How Ludlow Street Got its Name

Street and building names in a town often memorialize the people who helped to create them, but as time goes on and memories fade, the stories behind those names can become lost. Take, for example, Rochester’s Ludlow Street. Do you know for what or whom it is named?  The story of Ludlow Street starts with the Chapman family. William Clark Chapman and his brother, Charles Sherwin Chapman, grew up in and around Ludlow, Vermont. When William was 16 years old, the Chapman family moved from … [Read more...]

The Strand Theatre in Downtown Pontiac Hosted L. Brooks Patterson’s 2018 State of the County

Highlights and Rochester Area Mentions Oakland County’s economic strength was front and center in L. Brooks Patterson’s 2018 State of the County speech Wednesday night at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Pontiac. Patterson began the speech announcing record investment in the county this past year. "Well, let’s talk about a record number, $1.2 billion – that’s "B" as in Brooks. That’s the amount 62 companies invested in Oakland County in 2017, setting a … [Read more...]

Main Street Oakland County Gets New Program Coordinator

Indiana Native with Passion for Historic Preservation and Downtowns Named Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator John Bry, whose 20-year professional career has been spent on the development and revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods across the country, is the new program coordinator for Main Street Oakland County. Bry becomes the main contact between Oakland County and the 22 communities that comprise Main Street Oakland County – the only full-service, county-level Main … [Read more...]

2017 NoHaz Poster Contest, Collection Events, and VIDEO

Oakland County NoHaz Collections Could Top 5 Million Pounds as Grade School Poster Contest Kicks Off for 2017 North Oakland County’s NoHaz communities will likely top 5 million pounds of household hazardous waste amassed and properly disposed of since 2003 after completing their first collection date in April 2017. The NoHaz program has collected more than 4.9 million pounds of items commonly found around the house such as latex and oil-based paints, motor oil, pesticides and outdated … [Read more...]

Huntington Ford Presents Full-Tuition Scholarship to OU-Bound Avondale Grad

For the fifth straight year, Huntington Ford of Rochester Hills has awarded a full-tuition, renewable scholarship to an Oakland University-bound student from the Greater Rochester area. Dealership owners Pat and Christie Scoggin recently presented this year’s award to Rachel Swink, a 2016 graduate of Avondale High School. While at Avondale, Swink excelled academically and devoted herself to several extracurricular activities, including varsity soccer and raising awareness of food allergies. … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Rochester’s South Hill Bridge Opens in early 1900’s

The best we can tell this is a film that someone found from the opening of the Rochester's South Hill Bridge. It appears to be early 1900's.  It was said to be the largest structure of it's kind in that day!  If you have more information on this please forward it to our editor at Editor@rochestermedia.com     … [Read more...]

City Seeking Candidates for Open Seats on DDA

City of Rochester Seeking Candidates for Open Seats on Downtown Development Authority Must apply before January 26 The City is seeking candidates for two (2) open seats on the Downtown Development Authority. These seats are for terms that will expire May 31, 2019. The City will be accepting applications until January 26, 2016. If you are interested in applying, please click on the link below for the Application. Please email your completed application to … [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...]

Hazardous Weather Alert for Rochester-Rochester Hills

By Beth Dalbey (Patch Staff) A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Southeast Michigan – including the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston – through Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. Precipitation chances are 80 percent today. Storms aren’t expected to be severe, but are capable of heavy downpours and wind gusts near 40 mph as the storm moves from west to east. Southwest winds will bring warm, moist air into the region through early … [Read more...]