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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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Published October 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A nature program about bats and a new Little Library will be offered at two township parks this fall.

Lost Lake Park will host Bats of the World at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, and Cranberry Lake Park will open a new take-a-book, leave-a-book service.

Bats of the World will feature five live bats — an Egyptian fruit bat, an insect-eating bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a dog-faced bat and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat.

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Published October 7, 2015

After a six-year hiatus, the Michigan History for Kids magazine is back and better than ever, according to the Historical Society of Michigan.

The magazine — geared toward educating children in grades three and four, where state history is taught in Michigan’s schools — was brought back this year with a new look, a new focus and a new publisher: the Historical Society of Michigan.

Michigan History for Kids was published by the state of Michigan for eight years, until budget cuts led to its demise in 2009.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — Bicyclists, runners, walkers and other Clinton River Trail users have a new place to take a break near downtown Rochester, thanks to a recent donation from Gelene Pigott.

Pigott, working through the Friends of the Clinton River Trail’s Memorial Bench Program, provided the funds for the installation of an Americans with Disability Act-compliant bench at the Letica Road trailhead, overlooking both the trail and the Clinton River.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — The National Parent Teacher Association has designated Meadow Brook and North Hill elementary schools as 2015-17 National PTA Schools of Excellence.

The program, according to National PTA officials, was launched in 2013 to help strengthen family-school partnerships across the country and make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety, and arts and cultural exploration.

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Published October 6, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Soon, Meijer customers can order their groceries online and pick them up quickly at the store, thanks to a new free curbside pickup program.

The program is scheduled to be available at the Meijer on Rochester Road, at Auburn Road, later this year.

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