Week of 3.20.17

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Art of Fashion & Research

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel’s for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson’s disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with “...I don’t have a job, I have a dream.” The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey’s fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play.
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oakland confidential

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»
public safety birmingham/bloomfield

Car broken into at wedding reception

A West Bloomfield man at a wedding reception on the evening of Saturday, March 18, at the Iroquois Club in Bloomfield Township, discovered his coat was stolen from a closet, which led to his car being broken into and items stolen from it....more>

Power outage leads to family argument

A man staying with relatives in Bloomfield Township during the recent power outage got into an argument over the use of generator power, and threatened to stab them with a knife, leaving him in jail when he couldn't post bond....more>

Landscaping stolen from local business

A Bloomfield Township business had shrubs and trees that had been landscaped outside its building stolen sometime between February 24 and February 27, they reported to Bloomfield Township police on Thursday, March 9....more>

Valuables stolen from Birmingham home

Birmingham residents returned home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, February 15 to find their residence had been broken into, and numerous valuables had been stolen....more>

Elderly woman scammed out of $200,000

An elderly Bloomfield Township woman was scammed out of $200,000 over a period of two years, by people claiming to be from the IRS, but who were likely from Jamaica....more>

Card fraudulently used at gas station

A Bloomfield Hills resident came into the Bloomfield Township police station after he was notified that his credit card was being used at a gas station in Pontiac....more>

Township resident double crossed in fraud

Bloomfield Township residents who were selling furniture on eBay ended up becoming the victim of fraud through phony purchase transfers and scams on shipping and handling....more>

Identity theft attempt in Bloomfield

A Bloomfield Township resident was notified by Best Buy that her credit card application had been declined, except that she had never applied for the card....more>

Jaguar vandalized in driveway

A Birmingham resident reported to police on Wednesday, February 22, that tires on his Jaguar had been slashed, and the passenger side of the vehicle had been spray painted while it was parked in the driveway....more>

Two years later, fraud criminal caught

A Bloomfield Township woman who had numerous fraudulent credit card charges dating back to February 2015 finally had closure when a suspect was arrested after patrons at a Royal Oak movie theater overheard him talking about using fraudulent credit cards, and the police were called....more>

Spa given fraudulent gift card

The owner of a Birmingham spa was given a fraudulent gift card from a customer for over $300 worth of services on Wednesday, February 22....more>

Man flees store with power drill

Bloomfield Township police have released photographs of a suspect who went into the Lowe's store in Bloomfield Township in late January and stole a cordless drill before leaving in a vehicle that was outside waiting for him....more>
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