19 Charities Receive Oakland Casual Day Funds

Oakland County employees donated a total of over $50,000 to support local charities in 2015 through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to wear jeans or dress casually. Patterson presented 19 organizations which serve the community with checks totaling $31,500 during the special ceremony. County … [Read more...]

Moving Madness Part 2

My family and I recently moved into our new home. I was determined not to repeat the same mistakes I did with our last move and overall, this experience was much better. I had a better plan, put a few good ideas into action, but I still made some mistakes. Here's what I did right and here's what I learned: Pack Early The first thing I did right was to pack early. I took down and packed away all of our decorative items like pictures, art and knick knacks. Anything that didn't have a … [Read more...]

Patterson Distributes Casual Day Funds to 15 Charities

A disabled Vietnam veteran and an organization whose founder just returned from mission work in Honduras are among the recipients of Oakland County Casual Day funds this holiday season. A total of 15 charitable organizations and the veteran shared $29,000 donated by county employees on casual days throughout the year. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed the checks during a news conference today. According to the press release, another $8,000 was given to other organizations or … [Read more...]

15 charitable organizations and disabled veteran to share $29,000

On Wednesday, December 17 at 2 p.m., Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will give a total of $28,000 to 15 charities during his annual holiday news conference where he distributes money donated by county employees on Casual Day. In addition, county staff will privately deliver a $1,000 check to a disabled Vietnam veteran who reached out to Mr. Patterson to help him find funds to repair a failing septic system that potentially would have driven the veteran and his family from their … [Read more...]

Clean your closet and shop at the annual Faith Church Clothes Swap

As we continue swapping out summer clothes for fall, and yes, eventually winter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that some of last year’s items don’t quite fit like they should. Well, you’re in luck because it’s once again time for the annual Faith Church Clothes Swap taking place this Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Rochester Hills. This event has consistently been a blessing to those in and around the community and we hope you’ll choose to take part in it this year. Let’s get … [Read more...]

Oakland County Adult Treatment Court celebrates the graduation of seven participants

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 2 pm, the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) will hold its 38th graduation since its inception in August of 2001. The 160th through the 167th graduates will be honored with a ceremony and reception to be held in the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium, Oakland County Courthouse, 1200 North Telegraph, Pontiac, Michigan. Amanda, then 15, feeling abandoned and lacking self-esteem, began using marijuana. By age 16 she was regularly abusing heroin. Six … [Read more...]

Rainbow Connection & D-MAN Foundation receive Casual Day donations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed $34,000 among 17 southeast Michigan organizations including St. Josaphat Church in Detroit, whose steeple was damaged by wind in November, during a ceremony in the lobby of the Executive Office Building today. The funds were raised by county employees over the course of 2013 from Casual Day donations. "Our county employees are generous and love to support deserving organizations," Patterson said. "Casual Day is one of many ways our … [Read more...]

‘Esteemed women’ honored at clinic benefit

Thirty women who wield power and influence in metro Detroit were honored at the second annual Esteemed Women of Michigan luncheon Monday at Rochester’s Royal Park Hotel. The event was a fund-raiser for the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, a Pontiac free clinic that provides medical, dental and pharmaceutical services to the uninsured. Clinic director Pam Haratsis said the event was conceived last year as a way to honor women who have inspired others. “Several of them had a hard time … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Club Speakers April and May 2011

Every month, the Rochester Rotary Club hosts new speakers at its luncheons, each with a very different background. Guest speakers from the Oakland County area with a variety of affiliations speak to attendees each week. Meetings are at noon every Tuesday. Unless otherwise noted, they are at Rivercrest Banquet Center, 900 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills. Upcoming Rotary luncheons will host the following speakers: April 26 Congressman Gary Peters May 3 Pastor Kent Clark Grace … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Dentist Treats Local Children During National Give Kids a Smile! Day

More than thirty local children received free dental treatment on Friday, February 4that the office of Dr. Ronald Herbst, D.D.S., who volunteered his services as part of “Give Kids a Smile!” Day.  Dr. Herbst explains, “Our practice has been part of the Rochester Community since 1984 and we understand how difficult it is for many families, especially in this tough economy to receive the care they need. Health services like dentistry are very important to the overall wellness of our children and … [Read more...]