News Nearby: Mastodon Bone in Shelby Township, Judge Orders Special Election for Troy

Happening around town this week: A Ferndale woman said someone on Craigslist has her lost cat — and won't give her back, and Birmingham restaurants were honored in a year-end list.

Every Sunday, Patch will help you catch up with the big news happening in nearby towns, bringing you the big (and interesting) stories from Patch sites in the Greater West Bloomfield area and beyond.

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

SHELBY TOWNSHIP: Boys Find Mastodon Bone Along Stream

A Michigan boy and his cousin will go down in Macomb County's artifact history after discovering an American Mastodon bone near 24 Mile and Dequindre roads.

TROY: Judge Orders May 2013 Special Election for Troy

"The court finds that fairness in the election process mandates that timely notice be rendered," said Judge Denise Langford Morris. "Therefore, the court finds that the next regular election date is in May."

ROYAL OAK: View Hotel Development Floor Plans and Elevations on Royal Oak's Website

A complete set of project plans for the special redevelopment of the former Fresard auto dealership at 400 N. Main St. into a potential eight-story hotel complex are now available online.

FERNDALE: Ferndale Cat Owner Says Craigslist Poster Won't Return Pet

A resident says her Maine Coon cat "Foxy," missing since early November, is posted for adoption on Craigslist.

BERKLEY: Crispelli's Makes Detroit Free Press Top 10 List

BIRMINGHAM: 2 Birmingham Eateries Named to Free Press Top 10 List for New Restaurants

Find out which places made the newspaper's list of best new restaurants this year in Metro Detroit.

CLAWSON: Doc Sweets' Offers Tempting Treats and Eats for Holiday Snacking

Satisfy your sugar craving at the Clawson candy shop where the options are seemingly endless.

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