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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hills Public Library’s Friends group recently donated $125,000 to support library programs, projects and improvements.

Friends President Ron Meegan said the group — the library’s primary volunteer support group — raised the money over the past year through online and in-library used book sales, book cart sales in the lobby and sales in the Friends Store, as well as the Holiday Home Tour and the Wine, Wit and Wisdom fundraisers.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — While holding his 1-year-old daughter, Rochester Hills City Councilman Adam Kochenderfer thanked city officials, staff and fellow council members for their support moments before he was sworn in to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

“Tonight is not goodbye,” Kochenderfer said at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting. “It is thank you. And it is a reminder to myself to show gratitude with action. That is exactly what I intend to do, and I look forward to serving you on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.”

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — As the holidays swiftly approach and everyone scrambles to check off their cooking and shopping to-do lists, it’s easy to be forgetful.

“Christmas is probably one of the most widely celebrated holidays, so everyone is thinking about the holiday parties and friends and families coming over, but this is also the time of the year when we see an increase of fire risk,” said Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik. “Really, statistically, it has a huge jump, and a lot of it is caused by some of the things that we do on a regular basis.”

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Published December 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police deployed Tasers on a local man and woman who resisted arrest recently, a police report states.

According to the report, police encountered the couple during a traffic stop at 1:16 a.m. Dec. 12 in the 1600 block of Clemens Circle, near Dequindre Road  and South Boulevard. The driver exited his pickup truck and walked around it to the passenger door toward a woman passenger.

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Published December 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Some new neighbors have moved into downtown Rochester over the past six months, giving shoppers — frantic to check off everyone on their holiday gifts lists in the next week — a chance to pop in and see the latest trends downtown.

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — Rochester Community Schools is one step closer to upgrading its facilities, now that the district’s Board of Education has chosen the firms to provide architectural, construction management and technology design services.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — When people are looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer, The Rainbow Connection is hoping they will help make dreams come true for local children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Rainbow Connection is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys and games for kids of all ages 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 at its headquarters, 621 W. University St. People can also make donations online at www.rainbowconnection.org.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past 16 years, Megan Tack has visited the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm with her family during the museum’s annual Santa and Mrs. Claus event.

“We started coming when I was 3 years old,” Tack, 19, said while baking cookies as a volunteer in the museum’s farmhouse kitchen Dec. 6. Nearby, Megan’s sister Laura, 21, handed out apple juice to museum guests.  

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — There are many people in the Rochester area who are struggling to make ends meet, according to Rochester Area Neighborhood House Executive Director Kathy Losinski.

Losinski said the RANH food pantry, which has distributed over 400 tons of food to families in need over the last five years, has seen an increase in use by about 15 percent this year.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —Two men and two women were arrested in connection with the fradulent use of credit cards at 7:13 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Speedway gas station at Rochester and Avon roads, a police report states.

A gas station employee called police about credit cards fraduently used to purchase cartons of cigarettes, and the employee provided suspect information.

Police checked the area without success, but the suspects were located during a traffic stop a short time later.

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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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