$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...]

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...]

RCOC Road Construction Suspended During Memorial Day Weekend


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...]

Community & Home Improvement 2015 Guide Details Distribution of Nearly $10 Million for Neighborhood Improvements and Services

The Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division today announced the release of its 2015 guide, detailing how nearly $10 million in federal funds will be spent revitalizing neighborhoods, fixing up homes and providing residents with other vital programs and community services. The 12-page guide gives an overview of the division and lists the services and programs available to residents such as free housing counseling from certified housing professionals, emergency housing support, … [Read more...]

SelectUSA Investment Summit Pays Immediate Dividends as Oakland County Attracts Two International Companies

Two international manufacturers who met with Oakland County economic developers at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. confirmed they will establish business locations in Oakland County. The announcements made via press release come little more than a month after the companies – APAG Elektronik AG and Promac – met with the Oakland County business development team. Within a week of meeting with the Oakland County team, company representatives were in Oakland County in search … [Read more...]

Check Out the June Business Workshops Offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783. Capital Raise June 9, 9:30 - 11 a.m. If you are a startup or … [Read more...]

Adams and Stoney Creek High School Students Selected for Scholarships by MSU Alumni Club

The MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County announced today that it has selected its winners of the Oakland County Alumni Club Scholarship for 2015. Each student was selected based on his or her high school grades, test scores, activities in high school, their application, and a personal interview with the scholarship committee. The Scholarship committee reviewed over 200 applicants this year and feels that they selected an outstanding group of new Spartans. The 2015 Scholarship winners … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Recognized at Main Street Oakland Awards Event

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was the proud recipient of two awards at the annual Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Main Event held at the Royal Oak Music Theater earlier this week. The press release went on to state that the event recognized outstanding achievements in downtown revitalization programs including design, business improvement, organization, and promotions efforts. Downtown Rochester was recognized for two new events, each which made their debut in 2014. … [Read more...]

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Condemns Terrorist Attack on Ismaili Muslims in Karachi

In a press release statement issued today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms the May 13, 2015 terrorist attack on the Ismaili Muslim community in Karachi, Pakistan. Early reports indicate at least 43 dead and 24 injured when six gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Ismaeli Muslims. “We are deeply saddened by this horrible loss of innocent life and offer our most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families,” said Wasim Malik, National Vice President of … [Read more...]

Former Michigan Native Among the Deceased in Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia

Rachel Jacobs
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On Tuesday evening, Rachel Jacobs, formerly of Huntington Woods, was on her way home to Manhattan from her job as CEO of the online educational firm ApprenNet in Philadelphia when the Amtrak train she was riding crashed, killing her and seven others and injuring at least 200 passengers. According to various news sources, the commuter train was traveling over 100 mph when it left the tracks. Read the full story on The Patch. … [Read more...]