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Bellringers needed!The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is still in need of volunteer bellringers to support its $8.3 mil...
12/18/2021
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Bellringers needed!
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is still in need of volunteer bellringers to support its $8.3 million Red Kettle Christmas Campaign fundraising goal.
Bell ringing runs through Dec. 24. Those interested in volunteering can register at registertoring.com?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon. Volunteers can choose a traditional, two-hour session at a physical red kettle site or participate in a virtual bell ringing shift where they raise funds from home.
The Salvation Army aims to fill more than 64,000 hours of bell ringing shifts across hundreds of kettle locations throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Money raised will benefit the nonprofit organization’s various programs and help provide meals and shelter for those in need.
Tax-deductible contributions to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign also can be made by: texting GIFT to 24365, visiting salmich.org?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon, calling 877-SAL-MICH or sending a check, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48075.

Register to ring a bell for The Salvation Army. Come join in Doing the Most Good!

CONTEST ENDS TOMORROW! Win $2,500 in gift certificates to Gardner White Furniture in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas co...
12/18/2021

CONTEST ENDS TOMORROW! Win $2,500 in gift certificates to Gardner White Furniture in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week5_GardnerWhite#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

CONTEST ENDS TOMORROW! Win $2,500 in gift certificates to Gardner White Furniture in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week5_GardnerWhite#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

FINAL HOURS TO ENTER to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's ...
12/16/2021

FINAL HOURS TO ENTER to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

FINAL HOURS TO ENTER to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner ...
12/15/2021

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

Bellringers needed!The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is still in need of volunteer bellringers to support its $8.3 mil...
12/15/2021
Register to Ring

Bellringers needed!
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is still in need of volunteer bellringers to support its $8.3 million Red Kettle Christmas Campaign fundraising goal.
Bell ringing runs through Dec. 24. Those interested in volunteering can register at registertoring.com?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon. Volunteers can choose a traditional, two-hour session at a physical red kettle site or participate in a virtual bell ringing shift where they raise funds from home.
The Salvation Army aims to fill more than 64,000 hours of bell ringing shifts across hundreds of kettle locations throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Money raised will benefit the nonprofit organization’s various programs and help provide meals and shelter for those in need.
Tax-deductible contributions to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign also can be made by: texting GIFT to 24365, visiting salmich.org?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon, calling 877-SAL-MICH or sending a check, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48075.

Register to ring a bell for The Salvation Army. Come join in Doing the Most Good!

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner ...
12/14/2021

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

Enter to win 6 tickets to HollyDazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in this week's Instant Winner Wednesday contest: https://www.candgnews.com/IWW_HollyDazzle_121521?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon

Pandemic floods groups with used books in West Bloomfield
12/14/2021
Pandemic floods groups with used books in West Bloomfield

Pandemic floods groups with used books in West Bloomfield

WEST BLOOMFIELD — According to West Bloomfield resident Linda Babcock, she has been a loyal member of the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library since 1999, and she has made it a habit to donate many used books to the facility over the years.

FINAL DAY TO ENTER! Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center: https://www.candgnews.c...
12/12/2021

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FINAL DAY TO ENTER! Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
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Have you entered to win a big prize in our 5 Weeks of Christmas contest yet? Enter now here: https://www.candgnews.com/2...
12/11/2021

Have you entered to win a big prize in our 5 Weeks of Christmas contest yet? Enter now here: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

Have you entered to win a big prize in our 5 Weeks of Christmas contest yet? Enter now here: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest:...
12/11/2021

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

The 2.87 acre property with a Tudor-style home, a natural water source pond and a windmill, was originally used as a dai...
12/10/2021
‘Windmill House’ in Royal Oak is for sale for first time since 1945

The 2.87 acre property with a Tudor-style home, a natural water source pond and a windmill, was originally used as a dairy farm in the 1860s. In 1923, the windmill was built to provide power to the barn on the property. The home itself was built in 1935.

ROYAL OAK — A notable piece of land in Royal Oak is up for sale for the first time in more than 75 years.

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest:...
12/08/2021

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

Win an Ariens Path-Pro Snow Blower from Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center in this week's 5 Weeks of Christmas contest: https://www.candgnews.com/2021_5Weeks_Week4_Hellebuycks#//?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_West_Bloomfield_Beacon
Sponsored by Gardner White Furniture

The coin is valued around $1,700, the Salvation Army says, and will help feed, clothe and support those in need. The don...
12/08/2021
Valuable coin donated again to local Salvation Army red kettle

The coin is valued around $1,700, the Salvation Army says, and will help feed, clothe and support those in need. The donation was made in a different location this year, after being found in the same location for eight consecutive years.

A Secret Santa is making the holidays bright for the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit for the ninth year in a row. Sometime on Dec. 6, an anonymous donor dropped a 1979 South African gold Krugerrand into a Salvation Army red kettle in St.

Keego Harbor's family’s auction item sets world record
12/07/2021
Keego Harbor's family’s auction item sets world record

Keego Harbor's family’s auction item sets world record

KEEGO HARBOR — In March 2019, four local women teamed up to start an upscale consignment shop featuring a hand-picked collection of rare and iconic 20th century furniture, art, home decor and lighting.

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Friendship Circle UMatter's "One Thing I Wish You Knew" event was featured in the West Bloomfield Beacon. “When [teens] are missing the deep knowledge, understanding, that they are here in this world for a purpose... there could be an easy way of real, kind of brought-on depression and a feeling of emptiness," says Friendship Circle Co-Founder Bassie Shemtov. "And that’s how UMatter was created, to bring awareness to our teenagers that ‘you matter.’” #FCMichigan
Read about UMatter's recent "One Thing I Wish You Knew" event and the importance of discussing teen mental health in the West Bloomfield Beacon:
West Bloomfield Township is having a VOLUNTEER Clean-up Event on Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 am to noon, to clean-up some of the roadways in the Township of debris and litter. If anyone is interested, please call 248-451-4845 or show up May 8th at town hall (4550 Walnut Lake Road). Thanks!!
A few weeks back during the height of the coronavirus lockdown, I was jogging with my son; a safe, sanctioned activity. This brought us in the vicinity of a ma*****na dispensary I shall not name. The deluge of customers spoke volumes. Either we are a very sickly nation verging on a zombie apocalypse-scale crisis, or there is a huge slice of our population getting stoned for fun. While it has been legalized, and I agree, it’s not as bad as alcohol, it would still be equivalent to a form of open intoxication. It’s gotten so pervasive that you can’t walk in front of certain houses without catching a wall-like odor of very special skunk. We would like to think this town has a little bit of class, not to mention kids running around. It’s difficult to see how being a good parent meshes with being devoted to ma*****na, unless you keep your kids on a short tether whereby they don’t get out much. This is very well disguised in an age of digital screens taking the place of parenting time. To us, nurturing still involves some physical exertion, not too compatible with dope smoking. It doesn’t mesh well with being a good neighbor, either. While this could be “dope shaming”, it’s hard to reconcile this seeming contradiction in an age where work ethic is downright fetishized. We are a nation that brags compulsively about how many hours a week we work, never mind the pay or object. Most other countries simply work to live, and look forward to quality time spent with family, bereft of the ingenuous tinge of, “oh, I would [insert responsible leisure activity here], but I don’t have the time,” i.e. “I’m more valuable/ motivated than you, slacker!” This is not a virtue, nor a means to an ends, so I understand when folks, (many with this toxic, exploitive view,) want to kick back and totally unwind, with noxious results. But weren’t most of us taught (albeit ingenuously,) that if you habitually need drugs for a good time, that’s a problem? One day, my supervisor was extoling the virtues of keeping our noses to the grind-stone, and not being a burden on the next guy, (this was 9:00 AM, FYI.) As we rolled up to a stop light, I noticed the driver in the next vehicle toking the reefer…while on his cell phone….. a few things wrong with this picture. Captain working class hero beside me, stated “Don’t worry about it, it’s his business, besides, he’s probably on his way to work!” INDEED. Collectively our values have become so skewed that some folks are subtly afraid to confront what is a social problem with grave ramifications for the future. Particularly men who smoke w**d, have erectile problems, immotile s***m, and won’t be having kids any time soon. Family men. It’s none the less amazing who can pull it off while raising kids. I like to call this multi-tasking. Leaving aside glorified workaholism, grinding down 80 hours a week to “deserve” some combination of alcohol or w**d is not why we exist. It’s a poor example to say the least. SO have a little class! It’s (at least) every bit as noxious as ci******es, and look how to***co smokers get hassled! There exist certain streets in Oakland County where folks in the past 4 years have been afraid/intimidated to walk down. This is because someone has a reputation for growing ma*****na, (outside in the bushes abutting wetlands, how resourceful.) This began well before it was legalized. It’s lost on me how ma*****na is being regulated, and I don’t blame the police. They have to pick their battles in an age where every other person is a self-entitled INDIVIDUAL. Unless someone is suffering from a profound cancer I’ve never heard of, please don’t make the rest of us a captive guest to your clam-bake. I don’t have a medical degree, and am not invoking the benefits or detriments of pot. All I know, is the people my age (40) who indulge in it, look like the Crypt Keeper. Let’s bring back a healthy, genuine sense of neighborhood pride. Let’s have an official stamp out pot day! Please keep it in the bathroom, the basement, or behind the shed in the back yard, the official propriety of delinquent teenagers. Perhaps sobering up would remind us what life is really all about
Caprice Chapman Aerts There was a sighting yesterday at Inkster and Maple Rd in West Bloomfield, Sue posted on Bloomfield Farms Nextdoor. We went there and looked, put flyers at all the houses. Tara Kammer went later and took her dog to really look hard. Do not chase, call the number on this flyer. Skylar's video has over 29,000 views. PLEASE SHARE https://www.facebook.com/rutherforddm/videos/10216060719324526/ https://www.facebook.com/264553563570926/photos/a.3073320309360890/3236092836416969/?type=3
Still in need of a golf foursome for a scramble for charity. February 2 at On The Dunes in Commerce. Register your team at www.oaklandcountywinterfest.com
My son, is a member of the basketball team, with West Bloomfield Athletics Department. On December 8, 2018, he was assaulted by a teammate, on the blue team. He was punched in the face and has a bruise, as a result. The coach took the teammate off the court for 5 minutes, but never talked to this child about his maliscious actions toward my child. I have noticed that the coaches Do Not practice the teaching of sportsmanship. I would really like to see changes, within the team and it's coaches. I believe that these coaches should always start this game with a firm talking to the teammates about their conduct, as players on the court.