Dear Crabby, Are You Ready for Some Commercials?

Dear Crabby, This past Saturday I settled in to spend a full afternoon and evening watching commercials. Instead, I was occasionally blasted with a few minutes of football. Where do I file a complaint? Thanks, Orville H. Dear Orville, Wait a minute. You mean you don’t want to be bombarded by male enhancement products, along with pizza, beer, and a host of other products every two minutes while watching your favorite football teams? Good thing you don’t work in advertising. But … [Read more...]

2016 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade Photos by Rochester Media

Photo Highlights of the 65th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. Thank you the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce for another successful event. Photos by Michael Dwyer of Rochester Media and The Community Edge. … [Read more...]

Hiring Ski and Snowboard Instructors

The Ski and Snowboard Schools at Mt. Holly Ski Resort and Pine Knob Resort are hiring new ski/snowboard instructors for the 2016-17 season. Applicants must be 16 years of age and competent skiers/riders. No teaching experience is necessary. They are looking for skiers and snowboarders who have solid skiing/riding skills that we can teach to teach. You do not have to have any previous experience or be an expert skier/snowboarder but you must have good athletic skills, be able to … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Forever Christmas’ Sings Hope Into the Holidays

Settling into my seat at opening night of Avon Players’ holiday revue ‘Forever Christmas,’ I looked around and wondered if any of the other patrons at the packed performance felt like I did: tired. This has just been a long, strange year; a year where beloved cultural icons have been leaving us at a dizzying pace, not to mention the recent election. It just seems like 2016 has been one curve ball after another and I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ready for it to be over. I guess I was … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Tyranny Rules in Oakland University’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’

You are probably familiar with the saying (or the country song by Tracy Byrd), ‘If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’ And make no mistake, Bernarda Alba (Stefanie Sambrano) is one unhappy woman. The House of Bernarda Alba is set in 1936 in a small Spanish mountain town, and opens on the day Bernarda is dealing with her second husband’s funeral. Mourning his loss would explain Bernarda’s dour mood, but we quickly learn she also has contempt for her village and the people in it. However, … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre celebrates 35 years of “A Christmas Carol”

Running Nov. 11 through Dec. 23 2016, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. One of southeast Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions returns for the 35th year when Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a handful of ghosts raise your spirits in “A Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre this November and December. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, runs at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in … [Read more...]

Ring in the Holidays with Avon Players’ ‘Forever Christmas’

Enjoy the music of the season and laugh alongside your loved ones at this original variety show Avon Players celebrates the sounds and sentiment of the holiday season with the newest installment of its very own Christmas variety show, Forever Christmas, running Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 10. Do you remember gathering with the family, freshly popped popcorn in hand, around the 19-inch color television set to watch Christmas specials from the likes of Bob Hope, Perry … [Read more...]

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...]