Shelters for Homeless in Oakland County

Shelters for Homeless in Oakland County (City of Oak Park, Jan. 5, 2014) The City of Oak Park released the following information via email to help those in need of shelter during the cold.  For a printable pdf. go to http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1113800372963-61/OC+Warming+Centers.pdf. Please also call the Housing Resource Center at 248-928-0111 for additional specific information related…

Twenty Notable Michigan Books for 2014 Announced

Twenty Notable Michigan Books for 2014 Announced (Library of Michigan Press Release, Jan. 3, 2014) The Library of Michigan today announced the 2014 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places and events. “Michigan is rich in talented writers, history, and resources,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “Our Notable Books for 2014 express…

Royal Oak: New Year’s Eve Arrest for Breaking and Entering

Royal Oak: New Year’s Eve Arrest for Breaking and Entering (Lieutenant David Clemens, Jan. 3, 2014) On January 1, 2014, at approximately 3:17am, Royal Oak officers arrested a suspect for Breaking and Entering and Malicious Destruction of Property. The suspect, a 24 year old Pontiac resident, entered 404 E. Fourth Street, Digital Media Loft, stole…

Man Injured in Car v. Train Accident After Ignoring Crossing Lights

Man Injured in Car v. Train Accident After Ignoring Crossing Lights (Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Dec. 2, 2014) INCIDENT:  21:51 hrs. Jan. 1, 2014 – City of Pontiac  Car vs. Train Injury Accident – #14-000362 SUMMARY: Deputies were dispatched to the railroad tracks on Woodward near South Blvd. for a car vs. train Personal Injury…

Area Libraries Switch to New Inter-loan System

Area Libraries Switch to New Inter-loan System (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 26, 2013) Beginning Jan. 1, the system through which patrons can check out items from libraries other than their own will be changing throughout Michigan.  Those who wish to borrow items will need to stop by their home library and get either a new…

Christmas Tree Recycling in Oakland County

Christmas Tree Recycling in Oakland County (Oakland County Press Release, Dec. 23, 2013) Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree Recycling at 11 park locations. Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 20, 2014 Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please remove all decorations, metal, plastic and string. Locations: Addison Oaks near…

Suspect Wanted in Pontiac Holiday Party Murder

Suspect Wanted in Pontiac Holiday Party Murder (Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Dec. 22, 2013) UPDATE:  Suspect Kerry Holley is in custody.   The Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested him on California St. in Pontiac late this afternoon.  He is lodged in the Oakland County Jail. INCIDENT: 20:41 Hrs. – City of Pontiac – Homicide – #…

Police Report Man Fired Gun at Pontiac Sheriff’s Dept. Substation

Police Report Man Fired Gun at Pontiac Sheriff’s Dept. Substation (Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Dec. 20, 2013) INCIDENT: 02:02 hrs. –  City of Pontiac, Shots Fired at Sheriff’s Sub- Station/CCW  # 13-192572 12/16/2013  SUMMARY: An  Deputy was in the parking lot of the Pontiac Substation when he heard a gunshot come from a vehicle that was…

More than Just a Pretty Trunk: How Trees Enhance Complete Streets

More than Just a Pretty Trunk: How Trees Enhance Complete Streets (Jeff Prygoski, orig. Transportation for Michigan, Dec. 19, 2103) Roads and sidewalks have undergone dramatic transformations in communities with complete streets policies. More than 90 Michigan communities have passed complete street policies, which contain a variety of design elements that foster a safer, more…

DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality (video)

DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Between the Lines, Dec. 18, 2013) As Republicans continue to condone the hateful, anti-gay comments of their Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, Democrats brought out the big guns for a community forum at Affirmations featuring Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “In…

Deadlines For CDL Drivers… Fast Approaching

Deadlines For CDL Drivers And Their Medical Providers Fast Approaching (Michigan Secretary of State Press Release, Dec. 12, 2013) Secretary of State Ruth Johnson strongly encourages Michigan residents with a Commercial Driver License (CDL) to self-certify to which type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation they perform to avoid losing CDL privileges after Jan. 30.…

How Michigan Funds Schools

How Michigan Funds Schools (Kevin Deegan-Krause, orig. Ferndale Friends/ KevinDeeganKrauseForFerndaleSchools.com, Dec. 10, 2013) Please put away your notes and let’s begin our discussion of school funding with a high-stakes multiple choice test: 1. Does Michigan fund schools from:                         A. Local sources         B. Federal sources C. State sources 2. Does the revenue come from:                                  …

DNR Encourages Safety and Fun When Ice Fishing

DNR Encourages Safety and Fun When Ice Fishing (Department of Natural Resources Press Release, Dec. 10, 2013)   For many people, fishing is the most relaxing way to spend the day. And in the winter months the most popular angling activity is ice fishing. To those who have never tried it, ice fishing is sometimes looked…

SEMCOG Approves I-94, I-75, US-23 Amendment to Expand

SEMCOG Approves I-94, I-75, US-23 Amendment to Expand (David Sands, SEMCOG, Dec.7, 2013, orig. http://wearemodeshift.org/node/1055) Although plans to widen the I-94 and I-75 expressways have been generating a bit of a buzz this week, dissenting voices seemed to have little sway over the bulk of the Southeast Michigan Council of Government’s Executive Committee. At a Friday meeting, the…