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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 July 10, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — On July 2, a resident in the 1600 block of Bowers agreed to buy a magazine subscription from a door-to-door salesman who had come to her home. But the salesman took more than just an order from the woman — he took her wallet, according to Birmingham police.

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Published July 10, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been four years since The Community House discontinued its famed annual Jazzfest in downtown Birmingham, but the music hasn’t died out just yet.

Beginning July 12, TCH, along with WRCJ 90.0 FM, will host “Jazzy Nights,” a summer concert series that will showcase some of the best musicians in metro Detroit.

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Published July 3, 2012


While walking back to their car through downtown Birmingham early in the morning July 1, two men reportedly started flipping items over on the patio of Café Via. The cost of the damage they caused, according to the restaurant, is expected to be near $5,000.

“It was at 2 in the morning, and I think they had just left the bar,” said co-owner of Café Via Carol Cahalan. “They were on their way to the car in the parking structure behind us, and they just decided to get a little crazy.”

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Published July 2, 2012

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/ FRANKLIN — As an elected official and clerk of Bloomfield Township, Jan Roncelli is used to wearing many hats.

And as of June 20, she was awarded one more — Clerk of the Year, by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks at the organization’s annual conference in Traverse City.

“I’d say the most challenging aspect of my job is organizing my time to do everything I need to do, because my department is so varied in its responsibilities,” she said.

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Published July 2, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Cranbrook Art Museum opened its newest exhibition, featuring the work of American designer George Nelson, June 16. According to museum Director Gregory Wittkopp, the noted furniture designer has close ties to the Cranbrook community.

“Cranbrook and George Nelson helped to define what Modernism would be,” he said in a press release. “Although Nelson never formally studied or taught at Cranbrook, he traveled in the same circles as many of our legendary architects and designers.”

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Published July 2, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It was the evening of June 13 when Ryan Marsh noticed something unusual. His dog, Sully, had just come back to the house after spending about 15 minutes in the yard of their home on Tiverton. Sully was bleeding on the back end of his body, and Marsh assumed the dog had scratched himself on some shrubbery.

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Published July 2, 2012

Each year, as summer fades into fall on Haynes Street in Birmingham, the dread sets in. Residents in the area know it won’t be long before the leaves of the many Ginkgo trees in the area begin to fall, along with the fruit the trees bear — fruit that, according to Norm Kern, smells like rotting meat.

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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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