Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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Delayed Old Woodward road project


By Lisa Brody
News Editor
02/17/2017 - While Birmingham had anticipated beginning its major infrastructure improvements for Old Woodward in the downtown area starting in early March, the reconstruction of the roadway is now scheduled to begin in May, continuing through September, according to city engineer Paul O'Meara.

The focus on the 2017 road construction season will be concentrated on the center of downtown Birmingham, with Old Woodward from Willits to Brown scheduled for a complete reconstruction, from replacing and redesigning the roadway itself, to the underground sewer and water mains, sidewalks, cross walks, lighting, and streetscape. This main artery in downtown will be completely shut down from May through September, with valet parking an option for visitors on Maple and N. Old Woodward.

Beginning in 2013, the city of Birmingham began to address the aging infrastructure in the core of the central business district – also known as the downtown area – with portions of Pierce Street from Maple to Merrill and Merrill Street from Pierce to Old Woodward undergoing a complete rebuilding. In 2016, Hamilton Avenue was reconstructed from Old Woodward to Woodward Avenue. These projects included new water lines, sewer lines and the repaving of roads.

The reason these roads are being completely reconstructed is that these areas have some of the oldest water and sewer lines in Birmingham, as well as a streetscape that is on a different grade than the road. Much of this current infrastructure was installed in the 1940s and has exceeded its useful life – with some sewers dating to the 1890s.

Maple Road from Southfield to Woodward is scheduled for the same treatment in 2019. The final leg of the road reconstruction will take place in 2021, when S. Old Woodward from Brown to Landon is completed.

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