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»
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Meeting comments

Scot Beaton, Rochester Hills, (Rochester city council member 1988-1997)

For 30 plus years citizen comments has been at the beginning of the meetings (Right To Comment/February). ...more>

Public ed propaganda

Marcy Klucznik, Birmingham

I read David Hohendorf's (From The Publisher) public education  propaganda in the (February) issue of Downtown. More liberal hypocrisy. ...more>

School of my choice

Roy Kaiser, Rochester Hills

Mr. Hohendorf (From The Publisher/February) shares the same opinion as heard by teacher unions throughout the country – "It is Un-American to use public tax dollars for private and parochial schools."...more>

Public education asset

Barbara Heyser, Oakland Township

I just read David Hohendorf's column in Downtown magazine (From The Publisher/February) about public education and I want to thank him for such a clear, impartial point of view. He literally put the words in my mouth for how I feel about this situation.  ...more>

Downside of charters

Name withheld upon request, Rochester

So glad to see an article about the negatives of charters (February/Downtown). ...more>

Opinion vs. fake news

Lyn Sieffert, Rochester Hills

At least Downtown chooses to publish "opinions" – not fake news. Personally, I prefer to be governed by the elite educated class over self-serving millionaires. Good luck to those who can't be bothered to research actual facts that would expose propaganda....more>
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