Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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The first mosquito pool testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in a trap set in southeastern Oakland County. As in previous years, the late summer months have shown an increase in mosquitoes testing positive for the WNV. Oakland County residents are urged to protect themselves from the threat of WNV by taking necessary precautions. “Although no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County this year, residents are urged to be cautious when spending time … [Read more...]

Road Closure Starting this Week for Tienken Road Between Brewster and Livernois

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) announced to day that it plans to close Tienken Road from Brewster to Livernois Roads in Rochester Hills for road construction beginning Wednesday, August 5.   While the road will remain open to local traffic (traveling to homes and businesses within the construction zone), there will be delays for local traffic. During the closure, the Brookwood subdivision will need to exit towards Brewster Road. Most side streets will also be closed.  … [Read more...]

Extended Clinic Hours for Back-to-School Vaccinations

Oakland County Health Division will hold extended clinic hours to vaccinate children in their Pontiac and Southfield locations, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. “I urge parents to get their kids vaccinated before the back-to-school rush,” Patterson said. “Vaccinating children with all the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children and the community.” Health Division’s extended clinic hours are: North … [Read more...]

Oakland County Heads to White House for Economic Development Forum

Oakland County, Mich. will be among the presenters at the upcoming Fourth Annual Economic Development Forum at the White House on Thursday, July 30, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced via press release. Irene Spanos, Patterson’s director of Economic Development & Community Affairs, will take part in a panel discussion on “Targeting and Landing Prospects: Best Practices in International Attraction.” “Policymakers in Washington, D.C. are taking notice of Oakland … [Read more...]

AdvantageOakland.com Gets New Look and Improved Navigation

Oakland County has launched its revamped and improved economic development website AdvantageOakland.com, which aims to get users to the information they seek faster and easier. According to the press release, the site features improved graphics, ease of navigation and mega menus, which allow easier one-click access to economic development programs, services and events such as Medical Main Street®, Tech248TM, the One Stop Shop Business Center, the Emerging Sectors® business attraction … [Read more...]

Kowall Resolution: Reform Federal Grants and Empower State/Local Governments to Innovate, Eliminate Waste

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Oakland County Commissioner Eileen Kowall will present a resolution calling for the reform of federal grants-in-aid policies to allow state and local governments more authority to innovate and to eliminate excessive administrative costs. “The federal grant system is creating a culture of fiscal irresponsibility, wasteful use of resources and is increasingly driving policy decisions into the hands of a centralized federal bureaucracy,” said Kowall. “State and … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners Win National Social Media Award for Human Trafficking Awareness Effort

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The Oakland County Board of Commissioners received the 2015 Golden Post Award for their 2014 Human Trafficking Awareness event entitled, “Learn About the Impact of Human Trafficking,” which placed third in the national competition out of 171 nominations. The comprehensive multi-faceted media approach of using some traditional marketing, media and public relations’ principles to communicate the effort while incorporating social media into the promotion of the event resulted in the Board … [Read more...]

Oakland County to Offer Prescription Drug Training to Doctors

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The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership will offer physicians training this fall on how to avoid over-prescribing painkillers to their patients. That was among the announcements at a news conference hosted by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Sheriff Michael Bouchard to update the county’s efforts to fight prescription drug abuse among pre-teens, teens and young adults. The SCOPE of Pain Training with the Boston University School of Medicine will be held 8 a.m. – … [Read more...]

Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson Support S.O.A.P’s Human Trafficking Awareness and Action Outreach Effort

According to a recent press release, on August 8, 2015, Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson will join with the “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution,” S.O.A.P., an organization founded by Theresa Flores, a local human trafficking survivor and author of the Slave Across the Street, to promote awareness about the issue of Human Trafficking. The informational event and training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Oakland Community College’s Southfield Campus, in the … [Read more...]

RCOC Works with Local Community Collaborative to Tackle Phragmites Along Roadways

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Last spring Matt Forster did a special series for Rochester Media on invasive species. One article was on phragmites, a common reed from Europe that is now taking over Michigan's roadside wetlands and prompting the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) to join with a number of Oakland County communities and other groups to help combat them. The RCOC Board, at the request of Managing Director Dennis Kolar, provided $75,000 to tackle the issue along roadways in the county. Under the … [Read more...]