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One of the best parts of being City News editor is I get to see all the good we humans do for each other around the holidays. From toy and canned food drives to charity events and volunteering opportunities, my heart is happy.

I’ve always loved the giving time of year and I’m trying to instill that spirit of generosity into my kids year-round. I had them help me donate to the Macomb Foster Closet, which gives foster kids two free wardrobes each year. I love this charity for several reasons. There’s no middle man. Our donations go from our trunk to their shelves. We are helping children in our area. And my kids are adopted. Luckily, they didn’t spend any time in foster care, but it’s a path many children have to take.

What are some of your favorite charities? Why? Let’s see if we can get a shout out to the ones that mean the most to us. Together, we can make an even more caring community.



Finally, the big week is here. And by that, I mean it’s my birthday today.

That’s right, I’m a Christmas baby. Well, nearly anyway. So, beyond the usual excitement of the season, I get to lump in my birthday and the ever clever, “Merry Birthday!”

People ask me how I like having my birthday so close to Christmas and I never know what to say. I’m tempted to ask them how they like being tall or old or a Lions fan, but that just seems snippy. So, I shrug and respond, “I like cake.”

For me, my birthday kicks off Christmas—it’s Christmas Eve-Eve. And it’s time to celebrate. Whatever it is you celebrate, or don’t, this season, know that I wish you all the best. Stay warm. Do something kind. Have fun.


Birmingham Public Schools Day of Service

Join Birmingham Public Schools and the BPS Community Councils for the fourth annual Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Day One 2020 will take place on Monday, Jan. 20, at Groves High School. This district-wide morning of service is an opportunity to make serving our community a habit. Students in grades K-12 and their families will pack buckets for Disaster Relief at Work, make animal toys for a local shelter, assemble care kits for the homeless and help with other caring community projects. Registration is required ahead of time and sign-in begins at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Spots go quickly, so sign up soon.

Oakland County Survey

On Monday, Jan. 20, Birmingham Public School students and their families will gather for the 5th annual MLK Day of Service. As part of this effort, all schools will collect items for DRAW, a non-profit organization that collects funds and items to help places hit by natural disasters. BCS‘s goal is to collect 800 washcloths and 200 hair brushes for the cause. A donation bin is outside the BCS office. Please consider donating.


Join local wine expert John Jonna as he discusses wines to serve during the holidays in this week’s Vino Talk.

Holiday Recycling

Not sure what to do with packages, ribbons and bows? Check out SOCRRA’s holiday recycling guide below and at



Increase your knowledge of Chianti (with or without fava beans) in the latest edition of VinoTalk with local wine expert John Jonna.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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