Free Park Access for Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled is on the Ballot

Seniors, military veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities will be offered free annual vehicle passes to parks operated by Oakland County under a funding proposal that appears on the November 3 ballot. Oakland County has 13 Parks Oakland County voters in the upcoming general election will decide the fate of a proposal from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners to increase funding for Oakland County’s 13 parks. The ballot question asks residents to approve a new property tax … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Deploys $100,000 Grant

Neighborhood House Immediately Deploys $100,000 Grant in Response to Dire Economic Impact of Coronavirus Neighborhood House, with a mission to walk with neighbors forging the path toward self-sustainability, is thrilled to receive a $100,000 grant from Oakland County and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The nonprofit organization, serving the 100 square mile area of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township, and Addison Township, delivers full service “wrap-around” … [Read more...]

Oakland County Citizen Survey to Help Guide future of County

Oakland County Executive David Coulter wants to hear from residents about their top priorities for the new year. His administration has released the Oakland County Government’s Citizen Survey 2020 which asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, and more. "We began engaging Oakland County residents about what matters to them with community meet and greets," Coulter said. "Now, we’re … [Read more...]

Oakland University Hires Longtime Oakland County Leader

Oakland University (OU) Names Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Irene Spanos, longtime Director of Economic Development & Community Affairs for Oakland County, has joined Oakland University as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She began her new role on December 10. “We are thrilled to have Irene join the OU family in this critical leadership role,” Vice President University Advancement Michael Westfall said in announcing the hiring. “A friend to all she … [Read more...]

Water-Powered Mills of the Rochester Area

Mill Town Heritage of Rochester and Avon Township The real estate professional’s mantra that “location is everything” was as true in Rochester’s pioneer days as it is today. Long before the James Graham party led white settlers to today’s Oakland County, its hospitable lakes and streams and the excellent fishing they offered drew native people to the area. Water also attracted the Grahams and those who followed them. It was an essential element to sustain life, and it would power the new … [Read more...]

Oakland County of the Top 10 Healthiest Counties in Michigan

Oakland County of the Top 10 Healthiest Counties in Michigan Oakland County is the 10th healthiest county in Michigan, ranking ahead of neighboring Wayne and Macomb counties in health outcomes, according to the County Health Rankings Report released today. Oakland enters the top 10 for the first time since the rankings began in 2003, while maintaining the number two ranking in health behaviors for the fourth year in a row and significantly improving in the quality of life measure, moving to the … [Read more...]

The Battle for Avon Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills, A Tale of Two Cities

As we celebrate the founding of Rochester during 2017, we must also note that Rochester Hills shares the same anniversary. Both Rochester and Avon Township - today’s Rochester Hills - received their first non-native settlers in 1817. Some of the founding Graham family members built their home in what is now the City of Rochester. The rest of them moved out to the area that is now the intersection of Avon & Livernois Roads, becoming the first white settlers of what would become Avon … [Read more...]

Girls Who Want Free Prom Dresses

Rochester Outreach and Charity for Kids (ROCKit) is looking for young ladies throughout Oakland County and beyond who would like a FREE gown for their prom. Thanks to the generous donations from area residents, ROCKit has collected over 900 gently-used prom, bridesmaid, cocktail and evening gowns and accessories. The second annual ROCK the Prom 2017 – Free Prom Dress Giveaway will be held March 25 and 26 at the Auburn Hills Community Center. All high school girls in surrounding areas are invited … [Read more...]

2017 NoHaz Poster Contest, Collection Events, and VIDEO

Oakland County NoHaz Collections Could Top 5 Million Pounds as Grade School Poster Contest Kicks Off for 2017 North Oakland County’s NoHaz communities will likely top 5 million pounds of household hazardous waste amassed and properly disposed of since 2003 after completing their first collection date in April 2017. The NoHaz program has collected more than 4.9 million pounds of items commonly found around the house such as latex and oil-based paints, motor oil, pesticides and outdated … [Read more...]

Patterson, Local Mom Urge Others to Get Flu Vaccine

An Oakland County mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter to the flu joins County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in urging individuals to vaccinate themselves against the influenza virus during National Influenza Vaccination Week. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well," Patterson said. “Getting a flu shot now will help prevent the virus from spreading as families gather during the Christmas … [Read more...]