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Published September 27, 2017

BERKLEY — Following a Sept. 7 special meeting about last month’s heavy rain and flood incident, the Berkley City Council heard plans for preventing further problems.

At the council’s Sept. 18 meeting, City Manager Matthew Baumgarten gave a presentation on what the city had heard from residents and the questions they had asked during the Sept. 7 meeting.

He then went into detail about where the city is looking to go next to make sure another flood, like the ones on Aug. 28 and in 2014, doesn’t happen again.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 26, 2017

FERNDALE — An event in celebration of the return of fall and the upcoming Halloween holiday is upon Ferndale at the beginning of October.

The Ferndale Fall Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Activity Center at Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave.

The event, organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, costs $5 for children ages 2-15 and $2 for people ages 16 and up. Children under the age of 2 get in free.

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Published September 25, 2017

A 59-year-old Ferndale man is missing and the Ferndale Police Department is searching for him.

The department was contacted Sunday, Sept. 24, to check on the welfare of Vincent Messina by his son, Dominic. Police went to Messina’s home on Hazelhurst Street, but they were unable to locate him.

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Published September 25, 2017

FERNDALE — Three CN Railroad intersections in the city of Ferndale will have barriers installed this fall in order to create “quiet zones,” in which passing trains won’t have to blare their horns as they come through town.

The $1 million CN Railroad project will see barriers installed between the traffic lanes that will prevent people from trying to drive around the downed gate and trying to cross the rail.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a thief who took off with some money from Como’s Restaurant.

The crime took place around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said the suspect went into Como’s that day and, when asked by the wait staff if he needed any help, said he was there waiting for some friends.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE/PLEASANT RIDGE — Earlier this year, the cities of Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale began working on a joint venture for a $25 million to $35 million redevelopment project across city lines.

The space in question is 13 acres of land at 3155-3351 Bermuda St., 3164-3350 Bermuda St. and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Ferndale, and 400-404 E. 10 Mile Road and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Pleasant Ridge.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE — A special program that operates in Ferndale Lower Elementary School is searching for more volunteers to help kids during school hours.

The Foster Grandparent Program is operated by the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, which recruits and searches for seniors to participate in the program.

The seniors who participate act as mentors and role models for the students, working Mondays through Thursdays for about 20 hours a week. The school currently has three volunteers and is looking for three more.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department will be holding its next Citizens Academy throughout the month of October to give people a chance to put themselves in the shoes of a police officer.

The academy will take place every Thursday during the month: Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. It will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 300 E. Nine Mile Road. It’s open to people who live in, work in or attend religious services in Ferndale.

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Published September 20, 2017

BERKLEY — Since its closure last fall, other than some programs and summer camp activities, the Berkley Ice Arena hasn’t seen any use for its intended purpose.

After the city closed the arena due to coolant leaks, the city organized a Citizens Advisory Committee to help determine what Berkley will do next in terms of building either a new community center with an ice arena, a pool, both or neither.

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Published September 19, 2017

FERNDALE/FARMINGTON HILLS — The home of one Farmington Hills couple now shares the distinction of having not one, but two cats that hold Guinness world records.

Lauren and Will Powers are the cat parents to Cygnus and Arcturus, who hold the records for longest tail on a cat and tallest domestic cat, respectively, which were revealed in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 13, 2017

FERNDALE — Como’s Restaurant is on the verge of losing its food service license after the Oakland County Health Division ordered a revocation for health code violations.

The agency informed Como’s in a letter dated Aug. 22 that the agency intended to revoke the restaurant’s license for “failing to comply with the provisions of the Michigan Food Law,” according to Oakland County documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Published September 13, 2017

FERNDALE — Art of all different kinds will be featured throughout downtown Ferndale when the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair return to Nine Mile Road.

The fairs will take place Sept. 22-24, with the art fair running from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The street fair will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 22; from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Published September 13, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — Off to the west side of Woodward Avenue, one street in Pleasant Ridge has managed to keep one party going for the past 40 years.

The Oxford Block Party celebrated its 40th year Saturday, Sept. 9, amid many neighbors on the block, including ones who have been there since the very beginning.

Resident Peggy Rubino was one of a couple of neighbors who helped organize and co-found the party when it first started in 1977.

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Published September 12, 2017

BERKLEY — The heavy rainfall that hit Berkley on Monday, Aug. 28, caused a flood that inflicted damage to an estimated 700 homes in the city.

To address how the flood that hit 10 percent of the city’s homes potentially happened, and to figure out a way to make sure it doesn’t happen again, city staff and City Council members held a meeting Sept. 7 at Berkley High School.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

FERNDALE — A project on Livernois previously designed to build general residential units may become an assisted-living development.

The City Council held a discussion during its Aug. 28 meeting on a revised purchase agreement for 205 and 235 Livernois St., which the city sold in February to Nextus Capital for $106,000.

The project, then called 8 North, was designed to be a three-story building with 30 residential units and five commercial business units.

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