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»
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2017 Rochester Hills road projects approved

03/17/2017 - Rochester Hills city council members on Monday, March 13, approved about $5 million in contract agreements in conjunction with the city's two road rehabilitation programs for 2017.

Council approved a $2.1 million contract with Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp. of Washington, Michigan for hot-mix asphalt paving in conjunction with the city's 2017 Asphalt Road Rehabilitation Program. The contract includes a 10-percent contingency in the amount of $189,173. The council also approved a $208,213 contract with Spalding DeDecker of Rochester Hills, for engineering services needed with the road rehabilitation projects.

Funding for the program includes $1,079,918 from the city's major road fund; $820,848 from the city's local street fund; and about $180,136 from the city's facilities fund.

Locations that will be included in the 2017 Asphalt Rehabilitation Program include portions of Brookfield Court; Cedaredge Road; Clear Pointe Court; Fairfield Drive; Innsbruck Drive; Innsbruck Court; Ridgecrest; New Life Lane; Willow Grove Lane; Horizon Court; Rochester Industrial Drive; Rochester Industrial Lane; Rochester Industrial Court; and Fire Station No. 1's rear access road.

The work, which is set to begin in the spring after asphalt plants open, includes plans to mill and resurface streets with an asphalt overlay, except Rochester Industrial Park and Fire Station No. 1 access road, which are set for full removal and replacement of existing pavement, and selective curb and gutter replacement. Projects also include upgrading pathway ramps as needed, Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Allan Schneck said.

Asphalt work is expected to be finished by late August.

In addition to asphalt work, the council approved about $2.7 million for the 2017 Concrete Road Replacement Program, with work to be done by Cipparone Contracting, of Southfield.

Concrete work, which is scheduled to begin in April, includes drainage structure adjustment, recondition and reconstruction; installation of under drains; placement of aggregate base for concrete roads and dives, concrete pavement removal and replacement; restoration and other work.

Project areas include portions of Pleasant View Drive; Michele Court; Ravine Terrace Court; Park Creek Court; Heritage Hill Court; Brandon Court; Ulster Road; Greenspring Lane; Salem Court; Sunbury Court; E. Maryknoll Road; Eagle Drive; Salem Drive; Shellbourne Drive; Stanford Circle; Stanford Circle; Fielding Drive; Terrace Court; Greenspring Lane; Eagle Court; and Pheasant Ring Court.

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