‘Clue: The Musical’ – Are You Game?

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Have you ever loved a story so much you wished you could be inside of it, interacting with the characters? What about a board game? Avon Players gives you the chance to have that experience firsthand by letting you be part of the action with their latest production, Clue: The Musical. All your favorite characters have assembled for a murderous good time in this live adaptation of the beloved Parker Brothers board game. You may have noticed from the title that the play is a musical. I must … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Receives ‘AAA’ Bond Rating

The City of Rochester recently received the highest ‘AAA’ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) for the City’s series 2015 limited-tax general obligation capital improvement bonds financing its Parking Platform Construction Project. Rochester joins the very few Michigan communities with an ‘AAA’ bond rating and is just one of two cities with a population of less than 20,000 to receive this highest rating from S&P.  The ‘AAA’ rating is based on … [Read more...]

Preparations Underway for 2015 Fire & Ice Festival

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Set-up has begun for the 8th annual Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester, which runs Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25. Crews are making snow, building the ice rink, and prepping for other activities such as dogsledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fireworks. New this year, the Fire & Ice Committee has added artificial turf to the first 50 feet of the popular tubing runs in order to improve the start for tubers. It is the kind of artificial turf skiers and snowboarders … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2015 Expands Merchant Participation for its Fifth Annual Skateboard Art Competition and Exhibition

South Street Skateshop

South Street Skateshop is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, and Corporate to participate in its Fifth Annual Skateboard Art Competition and Exhibition! Deck Art 2015 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition that allows artists to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. This year, entries will be judged by the public and those entries with the highest number of votes, within each category, will be awarded prizes. Due to … [Read more...]

Parking Platform Groundbreaking in Downtown Rochester

Parking Platform Groundbreaking - photo by Michael Dwyer

East Street Parking Platform is the First of Two On Monday, the weather was partly cloudy and very cold. However, that did not stop the groundbreaking ceremony for the first of two parking platforms being constructed in downtown Rochester. The 11-month project will cost $12 million and provide 550 parking spaces. The current parking lot east of Main Street behind the alley, and between Fourth and University along East Street, was being fenced off during the groundbreaking. Representatives … [Read more...]

Rochester Parking Platform Construction Kicks Off January 2015

As a part of the City of Rochester’s comprehensive parking management strategy, the City is breaking ground on the next phase of the strategy: construction of two parking platforms in the downtown district. Construction on the East Street Platform, located on East Street between Fourth and University, will begin on Monday, January 5. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 4 pm on January 5. The westerly Walnut Blvd. Platform, located on Walnut Blvd. between Fourth and University will also … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: In lame duck, lawmakers fail to fix Michigan roads

Note: The following opinion is by Sue Ann Douglas, Retired Oakland County Commissioner (18 years) and former 11-year member of Rochester City Council. "Because along with road funding, the proposal became somewhat of a Christmas Tree bill, fully restoring the earned income tax credit, raising dollars for education and other giveaways aimed at winning Democratic votes but have nothing to do with fixing highways." The Detroit News 12/19/14 Be careful what you vote for. This bill raises a … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Wins Michigan Citizen Corps CERT Team of the Year

CERT Team at the awards ceremony

The City of Rochester Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, was awarded the Michigan Citizen Corps ‘Team of the Year” at the State Citizen’s Corp Conference held in Traverse City in December.  The CERT team is one of 313 CERT teams in the State of Michigan that were considered for the 2014 State award. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Holidays this Christmas Season

Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester

The holidays are a busy time. Many are working longer hours, shopping more, and finishing the semester at school – the list is long. We all need a break from the action to enjoy the holidays. This time of year offers us a chance to take part in the holiday magic with bright lights, special events, and festive festivals. The Michigan Festivals and Events Association is “Your source for pure Michigan fun!” Here are a few highlights for the holidays: Big, Bright Light Show The … [Read more...]