Dear Crabby, Does Coaching Kids Make You Cringe?

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Dear Crabby, My kids are always wanting to try new sports, and we encourage that. But it seems like every time they go out for something, the organization puts pressure on us to get involved as coaches. Did you ever deal with this, or is this a new trend? Sincerely, Preston T. Coaching Dear Mr. Coaching, My kids did want to try new things, and we also encouraged that when they were young. One year, my son and his friends wanted to play baseball, but the school claimed that they … [Read more...]

Lyon Gear receives DTE Energy Rebate and so can You

Lyon Gear in Oakland Twp (Rochester) used a DTE Energy Rebate to replace lighting fixures - photo by Michael Dwyer

Most everyone likes to save money and energy. Did you know that as a DTE Energy customer you can apply for rebates for energy saving improvements to your home or business? Incentive programs are available for Michigan businesses. According to the DTE Energy website: “Incentives are available for an array of energy-saving technologies, both electric and gas. Choose from a prescriptive menu of projects with pre-set incentives. This project menu includes incentives for energy-efficient … [Read more...]

A Pin for your Thoughts

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It's almost embarrassing how many of my conversations now start with the line, "So I saw this really cool idea on Pinterest...” By now, you too have probably at least heard of this new site and application that combines searching for things and social media. Some say it's addicting, while some say it wastes time, but I say it's inspiring. Pinterest is easily explained as a virtual corkboard where you can "pin" your interests. You can search for just about anything, follow things other … [Read more...]

Saturday meeting on electric ‘smart’ meters

Editor's note: Due to the lack of response, this meeting has been canceled. A group of Rochester Hills residents working on a plan to remove DTE ‘smart’ meters from their homes will meet for the second time on Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m. Attorney Greg Meihn, who led the first meeting, will again attend to guide the group through the process. To RSVP, email marblack@sbcglobal.net. … [Read more...]

Rochester’s new parks and rec plan debuts

Wondering what the city of Rochester is planning for its parks? During the month of March, the city will offer residents a peek at the proposed new Park and Recreation Master Plan. The 30-day comment periord leads up to a public hearing by the master planning committee on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. The city has been working on a five-year plan which will serve as a guide for the development and improvement of the city’s parks. The committee will take public comments during the hearing, which … [Read more...]

Expect more cuts in Rochester schools next year

June 18 may seem like a long way off. But between now and then, a lot of important decisions will be made that will impact the next school year in Rochester. Rochester Community Schools is facing yet another round of cuts. After restructuring that adds up to $31 million since 2001, the district is facing a shortfall of $10.8 million for the next school year. At a Jan. 27 workshop, the board of education instructed administration to find budget reductions in the range of $3.5-$6.1 million and … [Read more...]

Rochester Newcomers and Neighbors Club Welcome Coffee

Come sip some coffee and chat it up with current and potential members of our club.  This meeting will be held on 3/14 from 10:00-11:30am at Panera Bread located at 37 South Livernois, (corner of Walton & Livernois). Discover the benefits of joining our club that will encourage you to make new friends while having fun participating in our various weekly and monthly groups and activities.  They include, but not limited to "Dine-abouts", "Ladies on the Go", "Queen Cuisine", "Mom & … [Read more...]

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Exclusive Make Up Studio Featuring Michigan-Based Mineral Skincare Line

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited about the addition of a different kind of doctor to downtown Rochester. The Chamber is welcoming Dr. Elise Calvert, life coach and developer of EB Cosmetics, to her new Main Street location with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. Having had locations throughout Oakland County and metro Detroit, the move to downtown Rochester was the perfect fit for the make-up studio’s new home. Dr. Calvert launched Elise Beautifull in … [Read more...]

Meet ‘Bachelor’ Ben at Hollywood Market!

You've seen him on ABC's "The Bachelor," now you can meet Ben Flajnik in person, Thursday, March 1 at Hollywood Market in Rochester. Fans of the show know that aside from his quest to find love, Ben's true passion is winemaking. He and his business partner Mike Benzinger will be signing bottles of their Epilogue brand from their Envolve Winery in Sonoma, California. Stop by Hollywood Market located at 1495 Rochester Road, Rochester Hills. The bottle signing will take place from 3:30 to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Remote Controlled Toys Safe?

Dear Crabby, My eight-year-old son wants a remote controlled car for his birthday, but I am not very familiar with them. Do you think they are safe? Did you ever deal with these kinds of toys? Sincerely,  Nancy Nervous Dear Ms. Nervous, Yes, I do remember the days when my kids were into these remote controlled items. They had the cars and the boats and the airplanes. I can't remember any safety issues with the kids, per say, but I certainly remember concerns for other things.  … [Read more...]