Melanie Piana: Twenty Years Revitalizing Downtown Ferndale

Melanie Piana: Twenty Years Revitalizing Downtown Ferndale (Melanie Piana, Ferndale City Councilperson, Orig. Meltropolis, Jan. 9, 2015)   In the December 2014 Ferndale Friends issue, I responded to questions about the 3-60 development project. My intent was to expand on that response here, but that intent evolved into answering my personal question “when DID Ferndale determine…

Basketball Jones Visits Angell School in Berkley

Basketball Jones Visits Angell School in Berkley (BPS Press Release, Jan. 9, 2015) Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones visited Angell at an assembly that encouraged kindness, “patient listening,” manners and good choices. Students listened intently as they repeated back nearly everything Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones said including, “I love myself” and “I am the best,” and, “I am…

Ferndale Adding STEM Program in Middle School

Ferndale Adding STEM Program in Middle School (FPS Press Release, Jan. 9, 2015)   The Ferndale Board of Education recently approved a new STEM program for 7th and 8th grade students at Ferndale Middle School (FMS) starting next school year.s STEM which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is an interdisciplinary and applied approach…

Defending Snow Day Choice: B. Hills Gives Facts, Novi Gives Laughs

Defending Snow Day Choice: Bloomfield Hills Gives Facts, Novi Gives Laughs (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 8, 2015) Posts of speculation, jubilation and disappointment speckled social media  Wednesday night and Thursday morning as students from area schools learned whether their district would be calling for a snow day. More specifically, a weather day, since it was…

Woman w/Loaded Gun Leads Police on Chase, Trooper Injured in Berkley

Woman w/Loaded Gun Leads Police on Chase, Trooper Injured in Berkley (Michigan State Police, Jan. 8, 2015) Activity:           Vehicle Pursuit/Driving on Suspended License/Carry a Concealed Weapon           Incident Date: January 7, 2015 Location:          Southbound Woodward Avenue at Coolidge Ave, City of Royal Oak Summary:        Metro Post Troopers while on patrol observed a 2001 White in…

Birmingham City Manager Gives an Update on Parking

Birmingham City Manager Gives an Update on Parking (Joseph A. Valentine, Birmingham City Manager, originally published at http://www.bhamgov.org, republished here Jan. 7, 2015) As City Manager, one of the most common questions I hear is “What’s happening with…?”. With so much happening in Birmingham, you can fill in this blank with numerous projects, programs and…

Guest View: Save the JCC in Oak Park

Guest View: Save the JCC in Oak Park (Guest View by Aaron Tobin, Jan. 7, 2015) Jewish Community Center is considering closing the Oak Park center. This has saddened many people in the area, who are rallying behind this important part of the community. A change.org petition has been started for people to show support…

“Expectations” Trump “Hope” as Pontiac School Board Members Swear In (video)

“Expectations” Trump “Hope” as Pontiac School Board Members Swear In (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 6, 2015) “We don’t say ‘we hope’ anymore. We say ‘we expect.’” The concept is one surrounding every decision made at Pontiac Schools, and when Superintendent Kelley Williams brought it up at the Jan. 5, 2015 School Board meeting it…

State Rep. Jeremy Moss Sworn In, Ready to Work on…

State Rep. Jeremy Moss Sworn In, Ready to Work on State Funding Issues (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 6, 2015) With family and supporters all around, freshman State Representative Jeremy Moss of Southfield was ceremoniously sworn in Monday evening at Southfield City Hall. Moss now represents the 35th District, serving Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham…

Just Baked Closes Shop

Just Baked Closes Shop (C. Proxmire, Jan. 6, 2015) The cupcake-themed chain Just Baked announced Monday they would be closing all of their stores except four franchise locations, according to the Detroit Free Press. A statement by Pam Turkin, founder of the business, said “After carefully evaluating our business operations, and how best to move…

Need Does Not Stop at Holidays: Clawson Food Pantry Seeks Donations

Need Does Not Stop at Holidays: Clawson Food Pantry Seeks Donations (Clawson Food Pantry, Jan. 5, 2014) PLEASE…now that the holidays are over, please don’t forget the Food Pantry. Help is still needed; non-perishables, canned goods, coffee, tea, toothbrushes/tooth paste, soap, shampoos, baby diapers & wipes deodorant, & paper products are most welcome. Who is…

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video)

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video) (Cherie Wyatt Rolfe, Crystal Proxmire, Jan. 4, 2015) At the age of 94, the co-founder of Michigan National Organization for Women (NOW) and celebrated portrait artist Patricia Hill Burnett passed away last week. Burnett was a face for feminism spanning across socioeconomic and political lines. She was well-dressed,…