Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Brighton Merchants come together to raise money for the Special Olympic's Polar Plunge on Saturday.
Thirty Brighton merchants are banding together for the second year running to raise additional money for the Polar Plunge which will take place Saturday at Leith Lake behind Brighton High School. Last year, merchants raised a little more than $9,000 for Special Olympics with week-long fundraisers. The goal this year is to raise between $10,00 and $12,000, according to Lindsay Palizzi, owner of Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grill and one of the event planners. Festivities will begin on Thursday with a Polar Bear Pub & Shop Crawl. Customers can visit any participating store or restaurant to pick up a punch card and receive punches for each purchase or donation made. After reaching five punches, they may drop off the cards at Downtown Main …
Friday, February 15, 2013
SELCRA Director hopes to get a few weeks of use out of the ice rink before spring.
There's good news for ice skating fans. SELCRA announced that the Meijer Park Ice Rink will open to the public for the first time this weekend. Hours will be on Saturday, from 12-8 p.m., and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. The Brighton Area Fire Department was able to flood the rink earlier this month afternoon after a previous unsuccessful attempt in January. SELCRA Director Derek Smith said the ice needed a few weeks to freeze solid before use. "It's kind of a learning curve, being the first year that it's open and kind of going through some growing pains on how to actually get an outdoor ice rink to work," Smith said. "I think the key is the liner that we purchased - it wasn't an inexpensive venture, but now that we have it in place, it will actually…
Friday, February 8, 2013
A divided council voted on awarding the city's new quota liquor license after a public hearing Thursday night.
Brighton City Council members voted 3-2 to recommend awarding Scotty Simpson's Fish and Chips a Class C Quota Liquor License to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) during Thursday night's meeting. The quota liquor license is new to the city this year due to an increase in population based on the most recent census data. The last time the city had a quota license to give out was more than 20 years ago. The quota liquor license costs only $600 annually and is transferable as opposed to a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) redevelopment liquor license, which costs $20,000 and cannot be transferred. Mayor Jim Muzzin and council members Larry Schillinger and Ricci Bandkau voted in favor of Scotty's, which transferred its current …
Each week, Brighton Patch will feature videos from YouTube about Brighton.
There's lots of cool stuff going on in and around Brighton. Luckily, some of it is posted on YouTube. Each week, Brighton Patch will highlight a YouTube video posted about the Brighton area. This week's pick features a special duck at the Brighton Mill Pond, named 'Tux' by the video's poster, DougPeteVideo. Do you know of a YouTube video that highlights Brighton? Send the link to email@example.com and it could be featured next week.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Brighton Area Fire Department flooded the rink Tuesday afternoon.
The second time's the charm - at least it is in the case of the ice rink at Meijer Skate Park. The Brighton Area Fire Department was able to flood the rink Tuesday afternoon, after an unsuccessful previous attempt last month. After the first attempt, SELCRA Director Derek Smith ordered a liner, which was shipped last week, in order to keep the water from escaping out of the sides of the wooden beams that make up the rink's construction. SELCRA funded the construction cost of the rink through a BP Fueling Communities Grant it received through Corrigan Oil, which also covered the cost of purchasing a liner. With the help of Get Plowed, a snow removal company in Brighton, the rink was plowed, the liner was laid and the fire department was …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Volunteers chipped in to help SELCRA build the ice rink in Brighton this week.
Many people came together this week to build the new Ice Rink at the Meijer Skate Park. From SELCRA's Facebook page: "The construction of the Meijer Park Ice Rink would not have been possible without the help of the BP/Corrigan fueling the community grant and The Home Depot for their donations. Also the Brighton Rotary Raiders and all the volunteers! This was truly a community effort!" SELCRA Director Derek Smith said all they need now is consistent cold weather. Once temperatures are consistent, the Brighton Area Fire Department will flood the rink. Thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work.
Friday, December 7, 2012
St Paul's Episcopal Church will keep its original 1881 structure.
It's been a long time since the entire St. Paul's Episcopal Church congregation could all worship in one room at the same time, according to St. Paul's Pastor, Rev. Deon Johnson. After working on site plans for an expansion for two years, the church has finally come up with a solution. It will preserve the historical 1881 portion of the building and demolish the L-shaped structure that was added in 1992. Brighton City Council members unanimously approved the church's expansion plans, and thanked them for choosing to remain in the city. Jeff Smith, an architect with Professional Engineering Associations (PEA) in Howell explained to council that the current building is undersized and has problems with the foundation and roofing. The church's…
SELCRA will build an ice rink this winter at the Meijer Skate Park.
Meijer Skate Park will be getting a new addition in the form of an ice rink this winter, according to SELCRA Director Derek Smith. "The park's cement slab had originally been poured with the intention of flooding it, but it's just never been done," Smith said. "So we kind of started talking and heard through word of mouth that people in the community want a pond-hockey type of open skating place." Smith said SELCRA will fund the rink through a BP Fueling Communities Grant it received through Corrigan Oil. He also said they are working with Home Depot on lumber costs and other materials. The Brighton Area Fire Department has agreed to flood the rink - and keep it flooded. In addition, a local business owner has agreed to loan out his …
DDA Director Matt Modrack said a downtown theater is perhaps the most significant project in the works.
Everywhere you look downtown, there is evidence that the City of Brighton is thriving, with the recent additions of The Pound! Bar & Grill and Bink & Babs Boutique to upcoming projects like the Becker Brewery and expansion of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Brighton Community Development and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Matt Modrack said he believes part of the reason for downtown Brighton's success is that it has become a dining destination, which has in turn spurred the addition of retail businesses, "the gold standard of a downtown," he said. Modrack spoke during a town hall series meeting sponsored by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. "I think the Becker Brewery project is one of the real indicators of how …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Customers can add flavored syrups to coffee, adult beverages, soda water and more.
It's a well-known secret that quite a few Oh My Lolli customers love to dissolve their favorite hard candy flavors in coffee and even in adult beverages to sweeten their drinks. It's what gave Owner Keith Karp the idea to branch out from hard candy to include Simple Syrups. After working on the recipe for more than two months, Oh My Lolli will unveil its new product line of gourmet syrups to flavor coffee, hot chocolate, adult beverages, soda water, shaved ice and more on Thursday night, during Ladies Night Out from 6-10 p.m. "We had clients that were using our candy in adult beverages - putting Pomegranate Lemonade and infusing it with vodka or rum, and that just sparked the idea that we could make this into a syrup that you could use for…