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Farmington – December 30, 2019

Farmington – December 30, 2019

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.oakgov.com/clerkrod, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Library Names New Director

The Farmington Community Library welcomes Riti Grover as its new director. Grover takes over for Elyse Streit, who left in May.

The Library Board of Trustees approved her appointment at the Nov. 14 meeting. Grover has most recently served as director of the Kanawha County Public Library in West Virginia. Before that, she was director at the Ramsey Free Library and the Norwood Public Library, both part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System in New Jersey. She worked her way up from page to director at the Norwood Public Library after receiving her Master’s in Library Science at Wayne State University.

Grover is expected to start on Jan. 2.

Garbage Collection Schedule

Be sure to check the city website for the most up to date garbage collection schedule.

New Year’s Eve Movie

Head to the Farmington Civic Theater on Dec. 31 for a special screening of The Greatest Showman. The movie starts at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Birmingham – December 30, 2019

Birmingham – December 30, 2019

Birmingham Public Schools Looks for $195 Million Bond Proposal

The Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education approved ballot language on Dec. 11 asking voters to consider a proposal that would provide funding to address facility needs and enhancements through 2026. The $195 million bond proposal up for consideration would appear on the March 10 ballot and, if the bonds are approved, the annual debt millage is expected to remain at or below the annual debt millage of 3.80 mills levied in 2019.

Among the major features of the bond proposal are:

  • Building and site enhancements and improvements to every school in the district
  • High school athletic field enhancements
  • Midvale preschool and senior center site improvements
  • Purchase of buses
  • Security system and technology enhancements
  • Critical infrastructure improvements including HVAC, roofing, plumbing and electrical

Your Opinion is Needed

Oakland County Executive David Coulter wants to hear from residents about their top priorities for the New Year. His administration 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.

Please share and encourage your neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly to the Oakland County Executive.

Day On, Day One: MLK Day of Service

Join BPS and the BPS Community Councils for the fourth-annual Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day On, Day One 2020 will take place on Monday, Jan. 20, at Groves High School from 9 a.m. to noon.

This district-wide morning of service is an opportunity to make serving our community a habit. Students in grades K-12 and their families will pack buckets for Disaster Relief at Work, make animal toys for a local shelter, assemble care kits for the homeless and help with other caring community projects. Registration is required ahead of time and sign in begins at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Spots go quickly, so sign up soon.

Inside City Hall

Joe Valentine, Birmingham city manager, has a new video about projects, programs and initiatives happening in Birmingham.

Watch the video to learn more about what is happening this month in Birmingham.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Mount Clemens – December 30, 2019

Mount Clemens – December 30, 2019

Call for Michigan Artists

The 47th annual statewide fine art competition is juried by Detroit Institute of Arts Director, Salvador Salort-Pons and hosted by Macomb County’s long-standing premier arts and cultural nonprofit organization, the Anton Art Center.

Michigan artists ages 18 and older are invited to submit up to two original entries completed within the last two years. Open to all media; no size restrictions. All works previously displayed at the Anton Art Center are ineligible.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m.

Email submission(s)/paperwork to: exhibitions@theartcenter.org and submit entry fee payments via PayPal to information@theartcenter.org. Or write a check to Anton Art Center, charge by phone or in person, or cash in person.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Head to the annual Downtown Mount Clemens New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala, and Children’s New Year’s Eve Night at the Museum. Award-winning Zambelli Fireworks will provide a professional pyrotechnics display. It’s a great way to kick-off 2020.

Holiday Closures

Remember, if you have business at City Hall, check online first to make sure offices are open. The city offices will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day, which will also affect trash collection.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Rochester – December 30, 2019

Rochester – December 30, 2019

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.oakgov.com/clerkrod, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Trade-In Your Christmas Tree for a New Tree

After the holidays, recycle your Christmas tree at 11 Oakland County Parks. Recycling drop-off sites are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week now through Jan. 26.

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Commercial trees are not accepted.

Follow the drop-off signs at Addison Oaks, north of Rochester, to get started.

Or, the city will once again provide curbside chipping services of natural Christmas trees beginning on Thursday, Jan. 2. To be chipped, trees must be bare: all non-woody material (such as lights, ornaments, etc.) must be removed from the tree.

Fire & Ice Festival

Brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with the Fire & Ice Festival.

The event will feature ice sculptors, sledding hill, sled dogs, food trucks, carriage rides, a warming station and much more. The Fire & Ice Festival will kick off on Friday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. and runs through the weekend.

Click here for more details and information.

City Seeks Volunteers

Get involved by joining one of Rochester’s boards and commissions. Applications and a list of all of our boards and commissions are available at City Hall and online at rochestermi.org/bcapplication.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Ferndale – December 30, 2019

Ferndale – December 30, 2019

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.oakgov.com/clerkrod, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Holiday Closures

Ferndale City Hall will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Detroit Public Works will also adhere to the same schedule. Regular work hours will resume on Jan. 2.

City Donates to Ferndale Youth Assistance

City staff once again came together to make Christmas for a local Ferndale Youth Assistance family—donating money, gifts and time in place of the old internal Secret Santa gift exchange. In the photo, the team shows what they donated.

Know Where to Park this Winter

Make sure you’re in the know about holiday parking, lot closures and potential snow emergencies. Join the Park Ferndale Alert system. You can register to receive alerts via text or email to stay up-to-date on all city news.

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Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net