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Published August 26, 2015

FERNDALE — It’s been five years since the Ferndale Area District Library, then called the Ferndale Public Library, wrapped up a $4 million renovation project. This month, the library wants to celebrate the anniversary with the public and raise money for the purchase of new materials.

Circulation Specialist Jeff Milo is working with local bands for the third straight year to host a benefit concert for the library, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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Published August 19, 2015

BERKLEY — In June, the city of Berkley entered into an agreement with Lansing-based MessageMakers to conduct a study of the city’s logo and to work with residents to come up with a design for a new logo.

Now, a group of residents is hoping to stop the city’s attempt to replace the more than 50-year-old logo with a ballot proposal set for the November election.

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Published August 19, 2015

FERNDALE — With the season of outdoor events and festivals kicking into full gear in Ferndale, the construction on East Nine Mile and Hilton roads wrapped up just in time to offer smoother transportation to and from downtown Ferndale.

The East Nine Mile project was slated to be wrapped up before last year’s Woodward Dream Cruise event, but high bids forced the project to 2015 after water main work in 2014.

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Published August 19, 2015

FERNDALE —  The Ferndale City Council adopted a resolution during its Aug. 10 meeting to suspend the processing of medical marijuana operation applications pending a new timeline set up for three operations already approved by the city.

In May, the City Council approved a special land use permit for the third medical marijuana facility in the city in the past 18 months, but none of the three have opened.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 15, 2015

When the Woodward Dream Cruise started in Ferndale 21 years ago, John Elliott was just wrapping up a move from Michigan to Florida.

As a self-professed “car guy,” Elliott said it was always on his automobile bucket list to attend the Dream Cruise. Elliott moved back to Michigan recently, to Whitmore Lake, so he made sure he had time available to attend the Dream Cruise.

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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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