Week of 9.25.17

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Ted Lindsay Celebrity Golf Outing

The 175 golfers who participated in the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club were joined by another 115 for cocktails, a silent auction ($14,000) and dinner following play. The program that followed Fr. Donald Worthy’s tribute to the memory of Joanne Lindsay and Dr. Jack Finley was emceed with good humor by Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels. It had highlights. Austin, TX researcher Laura Hewitson, PhD. reported promise of early blood biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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September 2017

CRACK IN THE DIKE : Appears staunch Republican Congressman David Trott (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy), in his second term representing Michigan’s 11th District, isn’t still feeling the love for President Donald Trump . Politico reported that Trott shocked the room at a private meeting in late July when he voiced what many other Republicans were thinking, that the president had ...more»
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Projects completed prior to start of school

09/08/2017 - Six construction projects at Rochester Community School District buildings were completed over the summer and were finished prior to the first day of the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, September 5, the district said.

The construction – which included projects at Baldwin, Hamlin, Hugger and Musson elementary schools, Rochester High School and West Middle School – were part of a $185 million bond proposal approved by voters in the district in November 2015. Construction at Adams High School is underway, and the district is looking to break ground this month for the ACE, Adult Special Education, and Adult Center for Education building.

The district is currently in the second year of a five-year project plan related to the bond issue.

"The pace at which our contractors have been working is truly remarkable. While the projects vary in size and scope, each construction project on its own would be a sizable task to complete in the short weeks of summer, but we are working on seven at one time," said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner. "We are fortunate to have such skilled professionals on our team who are dedicated to keeping the projects on schedule and true to the district's mission."

About $46 million of the $185 million bond approved in 2015 has been awarded for construction efforts. The district said 171 contractors employed 1,460 employees who worked nearly 200,000 hours on construction projects. Nearly 8,000 tons of concrete was poured, 3,500 tons of which was provided to Rochester High School alone. The district used more than 204 tons of steel and laid over 943,000 linear feet of cable and wiring.

Entrances have been redone to offer security at North Hill, Long Meadow, Meadow Brook, McGregor, Reuther, Hart, Van Hoosen, Stoney Creek High School and the administration building. The old Brooklands building has been removed, and the Stoney Creek and Hart tracks were improved.

Bond resources have also focused on providing state-of-the-art technology.

"We have designed and implemented a robust wired and wireless network and completed many infrastructure updates across the district," said Cindy Lindner, director of technology and strategic initiatives for the district. "Efforts are now focused on updating devices and classroom and media center technology."

The district has provided 1,300 computers to teachers and administrators across the district; installed clocks and 250 interactive flat panel SMART boards at Rochester High, West, Baldwin, Hamlin, Hugger and Musson, and 60 additional boards at all other buildings; provided 36 mobile labs across the district; and installed 2,000 phones and 600 surveillance cameras.

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