Food Safety Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson encourages residents to stay healthy this Thanksgiving by following the Health Division’s four basic steps of food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. “Oakland County’s Health Division offers these safety guidelines to help prevent harmful bacteria from making your loved ones ill this holiday season,” Patterson said. “Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.” Hot foods should be kept at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Holiday Exhibit is Rolling into Town   

Get on board with this year's model train exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting their holiday exhibit, Get on Board!: A Model Train Exhibit in November and December. The exhibit opens on Friday, November 27 in the newly completed Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The trains will be running on from 1 – 4 p.m. on: Friday, November 27 Saturday, November 28 Friday, December 4 Saturday, December 5 Friday, December 11 Saturday, December 12 Friday, December … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho! Swim with Santa at the OPC

OPC Swim with Santa

Ho Ho Ho! Once again, Santa will be making his appearance at the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC)! Open to the public, Swim with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 5 at the OPC with two offered sessions, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2 p.m. An annual holiday tradition at the OPC, families will have the opportunity to swim together and meet Santa in the pool. Santa’s helpers will also be on hand to distribute fun toys to the girls and boys. Both lap and therapy pools will be open to … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Donates $5,000 to Rochester Area Neighborhood House; Announces Three-Year Pledge 

Rochester Rotary President, Alan McLellan (left) and Rochester Rotary Charities President Cary Riggs (right) present a check for $10,000 to Kathy Losinski, Executive Director of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, at the Nov. 17 Rochester Rotary meeting. 
Photo credit: Barbara Fornasiero

Rochester Rotary was pleased to recently present a check for $10,000 to Kathy Losinski, Executive Director of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, at the Nov, 17 Rochester Rotary meeting. Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a nonprofit human service organization founded in 1968 by local faith communities to assist neighbors during times of hardship. The organization partners with the community and other social service providers to help neighbors in need move toward self-sufficiency. Cary … [Read more...]

Greens Market is a Favorite Rochester Destination


The Greens Market has been in operation every year since 1946 and this year, it promises to be better than ever. Between four and five hundred people shop at the marketplace each year, and many are return customers. “We see familiar faces, friends and family each year”, said Pat Hambleton, Greens Market co-chair. “Our club members really look forward to being a part of this exciting event and connecting with the community.” Linda Claussen, a resident of Rochester Hills, has been … [Read more...]

RCS Board Approves Bond Project Service Providers

The Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District approved the bond project service provider recommendations as presented by district administrators at the Board meeting on Monday. This approval by the Board enables the district to enter into negotiations with the recommended companies. “All of the firms interviewed were highly qualified with adequate experience in K-12 bond projects,” said Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana Taylor. “After much … [Read more...]

Oakland County Residents Save Over $2.6 Million in Prescription Costs

On April 13, 2013, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners introduced the Coast2CoastRX Card Program to Oakland County residents. Since its inception, a little more than two-years ago, residents have saved in total $2,667,449.94 in prescription costs. To date, the partnership between the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Coast2CoastRx has attracted 7,649 prescription card users. “We are pleased with the positive impact the Coast2CoastRX program has made with our residents and for … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: What it Means to be Muslim

Dear Rochester Media, As an Ahmadi Muslim woman, I am very disturbed at the events in Paris and around the world. While these terrorists call themselves Muslims, in reality they are not practicing Islam and we do not recognize them as such. There is nothing these people do that is remotely connected to Islam except that they use its name as a weapon to incite people to violence. I am a proud member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association of Metro Detroit. Here in Rochester Hills, we … [Read more...]

Patterson Demands Pontiac Not Accept Syrian Refugees

L. Brooks Patterson

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urged Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman to discontinue her support of housing Syrian refugees in buildings owned by Live In Pontiac LLC and Pontiac Community Investment LLC in a letter he sent to her office today (pictured below). Patterson cited the lax immigration policies of the federal government and the inability to guaranty there will be no ISIS infiltrators among the refugees as reasons the project should not move forward. “Any program such … [Read more...]

Cultivating Gratitude

gratitude and leaves

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, we begin to plan out our holiday weekends. If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, then you're collecting recipes, planning your schedule of what to cook and when, you're assigning family members their dishes to bring to dinner and creating your shopping list. If you're a Black Friday shopper, then you're sorting through the shopping ads advertising sales and planning out where you'll shop and what time you'll be there. Most of us with young … [Read more...]