Data Expert Shares Ethnic and Racial Trends in Ferndale

Data Expert Shares Ethnic and Racial Trends in Ferndale (Kurt Metzger, April 7, 2016) Ferndale, MI – The mission of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale is to foster a community that is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all residents and visitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or…

MML #6: Lessons Learned at the Michigan Municipal League Conference

MML #6: Lessons Learned at the Michigan Municipal League Conference (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 6, 2016) Lansing, MI – Each year employees and elected officials from cities, townships, villages and counties from across the state gather in Lansing for the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.  This year oc115.com was able to attend and bring you…

Southfield Mayor Shares Development Successes in State of the City Address

Southfield Mayor Shares Development Successes in State of the City Address (C. Proxmire, April 5, 2016) Southfield MI – Southfield Mayor Ken Siver had a lot of great Southfield news to share at his State of the City Address on March 21.  He talked about Southfield’s strong commitment to public safety, stating that major crimes…

Student Creativity Shines at Ferndale’s Artist in You Reception

Student Creativity Shines at Ferndale’s Artist in You Reception (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 2, 2016) Ferndale, MI – When it comes to helping young artists find their inspiration, teacher Jerry Lemenu likes to “get out of their way and let them work.”  The results of the right mix of support and freedom filled the walls…

Southfield Seeking Nominations for Community Service Award

Southfield Seeking Nominations for Community Service Award (City of Southfield, April 1, 2016) Southfield, MI – The city of Southfield has reintroduced the Greg Kennedy Community Service Award to honor members of the community who exemplify the characteristics of the late Greg Kennedy. The award was originally established in 1999 to honor the legacy of…

Olympic Runner & 100 Women Who Care Given Inaugural Rochester Hills…

Olympic Runner  and 100 Women Who Care Group Given Inaugural Rochester Hills Community Excellence Awards (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 31, 2016) Rochester Hills, MI – “You’ve just got to go out there and finish faster.” That’s the key to winning, according to Rochester Hills native Desiree Linden who is going to compete in the…

Pontiac Gains Back Power as State Keeps Some Oversight

Pontiac Gains Back Power as State Keeps Some Oversight (Dept. of Treasury, March 31, 2016) Pontiac, MI –  State Treasurer Nick Khouri today, signed off on amendments to two existing emergency manager orders that will provide additional authority to the City of Pontiac’s mayor and city council, following a recommendation approved by members of the…

MML#4: Deed Restrictions & Dark Stores Impacting Local Budgets

MML#4:  Deed Restrictions & Dark Stores Impacting Local Budgets (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 30, 2016) Lansing, MI – Cities and school districts depend on property taxes to provide services that residents rely on.  One might think that having large companies in the community would help because of the large size of the “big box” stores…

Campaign Uses Student Art to Warn Against Distracted Driving

Campaign Uses Student Art to Warn Against Distracted Driving (Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, March 30, 2016) OAK PARK, MI -The Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA), Michigan State Police, and State Farm announced a statewide distracted driving education and enforcement initiative today.  This campaign coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which takes place…

Man Arrested after Following and Pointing Gun at Teens after Accident

Man Arrested after Following and Pointing Gun at Teens after Accident (Compiled, March 28, 2016) Ferndale, MI –The Daily Tribune reports that 35-year-old Jeffrey Allen Peterson of Chesterfield was arrested and charged with felony assault after a road rage incident in Ferndale around 10pm Sunday.  According to the report, police say Peterson called to report…

Atomic Chicken Hatching in Clawson and Detroit Spring 2016

Atomic Chicken Hatching in Clawson and Detroit Spring 2016 (Atomic Chicken Press Release, March 27, 2016) Clawson, MI – Restaurant entrepreneurs Scott Moloney, Matthew Baldridge, and Greg Reyner are venturing into their next project featuring chicken, waffles, biscuits, savory sides, sweet desserts, and more. And not just any chicken, but “Chicken with Attitude.”  And not…

Berkley Fourth Graders Honored Historical Figures…

Berkley Fourth Graders Honored Historical Figures with Wax Museum (Berkley Beat, March 27, 2016) Fourth graders at Pattengill researched, composed short essays, and shared many interesting facts and stories about their historical figure with parents, students, and staff during their Wax Museum on Thursday, March 17. At the Wax Museum, students stand still until a…

MML #3: Cities Want their Share, Tool Shows Funding Loss by Community

MML #3: Cities Want their Share, Tool Shows Funding Loss by Community (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 26, 2016) Lansing, MI – Only four states have reduced the amount of tax dollars going to municipal governments, and of those Michigan has decreased funding the most.  Robert Kleine of Great Lakes Economic Consulting spoke about the subject…