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West Bloomfield 10/03/2015

West Bloomfield hopes to ‘eliminate the stigma’

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Following the recent loss of two students to suicide, West Bloomfield School District officials will host a nationally renowned mental health advocate and survivor to share his story and help facilitate conversations about ...Read More

Orchard Lake 10/01/2015

Explore Local military history

ORCHARD LAKE — An upcoming event aims to explore the former Michigan Military Academy, which existed on the current site of Orchard Lake Schools 140 years ago. “We have rich history piled on top of one another here,” J.J. ...Read More

Keego Harbor 09/30/2015

Perennial exchange promotes Keego, Sylvan bonding

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — The Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor garden clubs will germinate a perennial exchange at the gazebo at Rose Sortor Park in Keego Harbor 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 3. Rose Sortor Park is located near Keego Harbor City Hall, ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/30/2015

On their back, in a crib, alone

METRO DETROIT — Every three days, a baby in Michigan dies from an unsafe sleep environment. September is Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and initial data for 2015 indicates that the number of infants who are believed to have died because of ...Read More

Orchard Lake 09/30/2015

Get back to nature

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, in conjunction with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary and the city of Orchard Lake, will offer residents a chance to explore the changing seasons during the Autumn Nature Walk at 2 ...Read More

Orchard Lake 09/24/2015

Orchard Lake man pleads guilty in mortgage assistance scheme

ORCHARD LAKE — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Sept. 16 that an Orchard Lake man has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Michigan residents facing mortgage foreclosures. Steven Barry Ruza, 52, ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/23/2015

Brothers charged with delivering, manufacturing marijuana

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Seven months after a fire enveloped a house in the 6800 block of Apple Blossom, two men have been arrested for delivering and manufacturing marijuana in the house. Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Semma and 25-year-old Justin ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/23/2015

Police increase enforcement in school zones

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  After receiving complaints that drivers are speeding through school zones during enforcement times, the West Bloomfield Police Department is stepping up patrols, and drivers in violation could face double the normal fine for ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/23/2015

WB Fire Department plans open house

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Fire Department welcomes the community to kick off Fire Prevention Week with the department’s annual open house noon-3 p.m. Oct. 4. The open house will be held at Fire Station No. 1, 4601 Orchard ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/23/2015

Resident honored for lifesaving rescue

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the early morning of Aug. 22, Westacres resident Harvey Donohue awoke to people yelling outside that a neighbor’s house was on fire. Donohue and his wife “jumped up and ran across the street” to find his ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/22/2015

Woman accidentally shoots herself

Officers were dispatched to the 7000 block of Ten Hill, near West 14 Mile and Middlebelt roads, after a woman accidentally shot herself at 9:45 p.m. Sept. 21.According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, the 59-year-old woman was ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/17/2015

Students learn how colleges review social media pages

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  ’Tis the season for college applications. Admissions officers traditionally review GPAs, essays and extracurricular activities, but 35-50 percent of colleges and universities are also researching a student’s ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/16/2015

Holocaust documentary sheds light on Philippines’ role during WWII

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Holocaust Memorial Center will present a documentary at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts that reveals the untold story of how over 1,000 Jewish people escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to the ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/15/2015

Jump into fall with annual Fall Fest

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will throw its annual Fall Fest 2-5 p.m. Oct. 3 at Marshbank Park. Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the Fall Fest is a tradition for the ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/15/2015

Local resident lobbies for cancer research

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Jay Kalisky’s goal in life is to “make a big difference,” he said. After his mother died of cancer when he was 20 years old, Kalisky contacted the American Cancer Society to volunteer ...Read More

Oak Park 09/09/2015

Anonymous donor saves JCC building

OAK PARK — Just days before the Jewish Community Center’s Oak Park facility was slated to close, an anonymous benefactor agreed to provide funding to support the renovation and continued use of the facility, Jewish Federation of ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/09/2015

Family Fun Night is ‘West Bloomfield Strong’

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — The West Bloomfield School District will honor U.S. military, police and fire heroes at the fifth annual Family Fun Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Bloomfield High School. Following the event, West Bloomfield ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/09/2015

Congregations give back during High Holy Days

WEST BLOOMFIELD — During the Ten Days of Repentance, two congregations in West Bloomfield have found unique ways to give alms. Temple Shir Shalom will collect nonperishable food during its annual food drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20. Food can ...Read More

West Bloomfield 09/04/2015

Prosecutors: Counselor ‘likely’ had sexual contact with campers

Federal prosecutors say it is “extremely likely” that a former camp counselor “engaged in some form of sexual contact with campers.” The statement came after the attorney for the former Jewish Community Center for Metropolitan ...Read More

Madison - Park News

Madison Heights 10/03/2015

Pet expo to feature low-cost microchipping with no annual fee

MADISON HEIGHTS — As many people discovered during the flood of 2014, household pets you never expect to escape can slip out of the house. There are also cases where pets have been stolen right out of people’s yards by thieves looking to sell ...Read More

Hazel Park 10/01/2015

State police investigating fatal crash in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK — At press time, authorities were attempting to figure out why two men driving down Interstate 75 suddenly stopped their vehicle, leading to one of their deaths when another man crashed into them.The incident occurred early in the ...Read More

Hazel Park 09/30/2015

‘They’re like the Special Forces of missionary services’

HAZEL PARK — Landmark Community Church is currently reconfiguring part of its campus to accommodate Youths with a Mission (YWAM), an international effort that trains people to get out into the world and serve others. Since the 1970s, YWAM has ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/29/2015

Lessenger Elementary prepares for Walk to School Day

MADISON HEIGHTS — For kids, walking to school can be an adventure of sorts, but not every kid gets to experience this. Many are driven to school since they live farther away or are enrolled via Schools of Choice. They also miss out on the exercise ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/28/2015

Volunteers needed for reboot of MH Youth Assistance

MADISON HEIGHTS — Last year, disagreement between the caseworker and volunteers over the direction of Madison Heights Youth Assistance led to a situation where the volunteers left and activities ground to a halt. It was an unfortunate string of ...Read More

Hazel Park 09/26/2015

Hazel Park Library Friends launch membership drive to support library

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library is still struggling, but it continues to maintain a strong lineup of programs and services thanks to timely donations from other libraries and groups, as well as the fundraising work of the Hazel Park ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/23/2015

Madison Elementary settling into year-round calendar

MADISON HEIGHTS — Educators have often wrestled with how to get around the “brain drain” that occurs over summer break. When students come back in the fall, teachers find themselves working harder to get the students focused and back up ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/23/2015

Councilman seeks feedback on child poverty task force

MADISON HEIGHTS — In trying to keep up appearances, many people hide the fact that they’re struggling financially, which is why sometimes the existence of child poverty goes unnoticed. But it’s very real, according to census data and ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/22/2015

Tree mural celebrates leadership at Edmonson Elementary

MADISON HEIGHTS — Starting at ground level in the lobby and reaching to the second floor, a mural of a tree at Edmonson Elementary showcases the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” as outlined by best-selling author Stephen R. ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/21/2015

Stepped-up code enforcement nets progress in blight fight

MADISON HEIGHTS — Over the past few months, code enforcement officers in Madison Heights have been patrolling the city, street by street, checking commercial and residential properties for code violations. Their effort has been focused on three ...Read More

Hazel Park 09/18/2015

Hazel Park Youth Assistance helps kids, families

HAZEL PARK — Now in its 64th year, Hazel Park Youth Assistance — the first of the youth assistance groups now in every school district in Oakland County — continues to divert kids out of the legal system when they make mistakes, helping ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/15/2015

Art Challenge will celebrate 60 years of Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form. Now in its ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/15/2015

The race for mayor of Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — This November, voters in Madison Heights will decide the mayor of Madison Heights. The choices are the current mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, or the challenger Brian Hartwell, who served as a city councilman for eight ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/15/2015

Next E-Lounge will discuss partnerships in business

MADISON HEIGHTS — There is strength in numbers — more people to share the labor, to pool talents and resources. But there are also alternate viewpoints when more than one person enters the equation. And that could lead to conflict. Such is ...Read More

Hazel Park 09/15/2015

Donations needed for pottery kiln at Hazel Park High

HAZEL PARK — For about 30 years, the kiln at Hazel Park High School has been firing up pottery for the ceramics program. Through it, countless students have learned an art form that could lead to a creative outlet, a therapeutic pastime or a career. ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/12/2015

Resident feedback needed on fate of Halfman property

MADISON HEIGHTS — Nearly 5 acres are up for redevelopment at Halfman Elementary and the former Sunset Park on the block bordered by Couzens, Brockton, Tawas and Hudson. And resident input is needed on what will become of them.The 1.75 acres at ...Read More

Madison Heights 09/09/2015

MH City Council asks state to keep Earned Income Tax Credit

MADISON HEIGHTS — Sometimes there are issues in the state Legislature that have a direct effect on residents at the local level and compel members of City Council to speak out. One such issue is a move in the state Legislature to end the ...Read More

Southfield Sun

Southfield 09/30/2015

Northwestern Highway service drive open

SOUTHFIELD — Construction season is about to wrap up for the year, and the Northwestern Highway service drive is finally open after three months of construction. The northbound road, between Eight and Nine Mile, reopened Sept. 21. According to ...Read More

Southfield 09/30/2015

Trial again delayed for bus stop stabbing

SOUTHFIELD/PONTIAC — A local man accused of stabbing two men at a Northland Center bus stop is set to face trial nearly a year after the incident occurred. On Sept. 28 in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, it was decided that Terrence ...Read More

Southfield 09/30/2015

Residents upset over councilman’s repeated absences

SOUTHFIELD — A group of residents say a longtime City Council member has logged too many absences from the council table. Resident Sheila Gaddie, of the group Citizens for Effective Government, said residents are angry with Sidney Lantz’s ...Read More

Southfield 09/29/2015

89th annual International Festival returns Oct. 10-11

SOUTHFIELD — Each year, attendees of the International Festival have the chance to take a trip around the world in a day, and all they have to do is enter the Southfield Pavilion. Now in its 89th year, the International Festival, a weekend event ...Read More

Lathrup Village 09/23/2015

Fall Family Festival celebrates 20 years

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Although summer has come and gone, there’s still some fun to be had in Lathrup Village. The 20th annual Fall Family Festival will soon be underway. On Sunday, Sept. 27, Lathrup Village residents and residents from ...Read More

Southfield 09/22/2015

Suspect sought in stranger-danger incident

SOUTHFIELD — Police are investigating a recent suspicious incident regarding stranger danger. According to Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred at around 9:10 p.m. Sept. 4 in the 30000 block of Southfield Road. A ...Read More

Southfield 09/18/2015

District unveils learning center for students with special needs

SOUTHFIELD —  The Southfield Public Schools district recently debuted a handful of newly renovated classrooms designed to educate students with special needs.The Kennedy Center, formerly known as Kennedy School, 16299 Mount Vernon St., was ...Read More

Oakland County 09/16/2015

County offers free preparedness plan

OAKLAND COUNTY — In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Oakland County is making it easier for families to be prepared this September. According to Ted Quisenberry, manager of Oakland County Homeland Security, the county is offering a ...Read More

Southfield 09/15/2015

Second flier circulated in Southfield

Another flier is reportedly making its way around the city.Some residents reportedly found the fliers on their front lawns the morning of Sept. 15. The fliers have messages about race and gay rights, and photos of a handful of city officials.One side ...Read More

Lathrup Village 09/10/2015

Dance programs flourish in Lathrup

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The ups and downs facing the financial situation at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Oak Park facility hasn’t stopped Tatiana Kitlak from spreading her love of ballet.Kitlak, director of the ...Read More

Southfield 09/10/2015

Group protests Iran nuclear deal

SOUTHFIELD — A group of about 200 people gathered to demonstrate their disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal Aug. 26.Protesters gathered on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, to share their opinions of the ...Read More

Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak 09/30/2015

Animal control asks for help with 84 cats removed from home

Ninety-one animals were pulled from a home near the city’s downtown after police said nearby residents complained of a foul odor coming from the house.Police went to the home in the 1000 block of Edgewood Drive at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 28 to ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/30/2015

City offers more time for input on Normandy Oaks

ROYAL OAK — Residents will have a chance to voice their opinions next week on development plans for the voter-approved 10-acre property sale at the proposed Normandy Oaks Park site.Three developers presented their visions for the parcel — ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/30/2015

Memorial Park goes to the dogs this weekend for animal-friendly event

ROYAL OAK — Memorial Park is going to the dogs this weekend during the 2015 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.The family-friendly event celebrating everything furry and Fido will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 inside the park, which is ...Read More

Clawson 09/30/2015

Fall festival ushers in season of tradition, family fun

CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/30/2015

Driver crashes into Siam Spicy

ROYAL OAK — A Woodward Avenue Thai restaurant is closed after a medical emergency caused a driver to smash into the side of the building, police said.Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said that at about ...Read More

Clawson 09/23/2015

New fire code nears adoption

CLAWSON — Elected officials expect to approve a new fire code next month after going back and forth on proposed changes since July.“We’ll get it eventually,” said City Councilman Gregory Kucera.Council was asked to adopt the ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/23/2015

City approves downtown pay stations for parking

ROYAL OAK — Paying for downtown parking will become more varied as city officials voted last week to remove hundreds of coin-operated machines in favor of pay stations in the farmers market and Sixth and Main parking lots.Unlike pay stations in ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/23/2015

City to welcome quadricycles with restrictions

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners were expected to approve on Monday a newly created ordinance governing the use of quadricycles in the downtown area.The issue was expected to be adopted after the Review’s press time the night of Sept. 21. The ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/23/2015

FD receives grant to help seniors, families get smoke detectors

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Fire Department will receive more than $60,000 in federal grant money to help equip city homes with smoke detectors.Fire Chief Chuck Thomas said the money will go toward purchasing 2,000 smoke detectors for senior ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/16/2015

Normandy Oaks plans head to City Commission

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak City Commission will hear next week from a select group of developers who will pitch their residential housing plans for a voter-approved 10-acre parcel at the site of the proposed Normandy Oaks Park.Three teams were ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/16/2015

City to survey residents about Normandy Oaks

ROYAL OAK — About 1,500 residents may receive a survey next month inquiring about desired park features, primarily at the proposed Normandy Oaks Park.The Normandy Oaks Task Force discussed the issue during its Sept. 9 meeting, and the citizen ...Read More

Clawson 09/16/2015

Clawson kids theater debuts feature film

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/09/2015

Study identifies tips and trends in developing a downtown

ROYAL OAK — A consulting firm hired to determine what types of businesses to attract and how to attract them to the downtown and greater area presented its findings to city officials last month, identifying what an ideal blueprint may or may not ...Read More

Clawson 09/09/2015

Back to school marks special homecoming for new teachers

CLAWSON — Teachers Christina Stachel and Caroline Cwiek spent their first day of school yesterday back in the buildings where they once walked the halls.Both educators were hired by the district this summer and both women are former Clawson High ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/09/2015

New school year, new principal for Royal Oak High School

ROYAL OAK — As incoming freshman head back to class this week, they won’t be the only ones new to the hallways of Royal Oak High School.Michael Giromini took over as the new principal of Royal Oak High School after the Board of Education ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/09/2015

Arts, Beats & Eats producer estimates event drew 385,000 people

Significantly more than a quarter of a million people came to downtown Royal Oak throughout Labor Day weekend for the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.Event Producer Jon Witz estimated total attendance at 385,000 people — with the most ...Read More

Royal Oak 09/04/2015

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats kicks off Labor Day weekend

The 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats opened Friday morning, kicking off four days of food, music, art and fun throughout downtown Royal Oak.Gary and Sandie Vanek visited the event shortly after 11 a.m. and took full advantage of the free parking ...Read More

Clawson 09/04/2015

If you build it, they will skate

CLAWSON — Never underestimate parental drive once the power of a giving community fuels their vision.This is just one of the lessons learned after following the history behind the Clawson Skate Park committee — officially known as the North ...Read More

Woodward Talk

Ferndale 09/30/2015

Ferndale Schools non-homestead millage renewal to be on ballot

FERNDALE — Voters in Ferndale will go to the polls Nov. 3 to vote on a millage renewal for the Ferndale school district, but for many, it won’t have any effect on their taxes. Ferndale Public Schools is seeking a renewal of its ...Read More

Ferndale 09/30/2015

Developers want to build four-story, 90-unit residential structure in Ferndale

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Planning Commission has approved a conditional site plan for a developer to build a 90-unit residential structure on the property at the corner of West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Street that previously housed a ...Read More

Berkley 09/30/2015

Berkley mayor inducted into Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later. But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as ...Read More

Ferndale 09/30/2015

Michigan Youth Arts brings back art supplies, transportation grants for K-12 classrooms

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant. In collaboration ...Read More

Huntington Woods 09/30/2015

Huntington Woods photographer chosen for Porcupine Mountains residency program

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance. Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his ...Read More

Ferndale 09/29/2015

Ferndale police look for armed robbers who fled on bicycles

Ferndale police are investigating an armed robbery after two men allegedly stole a woman's purse and fled on bicycles.According to police, at about 3 a.m. Sept. 27, a 30-year-old Ferndale woman was walking on University Street, east of Woodward ...Read More

Berkley 09/28/2015

City approves Robina Avenue study to determine effect of partial closure

BERKLEY — A gathering place in downtown Berkley is a top priority, according to the 2007 update of the city’s master plan, and with a design concept in place, the Berkley City Council approved a traffic study to determine the viability of ...Read More

Berkley 09/23/2015

Berkley city manager named Pontiac deputy mayor

BERKLEY — Jane Bais-DiSessa, who has served as city manager of the city of Berkley since August 2001, has been appointed the new deputy mayor of Pontiac. Bais-DiSessa said the Berkley City Council agreed to allow her to shorten her mandated ...Read More

Ferndale 09/23/2015

A barking good time

FERNDALE — After a long process of finding funding, selecting the proper location and beginning construction, the Ferndale dog park is finally open for residents. The dog park, which sits at the corner of Hilton Road and University Street in ...Read More

Ferndale 09/23/2015

Council OKs sale of American Legion building for condo development

FERNDALE — After years of being used as storage, the city of Ferndale has sold the former American Legion building at 1741 Livernois St., which is right off of West Nine Mile Road. The City Council approved a purchasing agreement with Otis ...Read More

Ferndale 09/23/2015

Playground will memorialize Ferndale native Kayla White

FERNDALE — Before her death on Nov. 11, 2014, Ferndale native Kayla White was a supporter of Ferndale parks — especially Harding Park, off of 10 Mile Road, as that park is where she played while growing up in the area. Now, Kayla ...Read More

Berkley 09/21/2015

Berkley police investigate more than 20 vacant home break-ins

BERKLEY — Berkley police are investigating a string of break-ins across the city that has resulted in copper piping being stolen from the basements of approximately 23 vacant houses. The rash of break-ins began about mid-August, said Detective ...Read More

Ferndale 09/21/2015

Funky Ferndale Art Fair offers emerging artists, patrons chance to be part of the show

FERNDALE — Organizers of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair are always looking to offer a different experience for fairgoers and artists alike. Organizer Mark Loeb said that during the fair this year, which will be held Sept. 25-27 on West Nine Mile ...Read More

Berkley 09/17/2015

Local libraries sign borrowing agreement with Troy library

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Owners of a Berkley or Huntington Woods library card will now get more access to materials thanks to a reciprocal borrowing agreement between the two libraries and the Troy Public Library.Under the agreement, cardholders ...Read More

Berkley 09/17/2015

First phase of bond construction to begin this school year in Berkley

BERKLEY — Berkley residents approved a $58.9 million infrastructure and technology bond for the Berkley School District in May, and this school year the improvements will get underway at four of the district’s schools.Phase 1 of the ...Read More

Ferndale 09/17/2015

Former MSU basketball player says work hard and achieve more

FERNDALE — The story of Anthony Ianni doesn’t seem outstanding at face value. He grew up in Okemos, Michigan, went to play basketball at Grand Valley State University for two years, then transferred and finished his career and education at ...Read More

Ferndale 09/09/2015

Five suspects arraigned in connection to vandalized vehicles in five cities

Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.According to police, Ferndale officers responded to a ...Read More

Ferndale 09/09/2015

DIY Street Fair to return with record number of artists

FERNDALE — With more artists than ever getting the chance to share the spotlight at this year’s DIY Street Fair in downtown Ferndale, event organizers are hoping for record crowds to fill the biggest event to date.The DIY Street Fair — ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 09/09/2015

Pleasant Ridge awarded $4,000 grant to invest in street trees

PLEASANT RIDGE — A general operating millage approved by Pleasant Ridge voters last November set up the city to plant several new trees, but now, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the city will be able increase ...Read More

Berkley 09/09/2015

Looking Back: Berkley's first church

The first church erected in Berkley was this wooden building, called First Baptist Church, which stood on the east side of Coolidge Highway at Dorothea Road. It was built in 1920.This building was painted white and green. The parishioners eventually ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/09/2015

Buyers, sellers should gear up for busy housing market this fall

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house. For the buyer, real ...Read More

Ferndale 09/04/2015

Event to raise support for bike lanes along Woodward

FERNDALE — The Woodward Avenue Action Association is continuing its task of creating a complete streets master plan for the Woodward corridor with a bike riding event to raise support and awareness for bike lanes along the major street.Bike ...Read More

Troy Times

Troy 09/30/2015

Get fired up for safety at Fire Department open house

Learn how to hear the beep when you sleep during the annual Troy Fire Department Open House Oct. 4.Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson explained that this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” was determined by the National Fire ...Read More

Troy 09/30/2015

Library promotes organ donation

The Troy Public Library will be part of the Michigan Libraries for Life, Gift of Life Michigan program Oct. 5-11.The 2014-2016 Michigan Libraries for Life program was funded with a grant from the Gift of Life Foundation.Gift of Life Michigan is the ...Read More

Troy 09/30/2015

Troy superintendent wins communication award

The Troy School District superintendent has been selected from among his peers across the state as an outstanding communicator.The Michigan School Public Relations Association named Richard Machesky, superintendent of the Troy School District, its 2015 ...Read More

Oakland County 09/30/2015

Oakland County road map shows traffic jams in real time

OAKLAND COUNTY — Motorists have a new real-time online weapon as they battle construction, congestion and closures. The Road Commission for Oakland County has updated the FAST-TRAC Real-Time Traffic Map to include traffic jams as they are ...Read More

Troy 09/29/2015

Senior living center would make dog park a done deal

The Troy Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for a senior assisted living facility that would be next to city-owned property slated for a dog park — and would make the park a reality.The ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/23/2015

Home designers, art collector say to mix it up

METRO DETROIT — Home designers and an antique collector talked about how to combine the old with the new and different textures and metals to create the home of your dreams at the Michigan Design Center in Troy Sept. 10. Julie Byrne, of Julie ...Read More

Troy 09/23/2015

State superintendent swings by Troy schools

New Michigan State Superintendent Brian Whiston made his first visit to schools in session this fall at four buildings in the Troy School District Sept. 11.He started his duties in the top state spot July 1.Whiston, members of the Troy School District ...Read More

Troy 09/23/2015

Troy city officials will gather more information on mineral extraction

City leaders will wait to decide on regulating mineral extraction.The Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints at a joint special meeting Sept. 14.After listening to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash; ...Read More

Troy 09/23/2015

Chamber of Commerce president honored

Troy Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Ara Toupouzian was among the businesses and individuals honored with a Corp! Magazine Michigan Salute to Diversity Award Sept. 10 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.According to its website, “Corp! is a ...Read More

Troy 09/23/2015

Heart Walk raises research funds, awareness of heart defects

Troy resident Melonie Stothers became involved with the Southeast Michigan Congenital Heart Walk and the Children’s Heart Foundation when her daughter McKenzie, aka Izzy, was born with a congenital condition called 22q11.2 deletion ...Read More

Troy 09/22/2015

Party under the stars at Scarecrow Glow

It’s Halloween fun for grownups.The Troy Historic Village will host the second annual Scarecrow Glow Sept. 30.“People loved that it was fun,” Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said of last ...Read More

Troy 09/16/2015

Troy Family Daze moves the food and fun to Troy Civic Center

Although Troy Family Daze will move to city property, the North Woodward Community Foundation, rather than the city, will sponsor the four-day festival Sept. 17-20.Troy Family Daze is modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, which the city ...Read More

Troy 09/16/2015

Adopt a road in Oakland County

It’s a simple thing to do, but it makes a huge difference.The Road Commission for Oakland County is putting out a call for volunteers to help clean litter and debris from Oakland County roadways.The RCOC provides training, garbage bags and ...Read More

Troy 09/16/2015

Find out how to stay fit and healthy at nature center event

Find out which fitness programs offered at the community center are your best fit and learn ways for all ages to be fit at the Healthy Living Festival at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.Beaumont Health and Whole Foods of Troy are sponsoring the ...Read More

Troy 09/16/2015

Smoldering grill likely sparks house fire

A fire that started on the deck of a home on Trombley Drive, near Rochester and Big Beaver roads, possibly originated from a barbecue grill and spread to engulf the home just before 6:15 a.m. Sept. 13.A man and a woman evacuated the home with three of ...Read More

Troy 09/16/2015

Learn about Michigan Marine history, white-tailed deer

Did you know that the Marines fought in one of the most decisive battles of the War of 1812 aboard a frigate ship on Lake Erie?Had they lost to the British, the Michigan territory would have been designated as an Indian territory for the British, and ...Read More

Troy 09/15/2015

Troy, Grand Sakwa settle suit on transit center property cost

While the city and Grand Sakwa Properties have settled on the cost of the property that the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center sits on, who will reimburse the city for the additional cost is not yet clear.While the city paid Grand/Sakwa $3.1 million Sept. ...Read More

Troy 09/15/2015

Man approaches boys walking home from school

Troy police have increased patrols after two separate incidents in which a stranger reportedly pulled up to boys walking home from school and asked them if they wanted a ride home.Police said that in both cases the boys declined and the man left them ...Read More

Troy 09/10/2015

Man robs TCF Bank

Police are searching for a man who robbed the TCF Bank at 2138 E. Big Beaver Road at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 10.They believe it is the same man who robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge Road at 11 a.m. April 16.The suspect is described as a white man in his ...Read More

Troy 09/09/2015

Michigan Military Moms collect items for troops

In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group ...Read More

Troy 09/09/2015

Walsh College students go global and green

Graduate students at Walsh College spent two weeks immersed in commerce and culture in Paris, Milan, London, and Zurich, then came home to get their hands dirty at an urban farm as part of the college’s study abroad program.Linda Hagan, professor ...Read More

Troy 09/09/2015

Troy e-commerce company markets new way to pay

North American Bancard, a company that creates e-commerce technology with a major presence in Troy, takes a swipe at its competition with its latest product, the PayAnywhere Mobile credit card reader. It’s available in Apple stores. In 2009, ...Read More

Troy 09/08/2015

Troy School District financials start year on a higher note

Although the Troy School District Board of Education passed a $137 million budget in June that included a $3 million shortfall from the 2014-15 budget, district officials learned after the books closed out that the shortfall was far less.The 2014-15 ...Read More

Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham 09/30/2015

Business pros talk success at first TCH Master Class evening

BIRMINGHAM — A piece of sage advice from a seasoned pro is certainly something worthwhile.How about more than two hours’ worth of guidance from seven of the area’s most prominent and successful professionals? What’s that worth to ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/30/2015

Remaining eco-friendly after death

METRO DETROIT — In a time of escalating environmental consciousness, folks can rest easy knowing they can reduce their carbon footprint when choosing their final resting place. Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, explained ...Read More

Birmingham 09/30/2015

BBAC opens four new exhibits for fall

BIRMINGHAM — For regular folks, the colors that fall brings might be enough. But for those with an artful eye, the change of season just serves as inspiration for even more dramatic shades and creations.On Sept. 11, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art ...Read More

Birmingham 09/30/2015

Library to host family program on bullying

BIRMINGHAM — We’ve all heard the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”But words really can hurt.And with more avenues than ever before for teens to attack one another — in ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/30/2015

Teens vow to not drive distracted

METRO DETROIT — Local high schools are taking a stand against distracted driving through involvement in the “Distraction-Free Detroit — Distraction-Free in the D” campaign.Distraction-Free Detroit — Distraction-Free in the ...Read More

Birmingham 09/30/2015

Commission votes on ‘transitional zoning’ areas

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham City Commission voted to rezone several parcels around the city from single-family residential use only to multifamily residential and, in some cases, limited commercial use during its meeting Sept. 21.But the roughly ...Read More

Birmingham 09/29/2015

Looking Back: City on the move

By the 1920s, it was obvious that a wider Woodward Avenue was desperately needed. The 66-foot roadway was just not enough to sustain the increasing number of cars traveling between Detroit and Pontiac. The Michigan Legislature passed the Wider Woodward ...Read More

Beverly Hills 09/23/2015

Local marching bands to perform during annual Groves invitational

BEVERLY HILLS — Each week, excited fans file into bleachers at their nearby football field for a bit of exciting fall rivalry.But not everyone in the stands is there for the touchdowns — for some, the halftime performance from the marching ...Read More

Beverly Hills 09/23/2015

Districts discuss student success at ParentCamp 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Now that the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks, it’s only fair that parents do a little time in the classroom too, right?They’ll get their opportunity this weekend during the annual ParentCamp event in the ...Read More

Beverly Hills 09/22/2015

Join the fight against Type 1 diabetes

BEVERLY HILLS — It was Halloween when Jennifer Rass realized something wasn’t quite right with her 5-year-old son, Ethan.Rass said frequent trips to the classroom drinking fountain during his kindergarten Halloween party initially tipped her ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 09/22/2015

A township in mourning

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Bloomfield Township residents and officials are mourning the sudden loss of Dave Payne, who served as township supervisor from 1999 to 2011.On Sept. 11, Payne suffered a heart attack near his retirement home in Harbor ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/21/2015

Regina defeats Marian in annual powderpuff football game

STERLING HEIGHTS — When the senior students of Regina and Marian high schools ran onto Phillip E. Runkel Field at Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 19, a decades-long tradition continued. Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 09/19/2015

Regina defeats Marian in powderpuff football game

Warren Regina defeated Birmingham Marian in the annual powderpuff football game Sept. 19 at Stevenson's Runkel Field in Sterling Heights.Regina jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the teams traded touchdowns in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, with ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 09/17/2015

Treasurer files whistleblower suit against supervisor

On Sept. 10, Bloomfield Township Treasurer Dan Devine announced to media that he had filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the township and Supervisor Leo Savoie for an unspecified monetary judgement.Five days later, once Savoie had been served, he ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/16/2015

Experts say this year’s homecoming looks will be chic, sophisticated

METRO DETROIT — Now that class is back in session, there’s a good chance your student has already switched their mindset from back-to-school clothes to formal attire. That’s right — homecoming season is upon us once ...Read More

Birmingham 09/15/2015

Birmingham bombed by stitches

BIRMINGHAM — Knit two, purl one.If you can’t read a knitting pattern, don’t worry. All you need to know is that Sept. 19-28, Birmingham in Stitches will hit the streets of downtown Birmingham again.The community art installation ...Read More

Birmingham 09/14/2015

Student travel safety is now in session

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the lazy days of summer now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to make student safety the No. 1 priority, and that starts with their trip to school.According to experts, students heading to school on their ...Read More

Birmingham 09/14/2015

Common Ground to benefit from annual Birmingham Art Fair

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re looking to stretch your summer festival legs one last time this season, you’ll get your chance this weekend at the annual Birmingham Street Art Fair.The 41st annual sendoff to summer will be held in the streets ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/09/2015

Awaken your autumn appetite

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes, as summer slips into autumn, the transition in our cuisine is a little less gradual than the seasonal temperature change. We tend to go from sunny fruit smoothies to pumpkin spice lattes almost overnight. It ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 09/09/2015

Explore new tastes, do some good at annual Vine and Dine

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Mix, mingle, sip, savor, repeat.The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Vine and Dine will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and according to chamber Executive ...Read More

Oakland County 09/08/2015

Haven shares early glimpse of new home in Pontiac

PONTIAC — Just as Haven of Oakland County wraps up its 40th year of service, the group is packing up and getting ready to move into its nearly completed new facility in Pontiac.On Sept. 1, Haven — Oakland County’s leading advocate for ...Read More

Bingham Farms 09/07/2015

Local hospice to host community events

Grief is a part of life.Recognizing and acknowledging grief in the proper way is vital. When the end-of-life process is slow, grief can begin early and hang around, as is the case with many hospice patients.Paul Ikonen, volunteer coordinator at ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 09/05/2015

Celebrate the arrival of autumn down on the farm

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting ...Read More

Birmingham 09/04/2015

TCH peeks into Birmingham homes on annual house tour

BIRMINGHAM — When Weatherly Stroh made an offer to purchase her home on Bloomfield Court, just north of downtown Birmingham, she was living in Colorado. She bought the property without having stepped foot inside.“I found it online, and the ...Read More

Farmington Press

Farmington Hills 09/30/2015

Residents to vote on public safety millage renewal

FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters will see a public safety millage renewal question on their ballot Nov. 3.The ballot question asks voters to approve or deny continuing the existing 10-year millage that would generate an estimated $4.5 million annually. ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/28/2015

Pizza lovers to unite at annual Pizza Palooza

FARMINGTON HILLS — Whether you fold it, cut it or just plain devour it, if you’re a pizza lover, Farmington Hills is serving up an event to fuel your pizza passion. Hungry attendees will have the opportunity to sample all of the pizza ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/28/2015

Mercy High continues to innovate, celebrates 70 years

FARMINGTON HILLS — As a student, Cheryl Kreger was part of one of the most important moments in Mercy High’s history.Kreger was a junior at Mercy when it moved from its Detroit location to Farmington Hills in 1965, and she became part of the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/23/2015

Nature Center celebrates fall with full lineup of fun

FARMINGTON HILLS — There’s nothing like a few fallen leaves and a chill in the air to inspire some family time in the great outdoors.Each year, Heritage Park plans plenty of events for visitors of all ages to get out and celebrate the ...Read More

Farmington 09/23/2015

Go ghost busting at Warner Mansion

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in ...Read More

Farmington 09/22/2015

FPS holds forums on possible school closings, repurposing

FARMINGTON — Parents in Farmington Public Schools have circulated a petition to save Warner Upper Elementary School and Dunckel Middle School from closure; however, FPS officials stressed that the petition is based on a misconception, as both ...Read More

Farmington 09/16/2015

Farmington ranks in state’s top 30 safest cities

FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers is proud of his city recently being ranked the 27th safest city in Michigan by SafeWise. SafeWise, an online home security business, analyzes the most recent FBI crime report statistics ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/16/2015

Firefighters welcome community to explore at open house

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department will kick off Fire Prevention Week with the annual Fire Prevention Open House 3-7 p.m. Oct. 2. The National Fire Prevention Association selected the theme “Hear the Beep Where ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/16/2015

Local man charged after fight proves fatal

A local man has been arraigned on charges after an assault at a mobile home park turned out to be fatal a month later.According to the Farmington Hills Police Department, officers were dispatched at around 1:05 a.m. Aug. 9 to the Flamingo Mobile Home ...Read More

Farmington 09/14/2015

Do good while you sleep with local nonprofit campaign

FARMINGTON — Most parents are no strangers to the struggle of waking kids up early for school those first few weeks of class. But for the children in our communities who don’t have the basic essentials they need to get a good night’s ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/10/2015

Second phase of Middlebelt tunnel project begins

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland County Water Resources Commission, in conjunction with the city of Farmington Hills, held a reception Sept. 2 to kick off the next phase of the Middlebelt Transport and Storage Tunnel Project. The approximately $37 ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/09/2015

SOAR to educate, entertain this fall

FARMINGTON HILLS — “Getting older is inevitable. Aging is optional.” Those are words that Huntington Woods resident Norine Zimmer lives by as a member of the Society of Active Retirees for the past six or so years. “It is ...Read More

Farmington Hills 09/09/2015

Norwegian language classes scheduled this fall

FARMINGTON HILLS — Bob and Louise Giles plan to return to the land of her ancestors, Norway, next year for a third time. But first, the Huntington Woods couple plans to brush up on their language skills through an upcoming eight-week ...Read More

Farmington 09/04/2015

Harvest Moon Celebration returning for 11th year

FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington.  To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. ...Read More

Rochester Post

Rochester Hills 09/30/2015

Mayoral candidates sound off

ROCHESTER HILLS — Mayoral candidates Bryan Barnett, Ravi Yalamanchi and Jim Stevens debated issues and agendas during a Sept. 21 candidate forum presented by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area at City Hall.The Rochester Hills mayor earns a ...Read More

Rochester 09/30/2015

Chamber launches gift certificate program to boost local shopping

ROCHESTER — Now that fall is officially here, the holiday shopping season will arrive before you know it.People motivated enough to tackle some holiday shopping early or who want to check some fall birthday gift purchases off their lists have a ...Read More

Oakland Township 09/30/2015

Markers preserve the past

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —The township’s rich history will soon be visible to residents and visitors, thanks to a new historic marker program.“Our historic resources are scattered throughout the township,” Heidi Paterson, chair of the ...Read More

Oakland County 09/30/2015

West Nile virus claims the life of 81-year-old woman

OAKLAND COUNTY — An 81-year-old woman from Oakland County has become the first Michigan fatality associated with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus this year.Oakland County Health Division officals said that prior to last week, Michigan had not ...Read More

Rochester 09/30/2015

Dinosaur Hill to celebrate Halloween with annual fundraiser

ROCHESTER — For the past 34 years, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has proven that Halloween events don’t have to be spooky to be spectacular.Dinosaur Hill’s Halloween Hoot is one of the area’s oldest family-friendly Halloween ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/29/2015

Oakland County on the hunt for next ‘MI Great Artist’

METRO DETROIT — Artists from eight counties across the state can enter an online art competition through Oct. 9 for the chance to be named the fourth annual MI Great Artist winner.Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, along with Park West ...Read More

Auburn Hills 09/29/2015

Officials ‘break ground’ on state’s first Legoland Discovery Center

AUBURN HILLS — Approximately 50,000 Lego bricks tumbled from a large construction truck onto a tarp in front of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Sept. 28, marking the first step of the piecing together of Michigan’s Legoland Discovery ...Read More

Rochester 09/23/2015

Fall farm visits to support the library in October

OXFORD — Each fall, families across the country bundle up and head to local farms and orchards to pick apples and pumpkins, sample fresh cider and doughnuts, and enjoy some seasonal family fun.During the month of October, people who visit Upland ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/23/2015

Village to host Spotlights Market

ROCHESTER HILLS — Fne art, gifts and fun for the family will be on offer at the upcoming Spotlights Market, presented by the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild at the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center.“The juried show will feature 115 ...Read More

Rochester 09/23/2015

RCS schools ranked among America’s top high schools by Newsweek

ROCHESTER — Two Rochester-area high schools were recently recognized in Newsweek’s list of America’s top high schools.Each year, Newsweek releases a list of the high schools across the nation that it says “do the best job of ...Read More

Rochester 09/23/2015

Rochester City Council candidates face off at forum

ROCHESTER — The seven people running for four open seats on the Rochester City Council shared the spotlight during a League of Women Voters candidate forum at City Hall Sept.17.Mayor Pro Tem Ben Giovanelli and council members Rob Ray, Kim Russell ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/23/2015

OU students study the art of the costume

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s Costume Shop, tucked away in Varner Hall, provides all of the costumes for the dances and theatrical performances presented by the school’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.“We make ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/23/2015

Celebrate fall at pumpkin festival

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is so popular there is a waiting list for workers.“We have people who are disappointed they can’t get in on the volunteer list,” said Pat Hambleton, a Rochester ...Read More

Rochester 09/23/2015

RCS bus fleet undergoes new inspection process

ROCHESTER — Of the 111 buses in the Rochester Community Schools fleet, nine did not pass inspection by the Michigan State Police.The MSP Traffic Safety Division conducts school bus inspections throughout the state on an annual basis between Sept. ...Read More

Rochester 09/22/2015

Downtown Rochester to bring popular fairytales to life

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to step into a world of enchantment along Main Street this October to watch as scenes from beloved fairytales are re-created during Rochester Posed.The city’s third annual live mannequin event, scheduled ...Read More

Rochester 09/22/2015

Rochester police join National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

ROCHESTER — Rochester residents can rid their homes of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs this Saturday.The Rochester Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration during the 10th annual National ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/22/2015

Campus police search for sexual assault suspect

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University police are asking anyone who has information about a man who sexually assaulted a student at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 on campus to contact police.“A student met someone online, and they communicated for some ...Read More

Rochester 09/16/2015

Art & Apples Festival hits 50-year mark

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Art & Apples Festival last weekend, an accomplishment that drew the recognition of many local dignitaries.A number of state, county and city leaders came to ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/16/2015

City named safest in state

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new report names Rochester Hills the safest city in Michigan.Munetrix, a state-based data aggregator, listed the city as No. 1 among local municipalities with populations over 50,000. After collecting data over three years, ...Read More

Rochester 09/16/2015

State releases four RCS schools from Focus Schools list

ROCHESTER — The state has removed all four of the remaining schools within the Rochester Community Schools district from its Focus Schools list for their efforts to bridge the achievement gap between the top and bottom 30 percent of students.Focus ...Read More

Rochester 09/16/2015

Historical society’s Cemetery Walk to highlight women

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to take a stroll through time to learn about prominent women in Rochester’s history this month.The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will host its fourth annual Mount Avon Cemetery Walk and guided tour ...Read More

Metro Detroit 09/16/2015

Drivers reminded to stay alert now that school is back in session

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/15/2015

Brooksie Way promotes healthy living

ROCHESTER HILLS — The official Brooksie Way training program grows every year, according to race officials.“We have about 500 people in the training program this year,” said Sue Barnes, Brooksie Way training program coordinator. ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/15/2015

Squires serve up wild game dinner

ROCHESTER HILLS —Since 1983, a dedicated group has made sure Meadow Brook Hall is in working order.“The Squires are our men’s volunteer group,” said Shannon O’Berski, MBH marketing manager. “They are the handymen of ...Read More

Rochester 09/15/2015

Rochester Mills to welcome ‘Oktoberfest’ in September

ROCHESTER —  Fall officially begins Sept. 23, and the Rochester Mills Beer Co. has just the event to help families ring in the new season.For the past 17 years, the Mills has been inviting families to celebrate Oktoberfest — a ...Read More

Rochester 09/09/2015

Rochester to blossom with daffodils for golden bicentennial

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester will celebrate its golden bicentennial in 2017, and plans are already in the works to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s settlement in a big way.Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive ...Read More

Rochester 09/09/2015

Rochester considers beefing up blight ordinance

ROCHESTER — Residents and business owners with piles of yard waste, trash or junk on their property may soon be required to eliminate such sources of blight in half the time they are currently allotted.The Rochester City Council is in the process ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/09/2015

Crittenton signs with Ascension Michigan

ROCHESTER HILLS — Crittenton Hospital Medical Center will soon become part of Ascension Health.    “This is very positive news for the community we have served for nearly 50 years,” Crittenton Board of Trustees ...Read More

Rochester 09/09/2015

Donation aims to bring ice skating back to Rochester Park

ROCHESTER — Frank Rewold has fond memories of racing to Rochester Municipal Park as a young boy to go ice skating on the duck pond each winter after school.That nostalgia has prompted his family to take action so others can create similar memories ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/08/2015

Eleven-year-old boy injured in bike crash

ROCHESTER HILLS — An 11-year-old Rochester Hills boy was injured in a 4:47 p.m. Sept. 1 car/bicycle crash near the intersection of Avon and Livernois roads, a police report states.The boy was riding his bicycle across Avon Road within the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/08/2015

Heroin operation discovered

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police discovered 939 grams of heroin, 10 grams of marijuana and 15 grams of cocaine during an Aug. 18 search of a Waterford Court home, off of Butler Road, west of Adams Road. According to police, the street value of the ...Read More

Rochester 09/08/2015

New film festival coming to downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER — Although downtown Rochester doesn’t have its own movie theater, that hasn’t stopped the new Film Society of Rochester from organizing a film festival.The Film Society of Rochester — known officially as the Theatre ...Read More

Rochester Hills 09/08/2015

Maurer sentenced to life in prison

ROCHESTER HILLS — Judge Colleen O’Brien sentenced Jeffrey Maurer to life in prison without parole for the brutal murders of his parents Sept. 1 at Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.Maurer was found guilty July 31 of the beating deaths ...Read More

Rochester 09/04/2015

Oakland County blood donor tests positive for West Nile virus

OAKLAND COUNTY — Weeks after mosquitoes found in a trap set in southeastern Oakland County tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Oakland County Health Division announced that a blood donor from Oakland County had tested positive for the ...Read More



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