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Senior/rec center panel suggests new building

The Ad Hoc Senior/Recreation Center Committee (SCC) advising the Birmingham City Commission on development of a senior and recreation center for the city voted on Wednesday, July 17, to recommend to city leaders a complete new building rather than rehab the building purchased from the YMCA at 400 E. Lincoln one year ago. >>>

Birmingham Italian Dish holding closing sale

Birmingham store The Italian Dish is holding a retirement sale as owner/operator Holly Anselmi has decided it is time to move on after 20 years of owning the shop. >>>

Annual Day on the Town Saturday, July 27

It's the day downtown Birmingham goes on sale. This year, Saturday, July 27, is Day On The Town, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it's the day with the best sales and deals and most fun in the downtown area. >>>

Police holding open house, bike rodeo July 27

The Birmingham Police Department will hold their annual Open House & Bike Rodeo on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where the community is invited to learn all about their important work to keep the community safe, meet Therapy K9 Maple and participate in a fun bike rodeo. >>>

Long Lake closes between Eastways and Squirrel

Road repairs will close Long Lake Road between Eastways and Squirrel Road in Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township, beginning Tuesday, July 23, in order to replace a culvert under the road which carries a tributary to the Rouge River. >>>

public safety

$1,200 of goods stolen from downtown store

An assistant manager of a clothing business at South Old Woodward and West Maple roads in downtown Birmingham reported a shoplifting of $1,200 worth of clothing and other items on Saturday, July 13, around 5 p.m. >>>

Teen arrested for stealing clothing worth $180

An officer conducting surveillance around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, in the 100 block of South Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham confirmed that a 16-year-old male from Detroit had stolen multiple clothing items valued over $180. >>>

Suspect arrested during theft from auto

Birmingham police officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Woodward Avenue on Tuesday, July 9 around 2 p.m. regarding a possible larceny from auto in progress, and later discovered the suspect had an outstanding warrant from Southfield. >>>

Local man confronts woman in his vehicle

On Tuesday, July 9, a larceny from auto was reported around 11 a.m. at a business near Davis Street and Cummings Avenue in Birmingham. >>>

Resident reports stolen lawn equipment

A resident of the 1400 block of South Bates in Birmingham reported that his lawn mower and edger were stolen. >>>

longform features

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Water fluoridation controversy returns

On the shores of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, just outside the JW Marriott Hotel, stands a five-ton, 33-foot-tall structure called Steel Water. It was commissioned by the city in 2007 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of an innovation that crowned Grand Rapids with the distinction of becoming the first city on the planet to fluoridate its public water supply in 1945. >>>

oakland confidential


There’s a saying from the Broadway show “Annie” – be careful who you step on as you climb up the ladder because you may have to see them again on the way down. Bloomfield Township Supervisor Dani Walsh may rue the days she failed to listen to that advice. >>>

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