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Wednesday, January 31, 2018


But City Commission missed the significance of moment. It happened at the January 9th City  Commission Meeting Commission meeting. In fact it was almost a two month to the day that  that the City  Commission candidates were asked as the second question of the League of Woman voters Candidate Forum what if anything could, or would the City  do for its senior Citizen residents. All five commission candidates blew the question falling back on Cedarbrook  a multi purpose senior living  by a private developer or meals on wheels a program former City Manager, Jay Graven pioneered by finding a grant that was age rather than income specific.
 As it so happend  Febuary 9th  was an un seasonably  warm night in Winter  and this writer sitting in the cheap seats of an otherwise deserted City Hall had a hard time hearing much of anything. So when the presenters from Next  (that is the name of the Birmingham Senior Center finished their presentation I followed them into empty lobby.

 The meeting continued and with one ear  I thought  the City  was using was its standard plead poverty/our seniors are to old for that of thing reply.

Actually they were not. I asked the Next people if they were preparing a proposal for a future meeting. Apparently they were not. They said the purpose of their visit to invite residents of  our City to discover all that Next has to offer.   It is a lot and  it is detailed in a  21 page magazine published every other month.
  Games, games, movies, crafts. Book Clubs, and speaker series are but a tip of the ice berg. Next is sort of pay as you go when necessary. For example.  You want to go to the Henry Ford Museum ? On February 8th ?. The cost is ten dollars for members  and $15 dollars for non members and museum ticket of $21 for the all day event.Some activities like are  book clubs are free . So is the Writers Corner and Current  discussion groups  You can even have your books returned from Next to the Baldwin Library and new titles selected sparing you the hassle of parking ing and stairs.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Baldwin Library

BIRMINGHAM, MI (January 3, 2018) – To celebrate, honor, and recognize the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Baldwin Library is hosting historical impersonator Rosie “Miz Rosie” Chapman on Monday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Miz Rosie will impersonate Rosa Parks, who became a close friend of Dr. King during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Chapman’s presentation will teach attendees about Ms. Parks’ life and will give audience the chance to take the roles of bus driver, riders and others.
Donna Smith, Youth Librarian, says, “Young and old alike are swept up in Miz Rosie’s dramatic and energizing theatrical experience. Through her presentations, storytelling becomes a useful educational tool for teaching cultural diversity, history, life skills, conflict resolution and social skills."
This is Miz Rosie’s sixth visit to the Baldwin Library for Martin Luther King, Jr. day. In previous years, she has presented on Madam C.J. Walker, Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Sojourner Truth, and African folk tales.
In addition to performing across the country and in Australia, Scotland, Germany, and Canada, Chapman offers professional development workshops for teachers, librarians, and major corporations on cultural diversity awareness insights.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

 It was a little over a year ago, when then Mayor Coakley writing in the Hills Highlight  edition #95 touted the City's progress in tele communications  by listing the antenna  facilities popping up in the 
City like mushrooms after the rain. He also mentioned one 

company in particular Rocket Fiber, and wrote , "We (editors note who is we ?) I do not know if the matter  has been  before City Commision  and if not why not ?
Before concluding "with  the Rocket Fiber to bring fiber optic internet cable into our the City". The folks have been very enthusiatic and  entergetic about serving the city and we look forward  to bring them this about  in due 
Almost a year has gone by and now is the winter of our discontent made glorious  summer by the sunny Sun of York (with apologies to Shakespear) Or For that matter anyone  one who wishes to to sell us something
Last weeks did not bring "due course" but it did provide  a  reveation  of what seem to be a done deal. 
when  Commissioner Coakley writing in the Winter 2017 Hills Highlights with has been delivered to  City residents in last week or so wrote  the following"
 "We have been working"The Rocket Fiber people to bring fiber optic cable into the City (of Bloomfield Hills) and we (unamed) look forward  to bring this about in due course. 
They (Fiber Optic?)will first roll fiber optic or wireless optic service ro the more than300 bisinesses in our city and from there branch out to the (neighborhoods)( sic).This will take some time  to implement  but we have taken rthe first to bring the City into the 21st Century. dAs in the case of 
MAYBE MAYBE not but a numbered questions arise. Was there any competitive bidding sought. How many  commissioners besides Mr. Coakley were part of the decision making process.   
 Will City residents be required install Rocket Fiber optic  on their premises or will they make their one internet cable provider. Since Residents have been excluded from the decision making process up to now the future does not look to be rosey.

The Coming of age of Tele communications

In 1959 at the end of a relatively prosperous decade in the City of Sacramento, California in a dozen or so homes that faced a rather large Catholic grade school, half the homes had telephones  but no televisions. and the other half had  TV,s but no telephones.
The latter became painfully apparent when sibllings of absent were sent home  for lunch with notes pinned to their jackets.

Yes dear reader it does get cold even in California in October.
Today  each of those homes  probably homes That have two or TVs and perhaps as many as three telephones. That is the tele communications  revolution.

In 1984 my father retired after a  career in television. At thta time in Detroit Michigan Tv viewers had a choice of programming provided  on three channels, 2,4, and, seven.  They were the network affilates and. Detroiters also had and independent station Channel 50 which broadcast on UHF which newer Television   sets could recieved. In addition. Residents could also get channel 9 in Windsor and even channel 11 in Toledo Ohio.  All of which was Broadcast over the airways. The airways belonged to all and  the mediums that used them had to show cause  when  their liscence came up for  renewal that thy were used for the common good.

A new form on Television was was coming or so everyone said. It did not broadcast over the air but a cable buried in the ground as a result it could carry 100  different channels. The trouble was laying the Cable was expensive  and if a neighbor an over it with a riding lawn mower a sub division could be shut down.

 To off set the expense of Cable communities gave cable companies exclusive rights to a community. In return the residents got Public acces. which filmed  City Government meetings, Founders day parades, high school  and other items of a purely local interest. The cable company would  also teach  residents how  to film events and loaned them the camera or studio space when necessary.

 A factor called low popuation density limited  our  City’ participation in the  the last cable revolution. Still we were of among the first communities to film city commision meetings. Current City Commisioner and former Mayor  Coakley believes  Fiber optics is the cure to what ails us. Is It ? Read on.