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Tiffany Esshaki

C&G Staff Reporter – Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle


Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki covers Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township as well as Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. Esshaki has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland Community College. She’s the recipient of several awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published June 27, 2012

Thanks to a new resolution passed by the Michigan House of Representatives, flower lovers and sellers alike celebrated the first ever Michigan Flower Planting Day June 9. The designation is meant to acknowledge flowers and landscaping as a major economic force in Michigan. And while farmers and storeowners reap the benefits of yet another planting season, growers around metro Detroit celebrate the new holiday the only way they know how — by getting their hands in the dirt.

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Published June 25, 2012

This election season, as big-name candidates from both sides of the aisle fight to win votes, consider taking a closer look at a few contenders who won’t be on the ballot. They may lack political experience, but they certainly know how to better the lives of families everywhere. The Michigan Humane Society is once again launching its Race for the Right House campaign, an effort aimed at putting some exceptional pets into hearts and homes around the state.

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Published June 25, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The city is switching gears. In an attempt to promote a more bike-friendly community, Birmingham has announced the installation of new bike racks at more than 80 sites in the downtown area.

Though the project will take a total of two years to complete, 45 of the racks are set to be in place by the end of the summer, according to Birmingham Planning Director Jana Ecker. She said the move will save the city in the long run from having to paint and repair items around town that bikers are currently using to secure their rides.

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Published June 25, 2012

FRANKLIN — Less than a month after the Franklin Village Council voted to fully fund the local nonprofit group Main Street Franklin as proposed in the 2012-13 fiscal budget, a major dissenter of the measure, Trustee Sherry Sparks, has announced that she will resign from council effective immediately.

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Published June 25, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It happens a few times each day. First, one person stops. Then another. Before long, a group has gathered in front of Steve Zirwes’ Birmingham home. They all come to see it for themselves: his driveway.

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Published June 25, 2012

BIRMINGHAM/BEVERLY HILLS — Following months of hard work and collaboration between the Beverly Hills Public Safety Department and the Birmingham Police Department, the dispatch consolidation effort will be fully functional June 28.

Village Manager Chris Wilson said in a June 15 letter to the Village Council that although the contract between both entities was scheduled for service to begin July 1, the departments chose to change the date to June 28.

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Published June 20, 2012

The Franklin Village Council voted May 14 to approve $19,300 from the general fund to be directed to the nonprofit group Main Street Franklin. The figure was included in the 2012-13 village budget proposal, but some trustees in recent weeks had said that the funding should be reduced or eliminated as a cost saving measure.

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Published June 19, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Parks and Garden Club will host its sixth annual Garden Walk June 24. Club President Jon Adams said the event is always popular with gardeners looking for a little inspiration.

“People who come on the walk get to talk to gardeners and club members who can answer questions. They get to see different plants in different environments, so if they have a space and don’t quite know what to put there, they can get ideas on this walk that will work out just right for them.”

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Published June 19, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — For a third year, the Southfield Department of Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Police and Fire departments to host a Family Fun and Safety Night June 27, where guests of all ages can come to have a good time and learn a thing or two about how to stay safe in their neighborhood.

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Published June 19, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It took a year, but the city of Bloomfield Hills finally has a woodlands ordinance on the books to prevent clear-cutting trees within the city.

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Published June 19, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — After a three-month search, the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education has found the person that they’d like to serve as the next superintendent of the district. Dr. Daniel Nerad of Madison, Wis., was approved by the board during its meeting June 11.

“We are so very pleased with the results of the search,” said Susan Hill, board president. “He just has an extensive wealth of experience that he’s bringing to Birmingham.”

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Published June 13, 2012

On Sunday, like many fathers across the country, Sterling Heights resident Don Lux will get the chance to enjoy some quality time with his children. But Lux won’t be in front of the TV this Father’s Day, enjoying some down time while his kids shower him with gifts. Instead, he’ll be on the sidelines like any other weekend, cheering them on at yet another baseball game.

“We usually have games on Father’s Day and Mother’s Day,” said Lux with a laugh. “When we get a chance to play baseball, we’re usually out there.”

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Published June 13, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — During the summer months, many families like to take their activities outdoors so they can soak up as much of the weather as they can before the chilly temperatures inevitably blow back to town. From board games to family dinners, plenty of fun can be had outside. In Birmingham, even the traditional movie night can be savored under the summer stars.

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Published June 13, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — This year, The Community House in downtown Birmingham is celebrating its 90th birthday, and they’re inviting the whole neighborhood to the party.

On June 19, THC will host the 90 and Beyond luncheon, recognizing people, businesses and homes in the area it serves that are 90 years of age and older. Community House President and CEO Camille Jayne said the celebration is a way to say thank you to the neighbors of TCH that have been there and helped the organization along its journey.

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Published June 13, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It was the beginning of April when the calls started coming in. And then the emails, followed by visits to a City Commission meeting. After two incidents involving guns in downtown Birmingham within just one month, residents were voicing their concerns to City Manager Robert Bruner about whether or not the city was safe.

In the weeks that followed, the city launched an investigation to try to pinpoint any tangible problems within the downtown area, to no avail. The incidents seemed to be a fluke, and residents’ concerns fell away.

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