Huntington Ford and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School Partner to Raise School Funds

Pictured with check: Patrick Scoggin, President, Huntington Ford; Shane Redshaw, SCHS Athletic Director; Kim Duley, Event Coordinator, Huntington Ford

Test-drive fundraising event generated much needed money for Stoney Creek High School, helping students in the local community. Huntington Ford, Stoney Creek High School, and members of the local community raised $3,340 for the local school at a recent test-drive and fundraising event. As part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program, more than 165 area residents took a test drive in a new Ford vehicle during the school’s successful on-site event. For each test drive, … [Read more...]

My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Official Logo

As a journalist, I’ve had to report on several issues and topics that arise with local municipalities. From roadwork to city council meetings to elections, news, both positive and negative, keeps journalists working. Sometimes trying to track down the right person in government is tough. Waiting for a return call, getting the interview, checking the facts – can all be an ordeal. Therefore, as a resident, when I had to call the City of Rochester Hills for two reasons this week, I thought … [Read more...]

Patterson Distributes Casual Day Funds to 15 Charities

121714cdp

A disabled Vietnam veteran and an organization whose founder just returned from mission work in Honduras are among the recipients of Oakland County Casual Day funds this holiday season. A total of 15 charitable organizations and the veteran shared $29,000 donated by county employees on casual days throughout the year. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed the checks during a news conference today. According to the press release, another $8,000 was given to other organizations or … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Get Out of Going to Holiday Parties?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, As if putting up decorations and running all over the place for presents wasn’t taking up enough of my time, now my wife tells me we’ve got all these holiday parties we have to attend. Ugh. Any advice on how I can skip this headache? Thanks, Edward McScroogin Dear Edward McScroogin, What! You don’t enjoy having to get all dressed up, go to the house of someone you barely know, eat room-temperature appetizers and drink watered-down punch? I’m right there with you … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Wins Michigan Citizen Corps CERT Team of the Year

CERT Team at the awards ceremony

The City of Rochester Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, was awarded the Michigan Citizen Corps ‘Team of the Year” at the State Citizen’s Corp Conference held in Traverse City in December.  The CERT team is one of 313 CERT teams in the State of Michigan that were considered for the 2014 State award. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and … [Read more...]

Progress Continues on Rochester Hills Public Library Expansion

Ongoing construction at the RHPL. Photo credit: the Rochester Hills Library Facebook Page

Construction on a 6,600 square foot expansion of the Rochester Hills Public Library began in September and should be complete by the end of April. The main focus of the project is to make the drive-up window and return chutes easier to access. “The old design was difficult to use and people had a tendency to hit the building,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “The south edge of the building has been pulled out so customers will approach the service window in the same manner they … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Any Suggestions on Holiday Family Traditions to Try?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, My children are just getting old enough that my husband and I want to start holiday family traditions. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Hannah Holiday Dear Hannah Holiday, In my opinion children are what make the holidays tolerable. Well, most children… usually. Anyway, I guess it all depends on how active you want to be and how much money you want to spend to create said holiday memories. A lot of people seem to be into something called Elf on the Shelf, which … [Read more...]

Pour It Forward

pour it forward

I don't know about you, but December really snuck up on me! I kept thinking I had another whole week of November after Thanksgiving, but after I had been revived from my turkey coma December was right there - BAM! The Big, Bright Light Show has really been beautiful the last several days. I absolutely love seeing it and am looking forward to hanging out downtown this weekend with my kids. If that doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit ,then I don't know what will. Every year, usually … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Proposed Hamlin Road Construction

Street Design

Please Note: Rochester Hills resident Scot Beaton originally published portions of the article below in 2013 with regards to the proposed construction to Hamlin Road, which is back on the Rochester Hills City Council Agenda on Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The views expressed are his own and in no way constitutes an endorsement by Rochester Media. “Big Yellow Taxi” Lyrics by Joni Mitchell They paved paradise and put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging … [Read more...]