State Won’t Recognize Same Sex Marriages Made Over Weekend

State Won’t Recognize Same Sex Marriages Made Over Weekend (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 26, 2014) Governor Rick Snyder announced today that over 300 same-sex marriages performed on Saturday, during the window of time when they were legal, will not be recognized until after a stay on Friday’s District Court decision has been lifted. Judge Bernard…

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter’s 2014 State of the City Address (video)

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter’s 2014 State of the City Address (video) (Dave Coulter, March 25, 2014) Thanks Jennifer for that introduction and for hosting us here at the Rust Belt Market, a true Ferndale original and certainly worthy of the all attention they have received. Chris Best and his wife Tiffany have created something very…

Ferndale Councilman’s Kitchen Damaged by Fire

Ferndale Councilman’s Kitchen Damaged by Fire (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 23, 2014) When a fire started in his home Saturday night, Ferndale City Councilperson Mike Lennon was grateful for the city services that he’d long been an advocate for.  The retired Ferndale Policeman and lifelong Ferndale resident contacted the Ferndale Fire Department at about 8…

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) After 14 years as Superintendent of Ferndale Schools, Gary Meier has announced that he is retiring. In a memo to Ferndale Schools staff, Meier wrote: “It is with many mixed emotions that I write this letter to formally advise you of my…

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) At some point in the 1970s, language giving preference to the hiring and promotion of minorities, including non-Christians, made its way into teacher contracts at Ferndale Schools.  The wording “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American,…

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other (Ferndale Schools Press Release, March 19, 2014) Coolidge Intermediate teacher Jason Gillespie exchanged his teacher experiences for a day this week with a local business leader as part of Oakland Schools’ Teacher-Business Leader Exchange Program. Because Gillespie was the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Ferndale…

Local Celebrities Read to Roosevelt Students (video)

Local Celebrities Read to Roosevelt Students (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 18, 2014) To an adult, it is twenty minutes away from their day jobs.  But to the youngsters at Roosevelt Primary in Ferndale, the guests who come to their classrooms on Reading Day are celebrities and heroes. The tradition takes place each year in…

Giuseppe Ciccone’s Exchange Student Experience

Giuseppe Ciccone’s Exchange Student Experience (Giuseppe Ciccone, March 17, 2014) I arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan airport on August 21st.  Everything started that day. I remember every single moment: My host mom Karen and two of my three siblings, Ash and Violet, waiting for me with a colorful poster which said, “Welcome home Giuseppe.” That poster didn’t…

Roaring 20s Dinner Raises Money for Ferndale Education Foundation

Roaring 20s Dinner Raises Money for Ferndale Education Foundation (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 15, 2014) The Ferndale Education Foundation had it’s annual dinner Friday with a Roaring 20’s Theme.  With feathers, fringe and furs the fine ladies of Ferndale mingled with dapper gentlemen in suits.  They enjoyed a delicious meal, watched dance, band and acting…

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. …

Northland Mall Death Caused by Position, Compression, Asphyxia

Northland Mall Death Caused by Position, Compression, Asphyxia (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 12, 2014) The investigation into 25-year-old McKenzie Cochran’s death continues as the medical examiner’s report has been released, listing the cause of death as “accidental position, compression, asphyxia,” according to Local 4 News. On Jan.28 the man had a verbal confrontation with mall…

Northland Mall Death Caused by Position, Compression, Asphyxia

Northland Mall Death Caused by Position, Compression, Asphyxia (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 12, 2014) The investigation into 25-year-old McKenzie Cochran’s death continues as the medical examiner’s report has been released, listing the cause of death as “accidental position, compression, asphyxia,” according to Local 4 News. On Jan.28 the man had a verbal confrontation with mall…