Upcoming Events in Oakland County
Fireworks in Oakland County
Kisa the Tiger Dies After Long Life at Detroit Zoo
Ferndale Schools Welcomes Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as New Superintendent
Firefighters Tackling Blaze at Countryside Townhomes in Auburn Hills (Ongoing w/updates)
Jacki Smith, Coventry Creations Founder, Shares Advice on Self-Care and Entrepreneurship
Troy Councilmember Supports Ukraine at Home and Abroad
Michigan Will Soon Be Requiring Financial Literacy Class in High School
Canvas Pontiac Launches Annual Art Competition with New Leadership and Vision
July 1 – Big Book of Candle Magic Book Launch at Candle Wick Shoppe in Ferndale
Upcoming Events in Oakland County
Fireworks in Oakland County
Kisa the Tiger Dies After Long Life at Detroit Zoo
Ferndale Schools Welcomes Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as New Superintendent
Firefighters Tackling Blaze at Countryside Townhomes in Auburn Hills (Ongoing w/updates)
Jacki Smith, Coventry Creations Founder, Shares Advice on Self-Care and Entrepreneurship
Troy Councilmember Supports Ukraine at Home and Abroad
Michigan Will Soon Be Requiring Financial Literacy Class in High School
Canvas Pontiac Launches Annual Art Competition with New Leadership and Vision
July 1 – Big Book of Candle Magic Book Launch at Candle Wick Shoppe in Ferndale

Latest Articles

2022 Candidate Interviews and Election Information

Videos are added as we can up until Election Day, so please check back often for new interviews.

Upcoming Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County.

Fireworks in Oakland County

Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

Kisa the Tiger Dies After Long Life at Detroit Zoo

She loved taking long walks through her home — especially if there was snow on the ground.

Ferndale Schools Welcomes Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as New Superintendent

“She is the right fit to lead our school community forward,” said Sandra Dukhie, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

Firefighters Tackling Blaze at Countryside Townhomes in Auburn Hills (Ongoing w/updates)

The fire is still going as of 4:30 PM. The cause at this time is still unknown. 

Jacki Smith, Coventry Creations Founder, Shares Advice on Self-Care and Entrepreneurship

Let’s collectively make a change by changing. Here are some things we all can do to incorporate self-care in our climb to success.

Troy Councilmember Supports Ukraine at Home and Abroad

“There’s such a sense of love for country and a feeling of ‘we’re going to get through this.’ When I tell them about the support for them back in Michigan, there’s a sense from people that ‘if Troy, Michigan is with us, the world is with us.’”

Michigan Will Soon Be Requiring Financial Literacy Class in High School

Every young Michigander deserves to know how to budget, save, and invest their money wisely so they can get off a great start after high school, whether they go to college, start working, or open a small business.

Canvas Pontiac Launches Annual Art Competition with New Leadership and Vision

Artwork can be submitted for Canvas Pontiac 2022 beginning July 1. Artists can submit drawings, paintings, photographs, and digital art into any of four categories: photography, handcrafted, which includes digital art and NFTs, automotive themed, and mural proposals.

July 1 – Big Book of Candle Magic Book Launch at Candle Wick Shoppe in Ferndale

We hope you will join us in celebrating the truly magical launch of Jacki Smith’s newest book “The big book of Candle Magic” Friday July 1st from 4pm to 6pm at The Candle Wick Shoppe.

June 30 – Ferndale Library Reception for Artist Loralee Grace

The Ferndale Library’s Art & Exhibitions Committee will host a Reception for local visual artist Loralee Grace on June 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm, celebrating her current show, “Futurelands,” currently on display in the library’s program room.

June 29 – Home Buyer Happy Hour with Shaffer and Associates in Royal Oak

oin us for a free evening of answers & information about home buying in 2022.

June 28 – Oak Park State of the City and Linear Park Opening

Join us on June 28 for the State of the City!

June 27-July 4 – Huntington Woods In the Woods Celebration

The annual “In the Woods” celebration takes place June 27-July 4.

June 26 – Hometown Pasta Slam in Ferndale to Benefit Affirmations

Vote for your favorite dish, as chefs from Hometown Restaurant Group (Pops for Italian, One-Eyed Bettys, Public House), prepare six unique pasta dishes and wine pairings in hopes of earning the Pasta Slam champion title and earning a spot on our menu.

June 23-26 – Downtown Lake Orion Jubilee

This carnival brings everyone together to make a great weekend for all

Video: Holly Officials Give Updates for Business Owners Impacted by Fire

The Village is going to be putting out a release of information each day at 3pm which can be found on their Facebook Page.

Fire in Downtown Holly (ongoing updates)

This story is being updated as more information and pictures become available.

Berkley Overflows with LGBTQ+ Support After Councilperson Hennen’s Remarks and Vote Against Pride

Hennen did not address any of these comments, although the majority of his fellow council members voiced their support for those who spoke for the LGBTQ+ community and the Berkley Pride Block Party on June 26th.

Video: Adorable Young Raccoons Enjoying North Oakland County Woods

This adorable group was undeterred by our presence, giving us a good couple minutes of foraging and frolicking to film.  Enjoy!

Reporter Food: Opa! Food and Spirits in Orion Twp

Opa! Food and Spirits is located at 600 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Twp.

Candidate Interview: Mark Gunn for State Rep Dist 56

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Jason Hoskins for State Rep Dist 18

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Jake Hagg for Congress Dist 7 (Write In)

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Brian Jaye for Congress Dist 9

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Police in Six Cities Stepping Up Enforcement against Loud Cars on Woodward Ave

Police departments along Woodward Avenue in Oakland County have begun a rigorous noise enforcement campaign on and around the Woodward Avenue Corridor.

Holly Pride Celebrates LGBTQ+ Community with Speakers from Near and Far

But such events are becoming more popular as communities of all sizes see the value in being welcoming of  LGBTQ+ neighbors.  “You are changing the narrative that the only way to come out in a small town is to get out.”

VIDEO: North Oakland Concert Band Performs at Wildwood Amphitheater

The North Oakland Concert Band kicked off the free summer concert series at Wildwood Amphitheater in Orion Township.

Reporter Food: Culantro in Downtown Ferndale

Culantro is located at 22939 Woodward Ave in Downtown Ferndale.  Find the full menu at https://www.culantroperu.com/.

Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County. Email event information to editor@oc115.com for consideration. Thank you to Jim Shaffer & Associates Realtors for sponsoring this section!

“Better Every Year”: Artists Share Stories at Farmington’s Art on the Grand

While Art on the Grand featured seasoned professional artists from near and far, it also helped support local student artists.

Ferndale Mayor Touts Environmental Goals, Housing, New Businesses, Services and More in State of the City

Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana gave her annual State of the City Address at the 215 West event venue, surrounded by neighbors, business owners, city staff, and community volunteers.

Public House in Downtown Ferndale Launches New Vegan Menu

Vegan menu favorites, such as the BBQ smoked carrots, poutine and the summer beet salad will remain on the dinner menu, and be joined by about a dozen new Shaw- designed creations.

Youth in Foster System May Qualify for a Fostering Futures Scholarship

“Those who have experienced foster care typically don’t have the support systems in place to assist with college costs. Every dollar helps create opportunities for our youth who have experienced foster care.”

Candidate Interview: David Staudt for State Rep Dist 21

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Ryan Foster for State Senate Dist 7

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Know of a Giant Tree?  ReLeaf Michigan Hosting Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest

Certificates and prizes are awarded for the largest tree submitted from each county, for the overall largest tree in different age groups, and for the largest White Pine (Michigan’s state tree).

200 Millionth Vehicle Crosses Mackinac Bridge

“The bridge has been a critical connection for our state for more than six decades now, but it’s remarkable to know that so many vehicles, and countless more people, have crossed in that time.”

June 15 is First Ozone Action Day of the Season, Here’s What that Means

It is important for local governments, businesses, and individuals to do what they can to voluntarily lower pollutant emissions on Ozone Action days when high levels of ozone are expected.

June 16 – Online NFT Auction to Benefit Ferndale Cat Shelter, Featuring SAM Cats

This philanthropic series will include numbered, limited edition artwork, available at accessible prices, as well as exclusive “1-of-1” pieces which will be auctioned off. Both illustrated and animated media types are included in the NFT series.

June 18 – Miracle League Kicks Off 2022 Season with Ribbon Cutting, Day of Fun

Miracle League is Michigan’s first adaptive baseball field, providing children and adults with behavioral and physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league, boost self-esteem, make new friends, and become more than an individual with a disability.

Reporter Food: Chubby Charlies Pizza

Their pride and joy is featured on their website – the “Famous Dill Pickle Pizza.”

Gun Violence Proclamation in Rochester Hills an “Instrument for Change and Conversation”

Proclamations are good for making people aware of what’s happening. They’re instruments for change and conversations.”

With Hot Weather Ahead: Ways to Keep Pets Cool and Safe

Following these tips can help keep your animals cool and comfortable through any heat wave. If there are any concerns about your animals’ health either now or throughout the summer, please talk to your veterinarian.

Royal Oak Adopts Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

The plan will evolve with the community over time to effectively support Royal Oak in achieving positive equity, resilience, and climate outcomes, including the community GHG reduction goal by 2050. The success of this initial three-year plan and the broader plan’s overarching goals depends on the involvement of all Royal Oak community stakeholders.

Tools for Financial Empowerment? Oakland County’s Got a Center For That

While each financial case that the Financial Empowerment Center has is unique, the center maintains the common goal to provide the appropriate resources for people to meet their goals.

Ferndale Schools Announce Finalists for Superintendent, Final Interviews June 15

The candidates will then have a final interview before the Board of Education on the evening of Wednesday, June 15th starting at 5pm in the Ferndale High School Media Center.  Please note that these interviews are open to the public.

Candidate Interview: Ryan Kelley for Governor of Michigan

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview:  Cyndi Peltonen for State Rep Dist 56

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

A Perfect Day for Ferndale Pride

Totals are not in yet for this year, but with packed streets leading into sunset, groups at the event reported much success.

Ortonville Community Comes Together for Abigail’s Pride

“So seeing the rainbow flag, and seeing people come out to something like this, is how you know that you’re not alone.”

Idocracy, Bend It Like Beckham, Respect Among Ferndale Movies in the Park This Summer

Movies will be shown throughout Ferndale all summer long in Downtown Ferndale’s Schiffer Park, and city-wide at Wilson Park, Martin Road Park and Harding Park.

Reporter Food: Toast Ferndale

Toast is located at 23144 Woodward Ave in Ferndale, and 203 Pierce St. in Birmingham.

Holly Area Schools Announces Schedule for Bond Projects

“We are excited to announce our four-year schedule to complete these critical improvements to help prepare all Bronchos for the competitive modern workforce.”

Police Say Suspects Crashed into Semi in Hazel Park After Armed Robbery in Madison Heights

The suspect’s vehicle struck a semi truck in the area of Nine Mile and John R. No shots were fired. Both suspects were taken into custody by the Madison Heights Police.”

Concerts, Candidate Forums, Art Fairs and More Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County. Email event information to editor@oc115.com for consideration. Thank you to Jim Shaffer & Associates Realtors for sponsoring this section!

Residents Asking for Berkley Councilperson’s Resignation after Vote Against Pride Event, Remark About Sin

Jess and other LGBTQ+ members of the Berkley community, as well as straight allies, are coming together after City Councilmember Dennis Hennen cast a “no” vote to approving the Downtown Development Authority’s request to approve the Berkley Pride Picnic event on June 26.

Orion’s ONTV Announces New Program “Ideas and Insights,” Featuring Interviews with Authors and Professors

A new episode of “Ideas and Insights” will air weekly on Saturdays at 9 p.m. and include additional air times on Sundays at 9 a.m., Mondays at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on all ONTV media platforms.

Six Year Old Injured in Hit and Run in Pontiac, Detectives Seek to Identify Driver of Black Hummer

Oakland County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of a black Hummer who hit a 6-year-old Pontiac girl as she was crossing the street with her mother and then sped away.

Troy Family Daze Festival Seeking Performers for International Day

The sub-committee has extended their search for ethnic and cultural entertainment that highlights their culture or community …

Video: Supervisor Gives Tour, Answers Questions About Development in Orion Township

Oakland County Times recently met with Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett for a first-hand look at what some of the new projects are, and to share more about the process for readers that have questions.

Candidate Interview: Charlie Cavell for County Commission Dist 19

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

2022 Candidate Interview: Donni Steele for State Rep Dist 54   

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Sharon MacDonell for State Rep Dist 56

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Man in Critical Condition After Crash with Gravel Hauler on Lapeer Road

The Oxford Township resident, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital by the Oxford Township Fire Department where he remains in critical condition.

Downtown Ferndale Announces Concerts on the Nine with Shows Each Sunday

“We’re thrilled to see our community come together to enjoy Ferndale through music.”

Candidate Interview: Ralph Rebandt for Governor of Michigan

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Interview: Zena and Mena Nasiri of Girls of the Crescent, Championing Books with Muslim Characters

The Nasiri sisters collect books with female Muslim main characters and donate them to schools and libraries, supporting representation of our diverse population.

Holly’s Memorial Day Parade Honors Memories, Celebrates Community

Holly continued its annual tradition of hosting a Memorial Day parade  and as usual it was quite the community event.

Candidate Interview: Yolanda Smith Charles for County Commission Dist 17

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Rochester Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners

Graduation season is a time to celebrate students’ accomplishments was particularly true when the Rochester Rotary Club announced their scholarship winners.

Scouts Across Oakland County Honor Memorial Day

Scouts across Oakland County honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day weekend, carrying out multiple service projects and serving as flag details in parades across southeast Michigan.

Ferndale Schools Superintendent Search Continues, Narrowed Down to Five

First round interviews are open to the public and will take place in the Ferndale High School Media Center on Friday, June 10th.

“Take It Outside” Campaign Warns of Risks with Generators

If you or a family member feel sick, dizzy, weak, or are experiencing any other symptoms, get outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 so that the Fire Department can provide medical attention and air monitoring.

Reporter Food: Liberty Bar in Downtown Pontiac

In addition to a scene full of rainbow colored lights and trendy music, Liberty Bar has a menu with tasty options including their signature series of poutines.

Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County.

Oakland Community Health Network Adds New Director of Access and Crisis Services

Glasgow leads OCHN’s efforts in access and crisis interventions, assuring implementation of quality services to address persons in crisis, including aid in mental health and criminal justice collaboration.

$5000 Donation from Local Cleaners to Help with Building Inclusive Playground in Berkley

Berkley Parks & Recreation has received a donation in the amount of $5,000 for their inclusive park fundraiser from Wayne Wudyka, owner of Huntington Cleaners, Wesch Cleaners, and Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network.

Candidate Interview: Anthony Paesano for State Rep Dist 19

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

2022 Candidate Interview: Stephanie Fakih for State Rep Dist 54   

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

June 14 – Ferndale Mayor to Give State of the City Address

Join Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana for the 2022 Ferndale State of the City address.

Businesses Can Buy a Space in Hollyopoly Game, Funds to Help Move Historic Depot

Modeled after the classic Monopoly game, Hollyopoly will feature local attractions, groups, businesses and families

State Health Dept. Hopes New Law Will Reduce Baby Deaths Due to Unsafe Sleeping

From 2010 to 2019, 1,436 Michigan babies died due to sleeping in unsafe environments…

Ferndale Youth Assistance Recognizes Students, Delivers on Promises

“We are always looking for people, bright ideas, people that are willing to help out, people that want to be part of an organization where you can actually see the tangible evidence of what you’re volunteering for.”

SB Woodward Reduced to One Lane After Crash in Ferndale

As of noon there were still vehicles on the scene.  Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Celebrating Successes as Oakland County Times Turns 13

Today we celebrate our 13th birthday!

Reporter Food: Leeza’s Cafe in Farmington Hills

Leeza’s is located at 29566 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. 

Accessible Kayak Launch at Independence Oaks Helps Adults Stay Active, Classes Available

  Accessible Kayak Launch at Independence Oaks Helps Adults Stay Active, Classes Available (Oakland County Parks and Recreation, May 31, 2022) Clarkston, MI – Whether an experienced kayaker or a novice, there is something for everyone at a series of Active Adult Kayak Clinics this summer. Adults ages 50 and older can learn the basics…

As Holly Prepares for Second Annual Pride, Organizers Celebrate the Strides in Between     

Everyone is welcome to participate in Holly Pride and Pride Night to show their support and love for those around them

Sept 23-25 – DIY Street Fair in Downtown Ferndale

An annual 3-day event where bands, artists, crafters, Michigan breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, food trucks, businesses, non-profits, organizations and others who live and work with a Do-It-Yourself ethic and spirit converge for one big celebration.

Sept 23-25 – Funky Ferndale Art Fair

For 100 juried artists visit the west side of 9 Mile and Woodward for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Sept. 17-18 – Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair

This collaboration helps Common Ground maintain its status as an important regional resource helping youths, adults, and families in crisis while ensuring the continuation of this highly-respected fine art fair.

Sept 16 – Movie in Booth Park Birmingham: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Bring your blankets and chairs, and find a cozy spot at Booth Park to enjoy a movie under the stars

Sept. 10 – Holly Fireworks

Village of Holly Fireworks are Saturday, Sept. 10.

Ferndale Agrees to Settlement After Police Remove Muslim Woman’s Hijab for Mugshot

“We are pleased to announce this settlement and believe that the policies that Ferndale has put in place will help protect the religious rights of Muslim women who may find themselves in their custody,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure.

Licensing Shows Which Breed is Tops in Pleasant Ridge, Most Popular Dog Names

Licensing is an important public safety issue as it ensures that the dogs residing in the community have current rabies vaccinations.

Ferndale Schools Celebrates Groundbreaking at New Elementary in Oak Park

“Our little Eagles will certainly fly high in their new school.”

Reporter Food: Shake Shack in Rochester Hills, Troy & Livonia

I went to the Rochester Hills location, though they’re also in Troy and Livonia.

Business News, Community Building, and Mental Health Part of Madison Heights Mayor’s Speech

I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the Madison Heights City Council for all their hard work and to express our appreciation for the city staff. Our success and the quality of life we provide to our residents would not be possible without their commitment to a job well done, day in, day out.

Latest Articles

2022 Candidate Interviews and Election Information

Videos are added as we can up until Election Day, so please check back often for new interviews.

Upcoming Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County.

Fireworks in Oakland County

Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

Kisa the Tiger Dies After Long Life at Detroit Zoo

She loved taking long walks through her home — especially if there was snow on the ground.

Ferndale Schools Welcomes Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as New Superintendent

“She is the right fit to lead our school community forward,” said Sandra Dukhie, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

Firefighters Tackling Blaze at Countryside Townhomes in Auburn Hills (Ongoing w/updates)

The fire is still going as of 4:30 PM. The cause at this time is still unknown. 

Jacki Smith, Coventry Creations Founder, Shares Advice on Self-Care and Entrepreneurship

Let’s collectively make a change by changing. Here are some things we all can do to incorporate self-care in our climb to success.

Troy Councilmember Supports Ukraine at Home and Abroad

“There’s such a sense of love for country and a feeling of ‘we’re going to get through this.’ When I tell them about the support for them back in Michigan, there’s a sense from people that ‘if Troy, Michigan is with us, the world is with us.’”

Michigan Will Soon Be Requiring Financial Literacy Class in High School

Every young Michigander deserves to know how to budget, save, and invest their money wisely so they can get off a great start after high school, whether they go to college, start working, or open a small business.

Canvas Pontiac Launches Annual Art Competition with New Leadership and Vision

Artwork can be submitted for Canvas Pontiac 2022 beginning July 1. Artists can submit drawings, paintings, photographs, and digital art into any of four categories: photography, handcrafted, which includes digital art and NFTs, automotive themed, and mural proposals.

July 1 – Big Book of Candle Magic Book Launch at Candle Wick Shoppe in Ferndale

We hope you will join us in celebrating the truly magical launch of Jacki Smith’s newest book “The big book of Candle Magic” Friday July 1st from 4pm to 6pm at The Candle Wick Shoppe.

June 30 – Ferndale Library Reception for Artist Loralee Grace

The Ferndale Library’s Art & Exhibitions Committee will host a Reception for local visual artist Loralee Grace on June 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm, celebrating her current show, “Futurelands,” currently on display in the library’s program room.

June 29 – Home Buyer Happy Hour with Shaffer and Associates in Royal Oak

oin us for a free evening of answers & information about home buying in 2022.

June 28 – Oak Park State of the City and Linear Park Opening

Join us on June 28 for the State of the City!

June 27-July 4 – Huntington Woods In the Woods Celebration

The annual “In the Woods” celebration takes place June 27-July 4.

June 26 – Hometown Pasta Slam in Ferndale to Benefit Affirmations

Vote for your favorite dish, as chefs from Hometown Restaurant Group (Pops for Italian, One-Eyed Bettys, Public House), prepare six unique pasta dishes and wine pairings in hopes of earning the Pasta Slam champion title and earning a spot on our menu.

June 23-26 – Downtown Lake Orion Jubilee

This carnival brings everyone together to make a great weekend for all

Video: Holly Officials Give Updates for Business Owners Impacted by Fire

The Village is going to be putting out a release of information each day at 3pm which can be found on their Facebook Page.

Fire in Downtown Holly (ongoing updates)

This story is being updated as more information and pictures become available.

Berkley Overflows with LGBTQ+ Support After Councilperson Hennen’s Remarks and Vote Against Pride

Hennen did not address any of these comments, although the majority of his fellow council members voiced their support for those who spoke for the LGBTQ+ community and the Berkley Pride Block Party on June 26th.

Video: Adorable Young Raccoons Enjoying North Oakland County Woods

This adorable group was undeterred by our presence, giving us a good couple minutes of foraging and frolicking to film.  Enjoy!

Reporter Food: Opa! Food and Spirits in Orion Twp

Opa! Food and Spirits is located at 600 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Twp.

Candidate Interview: Mark Gunn for State Rep Dist 56

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Jason Hoskins for State Rep Dist 18

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Jake Hagg for Congress Dist 7 (Write In)

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Brian Jaye for Congress Dist 9

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Police in Six Cities Stepping Up Enforcement against Loud Cars on Woodward Ave

Police departments along Woodward Avenue in Oakland County have begun a rigorous noise enforcement campaign on and around the Woodward Avenue Corridor.

Holly Pride Celebrates LGBTQ+ Community with Speakers from Near and Far

But such events are becoming more popular as communities of all sizes see the value in being welcoming of  LGBTQ+ neighbors.  “You are changing the narrative that the only way to come out in a small town is to get out.”

VIDEO: North Oakland Concert Band Performs at Wildwood Amphitheater

The North Oakland Concert Band kicked off the free summer concert series at Wildwood Amphitheater in Orion Township.

Reporter Food: Culantro in Downtown Ferndale

Culantro is located at 22939 Woodward Ave in Downtown Ferndale.  Find the full menu at https://www.culantroperu.com/.

Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County. Email event information to editor@oc115.com for consideration. Thank you to Jim Shaffer & Associates Realtors for sponsoring this section!

“Better Every Year”: Artists Share Stories at Farmington’s Art on the Grand

While Art on the Grand featured seasoned professional artists from near and far, it also helped support local student artists.

Ferndale Mayor Touts Environmental Goals, Housing, New Businesses, Services and More in State of the City

Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana gave her annual State of the City Address at the 215 West event venue, surrounded by neighbors, business owners, city staff, and community volunteers.

Public House in Downtown Ferndale Launches New Vegan Menu

Vegan menu favorites, such as the BBQ smoked carrots, poutine and the summer beet salad will remain on the dinner menu, and be joined by about a dozen new Shaw- designed creations.

Youth in Foster System May Qualify for a Fostering Futures Scholarship

“Those who have experienced foster care typically don’t have the support systems in place to assist with college costs. Every dollar helps create opportunities for our youth who have experienced foster care.”

Candidate Interview: David Staudt for State Rep Dist 21

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview: Ryan Foster for State Senate Dist 7

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Know of a Giant Tree?  ReLeaf Michigan Hosting Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest

Certificates and prizes are awarded for the largest tree submitted from each county, for the overall largest tree in different age groups, and for the largest White Pine (Michigan’s state tree).

200 Millionth Vehicle Crosses Mackinac Bridge

“The bridge has been a critical connection for our state for more than six decades now, but it’s remarkable to know that so many vehicles, and countless more people, have crossed in that time.”

June 15 is First Ozone Action Day of the Season, Here’s What that Means

It is important for local governments, businesses, and individuals to do what they can to voluntarily lower pollutant emissions on Ozone Action days when high levels of ozone are expected.

June 16 – Online NFT Auction to Benefit Ferndale Cat Shelter, Featuring SAM Cats

This philanthropic series will include numbered, limited edition artwork, available at accessible prices, as well as exclusive “1-of-1” pieces which will be auctioned off. Both illustrated and animated media types are included in the NFT series.

June 18 – Miracle League Kicks Off 2022 Season with Ribbon Cutting, Day of Fun

Miracle League is Michigan’s first adaptive baseball field, providing children and adults with behavioral and physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league, boost self-esteem, make new friends, and become more than an individual with a disability.

Reporter Food: Chubby Charlies Pizza

Their pride and joy is featured on their website – the “Famous Dill Pickle Pizza.”

Gun Violence Proclamation in Rochester Hills an “Instrument for Change and Conversation”

Proclamations are good for making people aware of what’s happening. They’re instruments for change and conversations.”

With Hot Weather Ahead: Ways to Keep Pets Cool and Safe

Following these tips can help keep your animals cool and comfortable through any heat wave. If there are any concerns about your animals’ health either now or throughout the summer, please talk to your veterinarian.

Royal Oak Adopts Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

The plan will evolve with the community over time to effectively support Royal Oak in achieving positive equity, resilience, and climate outcomes, including the community GHG reduction goal by 2050. The success of this initial three-year plan and the broader plan’s overarching goals depends on the involvement of all Royal Oak community stakeholders.

Tools for Financial Empowerment? Oakland County’s Got a Center For That

While each financial case that the Financial Empowerment Center has is unique, the center maintains the common goal to provide the appropriate resources for people to meet their goals.

Ferndale Schools Announce Finalists for Superintendent, Final Interviews June 15

The candidates will then have a final interview before the Board of Education on the evening of Wednesday, June 15th starting at 5pm in the Ferndale High School Media Center.  Please note that these interviews are open to the public.

Candidate Interview: Ryan Kelley for Governor of Michigan

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Candidate Interview:  Cyndi Peltonen for State Rep Dist 56

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

A Perfect Day for Ferndale Pride

Totals are not in yet for this year, but with packed streets leading into sunset, groups at the event reported much success.

Ortonville Community Comes Together for Abigail’s Pride

“So seeing the rainbow flag, and seeing people come out to something like this, is how you know that you’re not alone.”

Idocracy, Bend It Like Beckham, Respect Among Ferndale Movies in the Park This Summer

Movies will be shown throughout Ferndale all summer long in Downtown Ferndale’s Schiffer Park, and city-wide at Wilson Park, Martin Road Park and Harding Park.

Reporter Food: Toast Ferndale

Toast is located at 23144 Woodward Ave in Ferndale, and 203 Pierce St. in Birmingham.

Holly Area Schools Announces Schedule for Bond Projects

“We are excited to announce our four-year schedule to complete these critical improvements to help prepare all Bronchos for the competitive modern workforce.”

Police Say Suspects Crashed into Semi in Hazel Park After Armed Robbery in Madison Heights

The suspect’s vehicle struck a semi truck in the area of Nine Mile and John R. No shots were fired. Both suspects were taken into custody by the Madison Heights Police.”

Concerts, Candidate Forums, Art Fairs and More Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County. Email event information to editor@oc115.com for consideration. Thank you to Jim Shaffer & Associates Realtors for sponsoring this section!

Residents Asking for Berkley Councilperson’s Resignation after Vote Against Pride Event, Remark About Sin

Jess and other LGBTQ+ members of the Berkley community, as well as straight allies, are coming together after City Councilmember Dennis Hennen cast a “no” vote to approving the Downtown Development Authority’s request to approve the Berkley Pride Picnic event on June 26.

Orion’s ONTV Announces New Program “Ideas and Insights,” Featuring Interviews with Authors and Professors

A new episode of “Ideas and Insights” will air weekly on Saturdays at 9 p.m. and include additional air times on Sundays at 9 a.m., Mondays at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on all ONTV media platforms.

Six Year Old Injured in Hit and Run in Pontiac, Detectives Seek to Identify Driver of Black Hummer

Oakland County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of a black Hummer who hit a 6-year-old Pontiac girl as she was crossing the street with her mother and then sped away.

Troy Family Daze Festival Seeking Performers for International Day

The sub-committee has extended their search for ethnic and cultural entertainment that highlights their culture or community …

Video: Supervisor Gives Tour, Answers Questions About Development in Orion Township

Oakland County Times recently met with Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett for a first-hand look at what some of the new projects are, and to share more about the process for readers that have questions.

Candidate Interview: Charlie Cavell for County Commission Dist 19

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2022 Candidate Interview: Donni Steele for State Rep Dist 54   

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Candidate Interview: Sharon MacDonell for State Rep Dist 56

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Man in Critical Condition After Crash with Gravel Hauler on Lapeer Road

The Oxford Township resident, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital by the Oxford Township Fire Department where he remains in critical condition.

Downtown Ferndale Announces Concerts on the Nine with Shows Each Sunday

“We’re thrilled to see our community come together to enjoy Ferndale through music.”

Candidate Interview: Ralph Rebandt for Governor of Michigan

New videos are added frequently up until Election Day, so please check back often!

Interview: Zena and Mena Nasiri of Girls of the Crescent, Championing Books with Muslim Characters

The Nasiri sisters collect books with female Muslim main characters and donate them to schools and libraries, supporting representation of our diverse population.

Holly’s Memorial Day Parade Honors Memories, Celebrates Community

Holly continued its annual tradition of hosting a Memorial Day parade  and as usual it was quite the community event.

Candidate Interview: Yolanda Smith Charles for County Commission Dist 17

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Rochester Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners

Graduation season is a time to celebrate students’ accomplishments was particularly true when the Rochester Rotary Club announced their scholarship winners.

Scouts Across Oakland County Honor Memorial Day

Scouts across Oakland County honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day weekend, carrying out multiple service projects and serving as flag details in parades across southeast Michigan.

Ferndale Schools Superintendent Search Continues, Narrowed Down to Five

First round interviews are open to the public and will take place in the Ferndale High School Media Center on Friday, June 10th.

“Take It Outside” Campaign Warns of Risks with Generators

If you or a family member feel sick, dizzy, weak, or are experiencing any other symptoms, get outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 so that the Fire Department can provide medical attention and air monitoring.

Reporter Food: Liberty Bar in Downtown Pontiac

In addition to a scene full of rainbow colored lights and trendy music, Liberty Bar has a menu with tasty options including their signature series of poutines.

Events in Oakland County

Here are upcoming events in Oakland County.

Oakland Community Health Network Adds New Director of Access and Crisis Services

Glasgow leads OCHN’s efforts in access and crisis interventions, assuring implementation of quality services to address persons in crisis, including aid in mental health and criminal justice collaboration.

$5000 Donation from Local Cleaners to Help with Building Inclusive Playground in Berkley

Berkley Parks & Recreation has received a donation in the amount of $5,000 for their inclusive park fundraiser from Wayne Wudyka, owner of Huntington Cleaners, Wesch Cleaners, and Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network.

Candidate Interview: Anthony Paesano for State Rep Dist 19

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2022 Candidate Interview: Stephanie Fakih for State Rep Dist 54   

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June 14 – Ferndale Mayor to Give State of the City Address

Join Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana for the 2022 Ferndale State of the City address.

Businesses Can Buy a Space in Hollyopoly Game, Funds to Help Move Historic Depot

Modeled after the classic Monopoly game, Hollyopoly will feature local attractions, groups, businesses and families

State Health Dept. Hopes New Law Will Reduce Baby Deaths Due to Unsafe Sleeping

From 2010 to 2019, 1,436 Michigan babies died due to sleeping in unsafe environments…

Ferndale Youth Assistance Recognizes Students, Delivers on Promises

“We are always looking for people, bright ideas, people that are willing to help out, people that want to be part of an organization where you can actually see the tangible evidence of what you’re volunteering for.”

SB Woodward Reduced to One Lane After Crash in Ferndale

As of noon there were still vehicles on the scene.  Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Celebrating Successes as Oakland County Times Turns 13

Today we celebrate our 13th birthday!

Reporter Food: Leeza’s Cafe in Farmington Hills

Leeza’s is located at 29566 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. 

Accessible Kayak Launch at Independence Oaks Helps Adults Stay Active, Classes Available

  Accessible Kayak Launch at Independence Oaks Helps Adults Stay Active, Classes Available (Oakland County Parks and Recreation, May 31, 2022) Clarkston, MI – Whether an experienced kayaker or a novice, there is something for everyone at a series of Active Adult Kayak Clinics this summer. Adults ages 50 and older can learn the basics…

As Holly Prepares for Second Annual Pride, Organizers Celebrate the Strides in Between     

Everyone is welcome to participate in Holly Pride and Pride Night to show their support and love for those around them

Sept 23-25 – DIY Street Fair in Downtown Ferndale

An annual 3-day event where bands, artists, crafters, Michigan breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, food trucks, businesses, non-profits, organizations and others who live and work with a Do-It-Yourself ethic and spirit converge for one big celebration.

Sept 23-25 – Funky Ferndale Art Fair

For 100 juried artists visit the west side of 9 Mile and Woodward for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Sept. 17-18 – Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair

This collaboration helps Common Ground maintain its status as an important regional resource helping youths, adults, and families in crisis while ensuring the continuation of this highly-respected fine art fair.

Sept 16 – Movie in Booth Park Birmingham: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Bring your blankets and chairs, and find a cozy spot at Booth Park to enjoy a movie under the stars

Sept. 10 – Holly Fireworks

Village of Holly Fireworks are Saturday, Sept. 10.

Ferndale Agrees to Settlement After Police Remove Muslim Woman’s Hijab for Mugshot

“We are pleased to announce this settlement and believe that the policies that Ferndale has put in place will help protect the religious rights of Muslim women who may find themselves in their custody,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure.

Licensing Shows Which Breed is Tops in Pleasant Ridge, Most Popular Dog Names

Licensing is an important public safety issue as it ensures that the dogs residing in the community have current rabies vaccinations.

Ferndale Schools Celebrates Groundbreaking at New Elementary in Oak Park

“Our little Eagles will certainly fly high in their new school.”

Reporter Food: Shake Shack in Rochester Hills, Troy & Livonia

I went to the Rochester Hills location, though they’re also in Troy and Livonia.

Business News, Community Building, and Mental Health Part of Madison Heights Mayor’s Speech

I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the Madison Heights City Council for all their hard work and to express our appreciation for the city staff. Our success and the quality of life we provide to our residents would not be possible without their commitment to a job well done, day in, day out.