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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Boat, trailer stolen in Rochester Hills


02/17/2017 - A boat and trailer was stolen sometime on or about Wednesday, February 1, from a home in the 2700 block of Hickory Lawn Street in Rochester Hills, authorities said.

Deputies spoke with the victim who said his Tracker boat and trailer were parked next to his home on Wednesday evening but noticed it was missing about 5:49 a.m. on Thursday, February 2.

The victim said he didn't hear any noises overnight that would have indicated the boat was stolen, nor did his dog alert him to any problems.

Deputies observed several tire marks in the snow along the driveway of the home, but said they were unable to determine if they were left by the victim's vehicle or a potential suspect.

The boat was valued at $10,000 and the trailer was valued at $1,000.

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