Rochester Rotary Donates $5,000 to Rochester Area Neighborhood House; Announces Three-Year Pledge 

Rochester Rotary President, Alan McLellan (left) and Rochester Rotary Charities President Cary Riggs (right) present a check for $10,000 to Kathy Losinski, Executive Director of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, at the Nov. 17 Rochester Rotary meeting. 
Photo credit: Barbara Fornasiero

Rochester Rotary was pleased to recently present a check for $10,000 to Kathy Losinski, Executive Director of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, at the Nov, 17 Rochester Rotary meeting. Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a nonprofit human service organization founded in 1968 by local faith communities to assist neighbors during times of hardship. The organization partners with the community and other social service providers to help neighbors in need move toward self-sufficiency. Cary … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: What is Means to be Muslim

Dear Rochester Media, As an Ahmadi Muslim woman, I am very disturbed at the events in Paris and around the world. While these terrorists call themselves Muslims, in reality they are not practicing Islam and we do not recognize them as such. There is nothing these people do that is remotely connected to Islam except that they use its name as a weapon to incite people to violence. I am a proud member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association of Metro Detroit. Here in Rochester Hills, we … [Read more...]

Top Five Artists Chosen from Field of 109 as 2015 MI Great Artist Online Competition Gets Down to Business

Five artists – including one returnee from 2014 – will vie for the top spot in the 2015 MI Great Artist online competition and a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the finalists. “These are supremely talented individuals,” Patterson said. “Their skill and passion is evident in the incredible works they’ve created. I encourage everyone to go to Park West Gallery and see these wonderful pieces in person.” The … [Read more...]

Van Hoosen Middle School Students Celebrate Veterans Day


Van Hoosen Middle School is pleased to announce a special silent dismissal and flagpole ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, to commemorate Veterans Day. At 2:05 p.m., approximately 900 Van Hoosen students and staff will exit the school building silently and then convene by the flagpole, thus occupying the entire bus loop. Featured guests include Air Force Lt. Col. Sara Blackmer and Army Lt. Col. Calvin Gross, both Van Hoosen parents, who will speak about the importance of honoring the … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour Set for Nov. 15

Van Hoosen Farmhouse

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 2015 Holiday Home Tour is set for Sunday, November 15. The Holiday Home Tour features four area homes and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. (The latter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.) All are highly and uniquely decorated for the upcoming festive season. Tour participants will see a wide-array of décor styles and several one-of-a-kind displays put together by the site hosts. All of them have … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Holiday Exhibit is Rolling into Town   


The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting their holiday exhibit, Get on Board!: A Model Train Exhibit in November and December. The exhibit opens on Friday, November 27th in the newly completed Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The trains will be running on from 1 – 4 p.m. on: November 27 & 28 December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 January 2 – will be the last day of the exhibit Family Day Special: December 26 & 27 - $8 for the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Voters Write-In Bryan Barnett for Third Term as Mayor

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett celebrates winning a third term with his family late Tuesday evening - photo by Michael Dwyer

Third Term for Mayor Barnett The Oakland County Elections Division has released the numbers for the 2015 general election. With 32 of 32 precincts reporting, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett presumably gets a third term as a write-in candidate. Jim Stevens took 1,413 votes, Ravi Yalamanchi took 7,120 votes, and 9,708 votes went to WRITE-IN. Certainly, other names could be included in this early tally as a write-in, however the consensus is the majority will be for current Rochester … [Read more...]

22,000+ Public Votes Whittle Down 109 Artists as MI Great Artist Competition Reduced to Top 25 Candidates

Thirteen Oakland County residents and eight from Wayne County are among 25 artists who have a chance at becoming the 2015 MI Great Artist winner. More than 22,000 public votes were cast in 10 days during the online portion of the competition. The field of 109 entrants was reduced to 25 semi-finalists for consideration by a panel of judges. Originally the top 20 artists were to be selected but the closeness of the voting and the quality of the entries made it necessary to include the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Receives International Recognition

City Continues Tradition of High Procurement Standards For the 12th consecutive year, the City of Rochester Hills is proud to announce that their team has been awarded the prestigious 20th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2015 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on the program’s standardized criteria. The criteria is designed to measure: … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Presents a Veterans Day Book Unveiling & Talk 

Ranger book cover

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host a Veterans Day Book Unveiling and Talk on Wednesday, November 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. join Laura Cassar as she unveils her new children’s book – Ranger: A PTSD Service Dog that features a story about dogs trained to assist veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Copies of the book will be available for sale. Guests will also be able to meet a real PTSD service dog and the organization that trains … [Read more...]