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News Nearby: Peacock Adopts Berkley Family, A Look at Mail Order Homes

Happening around Birmingham this week: The ethics debate continues at the Royal Oak City Commission and the Clawson School Board is looking for a new member.

You know what's happening in your neck of the woods, but how about the news nearby? Every Saturday, Patch will bring you the big (and interesting) stories from Patch sites near Birmingham, along Woodward Avenue and beyond.

Here's what's been happening nearby this week:

BLOOMFIELD: Bloomfield Trader Joe's To Open Doors Jan. 15

The much-anticipated opening in Bloomfield Plaza is just a week away.

WEST BLOOMFIELD: Greater West Bloomfield Area Residents Can Earn Rewards for Recycling

Rizzo Services, the new trash hauler in West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake, is offering a reward program for those in the township that recycle.

TROY: Troy Schools Receive Grant for Elementary School Program

The project is one of six to receive funding from Oakland County Arts, Culture & Film grants.

ROYAL OAK: Ethics Debate Continues in Royal Oak

Commissioners want more information on recent ethics investigation released to the public.

FERNDALE: Local Mail Order Homes (Some Assembly Required)

If you have lived in Royal Oak, Ferndale or Berkley chances are your home (or that of a neighbor) might have been ordered from a catalog.

BERKLEY: Gretel the Peacock Adopts Berkley Family

The wayward bird – actually called a peahen because she's female – showed up Christmas Eve on Columbia and has made a new home for herself with the delighted Mlutkowski family.

CLAWSON: Clawson Shool Board Seeks New Member

Before his first board meeting, newly elected Brad Batur resigns, leaving an open seat.

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