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 Planning approves Birmingham Tower site plan

Birmingham Planning Board members approved the final site plan and design review of a proposed five-story, mixed use building, to be located at. 469 and 479 S. Old Woodward Avenue, on Wednesday, March 22. >>>

Trustees take input on added water, sewer fees

More than two dozen residents on Thursday, March 16, voiced their displeasure to the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees about a potential fee to be added to water and sewer customers who have secondary water meters installed in their homes to monitor water usage for irrigation, or outdoor water usage. >>>

Enjoy downtown Birmingham at Spring Stroll

Welcome the delight of the end of winter and the turn of the seasons with downtown Birmingham's second annual Spring Stroll event on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring over 25 local businesses and giveaways for adults and children. >>>

Bloomfield Township Library to hold author fair

The Bloomfield Township Public Library is hosting its first Local Author Fair on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. >>>


 BHS board fields complaints about assembly 

At a hastily called special meeting of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education on Monday, March 20, hundreds of parents, students and members of the community turned out to relay their fears, anger and disappointment in the school administration, following a diversity assembly at Bloomfield Hills High School on Tuesday, March 13, which featured a noted anti-Israeli Palestinian speaker who made statements calling Israel an apartheid state, “an oppressor,” as well as denying Israel's existence. >>>

public safety

Outstanding drug warrants leads to arrest

A routine traffic stop by a Birmingham police officer on Friday, March 17, led to an arrest due to outstanding warrants from the U.S. Marshals Service for dangerous drugs. >>>

Fight outside at Birmingham Luxe restaurant

Two men got into a fight outside of Luxe Bar and Grill, 525 N. Old Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, on Friday, March 17, with one ending up getting arrested.>>>

Man arrested after attempted vehicle theft

Bloomfield Township police arrested a 57-year-old man during the early morning of Tuesday, March 21, after being called to a home in the 5000 block of Woodlands Estates Drive on reports of a possible automobile theft. >>>

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


In the crosshairs: The gangs of Oakland County

On the afternoon of March 18, 2022, seven-year-old Ariah Jackson of Pontiac had just been picked up from a school bus stop by her mother Lashawn Jackson along with three other children. >>>


Are local departments prepared for train mishaps?

Railroad transportation has been a common and efficient way to transport passengers and cargo for a couple of hundred years. A revolutionary creation of its time, the construction and evolution of railways has allowed for the growth of economic opportunities and communities and has tied the country together since the 19th century. >>>

oakland confidential


When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer first ran for the state’s top office she made a promise to veto any proposed legislation crossing her desk that utilized the deceptive tactic of including an unnecessary appropriation just to block citizens from launching a referendum to overturn a new law, a tactic used on a number of occasions by Republicans as they controlled both chambers, thanks to a provision in the Michigan Constitution that makes budget bills referendum-proof. >>>

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