Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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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»
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The inadequate state revenge porn law

Revenge porn, also known as cyber rape, sexual cyber harassment, sextortion, or cyber exploitation, is when an individual or a partner who has been in an intimate relationship has nude or sexual photos or videos posted on the internet or websites that are designed to blackmail, humiliate, intimidate or exploit them for breaking up with them, or to control them. They are posted on these sites without the victim's consent, and experts maintain it is a form of control and abuse. ...more>

Septic inspections must be required now

As many as 1.9 million gallons of sewage each day may be leaking into the ground, rivers, lakes and streams throughout Oakland County from unchecked septic systems....more>

Use existing tools as growth incentives

Every community, even those that appear to be vibrant and thriving, have to work to develop a strong and flourishing business community, but then need to work to maintain their prosperity. Wise municipalities not only create the instruments they need to thrive, but figure out how to utilize those economic weapons to their best advantage....more>

No magic bullet for public comment rules

For a couple of years, Bloomfield Township board of trustee meetings had the feel of a raucous WWE event, with a few disgruntled residents and gadflies speaking out on every agenda item, whether they had knowledge of the item or not, as well as at times screaming at the supervisor and other officials from the back of the room. It led to a change to the township's public comment policy, moving them to the beginning of board meetings, with a three-minute time limit, other than for public hearings....more>
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