Ferndale Councilman’s Kitchen Damaged by Fire

Ferndale Councilman’s Kitchen Damaged by Fire (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 23, 2014) When a fire started in his home Saturday night, Ferndale City Councilperson Mike Lennon was grateful for the city services that he’d long been an advocate for.  The retired Ferndale Policeman and lifelong Ferndale resident contacted the Ferndale Fire Department at about 8…

Revenue Sharing Reviewed: How Cities Have Been Impacted

Revenue Sharing Reviewed: How Cities Have Been Impacted (Michigan Municipal League Press Release, March 23, 2014) Communities from Marquette to St. Joseph and everywhere in between are among the Michigan cities that lost hundreds of millions of dollars in “statutory revenue sharing” over the past decade because the governor and Legislature diverted the funds to…

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) After 14 years as Superintendent of Ferndale Schools, Gary Meier has announced that he is retiring. In a memo to Ferndale Schools staff, Meier wrote: “It is with many mixed emotions that I write this letter to formally advise you of my…

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) At some point in the 1970s, language giving preference to the hiring and promotion of minorities, including non-Christians, made its way into teacher contracts at Ferndale Schools.  The wording “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American,…

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other (Ferndale Schools Press Release, March 19, 2014) Coolidge Intermediate teacher Jason Gillespie exchanged his teacher experiences for a day this week with a local business leader as part of Oakland Schools’ Teacher-Business Leader Exchange Program. Because Gillespie was the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Ferndale…

Gov. Snyder Confirms Financial Emergency in Royal Oak Township

Gov. Snyder Confirms Financial Emergency in Royal Oak Township (State of Michigan Press Release, March 19, 2014) Gov. Rick Snyder today confirmed his earlier determination that a financial emergency currently exists in Royal Oak Township. Under Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, elected officials in the township now have…

Local Celebrities Read to Roosevelt Students (video)

Local Celebrities Read to Roosevelt Students (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 18, 2014) To an adult, it is twenty minutes away from their day jobs.  But to the youngsters at Roosevelt Primary in Ferndale, the guests who come to their classrooms on Reading Day are celebrities and heroes. The tradition takes place each year in…

Giuseppe Ciccone’s Exchange Student Experience

Giuseppe Ciccone’s Exchange Student Experience (Giuseppe Ciccone, March 17, 2014) I arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan airport on August 21st.  Everything started that day. I remember every single moment: My host mom Karen and two of my three siblings, Ash and Violet, waiting for me with a colorful poster which said, “Welcome home Giuseppe.” That poster didn’t…