Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

As we collectively address the pandemic facing our local community, state and country, the City of Rochester Hills is working to minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has issued a State of Emergency in the City of Rochester Hills. This State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to make immediate decisions in the interest of the City’s health, safety and welfare. In light of the pandemic, Rochester Hills is … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events

Governor Orders that Events and Shared-Space Assemblages over 250 People be Canceled or Postponed Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. The governor’s executive order also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. Child care facilities will remain open … [Read more...]

State of Emergency in Oakland County Declared

Oakland County Executive David Coulter today declared a state of emergency in the county, allowing him to shift resources quickly to assist residents, businesses and communities affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Coulter said the declaration was necessary to open a path for federal funds, should they become available. The county has established the Oakland County Help Hotline – 248-858-1000 – to address non-health needs of the general public such as food or housing assistance. “We … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Cancels Programs through March 31

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities in the State of Michigan, the Rochester Hills Public Library is taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The library remains open with normal hours of operation. However, in keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Michigan, and the Oakland County Health Division, and out of an abundance of caution, effective March 12, the Rochester Hills Public Library has canceled all library and … [Read more...]

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission in Rochester

The City of Rochester is seeking applicants for various boards and commissions. Please fill out an application and submit by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 for first consideration. If you are interested in serving on a City of Rochester Board or Commission, please fill out a Boards and Commissions Application at More information on each board and commission can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the application document. To submit, download the application and fill out … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Public Library Acquires 3-D Scanner

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has acquired a 3-D scanner for its Eureka Lab/Makerspace, which contains a variety of equipment and resources for making unique items. Patrons of RHPL can scan 3-D designs and recreate them on one of two 3-D printers available at the library. The scanner assists in getting a design’s exact measurements that are then sent to the printer. 3-D printing is the process of creating a physical object from a digital model. It is also known as additive … [Read more...]

Hope Comes from a Community of Caring

Rochester Community Schools Commits to Social-Emotional Wellness In just one year’s time, Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has made great strides to care for the social-emotional health and well-being of its students and staff. By partnering with the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, the district is focused on building a culture that increases compassion, accountability, equity and belonging for all. Rochester Community Schools is currently the only Michigan school district … [Read more...]

Care and Pruning of your Fruit Trees

Hands-On Workshop at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District 388 W. Predmore Rd. Oakland, MI Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Fee: $5  (*Please note the class has a 20 person cap so please reserve soon to guarantee a spot) RSVP: or call 248-608-6807 Your Instructor Master Gardener Clay Ottoni has been farming for over five decades growing fruit trees, cover crops, row crops, and vegetables. He regularly volunteers for Michigan State … [Read more...]

Auburn Road and Innovation Hills Park Recognized for Exceptional Design

Rochester Hills Receives Statewide Awards for 2019 Capital Investments The City of Rochester Hills was recently presented with two Awards of Excellence by the Michigan Concrete Association (MCA). Both the reconstruction of Auburn Road and Innovation Hills were recognized for their high-quality workmanship, outstanding decorative concrete finishes, and superior aesthetic design demonstrated in the finished product. Each year, MCA recognizes the best concrete projects and presents awards … [Read more...]

Drama ‘Mary Jane’ Shines a Light on a Mother’s Life with a Chronically Ill Child

Running at Meadow Brook Theatre March 18 through April 12, 2020 Mary Jane loves her son, Alex. All she wants is for him to be healthy and happy. However, Alex is chronically ill, which makes life challenging. While Mary Jane is perpetually optimistic, she is also tired and scared. She needs to know she’s not alone. Sometimes support comes from unexpected places, and you learn family isn’t just the people you’re related to. Mary Jane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, runs March 18 … [Read more...]