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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Don't let education study gather any dust

This past year, Governor Snyder assembled a 16-member gubernatorial education commission, known as the 21st Century Education Commission, which studied the state of education in Michigan, currently ranked 48th in the United States, and presented Snyder in February with an exhaustive report called "The Best Education System for Michigan's Success: A Blueprint for Educating Michigan's Residents to Build the Best Businesses, Win the Best Jobs, and Achieve the American Dream." The report is frank in its assessments, that to succeed in today's world, we as residents must provide not only more comprehensive education to our students, but we must begin educating children earlier and continue to educate them longer. It also emphasizes a reality: educated students are an economic necessity in today's world, and that by providing appropriate and applicable education for real world jobs, Michigan will reap the economic benefit long term....more>

Municipal ordinances must be followed

For months, the city of Birmingham has been wrestling with the owners of the Emagine Palladium Theater over their decision to close their adjacent restaurant in the Palladium Building in downtown Birmingham, Ironwood Grill, and reopen it as Four Story Burger, which occurred in late 2016. It has reach such a low point that city commissioners are poised to not only amend the special land use permit allowing it to operate, but to terminate it as well – in essence terminating their ability to sell alcohol on the premises....more>

Old Woodward project now city debacle

No one likes road construction, and there was not a business in downtown Birmingham, ours included, that was not dreading the upcoming reconstruction of Old Woodward between Willits and Brown, which had been scheduled for several years to take place this year, followed in 2019 with the complete reconstruction of Maple between Maple and Woodward. A couple of years later, from Brown south, S. Old Woodward will finish its reconstruction down to approximately Lincoln. ...more>

Leave immigration tasks for ICE officers

Pressure by the Trump administration to partner with federal immigration enforcement agencies to identify or detain undocumented immigrants should continue to be resisted by law enforcement agencies and other departments at the state, county and local levels....more>
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