*County News*

Oakland County gets Million Dollar Federal Suicide Prevention Grant

December 12th 2014

Oakland County gets Million Dollar Federal Suicide Prevention Grant (OCCMHA press release, Dec. 12, 2014) Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) is receiving $200,000 annually for five years to support suicide prevention efforts throughout the county. The funds are part of a five-year grant, totaling nearly $4 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental […]

Senator-Elect Gary Peters Announces Key Staff

December 12th 2014

Senator-Elect Gary Peters Announces Key Staff (Gary Peters Press Release, Dec. 11, 2014) Last week, U.S. Senator-elect Gary Peters announced that Elise Lancaster will be his State Director in Michigan and that his current Chief of Staff, Eric Feldman, will continue that role in Peters’ Senate office. Lancaster, who resides in Dewitt, Michigan, served as […]

… Help with S. Oakland County Homeless Count Day Jan. 28

December 12th 2014

Volunteers Needed to Help with South Oakland County Homeless Count Day Jan. 28 (Royal Oak Press Release, Dec. 12, 2014) The City of Royal Oak is working in conjunction with the Oakland County Alliance For Housing to conduct a point-In-time count of homeless individuals on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Volunteers are needed. This one-day, approximately […]

Farmington Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam

December 11th 2014

Farmington Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam (FPSD Press Release, Dec. 11, 2014)   The Farmington Public Safety Department is advising residents to be aware of a scam perpetrated by people who are posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. The scammers typically call a resident and tell them that they owe a large sum […]

…20th Anniversary of The HOPE Fund… Matching Gift Program

December 11th 2014

Community Foundation Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of The HOPE Fund With Matching Gift Program (CFSEM Press Release, Dec. 11, 2014) In 1994, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan established The HOPE Fund in order to confront the lack of essential human and social services serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the region.  At […]

Cyberbullying Legislation Passes Michigan Senate, House Still to Vote

December 10th 2014

Cyberbullying Legislation Passes Michigan Senate, House Still to Vote (C. Proxmire, Dec. 10, 2014)   The “Matt Epling Safe School Law” was passed in the State Senate Tuesday, with 30 members voting yes and 7 voting no. SB 74 was introduced by Senator Glenn Anderson, a Democrat who represents Garden City, Livonia, Redford Township and […]

View on Education Legislation: So Many Bad Bills, So Little Time

December 10th 2014

View on Education Legislation: So Many Bad Bills, So Little Time (Guest View by Michigan Parents for Schools, Dec. 10, 2014) We’re in the legislative “lame duck” session, so that means it must be time to push a lot of bad ideas into law while Michigan voters are getting ready for the holidays. And we […]

VIEW: SEMCOG’s Stand on Transportation Funding Legislation

December 8th 2014

VIEW: SEMCOG’s Stand on Transportation Funding Legislation (Guest View: South East Michigan Council of Govenments – SEMCOG, Dec 8, 2014) At last Friday’s Executive Committee, a resolution was passed in support of the Senate-passed transportation funding legislation that will: ~Eliminate the fuel tax and create a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. ~Include a […]

EMU Extends EAA Agreement in Spite of Opposition (video)

December 5th 2014

EMU Extends EAA Agreement in Spite of Opposition (video) (C. Proxmire, Dec. 5, 2014) For nearly an hour the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents heard from the public about the Education Achievement Authority, a State-run school district that partners with EMU. The contract was set to expire and Regents had until the end of […]

Drink Until 4am? Senate Passes Bill, House Still to Vote

December 4th 2014

Drink Until 4am? Senate Passes Bill, House Still to Vote (C. Proxmire, Dec. 4, 2014) With a 22-14 Vote the State Senate passed a measure that would give local communities with a central business district the option to allow bars to serve alcohol until 4am. The municipalities would have to approve the extension of hours […]

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