BSD director Tighe resigns for county job

Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) Executive Director Ingrid Tighe has tendered her resignation to the board of directors, BSD president Geoffrey Hockman announced at its monthly board meeting Thursday, December 3, as she has accepted a job as Oakland County Economic Development Director. >>>

Birmingham receives highest audit opinion

The city's auditors from Plante Moran presented the fiscal year 2019-2020 audit at the Birmingham City Commission meeting Monday, November 23, giving it an unmodified opinion, which is the highest form of assurance. >>>

Markus contract as city manager approved

Birmingham City Commissioners approved the employment agreement with former city manager Tom Markus to be the new city manager, beginning January 1, 2021, at their meeting on Monday, November 23. >>>

Craft named new Baldwin Library director

Baldwin Library Associate Director Rebekah Craft has been selected as the library's new incoming director upon the retirement January 16, 2021 of current library director Doug Koschik. >>>

Township to apply for drinking water grants

Bloomfield Township Trustees unanimously agreed to apply to the Mi Clean Water Plan drinking water infrastructure grant program, which provides low interest funds to assistant municipalities in the construction or improvement of public water systems, at their meeting on Monday, November 23. >>>

Utility work closes Maple Road in township

Maple Road between Franklin and Inkster roads in Bloomfield Township is closed for utility relocation work, reopening December 18. >>>

BBAC celebrates 40th annual holiday shop

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) annual holiday shop is definitely open this year for holiday shoppers, celebrating its 40th year as a unique shopping destination from Thursday, December 3, through Monday, December 21. >>>

Fire department collecting Toys for Tots

The Birmingham Fire Department is continuing a 15-year tradition of helping economically disadvantaged children enjoy the joy of the holiday season by partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation annual holiday toy drive, now through Friday, December 18, at 9 a.m. >>>

public safety

Township resident woken, fights with burglar

A family dog barking woke Bloomfield Township residents around midnight Saturday, November 21, who then discovered a burglar hiding in their home and as they called 911, they began to fight with him, before police arrived and arrested him. >>>

Irate man becomes violent at Papa Joe's

Birmingham police were dispatched to Papa Joe's Gourmet Market on Woodward, Friday, November 20, to help deal with a customer who was yelling, screaming obscenities and violently pushed a female employee. >>>

Hammer used to shatter window at gas station

A thief used a hammer to strike the window of the lower part of the front door of the Shell gas station at 33600 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham at 3:07 a.m. Monday, November 30, and steal bottles of liquor. >>>

Woman vandalizes cars, stabs inflated snowman

A woman was arrested and her car impounded after Birmingham police received calls that a driver near the corner of Southlawn and Edgewood had gotten out of her car, slashed the tires of vehicles, and then stabbed a blow up snowman on the evening of Saturday, November 28. >>>

Package with boots inside stolen from porch

A Birmingham resident reported to Birmingham police on Friday, November 20, that a package delivered to her home on Thursday, November 12, had been stolen from off her porch. >>>

Stolen wallet contained ID, credit cards

A woman shopping at Home Goods in Bloomfield Township on Monday, November 16, discovered someone took her wallet out of her purse, which she had left in a shopping cart unattended. >>>

Stolen wallet while shopping leads to fraud

A woman who had her wallet taken from her purse while shopping at Nino Salvaggio's, 6592 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, discovered someone used one of her credit cards to purchase over $1,000 of groceries at another local store. >>>

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


Bail reform: Race, class play inordinate role now

For the classic board game of Monopoly, players can end up in “jail” by landing on the jail site or if they are unable to pay the fine when they land on another player's property. Players can languish in the jail location for a round or two as other players rack up more cash and property unless they have a coveted “Get out of jail free” card, or manage to borrow or mortgage their own property to raise cash to pay off their debt to another player. In that case, they're often left broke or behind in the game devoted to the rise of capitalism. >>>

Lead threat: How communities are responding

Zero. That is the only acceptably safe level of lead in parts per billion (ppb) that should exist in our drinking water. Yet, the federal action level threshold for lead in drinking water is 15 ppb. >>>

oakland confidential


We gained further insight into one general election candidate as a boisterous gaggle of Republicans tried to bum-rush the TCF Center in Detroit during vote tabulations the day after the November election. You know, the mob-like crowd – demanding entrance to the building as votes were counted – that was stopped by local police because the building was already overcapacity with election workers and poll watchers from both political parties. >>>

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