Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Berkley restaurant is holding a series of public tastings as it prepares to begin serving the morning meal on a target date of Sept. 12.
O'Mara's Restaurant in Berkley is working to fill a gap in its business plan by adding breakfast service and has invited the community to help make sure it gets the new menu just right by holding a series of public tastings. Participants during the second of five tastings Wednesday morning filled the room with a chorus of "mmmmms" interspersed with periods of quiet, content chewing as they savored sumptuous dishes, including crepes stuffed with smoked salmon, crab and peppers in a lobster sauce and pesto-tomato eggs Benedict made with herbs fresh from the garden out back. A highlight of the new menu is O'Mara's' meats. Its salmon and bacon are smoked in-house and its bacon, sausage and corned beef hash are nitrate- and preservative-free, …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Alan Posner met Monday evening with students and parents outside the high school.
Students and parents shared ice cream with Berkley High School's new band director during a meet-and-greet event Monday evening on the school's front lawn. Alan Posner, 25, who will serve as director of bands at BHS and Norup International School, got started this week by holding rehearsals Wednesday and Thursday for student leaders and freshmen, respectively. On Monday, dozens of students and parents, as well as Berkley School District Superintendent Michael Simeck, gathered to welcome him and pick up information about the 2011-2012 music program. "This is a really tremendous job," said the University of Michigan graduate, who comes to Berkley from a position with Suttons Bay Schools in northern Michigan. "Not only is it a good program …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Put upcoming art fairs on the calendar if you would like to hunt for your own arboreal art.
Whimsical tree art is cropping up around town, creating a world of fairies and faces for those with a keen eye and fertile imagination. The decorations are available for purchase online, but you also could go on the hunt for them at the following upcoming art fairs. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 2-4, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 in downtown Royal Oak. The 14th annual Labor Day weekend festival "will offer more than 200 performances on 10 stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local attractions," according to its website. 46th annual Art & Apples Festival: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
A flute and harp concert will be held Sunday afternoon at the Huntington Woods landmark.
The fountain on LaSalle Boulevard in Huntington Woods has had its ups and downs over the years. Originally built to add a hint of je ne sais quoi to a boulevard lined with model homes, it fell into disrepair before becoming a planter next to the replacement fountain that gurgles at the popular gathering site today. Years ago, as the city was being developed, LaSalle between Meadowcrest and Newport was a block of builder model homes, Historic District Commission co-founder Robert Lebow said. "It was built as a boulevard because it's so much more elegant than a regular pedestrian street," he said, adding that the city only permitted builders to construct two of the same home styles on each block. "The architectural styles on LaSalle are what…
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Kids in Camp Apples and Camp Bananas use a fire hose and inspect a fire truck and squad car Thursday in Huntington Woods.
Youngsters in two Huntington Woods Parks & Recreation fruit camps got a treat Thursday when members of the Public Safety Department stopped by with a fire truck and squad car. Kids ages 3- to 4-years-old in Camp Apples and those ages 4 and 5 in Camp Bananas used the powerful fire hose to douse faux flames in a burning house prop set up in the Burton Community Park parking lot. After, the campers toured the fire truck and climbed inside a squad car. A few lucky campers and counselors tried on the firefighters' gear. Campers' last names were withheld in photo captions at the request of the Huntington Woods Recreation Center.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Huntington Woods tradition continues Wednesday at Gordon L. Hassig Senior Park.
An annual tradition continued Wednesday afternoon when Huntington Woods seniors gathered at Gordon L. Hassig Senior Park for a Fourth of July potluck. The residents brought dishes to pass, sipped tea and chowed down on burgers and chicken grilled up by Huntington Woods Recreation Center building supervisor Bill Gergosian and resident Adam Shapiro. Warm, sunny weather provided a perfect setting for the park outing, during which the seniors chatted, played bingo and won prizes. The event was one of many throughout the city leading up to the Fourth of July parade and fireworks Monday. Click here to read more Fourth of July-related stories.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Pooches of all shapes and sizes paraded Saturday during the 10th annual Berkley Art Bash.
Pooches of all shapes and sizes were on parade Saturday during the 10th annual Berkley Art Bash, which brought a large crowd downtown to see the works of more than 100 artists from Metro Detroit and beyond. Music, art and the aroma of freshly prepared food filled Twelve Mile Road as visitors checked out the displays, kids frolicked in the bounce house or got faux tattoos, and dogs took in the action from street level.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Homeowners express their creativity with whimsical, modern and colorful entrances.
Warm weather gives homeowners a full palette of colors as they transform their front doors into works of art. Green grass and ivy, pots and patio furniture, flowers and paint give each of these entrances a unique personality. Do you have a funky front door? If so, e-mail a photo of it, along with your hometown, to Leslie.Ellis@patch.com and we'll add it to the gallery!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The peaceful plot of land near Pattengill Elementary School and Beaumont Hospital showcases Michigan wildflowers and trees.
Tucked inconspicuously on a sliver of land between Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Pattengill Elementary School in Berkley is the SOCRRA Native Landscape Education Site. The plot features wildflowers and trees, many of which are labeled, as well as a compost demonstration garden, winding paths and a pair of inviting benches. Whether you're looking to learn more about native landscaping or simply want to find a quiet place to escape with a good book, this spot is worth visiting. While the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority's acronym is included in the site's name, due to a change in grant funding, the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority now manages the garden. Contact project coordinator Lillian Dean at 248-…
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Riders from Post 374 left Wednesday to join hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in the nation's capital during the Memorial Day weekend.
Members of American Legion Post 374 in Berkley rolled out on their motorcycles Wednesday morning, headed toward Washington, D.C., to participate in the Rolling Thunder XXIV demonstration during the Memorial Day weekend. Hundreds of thousands of veterans and their supporters will stream into the capital from all across the county for a rally Sunday that will begin in the Pentagon parking lot and proceed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There, participants will honor military members past and present and urge the United States to press governments around the world to release prisoners of war and search for those who remain missing in action. "It's really moving to see the dedication to the veterans," Post 374 ride coordinator Kevin Quinn …