O Christmas Tree, Let’s Recycle Your Branches

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you've had your tree up since Thanksgiving and can't wait to take it down, there's good news. The City of Rochester Hills is offering free Christmas tree recycling for residents. Only real trees will be accepted and they must be free of lights, ornaments, and other decorations. Residents can drop off trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 and Saturday, January 3, 2015; as well as noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 28 and  Sunday, … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: In lame duck, lawmakers fail to fix Michigan roads

Note: The following opinion is by Sue Ann Douglas, Retired Oakland County Commissioner (18 years) and former 11-year member of Rochester City Council. "Because along with road funding, the proposal became somewhat of a Christmas Tree bill, fully restoring the earned income tax credit, raising dollars for education and other giveaways aimed at winning Democratic votes but have nothing to do with fixing highways." The Detroit News 12/19/14 Be careful what you vote for. This bill raises a … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Buys Itself a Little Something ‘Green’ for Christmas

Earlier this week, Rochester Hills City Council unanimously approved the single-largest purchase of green space property in the city’s history. The city will be spending just over $1 million for a more than 48-acre parcel on the north side of Riverbend Park, near Hamlin Road, on the city’s south side. The deal was approved Dec. 15 after negotiations. “This purchase is the crown jewel of open spaces in Rochester Hills,” Parks and Forestry director Mike Hartner said in a statement. … [Read more...]

Get in the Games at the Michigan Senior Olympics

Michigan Senior Olympics 2015 Winter Schedule

Registration for the 2015 Michigan Senior Olympic Winter Games is now open until January 12, 2015.  The events will take place throughout Oakland and Macomb Counties on February 7-12, 2015. Events include: badminton, billiards, bocce ball, Dancesport, ice hockey, pickleball, powerlifting, racquetball, and table tennis. The Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) are open to anyone age 50-plus. Michigan Senior Olympics is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles by organizing … [Read more...]

Huntington Ford and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School Partner to Raise School Funds

Pictured with check: Patrick Scoggin, President, Huntington Ford; Shane Redshaw, SCHS Athletic Director; Kim Duley, Event Coordinator, Huntington Ford

Test-drive fundraising event generated much needed money for Stoney Creek High School, helping students in the local community. Huntington Ford, Stoney Creek High School, and members of the local community raised $3,340 for the local school at a recent test-drive and fundraising event. As part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program, more than 165 area residents took a test drive in a new Ford vehicle during the school’s successful on-site event. For each test drive, … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Historic District Commission Awarded Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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The Oakland Township Historic District Commission (HDC) has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to support a Cultural Landscape Report for Cranberry Lake Farm (CLF) Historic District. The funds are issued through the Michigan Preservation Fund and is the highest amount awarded. Commissioner Gene Ferrera said, “The HDC and Oakland Township government is appreciative of the NTHP grant as it recognizes both the desire and past actions of the … [Read more...]

Patterson Distributes Casual Day Funds to 15 Charities

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A disabled Vietnam veteran and an organization whose founder just returned from mission work in Honduras are among the recipients of Oakland County Casual Day funds this holiday season. A total of 15 charitable organizations and the veteran shared $29,000 donated by county employees on casual days throughout the year. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed the checks during a news conference today. According to the press release, another $8,000 was given to other organizations or … [Read more...]

TTi Global Gives Back to the Community this Christmas

Rochester Hills-based TTi Global, a staffing and research firm, is again participating in the DMC Children’s Hospital’s Adopt-A-Family program. The program connects families in need with generous people and organizations in the community, providing food and gifts they would otherwise go without. The families are identified by the hospital’s social workers throughout the year, according to a press release from TTi Global. “Supporting DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s … [Read more...]

Early Bird Discount for 2015 Oakland Edge Adult Hockey Tournament

Adult hockey teams can save $50 by registering now for the seventh annual Oakland Edge Adult Hockey Tournament, which is set for April 17-19, 2015. The early bird discount is available until Jan. 31, 2015, for the tournament at the Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena. Online registration is open at www.OaklandEdge.com. The tournament is open to both men and women. After Jan. 31, team registration increases to $795. Teams are guaranteed a minimum three games and those who make it to the finals will play … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Get Out of Going to Holiday Parties?

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Dear Crabby, As if putting up decorations and running all over the place for presents wasn’t taking up enough of my time, now my wife tells me we’ve got all these holiday parties we have to attend. Ugh. Any advice on how I can skip this headache? Thanks, Edward McScroogin Dear Edward McScroogin, What! You don’t enjoy having to get all dressed up, go to the house of someone you barely know, eat room-temperature appetizers and drink watered-down punch? I’m right there with you … [Read more...]