Week of 3.20.17

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Art of Fashion & Research

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel’s for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson’s disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with “...I don’t have a job, I have a dream.” The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey’s fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play.
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March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...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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