Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»

Meaning of personal services sought for retail

Birmingham city commissioners clarified that they are only seeking the definition of personal service businesses in terms of what it means for a retail business from the city's planning board, and not a revision of the city's ordinance at a joint meeting of the city commission and planning board on Monday, June 19, contrary to efforts by a city planner and planning board on June 14....more>

Commission gives direction to planners

At the annual Birmingham city commission/planning board joint workshop session held Monday, June 19, the two boards reviewed current issues facing the city, with the commission directing the planning board as to which are priorities to deal with right away, and which can be put on the back burner....more>

Nino Salvaggio coming to Maple, Telegraph

The long-vacant Kroger store at Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph roads will finally be filled, with fresh gourmet market Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace announcing they will open their fourth store in that location....more>

Chef clash at farmers market Sunday

Birmingham chefs will take each other on for the opportunity to be named Birmingham Farmers Market Master Chef this Sunday, June 25....more>

Nina McLemore moving to Old Woodward

Women's apparel retailer Nina McLemore is moving to 227 S. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham in July, after three years at 550 W. Merrill Street....more>

Rochester Hills changes trash provider

Rochester Hills city officials say there won't be any change in waste disposal services when the city's provider changes from Republic Services to GFL Environmental at the end of July....more>

Fireworks show to blast off Wednesday

Rochester Hills annual Festival of the Hills fireworks show and family entertainment event will start at 6 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at Borden Park....more>

Eddington realignment contract approved

Work to realign Eddington Boulevard to meet up with Drexelgate at Rochester Road will begin in the spring of 2018, following approval by the Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, June 19, of about $1.8 million in construction and design contracts....more>

Woman has knives, drugs, Taser in vehicle

A routine traffic stop in Bloomfield Hills in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 22, led to the arrest of a woman who had drug paraphernalia as well as two illegal knives and a Taser....more>

Thief steals floor epoxy from Lowe's

A thief stole $1,700 worth of floor epoxy from the Bloomfield Township Lowe's store....more>

Sculptures stolen from yard

An art-loving thief made off with three sculptures from a Birmingham backyard on Thursday, June 15....more>

Thousands in computer equipment stolen

Burglars in early June stole more than $10,000 in computer equipment during a pair of suspected break-ins at a Rochester Hills business in the 2900 block of Bond Street, authorities said....more>

Job posting leads to possible identity theft

A Rochester Hills woman seeking employment on Monday, June 19, may have become the victim of identity theft after applying for a job as an administrative assistant posted on Craigslist....more>

Thermostat theft thwarted

A 17-year-old Detroit male was arrested on Monday, June 12, and cited for retail theft after allegedly stealing a $200 thermostat from a Rochester Hills department store....more>

Hidden key used in burglary

A hidden key stashed at a Rochester Hills home construction site on Friday, June 9, was used sometime over the weekend to enter a unoccupied residence in the 1000 block of Queensboro Drive where several thousand dollars in finishing materials were stolen....more>
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Specialty crops pesticide

A pesticide used on thousands of acres of specialty crops in Michigan that was expected to be banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to potential developmental issues in children will remain in use under a decision by the federal department's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, but continued debate over the chemical's use has both sides claiming their positions are backed by science....more>

STD increases

It's a dirty little secret – one no one really wants to talk about, but one that is putting our nation's teens and young adults at risk of chronic pain, infertility, lifelong health issues – and even death. It's the scourge of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which have reached such record heights that experts believe that fully half of the population of those aged 15 to 24, which numbers about 110 million men and women in the United States, are afflicted with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, human papilloma virus (HPV), HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, with up to 20 million new infections each year....more>
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