Arrest made in antisemitic attack at preschool

As parents were dropping off their children for preschool on Friday, December 2, at Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Road at 14 Mile, several were verbally accosted by a man in a vehicle yelling antisemitic slurs at them and their children, and following an investigation, Bloomfield Township police arrested him on two felony charges of ethnic intimidation on Sunday, December 4. >>>


Host promotes false narrative on 2040 Plan

Birmingham City Commissioner Brad Host has posted two videos on social media promoting false information on a portion of the city's 2040 Master Plan, dealing with seams between neighborhoods, and despite being repeatedly corrected by city administration, he defended his actions during commissioner comments at the commission meeting on Monday, November 28. >>>

Birmingham Sushi restarts bistro license process

Birmingham Sushi Café, located at 377 Hamilton Row, is reapplying for a bistro license, restarting the process for a special land use permit and final site plan and design review after losing their liquor license last year. >>>

Township accepts preliminary budget for 2023-24

Bloomfield Township is on target to finish the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, with a net surplus of $2.2 million from the township’s three largest funds, the township’s finance director said at the township board meeting on Monday, November 28, while presenting the township’s 2023-24 preliminary budget. >>>

Township police starting accreditation process

Bloomfield Township police are encouraging the public to comment on the police department’s performance or other concerns on or before Monday, December 12, as the law enforcement agency undergoes its accreditation process with the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. >>>

City upgrades parking structure pay equipment

Following a review of the five Birmingham parking structures, the city will be installing new equipment to allow for easy-in, easy-out payment for parkers, beginning in December. >>>

Birmingham updates purchasing guidelines

This election season, Birmingham voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed change to the charter amendment, raising the limit for contracts and the purchase of goods without having to adhere to formal bidding and approval processes, and as a result of the proposal passing, the city commission reviewed and approved an update to the city’s purchasing guidelines at the meeting on Monday, November 28, at the recommendation of city staff. >>>

Township opts out of healthcare contribution cap

The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, November 28, voted unanimously to opt out of a state-mandate that caps the amount of money public employers pay toward healthcare costs. >>>

Winter Markt Returns with entertainment

The joy of the holidays returns to downtown Birmingham with the annual Birmingham Winter Markt event at Shain Park Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, which includes the beautiful tree lighting event at 6 p.m. Friday, December 2, hosted by WDIV Channel 4 news anchor and Birmingham resident Sandra Ali. >>>

Library evening with historian and photographer

An evening with historian and photographer Jeff Morrison will take place at Bloomfield Township Public Library on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m., where he will discuss his new book, Guardians of Michigan: Architectural Sculpture of the Pleasant Peninsulas. >>>

Birmingham fire collecting for Toys for Tots

In order to make a lot more kids' holiday a joyous one, the community is invited to participate in the Birmingham Fire Department’s annual Toys for Tots collection by donating new, unwrapped toys through Monday, December 19, for boys and girls of all ages. >>>

Student artists public show at Baldwin Library

Student artists from Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools completed a collaborative public art project, featuring 40 works of art on canvas, showcasing their creativity, entitled “Our Natural World,” and it will be featured at Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library beginning December 3. >>>

Township library invites little ones to Wee Play

Families with young children are invited to drop by the Bloomfield Township Public Library this winter for Wee Play and Outdoor Family Story time. >>>

public safety

Disorderly trio kicked out of Birmingham diner

Birmingham police officers were advised of a group of disorderly customers refusing to leave Leo’s Coney Island, located at 154 S. Old Woodward, on Sunday, November 27, after two individuals were asked to leave after an altercation the night before. >>>

Suspects arrested for series of thefts from autos

While Birmingham police officers were out doing routine checks of the area of Grant Street and Bennaville Avenue on Tuesday, November 22, they noticed two males walking up driveways and around parked cars at several residences. >>>

AirPods stolen near smoothie café

A 21-year old female from Swartz Creek filed a larceny report with the Birmingham police department on Monday, November 28, after she dropped her AirPods while getting out of her car. >>>

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


Traffic stop numbers have a story to tell

In Michigan, Black residents make up around 14 percent of the state’s population, yet account for 37 percent of the state’s jail population, and 53 percent of the state’s prison population. Nationally, about 38 percent of prison inmates are Black, yet account for less than 14 percent of the country’s population. >>>


Assuring that evolving air standards are met

B­reathe in. Breathe out. The purity of the air we breathe is an ever-changing target, as toxins are emitted into the environment, corporations test chemicals, and the environment degrades. Those of us living in Michigan depend not only on federal standards to protect our air quality, but on evolving state standards of industry and nature, and for agencies to stay current on all of changes and to provide permits and to communicate them to the appropriate parties in a timely fashion. >>>

oakland confidential


Could MAGA-fever finally be breaking in Michigan? A post-election observation is that just about anyone associated with former President Donald Trump got torched, among them his anointed candidates Tudor Dixon, Matt DePerno, Kristina Karamo, John Gibbs, and others who were straight-up whupped by Democrats, even turning both houses of the state legislature blue for the first time since 1984. >>>

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