Area Libraries Switch to New Inter-loan System

Area Libraries Switch to New Inter-loan System (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 26, 2013) Beginning Jan. 1, the system through which patrons can check out items from libraries other than their own will be changing throughout Michigan.  Those who wish to borrow items will need to stop by their home library and get either a new…

Ferndale Second Graders Take Virtual Trip to Japan

Ferndale Second Graders Take Virtual Trip to Japan (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 25, 2013) Second graders from Roosevelt and Kennedy Elementary Schools in Ferndale boarded an imaginary plane bound for the far off land of Japan for a “virtual trip” Thursday.  In this annual tradition, teachers and volunteers plan a day’s worth of cultural lessons…

Package Thieves Hit Ferndale Homes

Package Thieves Hit Ferndale Homes (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 24, 2013) Several Ferndalians are reporting that packages delivered to their doorsteps have been snatched up by thieves. St. Louis, Beaufield and Leroy are among those streets where packages have come up missing. Kim Hoxworth ordered her son’s Christmas present online, only to learn that when…

Christmas Tree Recycling in Oakland County

Christmas Tree Recycling in Oakland County (Oakland County Press Release, Dec. 23, 2013) Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree Recycling at 11 park locations. Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 20, 2014 Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please remove all decorations, metal, plastic and string. Locations: Addison Oaks near…

More than Just a Pretty Trunk: How Trees Enhance Complete Streets

More than Just a Pretty Trunk: How Trees Enhance Complete Streets (Jeff Prygoski, orig. Transportation for Michigan, Dec. 19, 2103) Roads and sidewalks have undergone dramatic transformations in communities with complete streets policies. More than 90 Michigan communities have passed complete street policies, which contain a variety of design elements that foster a safer, more…

Hazel Park Opens Outside Enrollment, Plans to Close Elementary

Hazel Park Opens Outside Enrollment, Plans to Close Elementary (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 18, 2013) In an effort to offset debt and declining enrollment, the Hazel Park School District has opened up enrollment to neighboring counties and made plans to close one of the elementary schools. ENROLLMENT EXPANDED TO WAYNE AND MACOMB COUNTIES The measures,…

DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality (video)

DNC Chair, Michigan Dems Rally For LGBT Equality (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Between the Lines, Dec. 18, 2013) As Republicans continue to condone the hateful, anti-gay comments of their Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, Democrats brought out the big guns for a community forum at Affirmations featuring Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “In…

Moeser Resigns, Ferndale School Board Seeks Applicants

Moeser Resigns, Ferndale School Board Seeks Applicants (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 18, 2013) Charles (Chuck) Moeser turned in his resignation Tuesday night after over 20 years on the Ferndale School Board, including ten as Board President. The Board has 30 days to find someone to appoint who will fill his position.  The partial term ends…

Ferndale Rotary Pancake Breakfast Brings Out the Best

Ferndale Rotary Pancake Breakfast Brings Out the Best (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 18, 2013) In the decked-out dining room of Blumz, kind-hearted Ferndalians and friends gathered for the annual Rotary pancake breakfast.  In addition to buying a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs, guests brought winter clothing items for the warming tree. Scholarship winners Christopher…

Holiday Ice Festival-Goers Celebrate the Snow

Holiday Ice Festival-Goers Celebrate the Snow (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 15, 2013) Ferndale’s annual Holiday Ice Festival had something that it’d been missing for several years before that – snow!  As the weekend storms hit the Ferndale area, festival-goers ventured to 9 and Woodward for shopping and fun.  Santa Claus had kids and adults on…

Woman and Child Kidnapped, Held for Ransom from Ferndale

Woman and Child Kidnapped, Held for Ransom from Ferndale (Lt. William Wilson, Ferndale Police Dept., Dec. 13,2013) Coordinated efforts between the Ferndale Police Department, Michigan State Police, and Detroit Police Department resulted in the rescue of a woman and her 12 year old daughter after they were carjacked and kidnapped by gunman and terrorized for…

Deadlines For CDL Drivers… Fast Approaching

Deadlines For CDL Drivers And Their Medical Providers Fast Approaching (Michigan Secretary of State Press Release, Dec. 12, 2013) Secretary of State Ruth Johnson strongly encourages Michigan residents with a Commercial Driver License (CDL) to self-certify to which type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation they perform to avoid losing CDL privileges after Jan. 30.…

How Michigan Funds Schools

How Michigan Funds Schools (Kevin Deegan-Krause, orig. Ferndale Friends/ KevinDeeganKrauseForFerndaleSchools.com, Dec. 10, 2013) Please put away your notes and let’s begin our discussion of school funding with a high-stakes multiple choice test: 1. Does Michigan fund schools from:                         A. Local sources         B. Federal sources C. State sources 2. Does the revenue come from:                                  …