Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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oakland confidential

June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»

Crackdown on use of street level space?

The Birmingham Planning Board will be reviewing a proposed ordinance and hold a public hearing to potentially limit the use of first floor retail space in the downtown area from office and other commercial uses, including personal services, at their meeting on June 14....more>

Birmingham Hometown Parade Sunday

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade marches into downtown Birmingham on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., with activities and fun for the whole family....more>

City prepares for water, sewer rate hikes

Rochester Hills residents can expect an increase in water and sewer rates beginning this July of about 2.4 percent, or an increase of about $3.38 on the average bill, under a water and sewer ordinance amendment introduced on Monday, May 15....more>

Rochester Hills receives clean annual audit

Auditors with Plante & Moran on Monday, May 15, gave the city of Rochester Hills an "unmodified opinion" of accounting practices for the 2016 fiscal year ending on December 31, 2016, noting the city is "financially sound."...more>

Run/Walk raises funds for Meals on Wheels

Participants in this year's Rochester Older Persons' Commission (OPC) annual 5K Run & Walk for Meals on Wheels will help the organization deliver tens of thousands of home meals to communities in northern Oakland County....more>

Schools receive money for green projects

The Rochester Community School District received nearly $25,000 this week for their involvement in the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program....more>

Resident victim of $2,000 puppy scam

A Bloomfield Hills resident wired money to purchase a puppy from the Washington D.C area, only to discover that there was no puppy, and they were scammed out of their money....more>
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Michigan education

February of this year, a 16-member gubernatorial commission, known as the 21st Century Education Commission, completed and presented to Governor Rick Snyder a new and comprehensive education report that looks at Michigan's educational status and standards, ranking at 48th in the United States, and provides recommendations and guidelines on how to improve the education of all Michigan students. The report, called "The Best Education System for Michigan's Success: A Blueprint for Educating Michigan's Residents to Build the Best Businesses, Win the Best Jobs, and Achieve the American Dream," begins with a reality – that to succeed in today's world, residents must provide more comprehensive education to our students....more>
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Threatening pair

A pair of chemicals linked to serious health issues and used for decades to make products ranging from firefighting foam to pizza boxes is being investigated as a source of widespread contamination at military bases and drinking water systems across the country....more>
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