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Berkley – January 27, 2020

Berkley – January 27, 2020

City Council Approves Vinsetta Garage Parking Consent Judgement

After making clarifications to the proposed consent judgment to address concerns expressed by residents about the Planning Commission’s role in the review and approval of plans for the new parking lot for the Vinsetta Garage restaurant, Berkley’s city council approved the consent judgment at the special city council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Read more here.

Berkley Winterfest

Berkley Winterfest blows back into town Saturday, Feb. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. Festival-goers can expect a soup cook-off, cookie decorating, ice sculptures, face painting, cake walk, petting farm, children’s crafts, fowling, broom ball, bouncer, outdoor ice rink and more.

Head to the Community Center at 2400 Robina for the family fun

Teens Anti-Valentine’s Party

On Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m., bring your teen to the library to not celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The Teen (Anti) Valentine’s Day Party promises a lovely or sarcastic time celebrating this polarizing holiday. Participants can make duct tape roses in red or black, or a variety of other colors. Write candy heart messages, sweet or sour. Make Valentine’s Day cards with Jack Skellington’s creepy face. Or paint your Valentine’s attitude onto a rock, and more.

We think Valentine’s Day’s best feature is the excuse to eat more chocolate, so we’ll definitely have some of that.

Boards and Commissions

Berkley is looking to fill vacancies on several boards and commissions. Board and commission members support department initiatives, advise city officials on important matters and serve as ambassadors in their respective neighborhoods.

Residents who are interested in serving on a board or commission should note the following:

  • Most boards and commissions work with specific departments as described in the City Charter.
  • To be considered, potential applicants must submit a completed Board & Commission application to the City Clerk’s Office.
  • In general, board and commission members are appointed by the mayor and city council and not compensated for their time.
  • Newly appointed board and commission members are required to complete and sign a Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Form.
  • Appointed members are required to comply with the Open Meetings Actand Freedom of Information Act requests related to board activities and duties.Click here to view and complete an Online Boards & Commissions Application.
Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – January 20, 2020

Berkley – January 20, 2020

Friends,

My heart is happy.

I’m a huge advocate for volunteerism. It’s a huge, satisfying part of my life.

With it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seeing all the volunteering and giving opportunities makes me proud to be in these communities. While I’m not going to pretend to understand the depth and breadth of what Dr. King means to the African-American community, I truly admire the movement to create something special in his memory. I think that’s one of the most profound legacies a person can leave in this world.

In talking with my aunt last week, she said something that resonated with me: To whom much is given, much is expected. I agree. I’m no millionaire, but I certainly can’t complain about my lifestyle. My family is safe, warm and fed. We have access to doctors and teachers. Life is good.

But others aren’t so lucky.

Time is free and it’s the most important thing you can give. I encourage you to get out there this week, and every week, and lend a hand where you can. You don’t even need to be formal about it. Grab some paper and markers and make cards for kids in the hospital. Pick up litter at your local park. Start a pay-it-forward the next time you’re in the drive thru.

It’s all about kindness, folks. And it’s the least we can do.

Stay warm,

Rebecca

Annabelle’s Couture featured in Local Business News

On an unassuming side street in Berkley, a few feet from 12 Mile Road’s relentless stream of daytime traffic, longtime boutique-clothing entrepreneur Patti Brock has created a cozy, richly stocked space for the apparel shoppers she’s been serving for 25 years — and for those who’ve just discovered her here at Annabelle’s Couture.

“I’ve always loved clothing and fashion,” Brock said recently at her store. “For 10 years, in the 70s and 80s, I enjoyed working part-time at specialty clothing store Patti Smith’s in Royal Oak. I became a buyer there. When I needed full-time work, I went to It Was/It Is, another Royal Oak boutique, where I worked for two years.

“I finally realized, ‘I think I could do this myself!’ Was it a leap of faith? Stupidity? Passion? A little of all,” she said with a laugh.

 

Read more here.

City Council to Vote on Vinsetta Garage Parking

After hearing the concerns of residents at the Jan. 6, city council meeting, Berkley and City Council worked with 27799 Woodward LLC on clarifying the consent judgment language surrounding the Planning Commission’s role.

The updated language clarifies that the proposed Oxford parking lot and its perimeter wall materials and construction are subject to the Planning Commission site plan review and approval process, in accordance with the consent judgment and city ordinances.

The consent judgment specifically states, “Prior to commencing any construction of the Oxford parking lot on parcels 25-17-431-023 and 022, Plaintiff must apply for and obtain site plan approval from the City Planning Commission in accordance with the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The scope of the City Planning Commission’s site plan review shall be to determine whether Plaintiff’s site plan is consistent with this Consent Judgment and applicable City ordinances.”

The judgment will be considered by City Council at the special city council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

New Berkley Local Podcast

Check out the latest Berkley Local podcast from the Berkley Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Berkley. This week features Berkley Eyewear & Local Sunglass Co. and The Atomic Dawg. Click to listen.

Berkley U Series on Healthy Workplaces

Join other business owners and managers for the Jan. 31 Berkley U Series Program: 20/20 View of a Healthy Workplace. The event runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Berkley Public Library.

Megan Patterson, a total health and wellbeing consultant from the Marsh & McLennan Agency, will discuss best practices and the impact of good health and a healthy culture on the bottom line. Regardless of budget, there are several steps you can take to improve this area of your business.

This program is free to attend but you must register.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – January 13, 2020

Berkley – January 13, 2020

Feedback to the Oakland County Executive

Oakland County residents have until Friday to let County Executive David Coulter know just what the priorities for his administration should be for 2020.

The 10-question online Citizen Survey asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, among other items. Coulter has made it a priority to meet with residents and businesses to hear from those who want a voice in county government.

To take the survey, go to www.OakGov.com and click on the “Citizen Survey 2020” button. The survey is open until Friday. Coulter’s administration will use the survey results to help the county be responsive to those who live in Oakland County and ensure the policies and strategies of county government are inclusive of all residents.

2020 MLK Jr. Service Day

The communities of Berkley and Royal Oak will honor the life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the third annual Day of Service on Jan. 20, at 7:45 a.m. at Berkley High School, 2325 Catalpa, Berkley. For more information, go to romi.gov/mlk.

Berkley and Vinsetta Garage Postpones Decision

Berkley and 27799 Woodward LLC have been working toward finding a resolution to the litigation and parking issues surrounding the Vinsetta Garage restaurant on Woodward Avenue.

Since the business’s inception in 2012, there have been parking difficulties for its patrons. In turn, the neighboring streets have been subjected to an increase in on-street parking.

The city stepped in and worked to negotiate a solution that would have an optimal outcome for the residents in the area.

See the press release for more details.

Getting Started with your Genealogy Research

Want to know more about your family history, but don’t know how to get started? Learn how to fill in the blanks of your family history using what you have in your attic, as well as MyHeritage and other online sources. The class includes an introduction to U.S. Federal census records and vital records.

Register by calling 248-658-3440.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – January 6, 2020

Berkley – January 6, 2020

Friends,

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.

Rebecca

Sign-up Now for the 2020 MLK Day of Service

The city of Royal Oak, Royal Oak Schools, Berkley Schools and the city of Berkley are teaming up for the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

The event, hosted at Berkley High School, honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a short program in the morning, which has alternated locations between Royal Oak High School and Berkley High School since 2017.

The 2020 celebration will take place at Berkley High School with a breakfast preceding the 8:30 a.m. presentation of short performances and speakers. Beginning around 9 a.m., various on- and off-site volunteer opportunities are available for participants.

Admission to the event is free with the donation of one or more of the following items. 

Shampoo & Conditioner
Gallon Zip Loc Bags
Bath Soap
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Deodorant
Body Lotion

Dental Floss
Canned Green Beans
Canned CornCanned Fruit
Pudding Cups
Breakfast Cereal – Including regular boxes of Cheerios & Rice Krispies
Gift Certificates to Little Caesars

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.

New January Programs Available

The latest Berkley Parks & Recreation January programs and classes are available now. Register now at berkley.maxgalaxy.net.

Free Narcan Training

Join the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities and Tri-Community Coalition for a free community Naloxone training.

All who attend will be trained on the proper administration of the Intra-Nasal Narcan overdose reversal drug. Everyone is welcome to attend. You must be 18 years of age to receive a Save A Life kit, which contains two doses of 4mg Intra-Nasal Narcan.

Register here.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – December 30, 2019

Berkley – December 30, 2019

Sign-up Now for the 2020 MLK Day of Service

Berkley Schools and the city of Berkley are teaming up with Royal Oak and Royal Oak Schools once again for the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

The event, hosted at Berkley High School, honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a short program in the morning, which has alternated locations between Royal Oak High School and Berkley High School since 2017.

The 2020 celebration will take place at Berkley High School with a breakfast preceding the 8:30 a.m. presentation of short performances and speakers. Beginning around 9 a.m., various on- and off-site volunteer opportunities are available for participants.

Sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.oakgov.com/clerkrod, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Use the Library for your E-Reader

Did you get a new e-reader for Christmas? Download Destination from the library
has thousands of e-books and downloadable audiobooks available for your iPad, Kindle, Nook or other devices. Click here to get started.

Did You Know You Can Recycle Your Tree After the Holidays?

Oakland County Parks and Recreation will take Christmas trees at 11 Oakland County Parks. Recycling drop-off sites are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week now through Jan. 26.

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Berkley – December 23, 2019

Berkley – December 23, 2019

Friends,

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.

Rebecca

Oakland County Survey

Oakland County Executive David Coulter wants to hear from residents about their top priorities for the New Year. His administration released the Oakland County Government’s Citizen Survey 2020, which asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, and more.

Please share and encourage your neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly to the Oakland County executive.

City Offices Closed for the Holidays

If you have business with the city between the holidays, check online or call before going. Many city offices have special holiday hours the next few weeks.

VinoTalk

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

Trash Pick-up

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays falling on a Wednesday, Tringali’s refuse and recycling pick-up for Friday will be delayed by one day (Saturday). There is no change to the Tuesday pick-up.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net