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Joshua Gordon

C&G Staff Reporter – Woodward Talk


Josh Gordon covers Macomb Township, Chippewa Valley Schools and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the Macomb Township Chronicle. He previously wrote for the Woodward Talk from 2013-2016 and attended Central Michigan University. Josh has won Society of Professional Journalist awards for his work with C & G Newspapers. He is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, craft beer and movies.

Published August 14, 2013

FERNDALE — In recent weeks, a new Ford Motor Company billboard went up along northbound Woodward Avenue in Ferndale. The sign includes the usual vehicle and logos, but it is something right in front of the sign that makes it unique.

Placed on the billboard ledge are several lawn chairs with mannequins relaxing in them, watching the two-dimensional car on the billboard as it appears to want to rip itself off of the sign and onto Woodward.

It is time, once again, for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 14, 2013

In recent years, garages have become more of an extension of the home than a place to store odds and ends until they are needed. Some may use a garage as an extra room, some may use it as a workout area and others still may park their cars inside to keep them protected from the ever-changing Michigan weather.

One of the biggest changes in garages recently has been the use of the garage door as a way to enter the home, even without parking a car. Keyless entries have made it easy to have a remote on a keychain, or a keypad on the outside of the garage for kids.

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Published August 13, 2013

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PLEASANT RIDGE/ROYAL OAK — Buying a home is a long, sometimes frustrating process even more intensified for a first-time homebuyer.

Craig Bentley and Frank Anthony Polito are both from Michigan, but moved out to New York in 1995 to pursue their acting careers. Now, the two are moving back home and have decided to throw another wrench into their first home-buying process — having it filmed for television.

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Published August 7, 2013

FERNDALE — A petition filed with the Ferndale city clerk July 30 could see Ferndale become one of the few cities in Michigan in which marijuana is decriminalized.

Andrew Cissell, a 25-year-old Ferndale resident, started circulating his petition for the decriminalization of marijuana in the city in mid-June. Cissell had to collect 364 certified signatures to have the petition brought in front of City Council, and Cissell filed the paperwork with more than 600 total signatures.

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Published August 7, 2013

FERNDALE — Construction has been going on all summer at several Ferndale schools, and while the pool and auditorium at Ferndale High School are getting makeovers, the projects at University High School and Roosevelt Primary School bring something new.

Bond Projects Coordinator Bruce Bethuy and George W. Auch Company are in the final stage of building full-service kitchens in both UHS and Roosevelt, something neither school had before.

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Published August 7, 2013

BERKLEY — The student body at Berkley High School will become a little more diverse for the 2013-14 school year.

In partnership with Educatius International, BHS will be bringing in 13 exchange students from across the world beginning in the fall. Exchange students will live with host families while attending school at BHS all year.

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Published August 7, 2013

FERNDALE — Aaron Markovitz’s music career has taken the Ferndale native from his hometown to Los Angeles and even to the open sea as he played on cruise ships. But ultimately, Markovitz ended up back at home to see his career blossom.

Markovitz, 26, is the lead guitarist and singer for Escaping Pavement, a Detroit-based Americana band that dabbles in rock, folk and country. On June 26, the band released its first album, “UpRooted,” during a launch party in Ferndale.

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Published August 7, 2013

FERNDALE — At the age of 9, Alison Donahue began taking lessons to become classically trained on the cello. The Pleasant Ridge native and Ferndale High School graduate fell in love with the music and continued to play beyond her youth.

However, a career-path change in college and the birth of her first son saw Donahue giving up the cello and music for quite some time. When she returned, she realized music wasn’t the same as when she was growing up.

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Published August 6, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Public Library’s board members decided to dip into the library’s reserve fund in June to finish a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In addition, the budget for materials purchases was cut to maintain hours of operation and staff.

However, thanks to a fundraiser put on by two of the library’s employees, some more money will be flowing into the materials budget.

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Published July 31, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge is home to only two restaurants, but both have succeeded in the small community just north of Ferndale. Mae’s restaurant is a favorite for those seeking breakfast or brunch, while Cork is open for dinner and drinks.

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Published July 31, 2013

FERNDALE — Mayor Dave Coulter’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks was set up in April as a way for the city to improve its parks with help from local organizers. The two main goals were to get public input and find a way to finance any improvements without using tax dollars.

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Published July 31, 2013

FERNDALE — Whenever Amanda Zimmerman has to respond to a medical emergency, the first thing the doctors ask the paramedic when she brings in a patient is if CPR was performed before the paramedics arrived.

Zimmerman, who works for HealthLink Emergency Medical Transportation in Taylor, said a majority of the time, people are too afraid or uninformed to perform CPR before the paramedics arrive, which means the patient may not be breathing for several minutes before they get on site.

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Published July 31, 2013

FERNDALE — Affirmations, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center based in Ferndale, is banking on people who are advocates for marriage equality also liking to ride bicycles long distances.

The first Shore to Shore Equality Ride will take place Sept. 4-7 with participants riding from Ferndale through several cities and ending in Saugatuck. The ride, which will see people riding between 215 and 225 miles in total, is sponsored by Michigan’s LGBT Community Centers Network, of which Affirmations is a part.

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Published July 30, 2013

FERNDALE — The middle of July brought temperatures in Oakland County to the mid- and high-90s, along with a high humidity, making for hot and sticky days. For much of the week of July 15, Oakland County cities were under a heat advisory.

While people went into air-conditioned buildings or homes, silent sufferers had no choice but to sit in the hot temperatures at the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center. Pets had to endure temperatures that got into the 100s, as the building had no air-conditioning unit.

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