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Week of 10.17.16

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Grand Jester’s Reception

There’s nothing “creepy” about The Parade Company’s Distinguished Clowns Crops. These are the nearly 200 guys and gals who donate $1,000 per year for the privilege of frolicking down Woodward Avenue in America’s Thanksgiving Parade. As DCC sponsor UHY LLP’s Tony Frabotta said at the Grand Jester’s annual reception, “We work for people...certain things you do because you feel good about it. We feel good about (the Distinguished Clown Corps).” He was speaking to the 200 DCs and DC wannabees gathered at The Reserve to salute 2016 Grand Jester Austin Kanter. He’s the first of the corps to attain 30-year status. And like other DCs, is joined in the corps by children and grandchildren. This includes the LePage family, which hosts the exceptional cocktail supper reception.
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Unique food and smokes

Expected to open the first of the month, Ambassador Cigar is a anticipated to be an upscale cigar bar and lounge which will also offer specialty small plates and a private membership club. Owned by Jeff DeSandre , who has been in the local cigar industry for 15 years, there will be a 300-square foot walk-in humidor on site. "We’re planning to offer gourmet small plates, and Cuban sandwiches ...more»


oakland confidential

October 2016

CAMPAIGN NO-NO: Candidates for public office know — or they should — that it’s a criminal offense to represent themselves as an incumbent when they aren’t. Certainly John McCulloch should be aware as a longtime Republican office holder who lost his job in 2012 as Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, and was fired, under murky circumstances, in 2014 as Huron-Clinton ...more»

Bloomfield Hills honors city manager Cravens

In his last city commission meeting as Bloomfield Hills City Manager, Jay Cravens was honored by both current and past commissioners for the work he has done in improving the city over the last 10 years....more>

555 Building construction changes parking

S. Old Woodward is experiencing a brief traffic shift due to work being done on the iconic 555 Building in Birmingham, and along with that, visitors to the area will find street parking removed on the east side of the road between Bowers Street and Haynes – but just until January....more>

Celebration to mark end of Farmers Market

Just as all other good things must come to an end, so it is with the Birmingham Farmers Market, which will mark the conclusion of its 14th season with a celebration on Sunday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Birmingham's parking lot 6, with hayrides, corn shelling, pumpkin carving demonstrations and live music....more>

Trick or treat Halloween events this Saturday

Celebrate Halloween early this year with treats from Rochester merchants, a costume parade through downtown, and dinner and a movie at the local firehouse. ...more>

Library to host Zombie Walk

The Rochester Hills Public Library on Wednesday, October 26, will be hosting a special "Zombie Walk" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the season premier of The Walking Dead, as well as Halloween and all things spooky....more>

Hardwood flooring stolen from Lowe's

A man who pretended to have already paid for over $2,500 worth of hardwood flooring from the Bloomfield Township Lowe's actually stole the flooring on the evening of Wednesday, October 12....more>

Sweater put on over clothes in attempted theft

A Bloomfield Township man tried to steal a sweater from Costco on Sunday, October 16, by putting it on over his clothing, but was stopped when he went to leave the store, and he admitted he was never planning to pay for it....more>

Customer tries returning wire he hadn't bought

A man loaded up a cart at the Bloomfield Township Lowe's store and tried to "return" it for a refund, but was denied on Sunday, October 16. ...more>

Thieves take $50,000 from ATM

A pair of masked men used an underground tunnel and a cutting torch to steal about $50,000 from an automatic teller machine at a Rochester Hills bank in the 2000 block of Walton Boulevard, authorities said....more>

Rochester Hills teen points gun at woman

A 19-year-old Rochester Hills man was arrested on the afternoon of Friday, October 14, after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman in the 3000 block of Longview Avenue in Rochester Hills, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said....more>

Man assaulted with metal pipe

A Pontiac man was arrested in connection with felony assault after allegedly beating another man in the head with a metal pipe in front of the victim's wife and his own child in the 2000 block of Norfolk Drive in Rochester Hills....more>

Handgun stolen from vehicle

A Rochester Hills man who left his handgun in the center console of his sport utility vehicle reported the weapon was stolen sometime over the past month, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a report filed on Monday, October 17....more>

Rochester Hills home burglarized

Burglars on Friday, October 14, were able to make off with more than $8,000 in valuables during a breaking and entering theft in the 3900 block of Grant Road in Rochester Hills, authorities said....more>

Mount Avon Cemetery gate hit

In response to a report from the Mount Avon Cemetery, located on Wilcox Street, between First and Third streets in Rochester, a police officer responded to the property on the morning of Thursday, October 13....more>

Coal tar sealant

Just imagine a hidden health risk lurking in your driveway or a nearby parking lot that could be harming you, your children, and the nearby environment. A growing number of scientists, community leaders and environmentalists think there is, and many are taking action to do something about it. The problem, they say, rests in the coal tar-based sealcoat that is often applied to asphalt driveways and parking lots to protect the pavement from oils, tire wear and other factors that lessen the life of the surface....more>

Death With Dignity movement

Since the late pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian became famous, or infamous, depending on the point of view, in the 1990s for helping ill patients with doctor-assisted suicide, the issue of whether a terminally ill person has the right to determine when and how to end their life has been debated in public arenas and private living rooms. Is it an individual's right to die, or is it euthanasia? For most of us, there's no simple or easy answer. ...more>

Poverty in Oakland County

The image of people who are poor and suffering from poverty are often of homeless men sleeping on the streets, of a destitute individual living out of their car, or someone holed up at a shelter. There's a school of thought that it's their fault – if they would only get a job, and perhaps give up their addictions, they would be able to pull themselves out of poverty, get a nice home in the suburbs, and live well....more>
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