Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
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02/21/2017 - MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz, both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She wants to see more women, and younger women in the leadership, but Shelley (Goodman Taub) (R-Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham) is already a caucus chair." Gershenson said she did vote against leadership, "Because the leadership of this county should look like this county. It's time to give a more diverse message to this community." She contends she has gotten strong support from both sides of the aisle – and while a Democratic colleague acknowledged it's something Gershenson had wanted to do for a while, a Republican commissioner felt "it was extremely inappropriate to make it a statement. It was borderline mean-spirited, and it was disrespectful. I don't get any sense of a 'good old boys' club.' She's going to have more of an uphill climb getting things done." Gershenson acknowledges that, but says emphatically, "It was something I felt so strongly about. I am willing to put up with whatever repercussions." Stay tuned.

MOSS, TAKE TWO: Some people just can't take no for an answer. Chuck Moss, former state representative for the 40th District (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills), former Oakland County Commissioner, and before that, a Birmingham City Commissioner, misses the political limelight. Or so it seems. He was term-limited out of the House in 2012, promptly announced he'd be running for the state Senate in 2014, but unfortunately, the primary didn't work out so well for him, losing to eventual winner Marty Knollenberg. Then, in 2016, much to the chagrin of Republican Party stalwarts, who urged him to take on Democratic incumbent Jim Nash at the Water Resources Commission, sources say, he decided to take on incumbent commissioner Shelley Taub (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills), telling folks "it was time for her to go." Funny thing is, Shelley wasn't ready to leave. She fought him in the primary, and won. Now, just a couple months after the general election, Moss is telling folks he's going to take Shelley on again, this time in 2018, that "she's old," and he's ready to start knocking on doors in the district.

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