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The Garden Party
Rain threatened but did not impact The Garden Party that attracted 450 ($150 ticket) to the big white festival tent at Meadow Brook Hall. OK, so I lied. The classic cars could not be displayed in their usual place on the lawn adjacent to the tent, but the really avid car enthusiasts could find them in the garage courtyard. Most of the ladies wore great hats. Guests socialized and sipped 100 different wines provided by Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. They savored succulent fare from 27 restaurants. This included: Big Rock Chop House’s grilled shrimp with shaved fennel, Morton’s Steakhouse’s braised beef on crispy wontons, Kruse & Muer’s Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp & King Crab gazpacho; Coach Insignia’s marinated lamb lollipops; and the always popular Red Coat Tavern’s classic burger.
When bistro Forest Grill re-opens, it will have a new owner, new menu and a new look while continuing its history of fine dining in the Triangle District of Birmingham....more>
Noting that the board packet included 466 pages of information on the township's defined benefit pension plan alone, Bloomfield Township Treasurer Dan Devine presented a summary of the four pension and health plans for township retirees at the board of trustees meeting on Monday, July 27, with trustees requesting and receiving more time to review the lengthy documents....more>
At their meeting on Monday, July 27, Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved a Request for Proposal (RFP), prepared by the township's financial sustainability committee, for seeking bids on financial planners for the township's defined benefit pension plan and equities portfolio....more>
When a Bloomfield Township resident received his bank statement, he discovered a money transfer for over $19,000 he had not authorized....more>
A woman who left her purse in her shopping cart had her purse stolen, and the thieves then took her credit cards to a nearby store where they made over $4,000 in fraudulent charges....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident received a fraudulent e-mail after returning from an east coast trip....more>
Birmingham residents who parked their unlocked car in their garage, with the keys in the console, had it stolen....more>
Five years ago, Downtown Publications convened a roundtable of eight local members of the high school graduating class of 2003. All of the participants, who graduated college in 2007, had lived away from Michigan at various times, yet each of the eight had returned to the Birmingham/Bloomfield area of their own volition, with the intent of reclaiming metro Detroit as their home. ...more>
It has been said that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes, but for some property owners in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area, there is no requirement to pay property taxes. While the vast majority of property owners in the nearly 23,000-acre area that makes up Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills must pay property taxes, about four percent of property in the area is exempt from taxes....more>
One day in the near future, all four of Bethann Bayne's children will be of school age, and ready to take their place at her kitchen table, where she currently teaches the older two, 9 and 7, a full curriculum of English literature, science, Bible, American history, geography, and math. In September, Bayne's five year old will join his older siblings, and a couple of years later, the three year old will pull her chair up to the table as well....more>
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