Ferndale Housing Commission Stops Wilson Payment, Votes to Sell Dodge Charger

Ferndale Housing Commission Stops Wilson Payment, Votes to Sell Dodge Charger (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 29, 2015) As former Housing Director Deborah Wilson sits in a prison cell for 1-15 years for breaking into vulnerable resident’s apartments and stealing their prescription medications, the Ferndale Housing Commission (FHC) continues to unravel the mess left she left…

Timeline of Ferndale Housing Commission’s Struggles and Progress

Timeline of Ferndale Housing Commission’s Struggles and Progress (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 28, 2015) After Ferndale Housing Director Deborah Wilson was arrested (and later convicted) of using her job to enter the homes of elderly and disabled residents and steal prescription medicine, a series of stories and investigations has begun to shed light on multiple…

Ferndale Community Foundation Awards $7,600 in Grants to Local Groups

Ferndale Community Foundation Awards $7,600 in Grants to Local Groups (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 23, 2015) Music. Arts. Families. Love. The priorities of the Ferndale Community seem well reflected in the $7,600 worth of grants awarded by the Ferndale Community Foundation Monday night. New this year is the Ferndale Concert Band, which is comprised of…

Michigan AIDS Coalition Expands Testing to Include Other STDs

Michigan AIDS Coalition Expands Testing to Include Other STDs (MAC Press Release, June 23, 2015) This month, Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC), will formally launch its Integrated Testing Pilot Project, which now will include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C in addition to its longstanding screenings for HIV and Syphilis. “For many years, we have been serving…

State Decides: Glo Liquor License Suspension Justified

State Decides: Glo Liquor License Suspension Justified (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 20, 2015) After a lengthy investigation into allegations of violence and mismanagement at Glo Nightclub in Ferndale, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission determined Friday that they were justified in revoking their liquor license. Glo was thrust into the limelight in March when neighbors around…

“No Air, Not Fair,” Ferndale Housing Residents and Advocates Chant (video)

“No Air, Not Fair,” Ferndale Housing Residents and Advocates Chant (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 19, 2015 Assistant City Manager Joe Gacioch seemed surprised when a group of senior citizens and activists came into City Hall on Tuesday with signs chanting “No air, not fair.” The group was a blend of folks from Detroit Eviction…

Ferndale Freshman Scores Perfect 36 on ACT

Ferndale Freshman Scores Perfect 36 on ACT (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 17, 2015) The number of students who can claim a perfect 36 on the ACT is less than one tenth of one percent. Often taken by high school juniors and seniors, the ACT helps colleges and scholarship  judges determine the college readiness of applicants.…

Disturbing Findings in Ferndale Housing Commission’s HUD Report (reposted)

Disturbing Findings in Ferndale Housing Commission’s HUD Report (Crystal A. Proxmire, orig. June 11, 2015, republished June 16, 2015) The mess left by the former Ferndale Housing Director and the Ferndale Housing Commission has become even more clear as a June 10 report by HUD shows several major problems, and imposes a list of corrective…