Rochester Hills Residents are Invited to Volunteer in Detroit on Friday

Fourth Annual Rochester Hills Stands with Detroit Day Friday August 9 The City of Rochester Hills is proud to announce this year’s Rochester Hills Stands With Detroit Day. This volunteer opportunity, scheduled for Friday, August 9, is for Rochester Hills employees and residents to volunteer with Life Remodeled for their Six Day Project in Detroit. For the past four years, Rochester Hills has been involved in this initiative to assist with the cleanup and beautification of the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Brick-and-Mortar Stores a Thing of the Past?

Dear Crabby, I was giddy when the new Barnes & Noble opened at The Village of Rochester Hills last month, but I was also a bit surprised. It seems like so many other chains are shuttering stores, either in favor of an online presence or because they’ve declared bankruptcy. Is there still hope for brick-and-mortar stores or are they outdated relics? Thanks! Samantha Spendthrift Dear Miss Spendthrift, Some might say I know a thing or two about being an outdated relic, so I feel quite … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know about you, but I was sure bummed to hear about Mike Ilitch’s passing last Friday. He did so much for Detroit. As the news broke, I was surprised to learn he was a first generation American of Macedonian descent. Considering the empire he built, it got me wondering if someone starting out in America could do the same thing today. What do you think? Thanks, Steven Brulay Dear Mr. Brulay, You ask an interesting question. Mr. Ilitch was indeed a great man who … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Volunteers Needed in Detroit

Mayor Barnett Invites Residents to Participate Soon the Rochester Hills community will be rolling up their sleeves to help remove blight in the Denby neighborhood on Detroit’s northeast side. Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has partnered with Life Remodeled, a Detroit-based non-profit organization to offer a unique volunteering opportunity to residents of Rochester Hills to work with volunteers from all over Southeast Michigan that will help revitalize Denby High School and the surrounding … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Whose Superhero Side Are You On?

Dear Crabby, Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been out for a few weeks, I’m curious to know which superhero you side with. Thanks! Diana Prince Dear Diana, You know April Fool’s Day was last week, right? There’s a better chance of me getting a tattoo on my fanny than going to see this movie. Don’t get me wrong. I get the appeal of these superhero movies, I really do. What I don’t understand all the need to make them so over-the-top. Big explosions and all that computer … [Read more...]

Slow Roll Detroit, Group Bicycle Ride on Mondays

What it is? Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride with over 3,000 riders each week. Roughly, from the beginning of April until the end of October, bicyclists of all ages and skill levels take to the streets of Detroit, most Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to participate with the slow pace to provide a safe and unique way to see the city and its neighborhoods. While membership is required, it’s inexpensive at only $10.00 to join at the basic level. Sponsors … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can anyone learn to snow ski?

Dear Crabby, How hard is it to learn to snow ski? I'm an adult now and I'm never done it, but it cannot be that hard... can it? Sincerely, Igo Boom Dear Igo Boom, I do not think the answer to this question will be the same for everybody. Things come pretty simple to me except for things that deal with money, people, or my in-laws. I learned to ski one weekend as a teenager with a few of my buddies as we drove north out of Detroit and found a ski hill. We were all given verbal … [Read more...]

Rochester, Michigan- History and current facts and figures

The City of Rochester is a beautiful place to live just 24 miles north of Detroit, MI. According to Wikipedia the Graham family, built a log cabin in 1817. Making it one of the oldest communities in the area. The cabin was located where the Quik Pik and Penn Station stores today exist at the intersection of Main and Second Street. The city was named for Rochester, New York, just like Rochester, Minnesota, as many early settlers to the area were formerly from the state of New York. The city … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do I survive the Art Institute?

Dear Crabby, My girlfriend loves art and always wants to take me to different museums to stare at walls full of art. I really want to enjoy it, but I find it rather difficult. What can I do? Sincerely, Knott A Picasso Dear Knott A. Picasso, Being the art-lover that I am not, I have actually found several ways to enjoy the art museums. You see, since Mrs. Crabby does love art, she likes to drag me along to The Detroit Institute of Art whenever she can. After barely surviving my first … [Read more...]

What is the Solution for Detroit- Opinion by Ravi Yalamanchi

Detroit is in news every day for crime, Kwame Kilpatrick or financial challenges. Ironically all three are connected in some respect. Detroit financial challenges started in early 70’s as more people and businesses started to move out into the suburbs. In the past four decades there has never been responsible management of the city. One thing stayed constant in the past four decades is poor, failed and corrupt leadership and bloated for decades with high costs to the tax payer. While revenue … [Read more...]