Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»

Two of three bistro plans move forward

At the Birmingham Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, February 22, two of the three proposed 2017 bistro candidates, Adachi and Whole Foods, had their final site plan and special land use permits moved forward to a future city commission meeting for final approval, while the third candidate, Lincoln Yard, was asked to come back on Wednesday, March 8, for more details, although planning board members were also supportive of the bistro concept....more>

Water testing reveals problems at Groves

Groves High School, like other Birmingham schools, had water at the school tested in December 2016, and results were just released, showing that there was lead and copper in two water fountains and high lead and copper levels in another drinking faucet at the school, along with hand wash sinks and sinks in science labs throughout the school....more>

Plans underway for fire station renovation

A site plan outlining a $4.4 million renovation to Rochester Hills' Fire Station No. 4 was approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission....more>

Rochester celebrates Founder's Day

The first of several events to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rochester will be held on Sunday, March 12, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm....more>

Cedar Valley Apartments get green light

A site plan outlining the construction of an 86-unit apartment development along the east side of Rochester Road, just north of Eddington Boulevard, was approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission....more>

Self-storage building for Rochester Hill

Plans were approved on Tuesday, February 21, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission for a three-story, 110,000-square-foot self-storage facility on Avon Industrial Drive, just west of Crooks....more>

Elderly woman scammed out of $200,000

An elderly Bloomfield Township woman was scammed out of $200,000 over a period of two years, by people claiming to be from the IRS, but who were likely from Jamaica....more>

Two years later, fraud criminal caught

A Bloomfield Township woman who had numerous fraudulent credit card charges dating back to February 2015 finally had closure when a suspect was arrested after patrons at a Royal Oak movie theater overheard him talking about using fraudulent credit cards, and the police were called....more>

Gas leak forces evacuation

A gas leak in Birmingham shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, forced authorities to evacuate a four-block area that includes the Birmingham City Hall, the Baldwin Public Library and several businesses in the downtown area, although by about 1:20 p.m. the situation was resolved and the evacuation canceled....more>

Stranger has phone delivered to residence

A strange delivery of an iPhone to a Rochester Hills residence on Thursday, February 16, was followed by an even stranger visit from an unknown man in the 2400 Westwood block, who then asked the resident to turn over the phone....more>

Revenge porn

Lindsay (not her real name) is a beautiful Oakland County twenty-something, working to make it in the modeling world. A 2014 photo shoot between herself and an aspiring photographer, where she had several nude photographs taken, were destined to remain private. While a few photos were posted of her au natural, the photographer and herself were the only two people on the planet whose eyes were destined to see the most risqué pictures. ...more>


J. William Langston was working as the head of neurology in July of 1982 at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in California, where a 42-year-old heroin addict was brought from the county jail after suddenly becoming unable to move or speak...more>
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