County Executive Takes ‘Oakland Together’ Plans On The Road

MEDIA ADVISORY – County Executive David Coulter takes ‘Oakland Together’ Plans On The Road For Three Town Hall Meetings

​County Executive David Coulter takes ‘Oakland Together’
Plans on the Road for Three Town Hall Meetings

Who

David Coulter, Oakland County Executive
Oakland County residents
What

​Oakland County Executive David Coulter will engage residents in a conversation about his Oakland Together plans from his 2020 State of the County address during three town hall meetings in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, and Troy. His speech set a collaborative tone and ambitious agenda to expand health care for county residents, ensure adults complete needed education and job credentials, move a county division and its staff to downtown Pontiac, and develop an economic strategy for the next decade which includes tripling defense investment in the county by 2025. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com and enter the search term “Oakland County Executive David Coulter.” To replay or learn more about the State of the County, go to www.oakgov.com/sotc.

When

Feb 18, 2020, 2/18/2020, 2/20/2020, 2/24/2020, 6:30 PM
Additional Info

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.

Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40

Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 Features Diverse Professionals Impacting Their Communities

PONTIAC, Michigan – An FBI special agent, an Oakland County commissioner, a farmer/ township trustee and a cancer survivor who rose from a part-time deli clerk to become corporate affairs manager for a major grocery chain are among those selected for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020.

The program, in its ninth year, honors young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County and have achieved excellence in their profession. There were about 250 applications and nominations for the class, which was selected by a panel of independent judges.

“We are fortunate to have such passionate and talented leaders who are committed to their professions and improving their communities,” County Executive David Coulter said. “They truly are bringing Oakland County together for a more prosperous future. They are a wonderful testament to the diversity and talent in our county.”

The class includes FBI Special Agent Nate Knapper, 33; Kristen Nelson, 36, a behavior analyst at Spark Center for Autism who is Oakland County commissioner for District 5; Scott Ruggles, 36, a White Lake Township trustee and also runs an 1,100 acre farm; and Rachel Hurst, a cancer survivor and corporate affairs manager for The Kroger Co. of Michigan.

The class is invited to join Coulter at his inaugural State of the County address on Feb. 12 at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac where they will be honored at a pre-reception. These are members of the 2020 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class. Ages listed are as of Jan. 1:

  • Anton Babushkin Ph.D., Owner and Director, Wellness Psychotherapy, 37
  • Ebony Nicole Bagley, Digital Producer, CBS Detroit, 35
  • Dustin Barlow, Owner, Nerds Xpress, 32
  • Josh Barney, Vice President, J.J. Barney Construction, 35
  • Drew Benson, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Troy, Michigan, 27
  • Katie Brown, Shareholder, Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, 36
  • Kelsey Cooke, Drainage District Legal Counsel, O.C. Water Resources Commissioner, 35
  • Amber DeLind, Membership Director, The Center for Michigan | Bridge Magazine, 33
  • Heather L. Farmer, Deputy Finance Director/Deputy Treasurer, City of Auburn Hills, 37
  • Dandridge Floyd, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Oakland Schools, 37
  • Tyler Frederick, Reentry Specialist, Oakland County Children’s Village, 32
  • Mark Geary, Director, External Communications/Media Relations, Beaumont Health, 38
  • Kevin M. Hirzel, Managing Member, Hirzel Law, 38
  • Rachel Hurst, Corporate Affairs Manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan, 33
  • Alan Jaros, Director, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bowers School Farm, 32
  • Amber Joseph, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Dutton Farm, 24
  • Matthew Kidd, Partner, Blunden & Kidd Accounting & Consulting, 29
  • Courtney Flynn Kissel, Attorney, Dykema Gossett, 37
  • Nate Knapper, Special Agent, FBI, 33
  • Deanna J. Kossaras, Intellectual Property Counsel, Harman International Industries, 31
  • Colleen McClue, Owner, Made in The Mitten Store, 31
  • Smita Mehta, Community and Engagement Manager, Faurecia, 37
  • Kristen Nelson, Behavior Analyst, Spark Center for Autism; O.C. Commissioner, 36
  • Ahmad Nsour, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Eagle Technology Competence, 39
  • Nikki O’Donnell, MA, LLP, Psychologist, Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness, 37
  • Aimee Page, Chief Clinical Officer, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, 32
  • Dr. Danielle Penson, Owner / CEO, Kaydense Galleria, 38
  • Jenny Poma, Chief Operating Officer, Lighthouse, 35
  • Armanda Prendushi-Hadribeaj, Owner, Birmingham Martial Arts, 31
  • Matthew Prince, Physician, Center for Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 37
  • Brianna J. Romines, President, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 38
  • Scott Ruggles, Owner, Ruggles Ranch, 36
  • Tyler Sajan, COO, Safe n Simple, 24
  • Jason Sweet, Director, Admissions and Outreach, Walsh College, 31
  • Ralph Thompkins, Owner, S.W.A.G Kids Gym, 34
  • Nicole Thompson, Police Lieutenant, Oakland University Police Department, 37
  • Annie Urasky, Director, Dept. of Civil Rights Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, 35
  • Dominic Vicari, Operating Partner, Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, 35
  • Whitney D. Weiner, DDS, MS, CEO, Owner, Whole Dental Wellness, 36
  • Bianca Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Umbrellex Behavioral Health Services, 36

Free Community Naloxone Training

Free Community Naloxone Trainings

Auburn Hills, MI – January 30, 2020

The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (Alliance) offers free
Community Naloxone Trainings throughout Oakland County. For more information
about any of these trainings please feel free to contact the Alliance at
info@achcmi.org or by telephone at (248) 221-7101.

February 3 rd – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free Community Hands Only CPR Training and
Naloxone Training – Farmington Hills City Hall, City Council Chambers, 31555 West
Eleven Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Join the Alliance of Coalitions for
Healthy Communities, the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Farmington
Hills Fire Department for a FREE community-wide hands only CPR training and
Naloxone training. Everyone over the age of 18 will receive a Save A Life kit which
includes  tw

o doses of 4 mg Nasal Narcan. Please bring your driver’s license or
State ID to the training to receive your kit. Register at
https://tinyurl.com/AllianceTraining02-03-2020.

February 5 th – 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free Community Naloxone Training – Human
Health Building, Room #1050, 433 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester, MI 48309. Join
the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities and Oakland University for a
FREE community-wide Naloxone training. Everyone over the age of 18 will receive
a Save A Life kit which includes two doses of 4 mg Nasal Narcan. Please bring your
driver’s license or State ID to the training to receive your kit. Register at
https://tinyurl.com/v2xle55.

February 6 th – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free Community Naloxone Training – Human
Health Building, Room #1050, 433 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester, MI 48309. Join
the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities and Oakland University for a
FREE community-wide Naloxone training. Everyone over the age of 18 will receive
a Save A Life kit which includes two doses of 4 mg Nasal Narcan. Please bring your
driver’s license or State ID to the training to receive your kit. Register at
https://tinyurl.com/w4tbnbw.

Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, founded in 2004, is a 19 coalition
prevention partnership based in Oakland County and predominantly funded by
Oakland Community Health Network. The Alliance also provides five Shatter the
Stigma Support Groups throughout Oakland County and free Narcan trainings.

Wildwood Film Festival: A Huge Success

Wildwood Film Festival: A Huge Success

Orion Neighborhood Television, Orion’s community access television station, would like to thank all of the participants who took part in the sixth annual Wildwood Film Festival held on Oct. 30.

A sellout crowd arrived at the Oxford 7 theater for the screening of nine short films produced by Lake Orion area filmmakers. Adult division winners include: first place, “Witched” produced by Mindy Denninger, second place, “Wildcat Gold” produced by Charlie Fracker and third place, “Sacrifice” produced by Vincent Martocci. “Rock Collectors 2” produced by Nathaniel Jernberg-Johnson took first place in the youth division, and The People’s Choice Award went to “Akuryo” produced by Clayton Willis, Bryce Darrin and Dane Von Allmen. The ONTV staff was proud to present the Lake Orion High School S.O.S. suicide prevention program with a $217 donation.

Ian Locke, ONTV Executive Director stated, “This special event really showcases how many talented filmmakers we have in Lake Orion and the surrounding area. This year we had a lot of comedy which makes for a really fun night. We’ve been doing the film festival for six years and we’re glad we can continue to provide this opportunity to the community while supporting the High School’s S.O.S program.”

ONTV would also like to thank its sponsors for adding to the success of this year’s festival: 20 Front Street, Orion Oaks Dental and FlipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer. Filmmakers were given the challenge of producing a 10 minute film in five days. Each group was given a prop, location and a line of dialog which they had to use in their film. The producers worked in groups with production equipment supplied by Orion Neighborhood Television.

Orion Neighborhood Television is an award winning community access television station serving the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township. ONTV is housed at the Orion Center at 1349 Joslyn Rd. ONTV can be seen on Comcast Cable and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Programs can also be seen on-demand at www.orionontv.org. Contact ONTV by phone: 248-393-1060, Email: ONTV@orionontv.org.

ONTV Producers Bring Home Philo Awards

ONTV Producers Bring Home Philo Awards

On Thursday, October 17th Orion Neighborhood Television producers were honored at the   Philo Festival of Media Arts, hosted by the Central States Alliance for Community Media. The awards ceremony took place at the WKTV Studio in Wyoming, Michigan. The Philo awards in an annual public access television cable TV competition within the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan region. The “PHILO” is awarded for excellence in community media in various categories.  

Award winners include: Joe Johnson and Stacy Calloway for the ONTV News cast in the news professional category, Tessa Bratton and Jenny Bhatti for the Orion Township Roundabout Benefits video in the instructional professional category, and George Sinnott also took home a Philo for his Active Living show in the political awareness non-professional category.

“I feel ONTV is one of the best access centers in the state, if not in the country,” says ONTV Station Manager, Joe Johnson. “The Philo awards validate the fact that we put out quality programming.” Community access television was established in the Orion area over 30 years ago and has become a vital part of the community. “Our volunteers and staff work really hard to provide media tailored to our residents,” says Tessa Bratton, ONTV’s Production Manager. “It feels great and it’s inspiring for all of us at ONTV to be recognized for that effort and passion.”

The Philo awards is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of modern television.  Farnsworth was born in 1906 and invented the first receiving tube for television transmission. The ACM Central States Region honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth by recognizing the effort of access producers who promote the use of media in their community.