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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 May 22, 2013

BERKLEY — The assignment was to select four people to represent a personal Mount Rushmore and explain why the four figureheads were chosen.

For most of the 753 high school juniors nationwide who submitted an essay for the 2013 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award for Superior Writing, that is probably exactly what they did.

Not Caelin Amin.

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Published May 20, 2013

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — Nathan Fridson may not have stepped on stage for the first time until he was a 21-year-old student at Michigan State University, but it hasn’t slowed the budding comic.

After making his rounds in the metro Detroit area following graduation, Fridson, a Huntington Woods native, moved to New York City to further pursue his dream of being a comedian. Still, he finds time to make it back to where he got started, and on Memorial Day weekend, he will return for a three-day headlining stint at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak.

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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School wind orchestra will take to the stage May 18 with Elon Jamison directing like it has numerous times previously. The student musicians are talented, Jamison said, but in this year’s spring concert, they will be tested like never before.

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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale residents should expect more consistent water bills in the coming months, with a new Elster reading system and New World Systems billing system in place for 98 percent of residents and payment plans available for those who are trying to catch up on past-due bills.

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Published May 15, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Run/Walk BOOM running event committee took into consideration public opinion from a recent online survey on a possible name change, in light of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Ultimately, it was decided to keep the event’s name, at least for this year.

After the bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15, Run/Walk BOOM committee members met to discuss if they should change the event’s name in its second year. Committee member Alex Cooper thought it best to gauge the public’s opinion on the matter.

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Published May 15, 2013

FERNDALE — Maurice Telesford could have used his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan to go on and work in the field. Instead, Telesford went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary science education from Harvard University.

Telesford may not be directly contributing to the chemical engineering field, but by taking his knowledge to the high school classroom, he is influencing a new generation of students to stay in the science field.

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Published May 15, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Helping others isn’t something new to Huntington Woods resident Wendy Appleton.

As a social worker, Appleton works with couples in relationship therapy to work out any problems they may have. While her kids are grown and moved out of the house now, when they were in high school, Appleton and her family welcomed seven foreign exchange students into their home.

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Published May 13, 2013

BERKLEY — The May 7 vote provided the Berkley School District with its much-needed renewal of two millages that will keep nearly $4 million per year in the district over the next decade.

The first was for 18.9666 mills for the general operating fund, which generated approximately $3.1 million in 2012 for the district, or about 6 percent of its total budget. This millage is not a levy on residences, but rather a non-homestead millage for commercial and industrial businesses, as well as second homes.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — In Mayor Dave Coulter’s State of the City address April 18, he talked of the city’s numerous parks and the need to improve them, despite a tough economy. Coulter talked of creating a task force to oversee public opinions and alternative funding sources to make such changes.

At the City Council meeting April 29, council members approved the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — In November of last year, Michigan voters used a veto referendum to defeat the state’s emergency manager law that focused on appointing emergency managers to local municipalities and school districts in financial distress.

However, a month later, a revised bill came out with an appropriation in the form of providing an emergency manager’s salary. According to the Michigan Constitution, voters do not have the right of referendum against a law that contains any kind of appropriation, and the new law passed.

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Published May 8, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Since the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in mid-April, bigger running races across the globe have taken extra precautions with safety. In Huntington Woods, it is a race name that has event organizers concerned.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — John F. Kennedy Elementary School has been recognized by Oakland County for being a Green School over the past four years. Always one of the top environmentally friendly schools in the county, JFK has never been able to claim the No. 1 spot on the list until now.

During an April 24 ceremony, JFK was finally named the Green School of the Year for Oakland County. Roosevelt Elementary School was also honored for their green initiatives.

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Published May 8, 2013

FERNDALE — With years of planning in the books, the three-prong infrastructure project on West Nine Mile Road in Ferndale is finally under way, with the Downtown Development Authority’s ceremonial groundbreaking May 1.

Mayor Dave Coulter, City Council members and other elected officials gathered at the intersection of Livernois Street and Nine Mile to signify the beginning of the project that will see the water main replaced, the road resurfaced and streetscaping taking place. The construction is set to begin later this month and last about eight months.

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Published May 6, 2013

FERNDALE — John Fitzpatrick had a degree in business and economics coming out of college and was set to take over the family business. With everything laid out in front of him, Fitzpatrick said he still couldn’t shed the notion that he needed to be doing something different.

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Published May 1, 2013

ROYAL OAK — When the warm weather comes around every year, the inevitable orange construction cones pop up across the state. Woodward Avenue travelers will get their first dose of lane closures and backups when resurfacing begins this month.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be investing approximately $4.8 million to resurface more than five miles of Woodward from Oakridge Boulevard in Pleasant Ridge to 14 Mile Road. Construction is set to begin in mid- to late-May and run through November.

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