Within a week, Michigan has lost two very important business leaders and humanitarians who have become icons in their respective businesses and were generous contributors to metropolitan Detroit, the state, and beyond.
Dominic S. Moceri, legendary homebuilder whose corporate headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, passed away at the age of 86. Art Van Elslander, Founder of Art Van Furniture, passed away at the age of 87. Both men built businesses that have become household names and built reputations for their significant generosity.
I met Mr. Moceri only a few times, but know his sons Dominic and Mario far better. He was the patriarch of the family and will always be remembered for the positive impact he has had in our area. No doubt some of the most beautiful neighborhoods around have the Moceri name on them. His legacy is not just home building, it’s giving back to the greater community that he called home.
Art’s passing has more of a family connection for me. Art was my cousin. I only got to know him less than twenty years ago. He shared stories about his youth and remembered back when he and my Dad were childhood playmates. Our families came here from Belgium, mine would find its way directly to Detroit; his went first to Canada and then settled in Detroit. I got to know him a little better over the years and was invited to a number of special events he held. It was an honor to get to know him and it was particularly exciting to be able to visit with him when he opened an Art Van Furniture Store at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. In the picture above, my wife and I were attending an event where Art was being honored as Belgian-American of the year. He was always very proud of our Belgian heritage and for this event, he personally called and asked me to be there. Oh, and one other item of credit I have to give him. He introduced me to his friend, supermodel Cindy Crawford.
All of us at the City of Auburn Hills pay tribute to Dominic S. Moceri and Art Van Elslander. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.
Do you have someone in your life that is suffering from dementia? Are you a caregiver and wonder sometimes how you can keep going? Do you feel all alone taking care of your loved one, wondering if your thoughts, concerns and challenges are yours alone?
Having a family member or friend who suffers from dementia can be stressful, difficult and can tear at your emotions. Most of your feelings and thoughts are the same feelings and thoughts of other caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group meets the 3rd Thursday each month at the Auburn Hills Community Center from 6pm-7pm, which is conducted by 2 trained facilitators, Cindy Morley and Annette Werner. This is a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to build a support system with people who understand. It allows participants to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs and concerns as well as learn about community resources.
Our support group meets regularly and encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally caring for the person with dementia.
Stop by the 3rd Thursday at 6pm and meet other caregivers, just like you.
If you need to talk to someone before then feel free to call to one of our facilitators: Cindy Morley 248-875-2052 or Annette Werner 248-840-5169 or call the Senior Services Department at 248-370-9353.
Submitted by Karen S Adcock, SDC Director of Senior Services
This morning, the news reported the tragic deaths of two older adults found outside in this horrible cold.
Why they were outside we might never know, but it’s a huge wake-up call for all of us to check on our older family members, friends, and neighbors. What can you do?
Make a phone call, visiting or just being observant could prevent another tragedy.
If you have elderly family members or neighbors offer to go out and get their mail, take the trash out or in or even stop at the grocery store and grab a few items for them so they do not have to go outside.
If you are cooking dinner, make a little bit extra and take it to them. A warm home-cooked meal can make any frigid day feel warmer.
Shovel or plow out their driveway and sidewalk. This is really important in case an emergency occurs or they are receiving Meals on Wheels.
If your elderly family members are not close by, make sure you have a neighbor or friends contact information in case you can’t contact your family member.
If you are concerned about an elderly or frail senior, please do not hesitate to call 911 to report your concern.
The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department is another good resource for non-emergency programs and services for older adults.
Let’s help protect those who have given so much to our community.
Twice each year, the Auburn Hills Senior Services Department plans and implements the Rake & Run initiative for our Auburn Hills senior citizens. As part of the program, volunteers head to participating seniors’ homes on a date of their choice for a fall and spring clean-up. In recent years, the program has drawn over a hundred volunteers and has consistently helped, and brought smiles to many of our Auburn Hills seniors. Continue reading “By the Numbers: Rake and Run”→
A great day on Saturday as downtown Auburn Hills was bustling with hundreds upon hundreds of children and adults making their way down the sidewalks and collecting candy and other goodies from the various merchants and organizations who participated in this year’s Spooktacular event. Although a bit cold, it was a dry day which meant that the weather didn’t prevent anyone who wanted to come out for this annual event from doing so. Continue reading “SPOOKTACULAR is Spectacular!”→
Standing inside the Pentastar which you see when travelling past the building along I-75.
Grounds that are so meticulously maintained they are a piece of art.
The building seems to go on and on and with 15,000 people, it’s truly like a City within a City.
I recently visited the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) headquarters complex here in Auburn Hills, and complex it is. I’ve been with the City for nearly seventeen years, but never got to see some of the things I saw recently when I toured with a couple of executives from the company. Continue reading “A city within a city – right here in Auburn Hills”→