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Published June 8, 2015

Four Stoney Creek High School seniors lost the chance to walk at graduation after vandalism occurred at their school the morning of their commencement June 4.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office Rochester Hills substation Capt. Michael Johnson said police arrested two 17-year-old males, an 18-year old male and an 18-year-old female during their practice graduation ceremony at the Oakland University O’Rena June 4.

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Published June 6, 2015

At 2 years old, before most children even know what school is, Simon Sun already knew where he wanted to go to college, the one his mom said was the best: Harvard University.

What he didn’t know was that he would face many obstacles along the way.

At the age of 8 Simon was diagnosed with leukemia and was told he needed intensive chemotherapy to battle the disease. Just two months into his treatment, his body experienced a negative response, causing stroke-like symptoms.

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Published June 3, 2015

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency say a small-scale hazardous material spill into the Clinton River Monday is nearly cleaned up.

“We think the spill is over,” EPA on-scene coordinator Jeff Lippert said. “I’m 99 percent confident.”

An unhealthy sheen that covered a nearly five-mile stretch of the Clinton River, from downtown Pontiac to the Oakland-Macomb border, was first reported in Auburn Hills at approximately 3 p.m. June 1.

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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district will ask voters to approve a $185 million bond issue to pay for upgrading and renovating school facilities, technology and infrastructure.

The district’s school board unanimously approved the bond proposal during a special meeting May 18. The Board of Education would have to submit a possible bond issue by Aug. 11 for inclusion on the fall ballot.

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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — After more than 10 months of construction, crews will wrap up working on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition this week.

Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the library broke ground on the $1.6 million project in August 2014 and completed construction of the addition and drive-up window in May.

She admitted that the project, which had to be delayed for several weeks due to frigid temperatures this winter, has been “challenging.”

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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The parking lot of the new Riverbend Park, off Hamlin Road east of Adams, is almost complete, along with a new park entrance.

The 70-acre park, which the city purchased in the 1990s, is currently under development thanks to a private donation. Steve and Darlene Stolaruk, on behalf of the Steve and Vivian Stolaruk Foundation, donated $1 million for habitat restoration and to develop the park into walking and jogging paths, and to possibly add canoe and kayak launches.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In the past nine years, almost 10,000 elementary school students have learned firsthand about clean water, nature and conservation from experts at Oakland University.

“We are educating the students about their footprint as human beings,” said Michele Arquette-Palermo, program director for the Clinton River Watershed Council. “We start with them now — so we can mold young people.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —  An upcoming Meadow Brook Hall event will celebrate Matilda Dodge Wilson’s flair for fashion.

The hall is teaming with Neiman Marcus to present Decades of Dress, a luncheon fashion show paired with a historic costume exhibit.

“Fashion always takes cues from previous decades,” said Lindsey Barile, Neiman Marcus public relations manager. “Good fashion is timeless.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Rochester police are giving community members an inside look at the force during the department’s annual open house June 6.

The free event — held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and events for the whole family.

“It’s just a fun day to see everything that the Police Department does,” Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said. “It’s a full experience of everything that happens here at the Police Department.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — When the city of Rochester redesigned its city seal a couple of years ago, Rochester City Councilman Rob Ray said there was much interest from the community in learning about the significance of the design.

Residents’ questions about the seal inspired him to spearhead a new project, organized by the Rochester Historical Commission, to place historical signs describing each of the four emblems in the city crest throughout Rochester.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.

Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 26, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A ban on hydraulic fracturing is included in new city ordinances addressing pipelines and oil and gas drilling.

Hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — is the pumping or injecting of a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under pressure into an oil or gas formation.

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Published May 20, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — An upcoming canoe and kayak race on the Clinton River promises outdoor adventure close to home.

The seventh annual Paddlepalooza, to be held this year May 30, invites experienced paddlers to compete for prizes while traveling from Auburn Hills through Rochester Hills on an 8-mile river trip.

The event “keeps growing, which has been wonderful,” said Stephanie Carroll, Auburn Hills community relations coordinator. “We get more and more people every year. It has been really exciting to see the participation.”

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Published May 19, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The 47 graduates of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine are the first of their kind as the initial class of the school that opened to students just four years ago.

As graduates of the first MD medical school in the state in almost 50 years, the new doctors have prepared for the future.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.

But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester parks team, which includes Johnnie Fuller, Karl Maier and Collin Pettite, was recently honored with a special Good Neighbor Award for its commitment and dedication to Rochester’s parks.

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented Department of Public Works Director David Anson with the awards at the April 27 City Council meeting.

Fuller, Maier and Pettite were nominated for the award by the City Beautiful Commission.

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Published May 13, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival will give families and history lovers a chance to see what life was like during the pioneer days May 23-24.

The festival is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate people on the heritage of the area, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Director Sue Neal said, and it also serves as a fundraiser for many local nonprofits, which benefit from sponsored food and vendor sales.

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Upcoming Events

Rochester Hills
St. Clair Shores
Easter egg decorating program
1-4 p.m.
St. Clair Shores Public Library
Mad Money March contest
Downtown Rochester
'Once Upon a Mattress' live onstage
8 p.m.
Athens High School
Grosse Pointe Park
'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
8 p.m.
Pierce Middle School auditorium




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