand to quench the thirst of the masses. All proceeds go to the Auburn Hills Community Foundation. Register today.

Library Closes for Renovations

Beginning this week, the library will close at 6 p.m. Aug. 28-30 to prepare for renovations. After that, the library will close from Saturday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 9, for renovation work.

I-75 Update

The latest Michigan Department of Transportation for the I-75 construction is in. Click the link to learn more and sign up for updates.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Mount Clemens – August 26, 2019

Mount Clemens – August 26, 2019

Save the Date for Mount Clemens Grand Prix, Pancake Breakfast

On Saturday, Sept. 7, join Moran Chevrolet, Leslie Tire, Three Blind Mice, Ruehles Towing and many of our other local business as they compete in the Mount Clemens Grand Prix. Held at Cass Avenue and Northbound Gratiot Avenue in Downtown Mount Clemens, bring the family for a day of fun, including an All-You-Can-Eat-Pancake Breakfast served at the Mount Clemens Fire Department.

Clinton River Live Music Festival Coming Soon

Get out your toe-tapping shoes for the Mount Clemens Clinton River Live Music Festival on Sept. 21 from 1 to 9 p.m.

This new event will be held at the Clinton River Park located downtown along both riverbanks of the Clinton River between the Crocker and Dickinson bridges.

The Mount Clemens Clinton River Live Music Festival, under the direction of Alexander Zonjic, will be a free event featuring continuous entertainment showcasing Jazz, Blues, Motown, R&B, and World Music. The festival will present five acts comprised of national, regional and local entertainment.


Financial Planning for You

Planning for the future have you confused? Plan on attending a seminar Monday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Clemens Public Library to help you stay on the right path. Gain practical knowledge on how to define your financial goals. Learn how to make informed decisions that fit your expectations and vision for the future. Whether your objective is family-focused or individualized personal finance, uncover how investments, retirement assets and insurance can all work for you!

Register here.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor