Pride planning is now under way around Southeastern Michigan as Hotter Than July and Ferndale Pride both held their first organizational meetings Feb. 23. Both groups had higher than expected turnout and anticipate growing the events this year. HTJ will hold its 17th annual event in Palmer Park beginning Tuesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 29. Ferndale Pride, now in its second year, will take place over Father’s Day weekend beginning Saturday, June 16 through Sunday, June 17.
Ferndale City Council has voted to revoke the license of a handbill distribution company that has repeatedly given fliers to homes with No Solicitation signs. Petros Distribution of Sterling Heights, owned by Wisam Petros, was approved to distribute fliers for Glory Markets and Happy’s Pizza in the City…
The Ferndale Reads 2012 Kick Off took place on Feb. 16 with local dignitaries on hand to do a reading of the first chapter. Councilperson Melanie Piana, Ferndale Area Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Roosenberg, FernCare President Ann Heler, and Treat Dreams Dreamologist Scott Moloney joined Library Director Kate Pohjola in the reading. Then dozens of people picked up free copies of the book.
Early numbers indicate that voters in the Ferndale School District approved a $22,825,000 bond in Tuesday’s election. This means that most residents will continue paying around the same amount in taxes that they used to and the schools get money to improve facilities.
Overnight and during the early morning hours of Feb. 28, 2012, Ferndale Police were involved in two chases where both suspects crashed and were arrested. There were no injuries in either incident.
Michigan’s lawmakers have amended the State’s Election Law to require a statewide presidential primary election on February 28, 2012. The law calls for separate ballots to be printed for Republican candidates and for Democratic candidates, just as was done in January 2008.
Below are examples of ballot options for Ferndale Residents who also live in the Ferndale School District. Those in the Hazel Park District will face only the primaries.
In Sterio, a unique fusion of classical flute playing and mainstream music, will present a concert and workshop February 26 at 3:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Ferndale. This event is presented by the Southeast Michigan Flute Association (SEMFA), and is sponsored by Flute Specialists, Inc.
Lisa J. Schmidt has been a criminal attorney in several counties and is a public defender in Oakland and Wayne Counties as well as representing private criminal clients. She urges the public to get informed about the criminal process. “You never know when you or someone you know may find yourself in an unexpected situation.
The Boy Scouts went up against Motor City Free Geek to see which project would take home the money raised by the $5 door donations. Those who attended paid $5 and enjoyed two different types of soup, bread and salad. They listened to the presentations and used voting beans to select the project they collectively wanted to fund. Both groups had great ideas, but…
Delicacies included chicken shawarma from Anita’s, macaroni and cheese with chicken from Dino’s, fish patties from Howe’s Bayou, salted caramel ice cream from Treat Dreams, and hummus and salsa from Garden Fresh
The store was very busy while the incident occurred and the man was able to walk out of the store without being noticed and never returned.
The owner arrived at the store later and was suspicious of the inspection and attempted to contact the Ferndale Fire Department; however, both the fire marshal and Chief were not available.
Forget everything you know about 175 W. Troy Street. The old Rosie’s is gone. Cantina Diablo’s is gone. And with cool gray walls, DIA-exhibited reclaimed art, English pub style tables, 44 available beers, and a menu touting oysters, Sweaty Bettys, and bacon with a side of bacon, the newly opened One-Eyed Betty’s is nothing like Ferndale has seen before.
According to a Press Release by L. Brooks Patterson, the Ingham County Circuit Court has ruled against Public Act 280 of 2011 which reduces the number of Oakland County commissioners to 21 from 25 and allows the elected commissioners to draw the new county commission districts. The Act was signed by Governor Snyder, but Oakland County Democrats quickly sued to stop it’s implementation.
Curator and artist Alvita Lozano put together the exhibit as a fundraiser for the FernCare Free Health Clinic which opened its official location in Ferndale last year.
She added that the support she gets in Ferndale is “amazing,” and said “It’s awesome to come back to school after a big weekend and have everybody being proud of you, saying ‘great job’ in the halls and stuff. It feels good.”
For the Feb. 12, 2012 forum on the school bond, Citizens for Quality Education Treasurer Bob Borkram discussed why he thinks people should vote for the school bond. Resident and occasional political candidate Tom Gagne spoke against the bond.
I wanted to come up with something to inspire our members while giving them something they could all get behind. I read a book of ideas on how to get members to help recruit. One of the ideas mentioned having one of your leaders offer to do something extreme if you met the stated goal.
Carol Czechowski of the Herb Society of America gave a whimsical presentation about the connections between fairies and gardens. Weaving traditional lore with practical gardening suggestions, Czechowski had the audience of plant connoisseurs making big plans about little things.
So far his experiments with the blindfolds have not gone perfectly. “ I did walk into a wall, almost brushed my teeth with Neosporen, and…
The Bud Light Ferndale Blues and Music Festival took place January 27 to February 4, 2012 with record turnout at over 20 venues. The money raised goes towards Michigan AIDS Coalition and Ferndale Youth Assistance.