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Woodward Talk

Published July 2, 2013

BERKLEY — With summer officially getting under way a few weeks ago, the summer edition of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out exhibit program got into full swing June 26 along Woodward Avenue.

In its fourth year, the DIA’s Inside|Out program places reproductions of nearly 80 paintings from inside the museum into neighboring communities around Detroit. The DIA asks that the pieces be placed outside and preferably in walking or biking distance from one another.

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Published June 26, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Living in Chicago and away from family Dec. 11, 2009, Ryan Beale was forced to face his finalized divorce by himself.

Less than two weeks later, on Dec. 24, Beale had a new tragedy to deal with — his older brother, Steve, committed suicide at the age of 37.

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Published June 26, 2013

FERNDALE — What was supposed to be a large cycling event for bicycle enthusiasts and newcomers alike has turned into more of a casual ride along the 27-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue.

Despite facing resistance from several communities along Woodward, and mainly Royal Oak, the Gran Fondo (roughly “big ride” in Italian) organizers still planned on running the first dream cruise for bikes from Detroit to Pontiac.

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Published June 26, 2013

BERKLEY — It’s not uncommon for a group of high school teenagers to get together and form a band. While some no doubt have talent, making it big isn’t as simple as just getting together to play music.

F8, a band made up of four Berkley High School students, played five gigs in a two-week period in the early part of June. The sound and dedication of the four band members caught the attention of several music-lovers in the area and the band was booked to open for all three Robina Rhapsody concerts.

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Published June 24, 2013

The Ferndale Public Library is a popular place for readers and people who just need a quiet place. However, the library is also a popular destination for yoga enthusiasts and music-lovers.

As the economy suffered during the past decade, more people have turned to libraries for cheap and even free services. Jessica Keyser, director of the Ferndale Public Library, said the staff in Ferndale saw this as an opportunity to engage the community in more ways than just reading.

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Published June 19, 2013

BERKLEY — Christian Belz is an architect who has always had aspirations to be a writer.

Belz’s father wrote during Belz’s childhood, and he grew up reading mysteries involving the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

In 2000, the Berkley resident finished his first novel and incorporated aspects from his everyday job as an architect. “The Accused Architect” follows the main character, who is also an architect, as he tries to solve a murder after a body shows up on a construction site.

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Published June 17, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — William and Shae Janelle were 3-month-old twins in September 2012. The two were born six weeks premature, but, by all accounts, seemed healthy.

Then, William vomited. Hours later, he was on a surgical table at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak having an aneurysm clipped while his parents, Bill and Kathy, sat in the hospital waiting room fearing the worst but hoping for the best.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — When Bobbie Cash was looking for a senior residential complex to call her new home last year, she had one criterion that had to be met.

Her new home had to have a garden.

After looking at numerous places around Oakland County, she found Devon Square Apartments in Ferndale with a small garden in the parking lot. Community Manager Marjory Elzerman had turned a grassy median into a garden for the residents, but it wasn’t accessible for everyone.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — Open the latest issue of Britain’s Attitude magazine and halfway through is a full-page advertisement for G.A. Hauser’s new book, “Marry Me.”

Ferndale’s Jeff Perdue designed the ad to promote Hauser’s new book after getting in touch with the long-time author through a mutual friend. The advertisement in one of Britain’s largest magazines isn’t Perdue’s first ad, but it is one in a long line of recent projects for a graphic artist who is trying to turn his passion into a career.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — It wasn’t long ago when Jim Farris was let go from the Ferndale Police Department due to financial cutbacks. In fact, Farris has been a casualty of several financial cutbacks in numerous police departments.

Still, when the Ferndale Police Department went into a partnership with the Ferndale School District in April 2012 to have a school resource officer at the Digital Learning Center near Eight Mile Road, Police Chief Timothy Collins was more than happy to see Farris come back to the force.

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Published June 5, 2013

BERKLEY — Students are never too young to learn about the community they live in.

That is the message Rogers Elementary School second-grade teacher Michele Young and her fellow second-grade teachers are proving to students, parents and basically everyone in the Berkley community.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — The first Maxfield Science Symposium May 20 attracted 13 Berkley High School seniors who competed for scholarships by completing and presenting original science experiments to a panel of judges.

The competition’s namesake, retired Berkley School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Maxfield, was in attendance to see Josh Graff and Aharon Wayne take home the top prizes, both receiving $1,000 scholarships.

Fellow seniors Ava Landgraf and Sarah Michalak won $500 scholarships and Daniella Silver, Heather Graves and Armen Brus won $250 scholarships.

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Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — Shanti Yoga of Berkley is teaming with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 12-hour “Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids” yogathon June 15 to raise money and awareness for the patients and research that is done at St. Jude.

The all-day yoga and entertainment event will begin at 8 a.m. June 15 and involve different varieties of yoga, including family yoga, as well as food, music and presentations by St. Jude representatives. Activities will be held at Shanti Yoga and outside Berkley High School until 8 p.m.

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published May 20, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Nathan Fridson may not have stepped on stage for the first time until he was a 21-year-old student at Michigan State University, but it hasn’t slowed the budding comic.

After making his rounds in the metro Detroit area following graduation, Fridson, a Huntington Woods native, moved to New York City to further pursue his dream of being a comedian. Still, he finds time to make it back to where he got started, and on Memorial Day weekend, he will return for a three-day headlining stint at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak.

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Published May 15, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Helping others isn’t something new to Huntington Woods resident Wendy Appleton.

As a social worker, Appleton works with couples in relationship therapy to work out any problems they may have. While her kids are grown and moved out of the house now, when they were in high school, Appleton and her family welcomed seven foreign exchange students into their home.

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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — Maurice Telesford could have used his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan to go on and work in the field. Instead, Telesford went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary science education from Harvard University.

Telesford may not be directly contributing to the chemical engineering field, but by taking his knowledge to the high school classroom, he is influencing a new generation of students to stay in the science field.

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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School wind orchestra will take to the stage May 18 with Elon Jamison directing like it has numerous times previously. The student musicians are talented, Jamison said, but in this year’s spring concert, they will be tested like never before.

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