$2 Million One-Time Allocation for Oakland County Roads Supported Unanimously by Oakland County Board of Commissioners

Members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate a one-time appropriation of $2 million in Fiscal Year 2015 to assist the Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) in purchasing road equipment. This activity will allow the RCOC to repurpose the money they had committed for equipment acquisition directly into repairing potholes and deteriorating roads in Oakland County. The 19-0 vote in favor of the bipartisan resolution MR#15135, sponsored by Oakland County … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Planning November Bond Election

The Rochester Community School District has begun work, starting with this press release statement, to ensure voters are well informed about its “zero increase” bond election scheduled for November 3. School Superintendent Robert Shaner said that the bond proposal will enable the school district to continue implementing its long-range plan for upgrading and renovating school facilities, technology, and infrastructure. “We will be able to make significant improvements across the school … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Planning November Bond Election

The Rochester Community School District has begun work, starting with this press release statement, to ensure voters are well informed about its “zero increase” bond election scheduled for November 3. School Superintendent Robert Shaner said that the bond proposal will enable the school district to continue implementing its long-range plan for upgrading and renovating school facilities, technology, and infrastructure. “We will be able to make significant improvements across the school … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Lifts Drilling Moratorium with Rushed Passage of Shaky Ordinances: Don’t Drill The Hills’ Measured Victory

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After eighteen months of consistent pressure from Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI), the City of Rochester Hills passed new oil/gas well and pipeline ordinances on Monday, a press release from DDHI said. As a result of passage, the drilling moratorium has been lifted. While DDHI is proud to have successfully pushed the City into action on ordinances, what resulted were ordinances that not ready and likely to be challenged. They were rammed through during a chaotic meeting with City officials … [Read more...]

52-1 District Court Says Ignition Interlock Devices are Effective

A recent press release stated that the use of ignition interlock devices in the DWI/Sobriety Court program at Oakland County’s 52-1 District Court in Novi has reduced the number of repeat drunk driving offenders. As part of an intensive program of supervision and sanctions for convicted drivers, ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from being driven if the blood alcohol content of the operator exceeds a certain level, which is measured by blowing into the device. The successful results … [Read more...]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Parks, and Libraries Partner to Add Michigan Activity Pass Program to Third Year of MI Big Green Gym

Libraries offer free passes to hundreds of state parks, recreation and cultural destinations throughout Michigan It was announced via press release that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and The Library Network will kick off the third-annual Michigan Activity Pass program Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. The Michigan Activity Pass offers cardholders at … [Read more...]

Summer Reading for All Ages at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Enjoy a summer of heroic proportions exploring reading, prizes, superheroes,  and fun during Rochester Hills Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, from Friday, June 5 through Saturday, August 8.  Beginning June 5 you can register online, from home at the library or on the bookmobile, through the Summer Reading link at www.RHPL.org/events/summer-reading. The Youth Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story, is for children from birth through age twelve. Parents and caregivers … [Read more...]

RCOC Road Construction Suspended During Memorial Day Weekend

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Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Managing Director Dennis Kolar has announced that most RCOC road construction projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, for the Memorial Day holiday. Work will resume after 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. “The Road Commission wants to ensure that its roads are as free of obstructions as possible during this period because of the increased holiday traffic we typically see on the Memorial Day holiday,” Kolar stated. “That should help to … [Read more...]

Is Library Banner Political or Celebratory?

City of Rochester Hills Banner hangs in the staircase at the Rochester Hills Public Library - photo by Michael Dwyer

Library Banner An article by C&G Newspapers tells the story of how the Rochester City Council objects to a banner hanging inside the Rochester Hills Public Library. When Rochester Media visited the library for a photo of the controversial banner, the front desk attendant didn't know anything about the banner or where it was. According to the C&G article, it's been hanging in the staircase since November. Political or Celebratory? In the article, it is suggested that the … [Read more...]

Check Out the Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Rochester’s Social Scene

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here your whole life, the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Greater Rochester has something to offer and is a great way to meet new people! They are a social group of fun loving individuals that live in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland, Troy and surrounding communities in Michigan. Come make new friends through a variety of engaging programs and activities, such as Couples Pub Nights, Ladies Lunch groups, Book Clubs, and Game groups. There truly … [Read more...]