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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 February 29, 2012

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/BIRMINGHAM — After the initial concerns with the new cut scores wear off, residents in the Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham school districts are still some of the top-performing in the state.

Both the Bloomfield Hills Schools and Birmingham Public Schools districts out-performed the state averages by as much as 35 percent in some categories, according to the Michigan Department of Education results released Feb. 15. Proficiency scores across the state dropped as the bar was raised for what was considered proficient.

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Published February 29, 2012

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — For now, local Catholics are breathing a sigh of relief after learning Feb. 20 that a number of churches in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy and Bloomfield Township will be spared from consolidation.

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Published February 28, 2012

Voters in Franklin approved two millage increases Feb. 28 in a special election that accompanied the Michigan presidential primary. The increases will help fund the Franklin Fire Department and the village’s general fund, which supports the Police Department.

“I’m very encouraged that we were able to explain to residents exactly what our financial predicament was, and they get it, and they were able to approve the millages,” said Village Administrator Amy Sullivan.

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Published February 27, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Though the Uptown Film Festival is only in its second year, it’s already grown to have the highest attendance of any film festival in southeast Michigan, according to festival Co-Executive Director Kirk Miller.

The annual celebration of the Michigan film industry is returning to downtown Birmingham March 8-10.

“We brought in 3,500 (people) for our inaugural year. We did very good,” said Miller.

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Published February 21, 2012

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills City Commission voted Feb. 14 to adopt a code of ethics for elected officials and members of appointed boards, commissions and committees. The 11-part code outlines how officials should act in situations while holding their post, from business and financial morality to issues of confidentiality.

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Published February 21, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Avid readers, rejoice. The Baldwin Public Library now offers three self-check-out machines that, according to Assistant Director Matt Church, will make borrowing books simpler and quicker than ever.

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Published February 21, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham City Commission voted to leave East Maple Road in its current four-lane configuration, much to the delight of residents who packed the commission meeting room Feb. 13 to speak out on the matter.

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Published February 20, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The best days of Michigan are not behind us, they’re ahead of us.

That was the message Gov. Rick Snyder had for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce at The Townsend Hotel Feb. 17. Snyder, who just the day before had announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney, was the keynote speaker for the annual Government Forecast event, part one of a three-part series of forecast events the chamber hosts.

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Published February 20, 2012

What was supposed to be an informational community forum for an upcoming special election seemed more like a pep rally for a proposed millage increase for the Fire Department, and a general fund tax increase that would support the Police Department. Residents packed the Franklin Community Church Feb. 8 to hear the Village Council and officials explain why they believe the increases are necessary.

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Published February 15, 2012

There are a number of community resources available to seniors, from meal delivery to legal services. Those resources can’t be utilized, though, if they can’t be found by those who need them.

That’s why for nearly 40 years, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B has been guiding local seniors and their families toward the help they may not even know is available to them.

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Published February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The third annual Sing Out 4 Kids charity event is happening Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Community House in Birmingham. The karaoke fundraiser will feature local celebrities taking the stage to show off their singing skills, or lack thereof, while they raise money for four Oakland County children’s charities.

“It’s a very unique event. I don’t know anyone else doing anything like it,” said Pamela Ayres, director of resource and fund development at Orchards Children’s Services.

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Published February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — While we’ve been fortunate to have an unusually mild season so far this year, we’re not out of the woods just yet, and we may need to haul out that bag of salt again a time or two.

But how salt-savvy are we in metro Detroit? Laura Gruzwalski, a staff environmental analyst with Hubbell, Roth & Clark, has worked with several communities in the area, including Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Franklin and Beverly Hills, on how they can keep city roads safe in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner.

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Published February 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — As we near Valentine’s Day, some folks are getting ready with orders for red roses and romantic dinner reservations, while others will opt for a box of chocolates and a sitcom on the couch by themselves. For some singles around town, the amorous holiday can act as an unfriendly reminder of the love they haven’t yet found. Kerrie Schneider knows how hard the dating market can be, so for nearly two years now she’s been helping people in metro Detroit find their valentines.

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Published January 31, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been less than a year since Michelle Soto founded the Wish Upon a Teen foundation. The jet-setting advocate has worked for a number of child care organizations across the country, including UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and the Gift of Adoption agency. It was her love of children that prompted her to start an organization that caters to children who are often left out of other initiatives.

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Published January 31, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — What could make people feel safer than their local police department personally sending messages to their cellphones and email to update them on emergency situations nearby? In Birmingham, the plan is to do just that.

As of Jan. 20, the Birmingham Police Department will utilize a new communications service called Nixle, designed to deliver messages directly to subscribers via text message or email. The notifications can also be seen online at www.Nixle.com. The service is free to all community members.

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