City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values

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The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website Zillow.com, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [Read more...]

Rep. Webber unveils measure to protect rights of residents during drilling operations

Drilling operations in Metro Detroit would have to stay at least 1,000 feet away from residential homes under House Bill 4260, which was unveiled on Thursday by Rep. Michael Webber, according to a press release. Michigan cities, villages and townships currently have little say in drilling operations within their community, but after concerns were raised in 2014, a work group including the DEQ was formed and rules were established by DEQ that apply only to Metro Detroit communities. While … [Read more...]

Digging up the Past with Privy Historian Tony Panepucci

Privy historian Tony Panepucci will share treasures found during outhouse excavations on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Panepucci’s outhouse digging is his passion and he brings dozens of bottles of various colors of glass, ceramic jugs, and pieces of pottery, plain and fancy to share with the audience. He discusses how old the items are and how rare some of the bottles have become over time. Wallets, jewelry, guns and lots of old bottles are among … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Deal with a Troubled Relative?

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Dear Crabby, For over 20 years my mother-in-law has been neglecting her son (my husband) and grandchildren in favor of her other son who has multiple addiction problems. It seems like he gets all the attention, while we get ignored, but are expected to drop everything and help out—no questions asked. Needless to say this really irks me. Should I stay silent or do you think I should say something to her for the sake of my family? I know this question is a little heavier than what you usually … [Read more...]

Community Health Survey Launched in Oakland County

Oakland County Health Division launched a countywide survey this week to gather residents’ views on key issues that affect health and wellness. The survey, which is part of the Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO) initiative, will help public health professionals prioritize and respond to health concerns in Oakland County. “This community survey enables our Health Division and its community partners to improve the quality of life for residents and achieve better overall … [Read more...]

The Brooksie Way Minigrant Program Seeking Applications for Winter Funding Cycle

The Brooksie Way is seeking applications from local communities and non-profits interested in funding assistance for programming that supports healthy and active lifestyles for Oakland County residents. The Brooksie Way Minigrant program uses proceeds from the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon to support various programs that support healthy and active lifestyles. The minigrant program has allocated more than $135,000 since it began in 2010. The maximum award is $2,000. “We have … [Read more...]

Analyst: Oakland County Tops Michigan in Personal Income

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An Oakland County, Michigan market research analyst is clearing up some confusion about a recent 24 7 Wall Street report that claims Livingston County has the highest median household income in Michigan, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Dan Riley, who analyzes economic data for the county’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, said Oakland County is first in per capita income in Michigan. “The report used five-year estimates for household income … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek High School Seniors Sign for Athletic Scholarships

Pictured left to right: Maria Zandi, Carly Cerny, Savannah Rembold, Jamieson Midgley, Carly Harvey, Madison Toth. (Not pictured: Jo Platz)

Rochester Community Schools released a statement congratulating outstanding student athletes for signing Letters of Intent with national universities. Savannah Rembold signed with Western Michigan University for soccer. Carly Cerny signed with Cleveland State University for soccer. Maria Zandi signed with Oakland University for soccer. Madison Toth signed with Butler University for soccer. Jamison Midgley signed with Butler University for soccer. Carly Harvey signed with Butler … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek High School Student Earned Perfect Score on AP Computer Science Exam

Rochester Community Schools celebrates Nathan Fenner, a 2014 graduate of Stoney Creek High School, for earning a perfect score on his Advanced Placement Computer Science exam in the spring 2014. According to the College Board, Nathan is one of twelve students in the world to have earned every point possible on the May 2014 Advanced Placement Computer Science Exam, answering every multiple choice question correctly and earning full points on the free-response section of the exam. “We are … [Read more...]

Don’t Drill the Hills Celebrates its First Anniversary – A Year of Engagement & Awareness

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Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI) is proud of our first year of fighting for local resident voices in public property decisions, and helping shape the local and State conversation on issues specific to oil and gas exploration in high density residential areas. Perhaps the first organization of its kind in Michigan – we are a non-partisan, nonprofit group who is NOT against domestic energy production, but believes industrial activities belong in appropriate areas and should be pursued with a … [Read more...]