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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 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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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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