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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — The parcel of land at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway, just west of Berkley High School, has been a work in progress for the past three years as the Berkley Community Garden has developed.

The garden has slowly grown as more and more people have gotten involved, from elementary students to residents, and now the area will get another feature, as the city has selected a winner of the community garden mural design contest.

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Published March 28, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Department of Public Works is working with environmental consulting organization ASTI Environmental to track and find the cause of sustained methane levels in the DPW yard, but DPW Director Loyd Cureton said there is no cause for concern for residents.

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Published March 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The study of bringing senior alternative housing options into Huntington Woods will enter its second phase after the City Commission approved funds March 15 to hold two public forums on the matter.

In August of last year, the commission approved phase one of the study, headed by City Planner Hank Berry, after the Senior Advisory Committee had been using subcommittees to review the needs of the city’s senior population, including housing alternatives.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — For the second time in a little over a month, the Ferndale City Council denied the renewal of an operating license for a local motel amid safety concerns and continued criminal activity.

In February, the council denied the license renewal for Motorama Motel, located at the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, and at the March 14 meeting, the council denied the license for Eight Wood Motel, just down the road from Motorama on Eight Mile Road.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale, in collaboration with five other communities, was awarded a 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program grant last summer in the amount of $194,227 to create the Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network to connect all six cities.

With signage already going up and construction plans underway, Ferndale officials found out early this year that the low bid for the project came in 16 percent higher than expected, which would cost the city another $47,000 for the project.

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Published March 23, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — Roosevelt Elementary School may no longer have basketball courts along Ridge Road, but a new collaboration between the city of Pleasant Ridge and the Ferndale School District will see a new play structure put in that is designed for accessibility.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The residential parking zones (RPZ) program is getting closer to implementation, but following the March 14 City Council meeting, residents in the designated zones will not have to pay for passes for at least the first year.

The RPZ program was piloted in 2011 on West Troy and West Saratoga streets before Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch brought it back before council in 2015 in order to expand the program.

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Published March 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After years of the housing market favoring either the buyer or the seller, real estate agents in metro Detroit saw the winter season bring a more level playing field, a trend that should continue into the spring.

While May through August may be the most popular months for buying and selling homes, real estate agent Alex Nugent with Real Estate One said the colder months usually bring a slower market, something that shows the market is closer to being back to normal.

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Published March 16, 2016

FERNDALE — Fresh out of graduate school, Rick Pruckler had the opportunity to work at Pewabic, a nonprofit ceramic design studio in Detroit. And ever since that day in 1986, Pruckler has been in and out of the historic studio.

Now Pruckler, a Ferndale resident, has a chance to show how Pewabic helped shape him as a ceramics artist as part of the “Abiogensis: From Clay to Community” exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery to celebrate 25 artists with Pewabic backgrounds.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — At the beginning of 2015, the FernCare Free Clinic was able to open its doors one day a week to assist patrons with no medical insurance. The clinic had previously only been open three days a month.

Because the clinic offers free medical services to people ages 19-64 who have no medical insurance, many of its services are able to exist because of grants and donations. And thanks to a partnership with a local business and two artists, the clinic will be looking to bolster its general fund.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — As March marks National Reading Month, the Ferndale Area District Library is once again looking to rally the community around one book, as Ferndale Reads officially kicked off March 15.

Ferndale Reads was started in 2010 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has continued since then. This year, the library has selected “Station Eleven” as the book for the program, following in the footsteps of the Great Michigan Read put on by the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — Mario Campbell was a 16-year-old Ferndale High School athlete looking to get a fast start to his junior track season when he collapsed on March 14, 2013, during an indoor practice.

Campbell didn’t know his heart wasn’t healthy, and neither did his parents. After collapsing, Campbell was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. He had myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that is difficult to diagnose and often caused by a virus.

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Published March 14, 2016

FERNDALE — The March 8 primary election saw higher than anticipated turnout across Oakland County, as just over 40 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls, up from 20 percent in the 2012 presidential primary election.

In Ferndale alone, nearly 46 percent of registered voters submitted a ballot, with 7,194 of the 15,641 voters voting. About 15 percent of the votes were done via absentee ballot, but City Clerk Marne McGrath said the high turnout allowed the city to properly evaluate the new precinct layout.

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Published March 9, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — This year, the Huntington Woods Men’s Club will celebrate 40 years in the city at the club’s annual auction. And they will do so by doing what they have done every year — supporting the city.

This year — which marks the 35th annual Huntington Woods Men’s Club Auction, which takes place March 19 — the club will donate a portion of money raised to the Scotia Park project as the city looks to transform the central park from a muddy mess when it rains to a park accessible to everyone, anytime.

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Published March 9, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Scotia Park, which the Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation Department considers the central park of the city, will be getting an overhaul, and the first step in the process is complete after the City Commission approved a project manager Feb. 23.

The commission approved a professional service agreement with former Huntington Woods resident Jeff Klein, now of Detroit, to oversee the Scotia Park project at a cost of $18,500, which had been included in the city’s budget under capital improvement plans.

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — Professional development is a part of any educator’s career.

On March 19, a group of Berkley School District teachers will give local educators a chance to develop in a way different than normal conferences with EdCamp CASA, a free conference run by and for educators.

Norup International School sixth-grade social studies teacher Benjamin La Framboise helped get the conference set up and described it as a conference with no set agenda, giving those who attend a chance to discuss and lead sessions on topics they are passionate about.

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Published March 8, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Resident opinions continue to have weight in the working relationship between the city of Huntington Woods and the Detroit Zoo, as the City Commission tabled an ordinance revision Feb. 23 that deals with the zoo’s fence bordering the city.

The Planning Commission and city planner recommended to the commission a revision to the fence ordinance that would outline regulations that the zoo would have to follow regarding the fence along Huntington Road.

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major World War II battle that is now part of the history of the United States, and often a photo of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi is associated with the battle.

But after that flag was raised, it was another incident at Iwo Jima that was ingrained in the mind of Berkley native Edward “Mort” Denell.

Denell was a private first class in the 26th Marine Corps regiment and fought at Iwo Jima.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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