During the month of January, the Lawrence Street Gallery is featuring its “Best of the Best” from 2011 – works from those artists who took home prizes in the galleries juried competitions over the year. There were four annual juried shows (invitational, figurative, photography and small works), and the current exhibit features nine of those who placed:
The meeting is from 4-9 pm this coming Monday, Jan 16, 2012, a day set aside on a national level to engage in community service. It will take place at the Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois).
Engage! Bring your energy, your enthusiasm and your positive attitude and take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference — a difference that starts just by showing up!
The following awards were presented at the Ferndale City Council meeting of Jan. 9, 2012 by Peggy Snow on behalf of the Ferndale Beautification Commission. Each year the Commission takes nominations and typically gives four residential business awards (one from each quadrant of the city), and one commercial.
When the owners of Clinical Relief, formerly located at 362 Hilton, opened in May 2010 they did what they thought they were supposed to. They applied for a business license, they went through the permitting process, had walk-throughs with local police and city officials, and referenced the State’s Medical Marijuana Act and the Oakland County website when creating a business plan they specifically believed complied with the law.
Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan hopes to get about 30 volunteers to start. An initial organizational meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Fire Station 1 (1635 Livernois) at 10 am.
Last summer’s chicken coop discussions are finally coming to a vote at Monday night’s City Council meeting. A proposed regulation change would allow residents to keep up to three chickens if they follow basic rules of care. Currently chickens are not expressly prohibited, but rules about the placement of coops mean that very few residents would qualify to build a coop on their property.
On Feb 28, 2012 voters will be asked to vote for a millage that would extend the current millage rate of 7 mills in order to raise money for infrastructure improvements in the Ferndale School District. Currently the bond is set to expire in 2023, but if approved it would extend taxpayer’s obligation to 2033. The money would be used to eliminate asbestos in school buildings, repair heating systems, upgrade wiring and other technological needs, pool repairs and other repairs.
The Ferndale Blues and Music Festival gives the community a chance to have fun and get introduced to multiple bars, restaurants and gathering places, while still raising money for charity.
Those who would like to support these great causes from the comfort of your own couch or work chair are encouraged to donate to The Ferndale Blues and Music Festival through our website, using the link below
Shortly after the chase ended, a Hazel Park officer saw the pick-up at a gas station in Hazel Park; it was now driven by a woman. Officers approached her and she told them it was her husband who fled from the police.
Officers went to Jones’ home and arrested him
A man has been arrested for the bank robbery that occurred in Ferndale at the Charter One bank on December 6, 2011. John Lee WESTPFAHL (w/m, 44 yrs, former Warren resident) was arrested Monday morning (January 2nd). Westpfahl is suspected of committing the Ferndale bank robbery as well as two bank robberies in Birmingham and another bank robbery in Clinton Township.
The new year is off to a great start recycling-wise as SOCRRA (Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority) is working with a record number of Ferndale businesses and increasing revenue brought into the City through recycling programs.
Colette Farris spent the last two months of 2011 amping up efforts to reach the business community.
If you were king or queen for a day, what would you wish for Downtown Ferndale? That is just one of a few interesting questions that the DDA is asking the public in their online survey which will help determine DDA projects and goals for the coming year.
Over a dozen Michigan Cities, including Ferndale, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, could be stripped of their local human rights ordinances if Michigan HB 5039 passes.
This is the time of year for people to ask about Champagne. We gladly show them to our selection here at Western Market (447 W. 9 Mile):
With many New Year’s Eve options in Ferndale, it can be hard to decide what to do. Thankfully the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) has organized a night of fun and charity that involves several local watering holes. Plus there is only a $5 charge to participate, and the money raised goes to help the Make a Wish foundation.
What could be better than reading? Sharing the reading experience! Kids in every age group from Kindergarteners to Teenagers have a book club of their very own at Ferndale Public Library. The clubs meet once a month, with discussions led by a librarian. Participants can pick up a copy of the month’s selection at the front desk of the library and check it out with their valid library card. The clubs are free and no registration is required.
The Ferndale Goodfellows took in 75 applications for assistance this holiday season. Some were from seniors who just needed food, and others were from families with children. Ferndale Fire Sergeant Ken Kronner said that each applicant received a food certificate to Ferndale Foods located at Nine Mile and Livernois as well as a voucher to 1 of 3 restaurants in the city: Hambo’s, Sam’s Ferndale Grill or Hilton Cafe. The amount was determined by the size of the family. Each child received a $30 gift card to Target.
The National Weather Service is having a contest for fourth and fifth graders in Michigan. First Prize is a $200 US Savings Bond.
On Self-Enhancement Day, clients are provided with free salon and spa treatments as well as interview clothing. Additionally, local business leaders and speakers present motivational seminars.
Medical Emergency Blocks W. 9 Mile (Crystal A. Proxmire, 12/22/2011) West 9 Mile was blocked for about 20 minutes as a fire engine, a police car, and an ambulance responded to reports of a man passed out in the back of a gray Dodge Durango. The rescue happened at about 4:30 in the evening. Traffic…