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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 May 8, 2012

FRANKLIN — The Village Council of Franklin held a budget hearing April 30 so residents could share their thoughts on the proposed village budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The meeting was short, though, with only a few residents stepping up to the microphone to share any opinions with the trustees.

If you ask Village Trustee Sherry Sparks, though, there were deep concerns from residents not being expressed. According to Sparks, there are a number of villagers who feel that financial assistance to Main Street Franklin should be cut from the budget.

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Published May 2, 2012

As we cross another Earth Day off our calendars, some of us might let the spirit of environmental consciousness drift. There are others in our community, though, who think working to beautify our neighborhoods should last beyond a single day of awareness, and they’re dedicated to cleaning up the harmful and unsightly trash that so many others leave behind.

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Published May 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — Jon Bloom is an exemplary student. The Groves High School senior is the technical director of the school’s theater program, an Advanced Placement student at Groves in computer science and other programming courses, and he’s preparing to start classes at Grand Valley State University in the fall — all while keeping a 3.2 grade point average.

As a college-bound student, the 17-year-old considers it a top priority to keep track of his grades. So when it comes to monitoring his assignments, Bloom prefers to take a hands-on approach. Literally.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Even though 27-year-old Katie Avesian is busy wrapping up her final college exams this week, there’s something else on her mind besides studying. The secondary education student is the event coordinator for the 2012 Breathe Deep Michigan 5k Walk for Lung Cancer, and the May 12 event is commanding all her focus.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Pianist Marina Arsenijevic has lived a fascinating life filled with tragedy, triumph, and most of all, an exceptional musical talent. On May 14, the world-renowned artist will share her story and her tremendous gift at a concert performance to benefit The Community House.

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Published April 23, 2012

BINGHAM FARMS — President Barack Obama is starting to ramp up efforts for his re-election campaign, and the commander in chief made a stop in Michigan April 18 to attend two fundraising events around metro Detroit.

First stop was a fundraiser at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. The event was expected to attract more than 500 people, who paid up to $5,000 for the chance to greet the president and perhaps snag a photo.

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Published April 23, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — A Beverly Hills man has been charged for his alleged involvement in an insurance fraud scheme to the tune of $250,000, according to the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

In a statement released April 12, David Daniel Fischer, 50, of Beverly Hills is accused of pocketing cash from insurance premiums he collected from clients while working for Bosquett & Co., an insurance agency based in Troy.

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Published April 23, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It was early in the afternoon when eighth-grade science teacher Hugh Watters noticed a bunch of balloons bobbing down the hallway outside his classroom door. The sight isn’t an unusual one at Bloomfield Hills Middle School, and he assumed the colorful bouquet was for a student’s birthday, like any other day. It wasn’t until he opened his door and saw the large sign bearing his name that he realized what all the fuss was about. The 2012 Oakland County Teacher of the Year awards had been announced, and he was a winner.

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Published April 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Thirteen years ago on April 20, Rachel Scott was sitting in the grass outside of her school’s library in Littleton, Colo., having lunch with a friend when she was shot to death by one of her classmates. She was the first victim in the Columbine High School massacre — one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, claiming the lives of 12 students and one teacher.

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Published April 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Blink, and you would’ve missed it. Birmingham City Manager Robert Bruner announced at the City Commission meeting March 19 that Birmingham was considering a consolidation of police dispatch services with neighboring Beverly Hills. Less than a month later, the Birmingham City Commission and the Beverly Hills Village Council both unanimously voted to approve the measure, and efforts are already under way to put the village’s dispatch services in Birmingham’s hands.

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Published April 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Move over, Harry Winston. Groves High School senior Ellie Schreiber has been named the winner of the 2012 Jewelers of Birmingham Scholarship Competition, and her unique eye for design is sure to earn her a place among the most elite jewelry designers.

“It was the first time for me (in the competition). It was exciting. I didn’t really know I was going to enter the piece until my teacher told me about it. It was fun,” she said.

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Published April 18, 2012

President Barack Obama is starting to ramp up efforts for his re-election campaign, and the commander in chief is making a stop in Michigan April 18 to attend two fundraising events around metro Detroit.

First stop was a fundraiser at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. The event was expected to attract more than 500 people, who will pay up to $5,000 for the chance to greet the president and perhaps snag a photo.

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Published April 9, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It was like something out of a movie. At 33 years old, Birmingham native Alysse Mengason was living on the eastern shore of Maryland, excelling in her new career in corporate communications, and planning her wedding to beloved fiancé Andrew.

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Published April 9, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For centuries, people around the world have admired the work of master artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. But what would it be like to see creations from talented artists before they’re famous?

That’s exactly what guests will get the chance to do when they come to the “2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition” beginning April 22.

According to Felicia Molnar of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, the exhibit will be full of impressive work created by up-and-coming artists.

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