New Trends Make Appearance at Ballroom Bliss

Ballroom Bliss at the Royal Park Hotel

Rochester-based Royal Park Hotel showcased the industry’s most recent trends at their annual Ballroom Bliss event – a night for the hotel to show off its culinary creations, as well as their vendors’ floral and event designs. The event industry is one that is ever-changing, from food and beverage, to décor and everything in between. What’s hot right now? Bruschetta Smash Stations, craft cocktails, textured textiles, and social media. Royal Park Hotel unveiled their take on the … [Read more...]

Great Rochester Heritage Days to Feature the 36th Annual Festival of Cars

Did you know that the Greater Rochester Heritage Days features not only our incredible past, but has a spectacular car show to attract your interest as well!? The Rochester Lions Club is putting on two great car shows in Rochester Municipal Park over the Memorial Day Weekend. This is the 9th annual Heritage Rod and Custom Car Festival and the 36th annual Festival of Cars. All proceeds from the car shows go to support Leader Dogs for the Blind and other Lions Charities. The Heritage Rod and … [Read more...]

Rep. Webber invites Rochester area residents to March office hours

State Rep. Michael Webber invites residents to attend his office hours on March 23. They will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S. Livernois Road. “I look forward to holding office hours again this month,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The input of residents from the Rochester area is paramount to my job and I look forward to hearing from any resident who has an idea or concern about state government.” Residents who are unable to attend can contact Rep. … [Read more...]

Lies and Liars Run Rampant in Avon Players Production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

‘Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?’ Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof At its heart, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a family in crisis—a family that chooses to suffer in silence rather than speak their minds. Over the course of a sweltering evening at the family estate in Mississippi, the theme of mendacity (lack of honesty) runs rampant throughout each exchange between the characters and is further complicated by the genteel rules of Southern society. Most are … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Republican Club Recognizes Local Author’s Personal Account as a ‘Donut Dolly’ During the Vietnam War

Pictured from L to R:  Rochester Adams High School Brenda
Carlson, Stoney Creek High School Judy Freels, Author Joann Puffer
Kotcher, Rochester High School Julie Harris, RHS Interim Principle Neil
Deluca and Co-President RARC Lorraine McGoldrick.

Lorraine McGoldrick, on behalf of Rochester Area Republican Club (RARC), presented the book, Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam, written by local author Joann Puffer Kotcher, in honor of March Women in History Month to each of the area high schools' Information Literacy Specialists. RARC wanted to reach out to the students with this unique book about both the Korean and Vietnam wars. In Donut Dolly, Kotcher shared some of the book details and offered to be a … [Read more...]

“Imagine This” Seminar To Cover Tax Management

Joe Angell

Certified Public Accountant Joe Angell will present "Paying the Piper: Managing Taxes While Living Within the Rules" on Thursday, March 19, from 6-7 p.m. at Rochester College. Angell, tax manager for Angell & Company, PLLC, will help participants learn how to become empowered and equipped to get a head start on taxes each year. He will answer questions and help clear up tax confusion. Angell's presentation is part of "Imagine This," a series coordinated by Rochester College and … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values


The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [Read more...]

Do a Good Deed in Your Community!


Join Rochester on Sunday, March 15 as the city participates in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with over 500,000 participants in 50-plus countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, we are collecting new toys and books for The Birthday Room at the Clothes Closet, a program of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Every book and toy donated will go to a child who might otherwise not receive a birthday … [Read more...]

Rochester Athletic Boosters Hosts 2nd Annual Gala

“It’s always a great day to be a Falcon” at Rochester High School. This year, the Falcons are celebrating their Falcon pride with a festive event to support future success on the Falcon fields. The accomplishments of the Falcons this year are many and include the 2014 Boys Tennis OAA Championship and State Qualifiers. Senior Nick Ang was named to the Boys’ Tennis All-State team; Competitive Cheer recently won the District Championship; and seven student-athletes signed letters of … [Read more...]

Rochester School Wins Grand Prize Winner 2015 National Future City Competition

Future City

For the second straight year, Michigan's Future City team from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester has won the National Future City Competition. Teams from 37 middle schools and organizations from across the country participated in the finals, which took place as part of Engineers Week, February 14-18, 2015. Since last fall, 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools have been engaged in the 2014-15 Future City Competition. The judging was held Monday and Tuesday in … [Read more...]