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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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Published May 13, 2013

BERKLEY — The May 7 vote provided the Berkley School District with its much-needed renewal of two millages that will keep nearly $4 million per year in the district over the next decade.

The first was for 18.9666 mills for the general operating fund, which generated approximately $3.1 million in 2012 for the district, or about 6 percent of its total budget. This millage is not a levy on residences, but rather a non-homestead millage for commercial and industrial businesses, as well as second homes.

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Published May 8, 2013

BERKLEY — With the stroke of a pen, Sean Calender made his college choice official.

The Berkley High senior also did something for a program that continues to gain in stature.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — With years of planning in the books, the three-prong infrastructure project on West Nine Mile Road in Ferndale is finally under way, with the Downtown Development Authority’s ceremonial groundbreaking May 1.

Mayor Dave Coulter, City Council members and other elected officials gathered at the intersection of Livernois Street and Nine Mile to signify the beginning of the project that will see the water main replaced, the road resurfaced and streetscaping taking place. The construction is set to begin later this month and last about eight months.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — John F. Kennedy Elementary School has been recognized by Oakland County for being a Green School over the past four years. Always one of the top environmentally friendly schools in the county, JFK has never been able to claim the No. 1 spot on the list until now.

During an April 24 ceremony, JFK was finally named the Green School of the Year for Oakland County. Roosevelt Elementary School was also honored for their green initiatives.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — In Mayor Dave Coulter’s State of the City address April 18, he talked of the city’s numerous parks and the need to improve them, despite a tough economy. Coulter talked of creating a task force to oversee public opinions and alternative funding sources to make such changes.

At the City Council meeting April 29, council members approved the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks.

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Published May 6, 2013

FERNDALE — John Fitzpatrick had a degree in business and economics coming out of college and was set to take over the family business. With everything laid out in front of him, Fitzpatrick said he still couldn’t shed the notion that he needed to be doing something different.

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Published May 1, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Teen Council members do not receive pay, but the group of about 60 students, ranging from sixth-graders to seniors, helps out at community events to gain experience and make their city a better place.

During the annual awards banquet at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing March 20, the Teen Council was awarded the Community Service Award by the Michigan Recreation & Park Association for volunteerism and community contributions.

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Published May 1, 2013

After the War of 1812, the city of Berkley was a mere swampland deemed uninhabitable by the United States government. The swamp water could not be drained and the land was so poor, it discouraged any new settlers.

However, in 1817, Territorial Gov. Lewis Cass came to what is now Berkley and decided to sell the land at $1.25 per acre. Slowly, settlers came to Michigan on the promise of cheap land, and by 1832, there was regular travel through Berkley.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — With roughly a year of research and studies in the books, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments went to the public April 17 to discuss the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis.

At St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale, SEMCOG representatives talked with inquiring community members about bus rapid transit, the system deemed to be the most logical along the 27-mile Woodward corridor from the Detroit River to Pontiac, as well as the most cost-friendly.

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