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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Plans underway for fire station renovation

A site plan outlining a $4.4 million renovation to Rochester Hills' Fire Station No. 4 was approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission....more>

Rochester to recoup costs for special events

The cost to hold some events in the city of Rochester may increase for some organizations under changes to the city's special events ordinance approved on Monday, February 13, by Rochester City Council members....more>

NO-HAZ Budget approved by council

Rochester Hills city council members on Monday, February 6, approved spending up to $45,000 to participate in Oakland County's Household Hazardous Waste Program in 2017....more>

Participation, costs increase for NO-HAZ

Costs for Rochester Hills to be included in Oakland County's annual NO-HAZ collection program, which is designed to provide residents with a safe way to dispose of household hazardous waste, are expected to increase in 2017 as participation grows....more>

Council approves landmark properties

Rochester City Council members on Monday, January 23, were sharply divided on what some members viewed as private property owners' rights, voting 4-3 to add three locations to the city's Historic Landmark Property designation list....more>

Rochester celebrates Founder's Day

The first of several events to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rochester will be held on Sunday, March 12, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm....more>

Parking rules relaxed at some restaurants

Restaurants in Rochester that serve alcohol but don't have a dedicated bar area for serving or displaying alcohol will have more relaxed parking requirements under an ordinance amendment approved by city council on Monday, February 13....more>

Rochester Hills okays tree planting budget

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, February 6, authorized spending up to $225,000 in 2017 for tree plantings throughout the city in conjunction with the city's forestry division operation and two street tree planting programs....more>

Puck drops at Spencer Park Pond

The return of freezing temperatures will help usher the annual Pond Hockey Classic game on Saturday, February 11, at Rochester Hills' Thelma G. Spencer Park Pond for the second year in a row....more>

City accepts Auburn Road Corridor Study

A plan to redevelop the Auburn Road Corridor in Rochester Hills that includes a $2.4 million investment in road improvements in the city's Brooklands neighborhood was unanimously accepted on Monday, January 23, by city council members....more>

Cedar Valley Apartments get green light

A site plan outlining the construction of an 86-unit apartment development along the east side of Rochester Road, just north of Eddington Boulevard, was approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission....more>

Park Pond Hockey Classic cancelled

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. ...more>

Spencer Park hockey game rescheduled

The city of Rochester Hills' second annual Spencer Park Pond Hockey Classic game has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 18, due to ice conditions at the pond....more>

2941 Street Foods liquor license approved

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, January 23, unanimously approved a conditional use permit request and Class C liquor license transfer by 2941 Street Foods, 87 W. Auburn Road....more>

Self-storage building for Rochester Hill

Plans were approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission for a three-story, 110,000-square-foot self-storage facility on Avon Industrial Drive, just west of Crooks....more>

Molex investing, expanding, gets tax break

A global electronic and fiber optic connection manufacturer will be investing more than $16 million in a new business unit headquarters to be located in Rochester Hills, following the approval of a 12-year tax abatement for Molex, LLC, by Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, January 23....more>

Grant given for Riverbend Park

Plans for a sensory garden at Rochester Hills' Riverbend Park, 2800 W. Hamlin Road, will be realized with the help of a $40,000 grant from Scotts Miracle Gro, the city administration said this week....more>
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