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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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Published September 9, 2015

The first church erected in Berkley was this wooden building, called First Baptist Church, which stood on the east side of Coolidge Highway at Dorothea Road. It was built in 1920.

This building was painted white and green. The parishioners eventually merged with another Baptist congregation in Royal Oak.

James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

FERNDALE — The Woodward Avenue Action Association is continuing its task of creating a complete streets master plan for the Woodward corridor with a bike riding event to raise support and awareness for bike lanes along the major street.

Bike Woodward will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 with a ride from the Ford Highland Park Administration Building on Woodward Avenue just south of McNichols Road to Interstate 696 in Pleasant Ridge, and back again.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 3, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale School District’s youngest and oldest students, as well as its administrators, will all have new homes once the school year starts up after Labor Day.

The district completed the first part of its restructuring process this summer. Earlier this year, the district worked with the community on a restructuring plan for the entire district, as there was space for nearly 7,000 students, yet the district projects having just over 3,000 students this year.

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Published September 3, 2015

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale has entered into an agreement with Affirmations, a nonprofit community center in the city that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies, to provide better assistance to the LGBT community.

For the past three years, Ferndale has participated in the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index. The HRC reports that it has about 1.5 million supporters and members nationwide, and it works to achieve equality for the LGBT community.

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Published September 3, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved a conditional rezoning for a pawn shop on Eight Mile Road following a Planning Commission recommendation to deny the request.

Mark Aubrey, owner of Motor City Pawn Brokers at 771 E. Eight Mile Road, is looking to expand his business. He told the council he needs a bigger building to do so. Aubrey entered into an agreement to purchase 1461 E. Eight Mile Road, but the building was zoned for office/service and not general commercial, which is needed to operate a pawn shop.

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Published August 31, 2015

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — Over the past few years, the cities of Berkley and Ferndale have worked to make their downtowns accessible and to offer amenities from festivals to recreation centers that provide something for residents to do.

The moves have helped make both cities desirable for young professionals in metro Detroit, as Berkley and Ferndale were named on Movoto Real Estate’s list of top 10 places for young professionals to live in metro Detroit.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

BERKLEY — Nestled between several other cities on the west side of Woodward Avenue, north of Detroit, Berkley may not be the first place people think of moving to when they think of Michigan, but according to Money magazine, it should be.

Money magazine, published by Time Inc., released its annual “Best Places to Live” list for 2015 with a focus on small cities across the country. The magazine looked at a city’s economy, housing market and schools when creating the list.

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Published August 26, 2015

HUNTINGTON   WOODS — Ron Davis’ late mother, Mary Kay Davis, was an active Huntington Woods resident and a valued community member, so to remember her, a small park right off Lincoln Drive was named in her honor in 1999.

Now, Ron Davis wants to help honor another family in the Huntington Woods community by placing a gazebo in Mary Kay Davis Park in honor of Rachel Jacobs, a Huntington Woods native who died in an Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia earlier this year.

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Published August 26, 2015

FERNDALE — It’s been five years since the Ferndale Area District Library, then called the Ferndale Public Library, wrapped up a $4 million renovation project. This month, the library wants to celebrate the anniversary with the public and raise money for the purchase of new materials.

Circulation Specialist Jeff Milo is working with local bands for the third straight year to host a benefit concert for the library, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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Published August 19, 2015

BERKLEY — In June, the city of Berkley entered into an agreement with Lansing-based MessageMakers to conduct a study of the city’s logo and to work with residents to come up with a design for a new logo.

Now, a group of residents is hoping to stop the city’s attempt to replace the more than 50-year-old logo with a ballot proposal set for the November election.

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