On behalf of the historic Community House (TCH) and The Community House Foundation (TCHF), we hope we find you safe and well. We miss seeing you. I miss seeing you. While our building and property remains partially closed, The Community House and The Community House Foundation remains open; virtually and remotely.
Though some very tough and unprecedented decisions were made due to the COVID-19 crisis, the virus will not stop our nearly century-old commitment to you, your fa
Absentee voting, an election practice that has been around since the Civil War days, has now become – unfortunately – a weaponized political issue as we head into the August primary and November general elections.
Republicans, led by President Trump, are attempting to paint the practice of absentee ballot voting, often called voting by mail, as a threat to the sanctity of elections, claiming that voting by mail allows more fraudulent casting of ballots. Minions from the rig
When we first examined the details of the Bloomfield Hills Schools' $200.155 million bond proposal to support school renovation, additions, security and the movement of some school populations, it was in February, when it was proposed for the May ballot – before the coronavirus pandemic, before over a million Michiganders were laid off, furloughed or fired, including many in this area. It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was just a few short months ago.
In March, the boar
By a vote of 6-1, with commissioner Brad Host opposing, Birmingham City Commissioners approved a $86 million balanced budget for 2020-2021, with a 14.187 mills property tax millage.
The city's fiscal year begins July 1 and runs through June 30 each year.
In his presentation, city manager Joe Valentine said the total recommended budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 for all funds, including component units, is $86,132,740. “Overall this represents a decrease of $10,221,319, or
Residents in Birmingham will have to pay more for their water, sewer and stormwater utilities beginning July 1, with rates approved unanimously by the Birmingham City Commission at their meeting Monday, June 8.
City finance director Mark Gerber presented the water and sewer rates for the new fiscal year based on the approved water and sewage disposal fund budgets.
Gerber said water rates for 2020-2021 will increase $.08 from $4.87 to $4.95 per 1,000 gallons of water used,
Birmingham City Commissioners unanimously approved expanding outdoor dining standards at their meeting on Monday, June 8, to equal the number removed from the interior of the restaurant in order to assist restaurants affected by Covid-19 restrictions.
Under the governor’s executive order, restaurants may open at 50 percent capacity to alleviate health concerns by allowing for social distancing. Birmingham's new expanded outdoor dining program allows restaurants to request a
A decision by the Birmingham City Commission on a request for a lot combination for 211 and 227 W. Frank Street at their meeting on Monday, June 8, was postponed until their next meeting in order for commissioners to receive clarification on the ordinance.
The proposed lot combination, of two small 40-foot lots at the southeast corner of Frank and Henrietta, was submitted by mayor Pierre Boutros, who recused himself from the discussions. In his application, he said he and h
In an effort to provide greater services to its residents, especially those experiencing financial hardship in light of the Covid-related economic crisis, Bloomfield Township Treasurer Brian Kepes and assessor Darrin Kraatz presented an updated and streamlined process of applying for hardship/poverty exemptions and waivers at the board of trustees meeting on Monday, June 8.
“For our residents, asking for help isn't easy,” Kepes noted. “We put together a process to make it e
Birmingham police were notified that three suspects threw bricks and shattered windows at Market Square on Southfield at 14 Mile Road on Sunday, May 31.
Officers were dispatched around 10 p.m. regarding two shattered windows on the south side of the market, located at 2000 Southfield Road. A witness told police he saw three suspects throw bricks at the windows.
The suspects are described as having a slim build, wearing black pants and black hooded sweatshirts, face masks
A Bloomfield Township resident reported to police on Friday, June 5, that the previous day he had been the victim of an online scam which cost him $2,500 in Target gift cards.
The resident, who lives in the 4000 block of Kiftsgate Bend, reported that on Thursday, June 4, he received an email he thought was from Amazon. The email informed him that his MacBook Pro was being delivered to an address in Galveston, Texas.
The resident advised in a return email that he did not o