Dear Crabby, Should I Welcome My Neighbor’s Swimming Dogs?


Dear Crabby, I have a neighbor with three dogs. The dogs joined my dog and I for a swim—everyone was having fun—until the neighbor woman called her dogs home and didn’t seem too happy over the situation. Oddly, her ex-husband cares for her dogs and she doesn’t seem to at all. What should I do if the dogs return? Sincerely, Love my neighbor's dogs   Dear Neighbor Dog Lover, Why do you want to swim with a bunch of dogs? You call that fun? I love animals too, but it … [Read more...]

New Places to Eat in Rochester Hills

Avery's Tavern owner, Jeff Collier, shakes hands with Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan Barnett, at the Ribbon Cutting Event June 30 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Hungry residents have new choices this summer to dine around town. The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has hosted several ribbon cuttings throughout June and July—here are three of the restaurants—welcoming new businesses to the area. Avery’s Tavern Located on the west side of Crooks Road, just south of Hamlin Road, in the former Chapman’s Mill Restaurant is the new Avery’s Tavern. A full menu, available late most nights, and a wide range of adult beverages make this … [Read more...]

OU Professor, Alumnus Among Diverse Class of 2015 Kresge Artist Fellows

2015 Kresge Artist Fellows (Davison and Chapman back row, first and second from left)
Photo provided by the Kresge Foundation

Oakland University English professor Jeffrey Chapman and alumnus Kahn Santori Davison are among 18 Metro Detroiters to receive a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowship from the Troy-based Kresge Foundation. The $25,000 awards highlight an array of disciplines in the literary and visual arts. Dr. Chapman, who teaches creative writing courses at OU, was recognized as a literary arts fellow for his fiction and graphic novels. Appearing in publications throughout the country, his stories and comics … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is there no Holiday in August?


Dear Crabby, I want to take a long weekend next month and looking at the calendar I noticed August is free of any holidays, why? Sincerely, Augustus Looking   Mr. Looking, You don’t say. I’ve never noticed. In fact, I thought you had to be pulling my leg. With all the religious holidays, national holidays and made-up Hallmark Holidays, I figured every month was covered in them. Looking at my trusty “Puppies in Baskets” calendar one of my grandkids bought me for Christmas … [Read more...]

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Opens in Rochester Hills

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opens in Rochester Hills - photo by Michael Dwyer

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market comes to Michigan Rochester Hills, Troy and Northville welcomed a new grocery store into their communities this week—fresh Thyme Farmers Market—along with a store in East Lansing, the chain now has four locations in Michigan. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners Win National Social Media Award for Human Trafficking Awareness Effort

Photo courtesy of Oakland County Commissioners

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners received the 2015 Golden Post Award for their 2014 Human Trafficking Awareness event entitled, “Learn About the Impact of Human Trafficking,” which placed third in the national competition out of 171 nominations. The comprehensive multi-faceted media approach of using some traditional marketing, media and public relations’ principles to communicate the effort while incorporating social media into the promotion of the event resulted in the Board … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop!

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. According to the press release, new this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Currently businesses, organizations, individuals, and families are being sought  to donate their time and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?


Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Sincerely, Ben N. Jerry   Hello Mr. Jerry, My all-time favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla. That cool, milky dessert and I go way back. Although, I like most ice cream flavors—vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, and even Superman—ice cream really goes with everything. Did you know that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day? July is National Ice Cream month—hot month, … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park this Friday

Founder and Poet, Nancy Stevens, reads a poem at the 2014 Poetry in the Park event at the Rochester Municipal Park - photo by Michael Dwyer

Poetry in the Park Friday Evening at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Stop by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair for a comfortable evening—event runs until dusk. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Poets Reading this Year James Ahearn, Rochester, Past President of Poetry Society of … [Read more...]

RCOC Works with Local Community Collaborative to Tackle Phragmites Along Roadways


Last spring Matt Forster did a special series for Rochester Media on invasive species. One article was on phragmites, a common reed from Europe that is now taking over Michigan's roadside wetlands and prompting the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) to join with a number of Oakland County communities and other groups to help combat them. The RCOC Board, at the request of Managing Director Dennis Kolar, provided $75,000 to tackle the issue along roadways in the county. Under the … [Read more...]