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Published August 16, 2017

FERNDALE — A Madison Heights teen won a contest to have her mural design created and displayed during the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Heaven Guty’s design, titled “human,” was selected by the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission to be this year’s inclusivity mural. It will be created by the public, along with Detroit artist Nivek Monet, during the art fair, which will be held Sept. 22-24, and displayed on the wall of the Cupcake Station at the corner of Allen and Nine Mile roads.

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Published August 16, 2017

BERKLEY — Berkley CruiseFest and its Classic Car Parade is a special time for residents and visitors each year to check out vehicles that are old in age, but new in town.

For Patsy Matyas, this might be her final drive in the parade, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

Matyas previously drove in the parades with her husband, Jon, who used to own three classic cars himself. Two years ago, the Matyas already had one vehicle registered for the parade when Jon passed away.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 14, 2017

OAK PARK — Law enforcement officials are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven near the border of Oak Park and Berkley.

The robbery was committed around 10:45 p.m. Aug 5 at the 7-Eleven at 26641 Coolidge Highway.

According to Oak Park Public Safety Lt. Troy Taylor, two male suspects came into the store, where one presented a firearm to the clerk in an attempt to empty the cash register, which only was filled with about $100.

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Published August 14, 2017

FERNDALE — On Aug. 12, 1917, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson lost his life at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road.

Anderson, who had just finished a shift at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and who had a real estate business in Ferndale, had gotten off the interurban railway car at around 12:40 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious person near a business at the intersection.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 8, 2017

FERNDALE — A 24-year-old Ferndale man was arrested at around 4 a.m. Aug. 2 after he allegedly pulled a gun on a man who was with the mother of his child and his daughter.

Kenneth Hansen was charged with felonious assault with a dangerous weapon during his arraignment Aug. 3 at the Ferndale 43rd District Court.

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Published August 8, 2017

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale is working with neighboring Oak Park to make improvements to West Nine Mile Road, with construction to begin in 2018.

During the July 24 City Council meeting, the council approved a Transportation Alternatives Program grant cost-sharing agreement with Oak Park for the road improvements that would take place in May 2018.

The application process for the TAP grant will be driven by Oak Park.

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Published August 8, 2017

FERNDALE — The Aug. 2 Ferndale Planning Commission meeting was centered around a long discussion involving the installation of a mixed-use parking garage.

The mixed-use structure, called “The Development on Troy” or “The Dot,” has been in the works for more than a year. The site would be located at the West Troy Street and Allen Road parking lot.

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Published August 7, 2017

FERNDALE — The biggest weekend of the year for downtown Ferndale is only a week away, when thousands will descend on the city for the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The three-day festival of cars will take place Aug. 17-19 in downtown Ferndale at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. 

The cruise is highlighted by Mustang Alley, which is celebrating its 19th year on Saturday, Aug. 19, and will feature more than 700 Ford Mustangs.

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Published August 7, 2017

BERKLEY — Berkley’s prelude to the Woodward Dream Cruise is getting ready to start again, as the city’s CruiseFest Classic Car Parade soon will take over 12 Mile Road.

The 22nd annual CruiseFest will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug 18, on 12 Mile Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said this year’s event is similar to the events of years past, but that it’s a tried-and-true format that people really seem to enjoy.

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Published August 2, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE/FERNDALE — Pleasant Ridge’s City Commission will have four people vying for two open seats come the November election.

The four people who filed by the July 25 deadline were Commissioner Bret Scott and residents Sean Campbell, Alex Lenko and Amanda Wahl.

Commissioner Jay Foreman, whose term also is expiring, decided not to run for re-election. He said that while he feels he accomplished his main goals as a commissioner, a personal tragedy caused him to reflect on how he spends his time, and he decided he wants to focus it on his family.

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Published August 2, 2017

BERKLEY — With the passing of the election filing deadline July 25, five people have tossed their hats into the race for the Berkley City Council’s three open seats.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker and council members Colleen Graveline and Jack Blanchard will seek re-election for their seats, while residents Charles Tyrrell and Dennis Hennen also will be looking to take one of the open seats on council.

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Published August 2, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Huntington Woods, the City Commission will have three candidates facing off for two open seats come the November election.

The two open seats belong to Jules Olsman and Joe Rozell, who both will be seeking re-election to the commission on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The challenger vying for one of the spots is David Sloan.

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Published August 2, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Planning Commission held a discussion July 19 about a proposed storage facility that would be built on the Eight Mile Road service drive.

The applicant, 1-800-Self-Storage, laid out its plans for the site, 1333 E. Eight Mile Road, at the commission’s meeting.

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Published August 2, 2017

BERKLEY — In February of this year, Berkley Mayor Phil O’Dwyer announced on his website that he would not seek re-election in the November election.

With the election filing deadline having passed July 25, only one person entered their name into the Berkley mayoral race, and it indeed was not O’Dwyer.

Councilman Dan Terbrack was the only person to file to run for mayor in Berkley, and barring a surge in write-in candidates, he will be elected for a two-year term Nov. 7.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is searching for two suspects who attempted a carjacking at 11 p.m. July 31 at a Wendy’s restaurant on Woodward Avenue.

According to a police press release, a Ferndale couple had pulled into the drive-thru at the Wendy’s, located at 22555 Woodward Ave., when two men approached the couple’s Lincoln.

The release states that one of the suspects came to the driver’s side window and pointed a handgun at the driver, a woman. The suspect reportedly yelled, “Don’t move! Get out of the car!”

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