Week of 9.18.17

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Camp Casey's Gold Rush Gala

The Reserve was awash in golden glitter as 200 Camp Casey supporters ($85 ticket), many wearing a shiny nod to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, gathered there. The Jukebox Junkies supplied toe tappin’, easy listening tunes while people socialized, sipped, supped, bid $12,000 in the silent auction and dropped $1,700 at the whiskey and wine pull station. They paused for a brief program emceed by WYCD’s Rachael Hunter.
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oakland confidential

September 2017

CRACK IN THE DIKE : Appears staunch Republican Congressman David Trott (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy), in his second term representing Michigan’s 11th District, isn’t still feeling the love for President Donald Trump . Politico reported that Trott shocked the room at a private meeting in late July when he voiced what many other Republicans were thinking, that the president had ...more»

RFP for parking, development to be sent out

After grappling for several years with a shortage of parking, and recognizing an opportunity to redevelop the site at Bates and where the N. Old Woodward parking structure currently stands for residential, commercial, and retail while building a new and expanded parking garage in Birmingham, the city commission unanimously approved on Monday, September 11, having staff issue a request for proposal (RFP) to four firms they have pre-qualified to bid on its redevelopment. ...more>

Howard Hanna firm buys Cranbrook Realtors

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, with an office in Birmingham, has acquired Cranbrook Realtors, owned by Mitch and Elaine Wolf....more>

Slight increase in village revenue for 2017

Bloomfield Village residents, who have their own dedicated police department and volunteer fire department, will pay a little less on their December taxes, as Bloomfield Township trustees approved the millage rate for the services at their meeting on Monday, September 11....more>

Two write-in candidates for commission seats

Where there were once four candidates, there are now six for the five open seats for Bloomfield Hills City Commission, after four incumbents filed for five of those seats and two candidates filed as write-in candidates, which is permissible until 10 days before an election, which this year is Tuesday, November 7....more>

More work needed on ethics panel opinion

An opinion rendered by the Birmingham Ethics Board on whether city commission members can sit and participate on community boards was sent back to the city attorney for further revision on Monday, September 11, after commissioners requested further clarification....more>

Art fair returns to Birmingham

As the leaves begin to turn crimson and gold, it's time to enjoy the Common Ground Birmingham Street Art Fair on S. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17....more>

Zoning to expand uses near downtown

Rochester City Council on Monday, September 11, approved the first reading and introduction of two zoning changes to create new districts that will expand the types of land uses surrounding the city's downtown area....more>

Hearing set for removal of landmark tree

The request from a developer in the city of Rochester to remove a 30.5-inch Landmark Red Oak tree in order to continue with a construction project has prompted a public hearing set for Monday, October 9....more>

Rochester Hills approves tax rates for 2018

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, September 11, approved the city's tax rate which includes no new increases, and is needed to support the city's proposed 2018 budget....more>

Restaurant to replace Sikh Gudwara building

Longstanding plans were approved by Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, September 11, to tear down the long vacant Sikh Gudwara property and construct a 4,000 square-foot Italian restaurant at 6780 Old Orion Court, west of Rochester Road and north of Tienken Road....more>

Eddington Boulevard to close for construction

Eddington Boulevard in Rochester Hills will be closed between Rochester Road and Farnborough Drive beginning Monday, September 18, as construction crews complete the final phase of a road realignment project....more>

Fundraiser benefits Clinton River Trail

Registration has started for the second annual Cruisin' for the Trails Fall Charity Bike Ride on Saturday, September 23, that goes from Rochester Hills to downtown Pontiac along the Clinton River Trail....more>

Trott decides to not run for re-election

In a surprise announcement Monday, September 11, Rep. David Trott, a Republican representing Michigan's 11th District in Congress, announced that he will not be running for a third term in 2018....more>

Lockbox stolen with key inside

A home under construction in Bloomfield Township had a lockbox with a key to the house inside it stolen on Thursday, September 7....more>

Rabies found in stray kitten in Rochester Hills

The Oakland County Health Division on Friday, September 8, urged Rochester area residents to stay clear of wild animals following a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in the Rochester Hills area....more>
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Survivors of abuse behind bars

Just one week before Karen Kantzler married her husband in the early 1980s, Dr. Paul Kantzler, a radiologist at Henry Ford Hospital, he performed his weekly refrigerator check for spoilage....more>
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Shifting regional political power

At one time Detroit was the fourth largest city in the country, boasting a population of 1.8 million people in 1950, and home to nearly 30 percent of all of Michigan's residents. Home to The Big Three automotive companies and the state's economic engine, metropolitan Detroit residents and lawmakers of days past had much of the control over political policy in Lansing. ...more>

Week of 9.18.17

Welcome to the home of Social Lights. New online reports with photos appear each week on the website and in the monthly print editions for the Birmingham-Bloomfield area and the Rochester-Rochester Hills area at the start of each month. 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>

Ahead for Social Lights calendar

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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