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Published November 25, 2015

BERKLEY — Following the vote earlier this month to retain the current Berkley logo unless the residents approve a new one, Lansing-based MessageMakers presented the City Council Nov. 16 with the results of a recent branding study.

The city entered into an agreement with MessageMakers this summer for $24,000 to conduct a branding study in an effort to craft a new logo and marketing scheme for the city. Shortly after that decision, a group of residents successfully submitted a petition to put the power of changing the logo in the people’s hands.

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Published November 25, 2015

FERNDALE — Next summer, two Ferndale School District musicians will have the opportunity to expand their musical and cultural educations as they travel to Europe as part of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Eighth-grader George Van Der Vennet and sophomore Rachel Arquero were two of the 400 musicians selected to be part of the youth orchestra for the summer of 2016. More than 1,700 students applied for the opportunity to travel and play in France, Germany and a third, yet-to-be-determined country.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 21, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. And this year will be no different.

From now through Nov. 30, those in need can fill out applications for the Holiday Baskets at the Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, near John R, or at any of the school buildings.

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Published November 18, 2015

BERKLEY — Margaret Beaudoin is making a name for herself with U.S. Paralympics.

The 15-year-old Berkley High School freshman suffered a stroke while her mother, Christine McNish, was pregnant with her, and it has affected the left side of Beaudoin’s body; she has hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter was created in 2014, its purpose was to rescue local homeless cats and find permanent residences for the felines. Now, a year and a half later, the shelter is bringing a new way for people to meet their future pets.

The Catfé Lounge opened the first week of November at 821 Livernois Ave. in Ferndale. It provides a space for patrons to meet cats who are looking to be adopted, as well as enjoy an array of drinks and snacks.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — By the time the Ferndale High School marching band took to the field after 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at Ford Field, the state marching band judges had seen more than 40 performances throughout the day, including 11 other performances in Ferndale’s flight.

But the best was most certainly saved for last in Flight IV, as the FHS marching band was able to wow the judges and the audience with its Middle Eastern-themed performance and take home the state championship after a three-year drought.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — The holiday season is fast approaching, but Ferndalians won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get their holiday cheer fix, as the third annual Holiday Hoof and FestivALE events will return Nov. 21 to downtown Ferndale.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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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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