Dear Crabby, Is it Illegal to Sneak Food into a Movie Theater?

Dear Crabby, With the ban on concession sales right now, I'm curious, is it illegal to sneak food into a movie theater? Sincerely, Mike and Ike Twizzler Dear Mike and Ike, That's a big question right now. I'm not sure if it is technically "illegal" anywhere, but it certainly is not allowed at most theaters. Dear Crabby Gives Advice The theaters being allowed to reopen was good news, however guests are still required to mask up for the entire show. Food and drink will not be … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Selected for Community Risk Assessment Pilot

Innovative Approach to Risk Reduction The City of Rochester Hills Fire Department was recently selected to participate in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Community Risk Assessment (CRA) Pilot Project. Only 250 U.S. Fire Departments were selected to participate in this pilot program, with only five chosen in Michigan.  CRA Dashboards are designed to assess the unique risks for emergencies in Rochester Hills. Powered by mySidewalk, it will allow the fire department to … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2021 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College students, as well as adult artists, are invited to participate in Downtown Rochester’s 11th Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2021. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art is scheduled for May 13 & 14. This year’s … [Read more...]

WJR Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann Retires After 48 Years

Rochester Hills resident and veteran on-air host, Frank Beckmann, announces his retirement after a 48-year radio career with News Talk 760 WJR. Frank Beckmann, a news talk and sports broadcasting legend, has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon for the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021. Named “Best Midday Personality” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Beckmann has been cited as Michigan’s top sportscaster for his … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are the Ski Resorts Open?

Dear Crabby, With so many businesses closed or restricted, I was wondering if ski resorts are open? Sincerely, Susie Slalom Dear Susie, Why yes they are. And all reports say they are very, very busy! It seems everyone and anyone who ever wanted to ski, used to ski, or is a skier, are skiing at the local hills. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Back when I learned to ski, it was only skiing. Now they have snowboarding too - they're skater kids who found a way to skateboard in the … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition, shopping, and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Christmas Cheer.” Visitors will see carvings of holiday favorites, including Buddy The Elf, Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Vacation Stationwagon, and many more. … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Rochester Hills will once again allow its residents to dispose of natural Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Clinton River Watershed Council on the following dates and times ONLY: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Sunday, January 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Clinton River Watershed Council is located at 1115 W. Avon Road (south side of Avon, just west of Livernois Road). Christmas trees will be accepted subject to ALL of the following … [Read more...]

Ford Donates 6,000 Face Masks to Rochester Hills Public Library

Rochester Hills Public Library A recent donation of 6,000 disposable face masks from the Ford Motor Company Fund significantly helps Rochester Hills Public Library's efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “This generous donation from the Ford Motor Company Fund,” said Juliane Morian, library director, “has helped offset the impact of unanticipated expenditures. It helps RHPL do more when our community needs us the most.” Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will 2021 be Better than This Year?

Dear Crabby, I am almost too afraid to ask this question, but what do you think the New Year will bring us?Thanks, Rita RenaissanceDear Rita Renaissance, You are indeed a brave soul for even asking. My longtime readers know that I usually use my last December post to talk about the year that was, so here goes: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Zoom, masks, quarantine, and vaccine. That about sums it up. Happy New Year, everyone!  Does that answer your question? OK. I’ll keep talking … [Read more...]

Remembering Sue Ann Douglas

Sue Ann Douglas, age 77 of Rochester, passed away December 17, 2020. Loving wife of Thomas Douglas for 56 years, dear mother of Roger Douglas. Sister of Nancy (Donald) and Candy (Glen). From April 2019 - Mayor Robert J. Ray with Rochester residents Sue and Tom Douglas - photo by Michael Dwyer Sue was well known locally for her public service on the Rochester Planning Commission, Rochester City Council, and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Before she started her public service … [Read more...]