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Lois Zussman Kadima Golf Classic
This annual event was newly renamed in memory of Lois Zussman, who passed away in December, 2015. Her husband of 52 years, Milt, was obviously tickled to have three generations of the family in the crowd of 200 gathered for cocktails and dinner following golf at Franklin Hills Country Club. He also smiled broadly when it was announced that David and Mark Zussman’s teams finished in first and second place among the 124 golfers. But the raison d'ętre for the event, to fundraise for Kadima’s Lois and Milton Y. Zussman Activity Center that serves those with mental health needs, was most evident during the dinner program.
Jason Mood and Christopher Johnson , co-owners of The Meeting House in Rochester, have partnered with James and Gino D’Agostini to open a new food truck called Motor Powered Hospitality , with the D’Agostinis bringing their business experience to the management side of the venture. Only recently delivered to the team, the food truck appeared at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac during ...more»
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: In a year where predictions offered by political pundits are less accurate than the extended weather forecast in any given week, there is only one certainty: nothing is certain. From Donald Trump’s presidential nomination to Sen. Bernie Sander’s success in Michigan, the resulting uncertainty has many candidates on the lower portion of the November ballot worried, ...more»
Bloomfield Township residents impacted by increased noise from the I-75 reconstruction learned at the township board of trustees meeting on Monday, August 22, that the township is working with county, state and federal officials to deal with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in order to have them construct noise barriers....more>
Resolutions to implement across the board raises of two percent for full- and part-time administrative and management employees in Birmingham, along with merit increases, were unanimously approved by the Birmingham city commission on Monday, August 22....more>
After conducting extensive research and working with a consultant, the Rochester Historic District Study Committee presented an update to city council on Monday, August 22, noting that 19 properties have been evaluated by the Michigan State Preservation Office and are eligible to be part of a non-contiguous historic district. ...more>
"The love of the arts is rooted in this community and has been for a very long time," said Tami Salisbury, executive director of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), which will host the 51st Art & Apples Festival, Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11. ...more>
Back by popular demand, a second Farm-to-Table dinner will be held Sunday, September 18, an event hosted by Rochester's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with popular Main Street restaurant The Meeting House. ...more>
A Birmingham man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, August 23, to two felonies and 27 misdemeanors for stealing money from Michigan residents who were facing foreclosure or needed help managing their credit card debt....more>
The property manager of the Whethersfield Apartments complex, located at Quarton and Telegraph roads in Bloomfield Township, was arrested for having embezzled several thousands of dollars from the business....more>
An El Salvadorian man suspected of exposing himself and masturbating in a Rochester Hills Meijer store was arrested on Friday, August 19, by Oakland County sheriff's deputies in connection with indecent exposure....more>
A Sterling Heights man was assaulted on Wednesday, August 17, after the driver of the vehicle in front of him became upset for following too close behind his car along Rochester Road, near Auburn Road, in Rochester Hills....more>
There's no secret that Detroit, and surrounding areas, have had a 100-plus year love affair with automobiles. We love to drive them, build them, cruise them, and gaze at them. For many homeowners, a two-car garage is no longer sufficient, with three-car garages becoming more and more common in newer suburban homes. Yet, there are still many people without cars, and in need of reliable transportation. Increasingly, young people are choosing not to get their driver's licenses at 16. Millennials have received the memo, drilled into them by parents and teachers, that drinking and driving is a bad thing, and often choose ride-sharing transportation, such as Uber and Lyft, when going out for a night of fun. But for decades, other options for transit in the metro area have been scarce and unreliable....more>
Concerns over student health and safety in the wake of the Flint water crisis have spurred many local school districts to step up efforts to ensure their water is free of excessive lead and copper contamination, but the lack of meaningful action at the state and federal levels may give parents and officials a false sense of security....more>