Cold Weather Delays Tienken-Livernois Opening Again

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) released its weekly road update and residents living in the vicinity of the Tienken and Livernois intersection will have to wait a little longer to drive through the new roundabout. Most of the work is done. However, it has been too cold to place the final layer of asphalt, so that has been postponed until spring. As soon as the subcontractor stripes the road and installs signs, the road will be opened for the winter. If weather permits, that … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 20 from 1-4 p.m.  A wide variety of entertainment will be provided in the 1927 Dairy Barn, 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse, 1850 Red House and 1848 Stoney Creek Schoolhouse. Wagons will shuttle guests between buildings. Activities include tours, make and take art projects, cookies, musical entertainment, the Adams High School Thespians, the Stoney Creek Model Railroad exhibit, chestnuts and … [Read more...]

Don’t Drill the Hills to Appeal Judge’s Ruling – Vows to Continue Fight for Voting Rights

Please Note: The content in this post was received as a press release from Don't Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI). It is posted solely as an update on this issue. No compensation was received by Rochester Media for posting it, nor should it be perceived as an endorsement of DDHI. Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI) will appeal the decision issued on November 4 by Judge James Alexander of the Oakland County Circuit Court. Ironically, the decision on the lawsuit, which asserts that the law requires … [Read more...]

Yalamanchi Announces his Candidacy for Rochester Hills Mayor

With the dust still settling form the midterm elections held two weeks ago, former Rochester Hills City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi announced on Monday, November 17 that he'll run for Rochester Hills mayor. Normally term limits would prohibit the city's current mayor Bryan K. Barnett from running again, but there is a possibility that he could appear on the ballot as a write-in candidate, although no formal announcement has been made from his camp. And aside from Yalamanchi, no other … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates its 30th Birthday by Giving Back

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Employees Kick-Off 30 Days of Community Giving The City of Rochester Hills has much to be thankful for and so many reasons to celebrate. Not only was the City recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, but 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, will officially mark the City’s 30th Birthday. From its humble beginnings in 1817 when James Graham first settled in Avon Township to 1984 when Rochester Hills became a city, Rochester Hills has grown … [Read more...]

Tienken-Livernois Intersection Getting Closer to Completion

In their weekly email update, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) estimates that if temperatures rise enough to complete the paving process, then the Tienken-Livernois intersection should be open around Wednesday, November 26. No word on an opening date should temperatures stay on the lower side. The second phase of this project - from Rochester Road to the Paint Creek Trail - will take place in 2015. Additionally, as holiday shopping ramps up around Great Lakes Crossing, be … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents Terrific Turkeys

Learn about our feathery friends at the Rochester Hills Museum on November 22

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Terrific Turkeys on Saturday, November 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Museum. Admission is free for Museum Members. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Guests will learn about these amazing birds and the hard work it took to bring them back to Michigan. “Wild turkeys were reintroduced into Michigan in the 1950s after being gone from several … [Read more...]

A Slippery Slope in Rochester Hills – Government Overreach Condoned

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Below is Don't Drill the Hills (DDHI) response to Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander recent decision that their claims made against the City of Rochester Hills are without merit.  Click on the link to read Judge Alexander's November 4, 2014 ruling. A statement from DDHI counsel, Tim Lozen follows this press release. Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI) is deeply disappointed that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander denied Rochester Hills residents the … [Read more...]

Oakland County Judge Dismisses Gas & Oil Case Against Rochester Hills

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Claims Made Against City without Merit The Oakland County Circuit Court today dismissed a lawsuit filed by Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc. against the City of Rochester Hills and others. According to a press release the lawsuit alleged that the City unlawfully entered into an oil and gas lease with Jordan Development Company. Among other things, it claimed the lease violated the City Charter and that the issue should have been placed on a ballot. The lease in question covers the subsurface … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Voter Rights, Voter Turnout, and a Vote Denied

Please Note: The article below is an opinion expressed by a Rochester Hills resident and in no way constitutes an endorsement by Rochester Media The Rochester Hills City Council violated its city charter by selling/leasing publicly owned land for oil exploration without a vote of the people. By denying a citizen vote they acted beyond their scope of authority. The Voter Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of legislation. And while the Rochester Hills situation pales in comparison to the … [Read more...]