Week of 1.16.17

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Kidney Ball

More than 740 supporters of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan turned out for the annual Motown Magic Kidney Ball at the Motor City Casino. VIPs convened early in the Sound Board upper level Overdrive room before joining the hoi polloi for the silent auction ($57,000). The dinner program had highlights. Past chair and board member Myra Moreland presented event chair Patrick Rugiero the Cindy Hoglund Shannon award and they thanked GM and other sponsors (see photo gallery) for their generosity. Rugiero also announced that Jon Krebs  and Jeff Chandler would chair the 2017 ball. Emcee Steve Garagiola shared the painful saga of his experience with kidney stones and young Adam Rost demonstrated much energy despite his kidney disease battle.
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oakland confidential

January 2017

Meet the boss: The recent announcement by President-elect Donald Trump that he had picked Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, the Grand Rapids philanthropist known for her passionate school choice advocacy in Michigan, as the next U.S. Secretary of Education, has drawn the ire of some legislators and educators in Oakland County and across the nation. Considered one of the country’s political ...more»

Parking rates set to rise in Birmingham

With parking in downtown Birmingham at an all-time premium, both in the five municipal parking structures and at parking meters on the streets, city commissioners unanimously approved rate increases for monthly permit rates, as well as an increase to all parking meters from $1 an hour to $1.50 an hour, at the city commission meeting on Monday, January 9....more>

Report says Rail District parking sufficient

The Birmingham City Commission unanimously accepted a final report from the Ad Hoc Rail District review committee on Monday, January 9, that looked at current and future parking in the Rail District, as well as its multimodal uses, and determined that there was enough parking, a bike lane should not be added to Eton Street, but the roadway could be made more attractive for all users....more>

Bloomfield trustees added to committees

Noting the change in regime from the recent November election, treasurer Brian Kepes recommended appointing fellow trustees to the health care benefits and financial sustainability committee at the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, January 9....more>

Bates Street Society honors local leaders

Several local community leaders – including Downtown newsmagazine publisher David Hohendorf – will be honored as 2017 Pillars of Vibrancy by The Community House of Birmingham on Saturday, January 28, at its Bates Street Society dinner....more>

High levels of copper, lead in schools

Two Birmingham schools discovered higher than allowable levels of copper and lead in the water flowing in some classroom sinks following routine water testing, the school district reported to parents and community in recent days....more>

Whooping cough cases at Pierce school

Administrators at Birmingham Public Schools' Pierce Elementary notified parents on Tuesday, January 10, that two kindergarten students had been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and the district was working with the Oakland County Health Department and monitoring the rest of the school community....more>

Water, sewer maintenance increases okayed

Rochester city council members at their meeting on Monday, January 9, gave final approval to additional fees that will be charged to water and sewer customers in order to pay for infrastructure maintenance and repair projects....more>

Rochester Hills acquires green space

The recent purchase of nearly 10 acres of property by the city of Rochester Hills near South Boulevard and Livernois will be used to increase the city's holding of green space throughout the city intended for long-term preservation....more>

Lifetime Fitness denied alcohol sales

An attempt by Life Time Fitness to expand its national trend of serving alcohol to its club members in Michigan was denied on Monday, January 9, by the Rochester Hills City Council....more>

Tenth annual Rochester Fire & Ice festival

About 50,000 people are expected to converge on downtown Rochester from Friday, January 20, through Sunday, January 22, for the 10th annual Fire & Ice Festival....more>

Book sale to include art, collectibles

Books, games, music, movies and and a new collection of art auction catalogs will be available at bargain prices starting Wednesday, January 18, when the Friends of the Rochester Hills Library kicks off its annual book and media sale....more>

Woman revived after heroin overdose

A Waterford woman was found unconscious from a drug overdose in the Bloomfield Town Square shopping center in Bloomfield Township at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, but was revived by a NARCAN dose from a Bloomfield Township police officer and is expected to recover....more>

Prada perfume stolen from store

A woman came in to the Ulta Salon in Bloomfield Township on New Year's Day and stole a bottle of Prada Candy woman's fragrance by hiding it in her pants....more>

Truck full of appliances stolen

A delivery truck, full of new dishwashers and other appliances that were to be installed, was left running in front of a Bloomfield Township home while two employees were installing a new dishwasher, and when they came out they discovered it had been stolen....more>

Sister stabs brother with letter opener

A 28-year-old Detroit man was stabbed in the leg on Friday, January 6, following an argument with his sister while the siblings were driving in the area of S. Adams and Hamlin roads in Rochester Hills, the sheriff's office said....more>

Medical issue leads to fatal crash

A 51-year-old Clinton Township man died on Sunday, January 8, after a medical emergency led to an accident along Tienken Road in Rochester Hills, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said....more>

Thieves steal GPS from unlocked vehicle

The Rochester Police Department is reminding motorists to keep their vehicles locked when unattended, following the theft from a vehicle on Friday, January 6, in the 800 block of Logger's Circle....more>

Thieves steal generator from construction site

A 7000-watt generator was stolen sometime between Monday, January 2, and Thursday, January 5, from a home construction site near Willow Tree and Orion roads in Rochester Hills, authorities said....more>

Customer steals leaf blower

A leaf blower was stolen on Saturday, December 31, after being left unattended on a sidewalk outside of a Rochester Hills gas station in the 1400 block of N. Rochester Road, authorities said....more>
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Protecting the rivers

John Hartig was a senior high school student in 1969 when he and his classmates in Allen Park watched a plume of smoke rise from the Rouge River....more>
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Kids or criminals

At the end of each school year, local Michigan school districts are required to report to the Michigan Department of Education the total number of all of the students who have been expelled that year, along with a list of 20-some infractions, which include everything from truancy to homicide, bullying to gang-related violence, that have occurred on school grounds or at school activities....more>
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