Week of 7.25.16

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The Garden Party

The most perfect weather in the eight year history of The Garden Party greeted more than 600 party goers ($150 ticket) arriving at the festival tent at Meadow Brook Hall. Just outside the entry, pretty RGA models were selling boutonnières for men. Inside, most guests started the experience with a sparking rose' before cruising the other 100 wine stations, including that of the Celani Family Vineyards. Food stations (27) offered such fare as truffled eggs (Bistro 82), crab salad (Bill’s), signature hamburgers (Red Coat Tavern) and lobster and crab croquets (DAC). Outside on the lawn classic cars looked right at home with the historic mansion as a backdrop. (See photo gallery) The eagerly anticipated afternoon raised more than $130,000 for trade school scholarships at Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and Macomb Community College’s Applied Technology Programs.
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French patisserie

Marais owners David and Monica Gilbert recently launched Marais Café , a patisserie within the Grosse Pointe restaurant, at 17051 Kercheval Avenue. Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to noon, the six-day-a-week menu replaces the restaurant’s Sunday brunch, which will be discontinued as of August. The café concept capitalizes on the former brunch favorites — freshly ...more»

Smart parking meter trial begins

The city of Birmingham, perennially dealing with a parking problem, is working to get a leg up by testing two different brands of "smart" parking meters for the public to try out, beginning Monday, August 1, with 32 different meters installed in front of city hall....more>

The Pearl to fill in Birmingham 'hole'

Birmingham's notorious "hole in the ground" on N. Old Woodward just south of Oak is turning into a gem, as Bloomfield Township developer Frank Simon has received final approvals to redevelop the site as a four-story building with below ground parking, which he intends to name The Pearl....more>

Birmingham Day on the Town is July 23

Birmingham's largest shopping day, Day On The Town, will take place Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. for bargain hunters and entertainment seekers....more>

Tax abatement approved for Jenoptik

A German-based technology company planning to expand its North American operations in Rochester Hills will save about $312,000 in tax payments over the next 12 years under a tax abatement approved on Monday, July 18, by Rochester Hills city council members....more>

Zoning effort to permit more uses

An attempt to introduce greater use of properties located near the M-59 and Crooks Road interchange in Rochester Hills was approved by city council members at their meeting on Monday, July 18, with the first reading of an amended zoning ordinance for the city....more>

Laborers' fight leads to arrests

A fight between two laborers working on a home site in Bloomfield Hills eventually led to the arrest of both men, as well as one of the men's girlfriends, for outstanding warrants....more>

Broken Beetle stolen from highway

A man reported to Bloomfield Township police on Friday, July 15, that his car had broken down on the shoulder of I-75, and when he went back to retrieve it, it had been stolen....more>

Tires, rims stolen from car

A Bloomfield Township woman woke up on Thursday, July 14, to find her car resting on landscape blocks instead of tires and rims....more>

Watch and wallet stolen from car

Someone broke into the garage of a Bloomfield Township residence and stole a watch and wallet with $1,100 in it during the night of Saturday, July 16....more>

Navigation units ripped out of Jeeps

Several Jeeps were targeted for their in-dash navigation units in the 1900 block of Klingensmith in Bloomfield Township....more>

iPod, binoculars taken from car

A Bloomfield Township resident reported to police on Wednesday, July 20 that someone broke into his parked SUV and stole personal items he had left in it....more>

Ceiling collapses at Rochester Hills tavern

A ceiling facade over the bar area of Rochester Hills Muldoon's Tavern on the evening of Tuesday, July 19, collapsed and injured at least four people in the 3800 block of W. Auburn Road, a Rochester Hills fire official said....more>

Delivery thefts believed to be connected

A series of stolen mail packages on the afternoon of Thursday, July 14, near the 2100 block of E. Shore Drive, are believed to be connected to a man and woman in a gold sports utility vehicle in the area, authorities said....more>

IRS impersonator scams $1,000

After being lured into purchasing three gift cards, a scammer swindled a 60-year-old woman out of $1,000, the Rochester resident reported to Rochester police on Monday, July 11....more>
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Seeking refuge

Tariq (not his real name) first stepped foot on American soil on January 21, 2016, after three long years spent as a refugee in limbo in Turkey. Originally from Mosul, Iraq, he said, through an interpreter, he escaped his hometown and home country "due to the threat of terrorism and the violence of the groups in the area." He was also working with American groups in Iraq, making him more of a target, he said. ...more>
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Next generation of 911

Less than 50 cents. That's the amount the typical phone customer in Oakland County is charged each month to fund emergency 911 services provided by the state and local public safety agencies. However, exactly what services and capabilities are available varies by the location of the call and the type of phone being used....more>
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Excavation and reclamation

Island Lake of Novi is a master planned community built on 901 acres in the heart of the city of Novi, with its own 170-acre lake, five miles of shoreline, a marina, parks, miles of carefully curated walking trails, boat docks, pools, tennis courts, and numerous other amenities, along with 876 two-story semi-custom homes. At first glance, it looks like it was designed around nature's best features....more>
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