Royal Oak Township

Group Seeks Ballot Measure to Increase Minimum Wage

January 27th 2014

Group Seeks Ballot Measure to Increase Minimum Wage (Mothering Justice Press Release, Jan. 27, 2014) Community organizing, social justice and labor groups today formed a committee to explore a ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. The minimum wage in Michigan –currently $7.40 an hour – hasn’t been raised since 2008, leaving many […]

The Return on Investment from Michigan Passenger Rail

January 26th 2014

The Return on Investment from Michigan Passenger Rail (Dan Sommerville, Michigan Environmental Council, Jan. 26, 2014, orig. Michigan by Rail Blog) Passenger rail has been booming nationwide and in Michigan. Record-breaking ridership was recorded in 10 of the last 11 years (1) (2), and there has been a whopping 78% growth in Michigan ridership since […]

Rethinking ADD/ADHD Workshop – Rescheduled for Feb 5

January 25th 2014

Rethinking ADD/ADHd Workshop – Rescheduled for Feb. 5 (Ferndale Youth Assistance Press Release, Jan. 25) UPDATE – THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 5 Rethinking attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD): What works, what doesn’t and why In this illuminating workshop, you’ll learn the 12 power tools for maximizing the challenges of ADD/ADHD. Wednesday, January 29, […]

Review Team Finds Financial Emergencies in Royal Oak Twp. & Highland Park

January 25th 2014

Review Team Finds Financial Emergencies in Royal Oak Twp. & Highland Park (State of Michigan Press Release, Jan. 25, 2014) Two separate, independent Financial Review Teams, appointed December 2, 2013 to examine the finances of Royal Oak Township and the City of Highland Park respectively, under Public Act 436 of 2012 (Local Financial Stability and […]

Details of UAW Contract with Ferndale Schools

January 20th 2014

Details of UAW Contract with Ferndale Schools (Ferndale Schools Press Release, Jan. 20, 2014) EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ferndale Schools is currently negotiating with all unions in hopes of wage concessions.  Read a letter from School Board President Jim O’Donnell at http://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/19/letter-from-ferndale-school-board-president-jim-odonnell-on-budget/, and a story on picketing at the School Board meeting at http://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/14/proposed-pay-cuts-to-teachers-and-staff-spark-protest-at-ferndale-schools/.  The union agreement […]

Letter from Ferndale School Board President Jim O’Donnell on Budget

January 19th 2014

Letter from Ferndale School Board President Jim O’Donnell on Budget (Jim O’Donnell, Jan. 19, 2014) (EDITOR’S NOTE:  This letter was submitted by School Board President Jim O’Donnell and also appeared in the Ferndale Schools e-blast.  This is in response to public questions about ongoing negotiations with district employees, discussed in this article:  http://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/14/proposed-pay-cuts-to-teachers-and-staff-spark-protest-at-ferndale-schools/) Ferndale Public […]

Oakland County Beyond Coal Kickoff Meeting Jan. 21

January 19th 2014

Oakland County Beyond Coal Kickoff Meeting Jan. 21 (Beyond Coal Press Release, Jan. 19, 2014) DTE is one of the largest contributors to coal pollution here in Michigan, getting 75% of all energy they produce from dirty coal. Michigan can be a leader in clean energy, but by resisting the transition to cleaner energy sources, […]

Jennifer LaTosch Gets Vacant School Board Seat (video)

January 14th 2014

Jennifer LaTosch Gets Vacant School Board Seat (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 14, 2013) Attorney Jennifer LaTosch was sworn in Monday night to begin a one-year term on the Ferndale School Board.  The position was left vacant by 20+ year veteran and longtime past President Chuck Moeser when he resigned to focus more on retirement. […]

Proposed Pay Cuts to Teachers and Staff Spark Protest at Ferndale Schools

January 14th 2014

Proposed Pay Cuts to Teachers and Staff Spark Protest at Ferndale Schools (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 14, 2014) Dozens of union members – teachers, secretaries, bus drivers and maintenance workers – held signs and chanted about fair wages as they looped around Burdette Street in front of the Ferndale Schools Administration Building before Monday night’s […]

Barbara Mahan Passes Away

January 13th 2014

Barbara Mahan Passes Away (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 13) At the age of 84, Ferndale resident Barbara Mahan has passed away. Mahan was incredibly supportive of Ferndale Schools, joining her husband Joe in many activities.  Joe, who passed away last March, was known as “The Voice of the Eagles” because he was a regular announcer […]

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