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The Great Marshmallow Drop Drive Thru 2019 at Worden Park!!!  

Mother nature had other plans which didn't include a helicopter!  Due to winds and rain in the forecast, it would not be safe to fly the helicopter,  and, no one wants a soggy marshmallow.  So, instead of the drop it will now be  a Marshmallow Drive Thru

Starting at 10:00a.m. on Friday, April 19, treat bags will be given out to children, ages 12 and under, while supplies last (only one bag per child, and they must be in the vehicle).

Worden Park is located at Lexington Boulevard and Crooks Road. Lexington Boulevard is a two-way street. Treat bags will be distributed on both sides of the boulevard. Traffic will controlled one way in/one way out for optimal flow by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Presented by Oakland County Parks, City of Royal Oak, Vibe Credit Union and Detroit Kid City

Fun Continues After At  John Lindell Arena
Come Skate With The Easter Bunny

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Celebrate Earth Day With the Environmental Advisory Board at the Farmers Market Saturday April 20

The Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board will offer exhibits, games and a raffle in its Earth Day event April 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the West porch of the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market.

Exhibitors will include the Sierra Club, Modern Natural Baby (natural products), Sullivan Funeral Directors with The Preserve Cemetery (green funerals and burials), Citizens Climate Change Lobby, MDOT, The Office coffee shop, Plants for Ecology (native landscape and garden plants), DTE Energy (residential energy rebates), MI Rain Barrel, M2Bee and the Time Bank (service bartering). Staff from the Royal Oak Green Team will have rock painting with an environmental theme and can answer almost any recycling questions Royal Oak residents have.

People who want a rain barrel can order it in advance from Michigan Rain Barrels and pick it up on April 20.

Parking is limited around the Farmer’s Market because of the construction. Visitors can park behind city hall; at meters on Third or Fourth Street or in the parking lot at Third and Williams (free until 11 a.m.), across 11 Mile by the Emagine movie theater (there is a fee), or in the new parking deck on Center by the post office (first two hours free). The Farmers Market will also have valet parking starting at 8:30 a.m.

Earth Day is officially April 22. The mission of the global nonprofit is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.#earthday

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Free Valet at the Farmers Market

Take advantage of the free valet, strolling shopping baskets and curbside loading when shopping for farm fresh finds at the Royal Oak Farmers Market this and every Saturday.

City Commission Meets
Monday April 22

The city commission will meet on Monday, April 22 at 7:30pm in room 315 at city hall.   The meeting agenda is available at:   https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04222019-1562

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First Focus Group to Meet This Week!   

AARP Research and AARP Livable Communities are helping city officials to embark on a planning process to become a more live-able community by identifying what is important for successfully aging in place.

The first focus group will be held on April 23 from 2:00 to 5:00pm  at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. All ages are welcome to participate. Focus group sessions are designed to capture feedback on:
- outdoor spaces and buildings
- transportation and streets
- housing
- social participation
- respect and social inclusion
- civic participation and employment
- communication and information
- community and health services

Learn more at https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/info-2015/8-domains-of-livability-case-studies.html

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Ten Things To Know Before You Cross A Railroad Track

Each time you cross a railroad track irresponsibly there is a potential danger. 

Here are 10 things the Canadian National (CN) Railway Company Police need you to know:

1. Speed Misperception: Because of their size, trains appear to be much further away and traveling much slower than their actual speed. 

2. Trains can’t stop quickly: The average train needs at least 1 mile to stop. Trains can stop, but they can’t stop quickly!

3. Trespassing: Taking a shortcut across the tracks or being on the railroad property is illegal and trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.

4. Weight Ratio: An average freight train weighs over 12 million pounds. Compare that to a car, which weighs about 3,000 pounds. A train hitting a car is like a car hitting a pop can.

5. Railroad Cars: Stopped railroad cars can move at any time. If you are on one or near one when it moves, you could lose a limb or worse, your life.

6. Tunnels and bridges: Tunnels, bridges, and trestles are only designed for trains. Trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.

7. Overhang: Trains can carry loads that are wider than the railroad cars themselves. They can have chains, straps, or other equipment that may extend outside the car. If you are standing too close, you could get hit.

8. Any time is train time: Trains do not always run on a schedule. They can run at any time, on any track and come from either direction.

9. CN Police Number: Together we can help save lives! If you witness any unsafe situation near the railroad, please call 1-800-465-9239.

10. Emergency Notification Sign: At each crossing, there is a blue sign located on or near the crossing signals. You can call that number to report problems or obstructions at the crossing 24 hours a day.

CN's ultimate goal is to bring railroad crossing/trespassing accidents down to zero. Together we can save lives.


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Calling All Artists|Art Explored
Deadline to Apply May 1

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts is excited to announce another round of the popular Art Explored program!
Information on the call for artists and how to submit an application can be found on the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts' website.

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MOM Race Saturday May 4 | Register by April 30

Has your life been touched by mental illness or suicide? Are you looking to connect with others to help erase the stigma, or just participate in a local 5K for a good cause? If so, please join us on Saturday, May 4 in Royal Oak for the 14th Annual MOM Race for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
The 5K run/walk starts at 10 AM from Starr Jaycee Park and takes place in the beautiful Vinsetta neighborhoods between 12 Mile and Main St. The MOM Race is a USATF-certified 5K featuring age group awards, a team challenge competition, fundraising opportunities, plentiful refreshments, raffle prizes, live music and more! Proceeds from the 2019 MOM Race will benefit brain research at The University of Michigan Depression Center, suicide prevention programming by KnowResolve, and crisis intervention services provided by Common Ground.

Advanced online registration is required for the by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. So please sign up today and join the MOM movement! For more information, please visit MOMrace.org or contact Julie Farhat at (248) 376-4MOM or director@momrace.org.

Construction Projects in Full Swing 

The city realizes construction will be an inconvenience and all efforts to expedite the work will be utilized to minimize traffic conflicts and access to various properties abutting the project. Residents on affected streets will be mailed construction notices  prior to work beginning, with detailed information on the project.

You can receive construction updates via e-mail or text by signing up for News Flash – Engineering under Notify Me on the city website www.romi.gov

If you have questions you can contact the engineering division at 248.246.3260.

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30-Minute Parking on Main Street

Royal Oak is introducing a pilot program for 30-minute parking spaces in the downtown area to allow for convenient short-term parking. The program includes five designated parking spaces with 30-minute meters along Main Street between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street.

The new spaces address the need for quick visits to downtown businesses as well as the surge in services like GrubHub, DoorDash Food Delivery, Uber and Lyft.

These spaces will run as a pilot program through May 2019 and will be removed or made permanent based on input from the public.

The 30-minute meters have designated signage and take coins or credit card payment via ParkMobile. The cost is 50 cents for 30 minutes.

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You Asked | We Answered

A number of residents submitted questions regarding legalized marijuana and how it will impact Royal Oak's image, safety and economy. Click on the link for your answers:  https://www.romi.gov/marijuana


Police Department Update

Residents can find the most recent police reports on the city's website at http://romi.gov/963/Press-Releases

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for crime alerts at crimemapping.com. Crime Mapping's goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry.

Sign up for public safety alerts from the police using Civic Ready. Click here to subscribe.

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City Clerk's Office Offers Online Services
Including No Reason Absentee Voting

The city clerk's office is pleased to announce several new services available online!!! 

Permanent Absentee Voting

With the passage of Proposal 3 last November, you no longer need a reason to vote by absentee.  If you would like to sign up now to be on our permanent absentee list, please go to our link located at https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/permanentabsenteelist

Birth Certificates

Stay at home and enjoy your new bundle of joy and request your birth certificate online!  


Dog Licenses and Mark Twain Dog Park Passes

We have your canine companion's needs all covered, new or renew your dog licenses and interested in a play date at Mark Twain Park?  Get your dog park passes online too.  

Death Certificates

It is a difficult time but you will need copies of the death certificate. We can make it  a little easier by saving the trip to city hall.  

Residential Street Zoned Permit Parking 

You can obtain a parking permit which allows the vehicle to only park on residential streets which are designated as permit parking zones. The parking permit allows the vehicle to park only during the times posted in the permit parking zone on the street for which they were issued.


Residential Lock Boxes Available at the Fire Department

When a person living alone calls 911 and is unable to open the door, firefighters must break through a door or a window causing costly damage to the person's home and wasting valuable time.
The Royal Oak Fire Department’s residential lockbox program is designed to get quick access to adults living in their own homes during medical emergencies -- especially senior citizens.
When you suffer a fall, stroke or heart attack, every second counts. The lockbox -- which contains a key to your home -- reduces the likelihood of property damage caused by first responders forcing entry into your home in response to an emergency call.

The lockbox program is open to all Royal Oak residents who either live alone or are left alone on a regular basis and have a condition which may result in the need for immediate assistance due to being incapacitated or unconscious. This includes the elderly, physically handicapped or residents recovering from a major injury or surgery.
For more information, go to https://www.romi.gov/1271/FAQ-Residential-Lockbox

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 Library Events

There is always something interesting and exciting happening at the Royal Oak Public Library. Go to ropl,org to learn more.

Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September through June only)

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Work for the City of Royal Oak

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Royal Oak.
To browse through available opportunities go to: romi.gov/jobs


'Like Us' on Facebook

Want to know what's happening in Royal Oak?
Join thousands of your neighbors on the city's official Facebook page and get daily posts about the things that matter in our hometown.
Like us today at: https://www.facebook.com/Royal-Oak-MI-City-Hall-157871554266952

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Shovel It Forward

This winter, the City of Royal Oak is asking all property owners—residential and commercial—to join the Shovel It Forward movement and keep our sidewalks free of snow and ice. When sidewalks are clear, we increase the safety and mobility of everyone – from those with disabilities to children walking to school. Find out how you can Shovel It Forward.

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Senior Times Newsletter

The City of Royal Oak offers mature adults opportunities for lifelong education, fitness, nutrition and leisure activities.

Click here for the latest news and information from the Mahany/ Meininger Community Center. 

Mobile App

City Launches Mobile App

The City of Royal Oak has a new mobile app! Find out what's happening, get meeting agendas, discover employment opportunities within the city and more.

Download the app at these locations:

Apple Store 
Google Play Store

Support Local Service Clubs & Organizations

Royal Oak service clubs support our public schools, local history, nature, senior citizens, young people, veterans and more. To learn more about Royal Oak service clubs go to www.romi.gov/interclub.

Pay Online

Make Convenient Online Payments

Did you know you can make online payments for property taxes and utility bills?

Go to http://romi.gov/868/Online-Payments to learn more.

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