Sunday, May 19, 2013
Rubber Ducky Race, 5K benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.
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Ducks will be flocking to Rochester today. The seventh annual Rochester Rubber Ducky Race returns today to Rochester Municipal Park. The event, a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, begins at 12:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned carnival and 5K fun run at the park. The actual race, in which thousands of ducks are dumped into the creek from the bridge on the north side of the park, begins at 2 p.m. The race is the creation of Rochester Hills mom Donetta Behen, who came up with the idea seven years ago as a way to thank the community that helped her family get through a tough time. Daughter Morgan Behen fought brain cancer as a child; the Behen family received a "wish trip" (to swim with dolphins in Florida) while Morgan was going…
Find out who is posting on Patch, including the Ferndale DDA, and how you can get started.
Your voice. Your community. The Patch Local Voices section can be a powerful tool for yourself, your group or your business. It's the perfect place to promote a big event coming up, voice your opinion on something you are passionate about or share tips from your career field. Each Sunday we will feature some of Patch's most interesting Local Voices writers, show you who is posting on Patch and how you can get started. FUNdraising for ART in Downtown Ferndale The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority joined Patch Local Voices this week and posted about two great events: Wheels & Wine and ARTWN -- the “original” fundraiser for public art in Downtown Ferndale. "Volunteers at the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority never cease to amaze…
Find out what crimes made headlines in neighboring communities over the past week.
The following information was supplied by area police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions. BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP: Intruder Threatens Bloomfield Township Homeowner with Screwdriver The female burglar took jewelry and threatened to kill the homeowner while wielding a screwdriver when confronted, police said. TROY: Cadillac Escalade Stolen, Retail Fraud, and Robbery in Troy The following information was obtained from the Troy Police Department. ROCHESTER HILLS: 3 Break-Ins Reported in Rochester Hills Oakland County Sheriff's deputies respond to 3 alarms in Rochester Hills, find smashed windows. ORION TOWNSHIP: Sheriff's Office Seeks Information in Orion Township Break-Ins Three break-ins …
Take a closer look at one of the homes currently on the market in Lake Orion.
This house at 560 Barron Drive in Lake Orion has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,132 square feet. It is listed for sale at $699,900. It is described as "paradise on the lake" and features an unfinished 30x14 bonus room, a patio for entertaining, a dock facility, balconies and a beach. Information and photos courtesy of Zillow.com.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Carlee Crisan of Rochester Hills is looking to give 'American Idol' another shot this summer.
When judges for TV's American Idol come to Detroit this summer, a Rochester Hills singer-songwriter will be standing in line hoping for her big break. Carlee Crisan, 19, of Rochester Hills, who entertained Deck Art 2013 attendees Friday with an impromptu set at Plain & Fancy Gift Shop following a street performance, hopes to bring her flavor of vintage-inspired indie rock to TV audiences. Crisan, who cites classic tunes from the 1950s as a major influence, is no stranger to the Idol world, having tried out for the music reality show in 10th grade. "I almost got to see the judges," Crisan said. But, she said, she failed to make the cut. Crisan, who goes by the stage name Carlee, is a fixture at Metro Detroit venues, including Dessert Oasis …
Check out the sights from this year's event.
Deck Art 2013 has come to a close, but the skateboard decks decorated by more than 250 local artists will remain on display in downtown Rochester until June 1. More than 50 downtown businesses displayed the decks, which came from artists ranging from elementary-aged to adults. After June 1, artists will have the option of selling their deck commission-free to an art buyer or taking the deck home to display—or ride. Check our gallery for photos of some great decks and contribute your own by clicking the big button beneath the photos! Which deck was your favorite? Tell us in the comments.
Each week we feature a photo from a reader. Upload your photos to Patch and you could be featured next week.
Patch loves community photos. Each week, we will share the best photos uploaded from Patch users. This week's comes from Lynn Marie Oates and the Relay for Life of Greater Rochester. Do you have a picture of the Rochester area to share? Upload it to the "Pics & Clips" gallery to be featured on Patch. Professional and amateur photographers, You can also regularly share your photos in the Patch Local Voices Section. How can I post on Patch? Blogging in our Local Voices Section is easy:
This dog is available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield.
Meet Chippy, our Pet of the Week. Chippy is an approximately 3-year-old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is currently available for adoption with Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield. He is described as being "extremely smart," knows basic commands and walks like a perfect gentlemen on a leash. He "loves giving kisses and is just so full of silly personality," his adoption profile states. Chippy would do best in a home with a tall fenced yard and with no other animals. View his full profile here. For more information or to fill out an adoption application, visit http://www.almosthomeanimals.org. Information and photos submitted by Almost Home Animal Rescue.
Here are some of this week's big stories from nearby towns.
Every Saturday, Patch will help you catch up with the big news happening in nearby towns, bringing you stories from Patch sites along Woodward Avenue and beyond. Here's what's been happening nearby this week: BIRMINGHAM: Woman Trying to Push Car Killed in Birmingham Parking Lot A Roseville woman was pinned between two vehicles after her vehicle stalled in the North Old Woodward Parking Lot. FERNDALE: Ferndale High School Student Makes 'Brightest and Best' List Celeste Goedert was among more than 250 recipients of WXYZ-TV's annual honor. BERKLEY: Crashed Car Reminds Berkley Students to be Safe During Prom Week The totaled Ford Focus outside Berkley High School warns juniors and seniors, who celebrate prom Thursday at the Lafayette Grande …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Deck Art resumes from 5-9 p.m. today.
If the crowds in downtown Rochester on Thursday were any indication, one needn't know how to ollie or grind a rail to appreciate some skateboard deck art. Deck Art 2013, which kicked off Thursday and resumes from 5-9 p.m. today, features more than 250 artists from around Michigan showcasing their art on blank skateboard decks at about 50 different downtown businesses. "It's good, it's fun, everybody's having a good time," said Linda Gallaher of South Street Skateshop, an organizer for the event. "It's very festive." The art at the event comes from artists ranging from elementary schoolers to seasoned adult artists from around Metro Detroit and as far as Grand Rapids and Flint. "The boards are spectacular," Gallaher said. "The elementary …