Week of 7.24.17

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Detroit Music Weekend Gala

The inaugural Detroit Music Weekend began Friday night at the Detroit Opera House where 200 music lovers gathered for the Gala ($750 & $1,000 tickets). They savored cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, pausing for brief welcoming remarks delivered from the top of the grand staircase by founding director, Music Hall’s Vince Paul. A soaring operatic selection sung by soprano Nicole James signaled it was time for dinner, which was served at dramatically decorated tables set on the stage. There were interruptions to thank sponsors, board members and event coordinator Laura Raisch, and to salute Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis has dictated his retirement but has not affected his good humor nor his bearing.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»

Bistro ordinance to get a review

Birmingham's planning board on Wednesday, July 12, determined it is time to review the city's bistro ordinance, which was enacted in 2007 as a tool to revitalize the downtown area, and will look at everything from outdoor dining expansion, utilizing parking spaces, rooftop dining, enclosures of outdoor spaces, as well as possibly changing building code requirements and having a different set of requirements for proposed bistros in the city's Rail District....more>

Parking issues to be included in master plan

The Birmingham Planning Board has agreed that various aspects of parking should be examined for the request for qualifications (RFQ) as the city moves forward with a new master plan process....more>

Birmingham Day on the Town this Saturday

It's the day Birmingham goes on sale! This year, Birmingham's largest shopping day, Day On The Town, will take place Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. for bargain hunters and entertainment seekers....more>

Bloomfield Hills fills school board position

Following an opening after Bloomfield Hills Board of Education President Ingrid Day resigned from the board at its June 16 meeting, the board has appointed Jason Paulateer following an open call in the community for applications....more>

Rochester Hills okays new salary schedule

Municipal staff salaries in Rochester Hills in 2018 are expected to increase by about .7 percent, or roughly $200,000, under a revised salary schedule approved on Monday, July 17, by city council....more>

Traffic control changes approved by council

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, July 17, approved a series of minor traffic control measures to improve safety in specific areas in the city or update speed limits with state law....more>

Anness appointed to Rochester school board

The Rochester Community School District's Board of Education on Monday, July 17, appointed long-time Rochester Hills resident Barbara Anness to serve on the school board through December 31, 2018....more>

$7,500 trailer stolen from parking lot

A trailer valued at $7,500 was stolen from a parking lot at Woodward and Long Lake roads in Bloomfield Hills sometime between Monday, July 10, and Thursday, July 13....more>

Delivered packages taken from mailbox

A Bloomfield Hills resident had two packages stolen from their mailbox, and police detectives are working with U.S. Postal Service investigators to discover the culprits....more>

Passer-by assists deputy in Rochester Hills

A 24-year-old Kentucky man who attempted to fight with a deputy during a traffic stop in Rochester Hills was taken into custody with the help of a passer-by in the area near Auburn Road and Lower Ridge Road, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said....more>

Two injured in accidental shooting

A Rochester man was arrested in connection with an accidental shooting early Saturday, July 15, that caused two women in the 500 block of Great Oak Boulevard in Rochester to be hospitalized with injuries from a stray bullet....more>

Cash stolen from Rochester Hills home

About $600 in missing cash is believed to have been stolen on Wednesday, July 5, from the home of a Rochester Hills woman who left the money out with other items she was planning on packing for vacation the following day, authorities said....more>

Woman falls for IRS scam; loses $6,000

A Rochester Hills woman on Friday, July 7, fell victim to a phony tax collector who bilked the woman out of nearly $6,000 in Wal-Mart gift cards and iTunes cards, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more>

Construction equipment stolen from site

A $7,000 insulation spreader was stolen sometime overnight on Monday, July 17, or early Tuesday morning, July 18, from a Rochester Hills construction company in the 1800 block of Star Batt Drive, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said....more>
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Gerrymandering to retain power

The 2016 general election marked the second time this century that a presidential candidate went on to win the White House after losing the popular vote, leading some people to question the purpose of the Electoral College, of which most citizens have only a fleeting understanding. But while post-election focus has zeroed in on perceived shortcomings in the presidential election system, far less attention has been paid to inequalities built into many congressional and state governing body races through the age-old practice of partisan redistricting, also known as gerrymandering....more>
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Dark Web: the hidden internet

Lurking in the shadows of the internet, peeking out in popular films, television shows and novels, the dark web has become a villainous plot device that infers illegal drugs, guns, pornography, hired killers, and conspiracies. On the popular TV show "Scandal," the team bids on the dark web to get Olivia Pope back; on "House of Cards," a character uses the dark web to unearth a hacker; Sherlock accesses information via the dark web on several occasions on the show "Elementary"; and the dark web is a key plot element in novels such as Lee Child's "Make Me." Yet, for a majority of us, what the dark web actually is remains an enigma, a mysterious element floating out there somewhere on the internet....more>
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Keeping the Oakland lakes safe

With about 400 lakes in Oakland County, it's not far down to paradise for Oakland County residents who love the water, but competing interests and tight budgets make balancing the needs of those waterways with the wants of the people that use them a challenging act....more>
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