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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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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Lucy closing at end of 2017

Lucy, the women's activewear store located at 137 W. Maple in downtown Birmingham, will be closing at the end of the year, after its corporate parent, VF, announced it will close down the brand and combine it with The North Face, another VF brand....more>

City interviews BSD director applicants

Six final candidates for the executive director position of the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) were interviewed by the executive board of the BSD on Friday, March 10, with three of the candidates being asked to come back for a second round of interviews on Monday, March 20, to fill the position left vacant when former executive director John Heiney resigned in December after 17 years in the position to move to Prescott, Arizona....more>

Hendrickson Bloomfield Hills City Manager

Bloomfield Hills Police Chief David Hendrickson, currently acting as interim city manager, was unanimously approved as the new incoming city manager at a special city commission meeting on Thursday, March 9, after a search committee hired the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to conduct a search for a new city manager after former manager Jay Cravens resigned in October 2016....more>

Bossardet files for House seat in 2018

The 2017-2018 state legislative term has just begun, and the first candidate, Bloomfield Hills resident Malissa Bossardet, has announced that she has filed for the Republican nomination for the 40th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2018 election....more>

Rococo moving to S. Old Woodward

Rococo, a trendy women's clothing store located on Hamilton Row in downtown Birmingham, will be moving to S. Old Woodward around April 1, into the former Coqueta location....more>

Birmingham envisions major city project

After grappling for several years with a shortage of parking, and recognizing an opportunity to redevelop the site at Bates and where the N. Old Woodward parking structure is located, the Birmingham city commission on Monday, March 13, unanimously approved having city staff develop and send out a request for qualifications (RFQ) to solicit developers, engineers, architects and other interested firms in pursuing its redevelopment to include residential, commercial and retail while incorporating hundreds more parking spaces. ...more>

Rail District bistro moves toward approval

Lincoln Yard, the third proposed 2017 bistro the Birmingham City Commission approved conceptually in October 2016 and sent forward to the planning board for further development, was unanimously recommended for approval by the planning board on Wednesday, March 8, after making adjustments to their plans which board members had recommended....more>

Municipal golf courses on upward swing

Birmingham's two municipal golf courses are back in the black, earning the city $210,725 in 2016, after several years of deficits, golf manager Jacquelyn Brito informed city commissioners at their meeting on Monday, February 27....more>

Emagine liquor license review postponed

After a lengthy discussion with one of the owners of Birmingham's Emagine Palladium and Ironwood Grill – now renamed and redone as Four Story Burger – the public hearing at the Birmingham city commission meeting on Monday, March 13, to consider the 2017 renewal of the establishment's liquor license renewal was postponed until Monday, March 27, in order for the planning board to review the new site plan. ...more>

Improvements in township money noted

Improvements, both subtle and significant, to Bloomfield Township's financial funds were disclosed to the township's financial sustainability committee on Wednesday, March 8, as well as a decision to go forward with requests for proposals from providers of municipal finance advice in the future....more>

Four Story Burger liquor permit held up

Birmingham city commissioners held a review of all of the city's liquor licenses on Monday, February 27, and unanimously renewed all of the Class B, Class C, and microbrewery liquor licenses for 2017, other than for Four Story Burger, formerly Ironwood Grill, in the Palladium Emagine Theatre, for failing to file for a special land use permit for changing the establishment's name and menu, and set up a public hearing to consider its renewal for Monday, March 13....more>

Birmingham hires new city clerk

After a search that provided Birmingham with 21 applicants, the city commission unanimously approved the selection of J. Cherilynn Brown to be appointed as the new city clerk, effective Monday, April 3, at their meeting on Monday, March 13....more>

Homes plan okayed for former school site

A site plan for Baron Estates, a new subdivision of 22 custom homes on Long Lake Road, east of Wabeek and west of Franklin, on former school property, was approved by Bloomfield Township trustees on Monday, February 27....more>

Township sets $43 million 2017-18 budget

A fiscal year 2017-2018 budget, with revenues estimated at $43.4 million and expenditures for the year estimated at $43.3 million, was approved by Bloomfield Township trustees on Monday, March 13. ...more>

Local jeweler hosts student design contest

Longtime Birmingham jeweler and designer Richard Grinstein, owner of Grinstein Jewelry and Design, is launching the first annual Grinstein Jewelry Scholarship competition, open to all local public and private high school juniors and seniors in jewelry classes in Oakland County, with winning entries to be showcased at his store from mid-April through mid-May....more>

Report shows crime stable in Birmingham

The recently released Birmingham Police Department 2016 Annual Report revealed that the city of Birmingham is a safe place, and other than an increase in larcenies, crime rates remained stable or declined slightly from 2015....more>
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