Joshua Gordon

Published September 11, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale was selected this month as a pilot community for the MI Solar Works program, which aims to install solar panels on rooftops as an alternative to a home’s energy source.

MI Solar Works was created by WARM Training Center, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization aiming to bring energy alternatives to Michigan, along with SRIenergy. Joel Howrani Heeres, a sustainable communities coordinator with WARM, said the goal is to get 6,000 solar rooftops in Michigan by the end of 2014.

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Published September 11, 2013

METRO DETROIT — The classic cars and Royal Oak art vendors may be gone, but taking their places are the familiar orange construction cones.

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s resurfacing of Woodward Avenue took a hiatus to allow smoother travels for the Woodward Dream Cruise and Arts, Beats & Eats last month; however, MDOT crews were back at it during the first week of September to finish the project before the Nov. 15 deadline.

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Published September 11, 2013

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PLEASANT RIDGE — Ralph Castelli never intended to spend 28 years in local government.

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Published September 11, 2013

FERNDALE — Jaynmarie Hubanks was the finance director for almost 25 years for the city of Ferndale. During that time, she also served as the city’s treasurer and the assistant city manager.

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Published September 9, 2013

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Published September 4, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council listened to a report on the first 120 days of the Ferndale Park+ system Aug. 26, and heading forward, city officials seem to be satisfied with the direction of the program, despite some public complaints.

Chief Innovation Officer Joseph Gacioch gave the presentation to City Council on the first four months of the system, after the initial rollout was stalled by public outrage, and free parking was established through March.

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Published September 4, 2013

FERNDALE — DIY Street Fair Organizer Emily Ribeiro said there is a movement taking over the country where more and more people are willing to go outside their comfort zones and try to complete projects, no matter the medium, by themselves.

The sixth annual DIY Street Fair will put more than a hundred do-it-yourself artists on display Sept. 13-15 on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. Combined with three beer tents, live music and several free activities, Ribeiro said the fair offers something for everyone.

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Published September 4, 2013

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Published September 4, 2013

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BERKLEY — Celia Morse has had a long and successful career as the director of the Berkley Public Library. But, after 30 years, Morse is calling it quits.

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Published September 4, 2013

FERNDALE — July 27, 2011, is a day Judith Finneren will never forget. The tragedy of losing her husband on that day has stuck with her for more than two years, and she said it still seems like it was just yesterday.

Ralph Finneren was riding his bicycle in Lake Orion that day, just like he had done several times, when a distracted driver struck him and sent him flying off the bike in an accident that was eventually fatal.

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Published August 30, 2013

FERNDALE — The Digital Learning Center in Ferndale was a big change last school year for the Ferndale Public Schools District, but one that ultimately paid off in June.

More than 60 students graduated from the alternative education school, with more students expected to enroll this year. The school had 632 students enrolled last year, with a goal of more than 700 students this year, as school was slated to begin Sept. 3, Data and Projects Analyst Trisha McClelland said.

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Published August 28, 2013

FERNDALE — At 2:55 p.m. Aug. 21, Ferndale public safety officers responded to an accident at the corner of Farrow and Saratoga where a 59-year-old man was killed after crashing his moped into an electric pole.

Witnesses saw the man riding on Farrow and said he was swerving before crashing into the pole while not wearing a helmet. When the moped crashed, the man went over the handlebars and struck his head on the pole, police said.

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Published August 28, 2013

BERKLEY — Dan Terbrack is ready to make the move from local government to the state level.

Terbrack, a Berkley native and current Berkley City Council member, is running for state representative to represent the 27th district, which includes Berkley, Pleasant Ridge, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Hazel Park and Royal Oak Township.

The current state representative, Ellen Cogen Lipton, is term-limited and will fulfill her term next year. The primary election for her successor will be August 2014 with the final election taking place that November.

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Published August 28, 2013

BERKLEY — A water main break during the early morning Aug. 19 on 12 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue in Berkley, had about 20 customers without water for roughly eight hours while Department of Public Works employees fixed the water line.

Construction on the road to replace a patch of cement and asphalt after the water main fix closed the section of 12 Mile from about 1 a.m. Aug. 19 to just before noon Aug. 20, DPW Director Derrick Schueller said.

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Published August 28, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — At this point in his career, Alex Allie said he would consider a 40-hour-a-week job a partial retirement.

The 64-year-old Huntington Woods city manager has been in politics and government for more than 40 years around Michigan. With the 55-hour weeks adding up, Allie has decided that it is time to step down as city manager and take some time to do the things he has been putting off.

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