News & Notes - 12/6/23 Woodward Talk

Woodward Talk | Published December 6, 2023

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Woodward project update
FERNDALE — The Michigan Department of Transportation has provided an update on the M-1 Woodward Avenue construction project.

According to a news release, MDOT is continuing to work on Woodward between Eight Mile Road and Interstate 696 with the building of bike lanes in the right lane of each direction.

“All lanes of northbound and southbound M-1 (Woodward Avenue) between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and I-696 have been resurfaced,” the release states. “The contractor is working on installing permanent and temporary pavement markings, permanent signs, and delineators through December.”

“This project has included sidewalk upgrades, drainage improvements, resurfacing, signal work, and installation of bike lanes, and is expected to be completed by mid-December,” the release continues. “Wrap-up work will occur in the spring with final pavement markings, such as special emphasis markings for the bike lanes.”


Public invited to menorah lighting
ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Chabad Jewish Center’s fifth annual menorah lighting will be held in downtown Royal Oak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Center and Fourth streets by Eagle Plaza.

The event will include an ice menorah, a doughnut-decorating bar, a children’s activity zone, hot cocoa, latkes and the Grand Gelt Drop, where chocolate coins will be dropped from the top of a firetruck ladder. The event is free to the public. To RSVP, which the center encourages, visit


Tree disposal
BERKLEY — Berkley residents will be able to dispose of their Christmas trees by utilizing services from the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority.

A news release from the city states that, starting in mid-December, live trees and bagged yard waste may be dropped off at SOCRRA’s Troy recycling center, located at 995 Coolidge Highway. No appointment is necessary for tree recycling or bagged yard waste drop-off during this period. The city of Berkley doesn’t offer curbside pickup service for live trees.

For any questions, contact SOCRRA at (248) 288-5150 or Residents also can utilize SOCRRA’s fee-for-service contractor, JH Hart Forestry, for chipper services by contacting them at (586) 795-5581 for a preferred rate of $55 per 15 minutes of chipping.

The city asks residents to remove all decorations, lights and stands before disposal, and for any more questions, they can contact the Department of Public Works at (248) 658-3490 or


New school club holds first meeting
FERNDALE — Students at Ferndale High School held the first meeting of the school’s Crochet and Knitting Club during the last week of November.

Students who took part in the first club meeting came together to explore fiber arts, the district’s website states.

“The club is open to all students and has the goal of eventually creating pieces to be donated to charity organizations in our community,” the district states on its website.