Patterson Orders Large Flag Draped for Independence Day

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will mark the 4th of July holiday by draping a large American flag on the west wing extension of the Oakland County Circuit Court Building. The 30-foot by 60-foot banner will be on display until Tuesday, July 7. “The U.S. flag is a visual reminder of why we celebrate Independence Day,” Patterson said. “It tells the story of the original states, of the sacrifices made by our founders, and of the incredible country we’ve become.” The … [Read more...]

Protect Pets from Fireworks this Holiday Weekend

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Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center advises pet owners and neighbors to be mindful of the impact fireworks have on pets over the 4th of July period. Fireworks can scare and stress pets, especially dogs. The shelter often sees an influx of stray dogs this time of year due to fireworks. Some dogs may whine and while others may hide. When they are left outside during fireworks, however, some dogs will run away and may end up at a shelter. Here are some tips from Oakland … [Read more...]

Motor City Brew Tours Raises $3,100 for Friends of the Paint Creek Trail

Pictured from left to right: Jim VanDoorn, President of Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, Brian Popelier, “Beer Ranger” with New Belgium Brewing, Jason Peltier, “Beer Dude on Duty” at Clubhouse BFD and Steve Johnson, President of Motor City Bike & Brew Tours.  Photo credit: Chris Gray

On May 2nd, the Motor City Brew Tours held their “Cruisin’ for the Trails” event on the Paint Creek Trail and raised $3,100 for trail improvements. Three hundred and fifty participants rode from Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills to the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Oakland Township, where they were greeted with a free can of New Belgium Beer and donuts from the Paint Creek Cider Mill. As part of the event festivities, New Belgium Brewing donated a Fat Tire Bicycle for a raffle that raised $900. … [Read more...]

RCOC Road Construction Suspended During July 4th Holiday 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. Thursday, July 2, for the July 4th holiday weekend. Work will resume after 6 a.m. on Monday, July 6. “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 seen on a holiday,” Kolar stated. “That should help to ensure … [Read more...]

International Dignitaries and Oakland County Executive Cut Ceremonial Ribbon for Executive Office Building Space

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and members of the Consular Corps of Michigan formally opened an office in the county Executive Office Building in hope of increasing trade and developing relationships with the county’s international partners. The Consular Corps, which represents dozens of countries including Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain and Turkey, now has office space in the Executive Office Building at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in … [Read more...]

County Planner Instrumental in Acquiring $1 Million in Grants Honored by Clinton River Trail Alliance

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A senior planner in the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs was honored for her role in obtaining nearly $1 million in grant funding to help develop the Clinton River Trail. Kristen Wiltfang, 35, was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Clinton River Trail Alliance for her work obtaining grant funding to map, design and coordinate efforts to develop the 16-mile trail, which runs through five Oakland County communities from Sylvan Lake to Rochester, … [Read more...]

Oakland County Captures National Recognition with 12 Awards

Oakland County has garnered 12 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards for its innovative programs including its Homeland Security response to the historic flooding last August, youth suicide prevention initiative, energy conservation practices, and CySAFE (Cyber Security Assessment For Everyone) initiative. “Oakland County’s reputation for excellence in government and the commitment of our employees to innovation continue to be worthy of national recognition,” County … [Read more...]

Commissioner Helaine M. Zack Named 2015 Taubman Fellow

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On July 6, 2015, will join an elite group of elected officials to attend Harvard University and participate in the distinguished Taubman Fellows program. She will join Senior Executives in State and Local Government from across the nation. The Taubman Company’s Fellowship for Executive Excellence program will give Commissioner Zack the opportunity to learn from leading representatives in management and public sector leadership. Since being elected to the Oakland County Board of … [Read more...]

Muslims Celebrate Ramadhan and Independence Day

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit will be conducting a number of programs during Ramadhan to promote patriotism, community service, spirituality, and fellowship.  The Holy Month of Ramadhan is a spiritual month for over a billion Muslims around the world who are encouraged to show appreciation and remembrance to their Lord and offer sacrifices for the good of mankind. In this spirit, The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit will conduct the following programs while … [Read more...]

RCOC Asks Residents and Businesses to Keep Drains Clear

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The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) would like to remind residents, businesses, and mowing contracts to not blow cut grass or tree debris back into the roadway along the curb or into roadside ditches. The grass and tree debris can plug the catch basins and roadside ditches that are designed to provide storm-water drainage and prevent flooding of the road system throughout Oakland County. Keep the drains and ditches free of debris and let the rain drain. … [Read more...]