As Barbara and I struggled with the question of whether I should run again, we focused on our belief that our country is at a crossroads that will determine our economic health and security for decades to come. We decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election.
In partnership with the School Improvement Team, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee is requesting that individuals from the community at-large (not district parents or employees) complete a survey on the school climate. The Community Survey is accessible via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2Y5MY8Z.
Planning is well underway for the annual Ferndale Pride festival set for Saturday June 1st, 2013, with events all that week and weekend. The family-friendly event celebrates LGBT culture and activism, as well as the general diversity of the Ferndale community….Ferndale Pride is accepting volunteers, sponsors and booth rentals. Find out more at http://www.ferndalepride.com/.
The officers discussed the matter with Stanfield and gave him the opportunity to return to the restaurant rather than pay the bill. As the officers stood next to Stanfield, he put the car in gear, turned into the traffic lane (causing the officers to move or be run over), yell an obscenity at them, and sped off. Officers pursued as Stanfield fled at high rates of speeds through Detroit streets…
The discussion took place in West Bloomfield Township, a community that passed a moratorium on fracking last year after Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste sat in on a land auction where rights to Michigan’s resources were bid out to oil and gas companies.
With some of the land being in Oakland County, municipal and county officials like Economou Ureste had concerns about the potential for fracking so close to home. Northern Oakland County has several lakes…
This year the Ferndale Public Library is launching a fun, new way to participate in the program with their Get Caught Reading contest. Take your copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to any of the following locations: Chazzano, Java Hutt, Pinwheel Bakery, Affirmations, or Easy Like Sundae, order your treat of choice, and let the cashier know you’re there to read your book. They’ll give you a raffle ticket and you’ll be entered into our Get Caught Reading Contest.
The fight reportedly started as the result of students taunting each other. Administrators and staff in the school contained the fight; however it resulted in an injury to one administrator.
Councilperson Mike Lennon, a former police officer with the Ferndale PD empathized with Collins’ presentation. “I know these facilities well, and they are inadequate, and they have been for a really long time.”
In November Longo gave a presentation to City Council about the things he’d like to see in a remodel of the 43rd District Court building.
The lack of ADA compliant facilities is not the only problem with the 43rd District Courthouse, although it is the most heart-wrenching. Other issues Longo listed include:
In her 22 years of life, Melissa Sue Balogh was a beloved Ferndale resident. She was born on December 23, 1990 to John and Deann Blaogh, and had three sisters Vanessa, Crystal and Ashley. She passed away on Feb. 25, 2013 due to health issues possibly related to an asthma attack or food allergy. She is also lovingly remembered by classmates from Ferndale High School, and by her nieces Faith Thomason, Keara and Dravyn Fournier,
The Ferndale officer became suspicious and arrested LAWSON for not having a license on him. Further investigation showed that LAWSON is not nor ever was a police officer. When arrested LAWSON, the officer found a pair of handcuffs and hunting knife in the compartment on the side of the driver’s door.
Adrienne Gilmore is a 14-year resident of the city, and is a professional educator in the Birmingham Public School system. She will be sworn in by the city clerk on February 27 and will officially join the Board at its March 21, 2013 monthly meeting.
Both of the School Districts that serve our community (Hazel Park and Ferndale) are closed on Feb. 27 due to snow.
Residents are encouraged to review our “Stuff to Know for the Snow” article, which reminds people to keep their sidewalks shoveled and to move cars from the street for snow plows. It also gives tips for “green” snow removal. https://oaklandcounty115.com/2012/12/27/stuff-to-know-for-the-snow/
Lee was in his Highland Park home when his older brother (who is either 23 or 34) was “playing around” with a handgun on Tuesday and it discharged accidentally. Lee died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
In order to quell some of the uproar, Ferndale City Council has extended a parking holiday until the next City Council meeting, March 11. Parking is free in Ferndale during that time, and the rates will be discussed at that meeting. Council has also approved the purchase of 14 more multi-space meters to help with the congestion. The machines have been rush ordered so they will come within the next two weeks.
Not only can a visit to a place like Point Pelee vary from week to week, it can vary from the time spent walking north up a beach for an hour, then back.
Jim Nash, the new Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, announces the first in a series of town hall meetings around the county. These meetings will focus on the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County.
Both the Michigan Democratic Party and the LGBT Caucus changed leadership at the Sat. Feb. 23, 2013 Michigan Democratic Convention in Detroit. After a contentious battle, and a morning spent making the rounds to the various political camps, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer withdrew his nomination with a simple farewell…
For some the grass really may seem greener in someone else’s neighborhood, especially if it’s on a color-coded map based on income. The website www.Richblockspoorblocks.com provides maps with neighborhoods color-coded based on data from US Census American Community Surveys for the past several years. The maps can show income or rental costs for communities across the country. By clicking on an area one can retrieve the specific data.
The City of Ferndale has declared that free parking will be available in all parking lots and on-street spaces through Monday, February 25th. City Manager, April Lynch stated that, “the bottom line is that we need to provide the best product to our customers…