The Strand Theatre in Downtown Pontiac Hosted L. Brooks Patterson’s 2018 State of the County

Highlights and Rochester Area Mentions Oakland County’s economic strength was front and center in L. Brooks Patterson’s 2018 State of the County speech Wednesday night at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Pontiac. Patterson began the speech announcing record investment in the county this past year. "Well, let’s talk about a record number, $1.2 billion – that’s "B" as in Brooks. That’s the amount 62 companies invested in Oakland County in 2017, setting a … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Adjusts to Weather

Ziplining will replace tube sledding at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester because the weather has not cooperated in the construction of the sledding hill. Festival goers will still be able to enjoy all their other favorite Fire & Ice activities including fireworks; the Big, Bright Light Show; TasteFest, The Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills, ice carving, dogsled rides, ice skating (bring your own skates), snowshoeing, cross country skiing, carriage rides, and more. The Fire … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners Launch Website for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Press Conference and Launch of the New Resource Website on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day On Thursday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m., the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Health Division and Sheriff’s Office, will hold a press conference to raise awareness about human trafficking in the region and to announce the launch of a new County website. The Oakland County Human Trafficking website will provide vital resources and information about … [Read more...]

Oakland Community College Names New Chancellor

Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano Accepts Role After Unanimous Board Vote Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Peter Provenzano to the position of Chancellor. Provenzano joined Oakland Community College in 2014 as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and a key member of the College’s executive leadership team. Since May 2017, Provenzano has served as the Interim Chancellor.  The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Provenzano as successor in the position … [Read more...]

Snowplow Drivers Needed for Oakland County Roads

36 Part-Time Snowplow Drivers Needed to Augment Full-Time Staff The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is seeking to hire approximately 36 part-time snowplow drivers to augment its full-time staff for the winter this year. “We have found the seasonal workers have been a very efficient and cost-effective way to provide the level of service during the winter that Oakland County residents deserve,” explained Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “This enables us to provide a higher level of … [Read more...]

Food Inspection Phone Scams

Oakland County Alerts Food Establishments of Food Inspection Phone Scam Oakland County Health Division and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office are alerting restaurant and food establishment managers about a health inspection scam. Officials report that local restaurants have received calls from individuals claiming to be a health inspector and asking for pre-payment for a food inspection. “Pre-payment is not required for restaurant inspections. If you are unsure the caller is a Health … [Read more...]

Updates Being Made to the 9-1-1 Phone System

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center (commonly referred as Dispatch) is transitioning to a Next Generation 9-1-1 platform to provide advanced call taking features for handling emergency calls for service. This transition will begin at 10:00 a.m. this morning and will not affect incoming 9-1-1 calls from the public; all calls will be answered and handled without delay. However, standard business lines into the Sheriff’s Operations Center may be interrupted. During this transition … [Read more...]

Oakland County Sheriff K9 Officer Odin to Receive Body Armor

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office K9 Odin will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Odin’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Born to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always." Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of 15 dogs with capabilities which include explosive and fire … [Read more...]

Health Division Urges Protection from Hepatitis A

Oakland County Health Division reports eight new cases of Hepatitis A recently. The Health Division has not yet identified a source, but is investigating potential common factors such as contaminated food, sick individuals, travel, and healthcare exposure. “These new cases serve as a vital reminder of why it is critical to get vaccinated,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “The Health Division urges all residents, food handlers, and healthcare providers to get the … [Read more...]

Conditions Conducive to Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes

Oakland County Health Division has issued a public health advisory that harmful algal blooms (HABs) may be present in lakes because of recent weather conditions. People and pets should exercise caution and avoid direct contact with water that appears scummy, looks like spilled paint, or has a green sheen to it. The scum may contain flecks, foam, or clumps. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has notified the Health Division that it has identified HABs in White Lake … [Read more...]