Rochester’s $12 million parking structures will lack surveillance cameras

Pamela Krampf (left) and Linda Lucaj stand near the construction of a parking structure on the west side of Main Street in Rochester Wednesday, March 25. The two local business owners are concerned over the lack of security cameras on the new structures. Photo by Tim Thompson - The Oakland Press

By Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press If it wasn’t for security cameras, Pamela Krampf, owner of Antiques and Fine Jewelry by Pamela in downtown Rochester, likely would not have found justice after her store was robbed – at gunpoint – in 2012. Surveillance footage resulted in two of the three men accused of conspiring in the robbery being sentenced to prison time. “If we, Chicken Shack and the bank didn’t have cameras, there wouldn’t be two guys in prison and I wouldn’t be … [Read more...]

Tienken Road Closure Begins Monday in Rochester Hills


After a week’s delay, the closure of Tienken Road in Rochester Hills begins Monday, March 30. The work is needed to complete a Road Commission for Oakland County project which began last summer and included the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of Tienken and Livernois roads. The resurfacing project will close Tienken Road from Canyon Creek Road to Rochester Road. Tienken Road is expected to reopen Sept. 3. A second, concurrent project further west on Tienken Road is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Coffee Good For You?


Dear Crabby, Some say yes and others say no, but I want to know if coffee is good for you? Thanks, Joe Brewer Dear Mr. Brewer, One day coffee is good for you and the next it’s bad for you. Back-and-forth goes the debate, the true never-ending story. The Crabby Household usually has a pot of coffee going. My first doctor tried to get me to quit, but he died. I kept drinking coffee. My second doctor demanded I quit the black nectar roast, he died too. I told this to my current doctor, … [Read more...]

Horsing Around in the Bluegrass

Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie at the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington, KY 2014

By Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie Lexington was Kentucky’s first city and residents were so sure of their role in the new nation that they embraced decadent banquets, dancing, horseracing, and torchlight parades. Bankers, lawyers, and merchants brought an extension of the elite to the city and mingled with the emerging professional class. Exotic travel books were written and visitors were greeted by a new gentry with Old World ways when visiting the “Athens of the West.” The … [Read more...]

Library Construction Slightly Delayed, but Continues

First floor interior of the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library’s construction project will run longer than initially anticipated due to extremely cold temperatures this winter. “Originally we had planned on starting masonry work in mid-January, which would require temporary heating on the exterior of the building,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. Low temperatures in January were under 10 degrees and below zero in February. “It seemed like a waste of money to heat the outdoors, so we waited a few weeks … [Read more...]

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...]

Rochester College Student Nurses Host 5K Run/Walk

Rochester College Student Nurses' Association

Rochester College's Student Nurses' Association is hosting a 5K run/walk, called Run SNA, on scenic Paint Creek Trail on Saturday, March 28, from 8 - 10 a.m. Laura Bellinger, president of RC's SNA, said funds raised will "help fund medical missions for nursing students, provide scholarships for nursing students in need, and fund travel and hotel accommodations for state and national conventions for our student nursing leadership." Registration is $20 for students, $25 for the general … [Read more...]

Yoga Day at the OPC

OPC Yoga

Yoga Day at the OPC This Saturday, March 21 is your chance to try yoga, or if you haven’t practiced it in a long time, this is your opportunity to build strength, flexibility, balance, and peace.  Yoga Day is open to the public - all ages welcome.    Session 1 - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Nancy McCaochan Yoga Basics. Session 2 - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Tracy Flynn Gentle Yoga Session 3 - 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Norma Byrne Yoga Blend Bring a mat, water, and a blanket. A light snack will be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Really Spring?


Dear Crabby, Is spring finally coming this weekend? Thanks, Shirley Springer Dear Ms. Springer, Why yes, according to my At-A-Glance Calendar my wife got me so I wouldn't forget doctor appointments and plans with the grandkids, spring starts on Friday, March 20. Of course, as we all know, in Michigan the weather could change quickly and we could lapse back into Winter. The snow is all but gone here in the Rochester Area. Only small piles left from snow plows seem to be lingering. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Discusses Madonna on CNN


Ever since Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett fired off an open letter addressing Madonna's comments regarding her former hometown, the media response has been overwhelming. In addition to being interviewed by local Detroit news stations, the story has also caught the attention of,, and international media outlets. On Wednesday, Barnett was interviewed on CNN by Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin where he discussed his retaliatory letter to pop singer Madonna. The mayor … [Read more...]