Elizabeth Scussel

Published April 25, 2015

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education met in front of a packed room for its monthly meeting April 23 with what appeared to be one main focus.

Community members, including mother Shanari Williams, came to talk about racism in the district.

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Published April 22, 2015

Bloomfield Hills Schools is extending an invitation to residents to attend an Open Community Forum at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Booth Center.

Originally slated as a meeting for the Diversity, Academic Equity, and Race Relations group — a district committee dedicated to improving academic outcomes for all students and increasing cultural competency — the district decided to make slight alterations to the evening’s agenda.

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Published April 22, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Things got heated last week when the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees met in front of a packed house to discuss reducing the treasurer’s salary to the equivalent of a part-time position starting Nov. 20, 2016.

The township supervisor accused the treasurer of not working enough hours to justify a full-time salary, while the treasurer defended his work and accused the supervisor of making a power grab.

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Published April 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On April 23, the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority will invite residents to its first Community Resource Fair.

Offering help and information at the fair will be representatives from more than 20 community agencies, including Common Ground, Forgotten Harvest, Oakland Schools, Oakland Family Services, Easter Seals and more.

Vicki Suder, director of rights and advocacy for OCCMHA, said the organization was able to bring a large variety of resources together under one roof to provide an array of information to residents.

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Published April 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When residents in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area head to the polls May 5 to decide whether they support a plan to fix Michigan’s rocky roads, they’ll also have a couple of other issues to vote on.

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Published April 20, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 15, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — In honor of Earth Day, members of the community are invited to partake in several eco-friendly events being held around the township.

The  annual Clean Sweep — designed to tidy up the streets of the township following the mucky winter months — will be held April 18-19.

Attention will be paid to safety paths and sidewalks, neighborhood streets, and entrances to subdivisions.

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Published April 8, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The story began in 1915 when local developer Judson Bradway commissioned William Bryan to create a portrait of the Bloomfield area.

Bradway — who was later influential in the creation of many of Bloomfield’s major subdivisions — wanted to use the painting to show prospective buyers his first major development, Bloomfield Estates.

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Published April 8, 2015

Many local communities can hold their heads a bit higher these days. Last week, 18 communities in metro Detroit received perfect fiscal indicator scores from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments — including Beverly Hills, Birmingham and Bloomfield Township.

SEMCOG describes the fiscal indicator as a quick look at how an area is managing fiscally in the midst of a changing economy. The rating is for 2013, as 2014 figures are still being compiled.

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Published April 1, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For the past two decades, the Bloomfield Township Public Library has served as a monthly meeting spot for Writers’ Rendezvous — a group of writers devoted to improving their craft.

The group supports its members by offering honest and constructive feedback on each other’s completed stories and unfinished work.

Since the birth of the group in 1995, its hundreds of transient members have published more than 50 pieces of work, including stories, poems, essays, screenplays and books.

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Published March 31, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — For those staying in town, options abound to keep students occupied while school’s out next week.

Assistant Director Tera Moon explained that the Bloomfield Township Public Library will have a host of special programming available during spring break.

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Published March 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On March 9, the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a budget of just under $41.5 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.


Township Supervisor Leo Savoie explained that the budget was planned after meeting with each department head, reviewing each ongoing budget, and looking at expenses and overall projections.


Outlining of this budget began in September 2014.


During the March 9 meeting, Savoie explained the list of assumptions taken into account when planning.

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Published March 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/DETROIT — Although National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in the fall, people looking to help won’t have to wait until November to spring into action.


According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is also one of the nation’s deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 7 percent. An estimated 72 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis.

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Published March 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In a districtwide collaboration, Bloomfield Hills Schools students are dabbling in the arts for a good cause.

Children of all ages had a hand in creating a unique piece of art that will be donated to a local hospital.

“Collaboration and student ownership is a big part of what makes Bloomfield Hills Schools so special. The more students care about their work, the more they learn. This is a great example of that process in action,” said Shira Good, director of communications for Bloomfield Hills Schools.

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Published March 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/BIRMINGHAM/PONTIAC — A group of local teens are teaming up to make a difference, and they’re giving it everything they’ve got — including the shirts off their backs.


Local drive
Recently, Trends for Teens celebrated its grand opening inside the International Technological Academy — a public school in Pontiac that serves 440 students in grades six-12.

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