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Published October 5, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — If you are heading eastbound on 10 Mile Road near Interstate 696, or northbound on Main Street near the freeway, for about a month you will notice fewer lanes than normal.


The city of Pleasant Ridge is working with the Woodward Avenue Action Association to conduct a traffic study of the two areas to see if reducing the number of lanes would be feasible, while slowing traffic speeds and making the areas safer for pedestrians.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Planning Commission has approved a conditional site plan for a developer to build a 90-unit residential structure on the property at the corner of West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Street that previously housed a Save-A-Lot.


Developer Gaal Karp, with the Arbor Investment Group, worked with Designhaus Architecture to present plans to the Planning Commission at the Sept. 16 meeting.

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Published September 30, 2015

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later.


But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as a city councilman, and now mayor of Berkley, that saw him inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame Sept. 19.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant.


In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts is offering up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in the state of Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art, whether it be a traditional art class or a music program.

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Published September 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance.


Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his surroundings at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as he was named an artist-in-residence as part of a program put on by the Friends of the Porkies organization.

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Published September 29, 2015

Ferndale police are investigating an armed robbery after two men allegedly stole a woman's purse and fled on bicycles.

According to police, at about 3 a.m. Sept. 27, a 30-year-old Ferndale woman was walking on University Street, east of Woodward Avenue, when she was approached by two men who walked up to her after getting off their bicycles.

Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson said the victim told police she was threatened with a gun before she handed over her purse.

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Published September 28, 2015

BERKLEY — A gathering place in downtown Berkley is a top priority, according to the 2007 update of the city’s master plan, and with a design concept in place, the Berkley City Council approved a traffic study to determine the viability of closing off sections of Robina Avenue near 12 Mile Road.


The City Council approved a contract with LSL Planning in February to look at sections of Robina and configure a design plan that would incorporate space for community events and improve the streetscaping.

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Published September 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Jane Bais-DiSessa, who has served as city manager of the city of Berkley since August 2001, has been appointed the new deputy mayor of Pontiac.


Bais-DiSessa said the Berkley City Council agreed to allow her to shorten her mandated 45-day notice to 30 days, although a final date has not been set for when Bais-DiSessa will cease her Berkley city manager duties and start as the deputy mayor.

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Published September 23, 2015

FERNDALE — After a long process of finding funding, selecting the proper location and beginning construction, the Ferndale dog park is finally open for residents.


The dog park, which sits at the corner of Hilton Road and University Street in Wilson Park, was approved by City Council during the June 22 meeting, but construction had to wait until the proper materials could be brought in to secure the dog park from the rest of the park.

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Published September 23, 2015

FERNDALE — After years of being used as storage, the city of Ferndale has sold the former American Legion building at 1741 Livernois St., which is right off of West Nine Mile Road.


The City Council approved a purchasing agreement with Otis Property Group during the Sept. 14 meeting that will see the group turn the building into eight to 12 condominium units. The agreement stated the sale price was $275,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

FERNDALE — Before her death on Nov. 11, 2014, Ferndale native Kayla White was a supporter of Ferndale parks — especially Harding Park, off of 10 Mile Road, as that park is where she played while growing up in the area.


Now, Kayla White’s mother and father, Susan and Russ White, want to build a play structure in Harding Park in memory of their daughter. They are willing to pay to see one of their daughter’s hopes come to fruition.

 

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Published September 17, 2015

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Owners of a Berkley or Huntington Woods library card will now get more access to materials thanks to a reciprocal borrowing agreement between the two libraries and the Troy Public Library.

Under the agreement, cardholders from the Berkley Public Library and the Huntington Woods Public Library, which includes Pleasant Ridge residents, will be able to visit the Troy library and borrow items from its collection. In return, Troy cardholders can visit the Berkley or Huntington Woods libraries and check out items from their collections.

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Published September 17, 2015

BERKLEY — Berkley residents approved a $58.9 million infrastructure and technology bond for the Berkley School District in May, and this school year the improvements will get underway at four of the district’s schools.

Phase 1 of the construction plan is slated to begin in the spring of 2016 at Angell, Norup and Pattengill schools, as well as at Berkley High School. Phase 2 will follow suit in the spring of 2017 with Anderson, Burton and Rogers schools as the focus of the work, along with the high school.

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Published September 17, 2015

FERNDALE — The story of Anthony Ianni doesn’t seem outstanding at face value. He grew up in Okemos, Michigan, went to play basketball at Grand Valley State University for two years, then transferred and finished his career and education at Michigan State University.

What makes Ianni’s story special, however, is that none of his success after high school was supposed to happen.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.

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Published September 9, 2015

FERNDALE — With more artists than ever getting the chance to share the spotlight at this year’s DIY Street Fair in downtown Ferndale, event organizers are hoping for record crowds to fill the biggest event to date.

The DIY Street Fair — an event that showcases artists who create and make their products, as well as unique food and craft beers — is entering its eighth year in Ferndale during the three-day weekend Sept. 25-27 along East Nine Mile Road and Troy Street, as well as at the accompanying city parking lots.

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Published September 9, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — A general operating millage approved by Pleasant Ridge voters last November set up the city to plant several new trees, but now, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the city will be able increase those plans by 40 percent.

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