Dear Crabby, Who Gets the Grandfather Clock?

Dear Crabby Gives Advice

Dear Crabby, My mom recently passed away and the pain of losing her is still fresh. But that hasn’t stopped people from asking for something personal of hers or asking if we’re gonna sell this or that. Is there any etiquette for this sort of thing? Thanks, Miranda Moneypenny Dear Miranda Moneypenny, First, let me say I’m sorry for your loss. Losing someone you love never gets easier—especially when it comes to our parents. Secondly, the etiquette in this situation is for … [Read more...]

Local Community Prays for Safety and Calm after Mosque Shooting

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Expresses Concern After Shots Fired at Islamic Society of North America Headquarters The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit expresses its concern after a mosque sign was shot at in Plainfield, Indiana. The mosque serves as the headquarters for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). While thankfully nobody was reported injured at the mosque, ISNA congregants have reportedly received threats of violence on account of their faith as Muslims. “We are … [Read more...]

Rep. Webber Applauds FY 2017 Budget

State Rep. Michael Webber today voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, praising the General Fund and School Aid Fund budgets for their support of Michigan’s students and infrastructure. “This is a budget that funds our state priorities,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “From increased per-pupil funding for K-12 to additional resources for Universities and Community Colleges, this budget emphasizes our focus on strengthening education in our state. At the same time, we … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Will Women Be on Money?

Dear Crabby Gives Advice

Dear Crabby, I was in Starbucks the other day and pulled out a $10 bill to pay when I remembered, weren’t they going to replace Alexander Hamilton with a woman’s picture? And if so, when will it happen? Thanks, Diana Diez Dear Diana Diez, That’s right. I had forgotten about the proposed switch-a-roo myself. I love history. In fact, I earned a medal in sixth grade for memorizing all the presidents and their bios and reciting it in front of the whole school, so I’m very … [Read more...]

Calling All Young Film Makers

2016 Flint Youth Film Festival

June 15 is the deadline for the 2016 Flint Youth Film Festival The festival will be hosted by the Flint Institute of Arts July 28, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The festival is open to entrants ages 13-25 and college students regardless of age. It is a free program of the Flint Youth Media Project (FYMP), sponsored by the University of Michigan Flint Communications. The FIA, Mott Community College’s Media Arts and Entertainment Technology program and iMichigan Productions, Inc., are also a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Was Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest?’

Dear Crabby Gives Advice

Dear Crabby, In today’s society we put our athletes on a pretty high pedestal even though very few of them deserve it. But one athlete truly worthy of the praise (in my humble opinion) was Muhammad Ali and I was quite bummed to hear he passed away last week. What do you think—was Ali really ‘The Greatest?’ Thanks, Randy Righthook Dear Randy Righthook, Being from De-twa, most people probably assume when it comes to boxers, I’d jump to the city’s defense and say Tommy … [Read more...]

Regional Transit Authority Master Plan Summary with VIDEO


The Master Plan The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced its extensive master plan to connect Southeast Michigan. One of the goals is to link 310 schools, 23 colleges, 22 hospitals, and 47 libraries via their signature slogan: Rapid, Reliable, Regional transit connections. Here's the map: RAPID:  To get you where you need to go quickly and efficiently, with more frequent and faster service. RELIABLE:  To get you where you need to go on time, without wondering when or if a bus … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Get in the TSA Line?


Dear Crabby, My family decided to stick close to home for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but we’re thinking of taking a vacation at some point this summer. Or rather we were until I saw the news about the out-of-control lines happening at airports. Should we brave the lines or should we just stay home? Thanks! Gina Globetrotter Dear Gina Globetrotter, I hear what you’re saying. Those TSA (that stands for Transportation Security Administration, in case you haven’t flown in … [Read more...]

Skip the Sales and Pancakes this Memorial Day and Honor the Sacred Dead Instead

Judge Warren Honors Memorial Day

Commentary on Memorial Day, by Judge Michael Warren I love pancakes, especially at the International House of Pancakes. However, when I sat down recently at my friendly neighborhood IHOP, I was barraged at the table with the message that I should "celebrate Memorial Day" by buying red, white and blue pancakes. My stomach ached instead of hungered. We should honor Memorial Day, not cheapen it with pretty pancakes. Of course, IHOP is hardly an outlier. Look around, the crass … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Cycling through Downtown Rochester

Where the Trails Meet

Where the Trails Meet Rochester has been named a 2015 Nationally Certified Main Street Community, which emphasizes historic preservation. Finding a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors in the historical downtown area can be challenging. Rochester has adapted to many changes since 1817 and is now at the heart of an increasingly popular recreational trail system connection. The Paint Creek, Clinton River, and Macomb Orchard Trails are a part of a vital network … [Read more...]