Voter Guide: The Birmingham Candidates

Endnote: Elect Schafer, Long, McLain


Second draft of 2040 Plan to be reviewed

The second draft of Birmingham’s citywide master plan for 2040 is scheduled to be reviewed by the city’s planning board over the course of four meetings in the coming months, the planning board announced at its meeting on Wednesday, October 13. >>>

Birmingham mulls food trucks at workshop

Taco trucks and other rolling food vendors may one day be dishing it up in Birmingham, as Birmingham City Commissioners and Planning Board members met on Monday, October 11, at a workshop meeting to discuss the operation of food trucks in the city. >>>

No decision on winter outdoor dining in city

Members of the Birmingham City Commission and Planning Board met on Monday, October 11, for a joint workshop meeting to discuss the future of outdoor dining in the city, and whether some restrictions will be lifted this winter. >>>

Township safety path projects approved for 2022

Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved projects for the Jan Roncelli Safety Path Program for the 2022 construction season at their meeting on Monday, October 11. >>>

Sculpture to be unveiled in front of Anthropologie

Dynamic Tension, a new sculpture gifted to the city of Birmingham by artist Lois Teicher, has been installed at the intersection of W. Maple and Henrietta, in front of Anthropologie, and the public is invited to attend an unveiling ceremony by the sculpture on Friday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. >>>

public safety

Man assaulted at Birmingham Daxton Hotel

A Birmingham man received unspecified injuries on Sunday, October 10, when he was assaulted by another man at the Daxton Hotel, 300 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, police said. >>>

Royal Oak man arrested for assault

A 21-year-old Royal Oak man was arrested in connection with an alleged assault that occurred while he and another man were working as tree trimmers in Bloomfield Hills. >>>

Phony cop takes real money in phone scam

A Bloomfield Township resident was bilked out of $21,000 on Thursday, Oct. 7, after speaking to a man she believed was the local chief of police. >>>

Thefts from cars reported near Quarton Lake

Two Birmingham residents discovered money had been stolen on Saturday, October 9, after leaving their property in their unlocked vehicles overnight near Quarton Lake, 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


EJ: assessing the systemic quality of life issues

Most Michiganders place a value on natural resources and environmental stewardship. They want to protect the environment so they can enjoy the great outdoors by swimming in a pristine waterway or hiking in the Upper Peninsula. >>>

Prepping for a possibility of survival challenges

The last few years' global calamities sound like eerie passages straight out of from the Bible – a deadly world-wide pandemic, out of control wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, extremes of heat and freezing cold, blackouts, political upheaval in several countries, even the reawakening of millions of cicadas descending upon parts of the United States in their once-in-a-17-year cycle. >>>

oakland confidential


The Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee voted on August 20 to censure the three state senators – Sens. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan), Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) – who issued a report months ago that cast serious doubt on whether there were significant problems with the November 2020 presidential election, while at the same time calling on the Michigan Attorney General to investigate those who made false claims to the contrary, often for their own personal benefit or to raise political money. >>>

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