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I’m writing this from my favorite chair, with my favorite blanket, sipping on tea. Today is a “droopy” day, as my son calls it—cloudy, rainy, cool. And I love it.

I love these last weeks of summer. There’s so much to look forward to, so much to enjoy. To me, Michigan is at its finest as it’s about to change seasons. Now, I’m not saying I want to rush into anything. I have rules: No decorating for Halloween until it’s actually October and no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.

What I am saying is to make sure you enjoy the moment you’re in, while you’re in it. I’m trying hard to practice this myself, especially as I’m training for a 5k.

Enjoy every moment, every day. I’m thinking about the Addison Oaks fall color tour mentioned below. I think I’ll enjoy that.

Have an awesome week,


City of Berkley Invites Public to Flagpole Dedication Ceremony

The City of Berkley Public Safety Department invites members of the public to a special flagpole dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Berkley Public Safety Officers are hosting this ceremony to show their gratitude to Eagle Scout Danny Miller, who raised more than $3,000 toward the installation of the new flagpole in front of the Public Safety Building.

Danny is a student at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the son of Tim Miller, who is a Southfield firefighter.

“We are humbled that Danny chose our department to be the recipient of his Eagle Scout project,” said Public Safety Lt. Corey Miller (no relation). “It’s an area for remembrance of the fallen.”

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Public Safety Building, 2395 Twelve Mile Road, and will also feature the Berkley Public Safety Honor Guard. For more information, contact Lt. Miller ast or 248.658.3385.

The Michigan Teal Campaign

Downtown Berkley is sporting a bit of new color this month. The lampposts are festooned with teal ribbons in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Berkley is one of 37 cities participating in a statewide campaign to “Tie Michigan Teal” during September. The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance is sponsoring this event to bring awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, since there is no routine screening or a reliable test for this disease.

Ovarian Cancer is the most lethal of the gynecologic cancers and only 15 percent of cases are caught in early stages. About 80 percent of women will have a recurrence of their disease and overall there is a five-year survival rate of 45 percent. This disease affects females of all ages and it is important for women to know their body and know the symptom.

Most common symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
  • Urinary issues-change in frequency or urgency

If any of these symptoms are new and unusual and occur at least 12 times in a month, see a doctor – preferably a gynecologist.

For more information on MIOCA’s activities, visit

Click here to print out a PDF Ovarian Cancer awareness flyer.

Hiring Election Workers

The city is seeking election workers for the upcoming Nov. 5 election and for the upcoming 2020 election year. Requirements include being a registered voter in Michigan and attending one training session that is usually held on a weekday evening.

If you are interested the first step is completing an application. This is a paid position.

Email completed applications to, mail them to City Hall, or bring them in person to the City’s Clerk’s Office.

New VinoTalk

Wine lovers be sure to check out the new episode of VinoTalk. This time, John Jonna talks about Law Estate wines. It’s a worthwhile five minutes of your day.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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