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Woodward Talk

Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

FERNDALE — Following plans by the Canadian National Railway to expand its operations in Ferndale, CN Rail and Ferndale officials drafted a new consent agreement between the two parties that updated the previous agreement from the early 1990s.

The consent agreement outlines how CN operates its intermodal rail facility in Ferndale, including maintenance, ground storage and noise. CN recently acquired several properties on Fair Street and is looking at more acquisitions that would expand its 40-acre facility by 12 acres.

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Published August 12, 2015

FERNDALE — Following the suggestion of City Councilman Mike Lennon, the city of Ferndale has established a “safe space” where patrons can meet to carry out online transactions from websites like Craigslist.

The city’s Department of Public Works had a sign installed in a parking lot just north of the Ferndale Police Department, 310 E. Nine Mile Road, that is under video surveillance 24 hours a day. Anyone who is looking to make a legal exchange can meet in the parking lot and complete the transaction without any interference from police unless required.

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Published August 12, 2015

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — It’s been called a 100-, 300- and 500-year event, but no matter how you look at it, the flood that hit metro Detroit Aug. 11 of last year affected thousands of residents in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.

Many areas, particularly near or south of the Interstate 696 corridor, were hit with 5 inches or more of rain in a 90-minute period. The mass precipitation resulted in streets flooding, sewer systems backing up and, ultimately, basements of residential homes and other buildings taking on water.

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Published August 12, 2015

BERKLEY — Adults and children alike camp along 12 Mile Road in Berkley every year during the Friday of the Woodward Dream Cruise, all admiring classic cars driving past.

In Berkley, the CruiseFest parade offers spectators the chance to not only see vehicles, but get an up close and personal view, including the opportunity to talk to owners, in an event that will see 400 classic cars cruising through downtown Berkley.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 6, 2015

FERNDALE — For more than two decades, auto enthusiasts have packed Woodward Avenue to celebrate the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of August. But for more than 10 years, another group has tried to bring awareness to other modes of transportation the week before.

The 11th annual Green Cruise will take place Aug. 8 in downtown Ferndale with people from all around who support alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycling and walking, gathering to celebrate.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.


Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Library is looking to find out what residents are interested in. Or, rather, what they “geek.”

In May, the Berkley library joined the Geek the Library campaign to raise awareness for the library and everything it can offer residents. The nationwide campaign is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

By joining the campaign, Berkley Public Library Director Matt Church said the library received a $2,500 grant from the Gates Foundation.

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Published July 29, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — With 13 parks in the city of Huntington Woods, as well as a community center with a pool, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has its work cut out for it in addressing improvements and resident concerns.

This year, however, the department is looking to make that job a little more structured, as the department recently completed a new five-year parks and recreation plan that includes resident input and suggested park improvements.

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Published July 29, 2015

FERNDALE — Thanks to a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Department of Transportation, bicyclists in and around Ferndale will have a more precise biking route to get to neighboring communities.

The city of Ferndale was awarded a 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program grant in the amount of $194,227 to create the Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network, which would bring a more visible route for bicyclists through Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak.

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Published July 29, 2015

OAK PARK — In March, the Ferndale School District Board of Education made a decision to restructure the district over the next couple of years, a decision that included moving the adult and alternative education programs from the Jefferson Center and closing the building.

Now, the district is working with the city of Oak Park, where the Jefferson Center is located, and Community Housing Network, a Troy-based nonprofit organization that provides housing for those in need, to turn the Jefferson Center into a mixed-income development with 60 one- to four-bedroom apartments.

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Published July 29, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District Board of Education has named longtime Berkley resident Keith Logsdon as its new member, filling the seat left empty following the death of former board President Paul Ellison.

Logsdon is a 15-year resident of Berkley and has worked with the district on several projects in the past few years, including the Vision 2020 project in 2013 and the infrastructure bond proposal last year.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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