Treasury Recognizes all Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

Treasury Recognizes all Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes (U.S. Dept. of Treasury Press Release, Aug. 29, 2013) The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless…

Medicaid Expansion Passes Senate

Medicaid Expansion Passes Senate (C. Proxmire, Aug. 28, 2013) After a bunch of partisan back-and-forth, made more complex by disagreements within the Republican Party, the state Senate approved expanding Medicaid to cover a larger group of low-income residents. A similar bill passed the House earlier this year, and the next step is for the House…

Officers Train for Response to Active Shooter in School (video)

Dripping in sweat beneath body armor and masks, police from several cities moved deftly in tight formation through Jefferson Middle School in Pontiac, with guns drawn and eyes wide open. Following the sounds of a shotgun blast, they coordinated to clear the hallways and classrooms until they found their gunman hiding in a room with a chalkboard and empty desks. Back and forth gunfire ensured until the shooter, Ferndale Sgt. Dan Simon, fell to the floor.

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin Fundraiser Sept. 28

Event:   An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin Date:     Saturday, September 28, 2013  Time:    7:30 p.m. Venue: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts 6600 W. Maple Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48322 Description: “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” a one-night, benefit performance by native Detroiter Lily Tomlin will take place on Sept. 28 at…

Study Shows Results for Mental Health Court

Study Shows Results for Mental Health Court (Michigan Supreme Court Press Release, Aug. 23, 2013) A three-year evaluation of 10 Michigan mental health courts finds that participants re-offend at significantly lower levels than comparable groups of offenders who do not participate in the mental health courts. The evaluation, which was conducted by the State Court…

2013 Ferndale Voter Information

2013 Ferndale Voter Information MAYOR – 1 open seat Incumbent David Coulter, http://www.davecoulter.com Craig Covey, http://coveys-corner.blogspot.com/ Linda Parton, https//www.facebook.com/linda.skoniecznyparton Sherry Wells, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sherry-A-Wells-for-Mayor CITY COUNCIL – 2 open seats, four year term Incumbent Melanie C. Piana, http://www.melaniepiana.com Greg Pawlica, http://pawlica4ferndale.com/ LIBRARY BOARD – 2 partial term seats expiring January 1, 2018 Frank Castronova Adrienne Fazzolara LIBRARY…

Motorcycles Crash in Pontiac, One Person Injured

Motorcycles Crash in Pontiac, One Person Injured (Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept. Press Release, Aug. 21, 2013) The Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting Deputies from the Pontiac Substation with the investigation of a motorcycle crash involving two motorcycles on Huron near State Street. A 65 year old Brighton resident was driving a 1995 Honda motorcycle west…