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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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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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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