News & Notes - 7/27/23 Southfield Sun

Southfield Sun | Published July 27, 2023

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Southfield to host gun violence community forum July 31
SOUTHFIELD — On Monday, July 31, the city of Southfield, in partnership with Shield’s Restaurant Bar Pizzeria, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Kroger, Captain Jay’s Fish & Chicken, and Moms Demand Action, will host a gun violence community forum 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The forum will feature a conversation between five local law enforcement leaders on ways to reduce gun violence and find solutions. The forum includes commentary from Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren, Oak Park Police Director Steve Cooper, Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King, Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington and Detroit Police Chief James White. The forum will be moderated by former Channel 7 News investigative reporter Ronnie Dahl.

The public is invited to participate and share insight and solutions.

For more information, call (248) 796-5130 or visit


City waives garage sale permit fees for National Garage Sale Day
SOUTHFIELD — The city of Southfield is waiving garage sale permit fees for the week of Aug. 7-13 in recognition of National Garage Sale Day on Aug. 12. Per Southfield’s city code, a permit from the City Clerk’s Office must be obtained before residents can hold garage sales.

Permits and permit fees will be waived, and registration at City Hall will not be required for the week.

Residents are allowed to place signs promoting their garage sale on private property. However, signs cannot be placed in public rights of way. Garage sale hours of operation will remain the same, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily. Participation will also not be counted against the limited number of garage sales that residents are authorized to hold annually.

Homeowner and condominium associations and residents who wish to promote their sales may email with their particular dates, times and address(es) for inclusion on the city website. All submissions must be received by noon on Friday, Aug. 4, to be eligible for inclusion. However, this is not required for participation. There is no word count maximum, and no photos will be accepted or included. For more information, visit


Rosedale Community Players to hold ‘Ripcord’ auditions
SOUTHFIELD — The Rosedale Community Players are holding auditions at 7 p.m. Aug. 21-22 for “Ripcord,” a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, at Peace Lutheran Church, 17029 W. 13 Mile Road.

The performance dates are Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, and Nov. 3-4.

The play is set in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, where the introverted and somewhat bitter Abby Binder is forced to share her quarters with a new resident, Marilyn Dunne, who is her opposite — talkative and friendly. Abby takes it upon herself to get rid of Marilyn by any means necessary.

When a harmless bet escalates to an intense competition between the two women, secrets that the women wish to keep become unraveled.

Some actors may be cast in multiple roles, and character descriptions can be found at For more information, visit


Planning Department seeks input for Sustainable Southfield Survey
SOUTHFIELD — Southfield residents and businesses are invited to provide their feedback to the Southfield Planning Department regarding the development of the Sustainability Action Plan through the Sustainable Southfield Survey. The survey will be available July 13-Sept. 30. The Sustainability Action Plan is currently in development and, once complete, will serve as a master plan for the sustainability efforts of Southfield. The plan will focus on 10 sustainability categories, emphasizing environmental, economic and social issues.

Participants can access the Sustainable Southfield Survey online at or fill out a hard copy at the Neighborhood and Information Center, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Public Services Building, the Southfield Pavilion or the Southfield Public Library located at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road.