Week of 9.29.14

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MOCAD Interchange Dinner

A predicted late summer storm put the kibosh on host Julie Taubman‘s plan to serve dinner au plein air on the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club clubhouse deck as players were hitting on one of the 24 grass courts beyond. But the rain stopped just before the 74 guests arrived at Bill Massie’s “miracle in Pontiac” and Taubman’s fundraiser ($200 per ticket) for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit was a big win. Massie, Cranbrook Academy of Art’s architecture department head, created the $1.5-million facility out of the former city waterworks turned abandoned community center scheduled for demolition and the 40-plus acres surrounding the 1919 tile-roofed building. That a hard scrabble city like Pontiac would be home to such an upscale development – the first new lawn tennis facility built in this country in 124 years – is the wonderment.
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Our choices for the November election

On Tuesday, November 4, voters in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township are being asked to decide the future of a number of public offices, along with a millage request for the Bloomfield Township Public Library and a ballot proposal for Bloomfield Hills' residents....more>

Consultant approved for multi-modal board

An agreement between the city of Birmingham and an engineering consultant chosen by the Multi-Modal Transportation Board to provide technical expertise as the board proceeds with multi-modal transportation plans throughout the city was approved by the city commission on a 5-2 vote Monday, September 22....more>

Bloomfield Village police, fire tax approved

A special assessment for the residents of Bloomfield Village, within the Bloomfield Township borders, to cover the costs of police and volunteer fire services for the current fiscal year, was approved by township trustees on Monday, September 22....more>

Hit the links all autumn on city courses

The calendar may have turned to fall, but the weather is still beautiful, and Birmingham's two municipal golf courses are in prime shape. Even better, at this time of year golfing becomes more affordable for everyone....more>

Wayne man charged in homicide

A Wayne man was charged Wednesday, September 24 in the slaying of a 77-year-old Bloomfield Township man killed during an apparent robbery at his home in the 6000 block of Maple Hills Drive....more>

Pickpocket steals wallets during movie

An apparent pickpocket stole credit card numbers from two purses on September 7 while attending a movie at the Maple Theater, 4135 W. Maple, in Bloomfield Township, police said....more>

Laptop stolen from office

A laptop computer was stolen sometime overnight September 17 or 18 from an office in the 300 block of N. Old Woodward, according to Birmingham police....more>

Family steals expensive liquor

A mother and her two daughters stole more than $1,000 in high priced liquor from a Bloomfield Township store over the past several weeks, Bloomfield Township police said....more>

Purse stolen from business

The owner of a Birmingham alteration business on September 17 told police her purse and wallet were stolen while helping someone with directions in the 900 block of E. Maple. ...more>

Sheriff Bouchard interview

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in office since 1998, fell into law enforcement by accident, but is a passionate supporter of ongoing training and proper deployment of weaponry. In response to the media outcry over the militarization of police, he believes law enforcement has to be as well armed as the criminals they're facing. His motto, with which he leads his 1,300-member sheriff's department daily, is: "Hope is not a strategy. Preparation is." ...more>

Online education

Parents and teachers, at least those over 30, tend to be in universal agreement over one thing: our children know way more about computers and technology, by and large, than we do. As the technological landscape continues to evolve and metamorphose into new and interesting ways, so too do the opportunities to educate our kids that will allow them to operate, both educationally and in their future workplaces, in the landscape of the 21st century....more>

House party laws

Whether it's a way of seeking popularity or a way of rebelling against parents, the teenage house party has been viewed as almost a rite of passage for high school students for decades. But a tougher stance on underage drinking and the possible risks associated with such gatherings could spell trouble for students and their parents in Oakland County, who condone or take part in such actions....more>
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