Pleasant Ridge Celebrates 25th Birthday of I-696

Pleasant Ridge Celebrates 25th Birthday of I-696 (Cheryl Weiss, Photography by Thomas Treuter Photography, Jan. 18,2015) The Historical Society of Pleasant Ridge held a 25th birthday celebration for I-696 on Thursday, January 15, 2015 with approximately 80 residents and interested residents from neighboring communities. They gathered at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center to view a…

Michigan Students will get SAT Instead of ACT Starting in 2016

Michigan Students will get SAT Instead of ACT Starting in 2016 (Michigan Department of Education Press Release, Jan. 18, 2015) All Michigan high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the state-administered college assessment exam beginning in 2016 after the College Board won the three-year competitively-bid contract, the Michigan Department of Education and Department…

Ferndale Schools Sues Former Superintendent Gary Meier

Ferndale Schools Sues Former Superintendent Gary Meier (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 13, 2015) Ferndale Superintendent Blake Prewitt announced that today that a civil suit has been filed against former Superintendent Gary Meier. Meier’s last couple of years as Superintendent were marred by scandal as details of his side consulting, and use of Ferndale Schools resources…

Community Crowds Together To Save Oak Park Jewish Community Center

Community Crowds Together To Save Oak Park Jewish Community Center (Cheryl Weiss, Jan. 13, 2015) Approximately 800 people filled the gymnasium of the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park, and many more were turned away due to space limitations, at the Town Hall Forum Monday night. Community members gathered together to voice their objections to…

Ferndale Adding STEM Program in Middle School

Ferndale Adding STEM Program in Middle School (FPS Press Release, Jan. 9, 2015)   The Ferndale Board of Education recently approved a new STEM program for 7th and 8th grade students at Ferndale Middle School (FMS) starting next school year.s STEM which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is an interdisciplinary and applied approach…

Guest View: Save the JCC in Oak Park

Guest View: Save the JCC in Oak Park (Guest View by Aaron Tobin, Jan. 7, 2015) Jewish Community Center is considering closing the Oak Park center. This has saddened many people in the area, who are rallying behind this important part of the community. A change.org petition has been started for people to show support…

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video)

Remembering Patricia Hill Burnett, 2012 Interview (video) (Cherie Wyatt Rolfe, Crystal Proxmire, Jan. 4, 2015) At the age of 94, the co-founder of Michigan National Organization for Women (NOW) and celebrated portrait artist Patricia Hill Burnett passed away last week. Burnett was a face for feminism spanning across socioeconomic and political lines. She was well-dressed,…

Chabad-Lubavitch Chanukah Parade Shares Light…

Chabad-Lubavitch Chanukah Parade Shares Light Through Oak Park, Royal Oak and Birmingham (Photos and Interview by Aaron Tobin, Dec. 19, 2014) Dec. 17 was a day to celebrate light as the Labavitch Chanukah Parade made its way through Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Birmingham “The idea was to reach as many Jews and non-Jews…

Southfield Skyscraper’s Demolition Felt Miles Away (video)

Southfield Skyscraper’s Demolition Felt Miles Away (video) (Crystal Proxmire, video by Amy Probst, Dec. 14, 2014) At 8:30am Sunday a rumble like thunder was felt at least five miles away from 9 Mile and Northwestern Highway, where a 17-story building was demolished by implosion. North Park Plaza was built 42years ago. Oakland Community College bought…

…Grants Awarded…Oak Park, Auburn Hills & Ferndale Included

State Training Fund Grants Awarded: Businesses in Oak Park, Auburn Hills & Ferndale Included (Adapted from Oakland County Press Release, Dec 8, 2014) Thirteen Oakland County companies received almost $700,000 from the state’s Skilled Trades Training Fund, enabling them to hire nearly 1,300 new employees while upgrading the skills of more than 700 current employees.…

…Ellen Cogen Lipton Honors Sister & Public Education… (video)

State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton Honors Sister and Public Education in Farewell Speech (video) (C. Proxmire, Dec. 7, 2014) (scroll to bottom for video) At the end of three terms in the House of Representatives, Ellen Cogen Lipton of Huntington Woods said farewell with a sentimental speech honoring her sister and touting the importance of…

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center (Compiled, Nov. 30, 2014) SOCRRA [Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority] is now accepting Styrofoam at their Drop-Off Center in Troy, starting December 1. You can now drop off the following items: Cups and takeout containers Egg cartons Rinsed meat trays Food trays/lunch trays (No Styrofoam peanuts) All…