Week of 7.17.17

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ChildSafe Michigan Legends Gala

Legends were the story at the ChildSafe gala. But not the celebrity type. Rather at-risk  children and their dreams for becoming Legends of Tomorrow  –  a doctor, a ballerina, a teacher. To make those dreams come true, 310 supporters ($300) flocked to the Townsend Hotel for the annual benefit. Event co-chairs SuSu Sosnick and Christine & David Colman and board chair Keith Pomeroy greeted the 125 VIPs ($500) who arrived early for a reception in the Clancy Room before dinner, a salute to honoree Sandy Pierce  and a live auction conducted by Christopher Aslanian.
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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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Planners wade into retail space mix debate

The Birmingham Planning Board was tasked by the city commission to come up with a definition of personal services as it relates to first floor retail space in the redline retail area in downtown Birmingham, and they held a study session on Wednesday, July 12, to refine the definition....more>

Plans to repurpose church as office

Birmingham developer Sam Surnow, along with Birmingham architect Victor Saroki, had a preliminary application discussion with the Birmingham Planning Board on Wednesday, June 28, regarding plans to repurpose the former First Church of Christ, Scientist into office space, rather than demolishing it and building residential so it would conform to current zoning....more>

Emagine can change restaurant name

After months of discussions and delays due to the applicants not complying with Birmingham ordinance regulations, Birmingham city commissioners approved a special land use permit and final site plan for Emagine Palladium Theatre and Four Story Burger at their meeting on Monday, June 26....more>

Meaning of personal services sought for retail

Birmingham city commissioners clarified that they are only seeking the definition of personal service businesses in terms of what it means for a retail business from the city's planning board, and not a revision of the city's ordinance at a joint meeting of the city commission and planning board on Monday, June 19, contrary to efforts by a city planner and planning board on June 14....more>

Site visit needed to review DTE request

A request by DTE Energy to relocate overhead electrical wires and electrical poles for a proposed four-story mixed-use building on N. Old Woodward in Birmingham left city commissioners on Monday, July 10, confused by DTE's plans, where the poles would be moved to, which and how many trees would need to be removed, with the commissioners determining a site visit was a necessity before making any decision on the easement request....more>

Quarton Road to close for sewer work

Quarton Road will close from Lahser to Woodward on Monday, July 17, in order for water and sewer infrastructure work to be done, with an anticipated completion date of Friday, July 28, the Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) announced....more>

Township tax bill updates save money

Bloomfield Township Treasurer Brian Kepes introduced updates to the township's summer tax bills that he noted will save money while reaffirming the three percent penalty for late payment of taxes, at the board of trustees meeting on Monday, June 26....more>

Commission gives direction to planners

At the annual Birmingham city commission/planning board joint workshop session held Monday, June 19, the two boards reviewed current issues facing the city, with the commission directing the planning board as to which are priorities to deal with right away, and which can be put on the back burner....more>

Old Woodward bid specifications revised

After bids to reconstruct Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham came in considerably higher than originally anticipated, city commissioners revised bidding documents at their meeting on Monday, July 10, in order for the city to prepare them for bids for the 2018 construction season....more>

Board options for Birmingham residents

If you are a Birmingham resident, over the age of 18, and curious about what it takes to make a city the vibrant, dynamic place, now is your opportunity to participate in making it an even better place to live, work and play, with numerous open municipal board and committee seats available....more>

Money approved to improve park trail

Birmingham city commissioners on Monday, June 26, unanimously approved an allocation to connect the Lower Baldwin Trail Extension, part of the Rouge River parks trail, that will be coordinated with plans for a crosswalk across Maple Road in the near future....more>

Nino Salvaggio coming to Maple, Telegraph

The long-vacant Kroger store at Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph roads will finally be filled, with fresh gourmet market Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace announcing they will open their fourth store in that location....more>

Township liquor licenses get clean bill

Bloomfield Township Police Captain Phil Langmeyer reported to Bloomfield Township trustees at their meeting on Monday, July 10, that there were no liquor violations at any of the 18 establishments holding Class C or tavern liquor licenses for the 2016-2017 fiscal year....more>

Chef clash at farmers market Sunday

Birmingham chefs will take each other on for the opportunity to be named Birmingham Farmers Market Master Chef this Sunday, June 25....more>

Nina McLemore moving to Old Woodward

Women's apparel retailer Nina McLemore is moving to 227 S. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham in July, after three years at 550 W. Merrill Street....more>

Crime stable in Bloomfield Township

The crime rate remained fairly stable in 2016 in Bloomfield Township, and for the second year in a row, the township was rated as one of the safest communities in Michigan, trustees were informed at their meeting on Monday, July 10, when the Police Department annual report was presented....more>

FEMA-approved hazard plan approved

First approved in 2011, Bloomfield Township trustees approved the final draft of an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for Bloomfield Township at their meeting on Monday, July 10....more>

Raises approved for Birmingham employees

In an annual review, at their meeting on Monday, July 10, Birmingham city commissioners unanimously approved a two-percent raise for all full- and part-time employees in the city, effective July 1, 2017....more>

New traffic light at Maple and Eton

With increased traffic anticipated with the planned opening of Whole Foods in the fall, a new traffic light will be installed in the Maple Road and Eton Road intersection, with lane closures beginning Monday, July 17, lasting about three weeks....more>
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