Gay Marriage Update: Five States Gain Equality, Michigan…

Gay Marriage Update: Five States Gain Equality, Michigan Decision Expected Soon (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 6, 2014) The United States Supreme Court declined hearing cases related to same-sex marriage, meaning that in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Virgina Circuit Court decisions striking down gay marriage bans will be upheld and marriage equality will official be…

DIA Oakland County Day – Free Transportation from Several Cities – Oct. 18

DIA Oakland County Day – Free Transportation from Several Cities – Oct. 18 (DIA Press Release, Sept. 27, 2014) The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is providing free bus transportation to and from the museum on Saturday, Oct. 18 for Oakland County residents as part of its “County Days,” which provides this service four times…

President Signs Disaster Declaration, FEMA Funding Available

President Signs Disaster Declaration, FEMA Funding Available (White House Press Release, Sept. 25, 2014) The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 11-13, 2014.…

Local Champions of Justice among State Bar’s 2014 Awardees

Local Champions of Justice among State Bar’s 2014 Awardees (Crystal A. Proxmire, with thanks to Samantha Meinke, Sept. 22, 2014) The State Bar of Michigan announced winners of their 2014 awards, and those from Oakland County are tops in areas of social justice. Michael L. Pitt, managing partner at Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers received…

August Trash Totals Are In, Claim Deadline Approaches

August Trash Totals Are In, Claim Deadline Approaches (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 20, 2014)  NOTE: An earlier version said Ferndale was the third highest in terms of trash.  This was an error and has been corrected. -cp SOCRRA (South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority) has released the trash tally for the month of August, showing…

Flood Follow Up…Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster

Flood Follow Up: Most Michigan Members of Congress Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 19, 2014) With over a billion dollars’ worth of damage to Michigan communities in the wake of the Aug. 11, 2014 flood, Michigan’s elected officials are reaching out to Washington for help. Earlier this week Governor Rick…

Flood Follow Up…Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster

Flood Follow Up: Most Michigan Members of Congress Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 19, 2014) With over a billion dollars’ worth of damage to Michigan communities in the wake of the Aug. 11, 2014 flood, Michigan’s elected officials are reaching out to Washington for help. Earlier this week Governor Rick…

Flood Claims Deadline Approaches, Three Ways to Know Your Rights

Flood Claims Deadline Approaches, Three Ways to Know Your Rights (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 9, 2014)   Residents impacted by the flood of Aug. 11, 2014 have 45 days to file a claim for damages against any government entity that may have been responsible. With a Sept. 25 deadline many people are wondering what they…

Regional Water Authority Agreement Made

Regional Water Authority Agreement Made (Oakland County Press Release, Sept. 9, 2014) Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Detroit, Wayne and Macomb counties, and the State of Michigan that recommends the creation of a regional water authority. The proposed regional water authority will have…