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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Pretty much anything goes when decorating a skateboard deck for downtown Rochester’s sixth annual Deck Art competition.

South Street Skateshop co-owner Linda Gallaher — who coordinates the event with her husband, Von, their staff and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority — said the skateboard art exhibition and competition allows participants to use a blank skateboard deck as their canvas.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Wine, wit and wisdom will once again be offered in exchange for library support during an annual fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library 7-10 p.m. March 12 at the Library.

The Wine, Wit and Wisdom fundraiser offers attendees the choice to attend two of six breakout sessions relating to the world of the arts, dining and business.

Over the past few years, Friends member John Smyntek said, the fundraiser has grown to become a robust event.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Relay for Life of Greater Rochester invites the community to welcome the 2016 Relay for Life season with a launch party at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in the second-floor conference room of Crittenton Medical Center.

Rochester Relay for Life Publicity Chair Lynn Marie Oates said the kickoff gives guests a chance to learn more about the event and how they can get involved in a casual, open-house atmosphere.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A close friend of the family convinced Oakland University associate professor of dance Ali Woerner to teach dance to men and women with Parkinson’s disease. 

“My parents’ best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Woerner said. “He told me, ‘You could do this.’” With the support of OU, Warner began training, and a time and date were set for the first class. “Forty people showed up,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The independent film “Barn Red,” filmed on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula and starring Ernest Borgnine, kicks off a new Friday night series at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

The films and programs will be held in the museum’s newly renovated calf barn.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Two new condominium developments may be built soon on the south side of the city.

Brampton Parc Condominiums is a proposed 12-unit residential development on the east side of John R, south of School Road. Nottingham Woods is a 17-unit condominium development proposed for the north side of Hamlin, between Livernois and Rochester roads.

By a unanimous vote Feb. 8, the Rochester Hills City Council approved a planned unit development (PUD) for Brampton Parc Condominiums.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is the new name of Meadow Brook Music Festival.

“The venue has great history and has played host to some of the best emerging superstar talent,” Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports and Entertainment president, said in a statement. “This rebrand further defines its true identity as one of the premier, intimate venues in the region.”

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Many people go above and beyond in the service of the Rochester Community Schools district, and the Rochester Parent Teacher Association Council wants to give credit where credit is due.

The council is hosting its annual Founder’s Day celebration Feb. 25 to recognize more than 70 parent volunteers, educators and students for their dedication and contributions to the district.

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Published February 10, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A landscape architect specializing in historic properties will develop a master landscape plan for the Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District.

The property, located within Cranberry Lake Park, off Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road, includes the restored historic Axford Coffin farmhouse and several outbuildings. The farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The plan, commissioned by the township’s Historic District Commission, will tackle the historic landscaping elements of the property.

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Published February 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester Hills Public Library usage was at an all-time high last year, with library officials reporting over 2 million materials in circulation throughout the year.

Rochester Hills Public Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the library has been dancing around the figure for the last six or seven years.

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Published February 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials have approved a consent judgment allowing the Blossom Ridge senior housing development and the rezoning of an additional piece of property near Adams and Silverbell roads.

Under the terms of the consent judgment, Blossom Ridge — to be located at the northwest corner of Dutton and Adams roads — will hold 189 senior housing units of a variety of sizes and types.  

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Published February 9, 2016

Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Clinton River Trail users will soon have to travel off path as the city of Rochester begins a major sewer improvement project.

Rochester Department of Public Works Director David Anason said workers will construct a brand-new, 21-inch sewer main along the Clinton River Trail, from Elizabeth Street to the Letica trailhead, which will cost approximately $1.5 million.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials aim to fill Riverbend Park with art, nature trails, an ice skating rink, a kayak landing and much more, according to a concept plan for the first new city park to be developed in over 20 years.

“This is an opportunity to change our community forever,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “We haven’t developed a park since 1989. It has been a long time since our residents have seen a City Council and an administration dive deep into improving the quality of life.”

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — This spring, thousands of daffodils will pop up around Rochester City Hall, thanks to the help of some “Good Neighbors.”

The Stoney Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was recently honored with a Good Neighbor Award for volunteering to plant over 1,000 daffodil bulbs around City Hall last October. The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented the group with the award at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

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