Letter to the Editor: Barnett Exceeds Expectations

As a long-term member of our community, I am writing to share my strong support for Bryan Barnett in the upcoming mayoral election. I have known Mayor Barnett for many years and have watched him work tirelessly for the good of our city. I can honestly say Mayor Barnett has exceeded our expectations as to what city government is able to achieve. I believe the Mayor’s unprecedented success is due to his strong moral and personal character. His relentless commitment to excellence and … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Rochester Hills Election

As a parent in Rochester Hills, I respect the fact that Mayor Barnett, and his family, are active members in our community. I have come across the mayor and his family at many community events, even when he is not performing “mayor duties.” This shows that the mayor and his family truly love and care about our city, which is exactly the type of person I want leading our Rochester Hills! I also, greatly respect the fact that his children attend Rochester Community Schools. This proves that he … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Business Community Supports Bryan Barnett

To the editor: My husband Ravi and I are the owners and operators of both Tim Hortons locations in Rochester Hills. Over the last two years we have gotten to know Mayor Barnett and have been wonderfully impressed. He has supported our growing business and has proven to genuinely care about our operations. We are proud to do business in the Safest City in Michigan and Ravi and I look forward to writing in Bryan Barnett to keep this good thing going! Anita and Ravi Saini … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Term Limits

Never has the saying, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” made more sense than it does with regard to the upcoming mayoral election in Rochester Hills. I’m a bit older and clearly remember when term limits were implemented, and why. Term limits were put in place to remove elected officials who were unproductive and complacent, those who had grown too comfortable in their elected position to work hard and effectively. I can assure you that in no way, shape, or form does Mayor Bryan … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Barnett Serves with Distinction

As a resident of Rochester Hills for almost 40 years, I have had the chance to witness any number of individuals serving as Mayor and while many have been excellent, none have served our city with as much distinction as Mayor Bryan Barnett. I supported the 1995 effort to amend the Rochester Hills city charter to limit the number of terms an individual might continue on as Mayor, but the amendment was crafted in a way that also recognized that in cases where the incumbent serves with great … [Read more...]

Adams High School Now Recycling Outdoors

Pictured: Connor McDevitt, Zoe Garden, Principal Kevin Cumming, Mayor Bryan Barnett, Joan Dallapiazza, Lisa VanOphem, Joey Dallapiazza and Mason VanOphem. Not pictured: Kathy McDevitt. Photos by Gugel Photography.

Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation Award Grant to Adams High School Rochester Adams High School received 24 bright blue recycling bins designed specifically for placement in outdoor athletic areas as part of a national recycling bin grant program from Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. Adams is the only school in the state to receive the grant this year. Lisa VanOphem, Kathy McDevitt and Dallapiazza, on behalf of the Rochester Adams Parent Teacher … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Candidates Debate


The Rochester Hills City Council and Mayoral Candidates held their debates on Monday evening. Here is the full video: Read Paul Kampe's article from The Oakland Press for more about the debate. … [Read more...]

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...]