Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September?

Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September? Sincerely, Autumn S. Cummings   Dear Autumn, It's a great time of year, as the kids go back to school I'm reminded of a column I wrote about that, What Does 'Back to School' Mean for you? And all that still holds true - I miss the grandkids already. September also means Giving Away Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets, as I do every time this year. The event runs through the end of the month, and if you hurry, I can still answer … [Read more...]

Patterson Plans to Raise the Bar with Innovative Management in Oakland County with VIDEO

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says that Oakland County's best accomplishments are yet to come. During his annual State of the County address before an audience of more than 600 guests at the Auburn Hills Marriot Pontiac at Centerpoint, he spotlighted several high-tech connections moving into the county. Patterson was introduced my the Brooke Wilson Vitale, the owner of specialty bakeries in Royal Oak and Birmingham, who was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would You ever use a Self-driving Car?

Dear Crabby, Would You Ever Use a Self-Driving Car? Just wondering, E.Z. Ryder   Good question E.Z. I've wondered that about myself too. To my knowledge, there are two companies making headway with this idea of driverless cars, Google and Tesla. I like to drive myself, I don't like valet parking, taxis, or public transportation. But I can see the advantage as well. Google, who already knows everything about me due to my Internet searches, would be a wonderful chauffeur. I … [Read more...]

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Surveys for Potential Hires

300 Businesses in Region Receive First-of-its-Kind Job Survey to Create Profiles for Employment in Connected/Autonomous Vehicle Industry by Rochester-Based Company Businesses in Southeast Michigan this week are being asked to identify the skills and abilities employers require of potential hires wanting jobs in the rapidly evolving connected/autonomous vehicle industry. About 300 employers from Oakland County and surrounding counties in Southeast Michigan were sent the Skills Needs … [Read more...]

Rochester Research Firm to Produce Workforce Development Survey for Oakland County

Oakland County Workforce Development Survey to Create First-of-its-Kind Job Profiles for Employment in Connected/Autonomous Vehicle Industry Oakland County has commissioned a regional survey of employers, asking them what skills and abilities they require of potential employees wanting jobs in the rapidly-evolving connected/autonomous vehicle industry. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced the launch of the connected/autonomous vehicle Skills Needs Assessment … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Uber Safe?

Dear Crabby, More and more people seem to be using the car service Uber, but I’m just not sure. What are the driver’s qualifications and more importantly, is it safe? Thanks, Thomas Tentative Dear Mr. Tentative, When I first read your question, I thought you were asking if ‘________’ was ‘uber safe.’ I was confused there for a bit until my grandson pointed out what you were really asking while laughing at my expense. So thanks for that. OK. Back to your question. I have never used … [Read more...]

Patterson Announces I-75 Upgrades at State of the County Address

The Modernization of Interstate 75 Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, spoke for an hour Wednesday night delivering his 2016 State of the County speech to nearly 600 people in attendance at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac. Representatives from Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township were there - mayors, city council members, state reps, supervisors, and others - among hundreds of elected officials and invited guests from Oakland County. "Adding a lane north and … [Read more...]

Disconnection: Part of a Balanced Information Diet

From Google and Facebook to smartphones and iPads, technology has improved our lives in countless ways -- but at a cost. Drawing on research she conducted with the support of the American Library Association and Google, Jessie Mannisto will discuss the way the Internet affects our work and our relationships on Thursday, March 29th at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library.  She will offer thoughts on how you can develop a "digital diet" that suits your individual, family, or professional … [Read more...]