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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Proclaims April ‘Fair Housing Month’

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in recognition of the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Federal Fair Housing Law under the Civil Rights Act. “Unlawful discrimination exists today, particularly in the case of families with young children — even with this...

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Gets Approval for ORV Park

An Oakland County off-road vehicle (ORV) park that has been on the drawing board for years finally received the official green light from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, April 2. Commissioners unanimously approved a 20-year operating agreement, with a 10-year additional option, with the Michigan...

Baldwin Center Partners With Pontiac Start-up

Chef Amber Johnson remembers years ago feeling “giddy” just watching the Food Network. It’s the same feeling she gets now in the kitchen at Pontiac’s Baldwin Center, preparing spreads for her new meal prep and catering business, Gourmet Fresh Prep. Johnson started her business out of her home, but soon learned she...

Detroit Institute of Arts’ Popular Inside|Out Program Celebrates 10 Years

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has announced the communities participating in the 10th Annual Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit. The reproductions will be on view in four communities from April to July, and eight others from July to...

Lyon Pizza Maker’s Fig and Pig Pie Named 12th Best in the World at Vegas Challenge

Excerpt: What does it take to make the 12th-best pizza in the world? Fig, pig and great-Grandma’s rolling pin, for starters. Brandon Davis, owner of Novella’s Pizza in Lyon Township, has firsthand knowledge as the creator of the fig and pig pizza. Read more.

Local Real Estate Firm Launches Scholarship Program Aimed at Social Entrepreneurship

Oakland County-based real estate firm, Stewart Team, recently announced a scholarship program in partnership with Rochester College aimed to help students majoring in social entrepreneurship. “Giving back to our community is at the core of Stewart Team’ mission,” said Kevin Stewart, broker/owner and team leader, Stewart Team. “When Rochester College,...

Judson Center to Bring Autism to Light During Month of April

Judson Center, a multi-county human service agency providing autism programs, behavioral health services, child and family services including foster care and adoption in tandem with its affiliate, Child Safe Michigan, along with employment services for the disabled, and primary care for all ages, will Bring Autism to Light (#Autism2Light)...

Leader Dogs for the Blind Marks Eight Decades of Service

Excerpt: If you’ve lived in the Rochester area for a while, they’re a familiar sight — Leader Dogs in harness, walking the streets of downtown, visiting businesses, assisting the blind. Perhaps you remember, as a child, proudly depositing your spare change in the little can labeled “Whither Thou Goest” that...

Main Street Oakland County Partners with Flagstar Bank Again to Help Improve Downtowns

Main Street Oakland County has partnered with Flagstar Bank to offer a Placemaking and Façade Grant Program available to 13 Oakland County downtowns. Main Street Oakland County communities can apply for grants of up to $2,500 in dollar-for-dollar match funds for several types of improvements to downtown districts. “One of the...

Barnes & Noble Opens New Store Prototype at The Village of Rochester Hills

Excerpt: Barnes & Noble Inc. today opened a new prototype store, the first of its kind in Michigan, at 200 N. Adams Rd. in The Village of Rochester Hills. The 14,000-square-foot store features modern design aesthetics, including oak bookshelves and a mix of wood-grain tiles and carpeting. Lower-profile bookshelves will...

Oakland County libraries hustling to get hip

Excerpt: When the world went digital, cynical observers said libraries would soon go extinct. Didn't happen. Today's libraries are snaring the internet lovers they were supposed to lose, and doing it with stuff they used to ban. Pre-internet, a librarian's big job? Shushing loudmouths and expelling anyone with a snack. Now, that approach is...

Farmington’s Civic Theater marries old with new

Excerpt: Marrying the old with the new has long been part of the Farmington Civic Theater’s DNA. Read more.