Friday, December 30, 2011
As word spreads of Michael Greening's paid administrative leave and school funds investigation, students and parents comment on administrator's good character and hope it's just a misunderstanding.
Members of the Royal Oak High School and broader communities are expressing their support for Principal Michael Greening, who has been relieved of his duties while he is being investigated over a student activities fund. Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin sent a letter to the school's roughly 1,500 students and their families Thursday morning saying Greening – a longtime Royal Oak resident and educator – had been placed on paid administrative leave "due to the possibility of financial irregularities in student activities funds." The school district become aware of information that led it to look at the fund, which is comprised of money from the school's organizations and activities, Lewis-Lakin said. "Athletic funds is a separate fund," the …
Statutes regulating film incentives, heating aid, business taxes and public safety mergers also take effect.
Local residents, workers and employers are affected by Michigan laws that took effect in late December or will do so as calendars flip to 2012. Gov. Rick Snyder this year signed legislation regulating home foreclosures, charter schools, student bullying, teachers' unions and other areas. Take a look at some of what's now the law of our state as a new year starts: Mortgage lenders must provide a list of nonprofit consumer counselors with the first foreclosure step so borrowers can seek immediate advice. Two bills signed Dec. 22 also provide additional time and ways for owners to arrange modifications such as interest rate reduction and principal reduction to cut monthly payments. To minimize solicitations by for-profit "rescue" advisers, …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The following information was supplied by the Royal Oak Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Thefts and arrests dominate reports to the Royal Oak Police Department for this past week: 4300 block of Elmwood, Dec. 28: Royal Oak officers responded to a report of an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, the officers found the 4-month-old was not breathing and the infant’s day care provider was performing CPR. The infant was rushed to Beaumont Hospital by the Royal Oak Fire Department. The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital. The incident is under investigation, but there were no indications of neglect or foul play. 3000 block of West 13 Mile, Dec. 28: Royal Oak officers responded to a reported stabbing inside an apartment. Upon arrival, the officers located a man who stated that he and a friend had been practicing disarming …
Former Birmingham schools administrator to serve as interim principal while the school district and police department investigate 'possibility of financial irregularities.'
Michael Greening, the principal of Royal Oak High School, has been placed on a paid administrative leave "due to the possibility of financial irregularities in student activities funds," according to a note sent from the district's superintendent Thursday morning. Jim Moll, who retired in June after working 38 years in the Birmingham Public Schools district, will serve as the interim principal, effective Tuesday, when school resumes after the Christmas break, Royal Oak Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in his note to ROHS families. The school district become aware of information that led it to look at the student activities fund, which is comprised of money from the school's organizations and activities, Lewis-Lakin said. "The …
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
City Commissioners might be surprised to learn City Hall is in Royal Oak Charter Township, according to Google Maps.
A lot of folks use Google as a dictionary of sorts. We Google things we are trying to research, right? Well some Royal Oak residents might be surprised to learn the following five places are in Royal Oak Charter Township, according to Google Maps. It seems Google mistakenly lists 48067 and 48073 zip codes as belonging to nearby Royal Oak Charter Township, which is actually located just north of Eight Mile and just west of Ferndale. In fact, the zip code for Royal Oak Charter Township is the same as Ferndale – 48220. Royal Oak Interim City Engineer Matt Callahan noticed the error on his Android phone over a month ago. “It could be problematic for someone trying to do research on city demographics or finding the correct address of a business…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
If legislators latch onto a bill circulating in Lansing, nursing moms will get an automatic exception.
Breastfeeding mothers may soon claim exemption from jury service if a house bill referred to the state senate Judiciary Committee makes it’s way into Michigan law in 2012. HB 4691 makes an exception for a breastfeeding mother who provides a letter from a physician, lactation consultant or certified midwife verifying she is nursing. Evelyn Moses, 39, was a nursing mother in 2009 when she got a jury summons from the 44th District Court in Royal Oak. Moses told the Detroit Free Press that when she called the courthouse, a clerk told her that breastfeeding wasn't reason enough to be exempt. Only after appearing in person with a doctor's note did she get to postpone her service until her baby was weaned. Royal Oak attorney Mike Steinberg doesn'…
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Taking your new iPhone for a spin? Download the Patch app for quick access to local news and events
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Lucky enough to get a mobile device this holiday season? Let's put it to work learning about your community. Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here's a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device. Patch for iPhone Patch for iPhone keeps customers connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events happening in their neighborhood. Patch’s app will keep them engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. The Patch app's useful features include: Plus, they can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to the iPhone for easy offline access. Customer …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The officer and driver who hit his patrol vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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- Jen Anesi
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A Troy Police officer is "extremely sore, but expected to make a full recovery" after the patrol car he was driving was hit Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75 near Long Lake Road. The officer had pulled alongside a tow truck that was attempting to pull a vehicle out of the ditch. As he was stopping, another driver struck the fully marked patrol vehicle from behind, department spokesman Officer Andy Breidenich said. The driver of the vehicle, a 51-year-old Troy woman, sustained minor injuries. She told police she was watching the tow truck and didn't see the police vehicle slowing to a stop. Both the officer – a 36-year-old 12-year veteran of the department – and Troy woman were taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for treatment. …