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Metro Detroit Youth Clubs’ Newest Location to be Named Levin-Comer Club

Michigan’s distinguished, longtime civil servants and brothers, retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and retired U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, and Detroit philanthropist and businessman Jim Comer, founder of Comer Holdings, LLC, and the Comer Foundation, were to be honored at the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs (MDYC) Dedication Luncheon on Thursday,...

County Procurement Now More Transparent

The Oakland County Executive Office and the Board of Commissioners worked together to make the county’s professional services contracts more transparent for taxpayers. A new procurement policy, approved unanimously by commissioners, requires board approval to appropriate funds for professional services contracts in excess of $250,000. In addition, the board must...

Oakland Schools Teacher Wins National Competition for Skilled Trades Program

Excerpt: An Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest (OSTC-NW) automotive technology teacher won $50,000 as one of 15 second-place winners of the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Joel Massarello, automotive technology teacher, is the only winner of the national competition from Michigan. Read more.

Oakland County Certified as a Wildlife-Friendly Community by the National Wildlife Federation

Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Oakland County has been officially designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Oakland County is the third-largest designated county by population in the country and the fourth community in Michigan to receive this honor. A Community Wildlife...

Art 101 in Downtown Farmington Aims to Teach Kids and Teens Creative Fundamentals

Excerpt: Art 101’s debut in downtown Farmington, in November of 2017, was — well — subtle. How subtle? One of Art 101’s classes that fall consistently had a roster of one. “But Sophie kept that class alive,” co-owner and manager Kim Messing says with a laugh. Part of the challenge, of course, was...

Oakland County 9-Year-Old Raises $32K for CPR Devices

Excerpt: Lucas Vetter walked into the Howell Area Fire Department in October 2018. Less than a year and $32,000 later, all four of the department’s stations have life-saving CPR devices because of the 9-year-old. “I always like to help out people,” Lucas told The Detroit News ahead of presenting a...

Enjoy November at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

November is a good time to slow down, relax and enjoy autumn’s cooler, comfortable temperatures. Explore the nearly 80 miles of trails at the 13 Oakland County Parks, try platform tennis or check out the fall harvest at the Oakland County Farmers Market. Get outdoors before autumn fades away...

Holly Shows Support for Hometown Heroes with Yellow Ribbons on Tree

Excerpt: More than 30 yellow ribbons have been placed around the old oak tree by the parking lot of Holly Elementary School in honor of the active duty military in the area. Of those, two are for Laura Legant’s sons. “I just think it’s beautiful,” Legant said. “When I pulled...

Royal Oak Unveils Community Mural During History Event

Excerpt: On Sept. 25, Mayor Michael Fournier and Huntington Woods-based artist Daniel Cascardo unveiled a mural at Eagle Plaza to celebrate the 200th anniversary of territorial Gov. Lewis Cass naming the city of Royal Oak. Actor Jonathan Davidson, of Water Works Theatre Company, brought the history lesson to life for...

Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Supporting Women

Excerpt: The organization Zonta International is celebrating 100 years of advocating for laws that ensure gender equality and helping every female realize her full potential. The Pontiac-North Oakland chapter celebrated its anniversary on Nov. 2 at the Birmingham Village Players. Read more.

Residents’ Input Sought at Oakland County Fair Housing Forums

Oakland County wants to hear from residents to identify and address barriers that may exist to fair housing in the county. The Community & Home Improvement Division (CHI) will host six public housing forums where residents can share their experiences and learn about their rights under the Fair Housing...

Waterford Man Brings Five ‘Little Free Libraries’ to His Community

Excerpt: When Adam Stephens stumbled upon a "Little Free Library" in Clarkston, his first thought was, "Waterford needs something like this!" And so he decided to make it happen. Stephens installed his first "Little Free Library" in his own front yard, across the street from Rotary Park off Tubbs Road. A "Little...