Week of 3.27.17

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Kathy Broock Ballard’s annual St. Patrick’s Day charity event is a play on words – the Gaelic for “Ireland forever.” But her girlfriends, 70 came this year, know that the new underwear they bring will be cherished by the women-in-need clients of Grace Centers of Hope and CARE House of Oakland County. The happy hour party at the Village Club is emerald accented (see photo gallery) and noted for Ballard’s generous hospitality. The venue is special to the hostess because ”...my grandmother was one of the founders of this club.” The news maker at the party was Cheryl Hall-Lindsay. She arrived with a foot cast to go with her arm cast. Both injuries were sustained during her fitness run through the neighborhood, but the foot cast was brand new. “This morning I was hit by a car...and the driver ran over my foot,” she explained. Keeping fit can be dangerous.
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oakland confidential

April 2017

BIGOTRY 101: Who could have imagined that in 2017 anti-semitism would once again be rearing its ugly head. Sadly, some local Republicans confirm the toxic malady hit the state’s Republican convention in February, when party administrative vice-chair David Wolkinson of Birmingham ran for re-election to the party position. "There were a bunch of people who also wanted to be vice-chair who ...more»
March 2017
The Richardson Academic Center Theatre building at Rochester College. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent
February 2017
The Rochester Fire Station at 277 W. 2nd Street in Rochester, which was remodeled in the last couple of years. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
January 2017
The Rochester Rotary Gateway Park in downtown Rochester. The park was initially developed in 1997 by the Rochester Rotary Club and continues to be upgraded through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent
December 2016
The annual tradition of the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, which involves over one million points of light each year. The holiday lights display are part of the seasonal celebration that includes the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4. Downtown photo: Rochester Downtown Development Authority.
November 2016
The Rochester Hills Public Library, dedicated November 1, 1992, at 500 Olde Towne Road on the edge of the central business district in downtown Rochester. The library, through contract arrangement, also serves the city of Rochester and Oakland Township. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
October 2016
Downtown Rochester's oldest building at 300 South Main Street – the Rollin Sprague building, constructed in 1849 – now houses the Home Bakery, established in 1930. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
September 2016
The historical Rochester Elevator feed and fertilizer store, built in 1880 by Charles K. Griggs. The building may end of being moved to accommodate a condo development at the site. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
August 2016
The award-winning Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester, often described as a boutique resort hotel with architecture reminiscent of an English manor house. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
July 2016
Paint Creek near Rochester City Hall. Downtown photo: Katie Deska.
June 2016
The Museum at the VanHoosen Farm, located in Stoney Creek Village. The 16-acre museum/farm was home to the Taylor and VanHoosen families dating back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
May 2016
The Elliott Tower, donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, is both a gathering spot for students and a visual centerpiece for the campus of Oakland University. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
April 2016
An aerial view of the golf course at Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, founded in 1971. Aerial photo 2016 Google Earth.
March 2016
The inconic water tower for the city of Rochester. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
February 2016
Buildings from the Van Hoosen Farm as part of the Rochester Hills Museum preservation effort. The farm dates back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
Janaury 2016
Meadow Broock Hall, the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson and second husband Alfred Wilson between 1926 and 1929. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
December 2015
The Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, involving more than one million points of light for the holidays. The iconic holiday display will be viewable through January 3. The holiday celebration includes the annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Downtown photo: Mark Hicks Photography
November 2015
The iconic Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road in Rochester Hills, which has been producing apple cider since 1876. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
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