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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oakland confidential

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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Biosolid regulation critical for consumers

The saying "one man's trash is another's treasure" may not better fit a situation than the biosolids recycling process, which is used to convert broken down sewage sludge into a useful type of fertilizer. However, the public, as well as state and federal regulators overseeing the process, should be mindful that despite advances in modern science, there still is no philosopher's stone remedy for converting garbage into gold....more>

Target new bistros for city Rail District

In 2007 the city of Birmingham developed and passed a unique ordinance, the bistro liquor license ordinance, as an economic catalyst for the city. The goal of the bistro ordinance was to invigorate the downtown, create greater walkability by having colorful umbrellas over outdoor dining tables on downtown sidewalks, which would lead diners and shoppers into stores. The ordinance has been, by all accounts, a huge success, helping to invigorate both the central business district and the N. Old Woodward part of town....more>
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