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...]

Slow Roll Detroit, Group Bicycle Ride on Mondays

Slow Roll Detroit, A Group Bicycle Ride every Monday

What it is? Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride with over 3,000 riders each week. Roughly, from the beginning of April until the end of October, bicyclists of all ages and skill levels take to the streets of Detroit, most Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to participate with the slow pace to provide a safe and unique way to see the city and its neighborhoods. While membership is required, it’s inexpensive at only $10.00 to join at the basic level. Sponsors … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention Walk at Stony Creek Metropark

Out of the Darkness Walk

North Oakland/Rochester/Shelby Walk Part of the Out of the Darkness Walks Program These walks are the signature events of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. By walking in the Out of the Darkness Walks to benefit the American Foundation … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Tell Telemarketers to Take a Hike?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, The other night I was sitting down to a nice meal with my family and the phone rang. Normally we let the machine get it, but I was expecting an important call, so I answered it. Of course, it turned out to be a telemarketer. Any suggestions on how I can get them to buzz off? Thanks, Ned Annoyed Dear Mr. Annoyed, Sure – don’t ever answer your phone – ha! Seriously, I know exactly what you’re saying. You’d think in our age of fancy-schmancy technology there … [Read more...]

Witness the “Trial of the Century” with Avon Players’ ‘Parade’

Parade title

Stirring musical explores a dramatic chapter from American history One hundred years after the story’s shocking conclusion, Avon Players presents the emotional and haunting musical Parade. With a soaring score by Jason Robert Brown and a gripping true story, Parade runs September 11-26. Based on historical events, Parade tells the story of Leo Frank (Clayton Hargrave), a Jewish transplant from Brooklyn living in Atlanta in 1913 with his Southern-born wife Lucille (Lori Smith). When … [Read more...]

Huzzah! The 2015 Michigan Renaissance Festival Begins

2013 Michigan Renaissance Festival Returns - photo by Michael Dwyer

The Annual Festival Returns! The 2015 Michigan Renaissance Festival once again sends guests back to the 16th century. This is that one time of year where southeast Michigan residents can dress up as elves, knights, faeries, and princesses and go to the Village of Hollygrove. This made-up land, on the border of Holly and Groveland Township, is ready to go with new attractions and returning favorites. Beat the crowds and arrive early, they open at 10:00 a.m. with free parking. Upon … [Read more...]

Tienken: A Road Divided

Photo credit: Dan Schroeder

In less than three weeks, Rochester Community School students will be returning to their classrooms and the construction around many of the schools will still be underway. While the construction is sorely needed, especially on the well-traveled Tienken, it has proven to be a source of frustration for many. Last week Fairview Farms resident Linda Davis-Kirksey expressed her thoughts in an Op-Ed piece, ‘Epic Communication Fail – Tienken Road Construction Project.’ Rochester Media reached … [Read more...]

Did Dr. Fata Kill My Mother?

Eleanore Morrow before seeing Dr. Fata - photo by Shelton Imaging

What I've Learned from Jailed Oncologist Farid Fata By Cindy Kitchel I have read and reread an email my mom sent me on September 22, 2010. At that time escalating stomach pain had prompted her primary care physician to order a scan and biopsies that uncovered a cancerous mass in her stomach; she wrote me after then being referred to a well-regarded oncologist, Farid Fata. Her impressions of the doctor and appointment: I liked the doctor. He is Lebanese and quite soft-spoken. He is moving … [Read more...]

Student Veterans of Oakland University to Host Film Screening Honoring Military, First Responders


In collaboration with campus and community partners, the Oakland University student organization Student Veterans of OU (SVOU) is hosting a special event to spotlight heroic men and women in uniform. “A Night to Honor to Our Military and First Responders” will take place on Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m., in room 156 North Foundation Hall on Oakland’s campus. The event features a screening of the award-winning film Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good. Released in 2011, this … [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...]