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Published July 7, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Aiming to maximize the potential of the Clinton River, the city has entered a partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council as a WaterTown.

WaterTowns is a CRWC initiative designed to help cities create water-oriented community development. The Clinton River watershed covers approximately 760 square miles over four counties. The river and its tributaries flow through 60 rural, suburban and urban communities that have a combined population of more than 1.4 million people.

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Published July 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — This winter, longtime Rochester residents Rod and Susan Wilson will lead the 64th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade as its grand marshals.

“We feel this is one of the highest honors anybody in the community could receive, and we feel very honored to be selected,” said Rod Wilson.

“It’s a huge honor,” Susan Wilson added.

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Published July 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce.


Richard Neitzel, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, said that while most people would think of hearing loss as the first, and possibly only, health impact from noise pollution, there have been a number of studies linking it to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

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Published July 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  To prevent storm sewer catch basins and roadside ditches from clogging, officials are reminding residents, businesses and mowing contractors to keep grass and tree debris out of the roadways and ditches.


Catch basins and roadside ditches provide stormwater drainage, but when they become plugged, the debris can cause the roads to flood. Water can have an impact on the condition of the roads and cause premature deterioration, said Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County public information officer.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Bells will peal throughout Oakland University’s campus in a new series of summer carillon recitals.

The free concerts are performed by internationally recognized carillonneurs, who aim to provide a variety of music via the 49-bell Elliott Tower completed last year on the OU campus.

“We have performers from Europe,” said Brian Bierley, OU director of media relations. 

“There are very few people who can do this. It is a very specialized skill.”

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Published July 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — Now that school is out and the kids are home every day, finding entertaining activities that don’t break the bank can be a struggle.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority and the city of Rochester are giving parents and kids a fun — and free — way to beat summer boredom.

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Published June 30, 2015

ROCHESTER — Everyone loves a good sale, which is why the city’s annual Sidewalk Sales have remained a staple over the years, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said.

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Published June 30, 2015

ROCHESTER — City officials opened the first of two parking platforms in downtown Rochester on June 25, a date that City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said will forever be an “incredibly important” day for the community.

The opening of the east parking deck — a two-level platform at University and Fourth, behind the Main Street Plaza — marks the first raised parking area in the city’s history, Vettraino said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The east platform, along with added spaces in the adjacent alley, added approximately 260 spaces downtown.

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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