Rochester Community Schools Narrows Achievement Gaps

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently released the remaining four schools within the Rochester Community School District from Focus School status for their efforts to bridge the achievement gap between the top and the bottom 30 percent student performers. “This is great news,” said Superintendent Robert Shaner. “Our curriculum department has done an outstanding job exploring alternative approaches to enhance student achievement. It’s wonderful when the hard work of our … [Read more...]

Who’s Who of Life Science in Michigan to Attend Medical Main Street Event Sponsored by Oakland University

A virtual who’s who of major players in life science and health care are among those scheduled to attend Medical Main Street’s annual networking event on Sept. 16 in Troy. DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, DPro Healthcare, Farmaceutix, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Infection Prevention Technologies, JEMS Technology, NSF Health Sciences, Orchid, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and the University of Michigan – Dearborn are among those registered for the … [Read more...]

Tickets on sale for Q2 Awards

Tickets are now available for the 23rd Annual Quality People/Quality County (Q2) Awards breakfast hosted by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint. This year’s honorees include Terence E. “Terry” Adderley, executive chairman of Kelly Services; Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and chief executive officer of Walsh College; and prominent attorney Elbert Hatchett and his wife Laurestine. Established by Patterson in … [Read more...]

Calling All Designers for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of the Trees

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Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. New to the event this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Organizers are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. … [Read more...]

AT&T Scheduled to Work on Manhole Structure in Rochester Hills

According to the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the northbound outer lane of Crooks Road just north of South Blvd. in Rochester Hills will close to traffic Friday, August 28 around 8 a.m. for repair work that will be done on a manhole structure by AT&T. One lane of traffic will remain open in the closure area, motorists can expect some delays. The road is expected to fully re-open by noon on Monday or when the repair work is complete. … [Read more...]

Avondale School District Partners with Community Service Organizations to Provide Back-to-School Shopping Fun

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A group of local service-based organizations in the city of Auburn Hills joined forces with Auburn Hills Meijer to provide a memorable evening of Back-to-School Shopping for some lucky Avondale students. The Auburn Hills Police Department, Avondale Youth Assistance, and Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club all partnered with Meijer and Avondale School District for the event that matched students with volunteer shoppers who helped them select their back-to-school clothes. "The shopping … [Read more...]

Roll the Film! Festival Coming to Rochester in September

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Move over Traverse City. There’s a new festival in town and it’s in Downtown Rochester. According to The Oakland Press, the Film Society of Rochester is hosting the festival September 19-20 at the Rochester Ballroom. Eleven films will be shown, including the documentary 20 Years of Madness, a film about friends and Rochester alumni who reunite 20 years later to revive their 1990s public access show. The organizers are hoping to make this an annual event. For more information, including the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Tell Telemarketers to Take a Hike?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, The other night I was sitting down to a nice meal with my family and the phone rang. Normally we let the machine get it, but I was expecting an important call, so I answered it. Of course, it turned out to be a telemarketer. Any suggestions on how I can get them to buzz off? Thanks, Ned Annoyed Dear Mr. Annoyed, Sure – don’t ever answer your phone – ha! Seriously, I know exactly what you’re saying. You’d think in our age of fancy-schmancy technology there … [Read more...]

Add Some Style to Your Fall Wardrobe with the OPC Used Jewelry Sale

Customers checking out the 'glitz' table
Photo courtesy of the OPC

Accessories are a great way to try a trend or update your wardrobe without spending a fortune. Spend some time hunting for treasures at the Older Persons’ Commission’s (OPC) Annual Used Jewelry Fundraiser Sale Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25. Choose from all kinds of jewelry, purses, scarves, and more! And check out the “Better Boutique,” which features vintage and fine jewelry. All proceeds support the OPC Programs & Art Department. The sale runs from 9 a.m. – 5 … [Read more...]

Thunder Over Michigan Airshow Promises Thrilling Fun

Grab the family and check out Thunder Over Michigan this weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Considered one of America’s leading airshows and the best “warbird” show in America, Thunder Over Michigan is held every summer at Willow Run Airport. The show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays, and fun for the whole family. This years show will take place on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30 and will feature the world-famous Blue Angels. To learn more about the … [Read more...]