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Nourishing the Soul Benefit
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit is well known for fighting hunger, but the monks also maintain a beautiful center memorializing the Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey adjoining it where they nourish the spirit. Ten years ago the late Anthony and Catherine Lutfy began staging a wine splashed dinner event to support the center. This year it attracted 430 to The MET hotel in Troy where 12 wine vendors presented great pours during the cocktail hour and the seated dinner. Carey Cornacchini and Laurie Maass chaired the 10th annual benefit. They coordinated a silent auction that raised $23,000, two 52-card raffles that raised $10,500 and they got Fox-2’s Charlie Langton to be the auctioneer for the live bidding ($40,000) that followed dinner and a video presentation of the center’s gardens and sculptures. Guests gave resounding applause to the generous bidders who bought the Chef’s dinner for eight at Oakland Hills Country Club because it sold three times for $5,000 each. When the evening concluded, it had raised $120,000 for the center. Visit it at http://www.solanuscenter.org.
West Elm, the upscale national retailer that offers modern furniture, home décor and home accessories, better known to Birmingham and Bloomfield shoppers through its catalogues, is coming to Birmingham on Maple Road, filling the long-vacant space that once housed record store Harmony House and the menswear store Structure, and more recently womenswear store Lexi Drew....more>
Bill Roberts, owner of the popular local restaurants Beverly Hills Grill, ML Cafe, Streetside Seafood, Roadside B & G and Town Tavern, confirmed that he has signed a purchase agreement for the Fox Grill restaurant location in Bloomfield Hills....more>
A Bloomfield Township woman reported to police she was being threatened by someone she had been having a relationship with....more>
A friend who helped a Bloomfield Township resident move out of his home appears to have also helped himself to some of the friend's belongings....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident reported to township police that she had been the victim of identity theft after getting contacted by her bank's fraud department on February 27....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident told police on Friday, February 28 that he had been receiving calls from people claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service, and demanding that he repay taxes with prepaid cards, which police said are always phony calls....more>
Homeowners are feeling happy once again, as assessed property values and home sales prices have begun to show significant improvements after years of depressed worth. In the metropolitan Detroit area, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties all had residential property values showing gains for the first time in six years, after a recession that in actuality more closely resembled a depression to the individuals, businesses and municipalities who had the misfortune to have to live through it. ...more>
Less than a penny per gallon. That's how much Michigan motorists pay at the pump to ensure the gas going into our tanks isn't leaking into the ground from underground storage tanks before filling up our own vehicles. That equates to about $50 million every year that is collected by the state to repair leaking underground storage tanks and the contamination associated with them....more>
Once, in days gone by, two students would engage in a schoolyard fight, with fists flying. The worst wound might be a black eye and bruised prides. They'd both end up in the principal's office, possibly with detentions. And likely, some talking to by their parents, as well....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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