First Parking Platform Opens in Downtown Rochester

The East Parking Platform on the corner of East Street and Fourth Street - photo by Michael Dwyer

On Time and Under Budget It took 171 days from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting for the first of two parking platforms to open in downtown Rochester. The East Platform, located east of Main Street between Fourth Street and University Drive, opened on June 25 to a large crowd of officials, reporters, and local business owners. Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson said it was a landmark project, which came in under time and under budget. “The opening of the East Street Parking Platform, just … [Read more...]

Spend Your Summer in Downtown Rochester with Sidewalk Sales

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Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales! Back for its 60th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick-off on Thursday, July 9. “Over the years Sidewalk Sales has become something to expect during the summer in Downtown Rochester”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “For many it isn’t summer without three days filled of shopping, dining and family friendly activities.” Sidewalk Sales will run Thursday, … [Read more...]

Newly Renovated Rochester Fire Department to Hold Re-dedication Ceremony

Rochester Fire Department Rededication

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Back by Popular Demand – The Rochester Explorers Club!

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Photo courtesy of the Downtown Rochester Development Authority

Join the adventure this summer with the Rochester Explorers Club! Kids of all ages are invited to get outdoors and explore everything that our community has to offer. The Downtown Rochester Development Authority (DDA) has assembled an amazing array of adventures for young explorers, including a firefly hunt, making a fairy house, and everything in between. Kids can pick up their free Explorers Club Kit during Sidewalk Sales, July 9 – 11 at the DDA Information Booth, located at the corner of … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Announces Corporate Membership Policy for Executives


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, announces the availability of a new corporate membership policy designed for executives not able to meet the regular meeting commitments of the organization. The announcement was made by Rochester Rotary President and incoming Rotary Assistant District Governor, Rhonda Panczyk via press … [Read more...]

Special Guest L. Brooks Patterson Receives a Paul Harris Fellow from Rochester Rotarian Russ Shelton


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, awarded Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a Paul Harris Fellow on behalf of Rochester Rotarian Russ Shelton. The Paul Harris Fellow acknowledges individuals who either contribute $1,000 or who have a $1,000 contribution made in their name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary … [Read more...]

Be Green, Buy Antiques: Antiques & Appraisals with Integrity Offered in Downtown Rochester

Ever wonder what a beloved antique piece of furniture is worth? Or watch “Antique Roadshow” and hope that there is a hidden gem tucked away somewhere just waiting to be found. Jere Rush has the answer, and the expertise to discover true value in antique items. Jere, with his wife Leona, is owner of Rush Antiques and Rush Appraisals located in Downtown Rochester, MI. The Rushes have been lovers and collectors of all things antique for the past 35 years. As a member of the International … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Receives Women’s Fund Grant

From L-R: Maria Trahan, President of Women's Fund; Dianne Bette, Neighborhood House Caseworker; Mark Kilbourn, Neighborhood House Executive Director; Johanna Byrd, Past President of Women's Fund 
Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood House

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester recently awarded their Empowering Women grant to Neighborhood House. The purpose of the grant is to assist women in transition utilizing enhanced Neighborhood House programming. Maria Trahan, President of the Women’s Fund explains, “In 2014, the Women’s Fund established a special grant called The Empowering Women in Need with Job Seeking/Job Keeping Skills. It is designed to enable a nonprofit program addressing the … [Read more...]

Ferndale, Rochester Reach notable Main Street Oakland County Mark

It was announced today that the cities of Ferndale and Rochester have reached a milestone as Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities. Both have achieved national accreditation for the 10th year in a row. They joined seven other MSOC communities, which attained national accreditation at a recognition ceremony at Franklin Community Church in downtown Franklin. Other nationally accredited MSOC members are Clawson, Farmington, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, and Ortonville. Ferndale … [Read more...]

Movies in the Moonlight Fun Begins June 13!

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Grab the family and head to Downtown Rochester on Saturday, June 13 for the kick off the popular Movies in the Moonlight. This season there will be four fun filled nights of movies spread across three summer months! The 2015 Movies Schedule is: June 13: Paddington (PG) Presented by Edward Jones July 11: Jurassic Park (PG-13) Presented by Goldfish Swim School July 25: Big Hero 6 (PG) Presented by Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. August 8: The Lego Movie (PG) Presented by … [Read more...]