Discount Retailer Stein Mart Comes to Rochester Hills

It looks like the Winchester Center at the corner of Rochester and Avon Roads in Rochester Hills is getting a new tenant -- retailer Stein Mart. The company based out of Jacksonville, Fla. touts discounted clothing and housewares and will occupy the old Borders space. Read the full story on Crain's Detroit Business. … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Office: Woman in Single-Car Crash in Rochester Hills

On late Thursday night, deputies responded to a call of an accident in the area of M-59 near Rochester Road. A 37-year-old Sterling Heights woman rolled her 2009 Dodge Avenger over. Rochester Hills emergency responders took her to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, where she was last listed in critical condition. Read the full story on the … [Read more...]

Meetings for Smart Meter Activists

If DTE Energy has cut your power over a smart meter issue, or if you are facing threats of a shutoff, there will be a meeting for those considering representing themselves in court. Read more about these meetings, along with how and where to attend one on … [Read more...]

Rochester Stalking Suspect Jumps to His Death


On April 4, Rochester police responded to a report made by a woman in the 1600 block of Chase Drive that a man was cutting wires that lead into her home. After calling the police, the woman confronted the 56-year-old Ferndale man; he drove off and eventually ended up at a local motel in Madison Heights where he jumped to his death out of a third-story window. According to the police, the man was the subject of prior stalking complaints and should not have been at the woman's house because … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Could Face Additional Candidates in Primary Election

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett (front, center) recently announced his intention to run as write-in candidate for a third consecutive term in office. Digital First Media file photo

The road to the Rochester Hills Mayor's office is getting crowded. Incumbent Mayor Bryan K. Barnett announced that he would run in this year's race as a write-in candidate to circumvent the position's term limits. Former City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi has also thrown his name in the race and now Jim Stevens has joined in as well, which means on August 4, residents will have three candidates to choose from, with only two moving on to the November election. Read the full story on The … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Educator Announces City Council Candidacy

Rochester Hills resident Bill Soule has announced his candidacy for Rochester Hills City Council. Photo courtesy of Bill Soule

Bill Soule, a Rochester Hills resident and educator has announced his intention to run for one of two at-large seats on city council this fall. Also in the race are current Rochester Hills City Council members Dale Hetrick and Mark Tisdel. Currently, Soule is a professor of media and communication arts and an adjunct instructor of business law at Macomb Community College. Read the full story on The Oakland Press.   … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Public Library’s Volunteers are “Tea-riffic”!

volunteer luncheon

On Friday, April 17, the Rochester Hills Public Library held its annual volunteer luncheon to honor its volunteers. The event was held at Great Oaks Country Club and nearly 100 volunteers gathered to socialize with other volunteers, enjoy the delicious meal and listen to the soothing ambient music provided by Classic Winds Quintet. Library Director Christine Hage and Library Board President Douglas Tull both thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to the library. Ms. … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre Presents ‘Children of Eden’

Children of Eden

Summer Music Theatre (SMT) continues to be an annual tradition for the Rochester area community. Each summer offers a new musical theatre production as an opportunity for students entering grades 6-12 to study the theatre process on-stage and back-stage. SMT is operated as a professional production, from auditions through staging and presentation. This year SMT will also allow participation from a limited number of students entering grades 3-5. “For the past 43 consecutive years, SMT has … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are We So ‘Selfie’ Obsessed?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, Every time I turn around, everyone from teens to senior citizens are taking ‘selfies’ with their smartphones. When did we become so obsessed with documenting our lives like this? Thanks, Nancy Narcissist Dear Nancy Narcissist, Oh, you’ve noticed that too, eh? Just the other day some whippersnapper nearly knocked me off my feet because she was backing up (not paying attention, of course) all while trying to get just the right angle for her selfie! She didn’t even … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills’ Desiree Linden Finishes Strong at Boston Marathon

Desiree Linden, left, runs out front during the 2011 Boston Marathon. She will be in Grand Rapids on March 5 for a free training run and clinic. (AP file photo)

The Boston Marathon is not for the faint of heart, especially two years after the bombings. A shining moment came when Desiree Linden, a California native who now lives in Rochester Hills and trains with the Hanson-Brooks Team, finished as the top American woman in the marathon and took fourth place overall with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 39 seconds. Read the full story on   … [Read more...]