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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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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Deadline for Rochester primary election

The filing deadline for four Rochester City Council seats open in this year's August 8 primary election, and subsequent November general election, is Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m....more>

Council tables decision on historic home

Rochester city council members on Monday, March 13, endured claims of practicing questionable ethics, cronyism and attempting to take personal property in the pursuit of benefiting city businesses before eventually tabling a vote on whether or not to include one of the city's historic homes on a potentially protected list of properties....more>

Rochester chamber hires new president

The Rochester Regional Chamber (RRC) of Commerce has hired former Orion-area chamber director Alaina Campbell to oversee operations as the chamber's new president....more>

Two announce city re-election plans

Two Rochester Hills City Council members have announced they will seek re-election to the board during this year's general election on Tuesday, November 7....more>

Special event ordinance delayed again

Rochester city council members on Monday, March 13, delayed voting on whether to finalize changes to the city's special events policy, which would require additional records from those seeking event permits in the city....more>

Rochester delays special events ordinance

The final reading and passage of an amended ordinance regarding special events in the city of Rochester was delayed on Monday, February 27, due to the absence of two council members....more>

Police finish annual liquor license inspection

Overall police activity at liquor establishments in the city of Rochester was down slightly in 2016 from 2015, with only minor corrections needed for building regulations, Rochester Police Chief Steven Schettenhelm said on Monday, March 13, in an annual report to city council members....more>

City to bid out janitorial services

Concerns about the quality of janitorial services the city of Rochester Hills receives led city council members on Monday, February 27, to forgo renewing a $140,000 contract with its current provider and seek an in-house position for at least a portion of those services....more>

2017 Rochester Hills road projects approved

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....more>

Rochester seeks water improvements loan

The city of Rochester will be seeking about $6 million in low-interest loan funding from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to pay for a series of water main improvements needed in the city....more>

City seeks funding for Hamlin Road

Repairs needed along a stretch of Hamlin Road between N. Squirrel Road and Adams Road in Rochester Hills may be addressed in 2018 under funding being sought by the city from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)....more>

Events planned for Rochester Bicentennial

Nearly a dozen events, with more to come, have been scheduled this year by downtown Rochester that will take place throughout the greater Rochester area to celebrate the bicentennial of the city of Rochester....more>
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