Dear Crabby, Are the Detroit Pistons Really Moving?

Dear Crabby, With the construction of the new Detroit Red Wings (Little Caesars Arena) sports complex underway, I began wondering if the Detroit Pistons will finally make the move downtown Detroit? What do you think? Thanks! Randy Roundball Dear Mr. Roundball, Oh, boy. This topic seems to pop up as often as that Facebook privacy hoax. On one hand you’ve got people bellyaching that sports teams should play in the city that’s on their jersey. What many people may not remember is the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did Everyone Become an Independent Consultant?

Dear Crabby, These days when I open my Facebook page, I am inundated with invites to either a virtual or a physical party for whatever the latest direct sales phenomenon is. I want to support my friends, but if I buy something from each person, I’ll go broke! Any thoughts on how to handle the situation? Thanks, Missy Dependent, Dear Miss Dependent, Are these independent consultants anything like the ladies I remember growing up that sold Tupperware and Avon? I don’t think my mom ever … [Read more...]

One of Only 160 in the Nation

Rochester Hills Fire Department Receives Life Safety Achievement Award The Rochester Hills Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2015 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Did All These Clowns Come From?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or is it every time I turn on the news, there’s another clown incident? It’s creepy. I mean, what’s the point? Thanks, Phil Payaso Dear Mr. Payaso, When I first read your question, I thought you meant the other clowns on the nightly news. Ya know, the presidential candidates—ha! But after I reread the question, I figured out what you’re referring to. All those people dressing up like clowns and scaring people all over the country. And I don’t think there … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University Delivers Adventure and Amusement with ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

Outside, the leaves are changing and there’s a hint of winter whispering in the winds. But inside the Varner Studio Theatre on Sunday, the air was charged with passion and heroism as the Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance Department presented their first production of the 2016-2017 season, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Set against the backdrop of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, the play is based on the 1905 novel written by Baroness Emma Orczy. It features music by … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Dear Crabby, I love fall. Living in Michigan, I think it’s the best season to experience and our last hurrah before the dreaded ‘s’ stuff starts falling. But it seems like as soon as Labor Day was over and the school routine started up again, I was hearing whispers of Christmas. Now I’m no Scrooge, but isn’t it too early to be talking about putting up trees and playing holiday music non-stop?  Thanks, Suzie Salem Dear Suzie Salem, Yes! It’s absolutely too soon to be yapping about … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Bestows Beautification Award

Residents of the Clear Creek Subdivision enjoyed an exceptional entry display this summer, complete with an abundance of flowers, eye-catching boulders, stone walls and even a waterfall. It certainly caught the eyes of members of the Rochester Garden Club who awarded it the 2016 Beautification Award. This award is presented each year to a local business or public garden in the Rochester area with outstanding landscaping. The entry display was installed and maintained by Brian Szliter, … [Read more...]

Arnold Palmer dies at 87

According to "Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday in Pittsburgh, the United States Golf Association confirms. We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87." Photo by CBS — USGA (@USGA) September 25, 2016 … [Read more...]

SEA LIFE Michigan Earns Prestigious AZA Accreditation

Rigorous inspection and review process assures the attraction meets rising standards for animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced today that SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium in Auburn Hills has been granted accreditation by AZA’s Independent Accreditation Commission. “Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said AZA Interim … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Assassins’ Takes Aim at The American Dream

There’s something oddly ironic about watching a play—a musical no less—that centers around presidential assassins on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And yet that’s where I found myself on Sunday along with what looked to be a full house. Truthfully, Avon Players could not have picked a timelier topic to open their 2016 – 2017 season considering anything remotely political seems to have taken over our lives. From Lin-Manuel Miranda making Alexander Hamilton must-see theatre (11 Tony Awards® don’t … [Read more...]