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Sunset at the Zoo Benefactor Bash
Cynthia and Edsel Ford, who hosted the first party for Sunset at the Zoo benefactors in 2005, opened their doors again for the 2016 benefactors ($750 ticket) and some 100 of them attended. Socializing centered on the back porch and in the gardens – both with traditional sensibilities and a splendiferous view of Lake St. Clair. Conversation paused for zoo director Ron Kagan to thank everybody, especially new Polk Penguin Conservation Center lead donors Stephen and Bobbi Polk and the hosts, who were presented with a penguin-shaped topiary (see photo gallery). All guests left with a plush penguin souvenir.
Aaron F. Belen , owner of AFB Hospitality restaurants Bistro 82 and Sabrage , located on the first and second floors of 401 S. Lafayette in Royal Oak, is bringing a new hot spot to downtown Royal Oak with The Morrie , a roadhouse style restaurant at 511 S. Main Street, expected to open by the end of July. Executive chef Derik Watson , who’s been with Belen since the launch of Bistro ...more»
Marc Bogoff , chef-owner of Stockyard food truck, and friend Eli Boyer , formerly of Gold Cash Gold , will launch a seafood and vegetable-focused restaurant, equipped with a raw bar. Located across from Luxury Lanes bowling alley, at 600 Vester Avenue in Ferndale, Bogoff said construction on the currently unnamed restaurant will begin in early June, with hopes of an autumn opening. "Raw seafood ...more»
As part of the August 2 primary election, a number of political party standard bearers will be chosen for a few local and county offices, along with determining the fate of some local millages and a tax renewal for the Detroit Zoo. In the case of Bloomfield Township, with no Democrats having filed for any local posts, the offices of supervisor, clerk, treasurer and the entire board of trustees will effectively be determined with the August vote....more>
The long planned resurfacing of W. Maple between Cranbrook and Southfield roads in Birmingham is about to begin, with a phased rollout, beginning the week of June 27, and lasting about nine or 10 weeks....more>
Bloomfield Township election commission meetings are typically administrative affairs, but not so on Monday, June 20, when treasurer Dan Devine requested – and was denied – to amend the agenda, and candidate for supervisor Dave Thomas sent out an email to supporters requesting 50 people show up and protest election signs in the township, which he asserted were "in direct violation of the ordinance."...more>
In an act of generosity, Par Pharmaceutical donated 2.36 acres of land, including a historic barn, to Rochester's Older Persons' Commission (OPC) in June. The property is located between the senior center, 650 Letica Drive in Rochester, and Par's nearby facility. ...more>
A recommendation by the Rochester Hills traffic advisory and safety board to increase the speed limit along Hamlin Road to 45 mph from Adams Road to Dequindre Road was rejected by city council on Monday, June 20....more>
A German-based automotive business with plans to invest more than $15 million to expand operations in Rochester Hills is seeking a tax abatement for the first phase of construction at its Hamlin Road property. ...more>
The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks on Thursday, June 16, named Rochester Hills Clerk Tina Barton as the association's 2016 City Clerk of the Year during its annual conference in Lansing....more>
Sheriff's deputies are seeking a 40-year-old Grand Blanc woman accused of threatening her girlfriend with a knife on Thursday, June 16, in a Rochester Hills parking lot in the 3600 block of Marketplace Circle....more>
A Waterford woman was arrested after allegedly spraying her friend in the face with pepper spray during a fight on Monday, June 13, at an apartment in the 400 block of Timberlea Drive in Rochester Hills....more>