Top Five Artists Chosen from Field of 109 as 2015 MI Great Artist Online Competition Gets Down to Business

Five artists – including one returnee from 2014 – will vie for the top spot in the 2015 MI Great Artist online competition and a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the finalists. “These are supremely talented individuals,” Patterson said. “Their skill and passion is evident in the incredible works they’ve created. I encourage everyone to go to Park West Gallery and see these wonderful pieces in person.” The … [Read more...]

22,000+ Public Votes Whittle Down 109 Artists as MI Great Artist Competition Reduced to Top 25 Candidates

Thirteen Oakland County residents and eight from Wayne County are among 25 artists who have a chance at becoming the 2015 MI Great Artist winner. More than 22,000 public votes were cast in 10 days during the online portion of the competition. The field of 109 entrants was reduced to 25 semi-finalists for consideration by a panel of judges. Originally the top 20 artists were to be selected but the closeness of the voting and the quality of the entries made it necessary to include the … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Vote Bill Soule At Large – Restore Residents’ Voice on Council

It’s not often that we can say that candidate’s campaign promises are fulfilled, but I think that’s mostly the case for Councilman Mark Tisdel. Indeed, let’s take a look at some of his achievements during his four years on City Council. Tisdel was a vocal and vehement opponent to the resident driven 2011 city charter amendment –ensuring a prior public vote for ANY city parks lease, sale or conversion to non-conservation, non-recreation use. At a League of Women Voters Forum in 2011, … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Hamlin Road & the Penberthy Family

I am appalled that as a former City Council President I have to read this in The Detroit News and Rochester Patch! Where is the press release from the Mayor's office that takes ownership for the entire Hamlin Road project! Where is the press release from the Mayor's office that Rochester Hills will do everything in it's power to assist this family! Where is the press release that the City will take personally responsible for all inconvenience and damages to this property! Where is the … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Vote Ravi Yalamanchi for Our Future

I have been a resident of Rochester Hills for nearly 30 years, raising 3 children who are graduates of Rochester Community Schools and now 5 grandchildren are attending the schools their parents attended. I’m a former Chairman of the Board of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and a 20-year small business owner. I have spent my work and family life in this community - I am more than vested. Last evening my husband, granddaughter and I gathered with a group of residents to keep … [Read more...]

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: Write-In Bryan Barnett

To the Editor: As a 31-year resident of Rochester Hills, and a career Law Enforcement Official, I and my wife strongly support Mayor Bryan Barnett for a write-In third term; as Mayor of our wonderful city. Mayor Barnett has been and will continue to be a positive leader for our community. All one needs to do is look at what has been accomplished under his leadership since 2006. Just the fact that Rochester Hills, Michigan was recognized as one of the 10 best places to live in America says it … [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: Fair is Fair

I will be enthusiastically voting in support of our current mayor, Bryan Barnett, for a variety of reasons, and encourage my fellow residents to do the same. Mayor Barnett has done and outstanding job at the helm of our city and I wholeheartedly support his bid to continue. Recently, I have noticed a significant amount of press regarding the gas and oil issue, yet the truth is, it’s a non issue as the entire program has been scrapped in our area. I’m not sure why some candidates feel … [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...]