On May 3, 2011, voters in the City of Ferndale will be asked to vote on a property tax increase to help fill in where lost state revenue sharing and lost property taxes have left the City $2.3 million short. Campaigns have organized around both sides of the issue, and there are two upcoming forums where residents can hear about and discuss the vote.
Ms. Ford was arrested at this time for OWI. She was transported to the Ferndale Police Station, where she was booked and given the opportunity to submit to a breath test (Datamaster). Ms. Ford consulted her attorney and submitted to the breath test without incident. She was held for several hours and released on $500.00 cash bond.
The Ferndale Fire Department and the Hazel Park Fire Department have long been discussing the idea of a merger. In order to make that happen, the cities have enlisted the help of SEMCOG (South East Michigan Council of Governments) and consultant Ray Riggs.
FernCare Free Health Series: Don’t Get up! Sit Down! Yoga Works! (Crystal A. Proxmire, 4/4/2011) As part of their on going “Let’s Talk Health” discussion series, FernCare is presenting a class on sit-down yoga, which is a healthy exercise for nearly anybody. This fun and easy activity is presented by Dewey Ames, a certified…
The Ferndale Pride 2011 Planning Committee is in full swing as over 20 volunteers gathered last week to flesh out details of the three day celebration. From June 3-5 Ferndale will be host to many LGBT community events designed to complement the Motor City Pride Celebration taking place in Hart Plaza. Shuttles will run between the two events.
The transgender community came out in force on Saturday for the third annual Transgender Empowerment Day, held at Affirmations and organized by Transgender Detroit and Transgender Michigan. Various inclusive groups set up informational tables and presentations were done by the Department of Justice, a panel of transgender allies, and a transgender town hall meeting.
The State of Michigan began Green School certification as a grassroots initiative at Hartland High School in Livingston County in 2005. This effort resulted in Governor Jennifer Granholm signing Public Act 146 into law in May of 2006. John F. Kennedy Green School Committee was founded in 2008 by a group of parents, staff and students who wanted to see John F. Kennedy Elementary become a certified Michigan Green School. Kennedy Elementary achieved Green School status that year, and has every year since then.
The Book of Lost Things was originally rejected by a publisher because they disliked the description of Little Red Riding Hood being intimate with The Big Bad Wolf.
Author John Connolly read the controversial passage to a room full of fans at the Ferndale Public Library’s Author Talk held March 29, 2011. The talk was part of a month-long celebration of reading that is becoming a Ferndale Library Tradition.
Of all the artists in the State who submitted their work, it was Ferndale artist Charles Pompilius who was selected by former Governor Jennifer Granholm to paint her portrait to hang in the State Capitol. The painting will be unveiled on May 6 in a special ceremony in Lansing.
The Ferndale Family Feud took place between the City officials and Chamber Board Members, with the two teams trying to guess what people answered to survey questions about the City. For example, when asked to name a Ferndale landmark, 61 said the Crow’s Nest, six said…
Eleven Ferndale Wrestling Club athletes traveled to Battle Creek March 25-27, 2011 to compete in the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association State Championships. The club is for boys aged 4-16 from Ferndale and surrounding cities, with 45 kids on the team this year.
Ferndale City Council met March 30, 2011 to move forward with the City budget for 2012 and 2013.
A disagreement over a car trade lead to gunfire on Bertha St. in Ferndale Monday night (03/28/11) at about 9:15 p.m.
When Dez Mansell was released from prison on parole in 2008, the bright optimism of freedom was overshadowed by the fear and insecurity of figuring out how to make an honest living.
“I’ve been a liar, cheater and a thief since I was 12,” Mansell said. “I have made a very stark transformation. But still, it’s hard for people, especially employers, to trust me.”
Starting out with nothing, some 65 students from FHS, FMS, Coolidge and Kennedy Schools came together to produce Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! They performed from March 12 -20, 2011.
Junior Natalie Berger played Ellen in the production, and she organized the Sound Effect Design. She and her friends had such a fun time with the show that she put together a video to remember the experience.
After city leaders in Ferndale discovered that Oakland County had been providing animal control for free to some municipalities, while charging others for the service, the Oakland County has reshaped its Animal Control program and is now offering free service to any city.
City Council voted on March 28, 2011 to accept the service, and also to end an agreement with nonprofit group Waggs and Wishes
A new group called Transition Ferndale is seeking to raise awareness and create discussion about the problems society and the planet face as resources become more scarce. On the third Thursday of each of the coming months, Transition Ferndale will host a film and discussion night at the Ferndale Public Library (222 E. 9 Mile) beginning at 7pm.
As the weekend of June 11-12, 2011 approaches, Ferndale gears up for the 24 hour walk to raise money to fight cancer known as Relay for Life. Teams from all over the City will walk the track at Ferndale High School, with pledges going for The American Cancer Society. The event is known for it’s fun themes, performances and antics, which have started early this year thanks to the community-focused “Purple Glove” video.
House Gallery will be hosting a record release party for metro Detroit based record label Soiree records on Saturday April 2nd and Grasshopper Pub in Ferndale (formerly Gracie’s Underground, 22757 Woodward). The 21+ party begins at 9pm and there is no cover to attend.
When Sicilia Grego was just 22 years old she started the business that would allow her to raise her son George, who was just a baby back then. As Como’s (22812 Woodward) turns 50 years old on April 1st, Grego was honored with a visit from United States Congressman Sander Levin, who presented the still-vibrant entrepreneur with a flag that was flown over the US Capitol in her restaurant’s honor.