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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 June 1, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — With nicer weather, communities might have an uptick in crimes.

One situation that parents can educate their kids about is “stranger danger” and what kids can do if they’re ever confronted by a suspicious adult.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — After uproar from Ferndale Public Schools officials and local representatives, plans to open a charter school sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University within the Ferndale district’s boundaries have stopped and will not be going forward.

SVSU was to authorize the Victory Academy of Science and Technology, or VAST Academy, before VAST withdrew the application May 19, according to SVSU spokesperson J.J. Boehm.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — At last week’s Ferndale City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved licenses for a proposed brewery.

The licenses in question were a microbrewer license and a small winemaker license for Axle Brewing Co., which is looking to build a production facility that also would include a tasting area for patrons and a small outdoor beer garden at 567 Livernois Ave., named Livernois Tap & Brewery. It would act as the public face of the company, whereas the main production of the product currently is in Royal Oak.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — Before Election Day on the second Tuesday of November later this year, there will be an Aug. 2 primary election for municipalities all over Michigan.

One question that Ferndale residents should keep an eye on is a measure that would give the Ferndale School District a sinking fund to help maintain and provide upgrades for the schools in the district.

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Published May 25, 2016

BERKLEY — Ever since he was 5 or 6 years old, Berkley High School senior Eric Gelb has been infatuated with telling stories.

He grew up as a big lover of Disney, “Sesame Street” and children’s books such as “The Berenstain Bears,” and he realized that telling stories could be a career.

“I thought it was so cool people went to work and that’s what they did,” he said. “I was really attached to that.”

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — As heroin usage has increased on a local and national level, Ferndale police officers have been trained to use a nasal spray to fight the effects of an overdose.

Ferndale officers have been trained to use Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride, which helps stop the low blood pressure and respiratory depression that results from an opioid overdose.

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Published May 25, 2016

BERKLEY — After a yearlong wait, in the past couple of weeks the Berkley School District began work on its schools that is funded by the $58.9 million bond proposal that was passed last May.

All schools will be undergoing renovations in the next couple of years, but the biggest addition to a Berkley school has been at Norup International School, 14450 Manhattan St., which is getting a 7,000-square-foot multipurpose room that can be used as a cafeteria, music room, classroom and meeting space. It also will include a partition to split the room into two separate spaces.

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the Tuesday, May 17, Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to sell the former Wilson Elementary School and Taft Digital Learning Center to an Oakland County development company.

The board voted 6-0 to sell the sites to Robertson Brothers Homes for about $1 million. Robertson Brothers Homes will develop the Wilson and Taft sites into single-family homes and townhouses, respectively.

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Published May 24, 2016

BERKLEY — Baby animals always are a delight to observe, but they can find themselves in dire situations.

Such was the case on Thursday, May 12, when a group of 13 ducklings and their mother were trying to cross the road near the intersection of Robina Avenue and Wiltshire Road.

Berkley resident Meagan Hunyor said that when she saw the group trying to get across, she ran to them to make sure they traveled safely and weren’t hit by a car. But when she turned around to leave, she saw three of the ducklings fall into a nearby storm drain.

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Published May 24, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale Pride will celebrate its sixth year in the downtown area this year, and it will do so with weddings, music and food.

The main event from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 4, will be a street fair that features music all day and more than 100 vendors lining the street offering different types of food and goods. Restaurants and businesses also will be having specials and promotions throughout the day.

“The event, even though it’s throughout the day, it continues to go on until 2 in the morning,” event chair Julia Music said.

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Published May 17, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale will host multiple events in the next several weeks that residents can be on the lookout for.

One event hitting the field is bubble soccer, a game where people get inside large, inflatable bubbles to play a game of soccer. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Drive. It is for people 18 years old and older.

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Published May 17, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Tri-Community Coalition will be holding its 18th annual Golf Classic to benefit its Y.O.U. Youth Coalition to prevent substance abuse.

The golf outing will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road.

The charity event will include a round of golf — $125 for an individual or $500 for a group of four — food and the ability to network with others in attendance.

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Published May 16, 2016

FERNDALE — Brendan Patrick has not always been blind, but he has always had cystic fibrosis.

Eight years ago, the 34-year-old Ferndale native, then 26, underwent surgery for a lung transplant when complications arose that took his ability to see.

As an artist, both a musician and a painter, Patrick didn’t know at the beginning how to deal with this new situation.

“It was tough,” he said. “Being an artist, I didn’t really know how to cope with it initially. I felt like I lost everything. I lost my art.”

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Published May 16, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — The Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission will hold its 12th annual Home and Garden Tour, showing off homes built in the 1920s to homes newly built, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Attendees will meet behind City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave., where they can pick up the tour booklet and information about the homes and gardens.

There are eight homes on the tour — some exhibiting only the homes, some only the gardens, and some both. The styles include 1920s English Tudor, 1930s Art Deco and the current trends in the industry.

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Published May 16, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting planning meetings to talk with the community about what to do with Oxford Park.

The department will host two sessions, one from 9 to 11 a.m. and one from  6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave., to gather ideas on what the community would like to see done with the park, which is located east of Merchants Park on Cambridge between Oakshire and Bacon.

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