Your Oakland County Commissioners at Work for You
On June 14, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson presented one proclamation to Southfield School District Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson (from left) and Southfield Regional Academic Campus Principal Marty Bulger, and another proclamation to Donovan Colquitt.
Commissioner Jackson gave a Proclamation of Commendation to Cook-Robinson and Bulger which recognized the Southfield Regional Academic Campus for being selected as the Michigan Alternative Education Organization's ''School of the Year.''
Commissioner Janet Jackson gave a similar proclamation to outstanding Southfield-Lathrup graduate Donovan Colquitt that congratulated him for receiving the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Colquitt is one of only 1,000 students nationwide
to receive such a scholarship.
On May 19th, Oakland County Commissioners recognized the Annual Gay Pride Weekend event held in the City of Ferndale from June 3-5, 2011. A proclamation was presented by Oakland County Commissioner Craig S. Covey to Ferndale's Downtown Development Authority Communications Director Chris Hughes and PRIDE Co-Chair Julia Music.
They accepted the proclamation recognizing June as the month designated worldwide to celebrate the anniversary of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities establishing the modern-day Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement 42 years ago in New York.
Members of the Board took turns reading portions of the proclamation, which also praised the many contributions of the Gay/Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Oakland County and the nation.
Pictured left to right in the front: Oakland County Commissioners Gary McGillivray, Nancy Quarles, Janet Jackson, Ferndale DDA Communications Director Chris Hughes and PRIDE Co-chair Julia Music (holding proclamation), Commissioners Jim Nash, Helaine Zack, and Marcia Gershenson. Pictured in back: Oakland County Commissioners David Woodward, Tim Greimel and Craig S. Covey.
Many local businesses were celebrated at the 17th Annual Waterford Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Awards.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Commissioners Jim Runestad and John A. Scott, along with Oakland County International Airport Director Karl Randall, Judge Richard Kuhn, Jr, and Walgreen Store Managers: Gail Vires and Eric Krosgrud at the annual chamber event held at Oakland Community College - Highland Lakes Campus on May 5th.
On May 4, 2011, the Board honored one of the prime supporters of the Oakland County Animal Control Division's efforts to get unwanted dogs and cats adopted into good homes. Holding the plaque of appreciation is Addy Shattuck, owner of Pet Supplies Plus, a prime sponsor of the county's pet adoption effort.
Shown with her are, left to right, Jeannie Towar, retired publisher of the Eccentric Newspapers, Board Chair Michael Gingell, Larry Obrecht, Manager of the Animal Control Division, Addy Shattuck, Joanie O'Toole, Administrative Supervisor of the Animal Control Division, Commissioners Jim Runestad and Christine Long, and Linda Washe, President of L. W. Market Works.
On May 4, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Gill Elementary School for its
national recognition as a National Geographic Find Your Footprint Contest runner-up.
The Gill Green Team, led by fourth grade teacher Christine Wilson and parent volunteer Gina Adams-Levy, submitted a video explaining their best idea to save energy, save water or reduce waste. Students promoted "Waste-Free Fridays," encouraging everyone to reduce the amount of waste they generate by bringing their lunches in re-usable containers and avoiding use of juice boxes and single serving snacks.
Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hayden Levy, Larissa Herrera, Sydney Levy, and Rosie Burns-Pavlik. Behind them, left to right, are Gabriella Rapp, Alyssa Peressini, Vanessa Eifler, Luke Braska, and Kira Cloer.
In the back row, left to right, are Gina Adams Levy, Commissioner Jim Nash, school principal Mark Morawski, and Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
District 1 Commissioner Beth Nuccio (3rd from right) stands proudly with the Oxford High School Boys Wrestling Team, which won the state championship this year, as the team was honored by the Board of Commissioners. Looking on are Board Chair Michael Gingell, far left, and in the background, Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis (second from left).
The champion wrestlers and their coaches are, left to right:
Front Row: Daniel Curtis, Rocco Borg, Keegan Cantara, Dylan Smith, Matt Anger, (Commissioner Nuccio), Zach Wood, and Coach Brad Keeney.
Second Row: Mike Willits, Kyle Hill, Ben Ralston, Matt Frish, Billy Deeg, Coach Alan Wilfong, and Coach Jake Shagina
Third Row: Coach John Logan, Jacob Peasley, Wesley Maskill, Nick McMaster, Mike Baggett, and Zack Hadorn.
The Novi Varsity Pom Pom’s superb team efforts enabled them to become the 2011 Class A, Division 1 Pom Pon State Champions. 22 of the 24 team members have earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.25 or better. The Board recently offered its congratulations to the team for its success.
Shown here, left to right, are Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Coach Kristy Renaud, Coach Erin Bartos, team members Paige Gurizzian, Mackenzie Kelley, Lauren Collins, Katie Groechel, Christy Lyon, Sara Hudgens, and Kathy Crawford, the District 9 Commissioner from Novi who presented the proclamation.
On May 4, 2011, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners commemorated the historic Freedom Rides on the 50th Anniversary of their beginning. More than 400 young men and women from various backgrounds, cultures, black and white, joined the fight for racial equality and justice. These brave young men and women risked their lives riding on buses through the South as an integrated group.
The first bus of integrated students from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), consisting of 7 students, left Washington DC on May 4, 1961. Their contributions, along with those of many civil rights activists and groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, changed the nation and moved the country toward racial equality. They challenged public policy, social mores and laws based on race in the United States.
Pictured left to right: Reverend Richard Gleason of Franklin, who was a Freedom Rider; Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett, Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., of Bloomfield Township, who was a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a sit-in participant; Oakland County Commissioners David W. Potts and Shelley Goodman Taub.
Dr. William G. Anderson of Bingham Farms (not pictured) was honored for his role as a Freedom Rider and was the leader of the Albany Movement in 1951. He sent a statement, read by former Southfield City Councilman John Reeves, thanking the Board of Commissioners for honoring this part of America's history and those who contributed to it.
The Board also honored Wixom-based Detroit Public Television for its Freedom Riders documentary, and detailed the Freedom Riders Video Essay Contest for middle, high, community and university students. Area students have the opportunity to win $1,000. Entry deadline is June 15th. Go to dptv.org for more information.
Pictured left to right, back row: Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael J. Gingell; Dr. Silas Norman, former leader of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Roger Goolsby, current president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force; and Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett.
Front row: John Reeves representing Dr. William G. Anderson, a freedom rider; the Honorable Claudia House Morcom, former legal representative for freedom riders; Lucy H. Maddox, former secretary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Reverend Richard L. Gleason, freedom rider; Barbara Talley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force Peace Walk Organizer; Barbara Jean Johnson, who aided Freedom Riders and is a representative for Detroit Public Television; John Hardy, a field organizer for freedom riders and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis.
The City of Southfield 's Martin Luther King, Jr., organization was honored for starting the first walk and program observing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Michigan and Oakland County. They initiated the events 26 years ago on January 20, 1986. This organization has inspired other communities to celebrate the Dr. King Holiday.
Pictured left to Right; Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles; Roger Goolsby, the Southfield Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc ., President; Barbara Talley, an original founder of the Southfield Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc's Peace Walk who currently serves as a grant co-chair of the organization; and Oakland County Commissioners Helaine Zack, Mattie McKinney Hatchett and Janet Jackson.
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Estralee Michaelson for her years of service as the Director of the Safe Schools and Student Services for the Farmington Public Schools.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash, Estralee Michaelson, and Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
On April 29, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash recently hosted a special town hall meeting that addressed issues of returning troops, their families and veterans’ services, which created a dialogue and focus group that will help centralize information for services for military personnel and their families.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Lisa Gorman of the Michigan National Guard; University of Michigan’s Buddy2Buddy Manager Tom Devine; Oakland County Veterans’ Service Division Manager Garth Wooten; Community Network’s C.J. Felton; Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Veterans’ Employment Specialist Mark A. Meadows; American Legion #20 representative H. Bill Maxey; Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash; Korean Veteran and American Legion #20 Joe Woods, Jr.; VA Medical Center HUD-VASH Case Manager Ibtisam “Sam” Babbie-Gill; Southfield Veterans Commission Daniel Brightwell; Community Mental Health Executive Director Jeff Brown; and Community Housing Network President Mark Craig participated in this program.
Commissioner Nash is a veteran who served as a member of the United States Army Medical Corps from 1977 to 1980. Commissioner Nash was recently named Chair of the newly created Veterans Services Committee within the Oakland County Human Services Collaborative Council. He will continue to raise awareness and host future military informational events.
Former South Lyon Mayor and Oakland County Commissioner Jeff Potter, who died last year, was honored on April 21st, 2011, during the Oakland County Library's dedication at the county complex in Pontiac.
The resolution honoring Mr. Potter, passed by the Library Board and Library Foundation, was presented to Commissioner Potter's widow, Andra Potter, shown holding the resolution.
Also pictured are Salem-South Lyon District Library Director Doreen Hanoon (left), Oakland County Library Director Laurie Mancini, and Oakland County Commissioner Philip Weipert of South Lyon, who succeeded Commissioner Potter.
Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward honors author and psychologist Sheri Maskowitz Noga at the April 21, 2011 Board meeting for her work and is holding up her book, "Have the Guts to Do It Right." The book offers valuable parenting tips on raising children to become productive and responsible adults.
On April 4, 2011, Commissioner Dave Potts was proud to recognize Linda Solomon for being inducted into the exclusive and prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
. Linda Solomon
is a nationally recognized, award winning photojournalist who has divided her career between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching others to express themselves through photography. State Representative Chuck Moss presented Ms. Solomon with a proclamation from the State of Michigan.
Pictured from left to right: Board Chairman Michael Gingell, Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Commissioner Potts, Berry Solomon (Linda's husband, holding the state proclamation), Linda Solomon (holding her Board proclamation), State Representative Chuck Moss, and Commissioner Helaine Zack.
City officials from South Lyon are all smiles after 8th District Commissioner Phil Weipert presented them with a proclamation recognizing the city's outstanding job of sustaining water quality in the area. The City received state honors for their work.
Pictured left to right: City of South Lyon Councilman Harvey Wedell, City of South Lyon City Manager David Murphy and City of South Lyon Superintendent Bob Martin holding proclamation. Commissioner Weipert is on the far right.
On April 12, 2011, students from around Oakland County attended the 2011 Youth in Government Day Leadership program with their county commissioners in the commissioner's wing of the County Courthouse.
Here, Milford High students pose proudly with their Commissioner, Christine Long, District #7 (3rd from right). Looking on enthusiastically are Board Chairman Michael Gingell (far left) and Board Vice-Chairman Jeff Matis, next to Mr. Gingell.
For more pictures of 2011 Youth in Government Day activities, CLICK HERE
Several Commissioners made a surprise visit March 28 to new Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter at Ferndale's City Council meeting. The entire Board honored Mayor Coulter for his years of service to Ferndale and Oakland County as a former commissioner and now as Mayor of Ferndale.
All twenty-five members of the Board signed the proclamation, which was presented to Mayor Coulter by: (left to right in the back) Commissioners Nancy Quarles, Janet Jackson, Gary McGillivray, and Tim Greimel. In the front are Commissioners: Helaine Zack, Mayor Coulter, Commissioners Marcia Gershenson and Craig Covey, the former Mayor of Ferndale who was replaced by Mr. Coulter.
Photos from the January 5th Inauguration of the 2011-2012 Oakland County Board of Commissioners
This picture shows 24 of the 25 newly-elected Commissioners taking the Oath of Office. The missing 25th commissioner, Bill Bullard, Jr -- Chairman of the 2009-2010 Commission -- resigned as Chairman in January, when he was appointed to replace Ruth Johnson who had been elected Secretary of State. Mr. Bullard can't be seen in this picture, but in his new position as County Clerk/Register of Deeds, he is administering the Oath to his former colleagues.
Here, Nancy Quarles introduces her family to her fellow Commissioners and to those in the audience. Commissioner Quarles is one of two current Commissioners who had served on the Commission before, joining Shelley Goodman Taub, who rejoined the Commission after the 2008 election.
Seen here is the new 25th District Commissioner Craig Covey, as he listens to the proceedings as the Commissioners began their first official Commission meeting of 2011. Mr. Covey, the former Mayor of Ferndale, replaced Commissioner Dave Coulter, who had resigned. In an interesting twist, Mr. Coulter later was named to replace Commissioner Covey as the new Mayor of Ferndale.
The Commission's new Chairman, Mike Gingell of District #3, presents two plaques honoring the man he succeeded, former Chairman turned Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr, on the right. In the rear looking on is Commissioner Jeff Matis, who was elected Vice-Chairman to succeed Mr. Gingell.
Mr. Gingell and fellow Commissioners also honored the outgoing Administrator for the Board of Commissioners, Larry Doyle.
The Commission's newest Commissioner, Bob Hoffman, is sworn in after he was appointed a few minutes earlier to become the Commissioner for District #2. Mr. Hoffman is replacing the man who is swearing him in, Bill Bullard, Jr, the new Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds.
Cathy Crawford is all smiles after she was sworn in as the new Commissioner for District #9. On Commissioner Crawford's right is her husband, Hugh Crawford, who held the same position until two years ago, when he was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives. On the right is their friend, former Oakland County Commissioner Eric Wilson.
Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett, second from left, expresses her happiness that her sister Marian Pledger (to Commissioner Hatchett's right), as well as friends Sonya LeDuff, Pontiac School Board Trustee Gil Garrett, and Evelyn LeDuff were able to join her for her inauguration. Commissioner Hatchett's sister Marian drove all the way from Cleveland, Ohio, to witness Ms. Hatchett's swearing in.