Photo by Jeremiah Sanders/provided by Ferndale Public Schools

News & Notes - 11/22/23 Talk

Woodward Talk | Published November 21, 2023

Photo by Jeremiah Sanders/provided by Ferndale Public Schools


Ferndale band takes 2nd in state finals
FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School Marching Band finished second in its division at the Michigan Competing Band Association State Championship.

The state finals were held Nov. 4 at Ford Field, where the Golden Eagle Marching Band competed in the Flight IV division. The band’s performance consisted of songs from Coldplay, Beethoven, Dr. Dre, The Weeknd, Lizzo, Pachelbel and Daft Punk, the school’s website said.

The band’s performance was graded 82.35, which finished second to Lakeshore High School in Stevensville’s first-place finish of 84.15.


Huntington Woods resident named chief of OCC police
BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — A Huntington Woods resident and Berkley High School graduate was named the chief of Oakland Community College’s Public Safety Department.

Rick Leonard will serve as chief of the department, according to a press release, where he will oversee the college’s team of officers across its five campuses in Oakland County. He replaces Paul Matynka, who retired from OCC on Nov. 3 after six years at OCC and 35 years in law enforcement.

Leonard said in a prepared statement that he is excited for the opportunity to serve as OCC’s public safety chief.

“OCC has a professional, dedicated public safety team who are committed to making sure our students, employees and visitors have a safe environment to succeed in,” he said. “I have been overwhelmed by the support and trust our community has in our department and will do everything I can to keep and grow that trust.”

Leonard joined OCC in 2021. He previously worked at the Auburn Hills Police Department for 25 years.


Applications for ‘40 Under 40’ in Oakland County open
OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are able to send in applications for the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Class of 2024.

According to a press release, the awards program “seeks individuals under the age of 40 who embody Oakland County’s vision of ‘All Ways, Moving Forward’ with significant and essential service to their communities, creative innovation, or high achievement in their professional field.”

“Our 40 Under 40 classes have encompassed talent, skill, and excellence coupled with passion for public service and a commitment to significant and critical contributions to their communities,” County Executive Dave Coulter said in the press release. “I have no doubt that the 2024 class will be no different, and I look forward to connecting with the people who are making such a difference in our county.”

Award winners will receive an invitation to the 2024 State of the County Address and pre-reception, and the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Award celebration.

To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County, be 18 years of age or older and have been born after Dec. 31, 1983. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information or to apply, go to


Make a centerpiece at garden club’s workshop
PLEASANT RIDGE — The Pleasant Ridge Garden Club’s Holiday Greens Workshop will return at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

A news release states that attendees will be to create a holiday centerpiece.

“In addition to crafting your attractive holiday table decoration, the evening includes door prizes, a raffle (cash only) of fabulous, themed gift baskets, sumptuous appetizers, desserts and punch,” the release states. “Also, attendees may bring their own wine or other beverages. Please note that hard liquor is not allowed in the Community Center. All materials and instructions are provided, but be sure to bring a pair of hand clippers or strong scissors.”

The event is open to the public, and early registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Groups of friends can be seated together if indicated at time of reservation. The fee is $50 per person. People can register with Venmo to @PR-Garden-Club.

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