Fun and Entertainment at the Rochester Hills State of the City Address with VIDEO

Record Crowd of 600 Hears Diverse Stories of Growth and Success Mayor Bryan K. Barnett delivered his 11th State of the City address at Rochester Adams High School on April 10 to a record crowd of over 600. Guests zoomed over the red carpet, past the welcoming Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, and into the auditorium to here about the success of the city, as well as to be entertained by dancing, skits, musical numbers, and pyrotechnics. Inspired by the influence Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Best is Yet to Come Under Yalamanchi Leadership

To Whom It May Concern: As a long time Rochester Hills Resident, business owner and involved in many community organizations, I find it disconcerting that the current Barnett administration insults the intelligence of Rochester Hills residents by cheap gimmicks and mockery of our City Charter. Historically, terms limits have been abided by every Mayor that has held office since 1984. Bryan Barnett has served nearly 10 years in office as Mayor (2 years of the previous Mayor) and 6 years on … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s So Great About Michigan?

Dear Crabby, I’m planning my summer vacation and want to visit some new places. A friend suggested I look at Michigan, but I recently heard Madonna badmouth her former home state. Is visiting Michigan worth spending my hard-earned money and vacation time? Thanks, Wendy Wanderer Dear Wendy Wanderer, Yep. It’s true. Madonna probably won’t be starring in any Pure Michigan ads in the near future… or ever… but that’s her loss because Michigan is definitely worth visiting. Our state motto … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills mayor’s open reply to Madonna’s hometown jibes goes viral

By Kayla Varicalli From writing a letter to Madonna in his bed to landing a five-minute interview on CNN, Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett quickly found himself--and his letter--in the public eye. Shortly after the letter went viral, he visited OU's ethics in the media class on Thursday, March 26. Students took the opportunity to ask Barnett his motives and effects of his come-back letter to Madonna. Madonna bashed her hometown of Rochester Hills over an interview with Howard … [Read more...]

Reader offers ‘smart’ critique of Rochester Hills

The Detroit News Re: Bryan K. Barnett’s March 19 letter, “Mayor responds to Madonna”: It was interesting to read Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett’s rebuttal to the recent Madonna comments on her hometown. Respecting what Madonna says about her upbringing in Rochester, circa 1975, let the good mayor not forget the plight of James Robertson, ‘The Walking Man,’ who couldn’t count on SMART bus service to get to work. This is an issue of high importance that Mayor Barnett should be … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Discusses Madonna on CNN

Ever since Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett fired off an open letter addressing Madonna's comments regarding her former hometown, the media response has been overwhelming. In addition to being interviewed by local Detroit news stations, the story has also caught the attention of People.com, Billboard.com, and international media outlets. On Wednesday, Barnett was interviewed on CNN by Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin where he discussed his retaliatory letter to pop singer Madonna. The mayor … [Read more...]

Candidate questions Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett’s letter to Madonna

By Paul Kampe, paul.kampe@oakpress.com After his response to entertainer Madonna’s assertions that Rochester Hills is full of narrow-minded people, Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnett’s likely opponent in this fall’s election has questioned Barnett’s dedication to protecting all of the city’s residents from unfair treatment. Barnett penned an opinion piece Monday, March 16 which ran in many news outlets, including The Oakland Press, where he boasted of the city’s positive characteristics … [Read more...]

Media Outlets Pick Up Mayor Barnett’s Letter to Madonna

UPDATE: Since Mayor Barnett’s letter was published in response to remarks Madonna made on Howard Stern's show recently, it has garnered media attention all over the world. On his personal Facebook page Barnett wrote, "So that's what "going viral" looks like! It's been a crazy last 36 hours. I've done media with Channels 2,4 and 7, was on Paul W Smith, Frank Beckman, NPR, MLive, and an assortment of other radio programs. The story was picked up by People Magazine, Billboard.com, a London … [Read more...]

Exciting New Fall Classes Coming to the OPC

If you're 50 years or older and would like to shake up your fitness routine, then you'll want to check out the exciting new classes being offered at the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center located in Rochester, MI. Beginning Wednesday, October 1, the OPC will be rolling out a variety of new classes (programmed with the working class in mind) to try including QiGong (an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing … [Read more...]