Patterson Distributes Casual Day Funds to 15 Charities


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...]

Moss is Patterson’s pick for RTA

Chuck Moss

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed former state Rep. and House Appropriations Committee Chair Chuck Moss to the Regional Transit Authority Governing Board effective immediately. He will serve the remainder of Jean Chamberlain’s term which ends March 12, 2016. Chamberlain has resigned from the RTA. According to the press release, Moss has an extensive background in transportation. “Oakland County residents deserve to have the most qualified individuals … [Read more...]

Labor Lawyer Named Deputy County Executive

Malcom D. Brown

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed a top labor and employment attorney as deputy county executive. Malcolm D. Brown, who has represented Oakland County in labor and employment matters for more than 25 years, will begin with the Patterson administration on Monday, Dec. 29. He replaces outgoing Deputy County Executive Ken Rogers who retires from the county at the end of the calendar year. “We didn’t have to go far to find someone who knows the county, understands our … [Read more...]

15 charitable organizations and disabled veteran to share $29,000

On Wednesday, December 17 at 2 p.m., Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will give a total of $28,000 to 15 charities during his annual holiday news conference where he distributes money donated by county employees on Casual Day. In addition, county staff will privately deliver a $1,000 check to a disabled Vietnam veteran who reached out to Mr. Patterson to help him find funds to repair a failing septic system that potentially would have driven the veteran and his family from their … [Read more...]

RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian Joins Regional Leaders to Support Michigan Senate’s Road Funding Plan

RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian speaking at the SEMCOG event. 
On his left are SEMCOG Executive Director Kathleen Lomako, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. 
On Jamian’s right is Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Washington Twp. Supervisor Dan O’Leary.

Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Chairman Greg Jamian yesterday joined a group of top leaders from Southeast Michigan at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) offices to urge the state Legislature to support the road-funding package passed recently by the Michigan Senate and supported by Governor Snyder. In addition to Jamian, the group included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, SEMCOG Executive … [Read more...]

Birmingham Oil Painter Named Winner of 2014 MI Great Artist Online Competition

Weatherly Stroh, an oil painter who specializes in animal and landscape paintings, was chosen as winner of the 2014 MI Great Artist online competition, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a press release. Stroh, who was a finalist in the 2013 MI Great Artist competition, was selected over four other artists by a panel of art experts. Patterson made the announcement Thursday evening during a reception at Park West Gallery in Southfield. “I’m awed by the talent of these … [Read more...]

Patterson and Oakland County save veteran’s home

A 65-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran from Oakland County will keep his home thanks to the efforts of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the county’s Community & Home Improvement (CHI) and Veterans’ Services divisions. The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous, and his wife faced losing their home because of a failing septic system. They did not have the funds to make the $25,000 repair. They also help support their four grandchildren on their fixed income and their daughter … [Read more...]

BBAC’s Holiday Shop offers charming, handmade one-of-a-kind holiday treasures

Birds at Holiday Shop
Photo credit: Gwenn Rosseau

‘Tis the season to make your list, check it twice, and head out to the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s Holiday Shop. Charm your loved ones with creative, juried gifts just in time for the holidays. Free and open to the public, the BBAC is magically transformed into an artisan market that includes unique jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber, home décor, scarves, ornaments, glass, paintings, candles, soap, kitchenware, and much more. Holiday Shop will take place from Thursday, December 4 … [Read more...]

2nd Annual Brooksie Way ‘Chill at the Mills’ 5k Race Registration Opens Online

Online registration is now open for the second annual Brooksie Way 'Chill at the Mills' 5k race, set for Jan. 25 in downtown Rochester. Runners and walkers can register online at or download a race application and mail it in. Those who register by Jan. 15, 2015 will receive a long sleeve cotton T-shirt. Race finishers will also receive a winter wear item with the Brooksie Way logo. About 500 people signed up for the inaugural race. “We had a wonderful turnout for … [Read more...]

RCOC Introduces Wing Plows to Improve Efficiency of Winter Road Maintenance

RCOC truck equipped with a wing plow

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has introduced a new tool in the effort to fight snow more efficiently: the wing plow. Wing plows are large plows attached to the sides of snowplow trucks. When in use, the plow extends out from the side of the truck on an angle, allowing the truck to clear an additional six feet of roadway. When not in use, the plow is retracted and stored next to the truck, the press release stated. RCOC currently has 12 plow trucks equipped with wing … [Read more...]