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CARE House Circle of Friends Luncheon
“If I had a thousand hats they’d all be off to you,” actress Mia Farrow declared to the CARE House staffers who had just been applauded by the 300 luncheon guests ($120 & up tickets) gathered at the Townsend. The day before she had seen CARE House first hand and, later in her speech, lamented that it did not exist for her daughter Dylan when stepfather Woody Allen sexually abused her. Farrow’s speech also touched on the highs of her oft tumultuous life as mother of 14 children, four biological, 10 adopted. She easily tacked between amusing and solemn and wove her actress mother Maureen O’Hara, husbands Frank Sinatra, Andre Previn and Allen, plus the Beatles, into the tapestry.
Birmingham real estate developer and avid bicycle enthusiast Jeffrey Surnow died Sunday after being struck by a police officer while riding his bicycle in South Kohala, Hawaii....more>
Birmingham Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to a special land use permit for Griffin Claw Brewing Company to expand its outdoor dining area, add a new entrance to the back of their building, build an accessory building, and put up a canopy over their loading dock, despite opposition from neighbors at the commission meeting on Monday, February 23....more>
Birmingham Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to a special land use permit for a new Shell gas station and Dunkin Donuts on Woodward because the site shows significant contamination from the previous Citgo gas station....more>
After months of discussion, Bloomfield Township held its first financial sustainability committee meeting on Tuesday, February 24, with the ultimate goal to send out requests for proposals (RFP) to companies or individuals who can determine the sustainability of the defined benefit program and equity investment plans the township hold, and to recommend them to the township board of trustees who will make the final determination....more>
Three Birmingham restaurants with outstanding tax or water bills, and a bistro which has not complied with all of the original conditions for its special land use permit, will face a public hearing on Monday, March 16, in order to receive a renewal of their liquor licenses, it was determined at the Birmingham Commission meeting on Monday, February 23....more>
Bloomfield Township trustees, with the exception of treasurer Dan Devine, approved the hiring of UHY International as their new vendor for auditor services at their meeting on Monday, February 23, after bidding the work out....more>
After what he said was some confusion at the February 9 board of trustees meeting, Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie wanted to clarify the township's purchasing policy and soliciting of public bids during a supervisor update at the board of trustees meeting on Monday, February 23....more>
A 51-year-old Detroit man reported to Birmingham police on Tuesday, February 17, that he was walking in the crosswalk at Old Woodward and Maple when another man, a 41-year-old from Bloomfield Township, suddenly turned and struck him with his walking cane. ...more>
Two different Bloomfield Township residents came out on Monday, February 23, to discover their car tires had been stolen and replaced by cement blocks....more>
Several Bloomfield Township residents became the victims of identity theft through cell phone carriers....more>
A man stole liquor and dog food from the Birmingham Kroger store....more>
Clark Cook wakes before the dawn every day and heads to the barn at his north Oakland County farm to milk more than four dozen cows. By 9 a.m., he collects more than 400 gallons for processing. It's a long, labor-intensive process, and one that he and his family has done for three generations....more>
Throughout the Birmingham and Bloomfield area, there are about 30 houses of worship of various faiths and denominations, reflecting the diverse population living in the communities. Some are small, intimate parishes; others are large, grand cathedral-like houses of worship which draw members from all over the metro area. There are Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and Protestants, Jews and Muslims, Mormons and Presbyterians. In an interfaith region, the houses of worship and their leading clergy, demonstrate both a passion for their religion and the community at large. ...more>
Shopping is often much more than merely the exchange of money for goods. For many people, there is the activity of going shopping, the leisurely stroll through a mall or downtown area to browse through store windows, allowing an item to catch their eye, then to casually drop in and maybe purchase it. Others are destination shoppers, heading straight to the store of their choice. Some people come to a shopping center to hang out, to see other people, to be entertained, for its dining destinations, even for exercise. ...more>
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