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

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...]

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...]

Ribbon Cutting: RE/MAX Defined in Oakland Township

Re/Max Defined opened their Oakland Township location recently and hosted a ribbon cutting through the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce on June 21, the first day summer. Food and drink welcomed guests, agents, and local leaders to their large office at the NW corner of Adams and Silverbell Roads. Under the leadership of Andrea Esse, this new office will offer all the services customers need for buying and selling real estate. "The best home for top producing agents," is their … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Starting Line Health and Fitness

Chip Werner founded Starting Line Health and Fitness in 2010 "with a desire to create a different experience for athletes as well as coaches," said Werner. "I am a 20+ year veteran coach in the sports and fitness world. I watched my beloved field become a corporate monster where clients became investment opportunities. Our athletes, their goals, and our commitment are the sole focus of this business." What kind of athletes are your customers? "We train high school, college, and … [Read more...]

Arts, Beats & Eats Festival Reaches 20-Year Milestone

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Partnerships, Cultural Features, and Fitness Fun While summer is just getting started, organizers of the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival are well on their way to planning for the 20th anniversary edition. The Labor Day weekend event originated in Pontiac and is now held in Royal Oak (September 1-4, 2017). Festival organizers announced new cultural offerings and public engagement components at a special function … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: IGNITE Media Group New Location

IGNITE Media Group hosted a ribbon cutting on June 8 to welcome community leaders, family, and friends to their new location in Rochester Hills. They are a full-service marking agency that produces all their work in-house, which includes web and print design, video production, and more. Founded in 2013, IGNITE is ran by three Oakland University graduates, two of whom attended Rochester high schools. Patrick Shannon - Designer Nickolas Monteleone - Developer Chris Crouin - Digital, … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: AAA Insurance Crooks Corner Open for Business

AAA branch owners, Kathleen Novetsky and Craig Zmijewski, welcomed friends, family, and members of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce to a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7. While they opened their doors a few months ago, warmer weather always makes for a good afternoon of photos, cake & custard, and welcoming announcements. "I grew up in NW Detroit, then West Bloomfield before attending/graduating from the University of Detroit, where I met my husband. We are an active family … [Read more...]

Rochester Hill’s Riverbend Park is Now Innovation Hills Park

City Council Renames Riverbend Park Many communities have a Riverbend Park. When people suggested meeting at "Riverbend Park" - you used to have to ask, "Which one?" Riverbend Park was the official name of the Rochester Hills city park located north off Hamlin Road, between Adams and Crooks Roads, even though the entrance sign clearly showed "River Bend Park" as the name. However, none of that will mater now. After a community-wide contest, the Rochester Hills City Council unanimously … [Read more...]

Fun and Entertainment at the Rochester Hills State of the City Address with VIDEO

Record Crowd of 600 Hears Diverse Stories of Growth and Success Mayor Bryan K. Barnett delivered his 11th State of the City address at Rochester Adams High School on April 10 to a record crowd of over 600. Guests zoomed over the red carpet, past the welcoming Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, and into the auditorium to here about the success of the city, as well as to be entertained by dancing, skits, musical numbers, and pyrotechnics. Inspired by the influence Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Party to Benefit Three Oakland County Charities

Third Annual "Haute to Trot" is Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, May 6 Gone are the days of bake sales and rummage sales. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club puts the “fun” back in “fundraising” by hosting its Third Annual “Haute to Trot” Kentucky Derby Party. On May 6, 2017, ladies and gentleman will don big hats and crazy bowties for an evening of fun at the Rochester Hills Museum, to enjoy live entertainment, Mint Juleps and dinner to show their support for three Oakland county … [Read more...]