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Bicyclists asking Royal Oak for a little help

Bicyclists are organizing and asking Royal Oak to put together some non-motorized friendly goals to increase the safety of riders. Signage and bike paths along roads are key to improving  the well-being of these bicyclists.

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The group wants Royal Oak to create a non-motorized transportation plan that will set goals to increase safety for bikers and walkers by adding bike lanes and signage to roads that remind everyone streets are meant to be shared by cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.

"The situation is bad here. We have to plan change carefully. Cyclists are riding on the sidewalk; they are getting struck crossing driveways or at corners," said Regan, a Royal Oak resident. "We want that to change. Motorists need to know that they are legally entitled to be there."

At the meeting, commissioners appointed Regan and two other cyclists to a task force to write up some recommendations. A meeting between the task force and City Manager Tom Hoover is being planned, Regan said.

Read the entire article here.

It's parade time in Royal Oak

Everyone loves a parade and magic and the holidays, right? Well, what happens when you combine all three? No, your joints won't lock up with excitement. So, the answer? Go on down to Royal Oak on Nov. 22 and check see for yourself. That's the day the city is having their Downtown Royal Oak Holiday Magic Parade.

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This year's parade offers something for the entire family. The fun begins at 9 am with special parade day sales in participating downtown stores. The parade runs from 10 am 11 am, with the route starting on Washington at Lincoln and heading up to Fourth Street. Plus, there is free parking downtown from 10 am to 2 pm.

 

There will be floats, marching bands, and a variety of other performers from over 50 different area groups. And, to top off the event, Santa will be arriving from the North Pole for one of his first stop in metro Detroit to kick off the holidays. Kids will have the opportunity to visit Santa at Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theater from 11 am to 1 pm.


To volunteer or for more information contact Stephanie McIntyre, Downtown Manger for the Royal Oak DDA, at 248-246-3286 or visit www.downtownroyaloak.org.


Gourmet grocers thriving as of late

The economy is struggling, that's undeniable. But, of course, there are bright spots that are equally undeniable. For instance, gourmet grocers are thriving. As this article states, the next best thing to going to Europe is eating as if you were in Europe.

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Despite the region's dismal economy, upscale grocers are flourishing in Metro Detroit, expanding and adding stores to serve a sophisticated and growing customer base that wants organic produce, natural and international foods, gourmet carry-outs and a glass of wine or a Sanders' hot fudge cream puff while they're shopping.

"A trip to Europe may be out of the question, but consumers can still go to the grocery store and get the ingredients for a meal they would have eaten there," said Linda Gobler, president and CEO of the Michigan Grocers Association. "People want to do something to make themselves feel good."

Read the entire article here.

Local communities make it easier for moviemakers

It hasn't all been soda pop and cotton candy for the film industry here. Michigan wasn't exactly set up for the film production tsunami of '08. Still, the incentive is less than a year old and some growing pains are expected. Luckily, local governments have been greasing the wheels for projects, making it easier to get things done. The hope is that the area will then become more enticing to a yet more moviemakers.

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Cities like Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Ferndale have simplified or created new processes for getting permits to close streets, erect temporary structures and move forward with filmmaking.

In some cases, officials estimate these changes could shave up to a month off the time it takes to get certain permits by allowing administrators to issue them instead of making movie companies first go before a city council or commission.

Ferndale, Rochester and Rochester Hills are building Web sites to help market their communities to movie moguls while Redford Township is creating a promotional packet.

Read the entire article here.

25 years of whips and chains; Happy Birthday Noir Leather

Whether you've been there since the beginning when Noir Leather was located on 3rd Street or if you bought your first chain, whip, or leather vest just last year, Oakland County's most famous fetish shop invites you out for their silver birthday bash. Yep, 25 years later, and a few moves, Noir Leather is still selling their black patent leather fare to people looking for some black patent leather fare.

On Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Crofoot, the party unfolds with a Noir Fetish fashion show, burlesque acts, artist exhibits, and 12 musical acts.

Get more information and directions visit Noir Leather here.

Local produce does a body good... the economy, too

Why go to the Royal Oak Farmer's Market? (Or any farmer's market for that matter?) Well, it'll do your body some good, as well as the economy.

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Some of the nutrients in some produce diminish after it is picked. Shopping at The Farmers Market shortens the time between picking and eating so the food has more of what your body needs. And, locally grown produce almost always tastes better.

Shopping at The Farmers Market also keeps money circulating locally. Says Dr. Susan Smalley, director of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University: "If you spend a dollar ... with a local farmer, he or she will invest some of that dollar back into the farming operation - helping to pay the mortgage, perhaps at a local bank, paying local people who work on the farm, purchasing gas for the tractor locally, etc. Some of your dollar will hopefully be profit - profit that provides the farm family with its income and keeps the land in farming. If you spend a dollar on food in the supermarket, only about 20 cents on average makes it back to the farmer."

Read the entire article here.

Royal Oak-based Adopt-a-Watt Program is an alternative way to fund alternative energy

Alternative energy for public buildings could grow thanks to the Royal Oak-based national program Adopt-a-Watt.

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"We mimic (the Adopt-a-Highway program) exactly, but instead of giving (sponsors) recognition for picking up litter on the side of the highway, we give them community recognition for investing in clean energy," said Wither.

Here's a possible scenario: A company or other private sponsor donates $5,000 to purchase a solar lighting panel and wants it to be installed at the Royal Oak Fire Station at 13 Mile and Woodward. When that solar panel is installed, a sign would be prominently displayed crediting the sponsor business or individual, much like with Adopt-a-Highway.

Read the entire article here.

Visit Adopt-a-Watt here.

Royal Oak might get a spot for Spot... the dog

Royal Oak city commishes have agreed to designate Mark Twain Park as the city's first dog park. Unfortunately, it's not yet concrete. That spot for Spot still needs some cash to get going.

The Royal Oak Dog Park Committee, who pushed the issue, needs funding and is in the process of planning a fund raiser. If all goes well, everyone will finally be able to answer that age old question: Who let the dogs out? It was Royal Oak.

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The 7-acre park doesn't abut homeowner property, has parking and is not an active park, so recreational activities like baseball and soccer are not in jeopardy, said Tod Gazetti, superintendent of recreation.

While the actual size of the dog park has yet to be determined, fencing for 1 acre is roughly $25,000, Gazetti said. The committee also plans to pave the gravel parking lot that officials estimate will cost about one-third of the total. The fund-raising goal has yet to be disclosed.

Read entire article here.

Berkley jumps on board green boat

Going green probably had a different meaning 20 years ago. But these days it's an effort, and not an allusion to getting sick. Berkley has joined 21 cities statewide, and an even larger number across the nation, in making steps toward going green. In addition to that, Berkley is hoping to make their community more "walkable" and less dependent on vehicles.

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Like other communities, Berkley has joined the Sierra Club's "Cool Cities" effort aimed at reducing pollution from carbon-based fuels and other sources.

Cities such as Warren, Flint, Ann Arbor, Ferndale and Royal Oak are also part of the green effort.

Read the entire article here.

Metro Times releases annual 'Best of Detroit'

As they wont to do each year, the Metro Times has released its annual "Best of Detroit" awards.

Check them out here.

Metrotimes publishes area-wide food guide

The Metrotimes annual restaurant guide runs the gamut: from coneys to caviar, from haute to simply hot.

Categories include eggs, buffets, steaks and vegetarian-friendly. Check it out here.

Crain's names its annual 40 under 40

Crain's has released its annual "40 in their 40s" list. It includes success stories from all over Southeast Michigan and from numerous industries.

The front page of the feature is here.

Zombies take to the streets of Royal Oak on Sept. 29

On the evening of September 29, Zombie Walk Detroit will take to the streets of Royal Oak. Don't try to fight them -- join 'em!

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The Detroit area Zombie Walk needs VICTIMS.

If you are interested in being a fresh piece of meat, why... you just let us know.
We need a couple of 'living' to munch on along the way- keep our energy up.

All that's required is for you to mildly fight off the zombies and lose-
You can do that, can't you? Caaaaan't you?

After you're zombified, you'll join the pack. Errr.. herd.
Uhm.. flock. Uhhhh... murder. Yes, that's it! The murder of zombies.

Hey, if crows can have it, so can we.

Read more here.

Sept. 20-22, Detour brings Detroit 30 bands in 3 days

On-line pop culture magazine Detour is officially celebrating its launch with three nights of 30 bands.

From September 20 through 22, venues include CAID and the Magic Stick. Check here for all the deets.

Read mode's coverage of Detour here.

Go Solar headed to Oakland County

The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is bringing its Go Solar program to Oakland County, utilizing bulk purchasing methods to lower to cost of solar products for homeowners.

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Program options include a solar domestic hot water system or a one-kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric system or both.

The systems in the Go Solar program are standardized. Therefore, as the contractor continues installing identical systems, they are able
to reduce labor costs. All of this translates into savings for the homeowner.

During 2007, federal tax credits are available to homeowners installing solar electric and solar water heating systems. In addition to savings, program participants get the satisfaction of working with a local business.

Read the entire article here.


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