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Published October 28, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Be on the lookout for deer this fall, according to members of the city’s Deer Management Advisory Committee. 

“This is the peak season for deer to be moving around,” Jim Kubicina, DMAC chair, said during an Oct. 21 presentation to the Rochester Hills City Council.  “Please watch for them, for safety’s sake.

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Published October 28, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — For over 40 years, Oakland Township has actively preserved and protected its natural areas, an action that most recently caught the attention of the Oakland County Trail, Water and Land Alliance.

Oakland Township has earned the Trail, Water and Land Alliance’s Oak Land Award in honor of the township’s dedication to preserving and protecting its woodlands, wetlands, slopes, streams and open spaces.

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Published October 28, 2015

Whether it’s an email offering money for nothing or a cyber attack resulting in a breach of data, we hear about people from all over the world falling victim to Internet scams almost daily.

Just this year, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $20 million to cyber criminals, with the average loss per victim being $4,500, according to data from the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, said people’s lives today are more connected than ever before.

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Published October 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Many children look forward to Halloween each year, but with all of the frightening costumes, eerie decorations, loud noises and flashing lights, it can also be a very overwhelming experience.

Melissa Almanza, a board-certified behavior analyst with the Macomb Oakland Regional Center in Troy, said Halloween can offer a number of challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders. But with the proper preparation and planning, she said, children of all abilities can enjoy the holiday.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Three high school seniors are teaming up to unite the students of Rochester High School next month to raise money for breast cancer research.

RHS senior Garrett Perozich, who serves as president of the school’s Spanish National Honor Society, came up with the idea to host Walk in the ROC last summer and quickly enlisted the help of fellow seniors Trisha Gupte and Rashna Soonavala to organize the event.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — The conclusion of the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market season is upon us, but don’t fret.

Princesses, superheroes and costumed children of all sorts will delight in trick-or-treating at the last day of the market 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 31, at the corner of East Third and Water Street, while Mom and Dad stock up on a variety of fall fare.

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Published October 21, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts recently opened its new exhibition, “Sisters of the Brush,” which will run through Oct. 31.

PCCA Executive Director Tami Salisbury said the show, which drew over 200 people for opening night Oct. 3, has been a success thus far.

“It’s exciting to see and showcase the talent that got started right here in our own longtime community art center,” she said.

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Published October 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — Families can celebrate Halloween early in downtown Rochester this month with trick-or-treating, a costume parade and an expanded spaghetti dinner at the new Fire Department building Oct. 24.

The fun kicks off 30 minutes earlier than usual, at 3:30 p.m., when approximately 50 downtown businesses will hand out goodies to costumed children during Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rochester until 5 p.m.

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Published October 20, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Students, teachers, city employees and assorted visitors cheered as Hamlin Road reopened to traffic recently after a road widening project.

“This was a much-anticipated project,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said Oct. 14 as a small crowd gathered in front of Hamlin Elementary School, located west of Rochester Road. Barnett said “a great team of people,” including Rochester Community Schools officials, kept the project on track.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is one of 11 states to be awarded close to $500,000 in federal grants aimed at helping school nutrition professionals to better prepare healthy meals for their students.

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding over $8 million in grants to support healthier foods in schools.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROCHESTER — During a season that celebrates all things scary, nothing is more frightening than being on unstable financial footing.

Many families and individuals in the Rochester area live daily with the fear of being unable to put enough food on the table or find a secure job to help pay the bills that have piled up, according to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Volunteers are critical to the success of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

As puppy raisers and breeding stock hosts, volunteers assist the organization that empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind.

“We have an immediate need for volunteers,” said Bev Blanchard, Leader Dogs manager of canine development.

Volunteers who live near the Leader Dogs for the Blind site, at Rochester and Avon roads, are especially needed, Blanchard said.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROCHESTER — This November, Rochester Community Schools district voters will be asked to consider a $185 million bond issue to upgrade and renovate school facilities, technology and infrastructure.

The primary purpose of the election, according to district officials, is to enhance student safety and security, and to ensure that schools, school facilities, equipment and technology are updated and in good repair.

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Published October 13, 2015

ROCHESTER — Along with the chill in the air comes the season of sniffles, coughs and the flu — which can be manageable for some, but deadly for others.

This year, Rochester College is partnering with Alana’s Foundation and the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Michigan to help ensure that students and community members stay healthy this flu season, which typically runs October through May.

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Published October 13, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Transgender actress Laverne Cox is best known for her role on the television program “Orange Is the New Black.”

But as an advocate to the transgender community, Cox is dedicated to a message that asks society to move beyond gender expectations to an authentic life.

“I am not just one thing,” Cox said to a packed audience Oct. 8 in the Oakland University O’Rena. “And neither are you.”

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Spending a small amount of money to stage your home for sale can deliver big returns, according to local real estate professionals.


“Statistics have shown if a seller invests 1 percent (of the home price) on staging, they will get 8 to 10 percent of their money back and sell their house 75 times faster,” said Corie Conroy, owner of First Impressions Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills.


Staging is mostly a matter of decluttering and making your home look its best.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past-half century, Meadow Brook Theatre has delivered professional art and culture to the greater Rochester area.

“We are so excited to launch our 50th season,” Travis Walter, MBT artistic director, said at an Oct. 5 ceremony on the steps of Wilson Hall, leading to the theater at Oakland University.

Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest nonprofit professional theater. Local politicians helped celebrate the anniversary and talked about the impact of MBT on the community.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — A smile goes a long way, especially in the case of a child living with a life-threatening illness.

That’s where The Rainbow Connection comes in. The nonprofit organization based in Rochester is dedicated to granting wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses and providing support for their families.

When children are feeling blue about their illness, their treatments or anything else, really, The Rainbow Connection is on hand to brighten their day with a Happy Pack.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — Violent crimes in Rochester have increased over the last year, while the city’s property crime incidents have decreased, according to statistics recently released by the FBI.

The number of property crimes citywide fell from 109 incidents in 2013 to 107 in 2014, while Rochester’s violent crime spiked from nine incidents to 12 in the same span, according to the FBI’s 2014 Crime in the United States report.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — It’s official. Rochester has a new city manager: Sterling Heights native Chester “Blaine” Wing III.

Wing was chosen from among four finalists to replace former City Manager Jaymes Vettraino, who resigned from his seven-year city role in June to pursue a career with Rochester College.

Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson congratulated city administrators, the city’s former manager, its consultant and the City Council for a “very diligent, prompt and thorough executive search.”

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