Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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oakland confidential

June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»
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Anti-Semitic, racist comments in chat

05/12/2017 - Two Birmingham Seaholm students have been been reprimanded after using anti-Semitic, racist and sexist language and visual depictions in a group chat that several other students observed and reported to adults at the school on Friday, May 5, school authorities reported.

On Monday, May 8, Seaholm Principal Kyle Hall sent out an email that stated in part, "Late Friday, several students came forward to share their concern about a 'group chat' where two students used language and visual depictions that were anti-Semitic, racist and sexist. The social media interaction was not consistent with school policy or the values of our community."

Birmingham Public Schools director of community relations Marcia Wilkinson said that several students were part of a group chat, but that the conversation that was anti-Semitic, racist and sexist was confined to just two students, and read by the other students.

"The other students asked them to stop, and then reported it to adults at the school," Wilkinson said. "The two students were removed from school."

She said that she cannot comment further on disciplinary action that has been taken on the students, nor identify them, because that is part of their school record. "But absolutely some kind of action was taken," she emphasized.

"The safety of our community is of paramount importance to us. This means that while students may not intend to harm others with their words or social media interactions, if there is any question or policy violation that raises safety concerns, we will take it with the utmost seriousness," Hall stated in the email. "When these events happen, we work closely with the Birmingham Police Department. In this case, we have made them aware of the social media posts and they are also conducting an investigation.

She stated that the school is proud of the number of students who refused to stand by and allow the behavior to continue. "Such courage is commendable and it exemplifies the character and values reflected in our student body and our community," Hall said.

"We will continue to work with the Anti Defamation League and the Office of Civil Rights to understand how we can further educate our students when it comes to understanding and communicating our differences in respectful ways," Hall informed parents.

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