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Birmingham – January 27, 2020

Birmingham – January 27, 2020

BPS Offers New Exchange Student Program

Birmingham Public Schools is offering a new school exchange opportunity. This is a two- to three-week program between Birmingham Public Schools and its new German sister school, Neues Gymnasium in Rüsselsheim, Germany. This program is open to all students from Groves and Seaholm.

There are two ways for families to participate in the exchange. The first way is as a host. The second, as a full exchange student.

There will be an informational meeting for all families interested in the exchange on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the White Pine room at the administrative building at 31301 Evergreen Road.

Birmingham Restaurant Week

Treat yourself to delicious menu items at discounted prices during Birmingham’s popular Restaurant Week event from Jan. 27 – 31 and Feb. 3 – 7. Enjoy three-course lunches and three-course dinners at some of Birmingham’s finest restaurants.

Brand new this year, a social media contest will give diners a chance to win a $50 gift card to a Birmingham restaurant during Birmingham Restaurant Week. To enter the contest, patrons simply post a picture of their Restaurant Week meal on Facebook or Instagram, along with the restaurant name and #birminghamrestaurantweek hashtag.

To make reservations, contact restaurants directly. Remember, the first two hours are free in all parking decks. Find participating restaurants and event menus.

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Birmingham – January 20, 2020

Birmingham – 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

Birmingham Restaurant Week

Birmingham’s finest restaurants will offer discounted meals during the 15th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week event from Jan. 27- 31 and Feb. 3-7. Patrons will enjoy three-course lunches and dinners at discounted price points.

Brand new this year, a social media contest will give diners a chance to win a $50 gift card to a Birmingham restaurant during Birmingham Restaurant Week. To enter the contest patrons simply post a picture of their Restaurant Week meal on Facebook or Instagram, along with the restaurant name and #birminghamrestaurantweek hashtag.

“We have 24 restaurants participating in Birmingham Restaurant Week, and we’re excited to welcome newcomers Pernoi and The Morrie,” said Ingrid Tighe, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District. “With 800,000+ white lights still aglow throughout town, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a fantastic meal in a picturesque setting.”

Check out participating restaurants and event menus. Reservations may be made by contacting the restaurants directly.

Birmingham Youth Assistance 39th Annual Kid’s Dog Show

Attention all kids aged 4 to 14: It is time for the Birmingham Youth Assistance Kids’ Dog Show. Register by Friday, Jan. 31, and join the show at Berkshire Middle School on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. Go to www.birminghamyouthassistance.org or call 248-203-4300 for full details and to register.

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Birmingham – January 13, 2020

Birmingham – January 13, 2020

Baldwin Public Library: Winter Reading Challenge

Baldwin Public Library has a Winter Reading Challenge for kids, teens and adults. There are bookmarks with different reading challenges for the kids (read a book with a two-word title, read a book with a fish, etc.) while the teens have a bingo card with different challenges (read a book that won the Printz Award, read a graphic novel, etc.). The adult challenge has a bookmark with tasks to complete. Prizes for kids are a button/pin that matches the bookmark. The teens and adults have different prize baskets they can win. Please see the website for more information. The program runs until Feb. 29.

Birmingham Youth Assistance 39th Annual Kid’s Dog Show

Attention all kids aged 4 through 14– It is time for the Birmingham Youth Assistance Kids’ Dog Show. Register by Friday, Jan. 31, and then join the show at Berkshire Middle School on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. Go to www.birminghamyouthassistance.org or call 248-203-4300 for full details and to register.

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Birmingham – January 6, 2020

Birmingham – 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

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

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Birmingham – December 30, 2019

Birmingham – December 30, 2019

Birmingham Public Schools Looks for $195 Million Bond Proposal

The Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education approved ballot language on Dec. 11 asking voters to consider a proposal that would provide funding to address facility needs and enhancements through 2026. The $195 million bond proposal up for consideration would appear on the March 10 ballot and, if the bonds are approved, the annual debt millage is expected to remain at or below the annual debt millage of 3.80 mills levied in 2019.

Among the major features of the bond proposal are:

  • Building and site enhancements and improvements to every school in the district
  • High school athletic field enhancements
  • Midvale preschool and senior center site improvements
  • Purchase of buses
  • Security system and technology enhancements
  • Critical infrastructure improvements including HVAC, roofing, plumbing and electrical

Your Opinion is Needed

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.

Day On, Day One: MLK Day of Service

Join BPS 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 on Monday, Jan. 20, at Groves High School from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

Inside City Hall

Joe Valentine, Birmingham city manager, has a new video about projects, programs and initiatives happening in Birmingham.

Watch the video to learn more about what is happening this month in Birmingham.

 

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Birmingham – December 23, 2019

Birmingham – December 23, 2019

Friends,

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.

Rebecca

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

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.

VinoTalk

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 www.bhamgov.org/recycling.

 

VinoTalk

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

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net