Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...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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