Guidelines for crosswalks approved for Birmingham

Birmingham commissioners unanimously approved a standard set of guidelines for crosswalk installations within the city during their meeting on Monday, June 27.>>>

City commission approves Phoenicia expansion

Birmingham's Phoenicia restaurant was approved for a 1,381-square-foot addition to the rear of its building, adding to the restaurant’s back-of-house space and kitchen facilities as well as a new private dining room, as a final site plan and design plan review application was unanimously approved by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, June 27. >>>

More safety paths added in township for 2022

Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved the addition of a safety path for 2022 along Telegraph between Telegraph and Hickory Grove roads, and to fill out a portion on Woodward between Maywood and Manor, at their meeting on Monday, June 27. >>>

Birmingham city employees to receive raises

Birmingham city commissioners approved a 4.5 percent salary adjustment range for city department heads and administrative and management classifications, including part-time employees not covered by a labor organization or union, beginning July 1, 2022, at the commission meeting on Monday, June 27. >>>

Maple Road lane closures this weekend

Eastbound Maple Road between Woodward and Elm Street will have, lane closures Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5, the city of Birmingham announced, in order to do road patching. >>>

Commission settles on Westwood improvements

While members of the public who live on the affected street declared their opposition, the Birmingham City Commission approved modified street improvement projects to Westwood Drive, Raynale Drive and Oak Street, at their meeting on Monday, June 27. >>>

public safety

Police search for shooter of BB gun from vehicle

Birmingham police were dispatched to Maple and Southfield roads around 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on a report of someone shooting a BB gun from a vehicle. >>>

Car window smashed, items stolen at golf course

A golfer returned to his vehicle at Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Birmingham around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 25, to discover a window smashed out of his vehicle and a bag stolen. >>>

Downtown Support Campaign

Downtown Newsmagazine has launched a membership campaign for donations to the publication to allow us to remain strong and grow while still remaining free to most homes in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. Publisher David Hohendorf’s letter to the local community explains the background on the membership effort. >>>

longform features


Book bans: Fighting for the minds of the children

When I was in junior high, Judy Blume’s young adult book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, seemed to speak directly to me. I felt seen. In the novel, an 11-year-old girl searched for the meaning of religion in life while dealing with common pre-teen female issues like confronting puberty, buying her first bra, having her first period, and coping with her first romantic and sexual attraction. >>>

oakland confidential


Michigan Republicans are starting to wonder about the bona fides of congressional candidate Matthew DenOtter of Waterford, running in the August primary against Mark Ambrose to be the Republican standard bearer in the November general election for Oakland's 11th District which covers the Birmingham-Bloomfield area, along with a large swath of the county. >>>

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