Week of 7.24.17

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Detroit Music Weekend Gala

The inaugural Detroit Music Weekend began Friday night at the Detroit Opera House where 200 music lovers gathered for the Gala ($750 & $1,000 tickets). They savored cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, pausing for brief welcoming remarks delivered from the top of the grand staircase by founding director, Music Hall’s Vince Paul. A soaring operatic selection sung by soprano Nicole James signaled it was time for dinner, which was served at dramatically decorated tables set on the stage. There were interruptions to thank sponsors, board members and event coordinator Laura Raisch, and to salute Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis has dictated his retirement but has not affected his good humor nor his bearing.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Schools receive money for green projects

05/19/2017 - The Rochester Community School District received nearly $25,000 this week for their involvement in the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program.

The district received $24,583 as part of the annual program. The green projects were designed by students, teachers and PTA groups to identify the unique ways the schools can create less waste, use less energy and create meaningful connections to the outdoors for the community's youth.

A dozen schools in the district received checks from the program after banking points earlier this year through the program, which allows schools to receive $1 for every 250 points donated to a school.

Throughout the year, residents put recyclable items in their home's green bin. As they recycle, points have been earned that can be used for different rewards, like free popcorn at the Emagine Theater, a gallon of milk from Hollywood Market, and even free yoga classes. However, for one month a year, residents can choose to donate their points to the school of their choice and help them achieve their funding goals.

This year, residents not only donated enough points to fully fund all 12 projects, they donated more points than any city in the midwest, according to the Recyclebank program. To date, Recyclebank has given more than $75,000 to Rochester Community Schools.

"Over the years, our students and teachers have continued to find innovative ways to make their schools a green place," said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. "This is the ninth consecutive year Rochester Hills schools have received Green School grants. Thanks to our residents' generosity in donating their Recyclebank points, we have always fully funded each projects. We are national leaders once again."

This year's winners and projects are: Brewster Elementary outdoor learning space; Brooklands Elementary outdoor classroom improvements; Hamlin Elementary recycling; Hampton Elementary outdoor classroom and garden; Long Meadow Elementary water bottle refilling stations; North Hill Elementary recycling; Rochester Adams High School recycling station; Rochester High School Green Club hand dryers; Stoney Creek High School water bottle refilling stations; University Hills Elementary water bottle refilling stations; Van Hoosen Middle School hand dryers; and West Middle School recycling station.

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