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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A month after the approval of the Ferndale City Council, Zipcar vehicles are now available to be used in the city.

The car-sharing service that allows members 24/7 access to its cars through a monthly or yearly fee has been operating in the city for a couple of weeks, with two vehicle locations at the corner of Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, and the corner of Bermuda Street and East Nine Mile Road.

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Published April 26, 2016

BERKLEY — Colleen Graveline isn’t entirely new to the city of Berkley.

She’s lived in the city for seven years and has spent time helping out city officials and working on a millage committee.

Now she will be tackling an entirely new venture as a member of the Berkley City Council.

Graveline was appointed to the City Council at the April 18 meeting following the resignation of former member Tina Edgar, who left because she is moving from Berkley to Detroit and, therefore, can’t serve on the council.

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Published April 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The position of Berkley city manager was one that, if it became available, would have caused Matthew Baumgarten to throw his hat into the ring.

Then the job became available.

“I went home, talked to my wife about it, and we both agreed it was the right next move,” Baumgarten said.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the April 18 Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the state Board of Education’s guidelines for LGBT students.

The passing of the resolution came after there was a noticeable negative response to the guidelines on the public comment page of the Michigan Department of Education’s website.

The guidelines aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students and how schools can make themselves more inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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Published April 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Concert Band will be hosting a free concert for the public at Ferndale High School in late May.

The band, comprised of players as young as 14 years old to some members in their 80s, will play beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the school’s auditorium.

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Published April 19, 2016

FERNDALE — As one of the original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood has been rocking arenas and theaters with his electric violin for more than 20 years.

It’s his work in the classroom, though, that’ll bring Wood to Ferndale.

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Published April 18, 2016

BERKLEY — Near the end of the Berkley City Council’s April 4 meeting, Councilwoman Tina Edgar announced her resignation.

“It is with a multitude of various emotions that I announce the necessity to step down from my position as (a) member of the Berkley City Council,” she said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of the city that I have lived in and loved for 17-plus years. I’m sorry to lose the opportunity to collaborate with my five fantastic council members and our illustrious mayor.

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Published April 14, 2016

Berkley Public Safety Department officers were on the scene of a crash Thursday, April 14, in which a vehicle went through the storefront of a nail salon near the intersection of 12 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. at Great Nails, 28989 Woodward Ave.

According to police and a store owner, there was no one in the salon at the time of the incident, as it was closed.

Berkley officers, as well as Belfor Property Restoration workers, were on the scene of the incident to investigate and provide cleanup for the crash, respectively.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The owner of the Motorama Motel, located at 100 Eight Mile Road, is suing the city of Ferndale for denying the motel a license to operate in the town.

The lawsuit was filed March 16 by Dilip Patel, president of Krishna Krupa Inc., which operates the motel.

Back in February, the Ferndale City Council denied the renewal of an operating license for the motel after a recommendation of denial from Police Chief Timothy Collins.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — In 1995, Atom Kaiser was involved in a car crash when a driver fell asleep at the wheel going 50 mph and rear-ended Kaiser’s vehicle.

It left him with a traumatic brain injury that caused him to struggle to do things, such as read. But after learning that the drugs he was taking actually led to the side effect of blurred vision, he started to wean himself off them, and that led to withdrawal.

During this time, Kaiser felt a sudden urge to paint.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., will be holding an art show focused on photography throughout the month of April.

The show, titled “Exposures: Photography ’16,” had its opening reception with an awards ceremony on Friday, April 8. The show will continue until Friday, April 29.

Artist Winnie Chrzanowski, who also works at the gallery, said the title of the show represents how it’s all about photography: Without the right amount of exposure in a picture, you will have a bad photo.

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Published April 11, 2016

BERKLEY — Before any production, Berkley High School senior Sarah Whitfield must do one thing before getting onstage: She eats a mint.

“I like chewing gum, but you can’t chew gum in the theater,” she said. “I’ll pop a mint to get the minty freshness going.”

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Published April 6, 2016

BERKLEY — Two years ago, then-Berkley High School senior Sam Silverstein went with his football team on a visit to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.

It was then that he fell in love with the facility and has since spent a great part of the last two years trying to raise money for the hospital through stand-up comedy.

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Published April 5, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council has approved a combined brownfield plan for a 90-unit residential structure that will be built on the site of the former Save-A-Lot.

The plan for the Ferndalehaus Lofts, which the council unanimously approved at its March 28 meeting, still needs final approval by the state to go ahead.

According to Brownfield and Economic Incentives Consultant Jessica DeBone, a brownfield plan allows for tax capture on any new taxes that are generated on the property following the investment being made by the developer, Designhaus Architecture.

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Published April 5, 2016

FERNDALE — Getting your art hung on the refrigerator at home might’ve been the highest honor one could receive, but the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission is giving a chance for one student to experience another special recognition: seeing their art painted on a wall in the downtown area.

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Published April 4, 2016

FERNDALE — A 35-year-old man was charged with felonious assault after allegedly pulling a gun on two teenage girls following a traffic incident.

Jeffrey Allen Peterson, of Chesterfield Township, was arraigned in the 43rd District Court on Monday, March 28, for allegedly pulling a handgun on the two 17-year-olds after the driver accidentally struck his vehicle with her car on Eight Mile Road near Woodward Avenue.

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Published April 4, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The cities of Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Berkley, Royal Oak and Oak Park will open their doors for people in search of art for the second annual Gallery Hop.

The event, put on by the Huntington Woods Beautification Committee, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and feature galleries in the aforementioned cities, where local artists will showcase some of their works.

It will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where people can travel to the galleries by bus.

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Published March 30, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved the purchase of a new play structure for Angell Park for an amount not to exceed $67,466 during its March 21 meeting as part of a collaboration between the city and the Berkley School District.

The play structure at Angell Elementary School, which has Angell Park as its playground, was deemed unsafe last fall and torn down. In November, the school district and the city announced plans for the two entities to work together, with the city replacing the play structure and the district installing new drainage in the area.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — As an eighth-grader at Norup International School in Berkley, Carolyn Cohn couldn’t get rid of the feeling in her stomach as she watched a classmate struggle to meet deadlines because she had no computer or Internet access at home.

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