Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Gaudard retiring; McCanham new chief

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
04/14/2017 - Bloomfield Township Police Chief Geof Gaudard announced at the township board meeting on Wednesday, April 12, he is retiring from the force in May, and that Captain Scott McCanham will be promoted to replace him as chief.

Gaudard, who was first hired by the Bloomfield Township Police Department in 1987, rose through the ranks, and was appointed to chief of police by the board of trustees in May of 2013. He served in a variety of positions with the department, including field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, firearms and patrol rifle instructor, patrol sergeant, captain of patrol and investigations, and deputy chief for former chief Kirt Bowden. In 2008, he completed a three-month course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

McCanham, who has been with the department since 1988, similarly rose through the department's ranks, first as a patrolman, then a school liaison officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and since 2006, captain.

"The department has a long, successful history of a well thought-out succession plan along with preparing and grooming our command staff to be ready to succeed at the next level. This recommendation is another example of ensuring consistent and effective leadership for your police department. The following is an overview of Captain McCanham's career, highlighting his education, work experience, and knowledge, skills and abilities," Gaudard said.

"Both Gaudard and McCanham are great guys, and both are a credit to the department," said township supervisor Leo Savoie. "You know you've done a great thing when you can promote from within."

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