Dear Crabby, Is the Easter Bunny an Essential Employee?

Dear Crabby, Ever since this pandemic started, our lives (and everyone else) have been turned upside down. In the midst of getting everything together to homeschool (!), I just looked at the calendar and realized this Sunday is Easter! Can we still have Easter or is now the time I fess up to the kids that my husband and I are the Easter Bunny? Thanks! Josephine Cottontail Dear Josephine Cottontail, Ahh, yes. Right about now your inbox and Facebook feed should be flooded with ads for … [Read more...]

Local Man Teams Up with The Rainbow Connection to Grant 15 Wishes

The Wishes of 15 Michigan Children will be Granted Thanks to a Generous Donation Made to The Rainbow Connection (TRC) by Mr. Tim Easterwood and his Family. Mr. Easterwood visited The Rainbow Connection headquarters in Rochester, Michigan to present the staff with a donation of $100,000. Those dollars will go directly to sponsoring the wishes of 15 Michigan children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. For Tim Easterwood, a father of five, charities that … [Read more...]

Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields

Rochester Hills Public Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields and Frames for Healthcare Workers As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities in the State of Michigan, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has taken steps to help protect healthcare workers by using the library’s 3D printers to create face shields. Library staff downloaded the design files from stratasys.com and are printing and assembling the face shields at home. Eureka Lab/Makerspace … [Read more...]

Op Ed: Stop Attacks on Asian Americans

Personally, I have no problem with President Trump’s labeling the current pandemic the “Chinese flu.” Like the Spanish flu (interestingly enough traceable back to France, Kansas, or China), he is simply following a time honored tradition. Likewise, the gnashing of teeth about closing the boarders as racist, xenophobia seems nothing more than the overwrought attacks of those suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. Closing the borders is also a time-tested response that countries across the … [Read more...]

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Re-Accredited for 8 Years

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) has been re-accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for 8 years, the maximum time possible. Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Interim Dean, OUWB, and chief academic officer, William Beaumont Hospital, made the announcement. “It is with extreme pride that I share with you that OUWB has been granted eight years of accreditation, the maximum amount of time that can be awarded, from the Liaison Committee on Medical … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Face-to-Face Learning Suspended for Remainder of School Year

Executive Order Sets Guidelines for Remote Learning, Ensures Teachers, School Employees Will Be Paid for Remainder of School Year Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Ideas For a Spring Break Staycation?

Dear Crabby, Another month and everything is still shut down. Since most of us were looking forward to spring break plans (which are now canceled) I wondered if you had any great staycation ideas we could try to alleviate the endless boredom we all feel. Thanks, Serenity Ahora Dear Serenity Ahora, Staycation? I believe you mean Coronacation. That is what all the hip kids are calling this moment in history. But lucky for you, this introvert has plenty of ideas to help you get over … [Read more...]

Free Parking in Downtown Rochester

Free Parking in City Parking Decks and at Meters Thru April 13 The City of Rochester has suspended parking collections through April 13 and is forgoing collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to businesses to get carryout food, essential items, and medication. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Pest House Was an Early Answer to Outbreaks of Disease

As we cope with the various levels of disruption in our daily routines made necessary by the response to the COVID-19 virus, it is interesting to look back at the way contagious disease was handled in our community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In small communities like Rochester, there were no hospitals at the time. A village might be fortunate enough to have a physician or two in residence, but there were no cures and few effective therapies available for the primary … [Read more...]