L. Brooks Patterson passes away

L. Brooks Patterson passes away

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson died at 5:30 a.m., Aug. 3, at his Independence Township home surrounded by family and friends after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Patterson announced we was battling the disease this past March.  In an article in The Clarkston News, he passed on a message to our community, “Tell everyone […]

New market seeks approval for LED sign

Independence Township Planning Commission will consider a site-plan amendment for an electronic LED sign at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Independence Township Hall, 6483 Waldon Center Drive. Alex’s Market and Grill, 4707 White Lake Road, is asking the township to allow it to relocate its sign, and also make it […]

City truck repairs

Clarkston City Council approved $1,030 to repair and replace the front suspension on the city’s Ford 5500 dump truck, including new front tires. The cost came in above the $1,000 maximum allowed for emergency repairs without prior council approval. “It was critical the repairs be completed this week as we rely on this truck every […]


Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, July 22, to approve appointments and reappointments including Planning Commission members Joe Luginski, Frank Schoebel, and Sue Wylie; Zoning Board of Appeals members Sharron Catallo, Margaret Decosta, and Scott Meyland; and Jim Meloche, Michael Moon, and John Nantau for the Historic District Commission.

Shelter for birds

Dale Bond, a 90-year-old long-time Independence Township resident, has a fondness for large birds, even vultures. “While vultures have a bad reputation, and certainly aren’t as cute and friendly as songbirds, they provide an essential service as nature’s dependable consumers of wildlife that have completed their own personal life cycles,” said Bill Haney, fellow author […]

Summer sizzler

Summer sizzler

From left, current Lansing residents and former Clarkston residents Anna Petovello, Alex Petovello, Nancy Petovello and Syren Perez enjoy a picnic at Deer Lake Beach as temperatures soared into the high 80s on July 19. Photo by Matt Mackinder BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A line of thunderstorms broke hot weather reaching 93 degrees […]

City Council puts parking proposals back into play

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston’s Parking Committee was put back to work after City Council kicked several issues back to it for further review, Monday. Council voted unanimously to reconsider and send back two committee recommendations – paid parking in the Depot Road municipal parking lot and elimination of parking on Buffalo Street […]

City hall project

Workers have completed foundation work for Clarkston city hall and DPW building, along with the first of two phases of work on the roof, said City Manager Jonathan Smith. Sections of the cement floor of the new public restroom have been sawcut and removed to allow installation of the rough plumbing. The old front porch […]

City considers classic sign style

City considers classic sign style

Clarkston Sign Committee member John Pappas points out features of the recommended signage. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston’s sign committee doesn’t call for a catchy slogan. The city’s reputation is enough, said sign committee member John Pappas at Monday’s City Council meeting. “Focus on direction rather than marketing, to […]

New lights in park

Clarkston City Council voted 7-0 to replace four Depot Park bridge lights for $1,937.34, plus labor, to be paid from the Park Materials budget, and one parking light for $294.19, plus labor, to be paid from the Parking Expense budget. Hutchinson Electric will do the work. They were previously approved as the city’s dedicated electrical […]