About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at Michael@RochesterMedia.com or @TALKTRAVEL

The Big, Bright Light Show in On

Did you miss Lagniappe and the opening night of the Big, Bright Light Show? The bad news is you missed Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some reindeer. But, the good news is you also missed a lot of traffic issues, trying to find parking, and jammed sidewalks. The best news is - the light show runs every evening through the holidays - you can still go see the more than one million points of light. The Big, Bright Light Show is now in its twelfth season. The buildings of Main Street will be covered … [Read more...]

City Council Election Results 2017

The unofficial results of the 2017 election are now posted at the Oakland County clerk's office. Visit their website for all the results in the county. For readers of The Community Edge, there were no elections in Oakland Township, however here are the results for the City of Rochester and the City of Rochester Hills. For the City of Rochester Council, the top three voters - Nancy L. Salvia, Dean Bevazque, and Stuart Bikson - will receive 4-year terms, and the fourth top spot will go to Ann … [Read more...]

Introduction of the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 30, at the site that will be the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township (VTOT). Local and county officials were present, as well as Board members, and a number of the donors who are supporting the effort. The tribute is located on the west side of Adams Road, between Dutton and Silverbell Roads. The goal of the VTOT is to honor the patriotism and valor of military veterans, past, present, and future. The VTOT also wants to provide a … [Read more...]

Missing Coonhound McKenzie

Just South of Rochester Hills, mostly in the Troy Area, posters for a lost dog named McKenzie are still up and sightings are still coming in. The wandering Treeing Walker Coonhound went missing June 22, 2016 from a residence in Ferndale. She was spooked by fireworks being set off and jumped a fence. She ran in a blind panic and has been lost ever since. A vigilant campaign was launched to keep the word out that she is still being seen. Throughout the past year McKenzie’s owner, Cindy Booth, has … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Massage Heights New Ownership

Paul and Jennifer Bialy took over as owners of Massage Heights in Rochester Hills on the first of May this year. The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting welcoming them to the chamber. Next to Trader Joe's at Walton and Adams, this franchise first opened in 2008, sold in 2013, and again this year. The Bialy's bring local ownership and control back to this location. Massage Heights offers massage and skin therapy, as well as home and body products. "My … [Read more...]

Huzzah and Cheers for the 39th Annual Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival Is Back and Celebrating 39 Years of Family Fun The 2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival once again sends guests back to the 16th century. This is that one time of year where southeast Michigan residents can dress up as elves, knights, faeries, and princesses and go to the Village of Hollygrove. This made-up land, on the border of Holly and Groveland Township, is ready to go with new attractions, as well as time-tested favorites. The Michigan Renaissance … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Bikram Yoga of Rochester Hills

Another option for people who love yoga opened its doors earlier this year and held a ribbon cutting on April 17. Bikram Yoga of Rochester Hills holds classes seven days per week - four on weekdays and two on Saturdays and Sundays. Pure Bikram Yoga is 90 minutes, with 26 postures, includes two breathing exercises, and in held in a studio at 105 degrees with 40% humidity. Every class and teacher uses the same Bikram Choudhury (founder) style. "The founders of this studio came to … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park 2017

Friday July 21 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Local musician Allie Louise will open the evening with a few original songs, then the poetry readings begin at 7:00 p.m. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Stop by for a few minutes or come for the evening—event runs until dusk. Rochester Poets The group … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Tonia’s Victorian Rose in Downtown Rochester

Tonia's Victorian Rose held a Ribbon Cutting this Spring in Downtown Rochester "I guess I’ve always been a 'foodie' and I blame my Mom and Grandma, because they were such great cooks," said Tonia Rangarajan-Carsten, new owner of Tonia's Victoria Road Tea Room & More. Loretta Curry was the previous owner of the business, and in mid-December of 2016 she handed the keys to Tonia after being in business for 21 years. Tonia re-opened in early January 2017 with just a few small changes. … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester Art Teacher, Jo-Ed Spitzer

Jo-Ed Spitzer inspired people – students, family, and friends – to be creative and to enjoy making art. Many will remember Jo-Ed from Rochester Adams High or West Junior High. He was an art teacher with the Rochester Community Schools from September 1970 until June 2006. He passed away on his birthday at the age of 76 from complications with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Art Teacher Jo-Ed was born in Detroit on June 28, 1941, and served as a Private in the U.S. Army … [Read more...]