Week of 10.20.14

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Grand Jester’s Reception

Since it was established in 1983 to help save Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, the Distinguished Clown Corps’ generous members ($1,000 per year) have put on their custom clown suits and frolicked their way down the parade route on Thanksgiving morning. But for the last eight years, many of the current DCs, along with some DC wannabes, have also convened sans red noses for the corps’ Grand Jester’s reception hosted by Norm, Scott and Bonnie LePage at The Reserve. As a video of last year’s parade played in the background, Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels praised the LePages’ bountiful hospitality, his staff’s exceptional event décor, and the generosity of Syd Ross, Van Conway and Maggie Allesee.
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Our choices for the November election

On Tuesday, November 4, voters in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township are being asked to decide the future of a number of public offices, along with a millage request for the Bloomfield Township Public Library and a ballot proposal for Bloomfield Hills' residents....more>

Bloomfield Park bought by REDICO

Southfield-based real estate development company REDICO announced they have acquired the foreclosure judgement and mortgage rights to the Bloomfield Park project, on 87-acres on Telegraph Road north of Square Lake in Bloomfield Township, which was abandoned during construction in November 2008....more>

Jayne stepping down at The Community House

Camille Jayne, President and CEO of The Community House (TCH) in Birmingham, has announced that she is stepping down as president but will stay on as chair of the board of trustees, and a search has commenced for a president with extensive development experience to help transition the non-profit to sustainability....more>

Light Birmingham's holiday tree

The Birmingham Principal Shopping District (PSD) is inviting families from Birmingham and all the neighboring communities to enter the city's popular Santa Contest, where one lucky family will win to help Santa light the holiday tree in Shain Park on Wednesday, November 26, at 6 p.m....more>

Baldwin fall book sale coming soon

Lovers of books and deals have something special to look forward to because the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library fall book sale takes place November 7 – 10 at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham....more>

Man attacks DJ at Corner Bar

A man at The Corner Bar at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Sunday, October 19,attacked the DJ because he wouldn't play a song he wanted to hear....more>

Bloomfield Township flasher strikes again

For the second time in a week, Bloomfield Township police received a report of indecent exposure in the Trader Joe's parking lot in Bloomfield Township, although this time they may have a suspect in the incident....more>

House vandalized in township

A house under construction in Bloomfield Township was vandalized, although nothing was taken or disturbed....more>

Wallet stolen, credit cards used

A woman left her purse in her shopping cart while shopping at Plum Market in Bloomfield Township and when she went to check out, she discovered her her wallet had been stolen....more>

Laptop taken from Bloomfield Hills office

A laptop was stolen from an office building in Bloomfield Hills over the weekend of October 17....more>

Computers, phones taken from office

A building in Bloomfield Hills was broken into and several items, including cell phones and computer tablets, were stolen....more>

Employee steals from drug store

An employee at the CVS store in downtown Birmingham was caught and admitted to stealing various merchandise totaling almost $400....more>

Purse removed from unlocked car

A woman went into a Bloomfield Hills building, leaving her car unlocked, and when she returned, she discovered her purse had been stolen on Thursday, October 9....more>
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Sheriff Bouchard interview

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in office since 1998, fell into law enforcement by accident, but is a passionate supporter of ongoing training and proper deployment of weaponry. In response to the media outcry over the militarization of police, he believes law enforcement has to be as well armed as the criminals they're facing. His motto, with which he leads his 1,300-member sheriff's department daily, is: "Hope is not a strategy. Preparation is." ...more>
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Online education

Parents and teachers, at least those over 30, tend to be in universal agreement over one thing: our children know way more about computers and technology, by and large, than we do. As the technological landscape continues to evolve and metamorphose into new and interesting ways, so too do the opportunities to educate our kids that will allow them to operate, both educationally and in their future workplaces, in the landscape of the 21st century....more>
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House party laws

Whether it's a way of seeking popularity or a way of rebelling against parents, the teenage house party has been viewed as almost a rite of passage for high school students for decades. But a tougher stance on underage drinking and the possible risks associated with such gatherings could spell trouble for students and their parents in Oakland County, who condone or take part in such actions....more>
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