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Published August 10, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An upcoming accessibility workshop will examine public comments and input about the renovation of a historic Paint Creek Trail bridge.

Township and trail officials plan to replace the 92-year-old timber railroad bridge located between Dutton and Silverbell roads.

The 61-foot-long pedestrian bridge, labeled 33.7, is part of a regional rail trail included in the Iron Belle Trail, planned as a statewide hiking and bicycling trail stretching from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester is the new home of the Detroit Walk Like MADD event this year, and organizers are hoping it will stay that way for years to come.

Previously held at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving event invites families that have been impacted directly by drunken driving, as well as those wishing to eliminate drunken driving from the nation’s roadways, to participate in a 5K walk/run and a number of family-friendly activities that will follow. This year, it will be held in Rochester Municipal Park.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Through Aug. 27, the public can feast its eyes on the works of two local artists, Patricia Riascos and Roger Meeker, at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

PCCA Exhibitions Manager Megan Stone said the duo had never met before participating in this exhibition, which she said is interesting because although they create very different work, it focuses on similar interests, such as texture and color.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — As families are out shopping for school supplies this month, the Rochester Area Neighborhood House is asking shoppers to pick up a few extras for local kids in need.

Neighborhood House — a private nonprofit organization that assists families in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township — is once again hosting a school supply drive for low-income families within its service area.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/AUBURN HILLS — Voters passed two Avondale Schools millage proposals when they cast their ballots Aug. 2, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

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Published August 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Ballot proposal renewals will fund township parks and senior transportation. The millage renewals for parks and recreation and Older Persons’ Commission transportation were overwhelmingly approved by voters Aug. 2.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 3, 2016

Workers create khaki green gloves during World War I at Western Knitting Mills on Water Street. The former knitting mill currently holds the Rochester Mills Beer Co. The building was constructed in 1896, and in its heyday it served as one of the largest glove producers in the world — producing 100,000 dozen pairs of gloves annually until 1939.

From 1940 until 1998, the building served as home to several businesses, including McAleer Manufacturing during World War II, the largest producer of photo flash bombs in the country.

 

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —City officials have partnered with a nonprofit organization to help remove blight in northeast Detroit.

Rochester Hills Stands with Detroit Day will be held Aug. 5, when city volunteers will team up with Life Remodeled to help revitalize Denby High School and the surrounding area.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester will celebrate its golden bicentennial next year, and city officials are planning to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the city’s settlement in a big way.

“Anyone who is 2 to 42 to 142 will have an opportunity to participate in our bicentennial, because we are only getting one shot at this, and we want to make sure it’s as inclusive as possible,” said Kristi Trevarrow, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Avoid the top of the hour when scheduling automated lawn watering systems, city officials said.

Delaying the start of watering to 15, 30 or 45 minutes past the hour will help avoid the sudden water pressure drops that have been detected in the city. Currently, Rochester Hills’ watering ordinance restricts the operation of automatic watering systems to between midnight and 5 a.m.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Firefighters are often known to rescue cats stuck in trees, but the Rochester Fire Department saved a different kind of animal in distress early last month.

Firefighters were called in to try to rescue a bird that was hanging from the cables over the duck pond in Rochester Municipal Park July 1.

Rochester Hills resident Noreen Warner said she saw the bird while walking her dog in the park, and she flagged down city staff to get help.

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Published August 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/AUBURN HILLS — Voters passed two Avondale Schools millage proposals when they cast their ballots Aug. 2, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

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Published August 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Patrons of the Rochester Hills Public Library are invited to take a stimulating journey through the senses in the library’s new sensory garden.

Last month, the library’s outreach department added new descriptive metal plaques to its existing north garden — which is known for its statue of a young boy balancing on a ball.

The signs encourage visitors to explore the garden through their senses of touch, smell and even sound, and also to identify and describe different plant species in Braille, as well as standard text.

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Published August 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The hot topic of cyber security will be explored at Oakland University via a new two-year master’s degree program.

“Cyber security is a very big issue,” said Huirong Fu, an OU professor and coordinator of the new Master of Science in cyber security program. Students in the new program will learn to “determine the vulnerability in any system and how to defend it,” she said. 

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Published July 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The best views in the city will be center stage during the first Downtown Living Tour, which will showcase six new housing and apartment developments.  

“It is a great time to show the growth of downtown Detroit,” said Lauren Mohon, marketing and events director for tour organizer Hour Media. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Mosaics have launched a second act for local artist Patty Petro.

“I retired as an elementary school teacher,” said Petro, who lives in Rochester Hills. “I had knee surgery and needed something to do. I love to paint, but when I paint, I have to stand. I remembered I had some tiles. It became a passion and has become a new career.”

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Christine Gibson, a children’s book illustrator and mother of five from Rochester Hills, was recently named the winner of a design contest for a new mural along the Clinton River Trail in Rochester College’s Lake Norcentra Park.

The mural contest drew nearly 16,000 public votes — with Gibson receiving 7,496 votes; Max Jurcak, of Shelby Township, earning 7,405; and Tim Gralewski, of Rochester Hills, earning 1,055.

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — Pirates and princesses will take over the ballroom at the Royal Park Hotel for an enchanting evening of fun Aug. 7.

Now in its second year, the Downtown Development Authority’s Princess and Pirate Ball — a new take on what was previously known as the Big, Bright Ball — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the hotel.

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Friends Library Store at the Rochester Hills Public Library is entirely run by volunteers, and organizers say the shop’s volunteer roster is coming up a bit short these days.

Friends of the RHPL store manager Darlene Tomczyk said volunteers are 100 percent important to the store, and without them, there are days when the store has to close.

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