Metro Detroit businessman Derek Albert Sr. and his wife, Tiffany Albert, (she’s a senior VP at Blue Cross) hosted an impromptu reception at their palatial Oakland County abode on Friday, saluting U.S. mayors. Some 50 mayors, who were all in town for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Rochester Hills, gathered for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with the Alberts, among them Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Columbia, S.C. , Mayor Steve Benjamin (he was on the short list to be Hillary Clinton’s VP at one point); Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. There were a few locals in the group, including Benny Napoleon, Brenda Lawrence, attorney John “J.D.” Simpson, Alex and Pam Parrish, George Barnes and Randy Oram. But the star of the show was the Albert’s youngest son, 7-year-old Derek Albert Jr., who came out in his whimsical bright yellow Pokemon Pikachu pajamas to say goodnight to everyone.

Lathrop's mayor to tie the knot

Kelly Garrett, the lovely mayor of Lathrop Village, is getting married. Garrett will wed Cornell Batie, board chair of Mosaic Youth Theatre. “I’ve known him for several years, but we’ve only been dating for nine months,” explains Garrett. “After the second date, he declared that we should be together for the rest of our lives, as in, let’s get married. I decided to get on board with it.” Garrett and Batie will wed early next year at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Paving the way for the Don H. Barden street sign 

Celebrated photographer Montez Miller had a vision. She wanted a secondary street sign to be named after her former boss, the late Don Barden. Miller, who used to be a producer at Barden Cable, got together with Don’s brother John Barden and several Barden Cable alumni to make it happen. On Wednesday, the Don H. Barden street sign was approved by the Detroit City Council. The sign will be unveiled at Lyndon and Schaefer, near the site of the now defunct Barden Cable, in November. There will be a celebration at Floods Bar and Grill, one of Barden’s favorite hangouts.

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