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Thursday, September 14, 2017


BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 13, 2017) – Sneak out for some roaring fun to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Baldwin Public Library. Baldwin is throwing a speakeasy-themed Books & Bites fundraiser on Friday, November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will help fund an expansion and renovation of the Youth Room.
Bid on hotsy-totsy auction items, listen to live jazz music, strike a pose in the photo booth, and try your hand at one of the game tables. Sip and get stuffed with food, drinks, and desserts from Big Rock Chophouse, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, The Bird & the Bread, Bistro Joe's, Great Harvest Bread Company, 7 Greens, Svenska Café, Toast, Whistle Stop Diner, and Whole Foods Market.
Tickets are $75 for Shakers ages 64 and under, $65 for Boomers ages 65 to 89, and free for attendees 90 and over. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 248-554-4683. Auction donations are welcome and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
“We have been working hard behind the scenes and are excited to host another big night for Birmingham. It’s wonderful to be able to open up the Library for a fun and entertaining evening,” said Doug Koschik, Library Director.
In past years, Books & Bites has benefited the Library’s Idea Lab (2015), Outreach Services (2013), a Teen Space (2012), and a Youth Early Learning Corner (2011).
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.
Rebekah Craft
Associate Director
Baldwin Public Library
300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI  48009

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baldwin Library new releases 9/12/2017

  • In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

    Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe. When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn't realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using "John Doe" to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level. It's a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president's Chief of Staff's only son, Saxton Hainny. It's international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised. Featuring Coulter's signature "breakneck plot and magnetic characters" (Huffington Post), Enigma is a shocking thrill ride that will keep the you turning pages as fast as you can.

    Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo's search for a Romanov fortune brings them into perilous contact with an ambitious neo-Nazi clan, in the thrilling adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves. It is their mission to establish the Fourth Reich, and their time is coming soon. As the Fargos follow the trail across Europe, Northern Africa, and South America, they know only one thing. This quest is greater than anything they have ever done--it is their chance to make someone answer for unspeakable crimes, and to prevent them from happening again

    Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017


meeting of the City Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at City Hall 45 E. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Phone 248.644.1520 1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance.
 2. Consent Agenda A. Bills Payable for August 2017 B. Department Reports: a. Finance Director / Treasurer b. Public Safety c. Engineering d. Building C. Minutes: a. City Commission Regular Meeting held August 8, 2017. D. Correspondence: a. Memo from City Manager David Hendrickson: City Goals b. Memo from Finance Director / Treasurer Keith Francis: MERS 3. Recognition of Citizens in the audience.  

The commission will hear a request from Kojaian Management Corporation regarding architectural approval for the remaining lots in the Bloomfield Hunt Club Estates Development. 5. The commission will consider the request of the property owner at 815 Canterbury Crescent for an appeal from the grading ordinance.
 6. The commission will consider a memo from City Manager Hendrickson on Additional Road Recommendations to the 2017 Road Rehabilitation Program. 7. The commission will consider a memo from City Manager Hendrickson on the Gravel Road Maintenance Analysis and Request to Pave Brady Lane. 
8. The commission will consider adoption of the Performance Resolution for Governmental Agencies with MDOT for work on Woodward Avenue, a state trunkline. 2 9. The commission will hear City Manager comments. 10. The commission will discuss lead responsibilities. 11. The commission will consider other business. Respectfully Submitted, Amy L. Burton, City Clerk.

Lot split may be divisive.

 The regular meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in the City Commission Room, 45 E. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2322, Phone (248) 644-1520, FAX (248) 644-4813. 

1. Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance.  
2. APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING Minutes,  of planning of Commission meeting held in August.

Today Agenda item3 . The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 649 Edgemere Court for permission to construct stone walls in the front and rear yards, gate in the side yard, columns at drive entrance and entrance into the rear yard and landscape features. 

TodayAgenda item 4. The planning commission will consider the request of the property owner at 1876 Rathmor and 1900 Rathmor for approval of a lot split, lot combination and natural features setback variance.