Week of 9.25.17

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The 175 golfers who participated in the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club were joined by another 115 for cocktails, a silent auction ($14,000) and dinner following play. The program that followed Fr. Donald Worthy’s tribute to the memory of Joanne Lindsay and Dr. Jack Finley was emceed with good humor by Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels. It had highlights. Austin, TX researcher Laura Hewitson, PhD. reported promise of early blood biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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CRACK IN THE DIKE : Appears staunch Republican Congressman David Trott (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy), in his second term representing Michigan’s 11th District, isn’t still feeling the love for President Donald Trump . Politico reported that Trott shocked the room at a private meeting in late July when he voiced what many other Republicans were thinking, that the president had ...more»
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Water problems at Berkshire, Bingham

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
02/17/2017 - Two more Birmingham schools discovered higher than allowable levels of copper and lead in the water flowing in some drinking fountains and classroom sinks following routine water testing, according to the school district.

There were issues discovered in drinking fountains, sinks and laboratory sinks at Bingham Farms Elementary School, located at 23400 W. 13 Mile Road in Bingham Farms, and Berkshire Middle School, 21707 W. 14 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, after routine water testing was done throughout the Birmingham Public Schools district in December 2016 by Trace Analytical.

At Bingham Farms Elementary, 95 water sources were tested, and there were five positive results found for lead and copper, including two water sources that are generally considered as drinking sources, located in the drinking fountain bubbler in room 12, and the hallway fountain by the eastern hallway exit to the gazebo. The other positive results were located in two classroom sinks, in room 14 and room 5, and in a sink in the custodial office.

Students are currently encouraged to bring water bottles to school, and there is a refilling station in the gym.

In an email communication regarding the water testing, Bingham Farms principal Russ Facione stated that the affected sources were shut off until they can remediate and retest as appropriate. He assured parents that the pipes that bring water into the building were also tested and they are fine.

At Berkshire, there were 18 positive results out of of 153 water sources tested, but none of the positive results were at drinking locations. They were at science room lab sinks, and three art classroom sinks, the school stated. Signage has been placed on the sinks to read "no drinking," and will remain in place until remediation and retesting is done.

"As a result of the Flint lead crisis, we test the water at all of our schools on a voluntary basis," superintendent Dr. Dan Nerad said in January. "We do so on a strict basis. We have tested for lead for several years, and we have had results we were pleased with in the past, but the testing now is much more rigorous and complete. Because of that, in some of our schools, there were some sinks that did not meet the standards. We don't have results yet from all of our schools, and don't know those results yet. We are posting the results on our website as we get them, because it's exceedingly important that we are transparent on all testing."

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