Monday, July 30, 2012
Sean Combs, 18, and several other open carry advocates met Monday evening at Shain Park in Birmingham.
Less than three weeks after a jury found 18-year-old Troy resident Sean Combs not guilty of disturbing the peace and brandishing a firearm, Combs picked up his M1 Garand rifle – which had been used as evidence during his trial – from Birmingham Police on Monday. Then, he and a few other open carry advocates took to the streets of Birmingham once again Monday evening, openly carrying rifles and handguns at Shain Park. The group, organized through opencarry.org, all share one interest: raising awareness of the right to openly carry firearms – and not get in trouble for it. "I'm not here to make anyone feel uncomfortable or scare someone or make them feel like they're not safe because I have a gun," Combs said. "I actually want the opposite; …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Bloomfield Hills' Jillian Fellows gets to live out a dream covering the Olympics in London as part of a unique program for college journalists.
Millions of athletes, coaches and their families and fans from around the globe will see lifelong dreams come to fruition tonight as the world celebrates the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. Count Bloomfield Hills' Jillian Fellows among them. Though the Andover High School graduate won't be donning the stars and stripes for Team USA in any Olympic competition over the next two weeks, she is indeed living out a dream that has consumed her for 12 years. Fellows, 20, is among 16 students from Ohio University participating in a unique program to actually cover the games and report to audiences both at home and around the world via social media. The inaugural experience, organized entirely by students and faculty from the …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Wounded in 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam, Arnold Spencer receives a long overdue military decoration at the VFW Hall in Royal Oak.
Royal Oak resident Arnold Spencer was a teenager when he served in the Army during the Vietnam War and for years he didn't care to talk about it very much, according to his wife Madeline. That hesitancy had to somewhat change today, when the reserved Spencer, now 62, was awarded the Purple Heart. Sen. Carl Levin presented the medal to Spencer, a 40-year resident of Royal Oak at the VFW hall in Royal Oak on the Fourth of July in a small presentation attended by about a dozen people, including Spencer's wife Madeline, son Jeffrey, of Oak Park, daughter-in-law Holli and granddaughter Rian, both of Plymouth. Spencer's son Erik was unable to attend. After Levin pinned the medal on the soft-spoken former soldier's chest, Spencer gave brief …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Lifelong Royal Oak resident and historian is this year's Grand Marshal of Royal Oak's Memorial Day parade.
As dignitaries and public officials gave speeches Sunday at the unveiling of the WWII Legacy Memorial at Memorial Park in Royal Oak, a quiet unassuming gentleman briskly moved about the crowd taking photographs and documenting the event. John Wendland, 78, a lifelong resident of Royal Oak, is passionate about veterans, history and Royal Oak's war memorials, so he was in his element at Memorial Park snapping numerous photographs to put into a scrapbook. A veteran himself, serving in the 95th Combat Engineers in occupied Germany during 1954-55, Wendland is the historian of the Royal Oak Memorial Society and the Frank Wendland Post 253 American Legion, which is named for his uncle who was killed in World War I by enemy sniper on Oct. 4, 1918…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Outstanding high school students, with a flair for business and marketing, each received a $500 scholarship on Tuesday.
The Chamber of Commerce awarded six Royal Oak seniors with a $500 dollar scholarship on Tuesday. A total of 18 candidates filled out an applications for this year's awards. Each candidate was interviewed by a committee that looked at a student's community service and interest in business and marketing. Throughout the year the Chamber raises funds through its events to award as many scholarships as possible. For example, at Royal Oak in Bloom on Sunday, $490 was raised in tips, which will go to fund scholarships in 2013. "Our goal for 2013 is to award ten scholarships," said Mike Gairaud, membership assistant. If anyone is interested in helping or learning more, please contact Gairuad at MikeG@royaloakchamber.com.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Rabbi Joshua Bennett, of Bloomfield Hills, says Delmon Young is committed to show he's no bigot.
The Detroit Tigers' outfield slugger Delmon Young had some explaining to do. Following his arrest last month for scuffling with a panhandler and allegedly using anti-Semitic remarks outside the team’s hotel in New York City, the public’s perception about Young began to change, even among some of the most ardent Tigers fans. That was the case initially presented to Joshua Bennett, a longtime season-ticket holder who when he isn’t cheering on the Tigers, mentors youth, officiates religious ceremonies and tends to a large congregation as a rabbi at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. But when the Tigers called looking for help, Bennett, a father of three from Bloomfield Hills, accepted the opportunity to counsel Young as he returns to the …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
City Commission acknowledges the accomplishments of a Royal Oak Musicale member.
Mayor Jim Ellison and the City Commission acknowledged National Music Week by honoring Laura Dougherty, 91, of Royal Oak Musicale. “We ask that all citizens observe and take part in activities recognizing the importance of music, musicians, and musical organizations to the cultural life of our city, state, nation and world,” said Ellison as he presented Dougherty with a proclamation from the Royal Oak City Commission on Monday. “Our job is to teach the young music, because music is life. It’s spirit," said Dougherty. Musicale, established in 1924, provides free music programs and awards scholarships to deserving young performers. Dougherty told the mayor it's a pleasure to live in Royal Oak. "Royal Oak is not only the city of trees, now …
Friday, May 4, 2012
The fashion expert will be at the Somerset Collection in Troy on Saturday to host a fashion show.
Things we know about Tim Gunn: He's a fashion genius, star of Project Runway, owner of the iconic phrase "Make it work" and chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne, which on May 15 will be known as Fifth & Pacific Cos. But did you know he hates prom fashion, he's not a fan of Snooki and he's never eaten a coney dog (though he'd be willing to try one)? Those are just a few of the things we learned about Gunn, who will be in Troy this weekend to host a fashion show at The Somerset Collection, during a phone interview with the fashion expert himself this week. Here's what Gunn had to say about Troy, the state of Michigan, fashion and more. Update: For photos and video from Saturday's fashion show, click here. Troy Patch: Thanks for taking a …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Video production instructor Mike Conrad needs your vote in the Specs Howard competition.
Royal Oak High School teacher Mike Conrad is one of 11 area teachers nominated by students for the Specs Howard 2012 Media Educator of the Year. “Mr. Conrad is RAD! His class is always my favorite. He makes his students take broadcasting seriously but it’s still fun," reads the student quote for Conrad on the Specs Howard website. Conrad says he is humbled by the honor. "What's really cool about this is, if I win, I get a MacBook Pro for my classroom," Conrad said. Having the laptop would be a great asset for his students interested in video production, he said. "The Media Educator of the Year is the person guiding young students toward a career in digital media, graphic design, or a career in traditional broadcasting," according to the …