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Community groups to schedule meetings with Regional Transit Authority CEO Michael Ford

Communities across metro Detroit have a lot of questions about the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), which was created by the state legislature in December 2012: How will it be funded? What power will the authority have over existing transit agencies like SMART and DDOT? Will the RTA bring true mass transit in the form of rail or bus rapid transit to the region?

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, community groups will have the opportunity to schedule meetings with the RTA's CEO Michael Ford where they will be able to ask those and other questions regarding the future of regional transit in Southeast Michigan. The Harriet Tubman Center at St. John's Episcopal Church in Royal Oak will be hosting two one-hour scheduling sessions (noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.). Community groups will have the ability to schedule follow-up meetings with Ford in the months of March, April, and May. St. John's is located at 26998 Woodward Ave.

Space is limited. Visit the Harriet Tubman Center's website to RSVP for the event.

Royal Oak gets web-savvy parking meters

You know the future is now when even the dreaded parking meter has an app and happily accepts internet transactions.


The sticker represents Royal Oak’s partnership with Parkmobile, a parking payment provider that allows visitors to conduct parking transactions via their smart phones. Users can pay for parking through the internet, a mobile application or a toll-free number.

There also are options for users to receive alerts to notify them when the time on the meter is set to expire.

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Royal Oak's Bastone Brewery wins national award at Great American Beer Festival

Bastone Brewery has a new award on tap: Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewery of the Year.


"The award is given to a brewery that produced fewer than 750 barrels in 2013; more than 1,300 total breweries were entered in the Great American Beer Festival competition; 23 competed in the Small Brewpub category.

The 10-year-old brewery, at 419 S. Main St., also was recognized for two beers: Thor’s Hammer in the Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale category; and Private Stock #472 in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged category. The two beers are not yet available."

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Thrillist eats up Detroit's hottest new restaurants

A slew of new restaurants in Detroit and its close-in neighbors makes Thrillist's menu of must-eats.


"Royal Oak
By contrast, absolutely nothing about DROUGHT -- or its devotees -- will make you think "hot mess". Because, you know, healthy. The newest DROUGHT cold-pressed raw juice retail location has opened in Royal Oak, to be followed by its fifth spot in Birmingham next month...

Boogie Fever, the quintessential nightclub for all Detroit-area phallus-themed bachelorette parties, has closed. Long live Boogie Fever. In its place, the owners have opened Twisted Tavern, a restaurant in front and party in the back (with Twist Night Club). They're billing it as a from-scratch small plates tavern (think polenta fries and pork belly flatbreads), but some questions remain, including: now where will all the cougars coug? And the dudes who try to prey on sad, single bridesmaids, only to end up cougar food? This is a delicate ecosystem!"

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Metro Detroit home prices climb 20% in June

The spring home-buying season proved to be a bountiful one for regional property values as buyer confidence increased.


"The median selling price in Metro Detroit rose on an annual basis for a 16th straight month in June, according to figures released Monday by Farmington Hills-based Realcomp, the multiple listing service for southeast Michigan and a small portion of northern Ohio.

The median selling price in Metro Detroit climbed 20.2 percent year-over-year to $149,000 in June. Realcomp defines Metro Detroit as Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Macomb counties."

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Royal Oak named to national Top 10 Best Cities for Kids list

Royal Oak's schools and high quality of life make it one of the country's best places to start and raise a family, according to Livability.com.


"Royal Oak, Mich., offers children a significant advantage with its highly-rated schools, progressive library system and strongly supported recreational programs. Both parents and children will benefit from Royal Oak’s funky, fun downtown. The city’s more than 50 parks and fun attractions, such as the John Lindell Ice Arena and Detroit Zoo, give kids plenty of fun things to do. Parents will appreciate the city’s below-national-average crime rate."

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Royal Oak is one of nation's 10 most exciting small cities

Chances are you won't lack for entertainment in Royal Oak. When it comes to nightlife, the active life, food options, and a younger population, it's right up there among the nation's very best small metros.


"We can't say we're too surprised to see Royal Oak in our top 10. After all, the city was ranked No. 7 on our list of  the best places in Michigan. In terms of this ranking, however, it had to rank according to a very different set of criteria. In those, it did best when it came to young residents,where it placed 17th overall with 28 percent of its people being ages 20 to 34.

Like the other nine most exciting small cities, Royal Oak essentially did quite well across the board, with places like LUNA to bolster the nightlife score (27th), the Red Coat tavern on non-fast food eating (29th), and active life (29th) represented by the Detroit Zoo, which is located within the city's borders."

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Four Metro Detroit cities make list of best places to find a job in Michigan

According to Nerdwallet.com, Livonia, Dearborn, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Novi are cities with good job markets where your paycheck actually buys you something! That's not as common as you'd think.


"...NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best places for job seekers in Michigan, and we did so by asking the following questions:

1. Is the city growing?  We assessed growth in the working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2011 to ensure that the city was attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population growth.

2. Can you afford to live in the city comfortably?  We looked at a city’s median household income to see if workers made a good living. We also analyzed the monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage payments, to see if the city had a reasonable cost of living.

3. Are most people employed?  We looked at the unemployment rate."

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Beaumont Hospital receives $5 million gift for natural birthing center

Expecting mothers who'd like to go the natural childbirthing route at Beaumont will have a new support system once they reach the hospital.


"Danialle and Peter Karmanos  Jr. are giving $5 million to Beaumont Health System  in suburban Detroit to expand natural birthing options for expectant  mothers...

The Karmanos Center for Natural Birth is expected to open in late 2014. It will combine the comfort of a home-like environment with the safety net of a hospital. The center will include birthing suites, a walking path for expectant mothers and a rooftop  garden."

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It Follows to film around metro Detroit this fall

The leaves are starting to fall, but filming is still on the rise in Metro Detroit.


"...This project, set in Michigan, will film this fall in Detroit and surrounding communities including Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, and Clawson.

Writer/director David Robert Mitchell, a Michigan native, set the script in his home state to highlight locations throughout Southeast Michigan...

Mitchell's debut feature,  The Myth of the American Sleepover, filmed in metro Detroit. The film went on to screen at Cannes and SXSW and be distributed by IFC.   In addition to strong critical reviews, the project was listed as one of the top five films of the year on Ebert Presents at the Movies."

More here. MichiganFilmOffice.org.

Beaumont Health System one of nation's "Most Wired" hospitals

When it comes to running a high-tech operation, Beaumont Health System is right there with the nation's best.


"Beaumont Health System has been named among the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals, according to Health Care's "Most Wired" 2013 survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association...

Participating hospitals and health systems are assessed based on four areas of focus: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community). Specific requirements are set in each of the four focus areas and organizations must meet all of them to achieve the "Most Wired" designation."

More here. www.hhnmag.com.

TV reality show pilot and "Detroit Rubber" web series to be shot in Metro Detroit

And the latest round of film incentives goes to a reality show about the training of pro athletes and the second season of Detroit Rubber.


"The television pilot project is a reality show following a Michigan gym owner and his staff as they work to train professional athletes and the middle-aged dads that work alongside them.   Shooting in Plymouth, the project is being directed by Michigan native Chris Farah with Mike Farah and Anna Wenger producing....

Detroit Rubber follows Rick Williams and Roland “Ro” Coit, owners of the Royal Oak sneaker shop Burn Rubber and boutique two/eighteen. The show will continue to highlight these Michigan entrepreneurs as they balance family, a growing business and day-to-day struggles."

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Beaumont Hospital garners national environmental excellence award

A sick person is often decribed as having a green pallor, but green is healthy and well at Beaumont Hospital.


"Beaumont has received the 2013 “Partner for Change” award from  Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care....

Some of Beaumont’s sustainability efforts include:

Supply chain -  Beaumont has worked with suppliers to reduce excess packaging and materials to achieve less waste. The hospital also works with vendors who offer “green” office supply products; 30 percent of Beaumont’s purchases are made from eco-friendly materials.

Transportation/commuting -  Beaumont offers an employee carpool program and has more than 150 participants. The hospital also encourages bike riding. The campus has clearly marked bike lanes and provides employees bikes to use and covered racks to store bikes."

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Oakland County's job market is healthiest in years

This is the best it's been in years for job seekers in Oakland County, economists say. And the jobs pay well above the minimum wage.


"On the heels of its strongest two-year job growth in almost 20 years, Oakland County's economy will add nearly 42,000 jobs through 2015, say University of Michigan economists...

In their annual forecast of the Oakland County economy, Fulton and colleague Don Grimes of the U-M Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy say that high-wage industries—with average pay of more than $62,000—accounted for more than half of the new private-sector jobs created during the recovery, a trend that will continue throughout the forecast horizon...

Overall, Fulton and Grimes say that Oakland remains among the better local economies in the nation, ranking 10th among 36 comparable U.S. counties on a series of measures that indicate future economic prosperity."

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Downtowns say no to blank walls, yes to active facades

In Oakland County's downtowns these days, businesses that want to put a blank face to the street have to keep walking.


"Last fall, a developer approached West Bloomfield trustees asking for a zoning change in order to place a storage unit business at Orchard Lake and 14 Mile. Then, a business owner approached asking for approval to open a fitness club in a former dealership on Orchard Lake Road.

"The new businesses didn’t conform to our (zoning)," said Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste.

The requests were for properties in the township’s "town center" — defined back in 2007 as Orchard Lake Road between 14 Mile and Maple roads. In the area, zoning rules require active first floors, not blank walls, which was intended to make that area more appealing to people walking...That desire is enthusiastically echoed in communities across Oakland County."

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