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Waterford Mott teacher brings back science lessons from NASA summer institute

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Waterford Mott High School teacher Sharon Spencer joined educators from across the nation for the LiftOff Summer Institute at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas last month.

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Seger sponsors Dale Carnegie program at Children's Village

Rocker Bob Seger’s generosity is bringing life-changing skills to at-risk teens at Oakland County Children’s Village. For the second year in a row, Seger is sponsoring the Dale Carnegie Teen Program at Children’s Village which is taking place through July 21.

“Oakland County is grateful for Mr. Seger’s support and continued generosity,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “His participation sends a powerful message to our at-risk youth that they matter and their success matters.”

The first class of 12 at-risk Children’s Village teens graduated from the Dale Carnegie Teen Program in June of 2016 with inspiring results. They learned public speaking and decision-making skills. Their self-confidence grew every session. Most importantly, the students learned to replace negative attitudes with positive thoughts and actions.

“I got to watch each of these students change right before my eyes. I know that this year we’ll again see incredible changes in all the teens taking the course,” said Aaron Danish, a Brother Rice High School student who, as a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Teen Program, was inspired to bring it to Oakland County Children’s Village. Now, he is a volunteer graduate assistant with the program.

“I saw the big difference this program made for me and my classmates,” Danish said. “We gained confidence and learned goal setting and public speaking skills. It occurred to me that those who need it most rarely have the financial means to get this kind of training and support.”

So he spoke with his mother, Dr. Myra Danish, a board member of Children’s Village Foundation, and together they contacted Seger who immediately embraced the program. Based on last year’s inspiring and lasting results, Seger agreed to support it again this year.

Danish participated as an assistant in the 2016 course under the direction of Kathy Tosoian, a Dale Carnegie instructor. Tosoian will return this year to lead the course with Danish at her side.

The sessions and graduation are closed to the public and media.

About Children’s Village and Children’s Village Foundation
Children’s Village is the Oakland County’s residential facility for children and youths who are in need of out-of-home services. Youth are placed in Children’s Village by court order or by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Children’s Village provides residential care and comprehensive treatment services for youth and their families. To learn more about Children’s Village, go to www.OakGov.com/Village.

The Children’s Village Foundation provides funding for extra-curricular educational programs as well as special projects and activities. The foundation is made up of volunteers from the community and every dollar raised has a direct impact on the children. For more information about Children’s Village Foundation, visit www.CVFoundation.com.

Rochester Marine honored for helping save woman's life on Mount Fuji

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Christopher Ehms, a Marine and Rochester native, was honored after helping save a woman’s life on Mount Fuji in Japan.

Cpls. Ehms, Otto Thiele and Eric Goodman and Lance Cpls. Antonio Martinez and Avelardo Guevara Osuna were hiking Mount Fuji on Independence Day weekend when Thiele heard another hiker crying for help.

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Soak up the sunshine at Oakland County Parks and Recreation this August

The hustle and bustle of a busy summer give way to long, sunshine-filled days in August. Savor every last moment of summer by enjoying a relaxing day at the campground, splashing around at the waterpark, hitting the links and taking the family to these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:
 
Aug. 2
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Aug. 3
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Aug. 4
  • Enjoy a wet and wacky weekend with water wars, bubble blast, water color art, H20 inflatables, dunk tank, paddleboat races, slip and slide, wagon rides, DJ dance and band Aug. 4-5 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
Aug. 5
  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Health & Nutrition for a Blueberry Nutrition Program from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 5 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Come out and try Michigan blueberries and learn how to purchase them for quality and how to store and preserve them. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
 
  • Join Oakland County Parks and Recreation for Air Fair from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly. The event includes hot air balloons, inflatable bouncers, avian presentation, glider demo, balloon crafts, remote controlled airplanes, kite making, hayrides, food vendors, face painters, big screen movie, DJ dances and a band. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
  • Oakland County Wheelchair Daze – Presented by the Filippis Foundation, a program for individuals of all ages with any form of disability and their immediate families, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Presented by the Filippis Foundation, the event includes carnival games, barrier-free boat rides, music, dancing, cotton candy and BBQ lunch. The entire event is free, including park admission and parking. Wheelchair Daze is sponsored by Canine Companions for Independence, Cascade Dafo, Chantel Giacalone, Crawl Walk Jump Run Therapy Clinic, MobilityWorks Restorative Medical and Colony Marine. Pre-register by July 25 at OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-424-7081. For more information, email Adaptive@oakgov.com.
 
  • A Let’s Be Scientists Mini-class is set from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Head to the nature center for a day of experiments, learning and fun. Make soda geysers, do an experiment with skittles, make a concoction to take home and more. This is a kids-only event, so leave parents at the door. All supplies and snack are included. The program is suitable for children ages 5 and older. A signed release form is required with registration. Cost is $12/child. For more information or to register, call 248-858-0916.
 
Aug. 7
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
Aug. 9
  • Come out for Make a Splash: Wookie Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. Come dressed as an intergalactic character and enjoy the following activities: Water gun T-shirt tie-dye (participants need to bring their own light colored T-shirt), pool noodle lightsabers craft, nature activity and Nerf gun target practices. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
Aug. 10
  • Enchanted Forest Friends is 10:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Don your wings or pointed hats and join us for a program exploring those elusive forest friends: Fairies and Gnomes. Learn the difference between these two mythical beings and discover what makes them magical. Enjoy a treat and a story, then head outside to spot any evidence of their mischief. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
Aug. 11
  • Funtastic Family Fest is Aug. 11-13 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Enjoy fun family times featuring games and contests, comedy magic show, dodgeball, face and body painting, nature hike, dunk tank, creative crafts, scavenger hunt, paddleboat races, hayrides, big screen movie, DJ dances and a band. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
  • Enjoy a Corn Roast Aug. 11-12 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. Dine on roasted corn and potatoes and enjoy a corn-on-the-cob-eating contest, inflatables, face painters, DJ/karaoke, pie eating contest, corn husk figures, wagon rides and a band. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
Aug. 14
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
Aug. 15
  • Behind the Scenes Mini-Camp is set from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 15-16 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Ever wonder what naturalists do behind the scenes? Go off trail, peek into a nest box, help feed the nature center’s captive animals and more. This mini-camp is a must for any naturalist-in-training. Crafts and snacks will be provided each day. Dress for the weather; hiking shoes are a must. A signed release form is required with registration. Cost is $10/child for one day or $17/child for both days. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Aug. 16
  • Behind the Scenes Mini-Camp is set from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Ever wonder what naturalists do behind the scenes? Go off trail, peek into a nest box, help feed the nature center’s captive animals and more. This mini-camp is a must for any naturalist-in-training. Crafts and snacks will be provided each day. Dress for the weather; hiking shoes are a must. A signed release form is required with registration. Cost is $10/child. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 17. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
Aug. 17
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $5/visit. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Aug. 18
  • Bikes, Balloons and Balls is Aug. 18-20 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Ride and roll with bike races and contests, team ball games, balloon crafts, relay races, big screen movie, clown, hayrides, DJ dances and a concert under the stars. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
     
  • Enjoy recreation activities, DJ dance and band Aug. 18-19 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
Aug. 19
  • NatureFit: Kayak/Try It! is set from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. If you have ever wanted to try kayaking, this beginners program is for you. Learn kayaking basics and enjoy a naturalist-guided tour exploring the highlights of beautiful Crooked Lake. This program is suitable for ages 11 through adult. Up to one hour will be spent on the water; meet at the Independence Oaks Boathouse. Space is limited so register early. Cost is $8/person, which includes kayak rental, water and snack. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
  • A Pet Vaccination Clinic will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Orion Oaks Dog Park. No appointment is needed; everyone welcome. A number of dog and cat vaccines will be available along with heartworm tests, flea protection, microchips and dog licenses. All are available for a nominal fee; cash is preferred, but MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted as well. The vaccination clinic is presented by All About Animals and the Dog License event is presented by Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center. For pet safety, bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. Orion Oaks Dog Park is located on Joslyn Road between Clarkston and Scripps roads. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
  • Get involved with BMX Racing at Waterford Oaks County Park. A BMX Free Trial Day is from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Waterford Oaks BMX Track, 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford. There will be no charge for admission, bike rentals, helmet rentals or track time during the event. Long sleeve shirt, pants and closed-toe shoes (no Crocs) required. Bring a peg-free bike and/or full-face helmet if available. The fun will include free inflatables (socks required), climbing tower, bike safety checks courtesy of Performance Bicycle of Bloomfield Hills and USA BMX Membership sign ups. Enter to win BMX T-shirts and Family Fun Passbooks. This event is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Call 248-858-0915 for more information.
 
  • Insect Safari is 2-4 p.m. Aug. 19 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Spend some time investigating the creeping, crawling and fluttering world of insects. Expand your knowledge of these colorful creatures through hands-on and interactive experiences including sweep net exploration. A ‘bee-licious’ snack will be provided in celebration of National Honey Bee Day. Come dressed for the weather. This program is suitable for ages 5 and older. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Aug. 24
  • Be sure to come hungry to the Oakland County Farmers Market on Aug. 24 to enjoy the Food Truck Rally. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., visitors can indulge in savory BBQ, cool treats and freshly prepared culinary creations from popular vendors. The market will be open for shopping during the Food Truck Rally. Parking will be available at the market, the Road Commission of Oakland County lot located west of the market and at the lot located north of the market. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Market hours are 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Aug. 25
  • It’s Epic Eras weekend Aug. 25-27 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Get in the groove with tie-dying, hula hoop dance demo, pie eating contest, team games, Tin Can Campers vintage trailers, glow crafts, face painting, hayrides, big screen movie, DJ dances and a black light bash with an oldies band. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
  • Go Back in Time Aug. 25-26 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. Go retro with tie-dying, hip headbands, hula hoop dance demo, candy bar bingo, face painting, neon glow crafts, team games, wagon rides, black light bash, DJ dance and an oldies band. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
Aug. 26
 
  • Join Oakland County 4-H staff and discover the endless opportunities available to youth and adult volunteers during Family Market Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Participate in a children’s activity about healthy eating. Get ideas for healthy school and work lunches as well as information on nutrition and food safety from the Michigan State University Extension - Health & Nutrition. Also, children can create a simple, fun and free make-and-take craft with Michigan State University Extension – 4-H Youth Development. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
 
  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Master Gardeners for a Daisy Dying Program from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. By placing daisies in colored water, participants will discover how plants take up food through their roots and stems to produce flowers, fruits and leaves. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
 
  • A 4-person Scramble Series for men and women ages 50+ is set for Aug. 29 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course, 12450 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-pay is $132/team or $33/person. Non-pre-pay fees are $168/team; $42/person. Event includes 18 hole green fees, cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch immediately after the round, contest holes and prizes. In the event of a rain out the day of, lunch will still be provided. Rainchecks will be issued for green fees and cart rental only. Optional Skins game: $20 per team, must be paid prior to the start of the round. The registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, contact Tournament Director Jan Villarreal at 248-634-2261 or email SpringfieldOaks@oakgov.com.
 
For information on other events, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @OCParksAndRec.

County Executive's Emerging Sectors business attraction program tops $4 billion total investment

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention strategy he created in 2004 to diversify the county’s economy has surpassed $4 billion of total investment.

The strategy had four successes in June totaling $367 million of new investment, resulting in more than 1,700 new and retained jobs. When combined with figures since inception in 2004, the program has 450 business successes resulting in total investment of $4.3 billion; 44,562 new jobs and 29,920 retained jobs. A success is a company that is either new to Oakland County or expanded here when it considered moving to another state or country. Patterson said the strategy is responsible for new investment in the county, on average, of $915,000 every day for 13 years.

“The Emerging Sectors program has been an incredible success,” Patterson said. “It has changed the face of Oakland County’s economy.”

The milestone was reached 13 years after Patterson introduced the program to diversify Oakland County’s economy which had been heavily dependent on the automotive industry. The strategy targets international companies that show an interest in expanding operations into North America and North American companies that identified Oakland County as a possible business location. The targeted sectors include advanced electronics, advanced materials, medical technology, information technology/communications, aerospace and defense/homeland security.

“I wanted to wean us off our reliance on automotive, for which we paid such a heavy price during the Great Recession,” Patterson said. “I tried to balance my expectation with some realism about our likely success but I had no idea we would move so quickly.”

The most successful sectors have been health care/life science (Medical Main Street) at $1.1 billion of total investment, and IT/communications (Tech 248), at $801 million.

The companies that put Emerging Sectors over the top in June, including country of origin if not U.S.-based, business sector and location of Oakland County facility, are:
  • Elektrobit: Germany, advanced electronics, Farmington Hills
  • Autoliv Electronics America: Sweden, advanced electronics, Southfield
  • Williams International: aerospace, Pontiac
  • Cynerge Consulting: communications/information technology, Pontiac
Oakland County aggressively seeks international investment, with about 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries having business locations here. The county attracted $371 million of foreign direct investment in 2016 – about 38 percent of the county’s known private investment of nearly $900 million for the year. Through June, 18 international companies from seven countries announced new investment totaling $162 million and more than 4,700 new and retained jobs.

Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb accompanied Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on a trade mission to Europe last month in an effort to attract companies to Oakland County. At the same time, Economic Development Director Irene Spanos was in Washington D.C. at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The event attracted company representatives from more than 40 countries interested in establishing operations in the U.S.

Patterson lauded Gibb, Spanos and their team for attracting the new investment.

“Since coming together as a team less than five years ago, Matt and Irene have grown investment in the program by nearly $3 billion – a feat unmatched in the state,” Patterson said.

The success of the Emerging Sectors program has increased as it has matured. In 2008, Patterson hosted a celebration at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to honor the first 70 Emerging Sector companies whose total investment surpassed $1 billion. With the Great Recession at its peak, it took until 2013 for the program to reach $2 billion in total investment. More than 500 representatives from Emerging Sector companies and other guests were invited to a “What Goes into $2 Billion?” celebration on the arena floor at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The program reached $3 billion in 2015, which was marked by a celebration at Pentastar Aviation in an airport hangar at Oakland County International Airport. All of the celebrations were privately funded by sponsors.

Patterson said he would hold out until the program reaches $5 billion for the next celebration.

“This came on us too quickly,” he said.

Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge returns to Pontiac's M1 Concourse

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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, a drag racing event and car festival, today announced it will return to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac for its second year on Aug. 12.  

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Patterson calls on residents to take emergency preparedness survey

Oakland County residents and businesses can help the county update its emergency preparedness plan by participating in a voluntary online questionnaire, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Feedback from the confidential 10-minute survey will enable Oakland County’s Homeland Security Division to better serve residents and businesses before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

“Oakland County has a continuous commitment to planning, training, and exercising response capabilities for all types of disasters,” Patterson said. “This voluntary and confidential questionnaire will assist our emergency preparedness staff in identifying which hazards are of most concern to our residents and businesses as well as which services the community may need during an emergency.”

Some sample questions are:
  • If a disaster (i.e. snow storm) impacted Oakland County, knocking out electricity and running water, would your household be able to manage on its own for at least three (3) days?
  • Do you believe that your household and/or place of business might ever be threatened by the following hazards? Please rate what hazards present the greatest risk.
  • What might prevent you from leaving your place of residence if there was an evacuation order? Please select ALL that apply.
  • In an evacuation, would you or anyone in your household require special assistance?
“The success of our response to a disaster will depend on how well we have prepared in advance,” said Thomas Hardesty, manager of Oakland County Homeland Security Division. “The more survey responses we receive from residents and businesses, the better we will be able to prepare for an emergency.”

To fill out the questionnaire, go to http://oakland.preparedness.sgizmo.com/s3/. The survey will remain open until Sept. 1. For a hard copy version of the survey, please contact the Oakland County Homeland Security Division at oakhsd@oakgov.com or call 248-858-5300. Businesses which are interested in having their employees confidentially participate in the survey in order to utilize the data to update their business emergency preparedness plans may contact Homeland Security Division to make those arrangements.

Oakland County adheres to federal requirements to update its emergency preparedness plans every five years in an effort to keep residents, businesses, and organizations well prepared and vigilant. Oakland County last conducted an emergency preparedness survey in 2012. The purpose of emergency preparedness planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses.

About Oakland County Homeland Security Division

Oakland County Homeland Security Division is dedicated to supporting Oakland County cities, villages, and townships through a coordination of effort for logistical support during emergency operations by enhancing all-hazard preparedness along with comprehensive homeland security initiatives and first responder training. Oakland County Homeland Security Division develops and coordinates programs for natural, technological, national security, and nuclear/chemical/biological emergencies/disasters affecting Oakland County. For more information, go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity.

Celebrate the Spirit of '45 Day with the Detroit Tigers

Celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the end of WWII with The Detroit Tigers, The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial and WWII re-enactors in period uniform as the Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.

Click here to buy tickets.

Buy your ticket by July 20 and receive a special Hank Greenberg commemorative stamp and cachet (envelope) shown to the right. Read more about Hammerin’ Hank below.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Major League Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis wrote President Roosevelt, inquiring as to the appropriateness of continuing Major League Baseball in the face of the declaration of war.

Roosevelt’s famous answer was conveyed in the document known as the “Green Light Letter.” In part he wrote “if 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players, these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20,000,000 of their fellow citizens – and that in my judgment is thoroughly worthwhile.”

Nowhere was this more the case than in the factories of the Arsenal of Democracy where loyal Michigan workers rooted for their Tigers throughout the war years.

Detroit’s Hank Greenberg was a trailblazer for Major League Baseball players’ support of the war effort.

Greenberg served even before the US declared war, being drafted in early 1941. He was a superstar that proudly traded uniforms. After giving up the 1941 season, he was honorably discharged two days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Within a few months he had re-enlisted. He returned to baseball In July 1945 after being honorably discharged for a second time. He then led the Tigers to the AL pennant when he dramatically hit a grand slam in the ninth inning of the last game of the season.
Then of course to cap off victory in Europe and victory in Japan, the Tigers captured the 1945 World Series, cementing their bond with these times.

Note that as a bonus, Sunday, August 13 is a Sunday Kids Day featuring a pregame interactive kids area and the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee where every fan 14-and-under will receive a free Victor Martinez poster. In addition, Kids Days will feature free rides for kids on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and Carousel, presented by Kroger, free face painting, and Kids Run the Bases following the game, weather permitting.

Beaumont Health first in Michigan to treat cancer patient with protons

Bill Baker, an 86-year-old Mid-Michigan man with brain cancer, is the first patient to receive treatment at Beaumont Health’s new Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Michigan.
 
Said Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, “Beaumont’s Proton Therapy Center is the first in Michigan to treat cancer patients with this powerful and precise form of treatment that deposits energy directly in the tumor, sparing nearby healthy organs and tissue from harm. It was many years in the making, but we never gave up in our efforts to bring this advanced cancer therapy to patients and families in Michigan.”
 
Beaumont’s center is one of just 25 operational proton therapy centers in the U.S.
 
“This means that cancer patients from other states and countries will travel to Michigan for proton therapy, making Beaumont even more of a destination center for cancer care,” said Dr. Stevens.
 
According to independent research, conducted by NRC Health, Beaumont Health is one of the most preferred providers of cancer care in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
 
How proton therapy works
 
Proton therapy is a high-tech alternative to X-ray radiation. A scanning beam of proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing adjacent healthy tissue with fewer side effects.
 
Proton therapy uses positively charged atomic particles, traveling up to two-thirds the speed of light, to fight cancer. A cyclotron, or particle accelerator, creates protons from hydrogen molecules. The proton beam is sent to the treatment room through a transport system consisting of magnets, called the beam line, finally arriving in the gantry, a device that rotates around the patient. The beam is directed to the patient through a nozzle that targets the tumor.
 
While proton therapy is not effective against all cancers, Dr. Stevens explained it is effective in treating many solid and localized tumors, including:
 
• pediatric cancers
• soft tissue cancers that develop in bone or muscle
• brain and skull base tumors
• eye tumors
• head/neck cancers
• abdominal/pelvic tumors
• liver tumors
• lung and thoracic cancers
• left-side breast cancer
 
“Proton therapy is an ideal treatment option for many patients, especially those with tumors close to vital organs,” added Dr. Stevens. “For children, those most vulnerable and susceptible to the damage of traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy offers less radiation exposure while reducing side effects.” 
Advanced technology
 
“Our IBA ProteusOne single-room treatment system includes precision technologies,” said Dr. Stevens. “Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy, which combines Pencil Beam Scanning and 3-D Cone Beam CT, can target a tumor within less than a millimeter.”
 
Pencil Beam Scanning refers to the delivery of protons in a thin beam. Like a pencil, the beam uses back and forth motions to target the treatment area – the shape, size and depth. It “paints” a radiation dose on tumors layer by layer. Compared to X-ray beams, which pass through a patient, proton beams deliver targeted radiation to the tumor and then stop – resulting in no exit dose.
 
Radiation oncologists at Beaumont are well versed in precise image guidance, having developed cone beam CT technology almost 20 years ago. Image guidance allows doctors to analyze soft tissue and bone contrast to see tumor changes.
 
Single-room facility
 
Unlike larger, multiroom proton treatment facilities, Beaumont’s compact, single-room treatment center is more affordable to build and maintain. Along with advanced, image-guided technology, Beaumont’s facility includes the Philips Ambient Experience system that lets patients select a color theme, music and video for relaxation during treatment.
 
“Our center offers the most advanced proton technology available anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Stevens. “We will have the ability to potentially cure patients that have failed conventional treatment at other centers.”
 
In February 2015, construction began on the $40 million Proton Therapy Center. The two-story building is 25,200-square-feet, including a basement. The first floor houses the Proton Therapy Center, including a cyclotron and gantry that produces and delivers proton beams to a single-room treatment area. The second floor will soon be the home of Beaumont’s Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.
 
Beaumont chose Ion Beam Applications S.A., or IBA, of Belgium, to manufacture, install and maintain the proton system. An Atlanta-based proton therapy development group, Proton International, is lending its operational expertise. 
Beaumont’s Facilities Management department oversaw design and construction, with Kasco Construction as the contractor and SmithGroupJJR, as the architect.
 
Comprehensive cancer care
 
Proton therapy is an important addition to Beaumont’s comprehensive arsenal of leading-edge cancer treatments. Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology department is ranked among the nation’s best for advanced technology, innovative treatment and research. Advanced radiation treatments developed at Beaumont include adaptive radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated arc therapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy and hyperthermia therapy.
 
To learn more about the new center and its capabilities, call Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology program at 248-551-8402 or go to www.Beaumont.org/proton-therapy.
 

Get ready for Shakespeare Royal Oak 2017

It's that time of year! Get ready for the 17th season of the professional Shakespeare Royal Oak festival in Starr-Jaycee Park! Opening night is July 27 and the season runs through August 6. We are so excited! 

Three Great Shows.
 
Join us for The Taming of the Shew, opening Thursday July 27, with eight evening performances through August 6. Our fun Daylight Show (recommended for age 8 and up), is a Water Works' original Shakespeare in Love & War, running six days, July 29 to August 5. Water Works Teen Ensemble, our popular high school experience, presents their version ofHamlet, with three shows July 29 to July 31. And finally, KidsAct! camp which runs July 31-Aug 5 for grades 1-8 is filling up with registrations.  
 
Fun in the Park.
 
We offer Michigan craft beer and wine during all of our professional shows, plus fresh made popcorn and fun snacks. Concessions are cash only and please bring proper ID. We welcome you to bring your own picnic for outside the theatre area (no alcohol allowed there). You'll find free and easy parking on Farley Field at the west end of the park. And be weather aware, temps might be higher during the day, but our night time shows are quite comfortable under the canopy of trees and the evening breeze! 
 
More information, including easy ticket purchasing (good for any performance), and show schedules are available at our website  www.shakespeareroyaloak.com.
 
So grab a blanket or your lawn chairs, bring your family and friends, and be entertained and amazed by the talented local professionals of Shakespeare Royal Oak! 

Board announces business workshop on August 9th

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Purchasing, will present a business workshop for local business owners and entrepreneurs. The event is free and will begin at 2:00pm in the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road (Building 41W) in Waterford, Michigan.

The program is designed to provide business owners, entrepreneurs, vendors, suppliers and contractors with information about the many free business services and resources the County offers. Attendees can learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County, access the One Stop Shop Business Center’s many resources, explore business financing options and connect with Oakland County Michigan Works! offices. Oakland County Commissioners Janet Jackson, Michael Spisz and Gary R. McGillivray will host the event, which will also feature a Q&A session and tabletop exhibits.

“Oakland County offers many opportunities for business owners to improve their companies, open a new business or expand their reach into a larger market,” said Commissioner Michael Spisz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “I hope to see a lot of local businesses participate and take advantage of this event.”

“Small business entrepreneurship is the life blood in communities,” stated Commissioner Janet Jackson. “It is essential, as the Board of Commissioners, to provide information and forums that help educate and foster fledgling businesses. These activities can level the playing field and spur economic development for all of our residents.”

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners created this executive summary event in response to many questions from the local business community, and it is a great opportunity to explore the many services Oakland County offers to help local businesses grow and thrive.

“This will be a great opportunity to learn how your company can bid on projects Oakland County has available,” added Commissioner Gary R. McGillivray. “You will also learn about Oakland County services that will benefit your business free of charge!”

To register, go to www.oakgov.com/boc and click on the “Register Today!” link under the “Oakland is Open for Business!” section on the home page. For more information, please contact Connie Srogi at 248-858-4078 or srogic@oakgov.com.

"All the World’s a Stage" at Ferndale's Front Porch Music Festival

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Jacques’ 400-year old proclamation that “all the world’s a stage” was proven spot-on last Saturday, as front porches and gardens became soundstages and backdrops for Michigan’s newest (and quaintest, and probably best-foliaged) music festival, The Front Porch. It was a perfect day to showcase the talents of local musicians along with neighborhood beautification efforts (and to test some drivers’ patience).

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Detroit Zoo heats up for Wild Summer Nights

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesdays during July and August with the annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, presented by Genisys Credit Union. Concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 5 through Aug. 30, 2017, and are free with Zoo admission.

Wild Summer Nights features a variety of music from local bands, including children’s, pop, blues, country, rock and classical. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets; outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

Concert Schedule:

• July 5 – The Euphorics (pop)
• July 12 – Detroit Social Club (country blues)
• July 19 – Tom Seley and the Troublemakers (children’s)
• July 26 – Michigan Opera Theatre (opera)
• August 2 – Steve King & the Dittilies (Motown)
• August 9 – Athens Creek (indie folk)
• August 16 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (classical)
• August 23 – Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (big band)
• August 30 – Cosmic Groove (pop)

Farmington DDA Director: 'We want everyone to succeed'

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Smart development, public/private partnerships and a friendly “hello” are some of the keys to growing a successful downtown, according to the new DDA director for the city of Farmington.

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New report ranks Oakland University third-safest college in nation

Oakland University ranks among the safest colleges in the nation, according to a new report from a national trade organization dedicated to furthering public knowledge on home safety and security issues.
 
The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Oakland third on its list of the Top 100 Safest Colleges in America. According to the organization’s website, the list was compiled using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics.
 
OU Police Chief Mark Gordon called the report “a testament to the cooperation and commitment that the Oakland community has toward creating a safe environment.”
 
The report looked at accredited public, private and not-for-profit institutions that offer four-year degree programs and have student populations above 15,000. More than 2,000 colleges and universities were assessed. The top-ranked colleges had low overall crime rates, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Additional information about the report’s methodology can be found here.
 
Oakland University was ranked as the safest college in Michigan, ahead of Michigan State University (No. 10) and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (No. 29). The University of New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Brigham Young University at No. 2.
 
These rankings come on the heels of a 2016 report from CollegeChoice.net, which ranked Oakland No. 7 on its list of the 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America.
 
Based in Washington D.C., the National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States.
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