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...]

Tienken Road Closure Begins Monday in Rochester Hills


After a week’s delay, the closure of Tienken Road in Rochester Hills begins Monday, March 30. The work is needed to complete a Road Commission for Oakland County project which began last summer and included the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of Tienken and Livernois roads. The resurfacing project will close Tienken Road from Canyon Creek Road to Rochester Road. Tienken Road is expected to reopen Sept. 3. A second, concurrent project further west on Tienken Road is … [Read more...]

Hart Middle School Student is a Michigan National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

Nicholas Werling

Nicholas Werling, a 7th grade student at Hart Middle School is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Michigan National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo on Friday, March 27, 2015. “We are proud of Nick’s accomplishments,” said Hart Middle School Geography Teacher H.G. Schultz. “Nick is inquisitive, insightful, talented and empathetic beyond his years.” Nick has excelled under Schultz’s instruction. “Mr. … [Read more...]

Reader offers ‘smart’ critique of Rochester Hills

(Photo: Steve Perez / The Detroit News)

The Detroit News Re: Bryan K. Barnett’s March 19 letter, “Mayor responds to Madonna”: It was interesting to read Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett’s rebuttal to the recent Madonna comments on her hometown. Respecting what Madonna says about her upbringing in Rochester, circa 1975, let the good mayor not forget the plight of James Robertson, ‘The Walking Man,’ who couldn’t count on SMART bus service to get to work. This is an issue of high importance that Mayor … [Read more...]

Detroit firefighter turned entrepreneur recognized with Best in Business award

Mike Fezzey, president of Huntington National Bank Southeastern Michigan Region (from left) Paul W. Smith, WJR Radio host and Jeff Urbas, Firehouse Subs franchisee and Detroit Fire Sargeant. Submitted photo

Jeff Urbas, a part-time Firefighter with the Detroit Fire Department and full-time Firehouse Subs franchisee in Rochester Hills, was awarded Huntington National Bank’s 2014 “Best in Business” award in the food category. With more than 23 years of firefighting service, Urbas understands the importance of community service and public safety. When pensions were at risk during Detroit’s bankruptcy and Jeff wanted to secure his financial future, he chose to open a Firehouse Subs … [Read more...]

Adam Kochenderfer Announces Reelection Campaign for Rochester Hills City Council

Councilman Adam Kochenderfer announced his reelection campaign today for Rochester Hills City Council, District 2. Kochenderfer hopes to continue the momentum of his first four years in office. During that time, he focused on: 1) Quality of Life. Rochester Hills was named one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine. 2) Public Safety. Rochester Hills’ fire department and EMS added 24/7 coverage to District 2’s station, aiming to lower response times. 3) … [Read more...]

Candidate questions Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett’s letter to Madonna

Former Rochester Hills City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi plans to run for mayor this fall. Photo courtesy of Facebook/Ravi4Mayor

By Paul Kampe, After his response to entertainer Madonna’s assertions that Rochester Hills is full of narrow-minded people, Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnett’s likely opponent in this fall’s election has questioned Barnett’s dedication to protecting all of the city’s residents from unfair treatment. Barnett penned an opinion piece Monday, March 16 which ran in many news outlets, including The Oakland Press, where he boasted of the city’s positive … [Read more...]

Verizon Opens New Smart Store in Rochester Hills

Smart Store-Outside

Connected technology for fitness, home automation at the heart of new location Verizon Wireless, a technology leader with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, opened its newest “Smart Store” in Rochester Hills, Mich. over the weekend. Verizon Wireless Regional President Lauren-Love Wright made the announcement. “Verizon is continuing to invest in Michigan and grow our presence here,” said Love-Wright. “Our Smart Stores provide an opportunity for a stronger … [Read more...]

Media Outlets Pick Up Mayor Barnett’s Letter to Madonna

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett (Photo by Tim Thompson/The Oakland Press)

UPDATE: Since Mayor Barnett’s letter was published in response to remarks Madonna made on Howard Stern's show recently, it has garnered media attention all over the world. On his personal Facebook page Barnett wrote, "So that's what "going viral" looks like! It's been a crazy last 36 hours. I've done media with Channels 2,4 and 7, was on Paul W Smith, Frank Beckman, NPR, MLive, and an assortment of other radio programs. The story was picked up by People Magazine,, a London … [Read more...]

Phase 2 of the Tienken Road Project Begins March 30 with a Road Closure


UPDATE: The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will close Tienken Road between Livernois and Rochester Road to through traffic beginning Monday, March 30 (rather than the original close date of March 23). Residents and businesses within the closure zone will have access throughout the closure. The road is anticipated to re-open to traffic on September 3, 2015; however, the project is expected to conclude in November of 2015.  The detour for the closure will be Adams Road to University … [Read more...]