Metalmite in Rochester Now Supplying Needed Safety Equipment to Protect Workers from COVID-19

Metalmite Corporation has proudly collaborated with a local manufacturer to help keep first responders safe. They now offer Replaceable Filter Media Cartridges for use with 3M style Bayonet Connection Respirators. As the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the economy shut, Metalmite - deemed an essential business - kept working. They manufacture, modify, and repair prototype and production parts for clients, including the U.S. Government. Metalmite, located in Downtown Rochester, is a full-service … [Read more...]

Reopening Auto Dealerships and Retail Businesses by Appointment and Nonessential Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Procedures

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Dandelions a Weed or a Wildflower?

Dear Crabby, Are Dandelions a Weed or a Wildflower? Sincerely, Tara X.   Dear Tara, The answer to that question depends are where you stand. If you stand in my yard, then we call them weeds. However, if we stand in your yard, we could call them wildflowers. The truth is, they're a perennial herb. They come back every spring, go bonkers to mid-summer, then calm down a bit. I have fond memories from my childhood of waiting until Dandelions went to seed, making a wish, and blowing the … [Read more...]

Oakland County Parks Free Until June 1

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Extends Free Admittance to County Parks until June 1 Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) has waived entry fees for all county parks until June 1, inviting residents and other guests to enjoy a walk in the park at no cost. The offer extends the one made on March 20 and encourages everyone to enjoy the splendor of the Oakland County day-use parks at no charge. The extension was announced jointly today by County Executive David Coulter, the county … [Read more...]

Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Area Start to Reopen

Governor Whitmer Reopens Retail, Restaurants, and Offices in Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Regions. Businesses that Reopen Must Adopt Workplace Safety Measures to Protect Employees and Customers. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the northern part of the … [Read more...]

Meals on Wheels 5k Run/Walk Goes Virtual

The annual 5k Run/Walk for Meals on Wheels - hosted by the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) - will take place as a virtual event this year. Community members and OPC supporters of all ages and abilities can participate in this 5k at any time and any place during the month of June. Whether participants walk or jog the 5K (3.1 miles) all at once, over several days, or over the course of the entire month, all are welcome to participate and help raise awareness and critical funds for this essential … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library to Online Summer Reading Program for Kids and Adults

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will kick-off its online summer reading program on Saturday, June 6. This annual event will be different this year due to the ongoing pandemic but will be as engaging as ever by bringing the thrill of reading directly to library patrons sheltering in place. “Library@Home: Summer Reading 2020” is part of RHPL's virtual public library model, in place since mid-March and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As summer reading begins, the library will … [Read more...]

Executive Order to Create a Return to Learn Advisory Council

Governor Whitmer Announces Process to Chart Path for the Safe and Equitable Reopening of Schools Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council via Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall. The panel – which will be comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators, and public health officials – will be tasked with providing the COVID-19 Task Force on Education … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Executive Youth Board Continues Despite Social Distancing

Neighborhood House is Now Accepting Applications for our 2020/2021 Executive Youth Board Neighborhood House is officially accepting applications from high school students in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Addison Township, Auburn Hills, and surrounding communities to apply for their Executive Youth Board. Even while we practice social distancing, Neighborhood House encourages the youth in our community to grow and learn through this opportunity. In an effort to help … [Read more...]

Royal Park Hotel Prepares to Re-Open

The Royal Park Hotel recently announced its plans to re-open May 18 with a three-phase approach allowing both employees and guests to engage safely following recommended guidelines surrounding COVID-19. The first phase of the hotel’s opening plan will be to offer overnight accommodations, carryout, and curbside pick-up from the hotel's restaurant PARK 600, along with a “Work from Our Home” daily self-meeting package. Over the past six weeks the Royal Park Hotel team has worked diligently … [Read more...]