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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 July 24, 2013

FERNDALE — Mayor Dave Coulter’s goal for Ferndale is to make it the “friendliest place to do business in southeast Michigan.” Bringing new businesses in and keeping current businesses happy is all part of that, Coulter said.

Coulter challenged different departments in the city’s government to come up with ideas that could make this goal a reality. Derek Delacourt, Ferndale’s community and economic development director, and his department have come up with a change that has pleased the mayor.

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Published July 24, 2013

BERKLEY — The annual Woodward Dream Cruise brings thousands of car enthusiasts and visitors alike to the corridor from Eight Mile Road to Pontiac. But first, Berkley has its own car parade.

The 19th annual Berkley CruiseFest car parade will again serve as a kickoff event for the Dream Cruise, as roughly 400 cars will be on display Aug. 16 along 12 Mile Road. While the Dream Cruise is more about watching cars drive by on Woodward, the CruiseFest event sees the cars slowly cruise by to give onlookers a good view of the classic cars.

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Published July 24, 2013

FERNDALE — Construction on West Nine Mile Road this summer has slowed traffic, but the end results will provide a more seamless transition from Woodward Avenue and include more businesses in the downtown section of Ferndale.

The project is one of the most recent by the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority to help improve the downtown area of the city. The National Main Street Center has recognized the DDA’s efforts and awarded Ferndale National Main Street Accreditation for 2013.

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Published July 24, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Ron Elkus doesn’t consider himself a very athletic man. The 53-year-old Huntington Woods resident said he was always last to be picked in dodge ball growing up, and he played right field in T-ball, where balls never came.

But, as he approached 50, Elkus decided to make a change and start riding a bicycle. What started as a leisure activity has catapulted into multiple 50-mile bike rides as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation Michigan fundraiser.

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Published July 24, 2013

FERNDALE — Jody Florkowski has a history in the theatre business. He has acted, he has directed and he has even been what he calls the air traffic control manager behind the stage, making sure everything runs smoothly.

“Seussical,” a musical that incorporates stories from several Dr. Seuss books, is also not a new production to Florkowski. The 34-year-old Ferndale resident has acted in the musical and directed it twice.

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Published July 22, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Like so many in the Detroit area, Lauren Mendelson grew up around cars, as her father worked in the auto parts business.

However, while others who grew up around Detroit may have developed a desire to own classic cars, Mendelson’s passion was for something more exotic. From Maseratis to Ferraris and BMWs, Mendelson developed a palate for cars hard to find.

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Published July 17, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Board of Education is trying to avoid spending from the school district’s fund balance in upcoming years, and while the new budget achieves this goal, it comes at the cost of teacher and secretary positions.

The board approved the operating budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year during the June 25 meeting, which will see the elimination of 9.2 instructional positions, as well as five secretarial positions.

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Published July 17, 2013

BERKLEY — Scores reported for the Michigan Merit Exam from this past spring show Berkley High School students have improved their scores from last year and exceed the state averages in every subject, while Ferndale High School and University High School students’ scores have declined since last year in most subjects.

The MME assesses students in 11th grade each spring in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The ACT college entrance exam is also factored into the test results.

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Published July 17, 2013

FERNDALE — Sharry Bronson turned 40 in January, but she didn’t use that time to reflect on what she had done or have remorse for what she hadn’t done.

Instead, Bronson used the first day of 2013 to run in a race. It was the first of several for the Ferndale resident, who decided to run 40 races for her 40 years of being alive.

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Published July 17, 2013

FERNDALE — When Rifino Valentine opened his distillery a few years ago in Ferndale, vodka was his main selling point and he quickly made the move from life in New York to a life in his home state of Michigan.

While Valentine Vodka has had great success, with about 3,000 accounts in Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee and New York, Valentine said he always had plans to expand, though he kept it close to his chest on what that meant.

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Published July 17, 2013

FERNDALE — The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale has provided a space for local artists and entrepreneurs to reach the public and sell their products since 2010. From photographs and jewelry to clothes and coasters, there is always something new to enjoy.

At the end of July, the owners of the Rust Belt, Tiffany and Chris Best, will bring about a brand new experience for those who visit the market.

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Published July 15, 2013

BERKLEY — In 2002, Jakita White saw her apartment go up in flames while she and friends jumped from the third floor to avoid being caught in the fire. Out on her own for the first time with her 1-year-old son, White had nothing after the fire.

White said she remembers what it felt like to be burned out after a fire, with nothing left to your name and no one to help you get back on your feet. Her dad, Antonio Hayden, also remembers what his daughter had to go through, and he wanted to make sure others didn’t suffer a similar fate.

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Published July 12, 2013

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Published July 12, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale city officials and summer youth campers got their hands dirty planting trees June 25 in what has become an annual tradition for more than a decade at Oppenheimer Park along St. Louis Street.

The city celebrated the community’s 11th year as an official Tree City as part of the Arbor Day Foundation by planting two trees in the park. Department of Public Works Supervisor Shaun Slocum worked with 24 kids from the city’s summer camp program to get the trees in the ground.

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Published July 9, 2013

BERKLEY — At the end of 2008, Berkley Public Safety Officer Brian Laity had to attend a funeral for a fallen comrade only 10 months after he started his first public safety job.

“That was my first funeral experience,” Laity, 28, said. “I thought right then that we needed to do something to show our officers’ families that we are behind them 100 percent.”

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