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Royal Oak business Motor City Gas receives award from Genisys.

Small business microgrant winners announced in Oakland County

This year there were six winners of the Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Start-Up Grant, each of them located within communities of the Main Street Oakland County program. These microgrants are awarded by Main Street Oakland County and Genysis Credit Union.

Jim Jurkiewicz enjoys a well-earned rest. Photo by Steve Koss.

From chair volleyball to dulcimer lessons, Oakland County seniors find lots to do

Oakland County has many activities for senior citizens that go far beyond potluck meals and exercise classes. Here are some enriching programs across the county.

Casual Day

County employees give nearly $50k to worthy recipients

Oakland County employees donated $49,000 to support local charities this year through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions donate $1 to wear jeans to work.

Royal Park gingerbread

All aboard the Royal Park Express!

Once again, the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester has transformed their lobby into a Christmas wonderland with a massive, whimsical gingerbread creation—the Royal Park Express, a gingerbread train on candy cane tracks.

Staff from the Pontiac office participating in a Thanksgiving holiday food distribution day for needy families sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County

Lakeshore Legal Aid provides free legal services for people in need

Lakeshore Legal Aid provides free legal services to low-income people in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties, and specializes in senior work, domestic violence work, family law, housing work, consumer protection, and eviction protection.

Volunteers in Pontiac's GM Modern Housing neighborhood.

Your votes could save three historic homes in Pontiac's General Motors' century-old neighborhood

Three Pontiac homes with historic significance in a neighborhood created by General Motors for its employees 100 years ago could be saved from the wrecking ball with a little push from the community.

Members of 100MWC present the check to members of Fleece & Thank You

100+ Millennials Who Care takes a collective approach to philanthropy

100+ Millennials Who Care is a new Oakland County-based organization born out of 100 Women Who Care, a philanthropic organization in which members—ideally at least 100, though it certainly can be more—commit to donating $100 each to a charity pitched and voted on by its members.

Hauntiac

Hauntiac aims to make Oakland County a Halloween tourism destination

If you haven't been to downtown Pontiac in the last week or so, it's time to get back over there. Because, you see, for this month it is no longer "Pontiac." It is Hauntiac.

The Hazel Park Raceway opened in 1949 as the country’s first five-eighths-mile track.

Iconic raceway makes way for tech and commerce leaders in Hazel Park

When the Hazel Park Raceway closed in April this year, it was a bitter-sweet moment for the city. It marked the end of an era for the Detroit neighborhood but paved the way for new growth.

Irene Hirano Inouye

The Women's Leadership Conference celebrates Japanese and American women leaders in Oakland County

The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Council present the U.S.-Japan Women’s Leadership Conference on Sept. 26 in the conference center of the county Executive Office Building in Waterford.

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Berkley is a startup city doing its "own thing"

It's not a Birmingham. It's not a Ferndale. It's not a Royal Oak. Patrick Dunn lets us in on why unique this dense, walkable south Oakland County community is in a class all its own.

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Lathrup Village wants you to slow down and stop in

Tiny Lathrup Village recognizes itself as a sleepy, friendly place, but it's not afraid to celebrate its little wins in a big way. Patrick Dunn spent time in Lathrup Village to find out if this small town can change while staying the same.

Downtown Pontiac

Main Street Pontiac is spearheading efforts for transformational change in downtown Pontiac

There are 25 Main Street communities in Oakland County, which has its own countywide Main Street program to support all of them, but only downtown Pontiac is a member of the new UrbanMain initiative, which targets the unique challenges that urban downtown communities face. 

Mercedes-Benz Week of Caring volunteers work with Humble Design to transform a home in Detroit, Michigan on June 22, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services logged 4,100 volunteers hours during sixth annual Week of Caring

On Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services just held its sixth annual "Week of Caring," during which time over 600 employees worked with 11 nonprofit organizations on 25 different community service projects through Southeastern Michigan. Together they logged over 4,100 hours of service.

Main Street Super Heroes

Berkley and Royal Oak join the Main Street Oakland County family

Berkley and Royal Oak became members of Main Street Oakland County and six other downtowns were honored during the “Super Heroes of Main Street” gala celebration at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac on Thursday, May 10.
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