Township water suit may go to Supreme Court

Following a reversal of an Oakland County Circuit Court judgment of more than $9 million against Bloomfield Township, and a judgment in favor of the township by a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals in the case of Jamila Youmans v Charter Township of Bloomfield, Youmans has filed notice to appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court. >>>

Ice arena first topic for new workshop series

In an effort to delve deeper into various topics beyond city commission time constraints, a new workshop series will be offered at 6 p.m. prior to the first regularly scheduled city commission meeting of the month, with the first workshop scheduled for Monday, March 8. >>>


Bloomfield schools finalize back to school plan

The Bloomfield Hills Schools' Board of Education voted to approve full five-day in-person learning plans at their meeting on Thursday, February 25, for students in grades K-5, Wing Lake and PREP, beginning April 5. >>>

public safety

Masked men steal Jeep from parking structure

Two masked men stole a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Wednesday, February 24, from the Pierce Street parking structure in downtown Birmingham, police said. >>>

Missing car recovered by using GPS

A missing company car was located in Detroit on Friday, February 26, after being reported stolen to police about 9:36 a.m. from a resident in the 900 block of Ann Street of Birmingham. >>>

Washing machine stolen during home invasion

A washing machine was stolen during an home invasion on the evening of Wednesday, February 17 in the 100 block of Linda Lane in Bloomfield Hills, police said. >>>

Hotel guest pays with stolen credit card

A 21-year-old Detroit man was arrested in connection with credit card fraud after spending the night on Wednesday, February 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 39475 Woodward in Bloomfield Hills, police said. >>>

Golf clubs discovered missing from storage

A recent spring thaw revealed a $3,800 theft on Monday, March 1, when a Birmingham man discovered his golf clubs were missing from a parking garage storage area in the 400 block of S. Old Woodward, police said. >>>


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


Faces of Faith: Religious diversity in metro area

While the United States Constitution mandates a separation of church and state, America remains a country founded on religious ideals. “In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” are the words enshrined in the Constitution, representing a foundation based upon the values of most of the world's religions. >>>

Why the Line 5 issue should concern everyone

Displayed on license plates and travel websites, perhaps the most emblematic symbol of Michigan’s connection to the Great Lakes is the Mackinac Bridge. Below the span that is nearly 30,000 feet long churns the clear blue waters of the Straits of Mackinac. The waters feature dramatic temperature fluctuations and turbulent currents ten times the power of Niagara Falls that push water back and forth between Lakes Michigan and Huron. >>>

oakland confidential


Re-elected U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) has been tasked with a big assignment: for the 2022 election cycle – he’s been named the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a two-year gig that is the Senate Democrats’ fundraising arm. Despite being known for having a low, “professorial” profile, he has definitely been a prodigious fundraiser, having won a return to his Senate seat this past November, raising $52 million, in the battle with the very well-funded Republican John James. >>>

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