Joshua Gordon

Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — The first Maxfield Science Symposium May 20 attracted 13 Berkley High School seniors who competed for scholarships by completing and presenting original science experiments to a panel of judges.

The competition’s namesake, retired Berkley School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Maxfield, was in attendance to see Josh Graff and Aharon Wayne take home the top prizes, both receiving $1,000 scholarships.

Fellow seniors Ava Landgraf and Sarah Michalak won $500 scholarships and Daniella Silver, Heather Graves and Armen Brus won $250 scholarships.

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Published May 29, 2013

BERKLEY — Kids are growing up in an ever-growing multicultural country, James Howard Carr said, and he wants to do his part in helping them understand that stereotypes are not fact and they should get to know people of all ethnic and racial groups.

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Published May 24, 2013

Jill Plamper isn’t oblivious to the fact that she and her husband, Rainer, probably put more money into their Tudor-style home in Huntington Woods than they will ever get out of it.

From the initial cost of the two-story, three-bedroom house, to the $20,000 roof they installed themselves and everything in between, the Plampers weren’t looking for a short stay in the home and wanted to make it something special for themselves and their two kids.

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Published May 22, 2013

FERNDALE — It’s been a long and bumpy road for the Ferndale Park+ system since its inception Feb. 7. Insufficient pay stations caused long lines in cold weather, while increased rates were met with much criticism.

The city and the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority have met most complaints with a solution, and with concerns coming in less and less, the City Council at its May 13 meeting approved extending parking enforcement hours to 9 p.m., starting June 3.

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Published May 22, 2013

BERKLEY — For the sixth consecutive year, Berkley High School is listed as one of the best high schools in America, according to rankings by Newsweek and The Washington Post.

BHS has appeared on the Newsweek rankings since 2008, and while the formula has changed over time, the school has continued to improve and rise from the No. 646 ranking spot out of 1,000 schools last year to the No. 594 ranking out of 2,000 this year.

Out of the 82 Michigan high schools to make the national rankings, BHS comes in at No. 22 in the state.

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Published May 22, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — It’s not always easy for teachers to engage their students with the lesson of the day or any of the numerous assignments. Despite having been students at one time, Eric Zacks feels some teachers forget what it is like to be sitting at the desk and not standing up front.

Bonsitu Kitaba didn’t get that feeling from sitting in any of the three law classes she had with Zacks at Wayne State University. On the contrary, she feels Zacks, a Huntington Woods resident, tries to make a connection with each of his students.

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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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