Rochester-opoly Now Available, Just in Time for the Holidays

This holiday season the places of Rochester will be spaces on a customized board game, Rochester-opoly. The game will feature all of the fun and memorable places in our community, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Oakland University, Rochester Hills Public Library and many more. The game was created by Lynne Vettraino, a local entrepreneur, after she was inspired by a similar game in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “While visiting my hometown, I saw a custom city-based ‘opoly’ game and was … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

The City of Rochester Hills is pleased to announce that Joe Snyder has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately. Mr. Snyder has been acting as the city's interim Chief Financial Officer since June of this year, and replaces Keith Sawdon who retired after 30 years in public finance. “This is a dream opportunity for me, as I started working for the City Rochester Hills as an Intern 16 years ago in the Finance Division while I was completing my degree in Finance from … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Offers First Ever Free Older Adult Safety Program

Fire Department and Meijer Partner to Provide Fire and Fall Prevention Education The City of Rochester Hills will be offering free personalized home visits for older adults to check for fire and fall hazards. Earlier this year, Rochester Hills was one of only 25 cities selected to attend the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conference on older adult fire and fall prevention. Nancy Butty, Rochester Hills Fire and Life Safety Educator, will now be able to facilitate this training … [Read more...]

Hamlin Road Construction Update from Rochester Community Schools

On Wednesday, the Rochester Community School (RCS) District released a statement saying they appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation during the Hamlin Road construction efforts. The statement went on to say that RCS is working closely with the City of Rochester Hills to provide residents with advanced notice about roadway travel restrictions and alternative travel routes. The City of Rochester Hills will be mailing letters to residents and business owners about the upcoming Hamlin … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Hosts 33rd Annual Bass Tournament

Anglers and bass connect in spite of the weather Over 70 anglers of all ages took to the shore for the 33rd Annual Spencer Park Bass Tournament held Sunday, June 14. This free tournament provides prizes and trophies for seven categories and features a casting contest for young participants ages 12 and under. The rainy weather didn't stop the anglers from landing 33 fish and couldn't keep over 20 participants age 12 and under from testing their skills in the casting contest. Michael Riddle … [Read more...]

My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

As a journalist, I’ve had to report on several issues and topics that arise with local municipalities. From roadwork to city council meetings to elections, news, both positive and negative, keeps journalists working. Sometimes trying to track down the right person in government is tough. Waiting for a return call, getting the interview, checking the facts – can all be an ordeal. Therefore, as a resident, when I had to call the City of Rochester Hills for two reasons this week, I thought it … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates 30 years

30 years of Awesomeness The 2014 State of the City address celebrated the 30-year milestone for the city of Rochester Hills, which became a city in 1984. Held at the Emagine Theater of Rochester Hills, 80’s music and video clips warmed up the large theater on a chilly Wednesday evening. Dr. Rubel Shelly of Rochester College was the Master of Ceremonies. Rochester College was mentioned several times throughout the evening as one of two universities in Rochester Hills. Jason Sewell, the … [Read more...]