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municipal

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

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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

NO NOOSE, NO JOKE

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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