Elizabeth Scussel

Published August 12, 2015

C&G Newspapers

BEVERLY HILLS — On Aug. 27, residents are invited to join in the fun.

In collaboration with the Oakland County Parks Department and Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills will host a Come Out and Play day at Beverly Park.

The county will provide a slew of recreational events at no cost to attendees. And at dusk, Beverly Hills will provide an outdoor viewing of the family-friendly flick “Big Hero 6.”

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Published August 11, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — According to David Kellett, between seven and nine buses from Bloomfield Hills Schools drive down his street around 9 a.m. each weekday morning. They do the same at around 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

He called it a conga line of buses, “nose to rear.” And he’s not happy about it.

Kellett, who is president of the Whitehall Civic Association, wrote a letter to BHS Superintendent Rob Glass to complain about the traffic down his street, Kingsley Trail, and ask that the district consider rerouting the buses when not carrying students.

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Published August 11, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Classic car lovers, unite.

It’s the time of year when residents can bask in the smell of the exhaust and the roar of the engine all up and down the Woodward corridor.

With many businesses and municipalities assembling festivities, opportunities abound for Dream Cruisers this Saturday.


Birmingham
It’s been 20 years since the Dream Cruise was launched, and Birmingham has celebrated with a day full of classic cars and family festivities every year since.

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Published August 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of Bloomfield Hills Schools alumni are ready to hit the road for their first annual bicycling fundraiser.

On Aug. 29, they ride.

Over the course of six days, the six-man crew — all strapped with camping gear — will bike 240 miles along the coast of Lake Superior, from Copper Harbor to Grand Marais.

The team is using the trek as a fundraiser for the Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation.

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Published August 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Jonah Erlich, of Bloomfield Hills, sees himself as a problem solver.

When he saw his younger sister struggling academically, he wanted to help her succeed.

Erlich, 17, utilized his academic know-how and mentored his sister through her exams. After assisting his sister, Erlich set out to help others.

Last November, High School 101 was born.

The peer-to-peer online educational program is dedicated to helping high school students learn.

Erlich officially launched the website late last month.

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Published August 3, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Erity Dam is at it again.

The dam — constructed in 1913 — consists of two spillways: The left is east of Evergreen Road, and the right spillway sits west of the road.

In May, the dam’s right spillway collapsed, causing a powerful and continuous flow of water under Evergreen Road.

The collapse gave rise to a plethora of concerns from residents, as well as environmental damage.

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Published July 29, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — As part of its strategic planning, the Bloomfield Township Public Library wants to hear from you.

Roughly every five years, the library team fashions a strategic plan as a vision for the future. The planning process, according to Library Director Carol Mueller, is something they feel strongly about.

“The strategic planning is really a way of setting a course as we go forward,” she said. “We want your thoughts. We want your opinions as we go forward into the future. We want to know what we can do for you.”

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Published July 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Local gearheads are primping and priming in preparation for the the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise. With the date lurking right around the corner, many communities are in the final stages of event organization.

Bloomfield Township is currently on the lookout for classic car owners for its 11th annual show, to be held at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills on Woodward Avenue, south of Quarton Road.

In the adjacent lot at Comerica Bank, the Bill Wells Car Club Classic will be held.

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Published July 22, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills Public Schools district is projecting a $2.33 million  shortfall for the 2015-16 school year, according to the Board of Education.

“Some of the responsibilities we take on — like during this budget season — are not always that easy. But we really do work with the interest of students in mind,” said Ingrid Day, Board of Education president, during the June 4 board meeting.

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Published July 20, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Things got heated again at the Board of Trustees meeting July 13.

A majority of the meeting was spent addressing false accusations Treasurer Dan Devine made about Township Supervisor Leo Savoie abducting his daughter.

The outcome of the evening was a 5-2 vote to censure Devine. Those supporting the censure were Savoie, Trustee Corinne Khederian, Trustee Brian Kepes, Clerk Jan Roncelli and Trustee Neal Barnett. Devine and Trustee David Buckley voted against it. Later in the meeting, Devine issued a public apology.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Although the S.S. Columbia no longer calls River Rouge home, her legacy remains.

Built in 1902, the steamboat sits at a remarkable 216 feet long and 60 feet wide, and is powered by a 1,200-horsepower, triple-expansion steam engine.

She was designed to carry more than 3,000 passengers.

The S.S. Columbia transported hundreds of thousands of people from Detroit to Boblo Island from the time of her birth until the death of the amusement park in the early 1990s.

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Published July 14, 2015

According to the Michigan Auto Theft Authority, a motor vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States.

July and August are traditionally the top months for vehicle thefts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nearly 45 percent of stolen vehicles are never recovered, and the estimated total value of vehicles stolen nationwide is $4.1 billion.

To raise awareness and remind residents to take precautions this season, the Michigan State Police have named July as Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.

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Published July 8, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For seniors in need of extra help with their daily meals, local senior centers may be able to help.

Through its Meals on Wheels program, Bloomfield Township Senior Services currently delivers 25-30 meals Mondays through Fridays. BTSS volunteers serve up hot meals to Bloomfield Township and Hills residents. In order to be eligible for Meals on Wheels, residents must:

• be 62 years of age or older.

• be homebound, or unable to leave the home unassisted.

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Published July 7, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On June 1, the Bloomfield Township Police Department’s school liaison officers acted on a tip from a parent suggesting that a student was possibly in possession of a gun at the ninth-grade campus of Bloomfield Hills High School.

Police and school administrators did not locate a gun on school property, but upon further investigation, police were led to information about other students who were believed to be involved in selling guns.

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Published July 1, 2015

BLOOMFIELD VILLAGE — Speeding: It’s the No. 1 concern of residents in Bloomfield Village.

That’s according to Bloomfield Village Police Commissioner Tom Parker. Over the course of the past year, his department of five officers has stepped up speed enforcement efforts in the 1-square-mile neighborhood — and he wants drivers to know it.

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