Dear Crabby, Why Does Earth Get Its Own Day?

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Dear Crabby, Last weekend I was out working in my yard when my neighbor asked me if I was doing anything for Earth Day. I looked at him like he was crazy. Is this just some liberal crap because it’s an election year? Please tell me Earth Day isn’t a real thing. Thanks! Tony Terra Dear Mr. Terra, Well, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but not only is Earth Day a real thing, but it’s been around for over 45 years. Sorry. The good news is that in the spirit of this … [Read more...]

Hometown Hustle Opens Registration

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Online Registration is Now Open for Rochester Community Schools Foundation 11th Annual Hometown Hustle on May 7 The 5K Hometown Hustle, a treasured community tradition and the signature fundraising event for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 7. The eleventh annual event will again bring the community together to celebrate fitness, family time and fundraising for the Foundation. “The Hometown Hustle is a chip-timed 5K race and fun run/walk.  It … [Read more...]

Snow Events May Cause Issues for Parking Platforms in Rochester

Barricades and No Parking During Snow Event Signs stop vehicles from entering the roof parking of the West Parking Platform - photo by Michael Dwyer

Is the City Ready for Snow with the New Parking Platforms Rochester Media took a look at the two new downtown parking platforms in Rochester after the snowfall earlier this week. There are questions about how winter weather ready the roof parking is. A few inches of snow didn't affect the East Platform from being open. However, the West Platform's roof parking was closed after the snow event. The Community Edge inquired with the city about the how snow plows and de-icing will be … [Read more...]

Rochester Spa Gives Back to Leader Dog for the Blind

In an effort to give back to the many nonprofits in the Rochester area, Revitalizing Touch Wellness Spa, located in Downtown Rochester dedicates the month of November to a local charity each year. "Each year we choose a nonprofit in the community and donate to them during the month of November," said Clement. "It is our way of thanking this wonderful community for all it does." This year, the spa donated five percent of all November sales to Leader Dog for the Blind for a total donation of … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show Celebrates 10 years of Memories!

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Brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, November 23 through Jan. 3, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m. during the 43rd Annual Lagniappe celebration. This year marks 10 years since The Big, Bright Light Show made its sparkling debut.  And over that time, … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Coming to Downtown Rochester on November 28!

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Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 28 for Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market Brings a European Essence to Downtown Rochester

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The 8th annual Kris Kringle Market returns to Downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 4, 4 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon - 10 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Start Your Shopping at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo

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Begin the holidays at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo on Monday, November 16, 5 - 7 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. Over 25 downtown businesses will be showcasing their products and services, just in time for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to shop, discover holiday ideas and inspirations and explore all that our downtown businesses have to offer. In addition to great shopping, product demonstrations and sampling, get a sneak preview of what’s in store at this year’s Downtown … [Read more...]

The Friends’ Library Store

The Sign outside of the entrance of the Friends' of Library Store inside the RHPL - photo by John Smyntek

The Friends' Library Store By John Smyntek Offered for your consideration - some questions from the imaginary Kollege of Konsumer Knowledge, School of Savvy Shopping. Where in the City of Rochester can you buy attractive jewelry crafted from Michigan’s legendary Petoskey stones and of copper that pays homage to the state’s long mining heritage? Where can you procure a wide array of Michigan-related goods - edible, ornamental and pragmatic? How about a one-stop shop for a … [Read more...]

First Parking Platform Opens in Downtown Rochester

The East Parking Platform on the corner of East Street and Fourth Street - photo by Michael Dwyer

On Time and Under Budget It took 171 days from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting for the first of two parking platforms to open in downtown Rochester. The East Platform, located east of Main Street between Fourth Street and University Drive, opened on June 25 to a large crowd of officials, reporters, and local business owners. Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson said it was a landmark project, which came in under time and under budget. “The opening of the East Street Parking Platform, just … [Read more...]