Ferndale Resident Dead after Being Restrained by Mall Security

Ferndale Resident Dead after Being Restrained by Mall Security (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 30, 2014) 24-year-old Mackenzie Gordon Cochrane is dead after being pepper sprayed and held down by three Northland Mall Security Guards on Tuesday. Southfield Police told Fox 2 News that the man “appeared ready to assault someone.  He was breathing heavy and…

Middle School Students Give “Fernbery” Literature Award

Middle School Students Give “Fernbery” Literature Award (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 29, 2014) Surrounded by the books of the Ferndale Public Library, teens from Ms. Ferrini’s class at Ferndale Middle School held The Fernbery Award on Tuesday to recognize great works of literature for this year and to vote on their favorite. The Fernbery Awards…

Three Ferndale Firemen Jobs Temporarily Safe…

Three Ferndale Firemen Jobs Temporarily Safe as Merger Talks Continue (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 29, 2014) Talks of a fire department merger between Ferndale and Hazel Park have been going on for years, but the hopefulness continues this week as Ferndale City Council voted to delay three firefighter layoffs in anticipation of the merger moving…

Cold Prompts School Closings for Tuesday

Cold Prompts School Closings for Tuesday (C. Proxmire, Jan. 27, 2014) School administrators across SE Michigan have declared Tuesday a “snow day” due to temperatures and wind chills below zero.  Classes and events will be cancelled in many districts, including Berkley, Birmingham,  Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Public Schools, Pontiac, Rochester Schools, Royal Oak,…

2014 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival Under Way

2014 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival Under Way (C. Proxmire, Jan. 26, 2014) The Ferndale Blues and Music Festival is under way, with the first two nights of live bands drawing fantastic crowds to several local bars including Rosie O’Grady’s, Dino’s Lounge, Howe’s Bayou, One-Eyed Betty’s, Sneaker’s, Bosco and Boogie Fever.  The fun continues through…

Citizens for Fair Ferndale Recognized by County Commission (video)

Citizens for Fair Ferndale Recognized by County Commission (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 23, 2014) Could a commitment to civility improve political discourse throughout Oakland County?  Commissioner Helaine Zack was so impressed by a Good Neighbors Project and Civility Pledge in Ferndale that she decided to bring the idea to her colleagues on the Oakland…

Details of UAW Contract with Ferndale Schools

Details of UAW Contract with Ferndale Schools (Ferndale Schools Press Release, Jan. 20, 2014) EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ferndale Schools is currently negotiating with all unions in hopes of wage concessions.  Read a letter from School Board President Jim O’Donnell at https://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/19/letter-from-ferndale-school-board-president-jim-odonnell-on-budget/, and a story on picketing at the School Board meeting at https://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/14/proposed-pay-cuts-to-teachers-and-staff-spark-protest-at-ferndale-schools/.  The union agreement…

Letter from Ferndale School Board President Jim O’Donnell on Budget

Letter from Ferndale School Board President Jim O’Donnell on Budget (Jim O’Donnell, Jan. 19, 2014) (EDITOR’S NOTE:  This letter was submitted by School Board President Jim O’Donnell and also appeared in the Ferndale Schools e-blast.  This is in response to public questions about ongoing negotiations with district employees, discussed in this article:  https://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/01/14/proposed-pay-cuts-to-teachers-and-staff-spark-protest-at-ferndale-schools/) Ferndale Public…