Birmingham, Bloomfield schools going virtual

Bloomfield Hills Schools officials have made the decision to begin the school year completely virtual rather than in-person and Birmingham school officials are expected to formally vote tomorrow on its superintendent's recommendation to do the same. >>>



Results from the August 4 primary election

Upsets, and near upsets, were the results of voters turning out in wide numbers on primary day, Tuesday, August 4, with Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper failing in their bids for reelection, Oakland County Executive David Coulter prevailing over Treasurer Andy Meisner to represent the Democrats against Republican Mike Kowall for the county's top spot. Oakland County had 322,454 ballots cast out of 995,114 registered voters, a 32 percent turnout in a primary, with a majority voting by absentee ballots due to Michigan's new “no reason” absentee law and health concerns in the midst of a pandemic. >>>

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Lawsuit against NextDoor, residents, dismissed

A lawsuit brought by two Bloomfield Township officials against the social media platform NextDoor, as well as township residents Val Murray and Kathleen Norton-Schock, was dismissed with prejudice by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Dan O'Brien on Wednesday, August 5. >>>

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Bloomfield Hills officer dies on duty Sunday

Bloomfield Hills Police Sgt. Steven Splan suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty Sunday, August 2, hours after he cut down and removed a large tree that had fallen onto Bloomfield Parkway, east of Woodward. >>>

Police impersonators sought in township

A Bloomfield Township resident called township police to report concerns about two men impersonating police officers and pulling over vehicles in the area of Walnut Lake Road near Kenmoor Road on Monday, August 3. >>>

Watches stolen when home under renovation

A Birmingham resident reported to police on the morning of Saturday, August 1, that multiple watches had been taken from his residence within the last three weeks. >>>

SUV with FOB inside taken from driveway

Bloomfield Township police responded to a report about a vehicle stolen after a resident had parked it in her driveway on Friday, July 31. >>>

Bicycle stolen at township residence

Bloomfield Township police responded to the 400 block of N. Fox Hills Drive about a stolen bike on Thursday, July 30. >>>

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. >>>

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Schools caught in a ‘no win’ reopening situation

Carly Sheridan can see both sides of the coin. As a middle school math teacher, she yearns to be back in the classroom this September, because she knows it's the best way for her students to learn. But as a parent to three children – ages 12, 9 and 8 – in Bloomfield Hills schools, she's very torn as to what will be the most advantageous, safest and advisable way for them to be educated this school year. >>>


Environmental rules rollback attempts continuing

During Scott Pruitt’s very brief stint – February 2017 to July 2018 – as the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his bizarre behavior was considered almost comical. >>>

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Shout out for this one to the New York Times, where a newsroom of over 1,000 journalists allows time to do the extraordinary, including tracking by zip code the number of people making presidential campaign donations from this April through the end of June. In the Birmingham/Bloomfield area, Joe Biden was leading in terms of the number of people donating to his run to be prez. >>>

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