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Mike Koury

C&G Staff Reporter – Woodward Talk


Staff Writer Mike Koury covers Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge along with the Berkely Schools and Ferndale Schools districts for the Woodward Talk. He has worked at C & G Newspapers since October 2015 and attended Michigan State University. He has been described as “a wonderful angel” by his mother and “sleepy” by his editor.

Published May 4, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials are looking for the perfect candidate to fill the shoes of City Administrator Matt Baumgarten, who will be leaving the position at the end of this month.

Baumgarten has accepted a position as the new Berkley city manager, according to city officials. He officially will start the job on Tuesday, May 31. He will be taking the position left by former City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa, who left to become deputy mayor in Pontiac.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will be hosting its 20th annual Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 15, at the Detroit Zoo.

The foundation hopes to raise $600,000 to fight kidney disease.

The walk will commence at 8:30 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at the zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road. In its 20th year, organizers expect the walk to attract more than 8,000 participants.

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — Medical bills can take an expensive toll on families when one of their own is having health problems.

Berkley resident Danielle Pietraszewski has been going through such problems since her daughter Lucia, 8, was diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a rare form of the disease that not only causes inflammation of the joints, but attacks her organs too.

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Published May 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Jordan Gagnon is no stranger when it comes to stage fright. She isn’t afraid of it, but she does embrace it.

“It’s good. I look forward to it. The adrenaline gets me going,” she said. “It’s one of those things I like most about performing. It’s the risk of knowing that you might screw up and people might see, but that’s just kind of the thrill of live theater.

“I always try to take that nervous energy and channel it into the performance.”

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District will be hosting its ninth annual Read in the Park event this weekend, with three authors presenting some of their works to the community and students.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center, 2325 Catalpa Drive, and is co-sponsored by the Book Beat.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — Former Ferndale mayor and current community liaison for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission Craig Covey has decided to throw his name in for the position of Oakland County sheriff.

Covey, a Democrat who also previously served as an Oakland County commissioner, decided to run, as he wanted voters in Oakland County to have a different choice at election time.

“Republicans have had a stranglehold on county offices for decades,” he said. “I guess I just wanted folks to be able to have a choice this time around.”

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A month after the approval of the Ferndale City Council, Zipcar vehicles are now available to be used in the city.

The car-sharing service that allows members 24/7 access to its cars through a monthly or yearly fee has been operating in the city for a couple of weeks, with two vehicle locations at the corner of Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, and the corner of Bermuda Street and East Nine Mile Road.

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Published April 26, 2016

BERKLEY — Colleen Graveline isn’t entirely new to the city of Berkley.

She’s lived in the city for seven years and has spent time helping out city officials and working on a millage committee.

Now she will be tackling an entirely new venture as a member of the Berkley City Council.

Graveline was appointed to the City Council at the April 18 meeting following the resignation of former member Tina Edgar, who left because she is moving from Berkley to Detroit and, therefore, can’t serve on the council.

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Published April 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The position of Berkley city manager was one that, if it became available, would have caused Matthew Baumgarten to throw his hat into the ring.

Then the job became available.

“I went home, talked to my wife about it, and we both agreed it was the right next move,” Baumgarten said.

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Published April 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the April 18 Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the state Board of Education’s guidelines for LGBT students.

The passing of the resolution came after there was a noticeable negative response to the guidelines on the public comment page of the Michigan Department of Education’s website.

The guidelines aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students and how schools can make themselves more inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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Published April 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Concert Band will be hosting a free concert for the public at Ferndale High School in late May.

The band, comprised of players as young as 14 years old to some members in their 80s, will play beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the school’s auditorium.

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Published April 20, 2016

FERNDALE — As part of the sixth annual Ferndale Pride event, for the first time, there will be legal marriages for gay couples at the event as part of LGBT Pride Month.

The event, Married and Proud, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Level One Bank art gallery, 22635 Woodward Ave.
In years past, the event only could hold commitment ceremonies, but with last year’s Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, couples now can be married.

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Published April 19, 2016

FERNDALE — As one of the original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood has been rocking arenas and theaters with his electric violin for more than 20 years.

It’s his work in the classroom, though, that’ll bring Wood to Ferndale.

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Published April 18, 2016

BERKLEY — Near the end of the Berkley City Council’s April 4 meeting, Councilwoman Tina Edgar announced her resignation.

“It is with a multitude of various emotions that I announce the necessity to step down from my position as (a) member of the Berkley City Council,” she said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of the city that I have lived in and loved for 17-plus years. I’m sorry to lose the opportunity to collaborate with my five fantastic council members and our illustrious mayor.

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Published April 14, 2016

Berkley Public Safety Department officers were on the scene of a crash Thursday, April 14, in which a vehicle went through the storefront of a nail salon near the intersection of 12 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. at Great Nails, 28989 Woodward Ave.

According to police and a store owner, there was no one in the salon at the time of the incident, as it was closed.

Berkley officers, as well as Belfor Property Restoration workers, were on the scene of the incident to investigate and provide cleanup for the crash, respectively.

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