News & Notes - 8/10/23 Rochester Post

Rochester Post | Published August 9, 2023


Downtown Rochester accepting nominations for Bill Lipuma Community Spirit Award
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is proud to open the call for nominations for the second annual Bill Lipuma Community Spirit Award.

The award seeks to recognize a member of the downtown who “embodies the community pride, spirit and love of Rochester that Bill demonstrated every day since he opened his business, Lipuma’s Coney Island, in 1969.”

“This award is a true honor for my father and our whole family,” Tony Lipuma, son of the late Bill Lipuma, said in a statement. “This man loved our city and loved serving the people of our city for over 50 years.”

Nominees must be downtown property owners, downtown business owners or downtown employees. The selected nominee will receive a trophy and a private Coney Island party, compliments of owner Tony Lipuma.

Nominations can be made online at

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 25.

For more information, visit or call the Rochester DDA at (248) 656-0060.


Orion, Stoney Creek, Conklin Road intersection in Orion Township closed until November
OAKLAND COUNTY — The Road Commission for Oakland County, in partnership with Orion Township, closed the Orion Road/Stoney Creek Road/Conklin Road intersection in the township Aug. 7 for safety improvements that include the construction of a roundabout. The intersection will remain closed until mid-November.

No traffic can get through the intersection during the closure. The detour route for Orion Road traffic is Adams Road to Silverbell Road to Lapeer Road (M-24) to Flint Street to Miller Road, back to Orion Road, and vice versa. The detour route for Conklin Road traffic is Conklin Road to Miller Road to Orion Road, and vice versa. The detour route for Stoney Creek Road traffic is Adams Road to Orion Road, and vice versa.

The approximately $2 million safety improvement project is funded mostly with federal dollars, with the Road Commission and Orion Township providing matching dollars. The reconfigured intersection will be safer for vehicles and pedestrians and improve traffic flow, officials said. After reviewing all possible designs for the intersection, a roundabout design was chosen because of its enhanced safety benefits.

The Road Commission has installed a work-zone camera that provides a real-time view overlooking the roundabout construction work being done by the contractor, Pro-Line Asphalt, and takes a photo every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Viewers can watch the progress of the construction at, click on the “Live Road-Construction Cameras” link in the “Popular Resources” section at the bottom of the home page.

For more information on the project, contact the Road Commission at (877) 858-4808 or


Museum at the Market — Downtown Walking Tour
ROCHESTER HILLS — Join Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm staff at the Rochester Farmers Market, 202 E. 3rd St., 9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 to buy some fresh food and then hit the streets to learn some history facts. The tour will explore the downtown exhibit signs and sift through historical photos and stories while walking about a half mile. The event is free to attend, and registration is not necessary.


Stream Science at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
ROCHESTER — People can cool off in Stoney Creek with “Stream Science” hands-on activity kits at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Stream Science is held 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 10 and 17.

While people splash around, they can use nets, magnifying glasses, bug boxes and more to learn about the critters that call the creek home. Staff will be on-site near the creek with available supplies. Limited kits are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no fee, but donations are welcome.


Rochester Hills Public Library presents The Swing Syndicate Big Band in concert
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hills Public Library will welcome The Swing Syndicate Big Band at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 for a live jazz concert. Organizers say the Michigan-based band serves up jazz classics with a fresh, hip sound. Their repertoire includes tunes from the Great American Songbook, big band classics, funky blues and scorching hot swing.

The event is open to Rochester Hills Public Library cardholders. Registration is required. To register, visit or call (248) 656-2900.