Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed Workers

Self-Employed, Other Newly Eligible Workers Can Apply for Unemployment on Monday, $600 Federal Payments Also Begin Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. Under the federal CARES Act, workers on state unemployment have already begun receiving the set $600 federal weekly payment in addition to their state … [Read more...]

Three Students Honored with Oakland University Awards

Oakland University (OU) Recognizes Three Students for Distinguishing Themselves as Outstanding Scholars and Leaders on Campus and in the Community The Alfred G. Wilson and Matilda R. Wilson awards – the most prestigious honors the university presents to students – have recognized OU’s top male and female scholars and leaders since 1965. The awards commemorate the Wilson family, whose generous donation of land and financial resources helped establish the university in 1957. The Human … [Read more...]

Governor Directs all Michiganders to Stay Home through April 30

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Extends, Expands “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the … [Read more...]

Royal Park Hotel Supports Local First Responders with Pizza for a Purpose

Royal Park Hotel's PARK 600 restaurant is firing up its pizza ovens to launch Pizza With a Purpose. A limited number of DIY PARK 600 Frank Pizza Kits will be available to order online between now and April 16. The purpose? For every pizza purchased, PARK 600 will make and donate individual pizzas to first responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Pizza Kits may be picked-up curbside with limited contact on Friday April 17 at one of two designated … [Read more...]

Local Man Teams Up with The Rainbow Connection to Grant 15 Wishes

The Wishes of 15 Michigan Children will be Granted Thanks to a Generous Donation Made to The Rainbow Connection (TRC) by Mr. Tim Easterwood and his Family. Mr. Easterwood visited The Rainbow Connection headquarters in Rochester, Michigan to present the staff with a donation of $100,000. Those dollars will go directly to sponsoring the wishes of 15 Michigan children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. For Tim Easterwood, a father of five, charities that … [Read more...]

Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields

Rochester Hills Public Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields and Frames for Healthcare Workers As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities in the State of Michigan, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has taken steps to help protect healthcare workers by using the library’s 3D printers to create face shields. Library staff downloaded the design files from stratasys.com and are printing and assembling the face shields at home. Eureka Lab/Makerspace … [Read more...]

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Re-Accredited for 8 Years

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) has been re-accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for 8 years, the maximum time possible. Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Interim Dean, OUWB, and chief academic officer, William Beaumont Hospital, made the announcement. “It is with extreme pride that I share with you that OUWB has been granted eight years of accreditation, the maximum amount of time that can be awarded, from the Liaison Committee on Medical … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Face-to-Face Learning Suspended for Remainder of School Year

Executive Order Sets Guidelines for Remote Learning, Ensures Teachers, School Employees Will Be Paid for Remainder of School Year Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of … [Read more...]

Free Parking in Downtown Rochester

Free Parking in City Parking Decks and at Meters Thru April 13 The City of Rochester has suspended parking collections through April 13 and is forgoing collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to businesses to get carryout food, essential items, and medication. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide … [Read more...]