Joshua Gordon

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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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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