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Published May 17, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Tri-Community Coalition will be holding its 18th annual Golf Classic to benefit its Y.O.U. Youth Coalition to prevent substance abuse.

The golf outing will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road.

The charity event will include a round of golf — $125 for an individual or $500 for a group of four — food and the ability to network with others in attendance.

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Published May 16, 2016

FERNDALE — Brendan Patrick has not always been blind, but he has always had cystic fibrosis.

Eight years ago, the 34-year-old Ferndale native, then 26, underwent surgery for a lung transplant when complications arose that took his ability to see.

As an artist, both a musician and a painter, Patrick didn’t know at the beginning how to deal with this new situation.

“It was tough,” he said. “Being an artist, I didn’t really know how to cope with it initially. I felt like I lost everything. I lost my art.”

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Published May 16, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — The Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission will hold its 12th annual Home and Garden Tour, showing off homes built in the 1920s to homes newly built, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Attendees will meet behind City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave., where they can pick up the tour booklet and information about the homes and gardens.

There are eight homes on the tour — some exhibiting only the homes, some only the gardens, and some both. The styles include 1920s English Tudor, 1930s Art Deco and the current trends in the industry.

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Published May 16, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting planning meetings to talk with the community about what to do with Oxford Park.

The department will host two sessions, one from 9 to 11 a.m. and one from  6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave., to gather ideas on what the community would like to see done with the park, which is located east of Merchants Park on Cambridge between Oakshire and Bacon.

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Published May 13, 2016

After releasing a security camera's image of a suspect to the media, Ferndale police apprehended a 36-year-old man who has since pleaded guilty to multiple bike thefts in the area.

Ryan Perry pleaded guilty in 43rd District Court on Wednesday, May 11, to two counts of misdemeanor larceny after he was arrested earlier that day, around 12:30 a.m., at Como’s Restaurant, 22812 Woodward Ave. He was being held on a $3,000 surety bond for each count while awaiting sentencing.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 10, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With the weather steadily becoming nicer in Oakland County, cities have begun implementing grass and weed height ordinances for properties.

The city of Ferndale’s grass and weed season began on May 1 and will run until Oct. 31. With its restrictions, grass must be trimmed or mowed so it’s no higher than 7 inches. Weeds also must be trimmed or removed before reaching as high as 7 inches.

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Published May 10, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director who hopes to reach out to the people and businesses of the city.

Kim Hart was appointed to the position on April 11, where she replaced Ashleigh Laabs, who left the position in October 2015, and Carol Jackson, who had served in the interim.

A University of Michigan-Dearborn graduate, Hart has worked at Detroit Country Day School and the Drayton Avenue Cooperative Preschool.

She has experience in fundraising and event planning.

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Published May 10, 2016

BERKLEY — The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale for an upcoming concert to take place at Berkley High School.

The concert, for which Olivet College Director of Bands Jeremy Duby will serve as guest conductor, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the high school’s auditorium, 2325 Catalpa Drive.

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Published May 10, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The race for Oakland County water resources commissioner took a sad turn last month when Republican candidate Paul Welday died at the age of 57.

Welday, a principal partner at Superior Capitol Consulting and a political strategist, died on April 25 from currently unknown causes. Before passing away, he had registered to run as a Republican for the position of Oakland County water resources commissioner.

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Published May 9, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Women’s League will host its 24th annual home tour throughout the city next month, which will give attendees glimpses of some remarkable homes with differing styles.

The tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Attendees will meet at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where they’ll receive a map of the homes they’ll tour.

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Published May 5, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale police arrested a 28-year-old Pontiac motorist after he allegedly fled from an officer and crashed into another car.

Travis Dawayne Lee was arraigned in the 43rd District Court on Saturday, April 30, on charges of third-degree fleeing and eluding police, a five-year felony; resisting a police officer, a two-year felony; and driving with a suspended license-second offense, a one-year misdemeanor.

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Published May 4, 2016

FERNDALE — With the weather being a little nicer, the city of Ferndale will be sprucing up the community as part of its fifth annual “Clean the Ferndale Up.”

The event brings people from all over the city to a specific location to help clean and make that area look better for the spring and summer.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will be hosting its 20th annual Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 15, at the Detroit Zoo.

The foundation hopes to raise $600,000 to fight kidney disease.

The walk will commence at 8:30 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at the zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road. In its 20th year, organizers expect the walk to attract more than 8,000 participants.

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — Medical bills can take an expensive toll on families when one of their own is having health problems.

Berkley resident Danielle Pietraszewski has been going through such problems since her daughter Lucia, 8, was diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a rare form of the disease that not only causes inflammation of the joints, but attacks her organs too.

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Published May 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Jordan Gagnon is no stranger when it comes to stage fright. She isn’t afraid of it, but she does embrace it.

“It’s good. I look forward to it. The adrenaline gets me going,” she said. “It’s one of those things I like most about performing. It’s the risk of knowing that you might screw up and people might see, but that’s just kind of the thrill of live theater.

“I always try to take that nervous energy and channel it into the performance.”

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District will be hosting its ninth annual Read in the Park event this weekend, with three authors presenting some of their works to the community and students.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center, 2325 Catalpa Drive, and is co-sponsored by the Book Beat.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — Former Ferndale mayor and current community liaison for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission Craig Covey has decided to throw his name in for the position of Oakland County sheriff.

Covey, a Democrat who also previously served as an Oakland County commissioner, decided to run, as he wanted voters in Oakland County to have a different choice at election time.

“Republicans have had a stranglehold on county offices for decades,” he said. “I guess I just wanted folks to be able to have a choice this time around.”

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