Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...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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