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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is the new name of Meadow Brook Music Festival.

“The venue has great history and has played host to some of the best emerging superstar talent,” Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports and Entertainment president, said in a statement. “This rebrand further defines its true identity as one of the premier, intimate venues in the region.”

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Many people go above and beyond in the service of the Rochester Community Schools district, and the Rochester Parent Teacher Association Council wants to give credit where credit is due.

The council is hosting its annual Founder’s Day celebration Feb. 25 to recognize more than 70 parent volunteers, educators and students for their dedication and contributions to the district.

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Published February 10, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A landscape architect specializing in historic properties will develop a master landscape plan for the Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District.

The property, located within Cranberry Lake Park, off Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road, includes the restored historic Axford Coffin farmhouse and several outbuildings. The farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The plan, commissioned by the township’s Historic District Commission, will tackle the historic landscaping elements of the property.

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Published February 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester Hills Public Library usage was at an all-time high last year, with library officials reporting over 2 million materials in circulation throughout the year.

Rochester Hills Public Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the library has been dancing around the figure for the last six or seven years.

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Published February 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials have approved a consent judgment allowing the Blossom Ridge senior housing development and the rezoning of an additional piece of property near Adams and Silverbell roads.

Under the terms of the consent judgment, Blossom Ridge — to be located at the northwest corner of Dutton and Adams roads — will hold 189 senior housing units of a variety of sizes and types.  

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Published February 9, 2016

Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Clinton River Trail users will soon have to travel off path as the city of Rochester begins a major sewer improvement project.

Rochester Department of Public Works Director David Anason said workers will construct a brand-new, 21-inch sewer main along the Clinton River Trail, from Elizabeth Street to the Letica trailhead, which will cost approximately $1.5 million.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials aim to fill Riverbend Park with art, nature trails, an ice skating rink, a kayak landing and much more, according to a concept plan for the first new city park to be developed in over 20 years.

“This is an opportunity to change our community forever,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “We haven’t developed a park since 1989. It has been a long time since our residents have seen a City Council and an administration dive deep into improving the quality of life.”

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — This spring, thousands of daffodils will pop up around Rochester City Hall, thanks to the help of some “Good Neighbors.”

The Stoney Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was recently honored with a Good Neighbor Award for volunteering to plant over 1,000 daffodil bulbs around City Hall last October. The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented the group with the award at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education recently nominated and elected its officers for 2016.

On Jan. 11, Pat Piskulich was unanimously elected to serve as board president, replacing outgoing President Jennifer Berwick. The board — which elects members for various leadership positions each January — also unanimously elected Sandra Fiaschetti as its vice president, Michael Zabat as secretary and Kristin Bull as treasurer.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Standard & Poor’s recently upgraded Rochester Community Schools’ bond rating from AA- with a negative outlook, to AA- with a stable outlook for the $128 million unlimited-tax general obligation school bonds.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Lions Club International Foundation has given a $100,000 matching grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

The funds are aimed at sponsoring the advanced training bay in the new Leader Dogs Canine Development Center.

“Internationally, Leader Dog and Lions share a joint mission to serve,” Sue Daniels, president and CEO of Leader Dogs, said in a statement.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — With many major city projects complete, including the two new parking decks downtown and the Main Street Makeover, Rochester residents and visitors will be happy to hear that 2016 will be a year devoted to planning, according to city officials.

“We’ve really just completed some major projects, so I want to pat the city on the back for completing the Main Street Makeover. They just did the meter program, and the parking decks as well. Those have been the big ones that the city has just recently accomplished,” City Manager Blaine Wing said.

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Published January 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Workers harvest ice from a pond on the former Gehrke farm in the 1920s. The farm was located off Sheldon Road, near Tienken Road. Parke Davis Laboratories reportedly used the harvested ice to cool the blood of laboratory animals. Children were told not to skate on the pond, in order to save the ice for the harvest.

Today, Stoney Creek High School sits on the Gehrke farm property, and a dam that created the pond is visible in front of the school and along Tienken Road.

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Published January 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the 10th consecutive year, the Royal Park Hotel has made the cut on AAA’s list of top hotels, once again earning a Four-Diamond rating.

The rating process involves AAA inspectors visiting hotels for multiple unannounced inspections and also incorporating member feedback. AAA officials said inspectors meticulously evaluate guest services and physical attributes to assess the level of competence, refinement and hospitality, and then assign a corresponding rating of one to five diamonds.

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Visitors are invited to glimpse the “downstairs” of Meadow Brook Hall during Downton Days, which compares the hall to the popular television series “Downton Abbey.”

The is the third year the hall has offered the Downton Days series of tours and events.

“It is very popular,” MBH Marketing Manager Shannon O’Bersky said. “We’ve expanded them due to the popularity of the series.”

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER — Local seniors have been hard at work training to compete in the 2016 Michigan Senior Olympics Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 9-15 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office officials are asking for help identifying a man who is believed to be a suspect in a recent indecent exposure incident.

According to Capt. Michael Johnson, of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation, the man exposed himself to a woman sometime during the evening Dec. 23 at the Meijer store on Auburn Road.

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