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ARIES: 3/21-4/19: Rock ‘n roll it out. Today’s your day! You’re hip, groovy, and sassy. Celebrate with Christmas cheer and laughter, and share this with everyone in Fashionable Ferndale.

TAURUS: 4/20-5/20: Who doesn’t like to shop? Get all your shopping done easy and breezy at Rust Belt Market. You can find traditional and nontraditional items for each family member. Everyone loves your great taste.

GEMINI: 5/21-6/21: You’re so daring and such a rebel. Why don’t you just get the seasons greeting for a lifetime and go get that damn tattoo at Tattoo Gallery… “Deck The Halls” and all!

CANCER: 6/22-7/22: Stop being such a Scrooge. Let’s plan something, just be nice to people. Make a little time for oth- ers. Give a little of your cart, in return you’ll get much back.

LEO: 7/23-8/22: Get your romance on; love is in the air. You deserve someone good, honest, and trustworthy. Get a cou- ple of meditation candles at The Candle Wick Shop; they will guide you to the right one.

VIRGO: 8/23-9/22: Don’t get twisted tinsel up your butt… you’re turning things around in the wrong way. Get it right! Move On! Let go! Tinsel looks better dangling on a beautiful tree instead of in the globs and messes that you have created.

LIBRA: 9/23-10/22: You give much pleasure in laughter to your friends. You have a great attitude towards life. You definitely are a people person who does not let it go to your head.

SCORPIO: 10/23-11/21: So you thought you had someone h special? You have to ask yourself if they treated you nicely. e Ask yourself if they were the best towards you. Love is coming, you just have to find the right pair of matching socks b and don’t carry so much baggage.

SAGITTARIUS:  11/22-12/21: It’s cookie time, sweet time, cupcake time, enjoy life to the fullest! Don’t worry about diets and fads; they will come and go. Cupcakes are here to stay s in your life. Just remember moderation is important.

CAPRICORN: 12/22-1/19: Your finances are balanced and it’s getting back on track. Be mindful not to be hurt and critical. Self, we have come a long way.

AQUARIUS: 1/20-2/18: You can be such a fruity person at times. With laughter and good cheer, it’s a good time to go to the Western Market and get everyone a gift basket. Show your fruitiness for the love of laughter.

PISCES: 2/19-3/20: You’ve been living in a closet for some time, over-thinking and over-stressed. Time to sit back and relax and let things just work themselves through, without you trying to always take control over things. Lucky numbers: 113-421-310.

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By: Rudy Serra

Q: WHEN IS IT A FELONY TO DRIVE without a license? I thought it was a minor traffic offense.

A: Usually driving without a license is a minor legal issue, but there are significant exceptions. There are three kinds of charges that could bring you to court. You can get a “civil infraction” a “misdemeanor” or a “felony.” Usually a “civil” matter can be filed by private citizens but in driving cases a police officer can bring a civil action.

A civil infraction is not a crime. If you are charged with a civil infraction, you do not have a right to an appointed lawyer or to a jury trial. On the other hand, you cannot be sentenced to jail and you don’t even have to go to court.

With a civil infraction, you can hire a lawyer to appear on your behalf, plead “responsible” and pay any fines. Of course, if you demand a formal hearing, you have to be there. General- ly, a series of expensive fines and fees are added and you may get “points” on your driver’s license, but you do not get a criminal record. Failure to stop at a stop sign or failure to use a turn signal are examples of civil infractions. A civil infraction is probable cause for a stop.

A misdemeanor is a “minor crime.” It is minor only in the sense that the maximum jail term is 93 days plus a fine of $500. A record of misdemeanor violations is still a criminal record and it will harm job prospects and can have other lifelong consequences. A more serious crime is a “felony” for which a person can be sentenced to prison. Driving without a license is i usually charged as a misdemeanor. A charge of suspended license can go to prison for up to five years “failure to display” a license implies that the driver was licensed but failed to show a valid license when required. This charge has no points and is not reported to the Secretary of State. Driving without a valid license because you never obtained one, or were denied, or suspended, is a more serious charge than simply not having your license to show, and it does include points as well as potential jail time.

Truly serious felony charges can arise if a person’s license is suspended or revoked and they continue to drive.

A person who gets into an accident that causes a death while they are driving with a suspended license can be sent to prison for up to 15 years, as well as being assessed a $10,000 fine. A person who causes a “serious impairment of a body function” (defined as injuries like fractures, loss of use of limbs or organs, and other injuries) while driving with a suspended license can go to prison for up to five years and pay fines of up to $5000.

Drivers should not be lulled into thinking that driving with a suspended or revoked license is a minor legal matter. Although usually a good driver who made a mistake can escape jail time and other punishment, a suspended driver who persists in driving puts themselves in a position of major risk.

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By Jeannie Davis

JUST SAY “CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS” and we all either cringe, or get all giddy at the thought of all the shiny baubles that appear every year at this time. Nothing in between.

I have always fallen into the second cate- gory. I annually made pilgrimages to Bronner’s, enthusiastically worshipping at the altar of excess, happily planning themed trees and festive wreaths. Now, at 75 years old….not so much. Yet, like almost everyone else, I have a basement full of old decorations, gathering dust.

Oh, I know, each bauble triggers a memory and makes us smile. But like many people my age, I don’t want to bother to drag the boxes up, fight with the lights, pouf the bows, and find all the missing hangers.

In recent years, I had found a solution by enlisting the aid of my kids, Timmy and Lori. I cooked for them and they decorated for me. It was always a wonderful evening, Lori always does the den so she can watch her favorite movie, “Young Frankenstein,” as she works, and Timmy creates something new every year. Then, the event grew. First, Greg Pawlica dropped over after dinner to offer advice. Dan Martin came for dinner, and stayed to watch the movie. Lori’s friend Jeanne soon joined in. We have created great memories on these evenings.

However, it is time to thin the herd. I have too many decorations, yet, hate the thought of discarding them. Virginia commented on what fun it would be if we all brought out Christmas stuff together, and exchanged. This would be so inspiring to see other people’s baubles. It would all look new to us.

Or, we could find a group that would take them for people who can’t afford unnecessary things like Christmas decorations. That way, these things would be creating new memories. These families all get food, warm clothing, and a few toys during the holidays, all delivery by caring groups, either the Elks, or the police, or one of the many churches in town. But, I never hear of Christmas trees given out, let alone the decorations. This could be so easy. Maybe Jim Pool, who has done so many other heart-warming things, could do this. If anybody wants to take this on, private message me, and I will be happy to work with you.

In the meantime folks, sort through your stuff, and box it up. I will buy new lights. This is sort of a no brainer. Merry Christmas!



This poetic singer/songwriter demonstrated his knack for classic honky-tonk, but he couldn’t shake his lingering lean towards a more rock ‘n’ roll swagger. With a tremendous team of players like The Miracle Men having congealed a brotherly chemistry with the Ferndale based Dillaha, they were able to transmit the rock energy of their live shows onto a record that is as pastoral as a heartfelt folk anthology and yet also wears its blue collar scuff marks with quiet pride, as though emitted from a beer-splashed jukebox.


Because this quartet doesn’t take anything for granted; that’s what makes them dangerous. Local music fans have been seeing these four players in other bands over the last eight or nine years so you already know they’ve got the pop/rock goods; but that doesn’t mean any of them approach DTP’s blitzing songs and live shows with any sense of local super- group entitlement. In fact, Animal Rites shines because of how much attention and meticulous care each player contributed to the overall composition. It may be the loudest, hardest and fastest they’ve ever played in their lives, but their savvy sutures a new kind of grace onto that grit.


Old Empire perfected the popera, or mini pop opera, with their latest batch of rockers. The local quartet go back to the riffy qualities and driving backbeats of seminal indie-rock and imbue it with a sweeter layer of harmonization between its male/female co-leads, laying out rich narratives resonating with eerily relatable sentiments and wisdom-ringing gut punch encounters from a weekender’s life “on the scene.” Old Empire makes the pop jams for the converted cool, the reformed scenesters who’ve attained a more worldly sensibility. Fun, freewheeling stompers that also make you stop and think.


This Detroit quartet became the darlings of several tastemaking blogs and hipster music zines across the country with their last record’s exceptional blend of post-punk

caustics, no-wave defiance and art-pop dynamism. Their latest demonstrates a sensibility for effective minimalism; the right tone of guitar over the sparsest clasp of drums and bass with that gravel-ly lead vocal, settin g moods of ponderous dread and cathartic cool.


VSTRS (as in, Visitors…as in, from an alien world…) are a mixed bag of music, from post-punk to new wave, to alt-rock revivalism and anywhere in between. Spacemen 3 or Mercury Rev or Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins might be good reference points, but that would also leave out some of their other inclinations towards a bit of krautrock and spacey psychedelia.


Initially the instrumental compositions of electronic music producer Christopher Jarvis, his brother Zachariah joined a year ago to add funky flourishes of live bass. Fans of seminal trip-hop, ambient electronica and evocative dream-pop should tune in.


The psychedelic, shoegaze-informed, pop-ensconced noise rock of visionary songwriter / producer Sean Lynch, this trio put out their most invigorating and provocative album to date. Listen now! Their facebook page has hinted at an inevitable self-imposed demise.


This Detroit-based project is powered by Jax Anderson, a force of nature when it comes to forging endearing and relatable lyrics onto irresistible arrangements of dance-pop synthesizers, cinematic sounding guitars, window-rattling bass and nimbly-footed percussive hooks.


I’m continually charmed by the Charmers, a local duo that mine the darker sides of folk, blues and country twang to unearth a literary-tinged mysticism crossed with a quasi campy, geek sophistication; imagine if murder ballads and

ghost stories had a lot of surf-rock reverb. I could imagine their music being on almost any Jim Jarmusch soundtrack.


Dynamic, dark-sider surf punk, with a bit of SW country-rock valiance; sounding something like Quentin Tarantino’s alternate universe conception of CBGBs-era New York grime rock.

A bit of throwback-ish minimalism, bringing an edgy indie- rock aesthetic to a piano and synth-centric pop balladry. There’s a universe of difference between 28 and 18, and Morris, who was initially whisked away to L.A. for his first breakout rock band, has such an endearingly wiser and relatable take on life, not to mention an uncanny sense for the most persistent earworm melodies.


There are several adjectives I could employ to elucidate this remarkable lyricist, performer, choreographer, designer, and producer; words like awe-inspiring and show-stopper and pop-iconoclast. Electronic, hip-hop, soul, R&B, dance-pop… Everything at once.


Moonwalks – Lunar Phases –
Muggs – Straight Up Boogaloo – Valley Hush – Don’t Wait – Mountain Club – Time Waits for No One – Crappy Future – Internet Cache –
LT. Bad – Electromagnetic –
Casual Sweetheart – Always/Never –
Pink Lightning – Blue Skies –

Story by Sheldon Brown | Photos by Jeff Lilly

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.20.18 PMWHAT ART HOME DESIGN, Hazel Park, presents can best be described in one word: unique! The enterprise’s promotional post card proclaims that “We work with granite, marble, quartz and limestone.” Have an interior design need? Art Home Design can help, from the kitchen to the bathroom, and any room in between.

“I’ve been serving this community from my present location on John R Road for over 17 years,” reports proprietor Alex Mohammadi. “I had another store in the area before this one.

“That adds up to 34 years in total that I’ve been addressing the needs of people around here. Almost all of my clientele is generated by word-of-mouth recommendations. I’m not a fan of massive conventional advertising.”

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.20.28 PMHe adds, “That’s the way it was when I worked for my father and later inherited the ownership of his shop in Teheran, Iran before I came to the United States in 1991.”

Mohammadi is one of only a handful of artisans outside of Iran and Iraq to have mastered the art of creating indoor and exterior-designed plaster molding with a knife.

His skill was nurtured by observing his father and the experts around his parent. Mohammadi also studied interior design in Germany.

Another uncommon component of the portfolio spotlighted by Art Home Design is the company’s specialty of putting customized plaster molding in place in home shower rooms. This embellishment is frequently seen in old residences in Europe.

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.20.35 PM“Aside from our passion for cutting plaster molding,” Mohammadi says, “we are known for our expertise with granite table tops. Our computerized machine finishing, not widely- used hand polishing, generates a great deal of attention for us. So does our ability to make customers happy with two to three-day turnaround versus what other operations in this field promise in two to three weeks! We show more than 800 colors from all over the world. I advise those seeking our help about how our work will fit in with their present decor. That’s a part of our free estimate process.

“I have a designer and carpenter on my staff. Our company favors the team approach to bringing professionalism into the decision making efforts of our customers. Art Home Design does residential and commercial refacing cabinet work, too.

“Providing good service that’s reasonably priced is our policy. We care for our customers from the time we first have contact and into the future,” Mohammadi concludes.

Call (248)546-2777 or go to for additional information.


Story by Jennifer Goeddeke | Photos by Bernie LaFramboise

LaVida Massage of Ferndale has been undergoing some important changes, under the new co-ownership of Shawn McFaul and Michelle Towers. I met both owners recently at 23153 on Woodward Ave, just North of 9 Mile, and I was impressed with their entrepreneurial enthusiasm. McFaul and Towers described themselves as completely “hands-on”- type owners of the franchise location – putting in all the extra hours needed to create a solid business since April of this year. They also have a team of fully licensed massage therapists and aestheticians working hard to assist in the rejuvenation process.

The LaVida focus is on total wellness, with services ranging from various types of massage to professional skin care. Numerous studies have shown that massage can promote health in many ways; benefits include relaxation, increased flexibility and pain-management. Over 13 varieties of massage can be performed at LaVida, including those relating to: Couples; Sports/Deep Tissue; Prenatal; Swedish; Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Skin services include waxing and hair removal (plus the option of a high-tech Ultrasonic Dermasound treatment). Only professional product lines are used at LaVida: Green Massage and Dermalogica.

Reviews of the Ferndale LaVida Massage location have been very favorable and are growing steadily. This is partly because McFaul and Towers are experienced in providing high-level customer service; McFaul came from a background in business brokerage and landscaping, and Towers was a manager in home healthcare.
Rates are reasonable, with plenty of special offers to choose from. Currently, a new client can receive a one-hour custom massage for just $49.95, or a signature facial session for only $59.95. For frequent visits, a LaVida Massage membership can be purchased to give you consistently discounted rates, and members-only privileges (visit their website for details, listed below). An appointment is generally recommended by McFaul and Towers, and they offer on-line booking or call the store direct. Walk-ins are also accepted.

With regards to their new, joint endeavor, McFaul and Towers both agreed, “…we are making a mark…and we love it!”

For further information, contact Michelle Towers or Shawn McFaul at: 248.556.2005, or via email: Store hours are: M-Sat, 8.30am-9.00pm; Sun: 11am-6.30pm.

Their website contains some great information regarding pricing/online booking, gift cards, and types of services:

FROM A HUMBLE BEGINNING IN HIS BERKLEY HOME to a small office in Madison Heights in 2006, then to a new larger headquarters in 2009 at 2222 Hilton in Ferndale, Pete Sanders, president of Fuse Technology Group, has worked hard to grow his successful Technical Services and Custom Software/Programming business.

Due to that strong growth, Fuse Technology Group is now expanding from 3,400 square feet to 6,200 square feet with the addition of an adjacent building at 2202 Hilton, formerly occupied by CWL Investments, owner of over 50 Jimmy John’s Sub Shops. With 20 full time employees, the company was up 20 % in 2014 over 2013 and is predicting a 30% increase in 2015. Fuse will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016.

While Fuse provides a number of technology services, the company is comprised of two main components: Tech Service and Custom Software Development. The Tech Services division provides technical support services to over 250 businesses in Metro Detroit from fixing any sort of computer or server problem to implementing new technologies and cloud computing. The Custom Software division develops custom apps and software tailored for specific needs a business may have.

Sanders credits Fuse’s success to staying keenly focused on the latest cutting edge technologies and al- ways giving the best customer service possible. Those two things, combined with a very loyal client base and
an amazing team, have allowed the company to enjoy continuous growth.

“We are not just a break/fix computer company,” says Sanders. “Our techs have the necessary education and technical skills to make us much more. My motto since starting the company has always been ‘grow, change, or die’, which is why we are constantly evolving our technical skills and knowledge. We always try to see
around the corners to the next technology evolution and learn how it will impact our clients. We have had the privilege of employing some of the brightest technical minds in the area, and our strong work ethic and passion for technology has earned us a fiercely loyal client base.”

“I’ve had some people ask why we didn’t move to a bigger building in the tech area of Metro Detroit like Farmington or Novi, but the truth of the matter is, we simply love Ferndale. The city has been extremely easy to work with and we felt that remaining here was the logical choice for both our staff and our clients. Our proximity to the major freeways allows for faster response times and the tech-friendly business landscape facilitates collaboration with valuable industry partners. The building’s layout and size, as well as ample parking for both our staff and clients, made it an easy choice for expanding our operations here.”

“I’ve been fascinated with computers since I was 13 and was lucky enough to get my first computer job at the age of 17. By the time I turned 19 I had started my own company. After graduating from Oakland University I decided to start Fuse Technology Group. Given that the country was on the brink of a major recession, I couldn’t have picked a more challenging time to start a company. But I knew that our small team was amazing at what we did and if we kept the focus on customer service and giving people what they needed, we would succeed.”

For more information on Fuse Technology Group,, call 248/545-0800 or visit

Story by David Wesley | Photos courtesy of Arcade Underground

Arcade Underground, recently opened in downtown December. This show has been well-received and the
Ferndale, is a multi-functional sales and art space featuring art, fashion, and accessories, as well as art demonstrations, classes and gallery space. Ferndale Friends sat down with prime mover Barbara Troy to help get the word out.

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.09.29 PMFerndale Friends: What inspired you to open Arcade Underground, and what was the initial reception like?

Barbara Troy: I was inspired because of my love for art and fashion design. Initially, a lot of visitors were expecting bargain resale, as is generally available in Ferndale. But in the four months since our opening August 1, (people are coming for) our art exhibitions, too. We are able to offer low cost art and music classes Saturday afternoons. Currently, Detroit painter Alan Watson has a solo show of recent paintings up through mid- gallery is now open until 10:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays to provide more access to this wonderful show.

FF. What are your long-term goals with Arcade Underground?

B.T. Meeting expenses, and bringing in more local artists and clothing designers. We have just added an
online webstore to our website: and plan for NY and international sales, as half of our 1000+ monthly visitors to our site are from outside the Detroit area and with many from Europe and Asia. Most all our clothing sales are ready-to-wear women’s clothing. We want to expand our made-to-order
designs and have brought in some mens clothing and plan to expand that. My fortune cookie today says that I will be coming into a fortune. I’m looking forward to that!

FF. How have you seen Arcade Underground’s impact on the community so far?

B.T. Arcade currently has a core of several excellent established local artists and designers on board. We have excellent community support and are sharing marketing with our neighboring shops and restaurants. Arcade now carries City Girls Soap, made of goat’s milk in Pontiac. Designer Betsey Johnson of NYC has some wonderful earrings consigned here. Actress Jaclyn Strez has some of her evening wear available. Old friend rocker Troy Gregory (Ferndale and Paris) and I have partnered on a t shirt designed from one of his paintings.

Troy has hand-signed the shirts and they are on sale at Arcade and on Band Camp. We want to continue to involve the community and artists. Anime artist Deb Scott of Ferndale will be hosting several workshops in December (ages 12 to adult) where during a three-hour Saturday afternoon session participants will make a personal animated e-greeting card. Stay tuned to our website for dates and times of these workshops, which will be held on site at Arcade Underground. Old friend and photographer Dennis Cox will be exhibiting some of his photographs and selling his coffee-table book here. We seek more local functional art such as ceramics, glassware and hand-made clothing items.

Arcade Underground is located at 195 West 9 Mile Road, downstairs in Suite B-1. Phone 248-376-6331 or visit their website at

Story by Jenn Goeddeke | Photos by Bernie LaFramboise

My first and lasting impression of Keith Weber is of a very intelligent person with contagious, outgoing energy! Having been a Ferndale resident for 29 years, and a real estate agent in Ferndale for almost as long, Weber certainly knows the area’s homes inside and out. His inspiration for success is deeply rooted in an appreciation of Ferndale as a city, and more importantly, as a vibrant community. Weber describes Ferndale as a place that has, “…attracted loyal, good people…it is both stable yet daring and interesting…it’s amazing what a community can come through, with all the ups and downs!”

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.07.51 PMWeber has sold over $250 million worth of residential real estate during the course of his career. Naturally, I had to ask him the secret to his success? With barely a pause, Weber responded that he believes his work
ethic is paramount. He has embraced the fast-paced nature of the market, and also has become a good photographer of homes to enhance his online listings. Whereas before, he would describe himself as a ‘faucet’ of information for his clients, now he says he has become a ‘filter.’ Technology, Weber added, has been very helpful overall, but there is a need to narrow down relevant information so that people can make informed decisions.

A key phrase Weber refers to in his line of work is: “It depends!” Everything is basically speculation, until the buyer and seller form an agreement. As he explained further, “…everybody is in a different place…they could be looking for their first home, or selling their fifth home…by being honest, and doing what people need, I can help them during this nerve-wracking time!” Weber pointed out that even though buying a home can be a ‘good’ kind of stress, it is still an event where people need real support and guidance.

I asked how he became involved in the real estate business, over 27 years ago. Weber stated simply, “I bought a house! I liked my agent, and I enjoyed looking at the homes. My first home was on Withington Street. Then, I got my real estate license. I always sensed the excitement, energy and growth in Ferndale!” As an example of the amazing change that can occur in the area, Weber brought up the Dream Cruise, which began in 1994 as a fundraising event. Loved by some, and hated by others, it has nonetheless become the world’s largest, single one-day auto event, and it all began in Ferndale!

Weber emphasized that there has been a lot of local interest in recovery from recession through various home/yard improvements. Creativity, he feels, plays a large part in this- the people of Ferndale pay real attention to their property! In order to draw more attention to many residents’ efforts, Weber has set up a new domain name: . Soon, a website will be formed at that domain to show photos of different local home improvements. With the continued help of his long-time assistant, Chuck Hoover, Weber continues his great work in the community. In his words, “…I help people do important things, and that’s a blessing!”

Reach out to contact Keith Weber: 248.561.2708 (cell phone), or by email: Keith Weber is moving soon! The new office address is: 4000 Crooks Rd., Royal Oak, Mi. 48073. Check out Keith Weber’s website for further information& updates:

Story by Jill Lorie Hurst | Photos by Bernie Laframboise

Heidi Schmidt, Director of the Ferndale Early Childhood Center (FECC) smiled when I mentioned the plaque in her office that gave me the title for this article.

“Academics are important. But kids learn by playing. We encourage them to engage with the environment and follow their interests.” She said. As we began our tour, Heidi pointed out a colorful bulletin board, labeled, “It looks like I’m playing, but…” with many examples of how different types of interaction involve play and learning. Ms. Schmidt, who greeted each of the classrooms we entered with “Hi, friends!” is a proud and enthusiastic leader.

“Early Education” made its entrance into the Ferndale school system almost 50 years ago and has grown steadily since then. The FECC is a high-quality preschool serving children ages two-and-a-half to four, and is free to Oakland County families who qualify. Several programs exist under the roof of the solid, welcoming building, including Head Start (a two-year program), Great Start Readiness Program, and the tuition- based Little Eagles Program, which currently has 40 students in attendance and 20 on the waiting list. Classrooms are run by a teacher, with at least one assistant. Breakfast and lunch are available to full day students. All kids use the light-filled gym daily and there is a “Motor Room” for kids with sensory needs that require extra help focusing. Students spend time outdoors in the play area (weather permitting) and they also take field trips.

Early education was split between two Ferndale buildings until last June. There are nine classrooms right now, with a tenth to open its doors in January. Schmidt, who has served as director for a year, is excited about everything the Center has to offer not only the children, but their families as well. Along with the speech pathologist, Ferndale’s Early Childhood Center offers a solid first step for your child’s education.
occupational therapist, physical therapist and social worker who are available weekly, the Department of Human Services is available twice a week to all the Center’s families. A substantial number of the students at FECC come from “at risk” homes, dealing with job loss and homelessness, among other problems. There is also a “Family Resource Lab” for the parents use with computers and office equipment, things people often need, especially when they are searching for a job.

As we tiptoed into each classroom, the teachers and kids were relaxed and not flustered by our arrival. Lots of waves and smiles, a few hugs… I have a feeling Heidi peeks in on a regular basis!

Every Ferndale Friends assignment that allows me to visit the school system leaves me with hope for the future. My recent peek into the FECC was no exception. After I left Heidi, her staff and students to continue with their day, I paused to read the sign on the front of the building.

“Welcome to the Ferndale Early Childhood Center. A school family dedicated to the joy, laughter, love and happiness of every child.”

The Ferndale Early Childhood Center is located at 2920 Burdette in Ferndale. You can reach them by phone at 248-586-8820. For enrollment, call 248-586- 8686. Their Ferndale Schools web page is at and they’re also on Facebook