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Week of 9.26.16

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Children’s Leukemia Foundation

Even though childhood cancer is devastating, supporters of this organization know how to put an upbeat spin on its Afternoon of Hope benefit luncheon. They do it with lots of friendly camaraderie (nearly 200 guests at $65 and $95 tickets), Patti Polina’s eye-popping décor (think MacKenzie Childs), Kathy McIntosh’s colorful display of chance raffle donations ($6,000 proceeds) and compelling speakers. In the Village Club lobby, co-chairs Denice Richmond and Tina Turner greeted arrivals. These included presenting sponsor Karmanos Cancer Institute and gold sponsor Beaumont Children’s Hospital colleagues. The latter were there to support their star – Innovator in Medicine Award recipient Dr. Kate Gowans. Before sitting for lunch, she hugged and wept with Sandy and Bob Ruby, whose 15-year-old son Cameron was her patient before his death a year ago.
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Unique food and smokes

Expected to open the first of the month, Ambassador Cigar is a anticipated to be an upscale cigar bar and lounge which will also offer specialty small plates and a private membership club. Owned by Jeff DeSandre , who has been in the local cigar industry for 15 years, there will be a 300-square foot walk-in humidor on site. "We’re planning to offer gourmet small plates, and Cuban sandwiches ...more»

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oakland confidential

October 2016

CAMPAIGN NO-NO: Candidates for public office know — or they should — that it’s a criminal offense to represent themselves as an incumbent when they aren’t. Certainly John McCulloch should be aware as a longtime Republican office holder who lost his job in 2012 as Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, and was fired, under murky circumstances, in 2014 as Huron-Clinton ...more»

Carl Sterr closing physical store, rebranding

Carl Sterr on the Hill, a menswear store that has been located at 742 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham since 2002, announced it is closing its store, holding an inventory liquidation sale, while transitioning to a new concept based on custom and bespoke tailoring, which will be located in the former store....more>

Crowdfunding for Lake Norcentra Park

The forthcoming Lake Norcentra Park, on the campus of Rochester College, is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign through Patronicity that's aimed at collecting $50,000 from public donors by Saturday, October 22. ...more>

Bloomer Woods condo project gets approval

Plans for a 12-acre condominium development were approved on Tuesday, September 20, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission, giving the go ahead for the construction of a 30-unit project at John R, north of Avon Road....more>

Audi dealership to expand

Audi of Rochester Hills, 45441 Dequindre Road, on Tuesday, September 20, received approval from the Rochester Hills Planning Commission for an expansion of its existing building and parking lot....more>

Condo plans receive green light to council

Plans for a 4.5-acre condominium development consisting of 14 homes near South Boulevard and Sanctuary Road were recommended for approval on Tuesday, September 20, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission, clearing the path for final approval by city council members....more>

Trees to be cleared for soccer field

About five acres of land, including about 189 trees and a house, will be demolished and turned into soccer and recreational fields, under plans approved on Tuesday, September 20, by the Rochester Hills Planning Commission....more>

Birmingham "stranger danger" alert

Birmingham Schools and Birmingham Police were alerted to two separate incidents of stranger danger on Wednesday, September 21, one near Oak and Pilgrim in Birmingham, and the other in Beverly Hills, in the area of Beverly and Evergreen roads, although school officials announced on Thursday, September 22, that the Beverly Hills situation was not a stranger incident....more>

Girlfriend shoots gun at boyfriend

A Bloomfield Township woman was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm after she shot her pistol at her boyfriend in an effort to get him to leave....more>

Prescription pills pulled from car

A man reported to Birmingham police that someone had stolen two vials of prescription drugs from his parked car....more>

Car window smashed in

A man discovered his parked car in Birmingham had the rear passenger side window smashed in as a thief mistakenly sought a laptop from an empty laptop bag left in the front passenger seat....more>

Online puppy purchase a fraud

A Birmingham resident tried to buy a puppy from an online company, but after mailing two checks, she found they were not a legitimate company and never got her dog....more>

Car egged, tire slashed

Birmingham police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Northlawn on Saturday, September 10, after a report of a vehicle that had been egged, its rear bumper pulled up, and a spare tire slashed....more>

Leaf blower taken from garage

A backpack style leaf blower was stolen from the garage of a Bloomfield Hills home on Monday, September 19....more>

Retail associate has wallet stolen

A woman working at Wittock Kitchen and Bath in Birmingham had her wallet stolen from a desk drawer while she was at work on Monday, September 12....more>

Woman arrested for felony assault

A 37-year-old Rochester Hills woman accused of hitting her former friend over the head with a computer tablet on Thursday, September 15, was arrested in connection with aggravated assault in the 2100 block of Cumberland, in Rochester Hills....more>

Stolen snowmobile recovered

A snowmobile stolen from a Rochester Hills woman was recovered on Saturday, September 17, by Oakland County Sheriff's deputies at a home in the 1400 block of Morley Avenue in Rochester Hills....more>

Suspicious charges on man's credit card

A Rochester resident reported to Rochester police on the evening of Friday, September 16, that unauthorized charges had been made with his credit card account, though he had the actual card in hand. ...more>

Woman smashes car with bat

Sheriff's deputies are investigating claims that a 48-year-old Rochester Hills woman on Monday, September 19, smashed her daughter friend's vehicle with a baseball bat during a confrontation at a McDonald's drive thru in the 800 block of Rochester Road in Rochester Hills....more>
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Coal tar sealant

Just imagine a hidden health risk lurking in your driveway or a nearby parking lot that could be harming you, your children, and the nearby environment. A growing number of scientists, community leaders and environmentalists think there is, and many are taking action to do something about it. The problem, they say, rests in the coal tar-based sealcoat that is often applied to asphalt driveways and parking lots to protect the pavement from oils, tire wear and other factors that lessen the life of the surface....more>
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Death With Dignity movement

Since the late pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian became famous, or infamous, depending on the point of view, in the 1990s for helping ill patients with doctor-assisted suicide, the issue of whether a terminally ill person has the right to determine when and how to end their life has been debated in public arenas and private living rooms. Is it an individual's right to die, or is it euthanasia? For most of us, there's no simple or easy answer. ...more>
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Poverty in Oakland County

The image of people who are poor and suffering from poverty are often of homeless men sleeping on the streets, of a destitute individual living out of their car, or someone holed up at a shelter. There's a school of thought that it's their fault – if they would only get a job, and perhaps give up their addictions, they would be able to pull themselves out of poverty, get a nice home in the suburbs, and live well....more>
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