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Published December 7, 2015

A mistake made by Rochester’s finance department eariler this month caused an error in the city’s winter tax bills, which had already been mailed out to residents.

New Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing said city administrators caught the mistake on Monday, Nov. 30, after the city’s winter tax bills had arrived to residents and business owners.

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Published December 4, 2015

A 68-year-old man has been arrested after his wife told police she had been beaten and shot at by her husband at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at their home in the 2500 block of John R.

According to a police report, the woman, 69, was talking with her husband in their bedroom when the husband told the woman he was going to kill her and grabbed her around the neck. She ran to the basement and called police. While she was on the phone, her husband came down the stairs and pointed a small handgun at her, firing two shots that missed hitting her, police said. 

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Published December 2, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Ascension Health plans to expand the emergency department and purchase new imaging equipment — along with forging stronger ties to the community — two months after Crittenton Hospital joined Ascension. 

“There will be some exciting investments planned for Crittenton,” said Terry Hamilton, Crittenton acting president. “Some new ways to appeal to the community.”

Existing space inside the hospital will be repurposed for an emergency room gathering area.

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Published December 2, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — After two years of planning, Rochester College has begun revitalizing the area surrounding Lake Norcentra in an effort to create a community park that college officials say will benefit the entire Rochester area.

Located on the north side of campus, where the Clinton River and Clinton River Trail intersect, the space comprises 30 acres of high bluffs, historic buildings, wetlands and woodlands.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The sidewalks were filled to the brim Nov. 23 as downtown Rochester was set aglow with 1.5 million points of light for the first time this holiday season.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Holiday shoppers can support local artists selling their earthenware and pots during the Potters Market Dec. 4-6.

This year’s Potters Market will be held  9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road. Parking and admission are free. Those who want first dibs on the wares can hit the preview sale, which costs $10 at the door, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Tablescapes of rarely seen china, glassware, linens and silver are the focus of the 44th annual Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk.

It’s about “showing respect for your guest — honoring them,” said MBH curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski. “Putting out your best things for them to enjoy. We did that in every room.”

The exhibit also features information about the proper etiquette and protocol of hosting, when entertaining appropriately was of great importance for Gilded Age elite.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 40-year-old Shelby Township man may be charged with felonious assault and filing a false police report after a recent stabbing incident.

According to a police report, the man and his wife, 28, were conducting an exchange of children’s clothing at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in a parking lot in the 6000 block of Orion Road. Rochester Hills Fire Department officials responded to a report of a stabbing with some type of instrument.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will make its way through the streets of downtown this weekend, marking the 64th anniversary of what has become a cherished holiday tradition for many.

“You can’t come to the parade and not see people that you know that are going down Main Street,” Parade Chair Tim Crawford said.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, the 2015 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street, from the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads south to Third Street.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 25, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The former site of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, near Yates Park, could benefit from efforts of the WaterTown team, which aims to improve green infrastructure and water quality in the area. 

“I would venture a guess that the vast majority of users of the park don’t recognize the significance of that canal,” Donald Carpenter, a professor at the Lawrence Technological University Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, said during a Nov. 9 Rochester Hills City Council presentation. 

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 24, 2015

ROCHESTER — Keep Michigan Beautiful recently awarded a Michigan Plaque to the Rochester Fire Department for the renovation of its fire station, as well as to the Rochester City Beautiful Commission for its Howlett Park improvement project.

The awards — which include the President’s Plaque, the Michigan Plaque, the Distinguished Service Plaque and the Award of Merit — were given out Oct. 16 at the Keep Michigan Beautiful annual awards banquet at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The holiday season is upon us, and the city of Rochester is doing its part once again to spread some cheer.

Downtown Rochester will transform into a European holiday market next weekend for the eighth annual Kris Kringle Market.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s “biggest and best” candied confection to date.

This was the eighth anniversary of the event. The 8-foot-tall gingerbread structure was once again created for a sweet cause — to support The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER — Days after Rochester opened its second new parking deck at Walnut and University, it has already been damaged.

Rochester police said an allegedly drunken driver drove through the gate of the newly opened west parking deck at around 1:40 a.m. Nov. 7. The deck officially opened to the public Nov. 3.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said an officer on patrol in the area noticed the gate had been damaged soon after the incident and reviewed a video that showed a large pickup truck had rammed through the gate and left the scene.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The puppies are playful in the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center, which features a cheerful visitor display area.

“The lobby is set up for tours,” said Jeff Stein, Leader Dogs canine care manager. “We have puppy viewing, where people can see 8-week-old puppies year-round.”

The first phase of the new development center is now complete. The center includes new puppy litter bays, an expanded veterinary clinic, a custom breeding suite and a protected puppy litter drop-off area.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 37-year-old Independence Township woman is in critical condition after her car struck an overpass abutment off  of M-59, at Rochester Road, at 7 a.m. Nov. 15.

According to a police report, the woman drove off the freeway and into the median, traveling approximately 1,000 feet before striking the cement abutment supporting the Rochester Road overpass.

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