Week of 5.23.16

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Older Persons’ Commission Gala

Many of the 333 people ($150 tickets) who arrived at the Royal Park Hotel for the OPC’s Gatsby Gala were wearing Roaring Twenties accessories. Notable among those was Kathy White, who was feathers from her flapper-style head band to her toes. (See photo gallery) Before dinner, guests socialized and perused the silent auction and raffle. The latter offered glasses of champagne, only one of which held a pair of real diamond earrings from Haig’s of Rochester. The scene was the 14th annual fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program which prepared and delivered 116,151 meals last year. The gala program emceed by Jennifer Kincer featured videos with earnest testimonials regarding the program’s importance to the homebound, especially the wellness checks performed by the drivers.
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Memorializing Morrie

Aaron F. Belen , owner of AFB Hospitality restaurants Bistro 82 and Sabrage , located on the first and second floors of 401 S. Lafayette in Royal Oak, is bringing a new hot spot to downtown Royal Oak with The Morrie , a roadhouse style restaurant at 511 S. Main Street, expected to open by the end of July. Executive chef Derik Watson , who’s been with Belen since the launch of Bistro ...more»
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Sasson expands empire

Jeremy Sasson , the Birmingham owner and restaurateur behind Townhouse Birmingham and Townhouse Detroit , is continuing to spread his wings, developing a steakhouse in the Capitol Park Lofts building at 1145 Griswold Street and State in Detroit, two blocks north of Campus Martius. "It won’t be a steak, potatoes and white tablecloth kind of steakhouse," Sasson said. "It’s like a prime ...more»

Birmingham approves 2016-2017 budget

With a slight decrease in the city's millage rate for the upcoming fiscal 2016-2017 year, which includes a .31 mill increase to the city's library levy, Birmingham city commissioners approved a $31.5 million budget at their meeting on Monday, May 23....more>

Library's building plan clears commission

Birmingham city commissioners unanimously approved the final plan for the renovation of the adult services area of the Baldwin Public Library at their meeting on Monday, May 23, in order for staff to begin developing request for proposals for construction, pending approval of final construction drawings at their next meeting....more>

Home store approved for Kmart spot

At Home, a home décor superstore from Texas, was unanimously approved by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees at their meeting on Monday, May 23, for the former Kmart location on Telegraph Road north of Square Lake, which has been vacant for several years....more>

Out of control pranks cancel dinner

The graduating class of Seaholm High School in Birmingham is ending its school year without its traditional senior dinner, after a group of seniors got out of control on Thursday, May 26, with shaving cream and other substances in the school, causing minor accidents, safety hazards and disruptions to the school day....more>

Emergency operations plan updated

Rochester City Council on Monday, May 23, updated Rochester's emergency operations plan, and clarified that, given the absence of mayor Cathy Daldin, mayor pro tem Kim Russell would have the power to declare a local state of emergency and the emergency management coordinator, John Cieslik, chief of the Rochester Fire Department, would be instructed to implement the emergency operations plan....more>

No go to cats on leashes in ordinance

Prompted by complaints to the city, Rochester City Council, on Monday, May 9 and May 23, evaluated its ordinance that governs cats and dogs, leaving it unchanged, meaning dogs but not cats must be leashed....more>

Cedarbrook senior living project postponed

Cedarbrook of Rochester, a five-story, 142-unit senior residential facility slated for 790 Letica Drive, on the southeast corner of Parkdale Road, was discussed by Rochester City Council on Monday, May 23, but a vote on the project was postponed until the next council meeting on Monday, June 13....more>

Racial brawl at city gas station

Police were called to a Birmingham gas station on Wednesday, May 18, after witnesses saw a black couple fighting with two Chaldean men and a Chaldean woman....more>

Traffic stop leads to weapons haul

A traffic stop in Bloomfield Hills in the early morning hours of Monday, May 23, led to officers discovering 28 illegal weapons, including daggers and throwing knives....more>

Phony check deposited, cash taken

A man deposited a check for $4,000 at a Bloomfield Township bank branch, and then withdrew the funds later that day, before the bank figured out the check was phony...more>

Wheels stolen off Explorer SUV

A Bloomfield Hills homeowner woke up on Friday, May 20 to discover the wheels and tires of his SUV had been stolen overnight....more>

Car windows broken at soccer game

Parents attending their children's soccer game on Saturday, May 21, at Conant Elementary School in Bloomfield Township returned to their cars to discover car windows broken and items stolen....more>

Grandparents taken by phone scam

A Rochester Hills couple was swindled out of thousands of dollars on Thursday, May 19, when they fell victim to a phone scam....more>

Identity thief files for unemployment

A Rochester Hills man was alerted on Tuesday, May 17, by his employer that someone had tried to file for unemployment benefits in his name while he was still working for the company....more>

Coins stolen from cash register

About $30 in coins were stolen during an overnight burglary on Saturday, May 21, at a Rochester Hills business in the 2900 block of S. Rochester Road, authorities said. ...more>

Counterfeit bill discovered

A counterfeit bill was discovered on Friday, May 5, by an employee working at a Rochester Hills auto parts store in the 900 block of E. Auburn Road, authorities said....more>

Fraud leaves teenager out $228

A teenager reported to Rochester police that someone fraudulently used his debit card, swindling him out of $228....more>

Rochester man's car vandalized

Rochester police responded on Thursday, May 19, to a report of personal property damage....more>
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Tale of Two Cities

Suburban sprawl, the mantra of the second half of the twentieth century, appears to be gasping its last breaths as baby boomers and Millennials alike are seeking cities providing walkability as part of a multi-modal plan in residential, commercial and entertainment districts. Known in the municipal planning field as New Urbanism, it is a process which promotes walkable communities with a mix of housing, businesses and retail establishments while focusing also on local history and ecology. Embraced locally in the 1990s and 2000s, the process continues today to be the dominant trend in urban design, and one that has helped the downtown areas of Birmingham and Rochester continue to flourish, each in its unique way....more>
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Military recruiting in schools

Although few high school teens are eligible to enlist in the armed forces, federal law requires that the majority of secondary schools across the country provide military recruiters with the names, address, and phone numbers of students who have not exclusively requested otherwise. Throughout Oakland County, schools work to interpret that in a variety of ways....more>
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Every day phthalate threat

To the normal eye, it would seem there would be no connection linking asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, low IQ, various neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, anogenital distance, and male fertility issues. ...more>
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