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Project 1’s Who’s Your Bartender
The scene at Dick O’Dow’s the week following St. Patrick’s Day was like déjà vu. More than 500 (at $10 each) squeezed into the iconic Birmingham pub to lend support to Project 1, a totally volunteer non-profit which donates all net proceeds directly to those in need. Who’s Your Bartender? was coordinated by Linda Krause, Kelley LaFontaine, Laura Beckeman, Kirsten Mumma and Jerry Hall. It featured 15 good sport bartenders competing for donations (sales and tips) for a charity of their choice and for project 1. The top three – Kelley Kennedy for the Bright Pink Foundation, Stacey Kives for Humble Design, and Ryan LaFontaine for Leukemia and Lymphoma – got to direct 50% of their take to their charity.
Birmingham voters on May 6 will decide the fate of a proposed $21.5 million expansion and renovation of Baldwin Public Library. Others will begin casting absentee ballots this month, which is why we are weighing in on this important topic now....more>
Bloomfield Hills City Commissioners on Tuesday, April 8, approved an amendment to the existing Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement for the new restaurant owned by Bill Roberts, called Bill's, which will occupy the location of the former Fox Grill at 39556 Woodward. ...more>
After two years of study and analysis regarding rezoning transitional areas in Birmingham, at a public hearing Wednesday, April 8, the Birmingham Planning Board made decisions on two controversial areas in order to determine development standards for these new zone districts....more>
Bloomfield Hills City Commissioners on Tuesday, April 8, unanimously approved an agreement with Birmingham's Baldwin Library to continue the contract for library services for residents and adopted a resolution approving ballot language to place a millage to fund the contract before voters on the August ballot....more>
A man sitting in a parked car holding a rifle in Birmingham prompted numerous calls to Birmingham Police on Friday, April 4....more>
A Derby Middle School student had her iPhone stolen from her school locker and a cell phone application tracked it to a home in Birmingham....more>
A customer at a Bloomfield Hills business stole a receipt book containing an undetermined amount of cash and receipts on Thursday, April 3....more>
Criminals and cops both know there is money to be made in the illegal drug trade, but for far different reasons. For those who make their living selling illicit drugs, the allure of easy money and ill-gotten riches is often an empty promise compared to the reality they discover, living in the ramshackle homes and ragged clothing found inside many drug dens. Yet others prosper on the backs of others, and for a time can enjoy fast cars, lavish clothes and dazzling jewelry, and magnificent homes and furnishings. Yet, it's often only a matter of time before law enforcement finds them and takes hold of all of their possessions because they were purchased with money made from drug profits. And the money law enforcement receives from the proceeds of their efforts is drug forfeiture money, and it can mean the difference between just managing for a local police department, to being able to purchase badly needed equipment for which many local governments can no longer budget. ...more>
The car has always been king in metro Detroit. It's our heritage and our legacy. We're Motown, the Motor City. From the first Model A rolling off Henry Ford's assembly line, it has led to a culture and currency pervading all others. In the 20th century, the automobile industry led to both Detroit's ascendency as one of America's great cities, and to its decline. The designs of early Lincolns, Packards, Chevy BelAirs, Ford Mustangs, Cadillacs and Corvettes became the narrative of their times, epitomizing our yearning for wide open spaces, seeking our fortune out west, "getting our kicks on Route 66," and locally, cruising up and down Woodward. ...more>
Today our governments, whether local, state, or federal, are fractured and often rendered ineffective, with political infighting, special interests, and rabid polarization. Yet, it's hardly the first era which has endured this lack of collaboration, and it's unlikely to be the last. Thomas Jefferson wisely said, in dealing with his own political opponents of the time, "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."...more>
Welcome to the home of Social Lights. Read new online reports with photos each week and their reprise in the monthly print edition mailed to homes in Birmingham-Bloomfield at the start of each month. If you are not receiving the print edition by mail, you can order a subscription in the upper right index at the top of this page (subscriptions). If you want e-mail notification of when new Social Lights columns are posted to this site each Monday, sign up in the Newsletter Sign Up box at the lower right side of this home page....more>
Look over the following list of fundraising events and pick a non-profit you'd like to support. If you get to the party and don't know anyone, find me. I've been covering the charity scene for 35 years and can probably introduce you to some really nice people. Heck, if you can't afford a ticket, call and see if they need volunteers. Sally G...more>
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