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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district will ask voters to approve a $185 million bond issue to pay for upgrading and renovating school facilities, technology and infrastructure.

The district’s school board unanimously approved the bond proposal during a special meeting May 18. The Board of Education would have to submit a possible bond issue by Aug. 11 for inclusion on the fall ballot.

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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — After more than 10 months of construction, crews will wrap up working on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition this week.

Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the library broke ground on the $1.6 million project in August 2014 and completed construction of the addition and drive-up window in May.

She admitted that the project, which had to be delayed for several weeks due to frigid temperatures this winter, has been “challenging.”

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Published June 3, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The parking lot of the new Riverbend Park, off Hamlin Road east of Adams, is almost complete, along with a new park entrance.

The 70-acre park, which the city purchased in the 1990s, is currently under development thanks to a private donation. Steve and Darlene Stolaruk, on behalf of the Steve and Vivian Stolaruk Foundation, donated $1 million for habitat restoration and to develop the park into walking and jogging paths, and to possibly add canoe and kayak launches.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In the past nine years, almost 10,000 elementary school students have learned firsthand about clean water, nature and conservation from experts at Oakland University.


“We are educating the students about their footprint as human beings,” said Michele Arquette-Palermo, program director for the Clinton River Watershed Council. “We start with them now — so we can mold young people.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —  An upcoming Meadow Brook Hall event will celebrate Matilda Dodge Wilson’s flair for fashion.


The hall is teaming with Neiman Marcus to present Decades of Dress, a luncheon fashion show paired with a historic costume exhibit.


“Fashion always takes cues from previous decades,” said Lindsey Barile, Neiman Marcus public relations manager. “Good fashion is timeless.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Rochester police are giving community members an inside look at the force during the department’s annual open house June 6.


The free event — held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and events for the whole family.


“It’s just a fun day to see everything that the Police Department does,” Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said. “It’s a full experience of everything that happens here at the Police Department.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — When the city of Rochester redesigned its city seal a couple of years ago, Rochester City Councilman Rob Ray said there was much interest from the community in learning about the significance of the design.


Residents’ questions about the seal inspired him to spearhead a new project, organized by the Rochester Historical Commission, to place historical signs describing each of the four emblems in the city crest throughout Rochester.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.


Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A ban on hydraulic fracturing is included in new city ordinances addressing pipelines and oil and gas drilling.


Hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — is the pumping or injecting of a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under pressure into an oil or gas formation.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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