Joshua Gordon

Published August 28, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For a man who had already released three albums and seemed to be on his way up in the music world, receiving a leukemia diagnosis in 1998 came as a shock for Stewart Francke.

Francke was born and raised in Saginaw before moving to Detroit in 1980 to begin his music career, ending up in Huntington Woods in 1992. He had a wife, he had a career, but he also had cancer.

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Published August 28, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — It has been almost four years since Huntington Woods residents overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond in November 2009 as part of a $50-million, 15-year city street repair project.

This year, residents again will be presented with a $7.5 million bond, as the second phase of the street repair project is set to begin at the end of 2014. The City Commission approved sending the proposed bond to the voters on the Nov. 5 ballot during the Aug. 20 meeting.

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Published August 21, 2013

Coulter

Published August 21, 2013

BERKLEY — Artists flourish when they are around other artists, Debby Kobayashi said. Put several painters in a room, and the creative juices flowing from each individual help the group as a whole.

That is the philosophy behind Kobayashi’s new art studio, Articipate, on 12 Mile Road in Berkley. Kobayashi, a 61-year-old Berkley resident, will offer several classes beginning Sept. 4, but local artists will also be able to drop in and work on their own projects.

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Published August 21, 2013

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District was awarded the Cipriano Award of Excellence earlier this month for its efforts keeping insurance claims to a minimum.

The award, given by the Metropolitan Association for Improved School Legislation Joint Risk Management Trust, recognizes the district for the highest percentage among 33 participating districts when it comes to loss ratio of premiums against contributions, claims frequency against the number of students, and meeting attendance.

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Published August 21, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale Councilman Dan Martin was ready to approve the decriminalized marijuana ordinance presented to City Council during the Aug. 12 meeting. He spoke of standing up for what the residents wanted and motioned to pass the ordinance.

But he had no support.

With the council not taking action on the petition that was filed at the end of July by Ferndale resident Andrew Cissell, the proposed ordinance will now go to voters on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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Published August 20, 2013

FERNDALE — Emmele Herrold has mastered One-Eyed Betty’s Betty Burger over the past 18 months as the head chef of the Ferndale restaurant. From the house-ground beef to each of the burger’s toppings, Herrold is so confident in the burger that it is the only one on the menu.

But Herrold also showed Aug. 10 that she could make a totally different burger and make it a hit, as well.

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Published August 17, 2013

As Paul Declerck walked through Mustang Alley along East Nine Mile Road in Ferndale Aug. 17, he was checking out each and every Ford Mustang to see which one was to his liking.

Declerck traveled from Chicago to join his brother, Dave, for the 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Not a native of the area, Declerck said he was enjoying comparing what he wants to what car enthusiasts have.

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Published August 14, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — As a young mother in 1987, Sherry Ball was only looking for a part-time postal clerk position with the city of Pleasant Ridge. With her kids in school, Ball responded to a “Help Wanted” ad while dropping off some mail.

Over the next 11 years, Ball served as the city’s water clerk, city clerk and in 1998 she took over as city manager. With 15 years of being city manager under her belt, Ball will retire from her position at the end of the year.

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Published August 14, 2013

BERKLEY — When the Berkley Farm Stand opened last September on 12 Mile Road, Laura Uhlianuk and her husband, Lee, had the market operating seven days a week. When Mondays would come around, however, the North

Branch farmers didn’t have any produce left to sell after busy weekends.
Laura Uhlianuk, a Berkley native, said that when the stand opened this year at the end of July, they decided to keep the hours of operation to Friday, Saturday and Sunday to keep the stand freshly stocked all the time.

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Published August 14, 2013

Robby Krieger

FERNDALE — Robby Krieger was just like any other musician trying to make it big in his youth, playing gigs when he could and having a guitar in his hands as much as possible.

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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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