Small Business Week Knocks it out of the Park

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Events

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce ‘Knocks it out of the Park’ for Small Business Week The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce (RRCC) announces an opportunity for area businesses, individuals and nonprofits to celebrate Small Business Week by joining the Chamber during an annual Membership Drive, May 2-6. “Knock it out of the Park” will be a one-week event with the goal of welcoming 100 new members. “Chamber membership is an essential way to grow a business, gain … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will You Go to Prom with Me?


Dear Crabby, Not sure if you’re aware, but it’s prom season. I was actually a bit excited that my twins (both girls) were old enough to attend this year… until they told me how much it would cost. Why are proms so expensive? Near Bankrupt, Ariel Triton Dear Mrs. Triton, Oh, I do not envy you. My kids are long past prom age, but I’m enjoying watching them deal with the crazy that surrounds prom these days with their kids. Be thankful you don’t have a son. Have you heard … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does Earth Get Its Own Day?


Dear Crabby, Last weekend I was out working in my yard when my neighbor asked me if I was doing anything for Earth Day. I looked at him like he was crazy. Is this just some liberal crap because it’s an election year? Please tell me Earth Day isn’t a real thing. Thanks! Tony Terra Dear Mr. Terra, Well, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but not only is Earth Day a real thing, but it’s been around for over 45 years. Sorry. The good news is that in the spirit of this … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do We Pay Taxes?


Dear Crabby, I know we’re getting close to the deadline, but I just started getting my taxes ready to file. My son asked why adults have to file them and I told him we’d ask you since you know everything. So… why do we have to pay income taxes? Thanks! Tina Tariff Dear Ms. Tariff, My dad always said the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. And boy, do taxes sure feel like death sometimes. Especially if you end up having to pay—ouch! Hey, did you know taxes are … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Clean Scene May 7

Annual Clean Scene in Oakland Township

47th Annual Clean SceneIt is time to hit the road again and collect the litter and debris that old man winter left behind on Oakland Township's roadsides. Each year dedicated volunteers become part of the solution in helping keep our township looking great! This year's event will be held on Saturday, May 7. Participants gather at 9:00am at the Township Hall for sign in, bag pick-up and refreshments. Volunteers choose the roads they intend to clean beforehand or are assigned a road on Clean Scene … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Whose Superhero Side Are You On?


Dear Crabby, Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been out for a few weeks, I’m curious to know which superhero you side with. Thanks! Diana Prince Dear Diana, You know April Fool’s Day was last week, right? There’s a better chance of me getting a tattoo on my fanny than going to see this movie. Don’t get me wrong. I get the appeal of these superhero movies, I really do. What I don’t understand all the need to make them so over-the-top. Big explosions and all that … [Read more...]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan Opens at Great Lakes Crossing

LEGOLAND opens at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills

Representatives from local government, Merlin Entertainments, media outlets, Lego clubs, and school groups - as well as Rochester Media - had the chance for a sneak peak at this new Great Lakes Crossing attraction. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan opens to the public for the first time on Friday, March 25. The attraction is the 8th LEGOLAND Discovery Center in North America, the 14th globally and the 100th Midway attraction for Merlin Entertainments. LEGOLAND Discovery Center … [Read more...]

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester Appoints Executive Director

Executive Director Johanna Allen

The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester announced today that local attorney Johanna Allen has joined the organization as its new Executive Director Johanna's business background and community service will serve her well in her new position. A lifelong resident, she established her law practice in 1990. Community service leadership roles include serving on the Board and as Board Chair of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, on the Board and as President of the Rochester Rotary … [Read more...]

Four Area Students Place in the TOP 100 at the MAEA Conference

Dehlila Dahms, Deerfield Elementary

Four Avondale School District elementary students place in the TOP 100 at the MAEA Conference The Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) announced its 2016 TOP 100 elementary-aged artist last week naming four Avondale School District elementary students including one student who ranked in the TOP 15. The MAEA recognized the work of Kindergartener Jordan Smith from Auburn Elementary in Auburn Hills; along with fifth-grader Jessica Chan, third-grader Noah Fields, and fifth-grader Dehlila … [Read more...]

Invasive Species in Oakland County

Phragmite, an invasive species, will be targeted in Oakland County

Oakland County Collaborative Receives State Grant to Combat Invasive Species The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has been awarded a $243,775 grant to combat invasive plant species from the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development. Oakland CISMA participants will match about 50 percent of the state funding, making more than $440,000 available for 2016.   The CISMA was formed in 2015. The … [Read more...]