Week of 10.5.15

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CLF's Afternoon of Hope

A vibrant, buzzing crowd (200-plus) and colorful auction/raffle/sweet table displays (see photo gallery) made the Village Club the place to be on a mid-September afternoon. Two guys – emcee WXYZ’s Brad Galli and CLF board chair Jim Berline – kicked off the agenda with high fives for the sponsors and the chairs before the splendid luncheon. Then Beaumont’s Dr. Kate Gowans talked about “The Faces of Childhood Leukemia”, complete with first names and colored prints of those precious beings, not all of whom beat their cancer. “We work, we wait, we pray a lot…there are too many sad stories,” she concluded with moist eyes. CLF president Heidi Grix then revealed that the very successful luncheon resulted from a series of small house parties where guests learned of the CLF mission (compassionate, personalized support for the 43,000 adults and children in Michigan affected by leukemia and other related blood disorders). At one of these mini gatherings “…the two Roses volunteered (to chair a larger event),” said Grix.
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Changes to the Downtown website

Visitors to downtownpublications.com will notice a change on our home page, a reflection of our publishing group's preparation for the introduction of a new edition of Downtown for the Rochester/Rochester Hills area.

The first edition of Downtown Rochester/Rochester Hills newsmagazine will be published at the start of November, reaching 26,000 homes by direct mail in those communities each month.

On a weekly basis, more immediate news from the communities will appear on our Downtown website. Municipal, school and public safety news will be labeled with subheads indicating the communities of origin to allow visitors to head directly to news from their local communities.

With the launch of the new edition, the on-line flipbook versions of both the Birmingham/Bloomfield and Rochester/Rochester Hills editions will be posted on the website home page.


Birmingham City Commission candidates

Thirteen candidates have filed to run for four open Birmingham city commission seats, to be voted on in the November election. Downtown Publications asked all 13 candidates, Patty Bordman, Pierre Boutros, Carroll DeWeese, Patricia Edwards, De Angello Espree, Nancy Fowler, Andrew Harris, Corey Jacoby, Stuart Jeffares, Linda Peterson, David Potts, Barry Powers, and Daniel Share, to complete a questionnaire covering a variety of issues involving Birmingham to assist readers in making their decision. Answers from those who responded are posted here....more>

Bloomfield Hills City Commission candidates

Nine candidates have filed to run for five open Bloomfield Hills city commission seats, to be voted on in the November election, including current commissioners Sarah McClure, Mike Coakley, Michael Dul and Stuart Sherr. Downtown Publications asked the four commissioners along with the other five candidates, Susan McCarthy, Henry Baskin, Edith Carter, Mark Kapel and Ronni Keating, to complete a questionnaire covering a variety issues involving Bloomfield Hills to assist readers in making their decision....more>

Our candidate choices for November vote

Residents in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills are being asked to choose among a large field of candidates to fill seats on their city commissions this election day, Tuesday, November 3. In Bloomfield Hills, four incumbents are seeking to retain their seats while five challengers are looking to capitalize on the openings. In Birmingham, there are four open commission seats and a stable of 13 candidates....more>

Devine shifts campaign funds to legal defense

Bloomfield Township Treasurer Dan Devine changed his campaign fund to a legal defense fund with the Michigan Secretary of State on July 22, citing "legal action to defend against removal from public office and relating to action taken on July 13, 2015 by Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees in resolution to censure township trustee Devine for 'official misconduct.'"...more>

Trustees to get consultant report on workplace

Lew Bender PhD, a psychologist and consultant who has worked off and on for Bloomfield Township for the last 15 years, and was recently hired by township supervisor Leo Savoie to meet with elected officials and department heads in an effort to facilitate team work and tackle the challenges within township hall, reported to Savoie that "in light of recent circumstances, it wouldn't benefit anyone to spend the money" to proceed further with his services....more>

W. Maple three-lane re-striping begins

An effort by the city of Birmingham to rework W. Maple Road between Cranbrook and Southfield roads as a three-lane roadway, in order to see if traffic congestion can be improved, speed can be lowered and accidents reduced, will begin this Saturday, October 3, as work crews begin re-striping the road from four lanes to three. ...more>

Merchants seeking changes to art fairs

While popular and a draw to downtown Birmingham, many merchants, working through the city's Principal Shopping District (PSD), are seeking to facilitate changes to the city's art fairs, Art Birmingham, held each spring on Mother's Day weekend, and Common Ground's Annual Street Art Fair, held in September....more>

Two bistro applications submitted for 2016

Two potential new bistros submitted applications for the possibility of receiving a 2016 bistro license from the city commission in Birmingham, where they will be presented and reviewed on Monday, October 12....more>

Whole Foods approved for E. Maple

A 46,500 square foot Whole Foods grocery store, proposed for 2100 E. Maple Road in Birmingham, had its final site plan approved by the Birmingham Planning Board on Wednesday, September 30, and can now proceed to apply for building permits....more>

Clean energy incentive program approved

Bloomfield Township trustees approved the establishment of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program district in the township at their meeting on Monday, September 28, after a long-term township business, Detroit Skating Club, spoke during a public hearing and explained how they would benefit in utilizing the program to renovate the facility to save on its electric bills. ...more>

District, teachers reach agreement on contract

The Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education accepted a contract proposal from the Birmingham Education Association (BEA), at their board meeting Tuesday, September 29, following months of bargaining the teachers' pact that had expired June 30, 2015....more>

Seaholm student approached by stranger

A stranger approached a male Seaholm student who was walking at the back of Seaholm High School's parking lot around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, but the student would not go with him and the driver took off....more>

Employee becomes violent after firing

An employee hired to work at the Emagine Palladium Theater in the Palladium Building in Birmingham became verbally and physically violent when she was fired on Thursday, September 24....more>

Traffic stop leads to drugs, credit cards

A traffic violation stop by a Bloomfield Township police officer on Monday, September 5, resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia as well as 75 prepaid debit cards, some with fictitious names....more>

Bloomfield Hills kids cause house fire

Bloomfield Hills police arrested juveniles that they say caused a fire at a house on Kennebec Court on Monday, September 26....more>

Township home broken

A Bloomfield Township home was broken into on Sunday, September 25, while the homeowners had left for the afternoon....more>

Cologne nabbed from Ulta

Two suspects were caught on surveillance at the Bloomfield Township Ulta Beauty Supply store stealing several bottles of cologne on Wednesday, September 28....more>

Numerous items stolen from office suite

An office suite in a building in Bloomfield Township at Big Beaver and Woodward was broken into on Sunday, September 25, with numerous items stolen....more>

Man steals cough syrup at drugstore

A man stole Robitussin cough syrup off the shelf of the Birmingham Walgreens, walking out of the store after shoving it down his pants....more>

Items take from locker at Lifetime Fitness

A woman had her locker broken into and her wallet and credit cards stolen at the Lifetime Fitness in Bloomfield Township....more>

Phony cards used to try to buy cameras

Two men tried to buy multiple GoPro cameras at the Birmingham Moosejaw store with phony credit cards....more>

Rochester Hills 2016 budget approved

The Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, September 28, unanimously approved the city's $126.1 million budget for fiscal year 2016, part of a three-year plan that includes the projected budgets for fiscal years 2017 and 2018....more>

Blaine Wing named new city manager

"Congratulations, and welcome aboard," Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said to the newly-hired city manager, Blaine Wing, upon city council's unanimous approval of the city manager contract on Monday, September 28....more>

Water, sewer rates to rise in Rochester

After a three-year process involving research and the installation of new water meters for residential and commercial properties in Rochester, there will likely be an increase in water and sewer rates in December....more>

Developers inquire about planned pocket park

Rochester received two inquiries regarding the lease or sale of a small piece of property, owned by the city, near the soon-to-open west parking platform, interim city manager Nik Banda announced at the city council meeting on Monday, September 28, but council decided it would be best to wait until a later time to figure out what to do with the property....more>

Rochester approves Paint Creek Trailway budget

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission (PCTC) 2016 budget was unanimously approved by the Rochester City Council on Monday, September 14. ...more>

Woman caught stealing $60,000 from Marshall's

A 52-year-old Southfield woman was arrested on Friday, September 25, for organized retail fraud, a felony, in the parking lot of the Marshall's store at 1154 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, after stealing as much as $60,000 from the store....more>

Laptop stolen from office

A Rochester businessman discovered on Tuesday, September 15, that his laptop computer had been stolen from his office....more>

Mail carrier bitten by dog

A Rochester postal carrier was bitten by a dog while on his route on Wednesday, September 23....more>

Thief tries to take off with Cadillac wheels

Oakland County Sheriff deputies responded at 10:17 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, to the Shelton Buick-GMC dealership, 855 South Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, upon receiving a report from the dealership's security guard that he witnessed a man attempting to steal a set of car wheels off of a Cadillac. ...more>

New lawn mower taken from yard

A Rochester Hills woman reported to the Rochester Hills Oakland County Sheriff's Office Substation on Wednesday, September 23, that her recently-purchased Brute 21" self-propelled lawn mower was stolen from her yard, where she said she usually kept it, on the 600 block of Lafferty Drive....more>

Lawmakers' mailing costs

Should public schools require students to be vaccinated as a condition of attendance? Do you support legalizing marijuana? Should churches be required to perform same-sex marriages?...more>

Individual legislators' cost of franking

The following is a breakdown of mailing and printing fees incurred by each legislator serving Oakland County in 2013, 2014 and 2015:...more>

District court primer

Out of the various courts in our judicial system, it's within district courts that citizens will most likely have the most contact. ...more>

Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic

Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic has been the Oakland County Medical Examiner for almost 25 years, performing, along with his office of five forensic pathologists, about 1,100 autopsies a year. He graduated from medical school in 1975 in Belgrave, Yugoslavia, his native country. He and his wife, Dr. Jdranka Dragovic, a radiation oncologist in charge of the cancer center at Henry Ford Medical Center - Cottage Hospital, reside in Grosse Pointe and have raised seven children, just recently becoming empty nesters....more>
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