When Sicilia Grego was just 22 years old she started the business that would allow her to raise her son George, who was just a baby back then. As Como’s (22812 Woodward) turns 50 years old on April 1st, Grego was honored with a visit from United States Congressman Sander Levin, who presented the still-vibrant entrepreneur with a flag that was flown over the US Capitol in her restaurant’s honor.
The alligator encounter is embedded below. Remember kids, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME… or in Florida. And be sure to check out Dye Salon at 262 W. 9 Mile Road in Downtown Ferndale
“It’s amazing,” said Gary Roberts, one of the founding members of Affirmations Board back in 1989. “Back then there were people who were afraid to sign the articles of incorporation because it was a public document. Look at how far we’ve come,” he said as he looked around at the sea of people openly celebrating their lives. He recalled how the organization moved around from small places and people’s houses, before moving to the old office in Ferndale, just a block away from their current 16,000 square foot community center where they serve more than 30,000 individuals each year.
Students at Roosevelt Primary School enjoyed guest readers on March 18, 2011 for March-is-Reading Month. Guests included Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins, Chef Jeremy Burean, Director of Technology Melissa Auchter & Coolidge Principal Dr. Kevin Brockberg.
On March 23, 2011, Ferndale City Council had its first official meeting to discuss the FYE 2012 and 2013 budgets. This meeting was the first in a six week process, with meetings to be held weekly on Wednesday nights (6pm at City Hall) and possibly other days if it becomes necessary
Since 1948 a giant tower was erected on a patch of what used to be Ferndale farmland, giving birth to a radio legacy that nearly any grown-up Metro Detroiter could sing you the name of. 104.3 WOMC was actually the second channel to broadcast from the station at 2201 Woodward Heights…
The Ferndale Elks Club was packed on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 as community members gathered to recognize and send off four Members of the US Navy Tactical Support Center 0374 as they prepare to ship off for Afghanistan.
“Shall the City of Ferndale, County of Oakland, Michigan, be permitted to increase its authorized millage rate in 2011 for a term of five (5) years ending December 31, 2015, by an additional 5.4552 mills ($5.4552 per $1,000) on each dollar of the taxable value of all real and personal property in the City of Ferndale, which will restore to the City the Charter-authorized millage amount for general purposes which has been reduced by Section 31 of Article IX of the State Constitution of 1963, all of which tax revenues would be disbursed to the City of Ferndale; provided that the City shall not be authorized to levy more than three (3) additional mills in 2011. The Charter-authorized millage amount has been reduced by required millage rollbacks in recent years to 14.5448. If approved, the initial three (3) mills authorized for levy would raise approximately $1,681,806 in 2011.”
‘…These projects aren’t going to fall into our laps. Someone has to start them. And pour their heart and soul and their own money into making them happen. Those are the companies that are going to be successful, the ones who make movies because they love it. People think the film industry is fun and glamorous, but it’s a lot of work. There are 16 hour days of shooting, the hard time of going out to find work, the hours of networking to find the right people or to find investors. We can’t just build part of an industry and wait for Hollywood to come.”
As AJs World Record Breaking Attempt Assembly Line Concert Third Shift reached it 58th hour, an electrical fire broke out in the wall near the front door. A quick-thinking concert attendee shot the flames with a portable fire extinguisher, and the Fire Department cut power to the building and made sure that the fire was completely out.
With a thick Australian accent, a golden heart and the passion of a man who has witnessed generations of injustice, Robert Thorton – along with wife Sharon and new-found friend Danny B. on keyboard – handled hour #50 of the third World Record-breaking concert attempt at AJs Music Café.
On Monday, March 14, 2011 Tami Salisbury of the 8 Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) gave a presentation about how the organization helps to beautify, preserve, and restore the 8 Mile corridor, which forms the southern border of our city. Ferndale is one of 13 communities that partners with the Association, which started in 1993.
…“This is one of our essential services,” said Affirmations Interim Executive Director Kevin Howley. “We are working on grant writing right now to keep this program funded because it serves the community in so many ways. Knowing that 43 more counselors are out there with a better understanding of LGBT client needs makes it a worthwhile way to not only help people here who need it, but the community as a whole. It’s great to think of LGBT acceptance spreading this way.”…
As American Pop! (175 W. 9 Mile) prepares for their final Going out of Business Sale, the struggling novelty and collectibles store has been hit with another blow to the business. On Tuesday, March 15, three thieves orchestrated a “til tap” operation on an unsuspecting clerk, clearing the register of over $300.
The Ferndale Public Library is in a contest that could win 1,600 “For Dummies” books for the community’s collection. They need to add “likes” on their “Ferndale Dummies” Facebook Page to win.
In order to be a good steward of our lakes, rivers and streams as the snow begins to melt and springtime approaches, residents should take the following tips into consideration:
Jennifer is one of the friendly clerks in the Meat Department at Western Market. Ask her anytime about how to cook the meats and fish you purchase! This week Jennifer and her family enjoyed a delicious traditional Irish feast – first of Corned Beef with Cabbage, then Reuben sandwiches with the leftovers.
As part of their monthly small Business Development workshops, Ignite will be presenting four entrepreneur success stories. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Go Comedy! at 261 E. 9 Mile from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
A Coyote has been spotted traveling near Elm Park , Poplar Park ,
Oakland Park & in Memorial Park in Pleasant Ridge.
Please keep animals and small children inside until the animal is captured.
When it comes to air quality, many homes and buildings today are built all wrong from the ground up. Builders start with man-made construction materials and then add synthetic flooring, laminated counter-tops, and wallpaper coated with plastic, not to mention the chemical adhesives that hold it all together. These materials “off-gas” pollutants into the air…