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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Special event ordinance delayed again

03/17/2017 - Rochester city council members on Monday, March 13, delayed voting on whether to finalize changes to the city's special events policy, which would require additional records from those seeking event permits in the city.

The delay, which was the second since Monday, February 27, was due to a lack of a full council in attendance, as council members Stuart Bikson and Ben Giovanelli were absent. Council in February voted 3-2 to approve the amendment, but a second vote with at least one more council member was needed to finalize the ordinance, Rochester City Clerk Lee Ann O'Connor said.

The amendment requires non-profit organizations seeking special event permits in the city to provide tax documents and a GuideStar report during the application process, if possible.

A change to the ordinance's fee structure was approved by council on February 13, by a vote of 5-2, with Bikson and Peterson voting against it. The fee change will go into effect on January 1, 2018,

The change in the ordinance's fee structure will increase the reimbursements to the city for services it provides for events that aren't specifically sponsored by the city. Under the future rate structure, all non-profit organizations will be required to reimburse the city for 75 percent of all costs the city incurs that are above $100. Currently, the city requires non-profits to reimburse 10 percent of costs the city incurs above $1,000. Those costs include support from police, fire, public works and other expenses.

Council is expected to take up the matter of the amendment's second reading at its next council meeting on Monday, March 27.

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