Week of 10.27.14

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Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids

The Academy Awards theme for the two-part fundraiser made the gathering of nearly 350 at The Townsend a sea of glam. And during the cocktail hour, as guests were checking out the silent auction (it raised nearly nearly $50K), we spotted at least one celebrity lookalike couple, the Rich Leeboves (see Photo Gallery). In the ballroom, supersized Oscars guarded the stage where Simone Vitale’s music makers held sway. But the theme really shined during the program Paul W. Smith emceed preceding the live auction (which raised more than $70K). First there were “Oscars” presented to 15-year-old Luke Gyomory, who raised $17,000 for the foundation because he knows personally what it’s like to lose one's mother, and to Frederick Holman and his grandmother, survivors of the emotional and financial hardships occurring when a parent dies.
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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>

Questions on bond investment fees arise

The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to create an investment advisory committee to make recommendations on future township investments following a concern by some officials that investment fees on the 2013 $80-million pension obligation bond issue came in nearly $300,000 more than some officials thought would be paid to an outside advisor....more>

Brownfield plan approved for Birmingham site

A brownfield plan for a new three-story building to be built on the site of the former Green's Art Supply was approved by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, October 27....more>

Police joins force to combat crime ring

Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt came before the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, October 27, which unanimously approved a request he made to enter into an inter-local agreement with Troy, Auburn Hills and Bloomfield Township for a special investigative unit that will specialize in investigating serial crime rings....more>

Bally's site to become mixed use office/retail

Businessman Jim Bellinson has purchased the former Bally's site on Telegraph in Bloomfield Township and intends to redevelop it into a mixed use building with office and retail, along with common areas that include outdoor seating....more>

No winter maintenance for safety path

A preliminary proposal to consider bidding out winter maintenance on Bloomfield Township's safety paths for snowfalls greater than four inches failed for lack of interest at the board of trustee meeting on Monday, October 27....more>

Woman scammed out of $50,000

A caller with a heavy accent, claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), was able to scam a Birmingham resident out of nearly $50,000....more>

Truck steals water from fire hydrant

A construction truck was caught with a large hose attached to a Bloomfield Township fire hydrant, filling its tank unlawfully....more>

House ransacked in Birmingham

A rear door was forced open and a home in Birmingham was ransacked while the homeowners were at work....more>

Costly yard light damaged

An expensive light pillar in the front yard of a Bloomfield Township home was vandalized sometime during the night of Sunday, October 26....more>

Home on Manchester broken into

A Birmingham home under construction was reported broken into on Saturday, October 25....more>

Name, social security number stolen

After a call from his banks, a Bloomfield Township resident discovered someone had stolen his name and social security number to try to open a line of credit....more>

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>

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>

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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