Defending Snow Day Choice: B. Hills Gives Facts, Novi Gives Laughs

Defending Snow Day Choice: Bloomfield Hills Gives Facts, Novi Gives Laughs (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 8, 2015) Posts of speculation, jubilation and disappointment speckled social media  Wednesday night and Thursday morning as students from area schools learned whether their district would be calling for a snow day. More specifically, a weather day, since it was…

Just Baked Closes Shop

Just Baked Closes Shop (C. Proxmire, Jan. 6, 2015) The cupcake-themed chain Just Baked announced Monday they would be closing all of their stores except four franchise locations, according to the Detroit Free Press. A statement by Pam Turkin, founder of the business, said “After carefully evaluating our business operations, and how best to move…

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video)

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video) (Cherie Wyatt Rolfe, Crystal Proxmire, Jan. 4, 2015) At the age of 94, the co-founder of Michigan National Organization for Women (NOW) and celebrated portrait artist Patricia Hill Burnett passed away last week. Burnett was a face for feminism spanning across socioeconomic and political lines. She was well-dressed,…

SOGI Conference for Educators… Feb.6

SOGI Conference for Educators to Focus on LGBT Student Success Feb.6 (compiled, Nov. 13, 2014, republished Dec. 30) Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services’ Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Initiative is excited to announce the 2015 Michigan SOGI Education Conference. This year’s conference will include 55-minute concurrent sessions and round-table discussions focused…

Stuff a Blue Goose Campaign Comes to Novi and Troy Dec 13/14 and 20/21

Stuff a Blue Goose Campaign Comes to Novi and Troy Dec 13/14 and 20/21 (Michigan State Police Press Release, Dec. 8, 2014)   Activity:                      Stuff a Blue Goose Campaign            Incident Date:             December Dates, All events are held between 10 00 AM to 5 00 PM. Summary:                 The Michigan State Police Metro…

New Data: Oakland County has 13 of the top 15…

New Data: Oakland County has 13 of the top 15 richest zip codes in Michigan (Kurt Metzger, Mayor of Pleasant Ridge and Founder of Data Driven Detroit, Dec. 4, 2014) The Census Bureau released the latest file from the American Community Survey today, December 4. This file covers the period 2009-2013 and allows for the…

Republicans Seek to Change County Elections and Electoral College Vote Distribution

Republicans Seek to Change County Elections and Electoral College Vote Distribution (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 17, 2014) Five Republican State Representatives from Oakland County have introduced legislation that would change the election date of the County Executive from Presidential Election Years to Midterm Election Years. HB 5953 was introduced Nov. 12 by Klint Klesto of…

Medicare Changes: Hotline Help and Presentation Dates…

Medicare Changes: Hotline Help and Presentation Dates for General and LGBT Communities (AAA1-B Press Release, Nov. 7, 2014) The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s (AAA1-B) Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is partnering with Affirmations to offer LGBT Medicare beneficiaries free information and assistance on Medicare and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plans during open…

Election Stories and Resources for Nov. 4, 2014

Election Stories and Resources for Nov. 4, 2014 (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 30, 2014) Nov. 4 is Election Day and there are many resources available to help people make informed decisions. The Oakland County Clerk’s Office provides a wealth of information on their website at http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections/Pages/default.aspx, including: How to Vote: Find out if you’re registered…