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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.
oakland confidential 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»
business matters rochester area
Fitness training has a new twist at Fitness 2.0 - Personal Training for Women, 626 N. Main Street, in Rochester. Husband and wife trainers, James and Kristin Haggard, launched the new fitness studio with the intention of focusing on small groups of women to ensure a effective training on a personal level. The idea stemmed out of the couple's own experience. "When I met with Kristin, she had just started working out, and her body wasn't changing the way she wanted," James said. "When you start seeing results, it's a very positive thing, and it keeps you motivated." Soon after, the couple started dating, changing both their health and their business goal. James, who was studying business, became a certified trainer, and the couple later decided to take their experience and launch their own fitness studio based on fitness and training that extended into lifestyle changes. "The training part is simple to do, but creating relationships and helping people transform their lives, that's my true passion," James said. "I started thinking about what I wanted to do and thought that if we went with women only, it would be all about that. And, with small groups, which are proven to be more effective, you can still personally coach someone. I love the personal end of it and helping people so that they are doing things correctly. It's easier to do with a small group, plus you're not just a number if you're not one of 25 people in a group."...more>
The Victorian Rose Tea Room, 118 W. 3rd, in downtown Rochester, has been renamed Tonia's Victorian Rose, by new owner Tonia Carsten, who has taken over the business after the retirement of former owner Loretta Curry. Carsten said she was looking for a spot to hold her Rata2ee cooking school for kids when she learned Curry would be retiring after 21 years. By keeping the tea room's regular daytime hours, she said she is able to pair the two companies. Tonia's re-opened in early January, keeping many of the same recipes and Victorian theme. The restaurant has expanded its hours to 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, and adding some vegetarian and vegan recipes, as well as the addition of some loose leaf teas....more>
Two new businesses will be opening this spring in the Village of Rochester Hills, 104 Adams Road, in Rochester Hills. Soft Surroundings, 340 N. Adams, a St. Louis-based women's store specializing in personal and home fashion, is set to open its first Michigan location at the Village this spring. The new store will offer clothing, jewelry, shoes, bedding and home furnishings, beauty and fragrance products. Originally started as a mail-order catalog in 1999, Soft Surroundings now has several stores across the country that "make it easy to look as great as you feel." AR Workshop, 256 N. Adams, in Rochester Hills, will be the third of its kind in Michigan, with locations in Novi and Woodhaven. Named after national founders Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, the store will open this spring at The Village. The boutique workshops offers various DIY workshops using mixed media for home decor, parties and design. The boutique also offers retail products for sale, including wood plank projects, wood framed signs, canvas, metal and chalkboard products. ...more>
St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 771 Old Perch Roach, in Rochester Hills, is celebrating its 50th year as a parish in the community. Starting in a temporary church that now serves as the parish's activities building, St. Irenaeus held its first mass in June of 1967. Today, the parish serves more than 2,100 families, and offers religious education classes to more than 500 children each year that prepare them for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. The current church was consecrated in 1980 by Cardinal John Francis Dearden of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In addition to the church's 50th anniversary, St. Irenaeus Pastor, Father Brian Chabala is celebrating his 40th year as a priest this year. Father Chabala joined the parish five years ago from St. Fabian's, in Farmington Hills. To better help reach the community, the church has launched a redesigned website. "As we approach our 50th year as a parish community in 2017, we needed to have an effective way to communicate with our parishioners and others seeking a spiritual home," he said. "Our new website clearly explains the many activities offered by and for our parishioners and others, and conveys our desire to be a spiritual resource in the Rochester community." The current parish has grown from about 200 families since its first mass on June 26, 1967 with Monsignor Raymond Kuzava. The church will hold a golden anniversary celebration on June 25, with a host of events leading up to it. "Our mission today remains the same as when our parish was established in 1967," Chabala said. "To share and live the Good News that is Jesus Christ. While our anniversary will look back and celebrate 50 years of parish life, we will also look forward and continue to build the spiritual foundations for tomorrow."...more>
Bloomfield Hills City Commission
Rochester Hills City Council Meeting
Rochester City Council Meeting
Rochester City Planning Commission