Week of 9.15.14

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s Art of Detroit

There may have been heavy competition downtown the same night (Lions preseason game and Eminem concert in Comerica Park), but more than 300 fashionable Detroiters-at-heart ($75 ticket) still cruised to Saks Fifth Avenue for the soiree benefiting the College for Creative Studies. Painted flats displaying Detroit landmarks like the Marshall Fredericks’ “Spirit of Detroit” sculpture accented the store and CCS alum Ben Sharkey had a huge presence at the event. Both the invitation and the event poster art above the registration table (see Photo Gallery) were his creations. Plus, his mellow vocals wafted throughout the second floor most of the evening. Glass artist April Wagner’s work also made a colorful statement (see Photo Gallery) on the second floor.
This weeks social light photos…

Roche Bobois returning to Birmingham

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>

Long Lake Road construction to start

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>

Art fair in Birmingham this weekend

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>

Detroit Country Day celebrates 100 years

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 robbed of copper

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>

Thieves take Rolexes from home

A Birmingham resident discovered two Rolex watches missing from his home....more>

Noises in garage wake resident

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>

Items stolen from car in driveway

A Bloomfield Township man who had unloaded his groceries in his driveway had the car broken into right afterwards....more>

Appliances stolen, broken at home

The owner of a Birmingham home discovered appliances stolen and broken at the house sometime between September 3 and 7....more>

Birmingham seniors targeted in phone scam

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>

Ku Klux Klan re-emerging

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>

Police in local schools

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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