Monica Drake, The Oakland Press

Monica Drake

The Oakland Press

Troy, MI, United States

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  • The Oakland Press
  • The Macomb Daily
  • Daily Tribune
  • The Morning Sun
  • The Mighty

Past articles by Monica:

Jean Short Party in Ferndale held in honor of local man who died by suicide

Every year for his birthday, Royal Oak resident Dave Thomas wanted all of his friends to wear cut-off denim shorts, eat Hot Pockets, and dance the night away at Luna Nightclub. After his death, his… → Read More

Michigan filmed ‘An Intrusion’ released nationwide on Thanksgiving Day

Emagine Theatre in Novi recently rolled out the red carpet for the statewide premiere of “An Intrusion” – a movie filmed entirely in southeast Michigan – after its world premiere at the Chelsea Fil… → Read More

White Lake business raises money for 9-year-old’s brain surgery

Nicholas Matteson, 9, of Commerce Township was complaining about a severe headache – and, only two minutes later, he fell unconscious. → Read More

Pontiac man encourages people to support LGBTQ businesses during Pride Month and beyond

During Pride Month, many big businesses are selling rainbow-colored products to celebrate. But Brett Nicholson, owner of Liberty Bar in Pontiac, is encouraging the community to, instead, celebrate the month → Read More

Southfield chef makes lunch for local first responders

St. Anne’s Mead, an assisted living facility in Southfield, will deliver 140 lunches to the city’s first responders on Thursday, June 10. → Read More

West Bloomfield baker hosts online fundraiser to fight antisemitism

Julia Ohana, founder of Culinary Art Therapy in West Bloomfield, is partnering with chefs worldwide to host a bake sale supporting the Holocaust and Humanity Center. → Read More

Birmingham area women award more than $250K to local nonprofits

Birmingham-based nonprofit Impact100 Metro Detroit selected local organizations Developing Kids and Freedom House as the recipients of two $100,000 grants. → Read More

Rochester Hills nonprofit helps local residents find employment post COVID-19

The Rochester Hills-based nonprofit Neighborhood House was recently awarded a $16,000 grant by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. → Read More

Community members share how they've been impacted by the public mental health system

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Oakland Community Health Network asked people across Michigan to share their mental health journeys and inspirational messages. → Read More

Nonprofit hosts Men’s Health Week events to raise funds for health screenings

About one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, and early detection is vital. → Read More

Rochester Hills woman hosts fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association in memory of husband

Rochester Hills dentist Dr. David Kontry died at age 69 after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease in October 2019. → Read More

Nonprofit STEM Without Boundaries recruits local students for leadership team

In the last year since Novi High School students founded the nonprofit STEM Without Boundaries, it has reached more than 230,000 individuals and has expanded to 21 chapters across the → Read More

Fundraiser helps families afford to keep pets in midst of financial hardships

Huron Valley State Bank employees recently hosted a pet food drive – collecting a trunk full of cat and dog food along with monetary donations. → Read More

Gretchen Whitmer declares this week Michigan EMS Recognition Week

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed May 16 through 22 as Michigan EMS Recognition Week to honor the state’s emergency medical service personnel for their lifesaving work on the frontlines of the → Read More

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declares this week Michigan EMS Recognition Week

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed May 16 through 22 as Michigan EMS Recognition Week to honor the state’s emergency medical service personnel for their lifesaving work on the frontlines of the → Read More

Cranbrook awards scholarships to help kickstart local artists’ careers

Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills awarded several scholarships to students and graduates to support their continuing education and aid them in transitioning to working artists. → Read More

Downtown Milford businesses join together to celebrate Huron Valley teachers

Downtown Milford businesses showed their appreciation for Huron Valley School District teachers and staff last week. → Read More

Metro Detroit author combines passions for horror and mental health in his novels

The setting of author Mark Matthews’ latest novel "The Hobgoblin of Little Minds" may be familiar to some local residents. → Read More

Local author combines passions for horror and mental health in his novels

The setting of author Mark Matthews’ latest novel "The Hobgoblin of Little Minds" may be familiar to some local residents. → Read More

Former Red Wing Darren McCarty performs at FAR Therapy’s 70th anniversary celebration

FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, a Birmingham based nonprofit providing therapy to individuals with special needs, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. → Read More