Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»
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Crackdown on use of street level space?

The Birmingham Planning Board will be reviewing a proposed ordinance and hold a public hearing to potentially limit the use of first floor retail space in the downtown area from office and other commercial uses, including personal services, at their meeting on June 14....more>

City demands both owners appear

Once again, Birmingham city commissioners postponed making a decision on a special land use amendment and final site plan review for the Emagine Palladium Theater, to allow them to change the name of the former Ironwood Grill to Four Story Burger and keep their liquor license, after learning at their meeting on Monday, May 8, that only one of the two owners of the establishment, Jon Goldstein, was in attendance, after demanding that both appear when the item was put on the agenda several weeks before....more>

Study, plans for downtown hotel need work

A community impact study and preliminary site plan for a new boutique hotel to be built at 298 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham were presented to Birmingham's planning board on Wednesday, April 24, and after discussions, each were postponed until May 24, as they require more details and work from the applicants....more>

Adachi, Whole Foods approved as bistros

After a lengthy process which began last October, on Monday, April 24, Birmingham city commissioners unanimously approved two new applicants for bistro licenses, Adachi, an Asian-inspired restaurant for the Ford-Peabody mansion on S. Old Woodward, and a bistro within the new Whole Foods, after a popular third candidate, Lincoln Yard, asked to have its application withdrawn that afternoon....more>

Birmingham Hometown Parade Sunday

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade marches into downtown Birmingham on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., with activities and fun for the whole family....more>

Handicap parking on side streets a no-go

A request by one resident for an on-street handicap-accessible parking policy was presented to, and shot down, by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, May 8, as both unnecessary at this point, and an issue that should be reserved for review by the upcoming master plan committee....more>

Birmingham fireworks nixed due to crowds

It's an annual tradition that is going up in smoke – the annual Birmingham Fireworks Show, which has been held on July 3 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course for years, has been cancelled by the Birmingham Fire Department, stating that crowd size has grown significantly the last few years and the ability to provide public safety and services is too difficult....more>

Old Woodward work to be delayed until 2018

The long-planned Old Woodward road construction project in downtown Birmingham will be postponed until spring 2018 after construction bids came in significantly higher than expected, with city commissioners voting unanimously on Monday, April 24, to reject the bids and to rebid the project in the fall. ...more>

Township updates sanitary sewer plan

Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved an updated sanitary sewer facility plan at their meeting on Monday, May 8....more>

Fire at 7 Greens temporarily closes spot

7 Greens, a popular salad and healthy eating location at 344 Hamilton Row, is closed temporarily after experiencing a total loss from a fire in late March, but is rebuilding from top to bottom....more>

Water rates same, sewer rates to rise

Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved water and sewer rates for 2017-2018 at their meeting on Monday, April 24, with water rates remaining the same as 2016-2017, but sewer rates will increase approximately 2.7 percent a year....more>

Public invited to choose city logo

The city of Birmingham is sprucing up its logo, with the help of the creative artists at McCann Group, and it wants your input to help make the final decision....more>

Birmingham puts on a parade

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade marches into downtown Birmingham on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., with activities and fun for the whole family....more>

Township studying Squirrel/S. Blvd area

Bloomfield Township trustees were presented with a land use study at their meeting on Monday, April 24, for the vacant corner at Squirrel Road and S. Boulevard to see if reuse as a mixed-use development would be compatible with the area and the township's master plan, with the board voting to have the planning commission consider a master plan analysis and site plan consideration for the site....more>

Bloomfield Township quick road fixes

Bloomfield Township residents moaning through their local drives will see some minor relief as the Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) performs some quick fixes to Lahser and Franklin roads in the coming days....more>

Art Birmingham returns this weekend

If it's Mother's Day weekend, it's once again time to enjoy the tradition of art in and around Birmingham's Shain Park at Art Birmingham, the fine art fair presented annually by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), which this year will celebrate its 36th anniversary....more>

Public Services open house this Saturday

The city of Birmingham is opening the doors to its department of public services (DPS) for its 28th annual Open House event this Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ...more>
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