Calling All Designers for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of the Trees

Photo courtesy of the Rochester DDA

Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. New to the event this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Organizers are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. … [Read more...]

Roll the Film! Festival Coming to Rochester in September

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Move over Traverse City. There’s a new festival in town and it’s in Downtown Rochester. According to The Oakland Press, the Film Society of Rochester is hosting the festival September 19-20 at the Rochester Ballroom. Eleven films will be shown, including the documentary 20 Years of Madness, a film about friends and Rochester alumni who reunite 20 years later to revive their 1990s public access show. The organizers are hoping to make this an annual event. For more information, including the … [Read more...]

Are Bigger Homes Changing Downtown Rochester?

Bloomingdale Construction Homes Continue in Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

Bigger homes continue to be built in Downtown Rochester and some residents are concerned it will change the look of the city. Some say property values will go up—being next to new home construction—others say they it will go down. Have you noticed them? According to Robert Bloomingdale, one of the owners of Bloomingdale Construction, the complaint he hears the most about is the congestion of traffic at a construction site. With the average Rochester lot being only fifty-feet wide, the … [Read more...]

RAHS September Brown Bag Meeting to Feature “Fifty Years of Meadow Brook Theatre”

The history of Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will be the topic of discussion at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Maryann and Thom Foxlee will discuss the theatre’s beginnings, as well as their collaboration on a new book celebrating the theatre’s golden anniversary season. Meadow Brook Theatre opened in 1966 as part of a strategy to bring professional music … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society’s September Meeting to Feature “The Many Hats of Rochester’s Main Street Pharmacist”

Author, Bob Lytle

Local writer and businessman Bob Lytle will be the guest speaker at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 from  7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. A longtime historical society member, Lytle will discuss the history of downtown Rochester’s opera house building, which he restored to its original appearance and in which his pharmacy is located, as well as his prolific writing career … [Read more...]

Rochester Named a Purple Heart City

Purple Heart recipients Bruce Hartung, resident of Rochester, Michigan and Officer Jeffry Firman, Rochester Police Department, assisted Rochester DPW worker, John Low in installing Purple Heart City Signs at entrances to Rochester on Purple Heart Day, August 8, 2015. 
Photo courtesy of the Rochester DDA

The City of Rochester announced that it was recently bestowed the honor of the Military Order of Purple Heart Special Recognition Award and proclaimed a Purple Heart City. Rochester is the second city in the State of Michigan to gain this distinction. Signs were recently installed around the City in recognition of this designation. David Anason, Rochester Director of Public Works stated, “It’s an honor to be a part of such an award, Rochester is a great city and this just makes it … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Provides Service Dog to Oakland County Veteran

Ann and Patrick Tackett with Patrick’s new service dog, Trooper. 
Photo credit: Lindsey Pieper

Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, is pleased to announce it has matched an Oakland County veteran with a service dog from the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., which provides service dogs to those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diabetes, autism, seizures, hearing impairment, and mobility … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Clothes Closet Summer Blow-Out Sale


RANH Clothes Closet Summer Blow Out Sale Has Huge Deals For a Great Cause Twice a year, in the spring and summer, the Neighborhood House Clothes Closet decreases its inventory to make room for new seasonal items. The public invited to participate in these fundraising events, to help raise money for the organization and learn what Neighborhood House is all about. This event is an excellent way to pay to purchase quality clothes for low cost and help a wonderful charity at the same … [Read more...]

Getting to Know the Neighborhood Child Care Center

Neighborhood Child Care Center

Right in the heart of downtown is an award-winning preschool and daycare center with a unique approach to educating children. Neighborhood Child Care Center, lovingly nicknamed NC3, is run by Mary and Todd Greenbaum, two of the most passionate, creative children's educators I have ever met. (You can read my opinion on what qualifies as a great program here.) They opened Neighborhood Child Care Center thirty-eight years ago in Pontiac and have spent the last twenty-eight years operating out of … [Read more...]

Rochester Officer and Skunk Become Web Celebs

In case you missed it... On Sunday, August 2 Rochester (MI) police officer Merlin Taylor received a call to help an animal in distress. Was it a cat up a tree? No. A dog stuck in a fence? Nope. It was a baby skunk with its head stuck in a yogurt container. Luckily, the dash cam was able to catch the 'daring' rescue. Check out the footage on the Rochester Police Facebook page. … [Read more...]