Dear Crabby, Can mommy get quiet time?


Dear Crabby, I'm the parent of four very small children. I love to read. However, every time I try to sit down with a good book, I am bombarded with various interruptions. I end up reading and rereading the same two sentences over and over. I have become so frustrated that I have stopped trying to read. Is it worth trying to pursue my passion again? Sincerely, Frazzled Frannie Dear Frazzled Frannie, It seems like I have been where you are myself. I know that at times we can get so … [Read more...]

McMillin files Hailstorm oversight bills

Requires specific warrants, oversight, and criminal penalties for misuse Today, State Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) introduced House Bills 5710 and 5712, which would put rules, penalties and oversight in place for military-style Hailstorm and StingRay cellular surveillance technology, such as those used by the Oakland County Sheriff’s office. “Laws have not kept up with technology and now that law enforcement is using military-style surveillance devices, we need to update our … [Read more...]

New principal to lead McGregor Elementary School

Dave Pontzious

Successful veteran principal takes the helm for the 2014-15 school year A successful veteran educator with a track record of leading strong academic achievement has been appointed principal of McGregor Elementary School, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner announced Wednesday. Dave Pontzious will take over as principal of McGregor Elementary officially on August 1, Dr. Shaner said. Pontzious, principal of North Hill Elementary School since 2011, is an 18-year … [Read more...]

Oakland County retains Aaa because of budgeting practices

According to a press release, Oakland County, Mich. retained its Aaa bond rating on $3.1 million Building Authority Refunding Bonds, Series 2014, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Moody's Investors Service cited the county’s strong fiscal management practices as the reason behind awarding it the highest credit rating with a stable outlook. “We expect the county's financial position will remain strong going forward owing to continued application of very solid fiscal … [Read more...]

Tienken/Livernois intersection expected to close July 21

The contractor for the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is set to begin working on the Tienken road reconstruction project, Livernois Road to just west of the Paint Creek Trail in Rochester Hills. The road will then be closed on Monday, July 21. At that time, the Tienken Road/Livernois Road intersection will be closed in all directions for the duration of the project. The project involves reconstructing Tienken, adding a continuous center left-turn lane and constructing a … [Read more...]

Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) projects

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) announced the following projects may cause traffic delays on between July 16 and July 23 or may start shortly thereafter. It is RCOC’s goal to conduct road improvement projects in a way that interferes with traffic as little as possible. This list includes both Road Commission projects and projects conducted by others, under permit, on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission. Please note: This information is subject to change. … [Read more...]

Spider-Man swings through Rochester Hills


Customers at Chili's in Rochester Hills were entertained and thrilled with The Amazing Spider-Man on Tuesday night, July 15th. Staff told Rochester Media that they were excited to have the Spidy sensation in their restaurant, and they planned for more characters on the third Tuesday of every month this year. The public can sign up for Chili's email list at their website,, in order to receive coupons and notifications. As to whether this was the actual superhero or not, … [Read more...]

Fine Artists come together for 49th year of Arts & Apples Festival


According to a press release, each year, over 125,000 southeast Michigan residents and art enthusiasts welcome the fall season at Michigan’s second largest juried art fair that gathers more than 290 fine artists from across the country.  Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ (PCCA) prestigious Art & Apples Festival is now celebrating its 49th year and is proud to bring a 13th nationally ranked art fair to Rochester. The three-day event takes place September 5-7, 2014 in the scenic 30-acre … [Read more...]

Crittenton Hospital in Rochester For Sale?


According to Crain's Detroit, "Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, a 254-bed nonprofit hospital in Rochester Hills, is up for sale...In 2013, Crittenton Hospital lost $22.2 million on operations, an increase of 38 percent from 2012’s operational loss of $16.1 million, according to the hospital’s audited financial report. Powell attributed the loss to decrease in patient volume and a changeover to a new accounts receivables system. Total revenue dropped 6.3 percent to $228 million last year, … [Read more...]

Baldwin Road repair project near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets expected to start Monday

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) announced via press release that it expects its contractor to begin work Monday, July 14, on the repair of Baldwin Road from Delevan Street to I-75 near the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. The project involves the replacement of approximately 50 percent of the concrete in this section of Baldwin. During the project, which is expected to last until approximately the end of September, the road will be reduced to one lane in each … [Read more...]