Week of 3.27.17

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Erin Go Bra(gh)

Kathy Broock Ballard’s annual St. Patrick’s Day charity event is a play on words – the Gaelic for “Ireland forever.” But her girlfriends, 70 came this year, know that the new underwear they bring will be cherished by the women-in-need clients of Grace Centers of Hope and CARE House of Oakland County. The happy hour party at the Village Club is emerald accented (see photo gallery) and noted for Ballard’s generous hospitality. The venue is special to the hostess because ”...my grandmother was one of the founders of this club.” The news maker at the party was Cheryl Hall-Lindsay. She arrived with a foot cast to go with her arm cast. Both injuries were sustained during her fitness run through the neighborhood, but the foot cast was brand new. “This morning I was hit by a car...and the driver ran over my foot,” she explained. Keeping fit can be dangerous.
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oakland confidential

April 2017

BIGOTRY 101: Who could have imagined that in 2017 anti-semitism would once again be rearing its ugly head. Sadly, some local Republicans confirm the toxic malady hit the state’s Republican convention in February, when party administrative vice-chair David Wolkinson of Birmingham ran for re-election to the party position. "There were a bunch of people who also wanted to be vice-chair who ...more»
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Birmingham hires new city clerk

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
03/17/2017 - After a search that provided Birmingham with 21 applicants, the city commission unanimously approved the selection of J. Cherilynn Brown to be appointed as the new city clerk, effective Monday, April 3, at their meeting on Monday, March 13.

A search subcommittee, comprising commissioners Patty Bordman and Stuart Sherman, city manager Joe Valentine and human resources manager Yvonne Taylor, was appointed by the commission on January 9, and winnowed the 21 applicants to five finalists. They conducted a round of interviews on the five finalists, which led to two candidates for a second round of interviews, Taylor reported. Following that round, the subcommittee's unanimous recommendation was for Brown, currently deputy clerk for the city of Oak Park.

"She comes to the city with a great deal of municipal clerk experience," Taylor told the commissioners.

Brown, a certified municipal clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, has 17 years of experience as a municipal clerk. Since March 2015, she has been the deputy clerk/director of elections for Oak Park, and prior to that she was the city clerk for the city of Ferndale, from 2007 to 2015. She was also a deputy clerk for Auburn Hills.

She is a member of the Oakland County Clerks Association, Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

"Thank you all for the opportunity. I have been working in all functions of the office since 1996. I am honored and excited for the opportunity," Brown told commissioners.

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