World Cup Watch Party Scores Big

Soccer Clinics were part of the fun at the FIFA Watch Party - photo by Michael Dwyer

FIFA Women's World Cup Watch Party Hosted by the City of Rochester Hills and Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, this is a first for the type of an event. It took place Tuesday evening at the RARA Indoor Soccer Field in Downtown Rochester.     Magic Soccer provided a free soccer clinic and Oakland University's The Grizz was entertaining the kids and getting in a lot of photos. Food, drink and a large ten-foot-projection screen made watching the US Women's Team beat the … [Read more...]

Mayor Bryan Barnett to Run as Write-In Candidate with VIDEO

Write-In Bryan Barnett

Close to forty people from the community gathered at Yates Cider Mill on Monday to show their support for Mayor Bryan Barnett as he announced his campaign to run as a write-in candidate for mayor of Rochester Hills. The Rochester Hills City Charter limits candidates to two terms on the ballot. However, those seeking a third term may run as a write-in Candidate. Yates owner, Mike Titus, welcomed friends, area students and community leaders, including Congressman Mike Bishop and Oakland … [Read more...]

My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

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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...]

Lincoln Day Dinner Comes to Rochester

Keynote Speaker Rand Paul at the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner - photo by Michael Dwyer

Lincoln Day Dinner The Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester hosted the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was started by a group of Republicans on January 6, 1888 in the Club room of the Oakland Gazette in Pontiac, to take steps in forming an Oakland County Republican Club. The first banquet was held in 1890 at the Opera House in Pontiac. The Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner is the oldest in the country and this was the first time it came to the Royal Park Hotel. Hundreds of … [Read more...]

McMillin campaign statement after Mayor Barnett’s withdrawal from the 8th congressional race

Rochester Media received the following press release from Representative Tom McMillin's campaign team: A Clear Choice in the 8th After today's decision by Mayor Bryan Barnett to drop out of the 8th District Congressional race, McMillin spokesman David Forsmark said, "This makes the choice very clear to Republican voters in the 8th. Do they want Mr. Bishop who, when taxpayers needed him to stand firm against Gov. Granholm and her plan to increase taxes, cut a deal with her and gave to … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates 30 years

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30 years of Awesomeness The 2014 State of the City address celebrated the 30-year milestone for the city of Rochester Hills, which became a city in 1984. Held at the Emagine Theater of Rochester Hills, 80’s music and video clips warmed up the large theater on a chilly Wednesday evening. Dr. Rubel Shelly of Rochester College was the Master of Ceremonies. Rochester College was mentioned several times throughout the evening as one of two universities in Rochester Hills. Jason Sewell, … [Read more...]

Paint the Plow and the New Rochester Hills City Council

Inaugural Paint the Plow at the Rochester Hills DPS Garage

The New City Council Members The new Rochester Hills City Council met for the first time on Monday. While four members are continuing their term, the three newly elected members were at their first city council meeting as council members. Kevin Brown (At-Large), Stephanie Morita (District 1) and Thomas Wiggins (District 4) were sworn in on November 18, 2013 at the Oath of Office. City Council President Greg Hooper welcomed them and said, “I have the utmost confidence in all our new … [Read more...]

New $929,165.00 Building To Store Salt

Op-Ed by Scot Beaton City Council Regular Meeting Meeting date/time: 4/22/2013 7:00 PM Meeting location: 1000 Rochester Hills Drive Our Mayor is requesting our City Council to grant him the authority to spend up to $929,165.00 on a new building at our DPS facility to store Salt. Wow... that's a lot on money for a building to house salt... don't you think? Let me try to explain... first we a going to tear down about 1/2 of the old DPS building and turn the remaining 1/2 into a cold … [Read more...]

Mayor joins President Obama in congratulating Rochester Hills-native NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski

Mayor Bryan Barnett (left) stands with Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski and President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett applauded the town’s own Brad Keselowski at the White House on Tuesday for being the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series defending driver’s champion. President Obama held a special ceremony honoring last year’s champion on the South lawn of the White House as the 2013 NASCAR chase for the Sprint Cup rounds the curve. “I’ve been to the White House several times but it’s always a very cool experience,” Barnett said of Tuesday’s event. With … [Read more...]

Mayor shares local innovation with Rochester Hills residents in State of City Address


Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett welcomed his town to a crowded Emagine theatre as he delivered his seventh State of the City Address centered on innovation Wednesday night. “I’m incredibly excited about the news tonight because we have a really great story to tell,” Barnett said prior to the event. And that story is one of low city unemployment rates—5 percent compared to Michigan’s 8.9 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, second lowest in the state—as well as … [Read more...]