Education Advocacy Trip to Lansing Planned for Feb.19

Education Advocacy Trip to Lansing Planned for Feb.19 (Ferndale Schools, Jan. 31. 2014) Join the Ferndale Board of Education, administration, union leaders, municipal leaders, PTA and your neighbors and travel to Lansing to advocate for the fair funding of our schools.  Although legislator schedules are tentative, this schedule is being designed to allow participants maximum…

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video)

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 31, 2014) As part of the annual Ferndale Blues and Music Festival, Jazz Bands from Ferndale Middle School and Ferndale High School played a special concert at Treat Dreams.  Parents and supporters enjoyed the student performances, as well as the custom…

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video)

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 31, 2014) As part of the annual Ferndale Blues and Music Festival, Jazz Bands from Ferndale Middle School and Ferndale High School played a special concert at Treat Dreams.  Parents and supporters enjoyed the student performances, as well as the custom…

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video)

Jazz Bands Play at Treat Dreams for Blues Fest (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 31, 2014) As part of the annual Ferndale Blues and Music Festival, Jazz Bands from Ferndale Middle School and Ferndale High School played a special concert at Treat Dreams.  Parents and supporters enjoyed the student performances, as well as the custom…

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,…

Group Seeks Ballot Measure to Increase Minimum Wage

Group Seeks Ballot Measure to Increase Minimum Wage (Mothering Justice Press Release, Jan. 27, 2014) Community organizing, social justice and labor groups today formed a committee to explore a ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. The minimum wage in Michigan –currently $7.40 an hour – hasn’t been raised since 2008, leaving many…

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…

The Return on Investment from Michigan Passenger Rail

The Return on Investment from Michigan Passenger Rail (Dan Sommerville, Michigan Environmental Council, Jan. 26, 2014, orig. Michigan by Rail Blog) Passenger rail has been booming nationwide and in Michigan. Record-breaking ridership was recorded in 10 of the last 11 years (1) (2), and there has been a whopping 78% growth in Michigan ridership since…