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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 1, 2013

After the War of 1812, the city of Berkley was a mere swampland deemed uninhabitable by the United States government. The swamp water could not be drained and the land was so poor, it discouraged any new settlers.

However, in 1817, Territorial Gov. Lewis Cass came to what is now Berkley and decided to sell the land at $1.25 per acre. Slowly, settlers came to Michigan on the promise of cheap land, and by 1832, there was regular travel through Berkley.

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Published May 1, 2013

BERKLEY — Still trying to gather public input, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments held its third of five community forums April 25 at the Berkley Community Center to discuss the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis.

Berkley was the most-attended location during initial public meetings in December, and residents from the surrounding communities resulted in a large attendance again as SEMCOG went over plans for a bus rapid transit system along the 27-mile Woodward corridor from the Detroit River to downtown Pontiac.

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Published May 1, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Teen Council members do not receive pay, but the group of about 60 students, ranging from sixth-graders to seniors, helps out at community events to gain experience and make their city a better place.

During the annual awards banquet at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing March 20, the Teen Council was awarded the Community Service Award by the Michigan Recreation & Park Association for volunteerism and community contributions.

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Published May 1, 2013

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale was awarded the Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation in January to implement a redesign of Livernois Avenue from Eight Mile Road to Nine Mile Road.

The grant, which comes in coordination with the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, will be in the amount of $118,092 and used to put Livernois on what Derek Delacourt, Ferndale Community and Economic Development director, called a “road diet.”

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Published April 29, 2013

As hundreds of military personnel, patrons and media members gathered April 27 in front of the Berkley American Legion Post 374 on 12 Mile Road, all attention was focused on a yet-to-be-unveiled monument draped with an Army-green parachute of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Legion member Dale GoodCourage spoke about remembering those who lost their lives for the freedom of many, as several eyes turned toward Sarah Leach, the widow of fallen U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Leach, who was killed June 26, 2012, while on deployment in Afghanistan.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority has not been coy about making downtown Ferndale an easy location to reach and navigate by any transportation means necessary.

In the past year, the DDA has installed five on-street bike racks in different locations in Ferndale, including Nine Mile Road, Troy and Vester streets. In May, a sixth on-street bike rack will be installed on Woodward Avenue, the first of its kind on that street.

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Published April 24, 2013

BERKLEY — In the 2014-15 school year, the Smarter Balanced Assessment test will replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program in testing students in English language arts and mathematics.

The new testing will be in line with the Common Core State Standards and taken in 24 states across the country, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale City Council members have been trying to cut $1 million from the city’s 2014 fiscal year budget, but during a budget session April 16, the City Council decided to keep four firefighters who will no longer be government funded, come July.

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Published April 24, 2013

BERKLEY — After a three-day review process in October 2012, the Berkley School District was granted AdvancEd School System Accreditation from the AdvanceED Accreditation Commission in April.

AdvanceEd is the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation seal. Earning the accreditation means each school in the district is accredited and the school district is recognized across the nation as a quality school district.

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Published April 24, 2013

FERNDALE — With roughly a year of research and studies in the books, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments went to the public April 17 to discuss the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis.

At St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale, SEMCOG representatives talked with inquiring community members about bus rapid transit, the system deemed to be the most logical along the 27-mile Woodward corridor from the Detroit River to Pontiac, as well as the most cost-friendly.

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Published April 22, 2013

FERNDALE — Mayor Dave Coulter didn’t try to hide the fact that Ferndale has seen better financial days during his 2013 State of the City address April 18 at Local Kitchen and Bar in downtown Ferndale.

In fact, Coulter basically led off with it after thanking his fellow elected officials.

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Published April 16, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — Without much opposition from the community, the Pleasant Ridge City Commission unanimously voted to pass a human rights ordinance April 9 during the City Commission meeting.

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Published April 15, 2013

OAK PARK — With a rather large canvas in front of him containing everything from stars and flowers to people and hands, Daniel Cascardo stood back from his work of art April 11 at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park and handed paint to every person who came to him.

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