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Sing-a-long with Joe Reilly(April 20)

April 20th 2011

The middle of Earth Week 2011 peaks with a sing-a-long concert at the Ferndale Public Library with environmental songwriter Joe Reilly. Reilly has traveled around Michigan and beyond singing about the Earth, and he will be at the Library on Wed. April 20 from 6:15pm-7pm for a FREE show…

Chicken Coops in Ferndale

April 20th 2011

Mikulski has researched backyard chicken movements across the county and in the area, and put together the website www.ferndalechickens.com to explain why she feels the City should change its policy. The site addresses common concerns such as smell, noise and safety. It also gives examples of major cities already allowing chicken coops,

Grandparents Seek Understanding

April 19th 2011

The grandmothers who met on April 11, 2011to hear from Dr. Donald Deering may not fit into the stereotypical role of grandparent, but their stories of frustration (and ultimately of love) are more common than people might think. Throughout Oakland County there are grandparents who have taken on responsibility of raising their grandchildren.

Rust Belt Artists Getting Excited for May 7 Opening

April 15th 2011

As the Rust Belt Artists Market prepares for their May 7 opening, local artists are clamoring for a space at the highly-anticipated new arts collective that will be opening up in the long-vacant former Old Navy building at the corner of Woodward and W. 9 Mile Road.

Summit on Older Adult LGBT Issues Held at Affirmations

April 15th 2011

The Summit was put on by a coalition of groups and individuals, including: ACLU of Michigan, Adult Well Being Services, Affirmations, Citizens for Better Care, Equality Michigan, Jewish Gay Network, the Jim Toy Community Center, and S.P.I.C.E. Information collected at the summit will be used to guide the coalition in working to solve the problems faced by the aging LGBT population.

Ignite Detroit And The Lessons Learned There

April 15th 2011

Well to give you a little background, Ignite is a speaking forum event that began in Seattle and has slowly made it’s way around the country. It features various speakers from all walks of life and they give a speech. Some are hilarious, others are quite serious. They have 5 minutes featuring 20 PowerPoint-like slides that switch every 15 seconds so it really keeps the speaker alert. This was the second year for the Ignite event in Detroit… and I almost didn’t go.

Ferndale Rotary’s Spaghetti Dinner

April 15th 2011

As three-year-old Aiden Boyd and his 17-month-old brother Brock stuffed their adorable little faces full of spaghetti, they also looked around the room in amazement. The banquet room at Blumz was full of an eclectic mix of Ferndale business owners and volunteers, as kids and adults of all ages enjoyed the Ferndale Rotary Annual Spaghetti Dinner on April 14, 2011 at Blumz

Senator Gregory Visits Ferndale Public Library

April 14th 2011

14th District State Senator Vincent Gregory, who is from Southfield but represents Ferndale and other neighboring communities, visited the Ferndale Public Library on Thursday, April 14, 2011 to meet with constituents to discuss the State budget and other concerns. Tomiko Gumbleton, Ferndale City Councilperson and current aide to State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton, was also on hand to answer questions. A handful of interested residents turned out to meet with the Senator.

Ferndale Police Union Agrees to Concessions

April 14th 2011

A three-year contract with the Ferndale Patrol Officers that calls for major concessions in health care and fringe benefits was ratified by the Ferndale City Council Wednesday evening. “This is a significant agreement that will have a huge impact on our ability to keep officers on the street within the very difficult financial constraints faced by the City,” said Mayor Dave Coulter.

Budget Meeting #4, Part One: Court

April 14th 2011

Ferndale City Council had its fourth budget planning session on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. They heard presentations from the District Court, the Police Department and the Fire Department. Each department presented a slideshow describing what their legally-mandated responsibilities are and presenting budgets reflecting cuts of 15% and 20%.