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Woodward Talk

Published September 5, 2017

FERNDALE — Ferndale Pride made the largest donation it’s ever made in a single year by donating $25,000 total to five local charities.

Pride donated $13,000 to the Ferndale Community Foundation and $3,000 each to Affirmations, Gender-Identity Network Alliance, Matrix Human Services MAC Health, and Transgender Michigan.

With this distribution, Pride crossed the $100,000 mark in donations made since it was established in 2011.

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Published September 4, 2017

BERKLEY — The month of September brings with it the beginning of a new school year, and for the students of Pattengill Elementary in Berkley, it also brings a new principal.

Meghan Ashkanani officially started her tenure as Pattengill principal July 1, but her job was to really start with the beginning of the school year Sept. 5, after the Talk went to press.

She replaced Scott Francis as principal, as the district selected him to be the new director of curriculum, assessment, technology and grants.

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published September 1, 2017

BERKLEY — Heavy rainfall that dropped on southeast Michigan Aug. 28 flooded many homes in Berkley.

According to the city of Berkley, 2 inches of rain poured down on the city in two hours, and officials believe the sewer system performed as designed, but it might have been overwhelmed by the amount of rain over the short period of time.

As of Aug. 31, Department of Public Works Director Derrick Schueller said they’re not sure how the system backed up to the point where homes became flooded.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The city of Huntington Woods will be hiring a part-time code enforcement officer to work twice a month during the weekends to patrol and issue citations.

Approved during the Aug. 15 City Commission meeting, the officer will drive through the city twice a month for two to three hours a day and be paid at an hourly rate of $26 per hour.

City Manager Amy Sullivan said the city already has found someone interested in the position who is a code enforcement officer in another city and looking to work part time.

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Published August 30, 2017

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — Summer is reaching its end, and with it comes the beginning of fall and a brand-new school year for the Ferndale and Berkley school districts.

The Ferndale School District already has seen some big changes in its administration, with the appointments of Dania Bazzi and Lisa Williams as superintendent and Ferndale High School principal, respectively.

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Published August 30, 2017

BERKLEY — A planned unit development for a mixed residential project at the site of a former school hit a stalemate when the city’s Planning Commission tied on a vote for recommendation.

The commission voted 4-4 on a PUD for the project, titled “The Berkley,” involving the site of the former Our Lady of La Salette School, 2219 Coolidge Highway.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

FERNDALE — With the approval earlier this month for plans to redevelop the site of the former Taft Digital Learning Center, both Taft and Wilson Elementary School will be demolished beginning in September.

The developer of the projects at Taft and Wilson, Robertson Brothers Homes, will ramp up its projects by demolishing both buildings before the winter, starting with Wilson after Labor Day weekend.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 28, 2017

BERKLEY — A fire that started in the home of a Berkley city councilwoman could have led to a tragedy, if not for the quick thinking of the councilwoman’s granddaughter.

At around 1:07 a.m. June 12 in the 1500 block of Dorothea Road, the Berkley Public Safety Department was dispatched to a home for a possible fire. When public safety officers arrived, the fire already had been extinguished by occupants of the home.

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Published August 23, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Public Safety Department has a reason to be proud lately, as it has earned a higher rating from the Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification.

According to the agency, ISO is an insurance advisory organization providing insurers with a variety of underwriting and rating services. It performs PPC evaluations on behalf of the property insurance industry.

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Published August 23, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council officially greenlighted plans for more than 70 townhomes to be built on the land formerly occupied by the Taft Digital Learning Center.

The council unanimously approved both a planned unit development and a brownfield plan for Parkdale Towns, which will be developed by Robertson Brothers Homes, at its Aug. 14 meeting.

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Published August 23, 2017

FERNDALE — Parts of Eight Mile Road will be undergoing resurfacing work over the next couple of months.

The Michigan Department of Transportation resurfacing work on Eight Mile, which began Monday, Aug. 14, will take place between Woodward Avenue and the Southfield Freeway, or M-39, and is expected to last until October.

MDOT communications representative Diane Cross said in an email that the project begins westbound at Woodward Avenue and eastbound at M-39, and the two ends will work toward each other until the resurfacing work is completed.

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Published August 21, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved changes Aug. 14 to how it will spend some of its Community Development Block Grant money in the coming years.

CDBG money for the city comes from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money funnels through Oakland County.

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Published August 19, 2017

As vehicles of all brands, years and makes drove bumper-to-bumper on the road Aug. 19, thousands made their way to downtown Ferndale for the city’s 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Saturday marked the end of the city’s three-day festival for the Dream Cruise, which included the 19th year for Mustang Alley on Nine Mile Road.

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Published August 19, 2017

Thousands of people lined up and down 12 Mile Road in Berkley Friday, Aug. 18, to get a view of nearly 400 cars in the city’s CruiseFest Classic Car Parade.

Vehicles ranging from classic Corvettes and Cadillacs to specialty cars such as a mini fire truck and a van driving upside down and in reverse all captured the attendees’ attentions during the parade.

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Published August 16, 2017

FERNDALE/PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge City Commissioner Bret Scott’s family has been into cars for as long as he can remember.

With both his father and grandfather owning auto repair shops, he said cars are in his family’s blood, which makes this weekend’s 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise all the more special.

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Published August 16, 2017

FERNDALE — For the entirety of the 2017-18 school year, the Ferndale Public Schools district has hired a deputy superintendent.

The district hired John Silveri as the interim deputy superintendent of human resources, a position he will serve in until someone can be hired on a permanent basis for the next school year.

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