5 Stories Patch is Covering in West Bloomfield
We'll be at Town Hall, Gretchko Elementary School, and the 48th District Court this week.
1. Project Build!, a collaborative effort between West Bloomfield-based Jewish Family Services and the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan is hoping to finish strong in the national online voting contest Aprons in Action, from the Home Depot Foundation. The contest ends Saturday at 12 noon, and if Project Build! wins, it will "ensure that hundreds of low-income and physically challenged people in Southeast Michigan can live in safe and functional homes."
- Project Build! is competing for a $250,000 grand prize after winning a preliminary contest for $25,000 last month.
2. Will the West Bloomfield Township Board be able to rework its noise ordinance to suit both Relay for Life volunteers and its' residents? At the March 5 board meeting, a recommendation to approve an outdoor gathering permit for the annual American Cancer Society benefit at West Bloomfield High School was tabled due to concerns about the township's recently-amended noise ordinance. The board will meet Monday at 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall.
- Check out the Patch Events listing for a look at the complete agenda.
- Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste will once again take center stage as the annual state of the township address is scheduled to be read Thursday at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.
3. The West Bloomfield School District is the focal point of a number of different stories Patch is working on, but this week, we'll be focused on its' Board of Education meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in Gretchko Elementary School. Superintendent JoAnn Andrees will address the board with regard to the district's bullying and instructional programs policies, and the West Bloomfield Educational Foundation will have a raffle for one lucky donor to win $10,000.
- Did you read the Patch special report last week on the search to find a replacement for the retiring Andrees?
4. A preliminary exam for three men accused of a racially-motivated assault on an African American Farmington Hills man will take place Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in 48th District Court. The three men — all under age 29, from West Bloomfield — were arraigned last month on charges of ethnic intimidation by Judge Marc Barron after the aggravated assault allegedly took place last year.
5. Are you feeling March Madness? No, we're not talking about the NCAA basketball tournaments — our brackets were busted long ago. Instead, we'll be covering spring sports season as it continues in West Bloomfield. Girls tennis, baseball, track and field, girls soccer, and boys lacrosse games are all on tap this week, and Patch will bring you the latest as it happens.
- If you are a coach, a parent, or simply a fan, we'd love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.