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Hickory Stick Invitational
For 17 years Marty Gillespie and Chuck Plein have been staging a unique golf event to raise funds for the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars college scholarship program for country club caddies. The required “weapons” and the dress code make it distinctive. In a salute to the history of the game, participants use pre-1930 clubs with wooden shafts and wear plus fours (knickers). They also salute the game’s Scottish origins. A kilt-wearing piper calls them to the first tee and, during the cocktail hour, they are offered Scotland’s national dish - haggis, a savory pudding made using sheep organs. When we got to Forest Lake Country Club for the post play scene of the 2014 event, we saw no one sample the haggis, but we did see reverence for the national drink of Scotland.
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>
Matt Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive for Economic Development and Community Affairs, informed Bloomfield Township trustees at their meeting on Monday, October 13, that a sale of Bloomfield Park on Telegraph Road north of Square Lake may be forthcoming, and he requested they consider reviving the Bloomfield Park Development Council and appoint a township representative....more>
Two of three 2015 bistro applicants presented before the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, October 13, and they both received unanimous support to move on to the city's planning board for the next step in the approval process....more>
Bloomfield Township Trustees unanimously approved a special land use request for a liquor license transfer and expansion of hours for Nippon Sushi Restaurant on Monday, October 13....more>
A request for the Birmingham Ad Hoc Parking committee to receive a $6,500 appropriation to study the current parking needs of the city's Triangle District was unanimously granted by the city commission on Monday, October 13....more>
The surest sign of the end of summer and the harbinger of things to come is the last Birmingham Farmer's Market of the 2014 season this Sunday, October 19....more>
FootGolf, a soccer-golf hybrid that is gaining in popularity across the country, will be offered at Birmingham's Lincoln Hills Golf Course at 14 Mile and Cranbrook beginning Saturday, October 25....more>
A woman shopping at Trader Joe's in Bloomfield Township on Monday, October 13, around 1:15 p.m., discovered a man in a nearby car exposing himself....more>
Police caught and arrested two teens who were stealing from cars in Birmingham....more>
A woman making a turn on a Birmingham street had an object thrown by someone on the sidewalk into her car, shattering her rear window....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident reported that a car fled at a rapid speed from a house that had been broken into on Saturday, October 11....more>
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>
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>
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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