Joshua Gordon

Published July 2, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Public Library is going to have to dip into its reserve fund for the next fiscal year after board members learned the library’s tax revenue is projected to decline 6 percent, putting the library in a bigger financial hole than board members expected.

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Published July 2, 2013

FERNDALE — Now in its 16th year, the Ferndale sidewalk replacement program is making some changes this summer that are sure to be welcome assistance for residents in the current economic climate.

The program splits Ferndale into 10 districts, with each district getting inspected and repaired every 10 years. In past years, residents had to pay for repairs to sidewalk slabs in front of their houses, even if a tree that the city planted in the right-of-way caused the damage.

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Published July 2, 2013

BERKLEY — In the early 1960s, a young Marshall Crenshaw would ride around Berkley on his bicycle and take in the local music he heard on a regular basis. When he heard something he liked, he would ride until he found the garage the live music was coming from.

Music was always Crenshaw’s passion. By the time he received his first guitar and started playing with his cousin, Chuck, at the age of 10, he already knew he wanted to play music for the rest of his life.

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Published July 2, 2013

BERKLEY — With summer officially getting under way a few weeks ago, the summer edition of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out exhibit program got into full swing June 26 along Woodward Avenue.

In its fourth year, the DIA’s Inside|Out program places reproductions of nearly 80 paintings from inside the museum into neighboring communities around Detroit. The DIA asks that the pieces be placed outside and preferably in walking or biking distance from one another.

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Published July 1, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved unanimously limiting fireworks use in the city to certain hours on the days around holidays during the June 24 meeting.

The amendment to the ordinance already in place is in compliance with a change in state law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder June 19 that allows cities the right to place restrictions on a law passed just over a year ago allowing bigger fireworks, such as bottle rockets and Roman candles, to be purchased and used in Michigan.

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Published June 26, 2013

BERKLEY — It’s not uncommon for a group of high school teenagers to get together and form a band. While some no doubt have talent, making it big isn’t as simple as just getting together to play music.

F8, a band made up of four Berkley High School students, played five gigs in a two-week period in the early part of June. The sound and dedication of the four band members caught the attention of several music-lovers in the area and the band was booked to open for all three Robina Rhapsody concerts.

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Published June 26, 2013

FERNDALE — What was supposed to be a large cycling event for bicycle enthusiasts and newcomers alike has turned into more of a casual ride along the 27-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue.

Despite facing resistance from several communities along Woodward, and mainly Royal Oak, the Gran Fondo (roughly “big ride” in Italian) organizers still planned on running the first dream cruise for bikes from Detroit to Pontiac.

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Published June 26, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Living in Chicago and away from family Dec. 11, 2009, Ryan Beale was forced to face his finalized divorce by himself.

Less than two weeks later, on Dec. 24, Beale had a new tragedy to deal with — his older brother, Steve, committed suicide at the age of 37.

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Published June 24, 2013

The Ferndale Public Library is a popular place for readers and people who just need a quiet place. However, the library is also a popular destination for yoga enthusiasts and music-lovers.

As the economy suffered during the past decade, more people have turned to libraries for cheap and even free services. Jessica Keyser, director of the Ferndale Public Library, said the staff in Ferndale saw this as an opportunity to engage the community in more ways than just reading.

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Published June 19, 2013

Ferndale police are investigating the death of a 70-year-old Ferndale woman who was killed June 18 by a vehicle while trying to cross northbound Woodward Avenue despite the traffic light indicating not to cross.

The woman, identified as Barbara Yakob, was at the intersection of College Street and Woodward at approximately 8:45 a.m. June 18 when police say she went against a red light and was struck by an oncoming vehicle five blocks south of Nine Mile Road.

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Published June 19, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — In approving the 2013-14 combined city budget at the June 11 meeting, the Pleasant Ridge City Commission also approved a 0.3-mill increase for the next fiscal year, as well as a 3-percent increase to water and sewer rates.

The city has had 1 mill levied on residents since 2004 to pay off bonds used to build the city’s pool and community center. The bonds are unlimited-tax general obligation bonds, meaning the city can levy a millage increase so it has enough to make the payments on the bond.

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Published June 19, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale City Hall is about to become a crowded place.

With 12 years of saving money now in the books, plans to renovate the 43rd District Courthouse and the Ferndale police station will begin at the end of the summer with police and court personnel moving into City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile Road, within the next couple of weeks.

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Published June 19, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out program is coming to several cities along Woodward Avenue, and now residents can find out where to see the pieces of art.

It was announced earlier this year that the Inside|Out program would be coming to Berkley, Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge during the summer session, which runs from July to September.

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Published June 19, 2013

BERKLEY — Christian Belz is an architect who has always had aspirations to be a writer.

Belz’s father wrote during Belz’s childhood, and he grew up reading mysteries involving the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

In 2000, the Berkley resident finished his first novel and incorporated aspects from his everyday job as an architect. “The Accused Architect” follows the main character, who is also an architect, as he tries to solve a murder after a body shows up on a construction site.

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Published June 19, 2013

Coulter

FERNDALE — When Mayor Dave Coulter heads out to the grocery store, he said he strolls down every aisle and grabs what he needs and what he wants, not taking cost into consideration.

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