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Published April 3, 2019

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Community Schools district is entering phase 4 of it’s five-year, $185 million bond issue. With three phases complete, RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said, the progress that contractors have made on the projects is “truly remarkable.”

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Published April 3, 2019

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Population growth carries new responsibilities, according to Oakland Township Supervisor Mike Bailey. “The township continues to increase its population,” Bailey said during a March 21 State of the Township address at Oakland Township Hall. “The transition from rural to suburban is likely in 2020.”

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Published April 3, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials said they will construct a vibrant, main street-style district on Auburn Road this year. The $12 million Auburn Road corridor project — which Mayor Bryan Barnett said will improve safety while creating a downtown district atmosphere — will incorporate more parking options, outdoor seating, lighting, a pocket park and the city’s first splash pad on Auburn Road, between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

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Published April 1, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — Barnes & Noble opened the doors to the first bookstore of its kind in the metro Detroit area last week at the Village of Rochester Hills.

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Published March 27, 2019

METRO DETROIT — In just a few months, the summer will stretch out before local youth — weeks of sleeping in, fun, sunshine ... and boredom. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Younger volunteers can make a big difference over the summer instead by helping organizations that feed the hungry and support local children or animals.

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Published March 27, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Bird-watching is entertaining and educational for people of all ages, and people can even enjoy this activity from inside the comfort of their own home if they take a few simple steps.

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Published March 27, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — Local health officials are advising people to keep themselves and their pets away from wild animals after a skunk infected with rabies was found in Rochester Hills.

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Published March 27, 2019

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An upcoming roundabout project at Adams and Gunn roads will involve an estimated three-month road closure.

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Published March 27, 2019

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department K-9 Unit is getting a new dog dedicated solely to detecting explosives. During a March 11 meeting, the Rochester City Council approved a purchase of $9,000 to add the new K-9 to the unit.

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Published March 27, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Road Commission for Oakland County is back on Walton Boulevard in the hopes of wrapping up a road project that started last year. Project engineer Jerry Jehle said construction on Walton, between Squirrel and Adams roads in Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills, resumed March 25.

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Published March 26, 2019

OAKLAND COUNTY — Over $500,000 worth of narcotics was seized during a recent drug raid.

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Published March 26, 2019

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Published March 20, 2019

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER — This is the residence of Dr. B.C.H. Spencer, located on the west side of Main Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, now University Drive. Before Spencer occupied the home in the 1910s, it belonged to Dr. Jesse Wilson and his family, who purchased the property in the 1860s. The original section of the home dated back to the 1830s, when it was occupied by Almon Mack.

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester is once again joining volunteers in 100 countries to take part in a worldwide celebration of doing good during Good Deeds Day April 7. This year, the Rochester community is invited to donate children’s items to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House for the birthday room at the Clothes Closet, which provides new items to families in need for a child’s birthday.

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER — Oakland University student Ciara Sosnowski is hoping to bring an art and music festival to Rochester this summer. Sosnowski, 19, a recent graduate of Rochester Adams High, created the Rochester Fringe Fest — a nonprofit art and music festival for students — last year.

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS/AUBURN HILLS/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A local school district has set its sights on expanding a program for gifted students. The Avondale School District launched its GATE, or Gifted and Talented Education, program during the 2017-18 school year, enrolling approximately 31 students in two multiage third- and fourth-grade classrooms at Woodland Elementary School.

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Published March 19, 2019

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A safety path along the northwest side of Gallagher Road is closer to completion after township officials recently approved an engineering study for the project. The 1.1-mile pathway is slated to begin at the entrance of the Goodison Place neighborhood, on Silverbell Road, and will travel down Gallagher to the Paint Creek Trail.

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new off-leash dog park could be on tap for Stony Creek Metropark in the next few years. The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority board of commissioners is seeking a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to develop the off-leash dog area, the first of its kind in the metropark system.

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Published March 19, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is home to many who take advantage of spring break, enjoy vacations over the summer, or even escape the entire winter season in favor of a warmer climate. While they’re away, their homes are left largely unattended, making them vulnerable to break-ins and other crime. Luckily, law enforcement officials say there are a number of things people can do to protect their homes.

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