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Published March 24, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Newly named Crittenton President Margaret Dimond said the future is bright.

“What I believe we can provide is a go-to place for quality service: heart, orthopedics, women, every urgent need — first class,” Dimond said. Currently the president of Karmanos Cancer Hospital in the McLaren Health System, Dimond said her official start date at Crittenton is May 1. 

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Published March 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester College will soon be home to a new sports arena, which has been a long time in the making, according to college officials.

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Published March 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER — As spring weather approaches, residents may be interested in checking out a new network of nearly finished trails located between Chief Gene Shepherd Park and Yates Cider Mill.

Last March, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee received permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to create two trails through its conservation easement — a park-to-cider-mill connection and a loop behind Yates.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During World War I, 90 percent of the eligible men who lived in Stony Creek Village traveled to Europe to fight for their country. A service flag honoring those brave men was dedicated during an April 1918 service in the Stony Creek schoolhouse yard.

The original service flag has been re-created by Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm officials. The flag currently flies in the front yard of the Van Hoosen farmhouse — paying tribute to the soldiers who represented their small farming settlement in World War I.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — New Recreation and Forestry Director Ken Elwert helped present a five-year master park plan to city officials recently.

The new plan aims to develop Riverbend Park within the next five years and outlines improvements at additional city parks.

Elwert replaces Michael Hartner, who retired last year after 35 years with the city.

“I am honored to be here. It is an exciting system and an incredible opportunity,” said Elwert, a former Independence Township parks and recreation director.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester College launched its first class in social entrepreneurship in January, giving students interested in solving societal problems insight into how local organizations are making a positive impact on society.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A late-night, high-speed motorcycle chase recently led police through several communities before the motorcycle crashed to a stop.

A 21-year-old Westland man speeding on a motorcycle was involved in a 2:32 a.m. March 10 pursuit with police from Bloomfield Township, which was terminated near Adams and Hamlin roads. Police again attempted to stop the motorcycle on southbound Livernois, north of Hamlin Road, but the motorcycle driver refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed, the report states.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is giving the community a chance to welcome spring by viewing the latest in-season fashions, all while supporting local charities.

Club member Lynn Marie Oates said the organization hosts its annual Spring Highlights boutique shopping event and luncheon each March.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools Parent Teacher Association Council was recently recognized with the Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award from the National PTA for improving the well-being of district students and providing leadership for children’s issues across the state.

PTA Council President Samantha Phillips, along with PTA Council legislative representative Barb Anness, accepted the award March 9 during the 2016 National PTA Legislative Conference in Virginia.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Michigan is one of the few places where the conditions are just right for the collection of sap from maple trees. This month, area residents are invited to maple syrup programs in Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.

A pancake breakfast is included in the 9 a.m. to noon March 19 program at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Attendees of all ages will watch demonstrations that show how sap turns into syrup, learn the history of making syrup and enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester will soon welcome a 34,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 804 N. Main St. and a 15,510-square-foot development at 1205-1213 N. Main St.

The 804 N. Main St. development — the current site of the Hollywood Market gas station at Romeo and Main — will occupy “one of the most important and recognizable corners in Rochester,” North Main Street and Romeo Road, according to chief architect Peter Stuhlreyer, of Designhaus Architecture.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts will celebrate Women’s History Month with an exhibition featuring the work of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters.

“We are excited to have them, and the large following that they have to bring to PCCA,” PCCA Exhibitions Director Megan Gurisko said.

The show, which runs March 19 to April 30, will open March 19 with a gallery talk from 4 to 5 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

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Published March 8, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —With warm weather approaching, the whole family can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, fishing, exercise classes and much more at township parks.

Instruction sessions on a variety of activities are planned. “We have some really cool classes,” said Becky McLogan, township recreation manager.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — According to local officials in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, the outlook is positive for homeowners, residents, students and business.

“We are ranked the 16th highest for property values (in the nation) that have risen significantly,” Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin said at the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Outlook event Feb. 25 at Oakland University. City homeowners have seen a 40 percent average increase in home values in the past five years, she said.

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Published March 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Spending your money in downtown Rochester this month will not only help support local merchants, it could also earn you a $1,000 shopping spree.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is hosting its third annual Mad Money March event, which DDA Events Coordinator Stephanie Hellebuyck said gives the community an incentive to spend dollars in downtown Rochester during a month that can otherwise be a bit dreary.

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Published March 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new 220,000-square-foot, 750-bed housing facility at Oakland University is on track to be completed by August 2018.

“A $77 million building for student housing,” OU Vice President John Young said. In addition to student housing, the building will hold a 600-seat dining hall, classrooms, meeting spaces and more.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROCHESTER — Those eagerly awaiting spring can bring a little bit of cheer into their homes this month as part of a long-standing fundraiser for Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

Rita Kerr, a longtime nature center volunteer and retired employee, said a past board member came up with the idea for the Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser 26 years ago.

“She had been traveling and either saw something similar or read about something similar and said, ‘What about a daffodils sale in the early spring?’” Kerr said.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Local firefighters recently fought residential fires in an apartment and a house.

According to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto, a local woman suffered minor injuries while jumping from her second-floor apartment during a 12:50 p.m. Feb. 26 fire in the 400 block of Kensington Drive, near Hamlin and Rochester roads.

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