Michigan Schools Invited to Submit Footage of Special Events to View on Xfinity On Demand

Comcast announced it has launched “School Year 2020” on Xfinity On Demand to help schools commemorate the 2019-2020 academic year’s special moments. Students and families across Michigan can enjoy school year events on demand they may have otherwise missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, are invited to submit footage of graduations, athletic recognition, and other events to include in the local on demand folder. Video submissions will … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Can I Go Swimming?

Dear Crabby, Not to be too overdramatic, but is it safe to go swimming this summer? And if so, where? Thanks! Amy Island Dear Amy Island, Duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun. Sorry. As soon as I read your question all I could think of was the movie Jaws. If anyone reading this doesn’t know what I’m talking about, you may not be the target audience for my column. Or perhaps you’ve led a sheltered life. Either way, I suggest you go ahead and watch it. Better yet, read the book by Peter … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Passes Resolutions to Help Businesses Recover

At a special meeting of the Rochester Hills City Council on June 1, the Council unanimously passed resolutions to support local businesses recovering from the extended COVID-19 shutdown. These resolutions allow restaurants to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining/seating up to 75% of their current interior seating; allow other businesses to shift a portion of their operations outdoors and allow temporary signs without seeking a permit. Council President Ryan Deel said, "I am so proud of … [Read more...]

Michigan Moves to Phase Four of Reopening

Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan, Retailers and Restaurants will be Permitted to Open with Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity … [Read more...]

Temperature Checks and Mandatory Masks Required

Temperature Checks and Mandatory Masks New Normal as COVID-19 Protocols Aim to Ensure Safety for Visitors and Workers as Oakland County Government Plans Phased Re-Opening Anyone entering an Oakland County government building beginning May 26 will have their temperature checked and must wear a face covering before entering as the county begins a gradual restoration of operations that were restricted in response to the coronavirus pandemic. County Executive David Coulter said the health … [Read more...]

Stay Home Extended Until June 12

Stay at Home Order Extended until June 12 and State of Emergency Extended until June 19 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020. The governor’s order also protects Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by extending the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-99 to extend the state of emergency … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]