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Bistro Joe’s resolves seating issues with Birmingham

During the third public hearing on the liquor license renewal for Bistro Joe’s on Monday, April 15, Birmingham city commissioners voted to add a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to the special land use permit of the bistro which was found in violation of its permit prior to liquor license renewals this year. >>>

Historic railroad depot restaurant addition okayed

The former Birmingham railroad depot restaurant that is turning into an Italian steak house restaurant is getting a slight exterior makeover after city commissioners approved a 400-square foot addition to the building during the Monday, April 15, meeting. >>>

City adopts policy for rear yard special assessments

Properties with rear yard driveway access to a road being converted from unimproved to improved streets will now be assessed for the construction after Birmingham city commissioners voted to adopt a new policy during the Monday, April 15, meeting. >>>

Applications open for summer youth programs

Two summer youth programs, the second annual Regional Youth Academy (RYA) and a new documentary youth workshop by Bloomfield Community Television (BCTV), are currently seeking applicants for their programs, which are designed for teens 14-18. >>>

public safety

Suspect arraigned in February home invasion

Jerry Ryan Ashley was arraigned on Friday, April 12, at the 48th District Court in front of magistrate Julie Nelson-Klein in regards to a home invasion he was arrested for this past February. >>>

Man arrested for masturbating by side of road

A witness trying to make sure Gregory Benson wasn’t hurt or injured was in for a surprise on Monday, April 8. >>>

Custodian wanted for theft and retail fraud

A custodian working for a company located on the 700 block of E. Maple Avenue in Birmingham is believed to have stolen roughly $500 worth of tools on Thursday, April 11, from the office of an employee. >>>

Cart of goods stolen from At Home in township

A cart full of unpaid merchandise was stolen from the At Home on 2101 S. Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township the evening of Thursday, April 11.>>>

Business sign stolen from front of parking lot

A Birmingham business located at the 1000 block of W. Maple Road had an expensive sign stolen from its parking lot on Tuesday, April 9, allegedly by a 76-year-old resident whose identity has not been made public. >>>

longform features


Oakland County landfill concerns

Michigan for decades has been the garbage receptacle of the Midwest. That has left Michigan with about a quarter century of space left in its landfills which are regarded by environmental officials as “super emitters” of methane, a seldom mentioned greenhouse gas that is being approached by a new set of state laws that look to harness the gas for energy instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.>>>

oakland confidential


During a ballot recount on December 15 of the Royal Oak ballot proposal for ranked choice voting as part of the November 2023 election, Oakland County’s top election official, Joe Rozell,  received a threat to his life – and Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald definitely didn’t think it was a joke. >>>

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