Ferndale Police Union Agrees to Concessions

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.

John F. Kennedy Green School Profile

The State of Michigan began Green School certification as a grassroots initiative at Hartland High School in Livingston County in 2005. This effort resulted in Governor Jennifer Granholm signing Public Act 146 into law in May of 2006. John F. Kennedy Green School Committee was founded in 2008 by a group of parents, staff and students who wanted to see John F. Kennedy Elementary become a certified Michigan Green School. Kennedy Elementary achieved Green School status that year, and has every year since then.

Author Talk: John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things was originally rejected by a publisher because they disliked the description of Little Red Riding Hood being intimate with The Big Bad Wolf.

Author John Connolly read the controversial passage to a room full of fans at the Ferndale Public Library’s Author Talk held March 29, 2011. The talk was part of a month-long celebration of reading that is becoming a Ferndale Library Tradition.

After 20 Years in Prison, Ex Con Sees Filming as a New Start

When Dez Mansell was released from prison on parole in 2008, the bright optimism of freedom was overshadowed by the fear and insecurity of figuring out how to make an honest living.

“I’ve been a liar, cheater and a thief since I was 12,” Mansell said. “I have made a very stark transformation. But still, it’s hard for people, especially employers, to trust me.”

The Oklahoma Experience

Starting out with nothing, some 65 students from FHS, FMS, Coolidge and Kennedy Schools came together to produce Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! They performed from March 12 -20, 2011.

Junior Natalie Berger played Ellen in the production, and she organized the Sound Effect Design. She and her friends had such a fun time with the show that she put together a video to remember the experience.