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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 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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Published April 9, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Police are investigating a smash-and-grab theft that took place at Abbott’s Coins and Jewelry, 33700 Woodward Ave., April 3. According to Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, the culprits made off with approximately $39,000 worth of property, including jewelry and coins.

According to police, at around 3:50 a.m. three masked suspects broke into Abbott’s by throwing a large brick and shattering a glass window at the front of the store. The alarm sounded, and Birmingham police responded within minutes, but by then the suspects were already gone.

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Published April 9, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — With the return of sun and warm weather comes the usual resurgence of weekend garage and yard sales on neighborhood streets.

Those who enjoy hunting for hidden treasures will get the chance to start the season off right at the Birmingham Education Foundation’s annual garage sale at Berkshire Middle School. The ever-growing event is a favorite among local garage sale enthusiasts, who flock to the sale to peruse the bargains while supporting students in the Birmingham Public School District.

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Published April 5, 2012

Police are investigating a smash-and-grab theft that took place at Abbott’s Coins and Jewelry, 33700 Woodward Ave., April 3. According to Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, the culprits made off with approximately $39,000 worth of property, including jewelry and coins.

According to police, at around 3:50 a.m. three masked suspects broke into Abbott’s by throwing a large brick and shattering a glass window at the front of the store. The alarm sounded, and Birmingham police responded within minutes, but by then the suspects were already gone.

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Published April 4, 2012

Police say they may have found the woman who fired shots in downtown Birmingham in the early morning hours of April 2.

According to Cmdr. Terry Kiernan of the Birmingham Police Department, no one was seriously injured from the gunfire, which happened as patrons of South bar, at Woodward Avenue and Merrill Street, were leaving the venue Monday.

“This was out in the street. We don’t know for sure if something occurred inside the bar that precipitated the incident, or if it was just out on the street,” said Kiernan.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM— The Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education has wasted no time looking for a replacement for Superintendent David Larson. Just weeks after Larson announced that he would be leaving the position in July, the board has hired a firm to conduct the search for a new superintendent.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — While many students around the United States sit in classrooms learning about civic engagement, 16-year-old Rachael Stein is living it. The Groves High School junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with legislators to discuss two bills that could help put an end to the bullying epidemic that’s been plaguing schools across the country for years.

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Published April 3, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Corey Damen Jenkins knows how to turn a house into a home. Each day, the Bloomfield Hills-based interior designer works with clients at Design With Vision LLC to create one-of-a-kind living spaces that are both functional and stylish. The process is nothing new to him. But when you throw a few television cameras and strict time and budget limitations into the mix, the task becomes a little more complicated.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been nearly a year since six racially charged graffiti messages were found around Seaholm High School. And just as the community is ready to leave the incident in the past, another message was found at the school, according to Seaholm High School Principal Deanna Lancaster.

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