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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School wind orchestra will take to the stage May 18 with Elon Jamison directing like it has numerous times previously. The student musicians are talented, Jamison said, but in this year’s spring concert, they will be tested like never before.

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Published May 13, 2013

BERKLEY — The May 7 vote provided the Berkley School District with its much-needed renewal of two millages that will keep nearly $4 million per year in the district over the next decade.

The first was for 18.9666 mills for the general operating fund, which generated approximately $3.1 million in 2012 for the district, or about 6 percent of its total budget. This millage is not a levy on residences, but rather a non-homestead millage for commercial and industrial businesses, as well as second homes.

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Published May 8, 2013

BERKLEY — With the stroke of a pen, Sean Calender made his college choice official.

The Berkley High senior also did something for a program that continues to gain in stature.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — With years of planning in the books, the three-prong infrastructure project on West Nine Mile Road in Ferndale is finally under way, with the Downtown Development Authority’s ceremonial groundbreaking May 1.

Mayor Dave Coulter, City Council members and other elected officials gathered at the intersection of Livernois Street and Nine Mile to signify the beginning of the project that will see the water main replaced, the road resurfaced and streetscaping taking place. The construction is set to begin later this month and last about eight months.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — John F. Kennedy Elementary School has been recognized by Oakland County for being a Green School over the past four years. Always one of the top environmentally friendly schools in the county, JFK has never been able to claim the No. 1 spot on the list until now.

During an April 24 ceremony, JFK was finally named the Green School of the Year for Oakland County. Roosevelt Elementary School was also honored for their green initiatives.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — In Mayor Dave Coulter’s State of the City address April 18, he talked of the city’s numerous parks and the need to improve them, despite a tough economy. Coulter talked of creating a task force to oversee public opinions and alternative funding sources to make such changes.

At the City Council meeting April 29, council members approved the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks.

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Published May 6, 2013

FERNDALE — John Fitzpatrick had a degree in business and economics coming out of college and was set to take over the family business. With everything laid out in front of him, Fitzpatrick said he still couldn’t shed the notion that he needed to be doing something different.

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Published May 1, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Teen Council members do not receive pay, but the group of about 60 students, ranging from sixth-graders to seniors, helps out at community events to gain experience and make their city a better place.

During the annual awards banquet at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing March 20, the Teen Council was awarded the Community Service Award by the Michigan Recreation & Park Association for volunteerism and community contributions.

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Published May 1, 2013

After the War of 1812, the city of Berkley was a mere swampland deemed uninhabitable by the United States government. The swamp water could not be drained and the land was so poor, it discouraged any new settlers.

However, in 1817, Territorial Gov. Lewis Cass came to what is now Berkley and decided to sell the land at $1.25 per acre. Slowly, settlers came to Michigan on the promise of cheap land, and by 1832, there was regular travel through Berkley.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — With roughly a year of research and studies in the books, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments went to the public April 17 to discuss the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis.

At St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale, SEMCOG representatives talked with inquiring community members about bus rapid transit, the system deemed to be the most logical along the 27-mile Woodward corridor from the Detroit River to Pontiac, as well as the most cost-friendly.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority has not been coy about making downtown Ferndale an easy location to reach and navigate by any transportation means necessary.

In the past year, the DDA has installed five on-street bike racks in different locations in Ferndale, including Nine Mile Road, Troy and Vester streets. In May, a sixth on-street bike rack will be installed on Woodward Avenue, the first of its kind on that street.

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Published April 22, 2013

FERNDALE — Mayor Dave Coulter didn’t try to hide the fact that Ferndale has seen better financial days during his 2013 State of the City address April 18 at Local Kitchen and Bar in downtown Ferndale.

In fact, Coulter basically led off with it after thanking his fellow elected officials.

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Published April 16, 2013

BERKLEY — This summer, Berkley will help the Detroit Institute of Arts achieve its goal of bringing the museum to the masses.

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Published April 16, 2013

BERKLEY — This summer, Steve Baker is heading off to Harvard — not as a college student, but as a representative of his community.

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Published April 15, 2013

OAK PARK — With a rather large canvas in front of him containing everything from stars and flowers to people and hands, Daniel Cascardo stood back from his work of art April 11 at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park and handed paint to every person who came to him.

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Published April 2, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — It’s hard to believe that an event the magnitude of the Huntington Woods Men’s Club service auction could continue to grow, but it may have just experienced its most successful year ever.

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Published April 2, 2013

BERKLEY — Angie Church received two of the best surprises of her life in the span of just two weeks.

The first came when the Berkley High School teacher attended a staff meeting after school and was greeted by a crowd that included dozens of her co-workers and friends, as well as her parents, husband and 5-year-old twin daughters. The congregation had gathered to announce that she had been selected as BHS’ nomination for the 2013 Oakland County Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year award through Oakland Schools.

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Published April 1, 2013

BERKLEY — After 70 years of educating students in the local Catholic community, Our Lady of La Salette School will close down at the end of the 2012-13 school year, due to declining enrollment.

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Published March 19, 2013

BERKLEY — When Berkley High School theater students bring their next production to the stage this weekend, their goal will be to not only entertain, but also to educate and inspire.

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Published March 13, 2013

FERNDALE/HUNTINGTON WOODS — This month marks the last chance for local homeowners, tenants and landlords to take advantage of a golden opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on annual energy costs.

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