Monday, November 21, 2011
Following in the footsteps of Bloomfield Township government, the library board wants to improve access.
The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees may not be the only public body that will soon have its meetings broadcast on local television. The Bloomfield Township Public Library Board is seriously considering options to bring its public meetings to living rooms and computer screens through Bloomfield Community Television, Channel 15. Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter said the board heard a presentation from Bloomfield Township Community Relations Director Leslie Helwig at its meeting last week about possible options. Helwig recently completed a similar process for the township board, which last week unanimously approved a $77,039 bid for video equipment and upgrades to the station’s control room. Kotulis-Carter said the options ranged…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Voters trickle in at precincts with only a handful of decisions to make.
This morning's foggy, drizzle-filled start didn't help what was already expected to be a light turnout for today's election in Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills. With only a single item for some, and at most three decisions to be made, election officials said most active citizens likely submitted absentee ballots or may even stay home in this off-year election. At Bloomfield Hills City Hall, where voters will decide a .39-mill levy for full service with the Baldwin Library, voter count was hovering at about 100 by 1 p.m., officials said. Traffic trickled in and out of Precinct 1 inside the Department of Public Safety garage, where voters with children in tow got a close-up look at the fire engine and equipment. "That helps while the…
Monday, November 7, 2011
Negotiators spent months hammering out a multi-year contract, now it's up to the people to decide if they want it.
Bloomfield Hills voters will get another shot of having a library they can call home when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8. But will they accept a new tax to gain full access and privileges at the award-winning Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham? What is it? The city proposes a .39-mill levy that will generate $268,681 for the first year of a contract with Baldwin. What's the big deal? Voters defeated a proposal to renew the city's contract with the Bloomfield Township Public Library last November. It's the third library millage attempt in as many years, and the city, comprised of roughly 4,000 residents, has been without a library of it's own for seven years. How much will it cost? Negotiators based the average household cost of …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Still in town this Labor Day? Here's what will be open in the Bloomfield area.
Labor Day is Monday, and while offices are closed and the barbecues are fired up, you still may need to get out and around the Bloomfield area. Here's what you need to know about what's open and closed.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Throw in some classic cars and good reads, and the weekend might just be complete.
It’s Friday, and you’re looking for your best bets for weekend activities. Bloomfield Patch has highlights of events you may not want to miss. Where: Pet Supplies Plus in Bloomfield Township When: 4 p.m. Friday-4 p.m. Sunday Why go: If your family is looking for a furry feline addition, look no further. This adoption marathon offers an opportunity to look at 200 cats and kittens in need of a home. Plus, the very reasonable adoption fee includes spay/neutering, health checks and vaccinations. Where: Cranbrook When: 8:30 p.m. Friday Why go: Check out and learn about the only mammals that really fly: bats. These nocturnal creatures become very active at twilight, so this is a perfect time to learn about their homes, habitats and feeding …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The retired attorney also serves as co-president of Temple Kol Ami and advises Summer In The City, a volunteer service organization in Metro Detroit.
Longtime Bloomfield Township resident Joseph Falik is a regular user of the public library, and now he's looking forward to playing a role in maintaining it for future generations. "I hope soon to introduce my grandchildren, who are not yet readers, to the pleasures of reading at the BTPL,” said Falik, who was appointed as trustee of the Bloomfield Township Public Library Board last month. He will be formally sworn in at the board's next meeting on Aug. 16. Falik has lived in Bloomfield Township for 29 years, where he and his wife, Deborah Hecht, raised their two sons, Ben and Sam. They have two grandchildren, Judah and Phoebe. During that time, he's grown attached to the library and has become a regular patron. “I particularly appreciate …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Legal and fundraising experience make Falik unanimous choice to fill vacant seat.
Joseph Falik was named the newest trustee of the Bloomfield Township Public Library Board today, officials said. Falik, a longtime township resident, is a mediator and recently retired as general counsel to a large Metro Detroit corporation. He has expertise in strategic planning and budgeting, which will be invaluable assets to the board given the anticipated economic challenges ahead, officials said. Eight residents applied and interviewed for the post, which became open in May when former Trustee Lyle Dahlberg resigned after a year on the board. Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter said each applicant was asked 10 broad questions that gave the board and public an idea of the qualifications and skill set each had to offer. Falik brings …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Last of eight candidates to make their case why they should be appointed trustee at 6 p.m.
The last candidate for the open trustee seat on the Bloomfield Township Public Library Board will be interviewed tonight at 6 p.m. in the Library Board Room. Gail Kowitz was among the eight residents to meet the apllication deadline but was out of town and could not be part of the initial interviews scheduled last week. All sessions are open to the public, but only board members will formally question the candidates, Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter said. No members of the public attended the initial interviews. "The heat might have been a challenge for the audience, but it did not hinder the candidates, thankfully," she said, referring to last week's record-setting heat wave. "The first evening of interviews went very well." Joining …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Bloomfield area residents may also enjoy the summer park concert series and shred their unwanted documents for free this week.
Here's a list of the government meetings and newsworthy events around the Bloomfield area this week. 1. The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees will hear presentations from two candidates seeking to replace retiring Supervisor Dave Payne at their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Township Hall. The board, which limited the field to current board members, is likely to vote on an appointee to finish the remainder of Payne’s term, which ends in 2012. 2. It’s Family Fun Yoga at the Library: The Bloomfield Township Public Library will host family fun yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The series continues at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for families with children age 4-8. Children age 5-12 are invited to participate with their favorite …
Friday, July 22, 2011
Second round of eight-candidate field to face board members, public at 6 p.m. Final candidate interview scheduled for next Wednesday.
The second round of candidate interviews for the vacant Bloomfield Township Public Library trustee position will run from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Library Board Room. Interviews are expected to last about a half hour for each of the four candidates. The first half of the eight-applicant field took questions last night. An additional interview session is set for 6 p.m. July 27 to accommodate an applicant who is currently out of town. All sessions are open to the public, but only board members will formally question the candidates, Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter said. Candidates are: Kotulis-Carter said each applicant will be asked 10 broad questions that should give the board and public an idea of the qualifications and skill set each…