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Detroit Country Day School’s Centennial
“I wish I could have gone to Detroit Country Day,” alumnae dad Jay Alix proclaimed to the 1,200 DCDS boosters ($500-VIP, $275, $100-Afterglow) gathered in the Plaza at the Henry Ford Museum for the school’s Centennial Gala. They had come from near and far to celebrate the school founded in 1914 by Alden Shaw in his mother’s Detroit home. The atmosphere was joyous as they socialized big time and dined on the stroll before the program. It featured, in addition to Alix, remarks by co-chair Don Nystrom, board chair Ken Whipple, and current and past headmasters Glen Shilling and Jerry Hansen. Community spirit and visions for the future were highlighted but the big takeaway was to hear Alix, much honored globally for his financial acumen, praise the financial wisdom of Hansen and Shilling’s decisions to launch big building programs during down economic times.
A proposal at the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday, April 13, by township supervisor Leo Savoie to reduce the treasurer's salary and make it a part-time position following the 2016 election laid open a long simmering feud between the supervisor and treasurer Dan Devine, which at the meeting evolved into a barrage of personal insults from an audience packed with Devine supporters, forcing the supervisor to back off from his own plan....more>
Two new bistro license applications were approved to move on to the planning commission at the Monday, April 13, Birmingham City Commission meeting....more>
By a vote of 5-2, Birmingham city commissioners on Monday, April 13. approved a special land use permit and final site plan amendment allowing Toast Restaurant on Pierce Street to add a street deck for outdoor dining to its sidewalk dining area. ...more>
In order to provide the Birmingham Ad Hoc Parking Development Committee with more useful information on the city's parking lot number 5, the Birmingham City Commission unanimously approved a request by the city engineer to retain a firm to prepare a boundary and topographic survey....more>
Attorney Dennis Cowan was appointed to the Joint Development Council overseeing the former Bloomfield Park development at a meeting of the council on Thursday, April 9, where he will join Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie and Pontiac Mayor Dierdra Waterman....more>
Birmingham city commissioners, who had been waiting for Oakland County to finalize their guidelines on tax increment financing plans before adopting a development plan and tax increment financing plan (TIF) to create parking for Birmingham's Triangle District, were upset when they learned at their meeting on Monday, April 13, that Oakland County revised their policy and Birmingham's does not currently meet the county criteria....more>
A Jimmy John's sandwich shop with a drive-thru was approved for a final site plan and special land use by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, April 13, for a former gas station site on Telegraph just north of Square Lake Road....more>
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper has issued a petition to juvenile court requesting that two middle school boys who racially bullied another eighth grade Bloomfield Hills Middle School student on a school bus while on a field trip in March be charged, one with ethnic intimidation, the other with harassment....more>
A Bloomfield Hills Schools coach and gym teacher who was found legally drunk hours after fleeing the scene of an accident during the school day on March 26 in Bloomfield Township has been scheduled for his second probation violation court hearing in Oakland County's 44th District Court stemming from a previous driving incident that involved alcohol while he was employed as a teacher for the district....more>
A window was broken out and cash taken from the cash register at a business during a Bloomfield Township break-in....more>
Loss prevention officers at the Bloomfield Township Target store observed individuals stuffing items under clothing in a shopping cart, and not pay for it, then took off when police arrived....more>
Several vehicles had their center caps stolen during the overnight hours in a Bloomfield Township apartment complex off of Telegraph....more>
Each of us, at one time or another, has had to stop and ask who we are and what we stand for. It may occur during a period of self-realization, turmoil, or due to outside influences. It is hopefully an opportunity to reflect and pivot, and see ourselves with fresh eyes and less bias....more>
When Harry Arnold showed up in 2012 at a campaign rally being held in Defiance, Ohio for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Secret Service agents weren't sure how to react. As the owner and operator of Detroit Drone, Arnold had been hired, unbeknownst to security agents, by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to capture images of the crowd....more>
Many of us remember with great fondness the days of retrieving a newspaper at the door, then sitting down in the kitchen with a cup of coffee in hand and perusing the day's news. The daily newspapers, both the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, were the arbiters of local and national news, and the way almost all of us learned what was going on in our communities and the world in general, augmented by the network news telecast each night....more>
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