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Week of 8.22.16

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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.
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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»

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September 2016

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»

Discussions continuing on I-75 noise

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>

Birmingham employees to receive raises

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>

Celebrating 50 years of Claymore

A celebration of 50 years of Birmingham's the Claymore Shop, and late owner Bob Benkert, will be enjoyed with day long festivities Saturday, August 27, from noon to 6 p.m....more>

Historic district on the horizon

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>

Condo project to go before council

Plans for a 17-unit condominium development on the north side of Hamlin Road, just east of Livernois, will go before the Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, August 29, for consideration. ...more>

Paint Creek hosts Art & Apples Festival

"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>

Farm-to-Table dinner, take two

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>

Local man guilty of foreclosure fraud

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>

Porsche sold without owner consent

A man reported to Birmingham police on Tuesday, August 16, that a Porsche he had brought into a repair shop two years ago had been fraudulently sold without his consent....more>

Elderly woman victim of phone scam

A 92-year-old Bloomfield Township woman was scammed out of $2,000 worth of iTunes gift cards after a caller claiming to be her granddaughter said she needed bail money....more>

Bank stops woman from fraud attempt

An alert bank manager in Bloomfield Township prevented an elderly woman from depositing $6,743 in cash into an account of someone claiming to be from the IRS....more>

Property manager arrested for embezzlement

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>

Cash missing from Birmingham home

A Birmingham home was broken into, and cash taken, on Tuesday, August 16....more>

Man steals bike in front of store

A woman who left her bike unlocked in front of Arizona Saddlery in Birmingham came out to discover it was stolen on Monday, August 22....more>

Illegal resident arrested for indecent exposure

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>

Road rage leads to assault

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>

Ex-boyfriend faces vandalism charges

Charges for malicious damage of property are pending against the former boyfriend of a Rochester woman after he reportedly vandalized her car in mid-August. ...more>

Charges pending for theft, forgery

Several checks belonging to a Rochester resident were fraudulently cashed at a local liquor store, the man reported to police on Tuesday, August 16. ...more>

Bike stolen from Rochester library

A Rochester man's bicycle was stolen after he left it locked to a bike rack near the Rochester Hills Public Library, the man reported to Rochester police on Wednesday, August 17....more>

Worker notified of unemployment scam

A Rochester resident reported a case of unemployment fraud to police on Monday, August 15....more>
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Riding into the future

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>
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Quality of school water

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>
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