Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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April 2017

BIGOTRY 101: Who could have imagined that in 2017 anti-semitism would once again be rearing its ugly head. Sadly, some local Republicans confirm the toxic malady hit the state’s Republican convention in February, when party administrative vice-chair David Wolkinson of Birmingham ran for re-election to the party position. "There were a bunch of people who also wanted to be vice-chair who ...more»
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Old Woodward road work delayed one year

The long-planned Old Woodward road construction project in downtown Birmingham will be postponed until spring 2018 after construction bids came in significantly higher than expected, sources confirmed to Downtown, with a resolution set to be presented to city commissioners on Monday, April 24, to postpone the project and rebid it in the fall....more>

Sewer project reason for tree cutting

March's massive wind storm and subsequent power outage isn't the reason for the clear cutting of trees along the property line of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House at Woodward and Quarton roads in Bloomfield Hills, but rather, a sewer project that has been planned to provide relief in the event of major rain events....more>

Birmingham Farmer's Market opens May 7

It's officially spring, with warm breezes, sunny skies, and the opening of the Birmingham Farmer's Market on Sunday, May 7, in Birmingham's Public Parking Lot 6 from 9 a.m until 2 p.m., through the month of October....more>

Deel to run for Rochester Hills council

Library board member Ryan Deel has announced his candidacy for the city of Rochester Hills City Council District 4 spot currently held by councilman Thomas Wiggins....more>

Rochester Hills Museum project approved

Plans to update a portion of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will move forward this fall, as the Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, April 17, approved a $75,000 design and installation budget for projects at the museum....more>

Rochester Farmers' Market to open

The 18th annual Rochester Farmers' Market will open on Saturday, May 6, and continue to operate every Saturday through the fall season at the corners of E. Third and Water streets, one block east of Main Street....more>

Tax brake for A. Raymond headquarters

Plans by global fastener manufacturer A. Raymond to locate its North American headquarters to Rochester Hills were bolstered on Monday, April 17, when Rochester Hills City Council members approved a 12-year tax abatement on a proposed 22,000-square foot facility at 2474 Devondale Road....more>

Rochester Hills gets new voting equipment

Federal funds provided through the Help America Vote Act will assist the city of Rochester Hills in updating election equipment, under a grant agreement authorized on Monday, April 17, by city council members....more>

School foundation hosts Hometown Hustle

The 12th annual Rochester Community Schools Foundation Hometown Hustle 5-kilometer fun run/walk will be held on Saturday, May 13, leading participants along a route that includes parts of downtown Rochester, the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, Rochester Municipal Park and some of Rochester's historic neighborhoods....more>

Window washers steal $20,000 ring

A Bloomfield Township woman had her $20,000 wedding ring stolen off a bedroom dresser by a window cleaning crew on March 27....more>

Wheels, tires ripped off township car

A Bloomfield Township resident came out of his house the morning of Wednesday, April 19, and discovered the wheels and tires had been stolen off his 2017 Ford vehicle....more>
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Human waste sludge on farms

Farmer Dave Blakney and his son, Chris, started growing row crops about 17 years ago on their 300-acre farm in Huron Township, but it was more recently that Blakney said he learned about the availability of "biosolids," as an alternative to traditional fertilizer for some crops. "It's very good. Nitrogen is the main interest. It usually has about 190 pounds of nitrogen per acre, and that's very good. The fertilizing quality is excellent," Blakney said. "It's free. No charge, typically."...more>
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The Whistleblower Act

Ben Graham was 25 years old, and thought he had hit the employment jackpot, having landed what he believed was a dream job as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives, for former Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer). But that job soon turned out to be a nightmare, with Courser having an affair with fellow Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Allegan), with whom he shared an office and staff, and having asked his staff, including Graham, to create a rumor that he had had sex with a male prostitute in order to deflect attention from his affair with Gamrat. ...more>
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