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Published September 23, 2015

FERNDALE — After years of being used as storage, the city of Ferndale has sold the former American Legion building at 1741 Livernois St., which is right off of West Nine Mile Road.


The City Council approved a purchasing agreement with Otis Property Group during the Sept. 14 meeting that will see the group turn the building into eight to 12 condominium units. The agreement stated the sale price was $275,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

FERNDALE — Before her death on Nov. 11, 2014, Ferndale native Kayla White was a supporter of Ferndale parks — especially Harding Park, off of 10 Mile Road, as that park is where she played while growing up in the area.


Now, Kayla White’s mother and father, Susan and Russ White, want to build a play structure in Harding Park in memory of their daughter. They are willing to pay to see one of their daughter’s hopes come to fruition.

 

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Published September 17, 2015

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Owners of a Berkley or Huntington Woods library card will now get more access to materials thanks to a reciprocal borrowing agreement between the two libraries and the Troy Public Library.

Under the agreement, cardholders from the Berkley Public Library and the Huntington Woods Public Library, which includes Pleasant Ridge residents, will be able to visit the Troy library and borrow items from its collection. In return, Troy cardholders can visit the Berkley or Huntington Woods libraries and check out items from their collections.

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Published September 17, 2015

BERKLEY — Berkley residents approved a $58.9 million infrastructure and technology bond for the Berkley School District in May, and this school year the improvements will get underway at four of the district’s schools.

Phase 1 of the construction plan is slated to begin in the spring of 2016 at Angell, Norup and Pattengill schools, as well as at Berkley High School. Phase 2 will follow suit in the spring of 2017 with Anderson, Burton and Rogers schools as the focus of the work, along with the high school.

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Published September 17, 2015

FERNDALE — The story of Anthony Ianni doesn’t seem outstanding at face value. He grew up in Okemos, Michigan, went to play basketball at Grand Valley State University for two years, then transferred and finished his career and education at Michigan State University.

What makes Ianni’s story special, however, is that none of his success after high school was supposed to happen.

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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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