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Public Concern Over Parking Rates and Machines Grows

February 13th 2013

The rates and the central payment stations were approved by City Council on Jan. 14, with no public comment or objection. Problems arose at the stations, including long lines, bill jams, poor lighting, machines not accepting change nor giving change, and other general confusion. At the Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 18, one person came out to complain. But outside the public meetings, there has been online buzz and multiple complaints by people at the stations themselves or when they go into the Downtown businesses.

Need a Job? Here is the FCC Job Flash!

February 12th 2013

The Ferndale Career Center is known for connecting individuals to jobs, and companies to employees. Now they are offering a “Job Flash,” which is a list of available positions in the area. This will be updated regularly on their website at Below are the most recent job listings:

City Officials Discuss 2013 Goals

February 12th 2013

In the weeks leading up to the session, City Manager April Lynch gathered ideas from residents, staff from all departments, the Mayor and City Council members and compiled them into a 45 page document for Council’s review.

They then sat for several hours going through ideas category by category, discussing them and putting them in order of priority. Afterwards they put stickers up on posters that had goals listed. Here are some of the items discussed:

Police Report: Armed Robbery Arrest

February 12th 2013

On Feb. 9, 2013 at about 9:00 p.m. a 52 year old man was robbed in the parking lot of the Stop & Go located at 1365 E. 9 Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

The victim was approached by the robber (a 40 year old b/m, Detroit resident) who had a revolver and demanded money and a cell phone from the victim.

Susanne Hilberry Gallery’s Chris Hyndman Gallery Talk March 2

February 12th 2013

Susanne Hilberry Gallery (700 Livernois) is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Chris Hyndman with a reception for the artist Saturday 16 February from 6 to 8 pm. The artist will give a gallery talk Saturday 2 March at 2 pm.

Flash Mob Ushers in Ferndale Reads (video)

February 10th 2013

Dozens of Ferndale residents began congregating around the stage of the Rust Belt Market at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon as other shopper milled about, unaware of the spectacle they were about to witness.

Suddenly those in the know whipped out copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse 5 and began to read in-sync the first couple of pages. Others watched and then picked up free copies of the book themselves.

Roe v Wade and the Road Ahead for Women’s Health Rights (video)

February 10th 2013

Oakland County Clerk and former Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown also spoke at the event, discussing the recent wave of anti-women legislation in Michigan, including HB5711 which put severe limitations on abortion clinics. She explained how no women had been allowed to testify at the committee hearing where the bill was discussed, and how she was banned from speaking for a day because she used the word “vagina” when talking about it.

Michigan Aids Coalition Names Terry Ryan CEO

February 10th 2013

Among many duties he handled as director of grants and special projects for the Michigan AIDS Coalition, Ryan was also the AmeriCorps City Supervisor. He was instrumental in bringing two exclusive national fundraising events held annually in Detroit: Dining Out for Life (April), and DIFFA’s (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design (September).

DDA Addresses Parking Problems

February 9th 2013

Changes to the parking system have been creating confusion and frustration throughout Ferndale’s parking lots. The new central pay stations went live last week, leaving some visitors literally out in the cold as people waited in line to figure out how to use the multi-space kiosks. The new machines come along with higher parking rates, further upsetting visitors are used to putting a quarter in at their respective space and walking away.

Snow Day: Hazel Park and Ferndale Schools Closed Due to Weather

February 8th 2013

Both of the School Districts that serve our community are closed on Feb. 8 due to snow.

Residents are encouraged to review our “Stuff to Know for the Snow” article, which reminds people to keep their sidewalks shoveled and to move cars from the street for snow plows. It also