New Data: Oakland County has 13 of the top 15…

New Data: Oakland County has 13 of the top 15 richest zip codes in Michigan (Kurt Metzger, Mayor of Pleasant Ridge and Founder of Data Driven Detroit, Dec. 4, 2014) The Census Bureau released the latest file from the American Community Survey today, December 4. This file covers the period 2009-2013 and allows for the…

Birmingham Seeks Information on Retail Fraud Suspects

Birmingham Seeks Information on Retail Fraud Suspects (Birmingham Police Press Release, Dec.4, 2014)   BIRMINGHAM, MI, December 4, 2014 – The Birmingham Police Department has asked the community for help with identifying two retail fraud suspects. Two unknown men recently entered Merwins Antiques Gallery at 554 North Old Woodward. One of them distracted the owner…

Birmingham Man Admits “Tagging” in Downtown Ferndale

Birmingham Man Admits “Tagging” in Downtown Ferndale (Ferndale Police Report, Dec. 4, 2014) GRAFFITI DAMAGE: On 12/03/14 at about 1:30 in the morning, Ferndale police responded to Sneakers Bar on Woodward after receiving information that a man had spray painted graffiti on buildings, dumpsters, and a truck. A person witnessed the vandal after he did…

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center (Compiled, Nov. 30, 2014) SOCRRA [Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority] is now accepting Styrofoam at their Drop-Off Center in Troy, starting December 1. You can now drop off the following items: Cups and takeout containers Egg cartons Rinsed meat trays Food trays/lunch trays (No Styrofoam peanuts) All…

Teens Invited to Build Gingerbread Houses at Baldwin Library Dec. 11

Teens Invited to Build Gingerbread Houses at Baldwin Library Dec. 11 (Baldwin Public Library Press Release, Nov. 29, 2014) Event Type: Young Adult Program Date: 12/11/2014 Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 8:30 PM Description: Why should the children have all the fun? Come and make your own gingerbread house! Join us as we welcome…

Happy’s Pizza Founder Convicted…

Happy’s Pizza Founder Convicted of Multi-Million Dollar Tax Fraud Scheme (US Department of Justice Press Release, Nov. 21, 2014) On November 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a federal jury after deliberating 4.5 hours convicted the president and founder of Happy’s Pizza of conspiracy to defraud the United States…

Happy’s Pizza Founder Convicted…

Happy’s Pizza Founder Convicted of Multi-Million Dollar Tax Fraud Scheme (US Department of Justice Press Release, Nov. 21, 2014) On November 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a federal jury after deliberating 4.5 hours convicted the president and founder of Happy’s Pizza of conspiracy to defraud the United States…

Birmingham Winter Markt Dec. 6

Birmingham Winter Markt Dec. 6 (Compiled, Nov. 21, 2014) Shain Park will come alive with activity during the City of Birmingham’s fifth annual Birmingham Winter Markt event. Attendees will enjoy European food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, ice carving demonstrations, roaming Elsa princess (Saturday afternoon only), live reindeer, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity…

Republicans Seek to Change County Elections and Electoral College Vote Distribution

Republicans Seek to Change County Elections and Electoral College Vote Distribution (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 17, 2014) Five Republican State Representatives from Oakland County have introduced legislation that would change the election date of the County Executive from Presidential Election Years to Midterm Election Years. HB 5953 was introduced Nov. 12 by Klint Klesto of…

Birmingham Students Visit DC to Talk about Project Cope Initiative

Birmingham Students Visit DC to Talk about Project Cope Initiative (Birmingham Schools Press Release, Nov. 16, 2014) Birmingham Covington School students certainly didn’t do it for the glory, but their achievements over the last two years have catapulted them into the spotlight. Former fifth and sixth grade students from BCS have taken their service learning…

Lucky Family Can Win Santa Contest… Entries Due by Nov. 19

Lucky Family Can Win Santa Contest in Birmingham, Entries Due by Nov. 19 (Birmingham Press Release, Nov. 8, 2014) Families from Birmingham and surrounding areas are encouraged to enter the City’s popular Santa Contest. One lucky family will have the honor of helping Santa light up Birmingham’s 35-foot blue spruce, boasting more than 40,000 LED…

Medicare Changes: Hotline Help and Presentation Dates…

Medicare Changes: Hotline Help and Presentation Dates for General and LGBT Communities (AAA1-B Press Release, Nov. 7, 2014) The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s (AAA1-B) Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is partnering with Affirmations to offer LGBT Medicare beneficiaries free information and assistance on Medicare and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plans during open…

SOCRRA Offers $6 Recycling Bins in November

SOCRRA Offers $6 Recycling Bins in November (SOCRRA Press Release, Nov. 3, 2014) SOCRRA and its 12 member communities are pleased to offer a special sale on recycle bins during the month of November, 2014. Residents of Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy…

Election Stories and Resources for Nov. 4, 2014

Election Stories and Resources for Nov. 4, 2014 (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 30, 2014) Nov. 4 is Election Day and there are many resources available to help people make informed decisions. The Oakland County Clerk’s Office provides a wealth of information on their website at http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections/Pages/default.aspx, including: How to Vote: Find out if you’re registered…

Struggling Students? Free Brain Balance Presentation Nov. 6

Struggling Students? Free Brain Balance Presentation Nov. 6 (compiled, Nov. 2, 2014) Is your child struggling with Social, Academic or Behavioral issues? Brain Balance can help! Come to the FREE Lecture by Dr. Robert Melillo, expert in ADHD, Dyslexia and other Learning Challenges, at 7p on Thursday, November 6 at Birmingham Groves High School, 20500…