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A Bankrupt Narrative

July 22nd 2013

A Bankrupt Narrative (Guest Column by Haley Roberts, orig. Michigan Suburbs Alliance blog, republished July 22, 2013) A consistent and easy narrative has quickly emerged around the Detroit bankruptcy filing—but it’s wrong. The refrain on repeat across news outlets and social media includes some combination of the following: decades of mismanagement, a shrinking tax base, […]

Senator to Host Town Hall on Affordable Care Act Aug 19

July 22nd 2013

State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) will be hosting a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act in partnership with the AARP. Most of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect in January 2014.

Ferndale Businessman Helps Animal Control Center

July 20th 2013

The founder and president of the Detroit Bus Company in Ferndale has donated a 20-ton portable air conditioning unit and diesel generator to the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center for the rest of the summer. Andy Didorosi, 26, asked Hertz Rental to deliver the equipment Friday. They worked with the county’s Facilities Management Department in the late afternoon to install it. The A/C unit will keep the dogs and cats at the Center cool on hot summer days.

Delicious Drinks Part of the Pig and Whiskey Event

July 19th 2013

There are non-alcoholic drinks available through the festival as well, and people are encouraged to pace themselves and drink responsibly. It’s a hot weekend, so watch out for dehydration. And never ever drink and drive.

Longtime Principal Jerry Wiese Passes Away

July 19th 2013

For over thirty three years, Jerry enjoyed his work as a teacher and principal for Ferndale Public Schools. Jerry and Pauline raised their family of three boys in the Farmington area and moved to Commerce Township after Jerry’s retirement in 1991.

Advocates, Adoption Center Navigate What’s Best for Pets (video)

July 18th 2013

After over a year of pushing for changes at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center, citizens in the group Oakland Pet Advocates have turned up the heat by transforming their group into a political action committee taking aim at elected officials who do not support their demands for animal control policy.

County Budget Recommendations Presented

July 17th 2013

Following the budget presentation, the Board of Commissioners Finance Committee will hold budget hearings at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 25; Thursday, Aug. 8; and Thursday, Aug. 22. The board vote to adopt the budget will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Oakland County Jail U Turn Program Featured on A&E

July 17th 2013

“In some communities there is a certain romanticism to jail. You think going to jail makes you tough. But going and not only seeing it, but smelling it, what it’s like to be in there, seeing people who are meaner and tougher than you, it can give you pause,”

Farm Bill Passes House Without Food Benefits

July 16th 2013

The next step is for the House and the Senate to work on a compromise between the bills each passed before sending a final bill to the White House. President Barack Obama has already said he would veto a bill that did not include SNAP funding…

Health Dept: Avoid Heat-Related Illness

July 16th 2013

Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness. It is a life-threatening condition because the body loses its ability to cool itself. Symptoms vary, but usually include red, flushed skin; a rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, nausea, seizures, difficulty speaking, confusion and unconsciousness.