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Farmington – July 29, 2019

Farmington – July 29, 2019

New friends,

Welcome to City News! Through City News, I’m hoping to connect with each of you, to bring you closer to your community and maybe even tempt you to try something new.

Supporting local businesses is so important to a thriving community. Often, it’s the small business owners who support school functions, civic clubs and sponsor city events.

These entrepreneurs are critical to the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s wonderful to support these folks and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating them through City News.

I’d like to know what bits of info interest you the most: Upcoming events? New businesses? A little of everything?

Reach out!

Rebecca Calappi
citynewseditor@localbiznews.net

 

Alexa, Ask Recycling Directory Where I Can Recycle Garden Plastic?

The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County released its new Alexa Skill, Recycling Directory. Residents who have an Amazon Alexa enabled voice control device now have the convenience of immediately asking how to recycle their plastic bottles, pizza boxes or other items as they still have them in hand.

How do residents access the Recycling Directory Alexa skill? They can simply say, “Alexa, enable Recycling Directory. And ask questions like, “Where do I take CFLs?” or, “How do I get rid of unwanted clothes?”

Enable the Alexa Skill, download the mobile app or visit rrrasoc.org to search the Recycling Directory. For more information, visit www.rrrasoc.org or call 248-208-2270.

 

Positions for the Library Board and Historical Commission Now Open

The City of Farmington is looking for qualified candidates to fill vacancies on the Farmington Community Library Board of Directors and Historical Commission. Library Board members serve a four-year term, while Historical Commissioners serve three years.
 
The Library Board meets on the second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m. at the Main Library in the Ernest E. Sauter Board Room. The Historical Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

If you are interested or know anyone interested in the position, please visit the City of Farmington website and complete and submit an application to the City Manager’s Office.

Join Us at Riley Park for a Free Concert by Randy Brock Group 

Randy Brock’s inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughn, is alive in his guitar work. His voice is all his own. His band lays down the perfect support behind the songs, be they Stevie’s, Eric Clapton’s or their own.

Bring a chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy along with the tunes at this free concert.

 

“Check Out” Michigan

Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card.

You can “check out” free or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts and cultural destinations and more.

The Michigan Activity Pass program of 2018-2019 features 443 partner destinations available to patrons of the 638 participating public library buildings.

Some of the participating cultural partners include the Yankee Air Museum, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and many others.

 Library users with a valid library card from any one of Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the participating locations at the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) web site. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed. Patrons may check out one MAP pass per library card every seven days.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Ferndale – July 29, 2019

Ferndale – July 29, 2019

New friends,

Welcome to City News! Through City News, I’m hoping to connect with each of you, to bring you closer to your community and maybe even tempt you to try something new.

Supporting local businesses is so important to a thriving community. Often, it’s the small business owners who support school functions, civic clubs and sponsor city events.

These entrepreneurs are critical to the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s wonderful to support these folks and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating them through City News.

I’d like to know what bits of info interest you the most: Upcoming events? New businesses? A little of everything?

Reach out!

Rebecca Calappi
citynewseditor@localbiznews.net

Ferndale Makerspace Company Goes for $50K

Makerspace and innovation hub i3Detroit will create a new space in Ferndale through a new crowdfunding campaign the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and nonprofit i3Detroit announced. The campaign is offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Sept. 20, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

For project details and to donate, please visit:patronicity.com/i3detroit .

Public Spaces Community Places  is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC.

Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply here.

 

Whiskey Room Opens in Ferndale

The Traverse City Whiskey Co. is poised to open its first satellite tasting room. Luckily, it’ll be in Ferndale.

Dubbed, “The Outpost,” the new eat and sip spot will take up space inside Como’s but will have its own entrance and will operate independently from the Ferndale mainstay.

The Outpost will feature a family-friendly menu in addition to bourbon, whiskey and other spirits.

Ferndale Unity Party & Music in the Park Aug 9

Head over to the Ferndale Unity Party & Music in the Park for live entertainment by the Candy Bandits, create a unity craft, and play back-yard games—all while bonding with your family and the Ferndale community at this free family event.

The second-annual event will take place Aug. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kulick Community Center. Food will be available for sale.

In case of inclement weather, event will be indoors.

 

Parking Permit Issue Affects Few

Ferndale’s Finance Department and Republic Parking division discovered an issue last week with a third-party payment vendor that caused transactions for parking permit purchases and auto-renewals to be charged three times.

The issue may have affected up to 20 customers.

The error is with permit parking payments only; meter/parking-station and ParkFerndale app transactions are not affected.

After discovering the issue, the Finance Department stopped permit parking transactions until the problem could be identified and resolved. Republic Parking is working closely with its parking payment vendor, Passport Parking, to ensure the issue is addressed as quickly as possible.

If you believe you may have been charged in error for your parking permit, please contact Barb Miller at 248-336-4366.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – July 29, 2019

Troy – July 29, 2019

Gov. Whitmer Announces Winners for 2019 Governor’s Service Awards

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission today announced the 43 winners of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

This year, two Troy citizens are being honored. Danielle Boyer and Amogh Gowda were named as Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Boyer, at the age of 18, has dedicated her volunteer efforts to educate students in Oakland County on disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, most notably the students of International Academy East in Troy. Her amazing efforts led to creating Benzene Buddies – a weekly after-school program with programming lessons and robotics field trips, as well as many other programs to engage her community. She also started a weekly newsletter and wrote at-home coding lesson plans for parents to allow them to be a part of the learning process. One of her most rewarding and notable accomplishments, however, has been Every Kid Gets A Robot – where she invented an educational robot that is affordable for children.

Gowda is dedicated to saving lives through organ donations. After hearing the experience of a teacher waiting for a kidney transplant, the teenager saw the impact that an organ donor could make. Amogh, 17, developed an innovative way to support education on the issue. He founded “Gift8Lives.org” – a campaign for various organ donation-related outreach activities within his community. He interviewed experts in the field and learned the best ways to strengthen his campaign. He also started the Gift8lives Club at Troy High School to educate his peers about the issue.

 

Upcoming Friday Frolic Cancelled

Friday Frolic for Aug. 9 is canceled because there are other events offered by local churches that will have an impact on attendance. Mark your calendars for the next Friday Frolic on Sept. 13.

For more information about the Troy adaptive recreation program, visit the city website.

Tell Us What You Think on the Parks and Rec Master Plan Survey

Parks and Recreation is conducting a survey until Sept. 6 to get input from both Troy residents and non-residents. Click here to fill out this short survey and let your voice be heard.

 

Summer Concert Series a Great Way to Enjoy the Season

Dust off your dancing shoes and head to Boulan Park on Crooks Road between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads for some fabulous music on select Thursdays this summer. Stay after work, grab a bite to eat, and listen to music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and relax with friends as a variety of music fills the air. Food will be available from food trucks and Harold’s Italian Ice starting at 5:30 pm and there are plenty of picnic tables.

The Aug. 8 concert features Brushes with Broadway with Tom Butwin & Musical Guests.

Tom Butwin is a four-time Detroit Music Award nominee and recently starred as “Jesus” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Since 2003, He released many albums and EPs, the most recent being 2018’s The Superstar EP and 2016’s collection of classic musical theater songs, A Different Stage. Butwin is an Athens High graduate.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – July 29, 2019

Berkley – July 29, 2019

New friends,

Welcome to City News! Through City News, I’m hoping to connect with each of you, to bring you closer to your community and maybe even tempt you to try something new.

Supporting local businesses is so important to a thriving community. Often, it’s the small business owners who support school functions, civic clubs and sponsor city events.

These entrepreneurs are critical to the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s wonderful to support these folks and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating them through City News.

I’d like to know what bits of info interest you the most: Upcoming events? New businesses? A little of everything?

Reach out!

Rebecca Calappi
citynewseditor@localbiznews.net

City of Berkley Displays White Ribbons in Honor of Tyler Wingate

As the Berkley community mourns the loss of Tyler Wingate, white ribbons are being tied to trees and homes throughout the community as a show of support for this young man’s family.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Berkley Mayor Dan Terbrack said. “No parent should ever have to face this type of tragedy. I know the entire community is sending prayers and condolences to the Wingate family.”

Tyler, 24, is remembered as a popular student-athlete at Berkley High School, where he played football and was a member of the track team. He was known for his engaging personality and contagious smile. Tragically, the 2013 BHS graduate sustained fatal injuries from being attacked in the early morning hours of July 22, following a car accident in Detroit. Police have identified a suspect.

Friends have organized a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help the family with funeral expenses.

Family Movie in the Park

The Berkley Parks & Recreation SummerFest 2019 continues with a free family movie In the Park on Thursday, Aug.

Join the fun as Wreck-It Ralph and his best friend Vanellope go on adventures through the web in Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Bring snacks, blankets and chairs to Community Park next to the Berkley Community Center at 2400 Robina. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will be shown on LED screen.

Berkley Energy Plan to be Considered

The Environmental Advisory Committee has approved a City of Berkley Energy Plan and now requests that the plan be adopted by the Berkley City Council. The Energy Plan is expected to go before city council at the meeting on Aug. 12.

The plan aims to make energy efficiency and clean energy a cornerstone in the decision making done by the city in terms of facilities, maintenance and equipment purchases.

To review the Energy Plan please click here.

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Berkley Cruisefest is Back

Kick off the Woodward Dream Cruise in Berkley on Friday, August 16, at Cruisefest. The Classic Car Parade begins at 6:30 p.m., and there will be plenty to do with the whole family.

The Berkley Chamber of Commerce sells the official CruiseFest T-shirts under the Marquee on 12 Mile Road. If you would like to volunteer to sell T-shirts, and at the same time score a great viewing spot, please email RoseAnn@BerkleyChamber.com.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Rochester – July 29, 2019

Rochester – July 29, 2019

Friends, If you’re anything like me, a nice adult beverage on a beautiful weekend is the perfect way to round out the day. Wine lovers should check out the new Vino Talk videos from LBN. They feature local wine expert John Jonna. It’s an entertaining ride through a thoroughly enjoyable topic. It would be great to hear from you. Drop me a line: cityeditor@localbiznews.net.   Rebecca  

Rochester Resident Honored by Governor

Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission today announced winners of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy. Rochester’s own Michelle Shepherd was named among the 43 recipients. In 2004, while serving on the Rochester Community Schools’ Board of Education, doctors diagnosed Michelle with advanced ovarian cancer. She faced the challenges of chemotherapy and remains in remission. Following treatment, Michelle was passionate about providing support to other ovarian cancer survivors. After her school board tenure ended, she became a full-time volunteer for the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance serving in many roles including educator, event organizer and mentor to survivors. Using her education background, Shepherd initiated the SPEAK program for which she trained and volunteered with other survivors to educate Michigan’s communities about the early warning signs of ovarian cancer.  Shepherd scripted and appeared in an ovarian cancer symptom video that has been viewed statewide. To drive the mission of the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, she has raised more than $230,000.

Explore Downtown on Open Late Thursdays

Mosey around downtown Rochester on Thursdays and you’ll find something a little rare: many businesses are open late. Now through Aug. 15, many businesses will stay open until 8 p.m. Enjoy late-night shopping, dining, desserts and more. Join the fun on Open Late Thursdays.  

Save the Date for the Next Front Porch Stories

Mayor Rob Ray hosts the next installment of Front Porch Stories on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. For the second event in the series, head to the mayor’s Front Porch to hear his stories of Rochester and beyond. Mark your calendar, bring your lawn chair or blanket. Lemonade and cookies will be provided. The mayor’s Front Porch is at 894 Loggers Circle. The first Front Porch Stories featured Bill and Tony Lipuma.  

Sign Up for Automatic Water & Sewer Bill Payments

Save time and money by signing up for automatic water and sewer billing. This ensures your utility bill is paid on time, every time, directly from your checking account. No stamps required. You can still receive a copy of your bill, along with an email before the due date, so there is still time to ask any questions before payment is processed. This service is free. To sign up for this program, print out the Automatic Water & Sewer Billing & Paperless Billing Form. Complete it by hand, being sure to sign, date and include a voided check. Then, mail or deliver the completed form to City Hall, 400 6th St., Rochester, MI 48307. The ACH payment will apply to your next quarterly bill. Not interested in automatic or paperless billing? Please view all of our payment options for utility bills: Additional Payment Options.  

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net