Robin Ruehlen

Published September 3, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission unanimously approved a resolution Aug. 18 that establishes a program to provide loans for local businesses that want to make energy-efficient improvements to their building.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy program offers commercial, industrial and multifamily residential property owners a chance to pay back the loans with money saved from the modifications.

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Published July 1, 2014

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission June 16 approved a contract with New Cingular Wireless, an affiliate of AT&T, that allows the company to place communication equipment on an existing radio tower behind the Police Department downtown.

AT&T will pay the city $2,000 a month for the initial five-year lease, and the cellular company will have four additional five-year options.

“Potentially, we’re talking about a 25-year lease agreement,” said City Attorney David Gillam.

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Published June 11, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM/ROYAL OAK — It’s not unheard of for young children to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon outside playing in the mud. This summer, kids visiting the South Oakland Family YMCA will have a good excuse to get down and dirty as they harvest veggies from their new community garden.

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Published January 1, 2014

Elizabeth Heiter

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Ever since childhood, all Elizabeth Heiter wanted to do was become an novelist — even though it meant turning down a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream.

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Published January 1, 2014

From lily pads and street art to the end of Lahser and Andover, there were plenty of things to talk about in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area this past year.

Let’s take a look back at the stories that generated the most interest from readers during 2013:


Franklin, BPS staffers respond to shocking murder-suicide
On May 7, many in the community were shocked to learn that Birmingham Public Schools teacher Harry Berkowitz, 72, had been shot to death by his roommate in their Franklin home in the 26000 block of Charles Lane.

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Published December 24, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS — Whatever fate lies ahead for the Erity Dam and adjoining pond, it is likely to be a costly one.

The question is, who will be responsible for funding the cost of either repair or removal of the structure, and the necessary cleanup that would follow?

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Published December 18, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — Everyone has a story to tell — but the key to being a good leader is knowing how to tell it in a way that will connect and engage with others.

GO Effect, a nonprofit organization specializing in youth leadership development, will host a free Revolutionary Leadership seminar at Avondale Meadows Upper Elementary Dec. 21. The program is open to students and adults, and touches on ways to discover the theme in personal stories, finding community in the stories of others, and recognizing the ability to create new paths, said GO spokesperson Lisa Zelenak.

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Published December 18, 2013

BIRMINGHAM — If Santa drops an e-reader in your non-tech-savvy stocking this Christmas, never fear — help is as close as your local library.

In addition to e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and e-music through OverDrive READ, the Bloomfield Township Public Library and the Baldwin Public Library offer a variety of resources for patrons who would like assistance managing a variety of devices, from tablets to phones, to e-readers such as Amazon Kindle and the Nook.

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Published December 4, 2013

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — An athletic trainer at Bloomfield Hills High School has been charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following an investigation by Bloomfield Township police in October.

Shira Schiff, 55, of Huntington Woods, turned herself in Nov. 22 and was arraigned in 48th District Court following an incident that began Oct. 18, according to a press release issued by Sgt. Tim Abbo Nov. 25.

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Published December 4, 2013

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP —  For low-income seniors in need of minor home repairs that address safety concerns, energy-efficiency or code violations, help could be just a phone call away.

Following the Board of Trustees’ approval of $46,348 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2014 project year, Bloomfield Township Senior Services is encouraging people older than 60 to apply for the Minor Home Repair program for assistance with any number of items, from appliance replacement to tree removal.

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Published November 26, 2013

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In the eight weeks it takes to build and program a robot, members of the East Hills Middle School Robotics Team learned about more than just technology.

“If you’re shy and you don’t like to talk and you join something like the robotics team, you start to get more friends,” said fifth-grader and team member Paulett Aguilar.

“People realize you’re on the team and how cool it is, and they start talking to you about it. You feel more involved.”

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Published November 26, 2013

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Following parking issues on a residential street adjacent to a new restaurant on Telegraph Road, township officials are hoping new signage will get the message across to patrons.

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Published November 26, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS — Taller mixed-use buildings, walkability, green space and more efficient use of parking are among the highlights of the long-awaited Southfield Road Corridor Overlay District plans that the Village Council will consider for approval next month.

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Published November 19, 2013

AUBURN HILLS — In the event of a sizable fire, the neighboring public safety departments of Beverly Hills, Huntington Woods, Berkley and Oak Park will be each other’s first line of support. And with four departments on the ground at once, it’s good to know who is in charge, who has your back and how to speak the same language.

Members of all four departments met at the CREST Center in Auburn Hills Nov. 12 to train on things such as universal accountability and terminology. CREST stands for Combined Regional Emergency Services Training.

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Published November 18, 2013

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — In late October, Bloomfield Township became the first municipality in Michigan to float defined benefit pension plan bonds on the public market. Following the Board of Trustees’ approval of the official allocation of the $80 million from that sale, the process that began in February is now complete.

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