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Emagine Hosts 'Best of Royal Oak'

Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce celebrates community leaders. And the winner is ...

For 64 years the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce has been honoring local businesses whose spirit, generosity and commitment to the community have been unwavering.

Tuesday, the Best of Royal Oak – 64th Annual Royal Oak Community Awards ceremony took place at the new in downtown Royal Oak with a buffet dinner provided by Emagine chefs. 

More than 130 local business owners and residents attended to honor and acknowledge those who go all out to make Royal Oak a fun, safe and beautiful city.

Top awards this year went to:

Business Person of the Year: Paul Glantz, founder/chairman Emagine Entertainment Inc.

Citizen of the Year: Rick Sage of Honor Flight

Community Spirit: Royal Oak Restaurant Association

Residential Beautification: Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans for 827 E. Fourth St.

Business Beautification: Olga's Fresh Market Grill, , Krieger Klatt Architects, Reinert & Company,  and

Police Officer of the Year: Brian Zelakiewicz

Firefighters of the Year: Daniel E. Phillips and Michael T. Gladieux

"It's a great honor to be part of this city," Phillips said as he accepted the award for Firefighter of the Year.  There was not a dry eye as he shared the story of how he and fellow firefighter Zelakiewicz were able to help a family during a time of need.

Ronald Wolf April 05, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Disappointed that an Internationally acclaimed cuisine and newest representative of the capitol of Italian pizza "Antica Pizzeria Fellini Neopoletana" 415 South Washington was overlooked. Yes, to those who know Naples is as famous for pizza as the Champagne region of France is known for its namesake. Pizzeria Fellini is the only member of "Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana" in Michigan, and possiby the entire midwest. Only natural ingredients including the finest 00 caputo whole wheat flours and tomatoes grown in the foothills of Mount Vesuvious are used. Buffallo "soft" Mozzarella, NOTHING canned, NO milk, oil, or additives, or preservatives. Owners are Salvo and Antonina. Master pizzaiolo Chef Massimo from Naples prepares the pizza with a cook time of 60 to 90 seconds in a 900 degree wood fired oven. I am from New York, and I have never tasted better, even on Carmine Street. Take it from me this is the filet mignon of pizza, and the price is so reasonable. I hope they will put out tables for summer.
Ronald Wolf April 05, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Forgot to mention, there is much more to "Pizzeria Fellini" including soups "Saltinbocca" sandwiches, antipasti, Calzone, Gourmet Italian desserts too rich and tasty to be real. Expresso is coming soon if not already there. Wine and beer. Closed mondays and for one hour between 3pm and 4pm Tues thru Thurs 11am to 10pm Sat to 11pm. Phone 248-547-2751 Bring the entire Familia.
Ronald Wolf April 06, 2012 at 04:57 AM
One more thing, I just noticed the coming of still another pizza restaurant :"Primos" How many exactly does Royal Oak have?.Competition is healthy even if the food is not, I find it ludicrous that RO listened to a front group indirectly funded by the only two food markets downtown, Holiday and Hollywood Markets regarding a proposed Kroger which could only aid Royal Oak downtown shoppers. Registered voters only carry clout around election time, while restaurants and bars donate the big money to local commissioners. This is at the root of a problem I see as pre-paid influence peddling. I still am grateful for "Pizzeria Fellini" that is uniquely authentic Neopolitan style pizza(they have no competition downtown),but. back to the subject. Suspect large contributions or prepaid bribes I would call them are totally legal and I am sure every commissioner will take humbrage at my remark pointing out that everyone does this so it must be right. Common sense tells you this is not right. Surprise is that Royal Oak has a weak ethics policy, no ordinance for which a violation can be a cause for prosecution, Surprise two is that this situation is too common among all Michigan townships and cities. This is one issue I wish Snyder would address possibly limiting a contribution to no more than two hundred dollars and forcing all contributions to be posted so voters can see who is really in charge, Detroit is not the only fallen angel. I would like to hear your opinion.

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