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Molten Sensuality: The Crystalline Creations of April Wagner

The new glass exhibit entitled Molten Sensuality:  The Crystalline Creations of April Wagnerat the Saginaw Art Museum brings the fire of epiphany glass studio to mid-Michigan, October 5, 2018 through January 2019.  

The 6,000 sq. ft. exhibit by award-winning glass artist April Wagner serves as a retrospective of her work at epiphany glass studio over more than two decades.  Featuring more than 100 pieces, the exhibit includes a chronological overview of Wagner’s glass artwork from the early Volcano and Splash series, to sculptures and wall pieces, showcasing the evolution of custom installations including chandeliers, wall sculptures and iconic freestanding pieces.  Wagner will create a custom hanging installation for the show, as well as a freestanding sculpture to be revealed.  Collectors will lend their pieces to the exhibit to provide a full overview of the evolution of the glass work. 
The show will also include a video component, focused on the glassmaking process.  Here Wagner explores the many ways in which glass can be manipulated through its various phases, using 2,000 degree furnaces, applied pressure, gravity and force to create elegant shapes and vibrant colors. Many of Wagner’s pieces are inspired by her love of nature, and she notes, “Everything in nature is beautifully designed and that design serves a function, color, scale and form.” 
“April Wagner is a world-class glass artist and widely recognized for her incredible talent,” said Stacey Gannon, executive director of the Saginaw Art Museum.  “Her exhibition, “Molten Sensuality:  The Crystalline Creations of April Wagner,” is one of the most interesting exhibitions we’ve curated at the museum.  Full of color, texture and illumination – it is not a show to be missed.  I know that visitors will be taken by the beauty and awesomeness of the display.”
Wagner studied art and glass at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit; New York Experimental Glass Workshop in Brooklyn; Alfred University in Alfred, New York; and  Interlochen Arts Academy in northwestern Michigan. As an artist, she has been committed to this elegant material since attending college. She opened epiphany studio in Pontiac, Michigan in 1993, where she makes both functional and sculpture works in glass – bridging both fine and decorative art.
“In college I discovered molten glass as a material,” said Wagner. “It was love at first sight and in the 24 years since, nothing has changed. Glass captivates me with its seductive allure. In my work I try to capture the fluidity and grace of the glass without over-tooling and marring it. The physical act of creating glass, taking raw material and breathing life into it, defines my place in the universe. Using this material requires skills that take years to master and I am somewhere in the middle of my journey,” shares Wagner.
Her work has been featured in Detroit Home Magazine, HOUR Detroit and more, and she made the 40 Under 40 list of the most talented, driven and dynamic professionals under the age of 40 in Crain’s Detroit Business.
In her artwork, the vibrant colors, hues and shades of glass combined with the fluidity and flexibility of the medium, come together to provide limitless interpretation of the natural world through glass art.
“I am intrigued by the process of blowing glass into linear and organic shapes,” said Wagner.  “Then I play with them in space. By turning, twisting, or repeating the shapes I investigate their relationship to floor, wall, or tabletop. In creating multiples and assembling the shapes together, almost like found objects, I create large scale pieces. I use color to push and pull the eye around or up and down the piece.
“My intention is to create objects that are captivating to look at in their environment. Whether a private, public, or corporate space I choose the colors, shapes, and scale of the work in direct response to that specific environment and that viewer. Ultimately the viewer must consider the fragility, strength, and beauty of this material.”
A public question and answer session with glass artist April Wagner, owner of epiphany glass studio, will be held on Wed., Oct. 17, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Saginaw Art Museum.  The public is invited to this free event, and no reservations are required.
epiphany glass, www.epiphanyglass.com, is a state-of-the-art, 4,000 sq. ft. glassblowing studio and gallery located in Pontiac, Michigan.  Since 1997, epiphany’s distinctive look has been created by artist and owner April Wagner.  Wagner adds a contemporary twist to the traditional fazzoletto technique, which originated in the Venini factory of Murano, Italy, during the 1930s and was later popularized by Seattle glass artists. Her work is found in many public and private collections, including those of GM, Pfizer, Cobo Center, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Vladimir Putin, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson.
The Saginaw Art Museum is a vibrant arts and cultural resource for Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Since 1947, the Museum has brought more than 4,500 years of creativity to the area through visual, auditory and performance arts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Housed in an historical 1904 Georgian-Revival mansion with Italianate gardens and two award-winning modern wings, the Museum has a permanent collection of art in excess of 2,000 objects, a dynamic exhibition program, a major art reference library, collaborative education programs, and special events. Various levels of membership offer access to the Saginaw Art Museum and its historic gardens as well as reciprocal benefits to more than 800 museums and 300 gardens throughout North America.

Westborn Markets continues made in Michigan focus with private label wines

Westborn Market, a consistent supporter of all things Michigan-made is adding two new proprietary Michigan-made items to its shelves this month, premium white wines from St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw, Michigan. 
The exclusive new Unoaked Chardonnay Pinot Grigio wines, grown in the Lake Michigan Shore appellation, arrived in stores this month and are the latest entrants in Westborn's exclusive private label offerings.
Consistent with Westborn’s constant search for the most innovative, highest quality and tastiest products in Michigan, the grocer has successfully partnered with St. Julian, Michigan’s oldest, largest and most award-winning winery, several times in the past. 
“One of our goals has always been to feature the best of Michigan made products and we’ve had sell-out success whenever we’ve partnered with St. Julian,” says Westborn CEO Bryan Bandyk.  “They produce consistently great products that appeal to Westborn shoppers so we’re always happy to see St. Julian products on our shelves.”
“We share Westborn’s passion for locally made products. In fact, all of our fruits are Michigan grown, so we always have the freshest ingredients,” says Justin Weeks, St. Julian’s Marketing Director.  “Like Westborn, we’re a long-time family-owned and operated business, completely dedicated to delivering only the finest products.”
The new MI Wines are the latest entries to join Westborn Market's growing roster of hand selected private label partnerships and will carry Westborn's "Drink Good Wine" motto and name. The private label program is designed to find high-quality and imaginative local products that Westborn shoppers desire.  Westborn's emphasis on locally sourced products is an important way for the market to identify and stock the newest and most interesting creations.  At the same time, Westborn seeks to help raise the profile of newer items, supporting entrepreneurs and helping to grow and improve the overall Michigan food economy.
“Michigan’s food, beer and wine industries are becoming an increasingly important part of the state’s overall economy, contributing more than $100 billion annually. Anything we can do to help it along is good for everyone, including our customers.” concludes Bandyk.
For more information about Westborn Market, including its new private label wines, please visit www.westbornmarket.com.
About Westborn Market: Westborn Market (www.westbornmarket.com) is a Michigan-based business dedicated to bringing the freshest and finest quality produce, meats, cheeses and specialty groceries to the metropolitan Detroit market. With locations in Berkley, Dearborn, Livonia and Plymouth, Westborn is committed to freshness, variety and uncompromised customer service.

Join one of Zelma's groups and see the world


Zelma Gottlieb is always on call.

“I can always tell how my day is going by how many calls I get at 9 a.m.,” she said. “I rarely let a call go to voicemail.”

Gottlieb is a one-woman show at Zelma Travels. She organizes group tours to places as close as Stratford, Ontario, and Traverse City, to as far as Italy, France and across Europe.

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Pontiac's Libby the Lizard helps children speak out against abuse and neglect

Her abusive childhood was a secret Toni McMorris kept for more than 30 years. As an adult, she sought professional help to heal and to reckon with the impact the experience had on her life. She adopted a personal mission to prevent children from experiencing any type of abuse and neglect.

McMorris got creative. Empowered by a journaling habit that was so critical to her recovery, she wrote a children's book and conjured a reptilian ambassador in an idea that was beginning to take shape.

Today, Libby the Lizard is an educational program based on a children's book that explores the concept of secrets, good and bad.

"Having someone to talk to that you trust is very important in terms of awareness, prevention, and intervention of child abuse," says McMorris, who explains the concept behind her book "Good Secrets and Bad Secrets."

"We teach children to always tell, to report, when bad things happen. In the book, we introduce a resource called Libby's Trust List."

McMorris, who has a master's degree in health administration, founded the nonprofit Good Secrets and Bad Secrets in 2015, together with Larry Mathews, an Army veteran officer, instructor at Oakland Community College, and healthcare researcher for Wayne State University.

Mathews himself suffered a dysfunctional childhood yet sought out positive experiences by participating in the swimming and diving team and devoting himself to schoolwork.

"Larry's experience tells us he was able to avoid normalizing the behavior after the seventh grade," says McMorris. "One of the goals we have is we don't ever want children to normalize abusive behavior. We want to help them distinguish appropriate from inappropriate."

The nonprofit's sister organization, Libby International, serves as a for-profit retail arm for book sales and eventual branded material, including Libby backpacks, t-shirts, and shoes. A $10,000 grant from Flagstar Pontiac Big Idea program helped purchase a life-sized Libby costume and publish and print books to give to children.

"We have had Libby attend events in Pontiac, and when the kids get to know Libby through the book and then see her, they just swarm her," says McMorris. "It's a beautiful experience."

Libby is the featured star of an entire curriculum for social studies and reading that meets Michigan educational standards, says Mathews. Intended as the first in a series of books and programs, "Good Secrets and Bad Secrets" sets the foundation for other child safety topics such as internet safety, sports, drugs, weapons, and suicide.

"Parents and teachers can use Libby to help kids feel safe," says Mathews. "Libby can be a touchpoint for when there is a school shooting, for example."

The team has presented the program to students at Inkster Preparatory Academy, and during afterschool programming at Schulze Academy in Detroit. With their business based in downtown Pontiac, the team is working to provide similar instruction in the Pontiac School District.

"The issue is funding," says Mathews. "We are working to identify corporate and school foundation funding for our programs."

Through Libby, McMorris and Mathews are confident they will provide information, support, and resources to kids so they don't have to suffer abuse and neglect.

"Protecting our children requires a disciplinary approach, with multiple levels and multiple resources at every developmental age, says McMorris."

Little village powered by big volunteer base

Franklin may be “the town that time forgot,” as the unofficial slogan goes for the quaint Oakland County village, but its residents certainly never forget to donate their own time. From historical societies to fire departments, volunteers power an impressive number of local organizations in the historic village.

Tony Averbuch has been the Fire Chief in Franklin for almost ten years, but his career fighting fires began as a volunteer in 1991. Of the 31 members in Averbuch’s current department, 29 are volunteers, and they manage to staff the local station around the clock. Averbuch believes everyone volunteers for different reasons, including wanting to give back to their communities, starting out in the field and looking to get training and experience, and having time available to experience something different. He believes that Franklin defies a national trend of diminishing civic participation.
“While we are approximately 80 percent volunteer departments nationwide,” Averbuch explains, “the individual numbers are on the decline.”
Averbuch admits that, even for his enthusiastic team, it’s not always easy relying on volunteer power. “Challenges do exist working with volunteers,” he says, “but they also exist working with full-time staff.”
Averbuch says their most significant opposition is always time. “Time for training, time for staffing, time for response,” he says.
“Time” is exactly what other organizations in the village are looking to preserve. Bill and Ann Lamott are behind the Franklin Historical Society, an organization supported solely by memberships and donations and run by volunteers. They encourage the upkeep of historical structures in Franklin, and Bill Lamott says the volunteer attitude is due to residents wanting to be active in their community.
“The dedicated always make themselves available,” he says.
Dedicated indeed are other residents too, like the volunteers involved in the village Mobile Watch program, Friends of the Franklin Library group and the Franklin Baseball and Softball League. Jane Polan is president of the Franklin Community Association (FCA), which maintains parkland donated by historic villager George Wellington Smith. The FCA also organizes strolling dinners, wine tastings, summer family events, outdoor movies and a fine art fair.
“Franklin is what it is,” says Polan, “A truly wonderful place to live, because of our volunteers.”

Averbuch agrees, and his message to residents is clear: “Participate, get involved, and make a difference.”

The Yarn Stop: "Winding up" two years of commerce, classes, community engagement—and fun


Troy resident Susan Hendrie is knitting a sweater for a new baby in her family. A soft, cozy rainbow of muted reds, blues, and yellows, the project is almost completed.

“I needed a little help finishing it,” Hendrie says, “so I came here to a daily “Help Me” session at The Yarn Stop in Clawson, where I can have time, one-on-one, with a yarn project instructor.”

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Women's Divorce Resource Center launches support group

Whether it’s a new life stage, a pivotal event or some other reason to end a marriage, the process of divorce can be confusing, overwhelming and sometimes, downright terrifying. New this fall, the Women’s Divorce Resource Center is launching an empowerment support group to arm individuals with the support they need to effectively and humanely shift their situation.
The six-week seminar will meet on consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning September 20, 2018, at SheHive (2505 Hilton, Ferndale), 6:45-9 p.m. Space is limited. Subject matter will include financial, emotional, legal and parenting aspects of divorce, with speakers to include Nancy Warkentin Houdek, MA, LPC, NCC, PLLC, and Natasha Kendal, PHD, LMFT and Robin Breckenridge, CPC, an educator, public speaker, certified relational advocate and professional coach.
Warkentin Houdek is a nationally certified professional counselor and psychotherapist based in Farmington Hills. Kendal is a marriage and family therapist in Bloomfield Hills. Breckenridge works in unison with PIVOT- a relational alignment group, where she helps people struggling with relational challenges shift into a healthy relational alignment. 
“We help people learn how and when to talk to their kids about an impending divorce, and how to keep kids out of the middle of negotiations,” says Vicki McLellan, WDRC co-founder. “We firmly believe that the more information and support women have during divorce, the more confidence they’ll have after. When women are empowered, it has a positive impact on the entire family, especially their children.”
“The legal process can be confusing. There are concerns about finances. And emotional wellness during divorce is difficult for everyone. We want to empower women to weather the process well, and know they are not alone,” says Angela Zangarola, WDRC Co-Director and Board Member.
The Women’s Divorce Resource Center offers workshops and special topics seminars throughout the year. A seminar on self-esteem through transition is set for October 11, followed by a women-to-work workshop in collaboration with JVS December 3.
Women’s Divorce Workshops take place on Saturdays (September 15 and December 15) as well as some weekday evenings (November 1 and 8). Speakers include McLellan, Houdek, Kendall as well as Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, Randy Pitler, Jessica Pospiech Heltsley and James Chryssikos.
About Women’s Divorce Resource Center
Founded in 2012, the Women’s Divorce Resource Center helps educate women on the divorce process. The nonprofit organization was co-founded by Vicki McLellan, CFP®, CDFA EA, MA and Rebecca Abel  CFP®, CDFA™. Both have worked extensively on the financial side of divorce. Current co-directors include McLellan, Nancy Warkentin Houdek, MA, LPC, NCC, and Angela Zangarola, MBA, CDFA.
The mission of the Women’s Divorce Resource Center is to empower and educate women contemplating and going through the divorce process. We strive to provide educational opportunities about the various legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. We believe the more support women have during this difficult process, the more confident they will be with their decisions. This empowerment will positively affect women and their children post-divorce.
For more information, please visit www.womens-divorce.org.

White Lake photographer is "People’s Choice" in 2018 MI Great Artist Competition

A White Lake Township photographer whose entries focused on a Great Lakes theme was the top vote getter which guarantees him a place in the finals of the 2018 MI Great Artist online art competition.

The photography of Thomas Bos was the runaway winner of the popular vote, getting nearly 1,700 votes for his entry. Bos will receive $750 among other prizes for being the inaugural “People’s Choice” winner. He is also the first of five finalists in the competition. Thirty-four other artists from Southeast Michigan were also selected by a public vote to have a chance at becoming the 2018 MI Great Artist winner.

“Congratulations to Thomas for catching the eye of the voting public and to our other semi-finalists,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Our judges have a real challenge before them as they decide the ultimate winner. I wish them luck.”

Patterson and Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione launched the contest in 2012 as a quality of life initiative to identify and support up-and-coming artists. They will announce the winner at an evening gallery reception on October 23. The finalists will share a prize package worth more than $16,000.

Nearly 27,000 votes were cast over two weeks during the online voting. The field of 209 artists was reduced to 35 semi-finalists. Originally the top 30 artists were to be selected but the closeness of the voting and the quality of the entries made it necessary to include the additional five artists.

A panel of judges will review the work of the semi-finalists beginning Monday and announce the five finalists on September 18. Their work will be displayed at Park West Gallery in October.

Twenty-two Oakland County residents, five from Wayne County, four from Macomb County, two from Genesee County and one each from Livingston and Shiawassee counties were selected as semi-finalists:
  • Vince Adragna, White Lake
  • Thomas Bos (Bos Exposures), White Lake
  • William Brody, Holly
  • Karen Buscemi, Rochester Hills
  • Nicole Buza, Livonia
  • Izzy Cagalawan (@izzca), Macomb
  • Aurina Counts-Garbovits, Waterford
  • Arlinda H. Crossland, Bloomfield Hills
  • Lacy Draper, Roseville
  • Susan Lori Emerling, Keego Harbor
  • Rachel Fernandez, Detroit
  • Melissa Filimon (Zoey Z.), Swartz Creek
  • Kim Fujiwara, Rochester Hills
  • Donna Gonzalez, Wixom
  • Cindy Heming, Waterford
  • Devendra (Deven) Joshi, West Bloomfield
  • Loren Lacy, Shelby Township
  • Pat Langner, West Bloomfield
  • Lilian Rose Lebednick, Farmington Hills
  • Mia Miller, Waterford
  • Catherine Perez, East Pointe
  • Wendy Popko (Poppy), Sterling Heights
  • Arthur Richards III, Madison Heights
  • James M. Siatczynski, Troy
  • Curtis Simmons (Made of Earth), Bancroft
  • Jen Spezia, Ortonville
  • Michael Tingley, Southfield
  • Vasu Tolia, Bloomfield Hills
  • Robert J. Tyrrell, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Genevieve Van Zandt, Brighton
  • Brooke Voeller, Livonia
  • Brian Wagnitz, Waterford
  • Courtney Welch, White Lake
  • Zach Joseph Wendt, Rochester Hills
  • Denise Cassidy Wood, Northville
The artists’ work can be viewed at MiGreatArtist.com.

The MI Great Artist winner will receive $1,500; five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery; a group exhibition October 23-30 at Park West Gallery in Southfield, with an award ceremony and reception October 23; and a selection of business services from the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center; among other prizes.

Four runners-up will each receive $375 and other services.

The judges are Scaglione; Charles Boike, artist, lawyer and 2012 MI Great Artist finalist; Phil Gilchrist, executive director of The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens; Barbara Heller, director and conservator – special projects for the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, founder of Pangborn Design Collection and a former professor at the College of Creative Studies; artist and sculptor Don Tocco; and Kristie Everett Zamora, arts and culture coordinator for Oakland County's Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

MI Great Artist partners include Oakland County, Park West Gallery, AdvantageOakland.com and Oakland County Prosper® magazine.

U.S.-Japan Council President is keynote speaker for Women's Leadership Conference

The president of the U.S.-Japan Council is the featured speaker at the U.S.-Japan Women’s Leadership Conference set for September 26.

Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the Washington D.C.-based organization, headlines the program which focuses on women who hold leadership positions. It is sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council and hosted by the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

“We are honored to host Irene Hirano Inouye for this important leadership event and excited about our partnership with the U.S.-Japan Council,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is a singular opportunity to hear from Mrs. Inouye and others in leadership positions and learn first-hand how they advanced in their professions.”

The conference will be held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required at AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com. A light lunch is included. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The U.S.-Japan Council is a non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and governments on both sides of the Pacific. Japan-based companies have significant investment in Oakland County, owning more than a quarter of the nearly 1,100 international firms in the county.

Inouye, who founded the council in 2008, also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the government of Japan that invests in young Japanese and Americans through educational and cultural exchanges and leadership programs. She is former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for 20 years.

Inouye is the widow of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and World War II hero. He represented Hawaii in Congress for more than 50 years and was the first Japanese-American elected to serve in both the House and the Senate. He died in 2012 at age 88.

The conference includes panel discussions that highlight women in leadership positions in Oakland County government and the paths Japanese American women have taken to become leaders.

The Oakland County government panel includes:
  • Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs
  • Jordie Kramer, director of human resources
  • Kathy Forzley, director of health and human services

The Japanese American panel includes:
  • Yuki Sakai, deputy Counsel General of Japan, Detroit
  • Izumi Suzuki, president of Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Novi
  • Motoko Tabuse, professor, Eastern Michigan University
  • Yuka Sato, former world champion figure skater and U.S. Women’s Figure Skating coach

Both panel discussions will be moderated by Laurie Van Pelt, director of management and budget for Oakland County.

Other sessions include:
  • A presentation from Mary Kamidoi, treasurer of the Detroit Chapter of the Japanese American
  • Citizens League, entitled “What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Stronger”
  • A leadership training workshop led by Deputy County Executive Phil Bertolini entitled, “You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello: The Art of Communicating”

Health Division: The time is now for back-to-school vaccinations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Oakland County Health Division strongly encourage school-aged children to get the necessary vaccinations as the school year begins. Vaccination is an important step to ensure long-term health and helps protect the health of classmates, friends, relatives, and others in the community.

“Vaccinations defend against many serious diseases and help keep students healthy and in school,” Patterson said. “I strongly recommend everyone to make sure their child is up to date on all vaccinations to protect them and other children at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.”

In 2017, only 56.2% of Michigan toddlers and 38% of Michigan teens aged 13 to 17 years are up-to-date on all their recommended vaccinations, according to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR).

Follow the recommendations below to help protect school-age children from serious diseases:
  • Check your child’s immunization records to determine what vaccines your child needs and catch up on any missed vaccines before the school year begins. Contact your child’s healthcare provider, school, or Oakland County Health Division for more information.
  •  Follow the CDC’s Recommended Immunization Schedule, and work with your healthcare provider to determine what vaccines your child needs.
  •  Get an annual flu shot: Annual flu vaccines are recommended for children 6 months and older. Each year, millions of children get sick from seasonal flu. Thousands are hospitalized and some children die from flu. Children of any age with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, and disorders of the brain or nervous system are at especially high risk of serious flu complications.
  •  Get the recommended vaccines for preteens in addition to a yearly flu vaccine:
    •  HPV vaccine protects against HPV infections that can cause cancer later in life.
    •  Tdap is a booster shot to help protect preteens from whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
    •  Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against meningitis, and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia). These illnesses can be very serious, even fatal.
  • Protect your child from the current hepatitis A outbreak. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. Symptoms may include sudden onset of abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, tiredness, loss of appetite and/or headache followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice). Vaccination is recommended for everyone and is the best protection against hepatitis A.
"We continue to see vaccine-preventable illnesses in children who are unvaccinated, such as whooping cough and measles, re-emerging in Michigan,” said Dr. Russell Faust, medical director for the Health Division. “This is a strong reminder that vaccines work, and you can protect your children by making sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.''

Vaccines are available at the Oakland County Health Division. Pre-payment and registration are not available at these walk-in clinics. Health Division offices are located at the following addresses:
  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
If you have insurance, check with your healthcare/insurance provider for possible benefit coverage. The Health Division participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program which offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children up to 18-years-old. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. A discounted/sliding fee schedule is available. Payment options include cash and credit card. Credit card fees apply. Bring all insurance and identification cards to the clinic.

For more information about immunizations, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Oakland County Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Follow @PublicHealthOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for up-to-date public health information.

5 fun and funky yards you have to see in Oakland County


A 7-foot-long dragon on a corner in Ferndale, a 4-foot-tall red apple on a front lawn in Pleasant Ridge and a chair big enough to fit six people in Berkley. 

Those are just some of the funky and unusual pieces of lawn art you'll find in front yards across southeast Oakland County.  

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Tigers debut custom Mahindra rig with souvenir-blasting turret


Comerica Park is set to see a boost in action by way of a Mahindra-made off-road vehicle blasting souvenir T-shirts and balls into the stands with a rotating turret.

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Forest of 65 red utility poles appears in Southfield: Why they're there


Southfield’s mavens of modern art applauded after cutting the ribbon on metro Detroit’s most ambitious new piece of public art — described as “an abstract grove of trees.”

As with most public art, not everyone is sure to cheer. This piece is bright red, three stories tall, made of used utility poles and stretches the length of a football field. So, is it beautiful — and worth $50,000 in public money?

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Ray's Ice Cream, selling happiness for 60 years


Wilma Andrews has never missed an Andrews family reunion. Even after moving from Berkley to Denver, her entire year’s schedule is arranged so that she is free to travel and to spend a week socializing with kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends and attend a huge reunion picnic at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

But to Andrews, just as important during her yearly visit as that picnic, is at least one visit to Ray’s Ice Cream on Coolidge in Royal Oak.

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Annual survey from Bingham Farms firm reveals consumers' technology habits

The Bingham Farms-based mobile strategy and development company jacapps has recently analyzed and released the results of an annual national survey of new technology devices and emerging mobility solutions.

Jacobs Media Strategies, the parent company of jacapps and also based in Bingham Farms, performed and released the survey, dubbed Techsurvey 2018. More than 64,000 respondents completed the survey this year.

The findings are intended to demonstrate how consumers use technology. Its findings are many.

Out of the more than 64,000 respondents, one in four considered themselves "early adopters" of new technologies. That rate is larger among men, 28 percent, Millennials, 32 percent, and African Americans, 31 percent.

The survey also found that the younger the generation, the more likely they are to allow radio and music apps to access location data, use push notifications, and allow microphone permission. For example, 57 percent of Gen Z respondents allow access to location data while just 46 percent of Baby Boomers do.

The contrast is starker for push notifications, with 54 percent of Gen Z and 27 percent of Boomers allowing so, and for microphone access, at 47 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

During the 2017 holiday season, 41 percent of men and 40 percent of women did most or all of their holiday shopping online. Just 30 percent of Gen Z did so, perhaps on account of their young age, but 50 percent of Millennials and 44 percent of Gen X shopped almost exclusively online. Boomers still fought the crowds at the nation’s malls, with just 28 percent of Boomers shopping almost exclusively online.

Alarm clock sales must be down, as the majority of respondents now use their mobile devices as their alarm clocks.

Visit jacapps online to view more of the results.

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