Rochester Hills Lifts Drilling Moratorium with Rushed Passage of Shaky Ordinances: Don’t Drill The Hills’ Measured Victory

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After eighteen months of consistent pressure from Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI), the City of Rochester Hills passed new oil/gas well and pipeline ordinances on Monday, a press release from DDHI said. As a result of passage, the drilling moratorium has been lifted. While DDHI is proud to have successfully pushed the City into action on ordinances, what resulted were ordinances that not ready and likely to be challenged. They were rammed through during a chaotic meeting with City officials … [Read more...]

RCOC Road Construction Suspended During Memorial Day Weekend


Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Managing Director Dennis Kolar has announced that most RCOC road construction projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, for the Memorial Day holiday. Work will resume after 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. “The Road Commission wants to ensure that its roads are as free of obstructions as possible during this period because of the increased holiday traffic we typically see on the Memorial Day holiday,” Kolar stated. “That should help to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did you watch the last David Letterman show?


Dear Crabby, Did you watch the last David Letterman show? Sincerely, Nate Owl   Well Nate, Sure I did. That kid has been hosting the Late Show for over twenty years on CBS alone. I started watching him before he was funny—now he’s retiring—I’m still waiting for him to be funny. Oh sure, I laughed at the show, but mostly for what happened, not the jokes. David Letterman racked up some impressive numbers over the years. He hosted 6,028 episodes with nearly 20,000 total … [Read more...]

Is Library Banner Political or Celebratory?

City of Rochester Hills Banner hangs in the staircase at the Rochester Hills Public Library - photo by Michael Dwyer

Library Banner An article by C&G Newspapers tells the story of how the Rochester City Council objects to a banner hanging inside the Rochester Hills Public Library. When Rochester Media visited the library for a photo of the controversial banner, the front desk attendant didn't know anything about the banner or where it was. According to the C&G article, it's been hanging in the staircase since November. Political or Celebratory? In the article, it is suggested that the … [Read more...]

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools Raise More than $20,000 for Rainbow Connection in Honor of Fellow Student

Students from Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools with the $24,000 check they raised for Rainbow Connection in honor of Gage Garmo

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools joined forces during the 2015 Charity Week, in memory of their classmate Gage Garmo, to raise more than $20,000 for The Rainbow Connection, the charity that fulfilled Gage’s wish to meet rapper Eminem. These same students had waged a social media campaign that escalated and drew international attention when 17-year-old Gage, who had been battling cancer, was told he had just days to live. Kelley Cusmano, Faculty Advisor to the student council … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Construction Comes to an End

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The Rochester Hills Public Library’s construction project will be ending by June 1st, but there is still one major job to be completed… the library’s parking lot. Weather permitting the library’s south parking lot will be resurfaced beginning May 18.  The project will take a full week and the library anticipates reopening the full lot by May 26. RHPL Automated Materials Handling System “Up until the last few weeks the public hasn’t been terribly impacted by the construction … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?


Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct … [Read more...]

Building a Better Future Together… The Best is Yet to Come

Ravi Yalamanchi is running for Mayor of Rochester Hills

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By Ravi Yalamanchi, Candidate for Mayor – City of Rochester Hills After serving eight years as a Council Member for Rochester Hills and Treasurer and Commissioner of OPC, it is truly an honor to be a candidate for Mayor of our wonderful city – Rochester Hills. The premise of my candidacy is about community engagement, providing honest and trusted leadership with integrity. My background includes 30 years of Management, Business, Finance, Budgeting and Community Planning experience … [Read more...]

Come be a Champion at the 9th Annual Key of Hope Charity Golf Scramble

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“Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson, third-generation educator Founded in 2008 by former Michigan natives Rachel and Dan Smither, Key of Hope is a nonprofit organization that takes a holistic approach to impacting the lives of vulnerable children living in AIDS-stricken Durban, South Africa. Through ongoing household support, … [Read more...]

Going, Going, Gone! Time to Register for the Oakland County Auction

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Pre-registration for the annual 2015 Oakland County Auction is now open. The event takes place Saturday, May 16 at the county’s Vehicle Operations Building, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 16 East, in Pontiac. Go to for details and to register. “The Oakland County Auction always has some interesting items up for bid and this year is no exception,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “We’re looking forward to an enjoyable event that really has … [Read more...]