Rochester Hills mayor’s open reply to Madonna’s hometown jibes goes viral

Photo by David Jackson

By Kayla Varicalli From writing a letter to Madonna in his bed to landing a five-minute interview on CNN, Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett quickly found himself--and his letter--in the public eye. Shortly after the letter went viral, he visited OU's ethics in the media class on Thursday, March 26. Students took the opportunity to ask Barnett his motives and effects of his come-back letter to Madonna. Madonna bashed her hometown of Rochester Hills over an interview with Howard … [Read more...]

Oakland County’s 30th Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon Set for April 30 at the Detroit Marriott Troy

Online registration is now available for the 30th annual Oakland County Economic Outlook Forecast luncheon set for April 30 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will present their projections on employment prospects in private manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors with breakdowns for all industry categories for Oakland County. The outlook report is a main component for Oakland County’s longterm planning and promotion … [Read more...]

‘Stop The CrISIS’ Symposium

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Metro Detroit will host a seminar on ISIS and Islam at the Rochester Hills Public Library The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Metro Detroit wishes to educate the public on the differences between ISIS and Islam as well as offer solutions to the growing issue of youth radicalization on Monday, April 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m at the Rochester Hills Public Library. The program will be open to the public and will include presentations, speeches, and … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Elegance of St. Sabba’s Monastery with the OPC

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Join the Older Persons' Commission as they take off on another adventure on Tuesday, August 18, 2015! Travel comfortably via motor coach and experience the relaxed elegance of the Russian High Tea Luncheon at St. Sabba’s Monastery, followed by a tour. Over 60 teas are offered, along with soup, finger sandwiches, chicken skewer and dessert. Plus, there will time set aside to explore the gardens and gift shop after the tour. All OPC trips can be found online at www.opcseniorcenter.org. … [Read more...]

Rochester High School Presents Comedy, ‘Amateurs’

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Spend an evening supporting local theatre as Rochester High School presents their production of Tom Griffin’s comedy, Amateurs. The play is set following the opening night of the Timberly Troupers’ musical about undertakers, Dorothy and her slightly daft husband, Charlie, host a gathering of actors and friends. The chic opening night party is in another part of town. A well-known drama critic has a heart attack and he leaves behind his not-yet-published review before being taken to the … [Read more...]

Rochester’s $12 million parking structures will lack surveillance cameras

Pamela Krampf (left) and Linda Lucaj stand near the construction of a parking structure on the west side of Main Street in Rochester Wednesday, March 25. The two local business owners are concerned over the lack of security cameras on the new structures. Photo by Tim Thompson - The Oakland Press

By Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press If it wasn’t for security cameras, Pamela Krampf, owner of Antiques and Fine Jewelry by Pamela in downtown Rochester, likely would not have found justice after her store was robbed – at gunpoint – in 2012. Surveillance footage resulted in two of the three men accused of conspiring in the robbery being sentenced to prison time. “If we, Chicken Shack and the bank didn’t have cameras, there wouldn’t be two guys in prison and I wouldn’t be … [Read more...]

Proposal 1: Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment

The Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, Proposal 1 is on the May 5, 2015 ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would increase the state's sales tax from six percent to seven percent, but eliminate the sales tax on gasoline, for the purpose of increasing transportation infrastructure funding. The measure would affect other vehicle-related fees and increase spending for education and increase the earned income tax … [Read more...]

Patterson Chooses New County HR Director

Jordie A. Kramer has been with the Human Resources Department for over 17 years.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Jordie A. Kramer as director of human resources for Oakland County. Kramer replaces Nancy Scarlet who retired Dec. 31, 2014. “Jordie has been an exemplary employee during her 17-plus years in our Human Resources Department,” Patterson said. “She has a thorough knowledge of personnel matters and is invested in our county employees.” As human resources director, Kramer will be a member of Patterson’s Budget Task Force, … [Read more...]

Van Hoosen Middle School Celebrates Authors’ In April & Autism Awareness Month

The Van Hoosen Middle School Autism program and the language arts department are partnering to provide students, staff, parents, and the community with an opportunity to engage in a month of reading while learning more about Autism. During the month of April, Van Hoosen sixth grade students and parents will be reading Anything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin, the school’s designated Author in April. “Anything But Typical is written from the perspective of Jason Blake, a 12-year old … [Read more...]

CTM Chair McMillin to Snyder: Drop the concrete. Let’s debate.

UPDATE from Tom McMillin: I'll be honest with you: when I first accepted the offer to become Chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, my only hesitation was that I didn't want to criticize the governor. I intended to keep focused on the policy issue and avoid the politics. But seeing the governor holding a chunk of concrete, telling the people of Michigan that our lives and our families' lives will be in danger if Proposal 1 is rejected... that  was too much for me. The "Vote Yes or … [Read more...]