Dear Crabby, Why Do Some People Wear a Face Mask While Driving?

Dear Crabby, I see people in cars, mostly solo drivers, wearing masks, why do some people wear a face mask while driving? Sincerely, Minnie Van Driver   Dear Minnie, I guess some folks just want to be as safe as possible ... or that after 160 executive orders from the governor that ranged from don't wear a mask, to donate masks to those that need them, and from saying you should wear homemade mask when in public, to wear one or else! Some people have resorted to wearing them all the … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Deploys $100,000 Grant

Neighborhood House Immediately Deploys $100,000 Grant in Response to Dire Economic Impact of Coronavirus Neighborhood House, with a mission to walk with neighbors forging the path toward self-sustainability, is thrilled to receive a $100,000 grant from Oakland County and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The nonprofit organization, serving the 100 square mile area of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township, and Addison Township, delivers full service “wrap-around” … [Read more...]

Color of Wellness 5K Fun Run to Benefit Families Facing Cancer Held at Bloomer Park

Join Virtually or Run/Walk in Person The COVID-19 crisis has been particularly devastating to local families facing cancer, with levels of food and housing insecurity surging as income drops. In response, New Day Foundation for Families created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support new services and the increasing need for financial assistance – and one local business is stepping up to help. The Woodhouse Day Spa announces its first Color of Wellness 5K Fun Run, a fun, family event that … [Read more...]

Virtual Version of Annual Scare Away Hunger Run

Neighborhood House Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk Goes Virtual Neighborhood House has decided to take their Scare Away Hunger 5K run/walk virtual. For this virtual 5K, participants may choose one of the three suggested routes or choose a route wherever they would like between October 1-18. They can run, walk, or jog the distance to complete their entry. This is a great opportunity for runners, walkers, and families to get outdoors while helping those less fortunate in our community. Every … [Read more...]

No Mask, No Service

Following an Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, Governor Whitmer Says "Mask Up, Michigan" and Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in all Indoor Public Spaces Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Outfits Children in Need

Blast Off 2 School Neighborhood House is seeking new donated school supplies from July 13 - August 7. School supplies may be dropped off at the Neighborhood House office at 1720 South Livernois or at the Rochester Hills Public Library, Rams Horn, the Rochester Fire Station, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce office, or Oakland Township Hall. Neighborhood House has created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund where monetary donations can also be made to benefit neighbors in need. By donating just $50, a … [Read more...]

Michigan Return to School Roadmap

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap and Directs School Districts to Develop Return to School Plans with Guidance on PPE, Hygiene, and Cleaning Protocols, Athletics, and More. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Closes Bars by Executive Order and Slows Reopening in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Executive Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars Throughout Much of Lower Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan, reversing the reopening of Michigan. Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded from the order, and bars statewide can continue to serve outdoors. The governor also signed a package of bills allowing … [Read more...]

Grab & Go at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Rochester Hills Public Library Reopens July 6 for Grab & Go Service with Occupancy Limits and Additional Health and Safety Parameters The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will reopen on Monday, July 6 for Grab & Go service. This reopening to the public moves the library into Phase Three of its Reopening Plan. The plan is in place to allow the library to open to the public safely and responsibly and to pivot back to previous phases if COVID-19 cases should rise and new … [Read more...]

Rochester Explodes with History as Part of the “Arsenal of Democracy”

The “Arsenal of Democracy” in Rochester: How McAleer Manufacturing Helped Win a World War During the recent months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen Michigan manufacturers—including several in the Rochester area—pivot from their usual course of business to manufacture ventilators, PPE, and other high-priority items in response to our nation’s health emergency. This is not the first time our Rochester businesses have made such a transition in the national interest; during World War II, … [Read more...]