Joshua Gordon

Published June 17, 2013

PLEASANT RIDGE — William and Shae Janelle were 3-month-old twins in September 2012. The two were born six weeks premature, but, by all accounts, seemed healthy.

Then, William vomited. Hours later, he was on a surgical table at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak having an aneurysm clipped while his parents, Bill and Kathy, sat in the hospital waiting room fearing the worst but hoping for the best.

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Published June 12, 2013

FERNDALE — With Ferndale students almost done with classes for the school year, construction has already begun at Ferndale High School as part of the 2012 Ferndale Public Schools bond projects.

Work on the school’s pool and surrounding area began in April, construction on the auditorium got underway at the end of May and work on the third floor where the middle school classrooms are located will begin when school lets out June 17.

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Published June 12, 2013

BERKLEY — The city of Berkley received recognition last month for its financial reporting from both the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and Fitch Ratings.

The GFOA awarded Berkley a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for its 2012 comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate of achievement is the highest recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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Published June 12, 2013

BERKLEY — A proposed ordinance brought to the Berkley City Council during its June 5 meeting would allow the city to install bicycle racks in the public right-of-way at the request of a property or business owner.

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Published June 12, 2013

FERNDALE — Art is as much a part of Ferndale as the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Pride festival. From the numerous art shows every year to the many local art galleries and local artists, art is one of the highlights for anyone living or going to Ferndale.

For the past year, Ferndale has been home to 11 sculptures as part of the ARTWN exhibit sponsored by the MotorCity Casino Hotel. With one year left on the temporary outdoor exhibit, the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority is hosting “ARTWN: Change is Good,” a benefit for public art in the downtown area.

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Published June 10, 2013

BERKLEY — For a former music manager and a massage therapist, the pizza business didn’t look like the perfect fit.

But Jennifer Stark and Maureen McNamara, friends since of the age of 14 when they met in high school in Royal Oak, bought Amici’s Pizza & Living Room in Berkley from Stark’s brother, George, eight years ago after Stark decided to step away from the music business.

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Published June 5, 2013

BERKLEY — Students are never too young to learn about the community they live in.

That is the message Rogers Elementary School second-grade teacher Michele Young and her fellow second-grade teachers are proving to students, parents and basically everyone in the Berkley community.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Board of Education approved the creation of Ferndale Friends of Different Learners, a parent-led support group for parents of kids with disabilities, during the May 20 meeting.

The group, started by parents Ron Owens, Jodi Berger and Pamela Parkinson, along with Ferndale Special Education Director Ray Locke, is modeled off a similar group in Birmingham. The intent, Owens said, is to allow parents to have a support system while also having speakers who can provide new information in special education during monthly meetings.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — It wasn’t long ago when Jim Farris was let go from the Ferndale Police Department due to financial cutbacks. In fact, Farris has been a casualty of several financial cutbacks in numerous police departments.

Still, when the Ferndale Police Department went into a partnership with the Ferndale School District in April 2012 to have a school resource officer at the Digital Learning Center near Eight Mile Road, Police Chief Timothy Collins was more than happy to see Farris come back to the force.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — Open the latest issue of Britain’s Attitude magazine and halfway through is a full-page advertisement for G.A. Hauser’s new book, “Marry Me.”

Ferndale’s Jeff Perdue designed the ad to promote Hauser’s new book after getting in touch with the long-time author through a mutual friend. The advertisement in one of Britain’s largest magazines isn’t Perdue’s first ad, but it is one in a long line of recent projects for a graphic artist who is trying to turn his passion into a career.

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Published June 5, 2013

FERNDALE — When Bobbie Cash was looking for a senior residential complex to call her new home last year, she had one criterion that had to be met.

Her new home had to have a garden.

After looking at numerous places around Oakland County, she found Devon Square Apartments in Ferndale with a small garden in the parking lot. Community Manager Marjory Elzerman had turned a grassy median into a garden for the residents, but it wasn’t accessible for everyone.

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Published June 3, 2013

FERNDALE — A restricted parking zones pilot program, which was created last April along West Troy and West Saratoga streets in downtown Ferndale, was extended through the end of the year by City Council during the May 28 meeting.

The program was created to alleviate parking problems for residents on West Troy and West Saratoga by creating two-hour parking along those streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents were able to acquire free parking permits from the city so that they could park on the street for any extended period of time.

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Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — It’s been more than nine months since Berkley residents voted through a 3-mill Headlee override proposal Aug. 7 by an overwhelming 69.9 percent in favor. Now, the city can put to use the additional money coming in from the millage.

City Council approved the 2013-14 annual operating budget for the city for the fiscal year beginning July 1 at the May 20 meeting. The $1.362 million that will be generated by the override was able to be incorporated into the next budget.

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Published May 29, 2013

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale has been awarded a $60,000 grant from Oakland County for being part of the larger Oakland County Brownfield Coalition that was awarded a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ferndale, along with Farmington Hills, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Southfield, each received the $60,000 grant for working with the OCBC in presenting a report for the larger grant.

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Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — Shanti Yoga of Berkley is teaming with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 12-hour “Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids” yogathon June 15 to raise money and awareness for the patients and research that is done at St. Jude.

The all-day yoga and entertainment event will begin at 8 a.m. June 15 and involve different varieties of yoga, including family yoga, as well as food, music and presentations by St. Jude representatives. Activities will be held at Shanti Yoga and outside Berkley High School until 8 p.m.

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