Week of 7.17.17

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ChildSafe Michigan Legends Gala

Legends were the story at the ChildSafe gala. But not the celebrity type. Rather at-risk  children and their dreams for becoming Legends of Tomorrow  –  a doctor, a ballerina, a teacher. To make those dreams come true, 310 supporters ($300) flocked to the Townsend Hotel for the annual benefit. Event co-chairs SuSu Sosnick and Christine & David Colman and board chair Keith Pomeroy greeted the 125 VIPs ($500) who arrived early for a reception in the Clancy Room before dinner, a salute to honoree Sandy Pierce  and a live auction conducted by Christopher Aslanian.
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»

Planners wade into retail space mix debate

The Birmingham Planning Board was tasked by the city commission to come up with a definition of personal services as it relates to first floor retail space in the redline retail area in downtown Birmingham, and they held a study session on Wednesday, July 12, to refine the definition....more>

Site visit needed to review DTE request

A request by DTE Energy to relocate overhead electrical wires and electrical poles for a proposed four-story mixed-use building on N. Old Woodward in Birmingham left city commissioners on Monday, July 10, confused by DTE's plans, where the poles would be moved to, which and how many trees would need to be removed, with the commissioners determining a site visit was a necessity before making any decision on the easement request....more>

Old Woodward bid specifications revised

After bids to reconstruct Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham came in considerably higher than originally anticipated, city commissioners revised bidding documents at their meeting on Monday, July 10, in order for the city to prepare them for bids for the 2018 construction season....more>

Township liquor licenses get clean bill

Bloomfield Township Police Captain Phil Langmeyer reported to Bloomfield Township trustees at their meeting on Monday, July 10, that there were no liquor violations at any of the 18 establishments holding Class C or tavern liquor licenses for the 2016-2017 fiscal year....more>

Crime stable in Bloomfield Township

The crime rate remained fairly stable in 2016 in Bloomfield Township, and for the second year in a row, the township was rated as one of the safest communities in Michigan, trustees were informed at their meeting on Monday, July 10, when the Police Department annual report was presented....more>

FEMA-approved hazard plan approved

First approved in 2011, Bloomfield Township trustees approved the final draft of an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for Bloomfield Township at their meeting on Monday, July 10....more>

Raises approved for Birmingham employees

In an annual review, at their meeting on Monday, July 10, Birmingham city commissioners unanimously approved a two-percent raise for all full- and part-time employees in the city, effective July 1, 2017....more>

New traffic light at Maple and Eton

With increased traffic anticipated with the planned opening of Whole Foods in the fall, a new traffic light will be installed in the Maple Road and Eton Road intersection, with lane closures beginning Monday, July 17, lasting about three weeks....more>

Rochester's historic ordinance approved

An amendment removing the designation of "landmark" properties from Rochester's historic preservation ordinance and the ability for property owners to opt into a historic district was approved on Monday, July 10, by the Rochester City Council....more>

Barnett to be named 'America's Mayor'

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has been elected as the Second Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), and will become president of the organization and hold the title of "America's Mayor" in June 2019....more>

Rochester approves Rewold office building

A project to clean up a contaminated industrial site and construct a four-story office building along the Paint Creek moved forward on Monday, July 10, as Rochester City Council members unanimously approved a site plan and special projects request from developer Frank Rewold and Son....more>

Girl's bike stolen from driveway

A Birmingham resident reported to police that his daughter's bicycle had been stolen from their driveway....more>
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Pesticide ban nixed by new EPA

A pesticide used on thousands of acres of specialty crops in Michigan that was expected to be banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to potential developmental issues in children will remain in use under a decision by the federal department's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, but continued debate over the chemical's use has both sides claiming their positions are backed by science....more>

The dirty little secret: STD increases

It's a dirty little secret – one no one really wants to talk about, but one that is putting our nation's teens and young adults at risk of chronic pain, infertility, lifelong health issues – and even death. It's the scourge of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which have reached such record heights that experts believe that fully half of the population of those aged 15 to 24, which numbers about 110 million men and women in the United States, are afflicted with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, human papilloma virus (HPV), HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, with up to 20 million new infections each year....more>
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