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The Garden Party
The most perfect weather in the eight year history of The Garden Party greeted more than 600 party goers ($150 ticket) arriving at the festival tent at Meadow Brook Hall. Just outside the entry, pretty RGA models were selling boutonnières for men. Inside, most guests started the experience with a sparking rose' before cruising the other 100 wine stations, including that of the Celani Family Vineyards. Food stations (27) offered such fare as truffled eggs (Bistro 82), crab salad (Bill’s), signature hamburgers (Red Coat Tavern) and lobster and crab croquets (DAC). Outside on the lawn classic cars looked right at home with the historic mansion as a backdrop. (See photo gallery) The eagerly anticipated afternoon raised more than $130,000 for trade school scholarships at Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and Macomb Community College’s Applied Technology Programs.
Marais owners David and Monica Gilbert recently launched Marais Café , a patisserie within the Grosse Pointe restaurant, at 17051 Kercheval Avenue. Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to noon, the six-day-a-week menu replaces the restaurant’s Sunday brunch, which will be discontinued as of August. The café concept capitalizes on the former brunch favorites — freshly ...more»
The city of Birmingham, perennially dealing with a parking problem, is working to get a leg up by testing two different brands of "smart" parking meters for the public to try out, beginning Monday, August 1, with 32 different meters installed in front of city hall....more>
Birmingham's notorious "hole in the ground" on N. Old Woodward just south of Oak is turning into a gem, as Bloomfield Township developer Frank Simon has received final approvals to redevelop the site as a four-story building with below ground parking, which he intends to name The Pearl....more>
A German-based technology company planning to expand its North American operations in Rochester Hills will save about $312,000 in tax payments over the next 12 years under a tax abatement approved on Monday, July 18, by Rochester Hills city council members....more>
An attempt to introduce greater use of properties located near the M-59 and Crooks Road interchange in Rochester Hills was approved by city council members at their meeting on Monday, July 18, with the first reading of an amended zoning ordinance for the city....more>
A ceiling facade over the bar area of Rochester Hills Muldoon's Tavern on the evening of Tuesday, July 19, collapsed and injured at least four people in the 3800 block of W. Auburn Road, a Rochester Hills fire official said....more>
A series of stolen mail packages on the afternoon of Thursday, July 14, near the 2100 block of E. Shore Drive, are believed to be connected to a man and woman in a gold sports utility vehicle in the area, authorities said....more>
Tariq (not his real name) first stepped foot on American soil on January 21, 2016, after three long years spent as a refugee in limbo in Turkey. Originally from Mosul, Iraq, he said, through an interpreter, he escaped his hometown and home country "due to the threat of terrorism and the violence of the groups in the area." He was also working with American groups in Iraq, making him more of a target, he said. ...more>
Less than 50 cents. That's the amount the typical phone customer in Oakland County is charged each month to fund emergency 911 services provided by the state and local public safety agencies. However, exactly what services and capabilities are available varies by the location of the call and the type of phone being used....more>
Island Lake of Novi is a master planned community built on 901 acres in the heart of the city of Novi, with its own 170-acre lake, five miles of shoreline, a marina, parks, miles of carefully curated walking trails, boat docks, pools, tennis courts, and numerous other amenities, along with 876 two-story semi-custom homes. At first glance, it looks like it was designed around nature's best features....more>