On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has a whole new look. This morning, staff of the restaurant were joined by officials from the City of Auburn Hills and the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce to celebrate their extensive renovations, inside and out. On The Border has been a corporate citizen since 1999. Mayor Kevin McDaniel reminisced about being part of the first restaurant staff when it originally opened. After a ribbon cutting and brief presentation, guests were treated to lunch with a wide array of Mexican specialties. The food was great and the staff was courteous and friendly. We thank On The Border for their reinvestment in our community and encourage those who love Mexican food to pay a visit to their newly remodeled location at 3930 Baldwin Road along the outer perimeter of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.
We’ve all heard and acknowledged this phrase before, “don’t be afraid to fail.” However, how many of us truly live it? When making a decision or generating an idea, do you select the option which may result in an appalling failure but could be a smashing success? Or, do you opt for the less risky, fail-safe choice which makes you feel nice and cozy inside reassuring you that nothing could possibly go wrong?
From time to time, I come across events that are truly worthwhile for seniors, caregivers, family members and friends. The Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo is one of those events.
This event provides a wide variety of educational sessions, resources, and displays. So many times we might see information on products specifically for seniors in a magazine or on TV but are hesitant to purchase something without seeing it or touching it. There are over 90 vendors at this event where you can touch and feel a variety of products and talk to various professionals.
Do you sometimes feel like you’re lost in a maze when it comes to understanding Medicare or Medicaid? Or care for a loved one with dementia and don’t know what resources are available to help you? This Expo is like a one-stop shop to get answers to many of your questions.
And as always, the Senior Services Department is a great place to seek resources, ask questions and get answers. And if we don’t know an answer or have the resource, we can certainly refer you to someone who does.
I thought today I would take an opportunity to congratulate two very special people on their marriage. And why is this an Auburn Hills story you might ask? Well, on Saturday, Andrew Opalewski married the love of his life, Amanda Thomas. You see, Andrew came to the City of Auburn Hills a few years back as a marketing intern. After doing a great job for the City as an intern, he transitioned into a full-time role with the City. Around that same time, we recruited for our Management Assistant intern, a role we fill annually as a one-year assignment. That year, Amanda Thomas was selected. Although always focused on their work and committed to their employment, it certainly did become apparent that there was a little more interest between these two individuals beyond just being co-workers. Not long after meeting Andrew here at Auburn Hills, Amanda completed her internship and moved on to another community. Andrew’s work was recognized by a private sector company here in the community that recruited him from us. So both of them left Auburn Hills and went their own separate ways as it related to employment, but their relationship continued and on Saturday, they were married. I had the privilege of being invited to their wedding and celebrating their marriage with them. Andrew has gone on to work in the private sector and Amanda has successfully remained in the public sector, now working for the City of Sterling Heights. Not all of our Management Assistants continue on in the public sector, so we’re proud of the fact that Amanda has done so. Congratulations Amanda & Andrew. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and for Amanda, I personally wish you a lifetime of success with your career in local government.
About one week from today on Thursday, October 6, The City of Auburn Hills will host its First Annual College Night in Downtown. Hop on the Bear Bus and head to the DEN in the heart of Downtown Auburn Hills for a night just for YOU!
Silicon Valley is home to companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. When these companies come to mind it is easy to think of their incredible office spaces; food for employees, flexible work schedules and collaborative spaces are just a few of the highlights. When were hear about these companies many of us believe we will never see anything like it. I believed the same until I stepped through the doors of Nexteer Automotive at their grand opening and ribbon cutting last week. The new facility is simply breathtaking and certainly earns the title of “Silicon Valley meets Motown.”
The facility seamlessly connects with employees at the company’s other locations. Individuals in Saginaw were able to hand write a message that appeared on a whiteboard in real time here in Auburn Hills! The employee cafeteria was home to large touch screen displays that showed traffic maps for the Metro Detroit area and other important announcements for employees and visitors.
The work space of the building was designed for collaboration. At every turn there were common spaces of various sizes. The office is almost completely open. Each work space features desks that can accommodate both sitting and standing. Co-workers are easily accessible and collaboration occurs naturally. The handful of traditional offices in the building are much smaller than the typical “corner office” and feature glass walls, promoting both transparency and, again, collaboration.
Nexteer Automotive has created a workplace that brings together the best of their industry and the proven success of the modern collaborative work space. They are right to call the building their “smart headquarters.” We wish Nexteer continued success as they and their employees settle into their new home. And we’re certainly proud to be their World Headquarters hometown.
The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department has been working alongside Oakland University Physical Therapy Program on a grant that will benefit the growing population of senior citizens within our city limits. Karen Adcock, Senior Services Director and Deb Colling, Health and Wellness Coordinator & Community Liaison have been assisting Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson of Oakland University for the past year with a common goal to obtain a grant that will link senior citizens within the community with Physical Therapy to help with primary and secondary risk prevention in the home. Continue reading “Auburn Hills Senior Services Partners with Oakland University”→