August 2 primary election voting returns

Primary election day 2022 is in the books, with voters across Oakland Count choosing a GOP candidate for governor to face Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November, picking stand bearers for each party for congress and state House, Senate and county commission offices in November, and passing a Bloomfield Township public safety millage proposal and a renewal of a Bloomfield Hills Schools operating millage.


BSD board begins search for retail consultant

The Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) Board of Directors on Thursday, August 4, voted to finalize and issue an updated request for proposals (RFP) as it begins a search for a new retail consultant to assist the city in filling vacant commercial space in the downtown area. >>>

Committee getting closer to finding BSD director

The committee charged with finding a new executive director for the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD), a position that has been vacant since early May, will likely present a recommended candidate to the full BSD board at their meeting in September. >>>

Farmers market anniversary celebration Sunday

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Birmingham Farmers Market 20th season with a milestone event this Sunday, August 7, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the market’s 20th Season Celebration event. >>>

Birmingham's Sweetgreen opening August 9

Sweetgreen, a popular fast casual salad restaurant originally out of Washington D.C., will be opening its first local location at 167 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham on Tuesday, August 9. >>>

public safety

Brawlers at 220 Merrill asked to leave restaurant

A fight between family members dining together at 220 Merrill restaurant in Birmingham on Sunday, July 31, was resolved when police arrived and the individuals involved were asked to leave. >>>

Woman steals purse from display

A woman stole a $400 purse from a display model at a downtown Birmingham store on Saturday, July 30, during Day on the Town, Birmingham police reported.>>>

Almost $450 in meat, alcohol stolen from Kroger

A suspect who stole several small bottles of alcohol and packaged meat from the Kroger store at Maple and Woodward in Birmingham on Wednesday, July 27, was found and arrested for retail fraud, Birmingham police reported. >>>

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


Making sure Oakland beaches, waters are safe

Michigan summers. For those of us who endure frozen Michigan winters, we live for these brief months of idyllic days with azure skies, warm breezes, green tree-lined roads, and most especially, time spent at lakes and beaches. >>>

oakland confidential


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report about the 2020 election in mid-July, reporting that “Election officials faced unprecedented challenges in conducting the 2020 elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Several Michigan election officials have let it be known that after the election, they faced threats, including death threats. >>>

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