Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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Parking rules relaxed at some restaurants

02/17/2017 - Restaurants in Rochester that serve alcohol but don't have a dedicated bar area for serving or displaying alcohol will have more relaxed parking requirements under an ordinance amendment approved by city council on Monday, February 13.

The ordinance amendment was adopted Monday by unanimous vote, following a first reading of the ordinance on December 12.

Prior to the amendment, the city's code required restaurants that serve alcohol to provide one off-street parking space per 100 square feet of overall floor area, while restaurants that don't serve alcohol must provide one off-street parking space per 150 square feet of area. Under the proposed ordinance, restaurants that only provide alcohol by way of table service, without a bar area, would be required to provide one off-street parking space for every 145 square feet of floor area.
 Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing said the issue was first discussed at the city's planning commission, after a representative from a local business asked commissioners to re-evaluate the ordinance.
 "The idea is that if you have alcohol, customers will be sitting there longer, and the business will need more parking spots," Wing said.
 Restaurants may pay the city in-lieu of a parking spot for use of the city's parking structure, if the restaurant is unable to provide adequate off-street parking on its own property or through an agreement with a nearby property owner. Wing said the current price per in-lieu-of spot by the city is about $12,000.
 Only one current restaurant, Rochester Brunch House, at 301 Walnut Boulevard, would be impacted by the proposed ordinance, reducing the number of spots required from three to one. However, the ordinance amendment is likely to impact new or expanding businesses in the future.

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