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The Big Wine Classic
Since 2006, 10 friends of the late Rob Schuele have annually staged a unique golf outing at Birmingham Country Club. It pairs fine wine, fairways, food and friendship with the futures of academically talented high schoolers who lack the financial resources to pay for college. Along with the 128 golfers and the 258 dinner guests who savored a superb selection of fine wines, two of the five Robert A Schuele Scholarship winners attended the ninth annual classic which raised more than $72,000 for the scholarship fund. During the program that followed the splendid buffet dinner they were introduced by Bart Tinsley, who described how challenging is the selection process.
After a several year hiatus, the high end French furniture retailer Roche Bobois is returning to Birmingham, in a former auto showroom on S. Old Woodward, franchise owner Ed Hagopian confirmed....more>
Motorists traveling along Long Lake Road between Orchard Lake and Adams roads should be advised of various lane closures starting on Monday, September 22, as road crews begin a resurfacing project....more>
Common Ground's Annual Street Art Fair will celebrate its 40th year this Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, on S. Old Woodward between Maple and Frank streets in downtown Birmingham....more>
2014 is a special year for Detroit Country Day School. This fall commemorates 100 years of the school's founding by F. Alden Shaw in his mother's small kitchen on Ferry Avenue in Detroit, to a nationally-known college preparatory school over four campuses, with noted alumni that include Steve Ballmer, Chris Webber, Courtney B. Vance, Betsy Thomas, Shane Battier and Tim Carvell....more>
Kirk in the Hills church in Bloomfield Township was the victim of a thief or scrapper who stole a lengthy piece of copper pipe....more>
A Birmingham resident discovered two Rolex watches missing from his home....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident was woken in the middle of the night on Thursday, September 11, by noises from the garage, and when he went to check the area the next morning, he saw an attempt to break in had been made....more>
A Bloomfield Township man who had unloaded his groceries in his driveway had the car broken into right afterwards....more>
The owner of a Birmingham home discovered appliances stolen and broken at the house sometime between September 3 and 7....more>
More than 20 Birmingham residents have been contacted in the last few days by a caller claiming to be from the IRS, claiming they're involved in a tax fraud, in what the Birmingham Police Department is calling a new fraud targeting senior citizens....more>
Scott Shephard, who calls himself a reformed racist after over 20 years of membership in four different Ku Klux Klan groups, including the White Citizen's Council of the rural Mississippi Delta, recounts his own tale, "Over the years I was in the Klan, I participated in lots of rallies and intimidation. There were cross burnings on peoples' yards, or on public property, and lots of beatings. I witnessed many, and kinda encouraged some. But I didn't get involved with any violent activities. There's no other way to put it." ...more>
Since there have been kids, there have been kids having fights and disagreements. Their remedy usually was to fight it out with their fists on the playground after school. But no longer. Today, there are weapons, verbal abuse, bullying, school massacres, criminal behavior, all occurring in the hallways of our local high schools....more>
On a Sunday evening in September 2012, West Bloomfield police officer Patrick O'Rourke was killed while responding with fellow officers to a possible suicide in the 4000 block of Forest Edge Lane, near Pontiac Trail....more>
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