SMART Funding Increase to be on August Ballot

SMART Funding Increase to be on August Ballot (Crystal A. Proxmire, May 3, 2014) Residents of Oakland County will decide on Aug. 5 if SMART should receive taxpayer funding. County Commissioners voted to put a 1-mil rate on the ballot, an increase over the .59 millage rate of years past. On average, the additional millage…

WONder Women Recognized for Changing the World (video)

WONder Women Recognized for Changing the World (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, May 1, 2014) One of Women Officials Network WONder Women Award winners carries little silver acorns around with her to give to strangers who cross her path. “When we reach out to other people…it does evoke the metaphor of the acorn. Everything that an…

Ferndale Area Fundraisers for Murdered Fighter’s Family

Ferndale Area Fundraisers for Murdered Fighter’s Family (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 29, 2014) Family and friends from Detroit to LA are remembering Justin Schalk who was murdered on April 14 in California. The 40-year-old Ferndale native went to school in both Ferndale and Berkley and has ties throughout the area from his family’s involvement in…

SEMCOG Releases Traffic Crash and Fatality Report, Urges Safety

SEMCOG Releases Traffic Crash and Fatality Report, Urges Safety (SEMCOG Press Release, April 29,2014) The number of traffic crashes in Southeast Michigan increased by more than four percent in 2013 compared with the previous year, according to an analysis of traffic crash data by SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Traffic Crashes, 2009-2013 The…

Democrats Pack Cobo for Fmr. President Bill Clinton Speech (video)

Democrats Pack Cobo for Fmr. President Bill Clinton Speech (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 27, 2014) Raising over $500,000 for the Michigan Democratic Party, the 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Cobo Hall featuring Former President Bill Clinton was considered “a rousing success” by Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson. Johnson and others took time to share their…

Oak Park & Hazel Park Get Pot Petitions Turned In, Berkley Next

Oak Park and Hazel Park Get Pot Petitions Turned In, Berkley Next (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 23, 2014) City by city, pro-marijuana activists have been placing decriminalization ordinances on the ballot. On Tuesday Andrew Cissell and Debra Young turned in petitions in both Oak Park and Hazel Park, putting the issue on the ballot for…

Giving the Gift of Reading: Berkley Librarian to Take Part in Giveaway

Giving the Gift of Reading: Berkley Librarian to Take Part in Giveaway (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 20, 2014) Two things that Berkley Library Director Matt Church loves: reading and backpacking. Those interests merge beautifully in the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, and thanks to a program by World Book Night, he’ll be sharing these interests…

Local Districts Named 2014 Best Communities for Music Education

Local Districts Named 2014 Best Communities for Music Education (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2014) The NAMM Foundation rates school  districts across the county in music programs, and this year they have named 376 districts to their 2014 Best Communities for Music Education List.  In Oakland County, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Ferndale, Oxford and Rochester Schools…

WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board

WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board (Adapted from WA3 Press Release, March 12, 2014) 2014 and the recent mayoral elections bring three new leaders to the Board of the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3), a collaborative effort to promote the 11 communities along M1. From the far north is Pontiac’s mayor Deidre Waterman. …

WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board

WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board (Adapted from WA3 Press Release, March 12, 2014) 2014 and the recent mayoral elections bring three new leaders to the Board of the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3), a collaborative effort to promote the 11 communities along M1. From the far north is Pontiac’s mayor Deidre Waterman. …

MEAP Scores Released, Improvement in Reading Celebrated

MEAP Scores Released, Improvement in Reading Celebrated (Michigan Dept. of Education Press Release, Feb. 28, 2014) Reading test scores for Michigan fourth graders improved for the fourth consecutive year, the Michigan Department of Education reported today. Results from the Fall 2013 Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) are reflective of what children had learned the previous…

Pappageorge Talks Term Limits and More with Berkley Rotary (video)

Pappageorge Talks Term Limits and More with Berkley Rotary (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 11, 2014) With one year left in office, State Senator John Pappageorge (R, Troy) is planning on giving term limit reform one last shot. The 82-year-old Republican met with members of the Berkley Rotary Club on Monday to talk about a…

State Rep. and State Senator at Ferndale Public Library Feb. 13

State Rep. and State Senator at Ferndale Public Library Feb. 13 (Ellen Cogen-Lipton Press Release, Feb. 11, 2014) State Representative Ellen Cogen-Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) invites residents to attend her coffee hour on Thursday, Feb. 13, to discuss state and community issues, including the governor’s budget proposal. Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) will be Lipton’s special guest…