Public’s Assistance Requested in Oakland Township Armed Robbery

Sketch of Armed Robbery Suspect

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in identifying the person that committed an Armed Robbery the Subway Sub Shop located at 4890 North Adams Rd. in Oakland Township. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on October 12, 2014 an un-identified white male entered the Subway Sub Shop. The employee at the time was alone in the back washing dishes, when she came to the front counter the suspect pointed a black handgun at her and demanded she give him all the … [Read more...]

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance

2015 Keynote Speaker Lev Raphael - Photo by Sonya Julie

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance Seven Years and Still Going The annual Rochester Writers’ Conference welcomed writers on October 4 to Oakland University in Rochester for a full day of inspiration and information. One hundred attendees, 13 presenters, half a dozen volunteers and one organizer united to make the seventh annual event another success story. There was a significant amount of positive feedback regarding the conference, most notably for offering … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Roundabouts?

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Dear Crabby, Years ago I visited England for work and had my first exposure to roundabouts. I remember being so thankful that my guide was doing the driving and not me, and that we didn’t have these silly things in the United States. Fast-forward to the present and roundabouts are popping up all over Oakland County! They’re supposed to ease congestion, but all I see are a lot of angry motorists. What do you think about them? Thanks, Driving in Circles Dear Driving in … [Read more...]

Rotting Good Intentions

Mini Pumpkin

Fall has certainly settled in here in Rochester and I am loving every second of it. We've enjoyed a few trips already to the Rochester Cider Mill and walked around Van Hoosen Farm for The Stonewall Pumpkin Festival. I've made a copycat version of Panera's Autumn Squash Soup as well as purchased a few mini pumpkins. Ah, the minis. They're so cute aren't they? You can just line them up on your table or put them in a basket and they're all set. No carving, no disgusting guts of pumpkins … [Read more...]

Rochester Ballroom Hosts Evening of Dancing to Benefit Students with Special Needs and Youth

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Rochester Ballroom proudly announced that the RB Friends Gala will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester. It will be a fun night for all, celebrating dance performances of Rochester Ballroom students including their special needs team and their volunteers. The new “RB Friends” fund has been started in conjunction with the “Community Foundation of Greater Rochester” to assist students with special needs to experience the … [Read more...]

Sh-Sh-Shake Your Mailbox on October 18

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The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) released a statement asking residents who have mailboxes at the road edge to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox. Gov. Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 18, the 6th Annual “Shake Your Mailbox Day” in Michigan. The initiative is intended to prevent mailboxes from being damaged by snow pushed off the road by snowplows. “In most instances where mailboxes are damaged, the snowplow doesn’t actually hit the mailbox, … [Read more...]

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Brewery

The Strung Up String Band from Lake Orion - photo by Michael Dwyer

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Thursday Nights Once again, local talent is welcomed to jump on stage to sing a couple songs to the Thursday evening crowd at the Rochester Mills Beer Company in Downtown Rochester. The popular night took the summer off to host outdoor acoustic music and now that the warm nights are fading, the spotlight has once again turned to the main stage inside. What started as “Greenhorn Music Nights” a few years ago quickly turned into a well-hosted … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, I received an ‘urgent’ call from my daughter the other day saying my husband and I have to come to our granddaughter’s Christopher Columbus school play. Now I know Columbus discovered America, and that’s great, but since when did he warrant having an afternoon dedicated to children singing and reciting in his honor? And the more I think about it I wonder, just why do we celebrate Columbus Day anyway? Thanks! Patriotically Confused Dear Patriotically … [Read more...]

Announcing the Winners of Rochester Posed

1st Place - 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Downtown Rochester’s second annual Rochester Posed event was held last night, October 2. Participating downtown Rochester businesses turned their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed was classic TV of the 60s and 70s. The 2014 Rochester Posed is presented by Lake Trust Credit Union and Downtown Rochester. Downtown Rochester estimates that the event brought about 5,000 people to Downtown Rochester between 5 and 9 p.m. Live mannequins were … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Final Day of the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market

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2014 Season Ends on Saturday, October 25 On closing day of the market, Saturday, October 25, ghouls and goblins are invited to participate in trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m it was announced via press release. Children will receive free goodie bags complements of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and market vendors will have treats available at their booths. Don’t forget to pick up your fall bounty including squash, pumpkins, apples, cider and more! Now in its 15th … [Read more...]