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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library has monthly concerts for adults and several events each month for children, but now the library staff wants to tackle its toughest demographic yet — teenagers.

In October, the Ferndale librarians and staff developed the Teen Advisory Group in hopes of getting input and suggestions from local teenagers on how the library could better serve them.

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Published November 10, 2015

FERNDALE — What started as a small show in Siouxsan Miller’s home has grown into a local artists showcase each year, as the 17th annual Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show will return to Ferndale Nov. 21.

Miller, who has been creating art and doing art shows in the metro Detroit area for years, said the show, which started in Pleasant Ridge but now resides at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest Drive in Ferndale, gives Michigan artists a way to get their items out there, and the show also embraces the local art community.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Dessert is something everyone enjoys, Huntington Woods resident Joan Schwartz said, whether it be cake, chocolate or any other sweet treat.

So for a three-woman show, “Just Desserts,” that Schwartz is a part of at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, she and her fellow artists decided to sweeten up the gallery with mosaic and mixed-media pieces that depict the vast colors and variety of desserts. The show opened Oct. 25 and runs through Dec. 10.

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Published November 4, 2015

BERKLEY — For the next few months, the city of Berkley will be working with the Hubbell, Roth & Clark consulting firm to develop a new five-year parks and recreation master plan that will outline future goals for Berkley’s parks.

The City Council approved the $10,500 bid from HRC during the Oct. 19 meeting, and interim Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said the plan is on schedule to be completed by March 1, which is the due date for the city to be eligible for government grants.

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Published November 4, 2015

BERKLEY — Prior to last year, Kendra Montante had never heard of “booing,” at least not the concept of paying it forward around Halloween.

Booing has happened all over the country for more than 30 years, Montante, a West Bloomfield resident, said, and the concept asks families to put together treat bags for their friends and neighbors and then place the bags, along with a description and window-cling ghost, on the porch and ring the doorbell before running away.

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Published November 4, 2015

FERNDALE — Last school year, the Ferndale School District administration announced its early college program that would allow students to attain an associate degree from Baker College for free in return for obtaining their high school diploma after a 13th year.

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Published November 4, 2015

FERNDALE — After more than three years of studying potential residential parking zones on neighborhood streets around the Ferndale downtown district, the City Council unanimously approved a permanent residential parking zone plan during the Oct. 26 meeting.

The city had set up a pilot parking program for residents on West Troy and West Saratoga streets to help alleviate parking issues for residents during peak parking demand hours in the downtown district, as downtown guests would park on residential streets.

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Published November 4, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School and Middle School courtyard slowly is becoming a destination for students, whether as a place to relax during a break or to learn as a part of class, and extra attention to the pond in the western part of the courtyard has helped the transformation.

District parent and volunteer Gretchen Abrams started overseeing the restoration of the pond area this summer as she worked with middle school students to raise funds to make several improvements, the most important of which was to clear the duckweed floating on top of the pond.

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Published November 3, 2015

Huntington Woods will have a new mayor for the first time since 1981, but it will be a face residents recognize.

City Commissioner Robert Paul gave up his commission seat to run for mayor following the retirement of former Mayor Ron Gillham, and the chance paid off as Paul defeated fellow candidate David Sloan during the Nov. 3 election by nearly 500 votes.

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Published November 3, 2015

This summer, the city of Berkley hired a firm to conduct a branding study that might still recommend an update of the city logo, but a group of residents in favor of tradition put a question on the ballot in hopes of giving voters the final say on any proposed logo changes.

During the Nov. 3 election, the residents of Berkley overwhelming passed the proposal, thereby retaining the current city logo and amending the city charter to allow the city logo to be changed only if voters approve it.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — A group of Oakland County commissioners, including Royal Oak’s Dave Woodward and Huntington Woods’ Helaine Zack, are working to pass the Oakland County Time to Care Initiative, which would provide paid sick and maternity leave for county employees.

The initiative also includes a call for support of a statewide ballot proposal and an update of county policies to only work with contractors that provide paid sick days to their employees.

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Published October 28, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Ron Gillham’s nearly 35 years as mayor of Huntington Woods, he repeatedly has said the passing of a bond and subsequent building of the Huntington Woods Recreation Center is one of his proudest achievements.

As Gillham prepares to step down as mayor following the Nov. 3 election, in which he will not be running for re-election for the first time since 1981, the Huntington Woods City Commission decided to honor the city’s longest-serving mayor by renaming the recreation building the Gillham Recreation Center.

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Published October 27, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — A three-week traffic study near Woodward Avenue in Pleasant Ridge wrapped up Oct. 19, but as the city collects data from that study, officials are looking to analyze traffic in other areas of the community.

The city partnered with the Woodward Avenue Action Association to conduct a traffic calming test on Main Street, off Woodward just south of Interstate 696, as well as on the eastbound service drive near Woodward.

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Published October 21, 2015

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Whether it was the departures of Berkley City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa and Huntington Woods Mayor Ron Gillham or looking at the futures of each city, change seemed to be the theme of the Berkley and Huntington Woods combined State of the City address Oct. 16 at Farina’s Banquet Center.

Gillham and Berkley Mayor Phil O’Dwyer each spoke about the past year in their cities and what lies ahead. O’Dwyer made sure to reassure everyone that change is good.

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Published October 21, 2015

BERKLEY — Throughout the 2015-16 school year, the Berkley School District has and will continue to celebrate 175 years of providing education in the community, but at the State of the School District address Oct. 16, the district didn’t forget to focus on the present.

Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick gave the address on behalf of Superintendent Dennis McDavid, who she said was doing work in Lansing, and she began with how the district prepares students for life after Berkley High School.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Woodward Talk coverage area, voters will cast ballots in city council races in Berkley and Ferndale, as well as a City Commission and mayoral race in Huntington Woods during the Nov. 3 election. Mayoral candidates in Berkley and Ferndale and City Commission candidates in Pleasant Ridge are running unopposed. The cities of Berkley and Ferndale and Ferndale Public Schools also have proposals on the ballot.

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Published October 14, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For much of his 35-year tenure as Huntington Woods mayor, Ron Gillham rarely faced competition during his re-election bids. Instead of thinking people just weren’t interested, Gillham said he took it as a vote of faith from the residents.

During the Nov. 3 election, however, Huntington Woods voters will not see Gillham’s name on the ballot. After a lengthy career at General Motors Co. and as mayor, Gillham has decided it is time to retire at the age of 80.

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