RTA Riders Should Pay their Fair Share

Tom McMillin

Will Voters Turn Down the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan in November? "There will be strong opposition to this Detroit regional tax increase," said former state representative, Tom McMillin today. McMillin said that one of the reasons the proposed property tax increase is so large is because the taxing authority is likely assuming riders will only end up paying 10% - 20% of the cost of service. "Why shouldn't riders pay at least 50% of the cost?" asked McMillin. McMillin noted, … [Read more...]

Regional Transit Authority Master Plan Summary with VIDEO

RTA Map

The Master Plan The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced its extensive master plan to connect Southeast Michigan. One of the goals is to link 310 schools, 23 colleges, 22 hospitals, and 47 libraries via their signature slogan: Rapid, Reliable, Regional transit connections. Here's the map: RAPID:  To get you where you need to go quickly and efficiently, with more frequent and faster service. RELIABLE:  To get you where you need to go on time, without wondering when or if a bus … [Read more...]

Melissa Gilbert Drops Out of Michigan Congressional Race

Gilbert Drops Out, Hands Bishop a Win

The childhood star who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” says she’s “physically unable” to continue campaign. “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert said Tuesday she is dropping out of her congressional race, a move that makes first-term U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, a shoo-in for re-election. In a statement, Gilbert cited ... READ MORE Photos and Story Shared from the Rochester-Rochester Hills, MI Patch … [Read more...]

Skip the Sales and Pancakes this Memorial Day and Honor the Sacred Dead Instead

Judge Warren Honors Memorial Day

Commentary on Memorial Day, by Judge Michael Warren I love pancakes, especially at the International House of Pancakes. However, when I sat down recently at my friendly neighborhood IHOP, I was barraged at the table with the message that I should "celebrate Memorial Day" by buying red, white and blue pancakes. My stomach ached instead of hungered. We should honor Memorial Day, not cheapen it with pretty pancakes. Of course, IHOP is hardly an outlier. Look around, the crass … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Fallen Veterans

Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan

A crowd of several thousand veterans, families, friends and the general public are expected to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring deceased veterans interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. The Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly will host the 11th annual observance, set for 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Brigadier General David G. Bassett, U.S. Army, Program Executive Officer Ground Combat Systems will be the keynote speaker. There will be patriotic music by Men of Grace. The … [Read more...]

Single Lane Closures on Rochester Road

Road Closing Alert

Intermittent, Over Night, Single Lane Closures on Rochester Road from May 13 through May 19 The Michigan Department of Transportation is improving Rochester Road from M-59 to Avon Road and from Olde Town Road to Tienken Road in Rochester Hills. As a result of this work, intermittent, over night, single lane closures will occur on Rochester Road between the hours of 9 pm to 5 am May 13th through May 19th. Source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) … [Read more...]

Car Goes into Clinton River, Driver Rescued, with VIDEO

Car Goes into Clinton River in Rochester Hills - FOX 2 photo

A river rescue was caught on camera in Rochester Hills and 7 Action News talked with an eyewitness and the first person to call 911. The incident happened before 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Avon & Livernois Roads. Story and Video from Channel 7 Detroit News     … [Read more...]

Texting at the Movies, AMC Rethinking Cell Phone use at the Movies

Cell Phones at the Movies

The new CEO of AMC Theatres said asking Millennials to turn off the phone is like cutting off an arm. Social media blew up in response. From the Oakland Township-Lake Orion Patch Website: Hold the phone. Just when you thought it was safe to whip out your cellphone, a ban on texting during movies will stand at AMC Theatres nationwide, says its CEO, who was virtually flogged on social media this week for suggesting the change. The theater chain’s new head, Adam Aron, said he was … [Read more...]

Dawn of Justice versus the Critics

Batman Vs. Superman

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice By Geoff Burton of CimemaTrek, Special to Rochester Media The first question that comes to mind is awkwardly addressed fairly early in this two-and-a-half-hour marathon. Where does it take place, Gotham City or Metropolis? It turns out that Metropolis and Gotham City are twin cities separated by a bay somewhere. It's one of the many, many things that helps to weigh down this overly dark, humorless effort by Warner Brothers as it attempts to breathe … [Read more...]

Nearly 27 Million Dollars in Oakland County Road Work to Begin

Road Closing Alert

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) plans to complete nearly $27 million worth of road improvements during the 2016 road construction season, ranging from road widenings and gravel road paving to resurfacing projects, bridge maintenance and culvert replacements and repairs. “We are excited about the improvements we’re going to make to a variety of roads in Oakland County this year,” stated RCOC Chairman Ron Fowkes. “These important improvements will improve the … [Read more...]