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CCS's Home Christmas Home Tour
Unlike some other holiday house tours that fell by the wayside after a few years, the Christ Child Society’s has a winning strategy. Co-chairs Amy Gooch and Katie Gantner and their committee lined up five unique, beautiful homes whose generous owners get the Christmas decorations installed by the first Friday in December. This year these good people were Cristina & Robert Recchia, Renee & Michael Acho, Sally & Kevin Smith, Lauren & Robert Smith and Donna & Rusty Brown. The event booked the Birmingham Country Club for a non-stop and yummy buffet brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They also recruited more than 15 boutique owners to set up their sales displays at the club (see list in Photo Gallery) and society members to serve as docents at the homes. The 500 ($50 ticket) who attended planned their own touring, brunching and shopping schedule.
Despite receiving unanimous support on October 13, 2014 for their conceptual plans from the Birmingham City Commission, neither 2015 bistro applicant has submitted plans, nor applied for a permit, for a bistro with the city's planning department within the 90-day window they had for moving forward....more>
Birmingham city commissioners will evaluate where the city has been and it's needs in the upcoming year at its long-range planning session on Saturday, January 31, as city department heads come before commissioners with reports....more>
The former Chen Chow space in downtown Birmingham will see new life as not one, but two, new restaurants by next summer, according to Chef Zack Sklar of Peas & Carrots Hospitality, who said that one restaurant will be a classic Italian restaurant, while the other will be a French brasserie....more>
The downtown Birmingham Subway restaurant was held up on Monday, January 26, at 6:45 p.m. by an armed robber as the cashier was closing the store....more>
Birmingham police officers were dispatched to a fight in progress to the KFC at 33900 Woodward Avenue on Saturday night, January 24, where they found a woman and a man in the midst of a fight....more>
A woman dancing at Dick O'Dow's in Birmingham on Friday, January 16, was bit on the neck by a man she had been dancing with earlier in the evening....more>
Several vehicles parked at the Detroit Skate Club in Bloomfield Township had their tires removed on Friday, January 16....more>
Several cars parked at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township had their tires removed on Friday, January 16....more>
A woman who parked in the lot of the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church in Bloomfield Township on Monday, January 19, came out to discover the backseat driver's door window had been smashed out....more>
A Kroger employee was caught and arrested for taking cash out of the register and putting it in her pocket....more>
The family of an ill elderly Bloomfield Township man discovered his Social Security deposits had been transferred to an online account without his knowledge....more>
The words are inscribed on a plaque in the pedestal in the Statue of Liberty, once the first sight new immigrants to the United States glimpsed of our country: "Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." These iconic words from the poem "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus have long epitomized the feelings of those settling in our country from foreign lands, and remain as relevant today as when they were first penned in 1883....more>
When you press your TV remote, you want to know whatever you turn on will be there instantly. Ditto your Internet service. All of us are looking for fast, reliable connections to provide us with the instant gratifications we are seeking, whether for business, school work or streaming services. And we each rely upon the cable providers in our communities to supply us with these services....more>
The holidays are over. Families and friends have left, the holiday lights have dimmed. It's just you and lots of reruns. When people are sad, alone and desperate, feeling like they have no one to turn to, it can seem like help is out of reach. Yet, metro Detroit is full of options for those needing immediate assistance or help coping with a crisis....more>
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