Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
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Park Pond Hockey Classic cancelled


02/17/2017 - The annual Spencer Park Pond Hockey Classic scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 18, has been cancelled due to unsafe ice conditions caused by warmer than expected temperatures.

The event, which was initially scheduled for Saturday, February 11, was rescheduled to February 18 at the Thelma G. Spencer Park Pond, 3701 John R Road, due to ice conditions. The pond has been closed to skating since February 2 because of ice conditions.

The amateur hockey tournament is open to adults 18 years and older able to register teams of five players who compete in a round-robin format competition, followed by a bracket championship. Game play features three-on-three lines without goalies. The event also includes a Bender Bowl playoff for teams in each division that don't make it to championship play.

The Pond Hockey Classic is limited to 20 teams. Teams must consist of no more than five players per team and restricted to amateur players. Professional and semi-professional players aren't allowed to compete.

In addition to three-on-three play, activities include an accuracy shoot out and chuck-a-puck event that will highlight individual skills to all in attendance.

The annual tournament is hosted by the city as a way to encourage residents to participate in outdoor recreation opportunities available throughout Rochester Hills.

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