Week of 7.17.17

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ChildSafe Michigan Legends Gala

Legends were the story at the ChildSafe gala. But not the celebrity type. Rather at-risk  children and their dreams for becoming Legends of Tomorrow  –  a doctor, a ballerina, a teacher. To make those dreams come true, 310 supporters ($300) flocked to the Townsend Hotel for the annual benefit. Event co-chairs SuSu Sosnick and Christine & David Colman and board chair Keith Pomeroy greeted the 125 VIPs ($500) who arrived early for a reception in the Clancy Room before dinner, a salute to honoree Sandy Pierce  and a live auction conducted by Christopher Aslanian.
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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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Barnett to be named 'America's Mayor'


07/14/2017 - Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has been elected as the Second Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), and will become president of the organization and hold the title of "America's Mayor" in June 2019.

The title was granted in June at the USCM's 85th Annual meeting in Miami Beach. The USCM is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country. Rochester Hills has a population of 70,995.

Barnett will be one of only six mayors from Michigan to hold the leadership position since 1932. Past Michigan mayors include the late Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido (2006); Detroit mayors Mayor Coleman A. Young (1982-1983), Jerome P. Cavanagh (1966-67) and Frank Murphy (1933); and Grand Rapids Mayor George Welsh (1947-49).

"To be recognized by my peers is the highest honor. I look forward to adding my voice and the collective voice of Rochester Hills residents to the national discussion. The success of Rochester Hills is a story I'm excited to share with my colleagues and the national media," Barnett said.

Barnett has served on the USMC's board of trustees, vice chair of the Environmental Committee; a member of the Finance and Audit Committee; and as a featured speaker on a number of Rochester Hills' success stories.

Barnett said he has focused on making the city the nation's preeminent place to live, work and raise a family. Since taking office in 2006, Rochester Hills has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, and currently has the lowest crime rate in the state. The city also has one of the lowest tax rates in Oakland County and second lowest unemployment rate in the state.

"Being the mayor of Rochester Hills has been my dream job since 2006, and the chance to shape policy across the national and work with some of the most innovative minds on the planet is both humbling and awe-inspiring," Barnett said.

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