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A Night of Illusion
The energy level at the DIA’s annual fall gala is always high, but this year it seemed more lively than ever. Not surprising since it was inspired by the special exhibition “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show.” And NewD Media, the talent that created the interactive animated sculpture at the end of the exhibition, gave the museum a concert aura with artistic light projections throughout the night.
Event co-chairs Karen Davidson, Lauren Fisher, Vivian R. Pickard and Nedda Shayota were pleased that the party sold out with 529 dinner guests seated in the Great Hall and Rivera Court. Museum director Graham Beal and board chair Gene Gargaro thanked all and, depending on the ticket level, Forte Belanger’s cuisine varied slightly - angus filet for the $2,500 ticket holders and braised short ribs for the $600 tickets. They were joined after dinner by 300 late night guests ($100 tickets) and most toured the cutting edge animation exhibition then danced past midnight to music by DEFTMIX.
As the influx of high-tech companies into Birmingham has grown in recent years, so too has the demand for monthly parking permits at the city's parking structures, causing demand to exceed supply in all five of the city-owned parking garages, Paul O'Meara, city engineer, told members of the Principal Shopping District (PSD) board of directors at their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 5....more>
In a meeting open for public comment, the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Committee met on Tuesday, December 3 to begin reviewing plan options for reworking Kenning Park....more>
A new tradition will be enjoyed again this weekend, December 6 – 8, at the traditional German holiday market, Winter Markt, in Shain Park. ...more>
At a study session for the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Wednesday, December 4, township clerk Jan Roncelli proposed inviting high school students who live in Bloomfield Township to sit on Bloomfield Township boards in an effort to develop future leaders and to provide boards and commissions with the perspectives of the students....more>
The outdoor ice skating rink at Barnum Park in Birmingham will open soon, weather contingent, according to Lauren Wood, director of public services....more>
Bloomfield Township Trustees approved a resolution at their Monday, November 25, meeting to reprogram their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from minor home repairs for needy township seniors to the township's Meals on Wheels program, after not enough applications were received for the home repair program, leaving two-thirds of the 2011 allocation still unspent....more>
Leo Savoie, Bloomfield Township supervisor, is anticipated to appoint township resident Richard Atto to a vacant seat on the township planning commission at the next board of trustees meeting on Monday, December 9....more>
A Dairy Queen is under construction at 6622 Telegraph Road in the Bloomfield Plaza Shopping center at Maple and Telegraph roads in Bloomfield Township, in the former Crust pizza location....more>
Two Jimmy Johns employees in Birmingham reported that as they were closing up around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, two men wearing ski masks and hoodies held a gun to the manager's head, told her to open the safe, and took an undisclosed amount of cash....more>
Former Birmingham mayor Seth Chafetz was arrested again, the second time in four months, for selling methamphetamine, and is currently housed in the Oakland County Jail after not being able to post a $50,000 bond, according to an official at the 43rd District Court in Madison Heights....more>
A Birmingham police officer was punched in the face by a Berkley man who was observed urinating in bushes outside a downtown business in the early morning hours on Thursday, November 28....more>
A man smashed the rear glass sliding door of the Kroger at Maple and Woodward in Birmingham on Thanksgiving night and took bottles of liquor....more>
A resident of S. Fox Hills in Bloomfield Township report that someone had smashed one of the windows in her car, and when police checked the area out, they located another vehicle in the complex that had a window smashed out as well....more>
A woman put $1,500 worth of merchandise in her shopping bag at the Best Buy in Bloomfield Township and walked out without paying for it on Monday, December 2....more>
A Birmingham resident discovered her patio furniture was stolen on Wednesday, November 27....more>
Bloomfield Township police are looking for assistance in identifying a woman who stole a number of personal hygiene products from the Hollywood Market in Bloomfield Township on October 8....more>
We're all conditioned to the sight. You walk out of Target, Kroger's, Macy's, or some other store at this time of year and there is someone dressed in a red Santa suit next to a red kettle, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. You throw in a dollar, maybe five, or even $20, and go on your way. Or maybe you walk past. Either way, most of us don't give it a second thought, considering it as part of the charitable giving of the season....more>
We have heard for years that the best thing for students is to get them outside, into the fresh air, away from their computers and video game consoles, and let them run around and play. As parents, we've listened. In our modern era, we just haven't let them play on their own. We've signed them up for kiddie soccer leagues, pee wee football, t-ball and little league, junior tennis and hockey, and lacrosse, even when the sticks and bats were bigger than they were. We may not be raising the next generation of Tiger Woods, Misty May Traynors or Serena Williams, but we are working hard to give our children the opportunity to pick up and swing a club, boot a ball over the net, perfect their jump shot, and serve and grunt just as well as their (and our) sports idols. ...more>
From Water Works Park on E. Jefferson and Cadillac Blvd. in Detroit to each of the 127 suburban communities hooked into the city's 6,871-mile network of water and sewer lines, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is the literal connection that links Oakland County residents to the city of Detroit. ...more>
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