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Welcome to the New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to take on the Michigan winter.

I don’t consider myself overly techie, but I also don’t think I’m too far behind the times. So, when I received an Apple Watch as a gift, I had no idea what this would mean.

Understand: I grew up watching the Jetsons, Wonder Woman and ALF. We have some amazing technology these days, but I’m still disappointed I don’t have a jetpack.

I was a little floored with my new watch. I had no idea all the things it can do. It even tells me when to breathe. But the most surprising feature to me is the ability to take phone calls ON A WATCH.

I was putting in a load of laundry and my watch started ringing. My husband and I looked around to see who stepped on a kids’ toy only to figure out it was my wrist. I answered it and we talked to a telemarketer for a while just because IT WAS ON A WATCH.

This thing is straight out of the campy Batman show from my childhood. POW! If only it did the laundry.

Bring in the New Year strong.


Day On, Day One: MLK 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 On, Day One 2020 will take place 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. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Spots go quickly, so sign up.

Writing Contest

There are two writing contests, designed around Women’s Suffrage, open to Oakland County students.

The idea is a celebration of 100 years of the 19th Amendment. One contest (poetry) is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12. The other is for secondary students and is the creation of a PSA.


The initiative is for Oakland County students only. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Election Inspectors

Curious about elections? Now is your chance to become a part of the process and sign up to become an election inspector.

Election inspectors work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are paid $10 per hour. Election inspectors are required to attend a training session before each election and must have strong computer skills. All election inspectors must be a registered voter, resident of Michigan, and at least 18 years of age or older.

For additional information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 248-530-1880. Download the Election Inspector Application.

Birmingham Restaurant Week

Treat yourself to delicious menu items at discounted prices during Birmingham’s popular Restaurant Week event Jan. 27 through 31 and Feb. 3 through 7.

Enjoy three-course lunches and three-course dinners by many of Birmingham’s finest restaurants.

To make reservations, contact the restaurants directly. Remember, the first two hours are free in all parking decks.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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