The 2016 Elite 40 Under 40 Class

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The newly selected Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 met for the first time at a special reception at the 2016 State of the County on February 10th, 2016. The class was then recognized in Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Address.

“This is our fifth Elite 40 class and every year seems to get stronger. The future of Oakland County and the region is extremely bright if we can retain the talented young minds we have in this class.” Continue reading

Ali Woerner: 2016 Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

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Congratulations are in order for Ali Woerner, the 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class winner. Woerner is an assistant dance professor at Oakland University, and is the co-founder and co-director of the non-profit professional modern dance company, Take Root. She was selected by the public during an online vote and was announced as the winner on Wednesday, February 10th in front of 600 people at the 2016 Oakland County State of the County Address, where she had the honor of introducing County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

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2016 Oakland County State of the County

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The 2016 Oakland County State of the County Address created an air of excitement and positivity throughout the night. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson spoke to an audience of 600 attendees last week, exclaiming that, “The state of the Oakland County is strong! Amazingly strong. Vibrant,” and that he is enthusiastic about the direction in which the county is headed.

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2015 MI Great Artist Winner Kenneth Hershenson

2015 MI Great Artist winner Kenneth Hershenson.

2015 MI Great Artist winner Kenneth Hershenson.

Kenneth Hershenson of Clawson was chosen as the winner of the 2015 MI Great Artist award competition for his acrylic on canvas art. Largely self-taught, Kenneth Hershenson, 62, has been painting and drawing for nearly 50 years. A favorite piece in the show, “A Pair of Jacks,” was a an idea that came to him almost 30 years ago, which he has worked to perfect through the years. Visitors can see “A Pair of jacks” along with his other wonderful pieces, at the Park West Gallery through January 8, 2016. Continue reading