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The Michigan State Fair was shut down in 2009 by Jennifer Granholm. Since then, developers have been salivating at the opportunity to build at the iconic 8 Mile and Woodward intersection, right next to Ferndale.

Meijer is already in, but the rest of the Michigan State Fair property (about 157 acres) still belongs to the people of Michigan. In fact, someone recently did the math and figured out that each taxpaying household in the state owns two square feet of the land.

Unbeknownst to many of us, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority (MLB) is poised totransfer our land, for free, to a private developer.

That’s right: 157 acres of prime real estate for free to a group of investors, led by the stardom of retired NBA player Magic Johnson and Lansing’s Joel Ferguson. Developer Magic Plus LLC met the RFP minimum financial requirements of the MLB — a group that was formed by Governor Snyder in 2012 to “promote economic growth in this state through the acquisition, assembly and disposal of public property.”

Any development is good development right? Not so much. The Magic Plus plan has been deemed “big box boring,” and also referred to as a “1990s strip mall” according to public opinion in recent newspaper articles and stories online. The amount of pavement in the plan speaks for itself. And a look at Magic Plus’s past investments tells a lot about where they’re headed for the development: Burger King and Best Buy are two of Magic’s favorites; certainly a world away from Assaggi Bistro and the Rust Belt Market.

The Ferndale DDA has worked hard to gain support for local, family- owned small businesses that keep downtown Ferndale thriving.

So how will the development of the 157-acre State Fair property affect downtown Ferndale and its residents?

Some locals think that the plan should be severely altered to center around a regional transit hub, rather than some fast food joints and a sea of pavement. In response, Ferndale City Council wrote a letter to the MLB openly asking to be included in further meetings with the developers, while strongly urging that the land be considered for a regional transit hub. The February letter written to the MLB from Ferndale’s city council states, “We believe the sale and redevelopment of this property will have a significant impact on the City of Ferndale and the region as a whole.”

The letter, signed by our mayor Dave Coulter, also requested, “Any sale of the property takes into consideration the recently passed Regional Transit Authority, and more specifically the ongoing efforts to develop a viable Transit Oriented Development Plan for the entire Woodward Corridor and Southeast Michigan Region.”

Along the same lines, representatives from a group called the SFDC (State Fairgrounds Development Coalition) would like to see the land passed directly into the hands of the RTA, rather than into a private developer’s pockets. “The Michigan Land Bank will miss out on billions in transit investment,” said Jim Casha, an activist who lives in Sherwood Forest, our neighbor to the south, near the State Fair. Casha and the SFDC are leading a charge that follows Michigan’s “place-making initiative,” which was put in place by the governor himself. The SFDC is made up of local citizens, who are urging Ferndaliens interested in supporting the META alternative to speak up. One way to get started is by checking out their Facebook page, “Future of the Michigan State Fairgrounds.”

The SFDC has been holding community meetings (charrettes) over the last year with local citizens who were more than interested in amending the proposed plan and even expressed interest for an alternative plan. Through those community meetings, Growtown, along with architect Mark Johnson, developed an alternative plan: The METAexpo. META stands for Michigan Energy Technology and Agriculture (see the plan and several videos at www.growtown.org/blog/news).

The META plan includes a re-imagined state fair for the future; one that can include the traditional agricultural fair, plus an expo center (centered in the historic State Fair buildings). The expo center will be a showplace for Michigan’s technology sectors, including our world-class universities. “It will be a hotspot to roll out Michigan technologies and industries,” said Growtown’s Ken Weikal.

The META plan includes a regional, multi-modal transit station, an “economic engine for the city,” surrounded by plenty of green, open areas. Housing would be similar to downtown Royal Oak, which boasts a thriving city center where thoughtful place-making has condensed living, working, and socializing spaces together.

GrowTown, along with architect Mark Johnson, developed the community’s input into the METAexpo concept and visual graphic materials (as is typically done in design charrettes). The resulting META concept represents the SFDC and community response to the Magic Plus plan. The METAexpo concept was overwhelmingly supported when it was presented at a community meeting held by the FAC (Fairgrounds Advisory Committee). Over 200 people were, very vocally, present at the November 2012 meeting.

“You can fit the entire downtown of Royal Oak or Ferndale into the area of the State Fairgrounds,” said Growtown partner Beth Hagenbuch. She pointed out the huge amount of economic impact that kind of development, through the META concept, will have on the entire region.

“It’s place-making and smart growth versus a ‘power center’ strip mall. Power centers are category killers. In other words, they dominate a particular category of products and focus on vehicle rather than foot traffic.”

Hagenbuch said the META vision offers the kind of place our young people are moving to other cities to experience. “It will be the place to ‘land’ in Michigan and then fan out to the rest of the state,” she said. It’s the kind of place that supports further development of thriving areas like Ferndale, rather than competing with them, or drawing business away. It is the “strategic” in the term strategic economic planning.

Ferndale openly supports the development of the property but, as stated in their letter to the MLB, they “do think it is important that whoever purchases the site and is ultimately responsible for its redevelopment understands Michigan’s commitment to ensuring quality development that contributes to the state’s vision of a regional transit system and the associated positive economic impact.”

Ferndale also requested to be part of any design charrettes that the developers will hold in the future and would like to participate in the process as it moves forward so that, “all stakeholders have an opportunity for input.”

It’s been three months since Ferndale City Council wrote their letter and, when asked if any invitation has been sent their way from the MLB, Council member Melanie Piana said, “Development takes time to process. While the developer has yet to contact Ferndale City officials directly, I’ve been informed by many individuals involved in this development proposal that Ferndale will be included
in the discussions.”

Piana continued, “I’m confident the developers working with the State and City of Detroit understand the importance of connecting future transit with the proposed development plans. The economic benefits from this type of development ensure success at the State Fair property.”

If you’re concerned about the State Fair and its economic impact on Ferndale, contact the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority: landbank@michigan.gov or RobinsonJ22@michigan.gov. For more information about the joining the SFDC contact Jim Casha at jim.casha@gmail.com.

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Works to Support & Defend Marie Mason

Peter Werbe has been drawing attention to social issues, from a progressive viewpoint, since the early 1970s. His weekly phone-in talk show, Nightcall, is broadcast on WRIF 101.1 FM in Ferndale. Now, he’s concerned about imprisoned Marie Mason.

Five years ago, Mason was all over the news. “Middleaged mother of two sentenced to twenty-two years for eco-arson,” reported newspapers ranging from the New York Times to the Lansing State Journal. Detroit’s Fifth Estate and the alternative press were appalled at her being branded a terrorist and receiving the longest sentence ever imposed for environmental sabotage. “It’s the Green Scare,” wrote the London Guardian, referring to the long jail terms meted out to convicted ecology activists.

Werbe has known Mason for over 25 years, since she was involved with the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in Detroit. “Marie was an activist in the full sense of the word,” he says. “She’s also a warm and caring woman who gave much of her time to help others.”

Marie is a major cause for many environmental activists; she refused to “name names” and she was trying to make a point. No physical harm to persons was intended, and none occurred. She and her then-husband set a fire at a GMO (genetically modified organism) research lab at Michigan State University, far from residential housing. It was done on New Year’s Eve 1999. Marie pled guilty and at her sentencing said, “I accept responsibility for my actions. At the time, I feared there were dire and immediate threats to both human and non-human lives and that the health and safety of human communities, as well as the ecological integrity of the Earth, were in jeopardy”

Environmental activists committing similar crimes were called vandals a few decades ago. In the post 9/11 world, Congress gave funds and teeth to the campaign against terrorism. In 2007, an FBI investigation led to Marie’s former husband. He pointed to her, wore a wire, and engaged her in incriminating conversations. Marie was sentenced under the Terrorism Enhancement designation on February 5th, 2009 in the Federal District Court in Lansing. She was given a total of 262 months to serve; after release she will be under strict supervision for the remainder of her life. The sentence was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; it was found lawful and within the judge’s discretion.

The U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney, during the course of that sentencing, pointed out that Mason “during the course of her life has done significant and admirable charitable work in the City of Detroit and elsewhere,” also praising “…the advocacy of social causes she was engaged in over the course of her life.” He granted defense counsel’s request as to recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: she was to go to a correctional institution with programs best suited for her and as close to her family as possible.

The recommendation of Judge Maloney was followed and Mason went to Waseca, a low-security correctional institution in Minnesota. Susan Tipograph, a New York City attorney now representing Marie pro bono, says, “She went a number of years with a perfect disciplinary record, no rules violations, and there was no allegation of her being a security threat.” Still, without explanation, Marie was suddenly stuck in solitary confinement for weeks, and then shipped to Carswell, an infamous federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. She was placed in highly restrictive conditions away from and outside of the general prison population and the programs available to them.

The dramatic change occasioned by Mason’s prison transfer has not been all over the news. Werbe believes it deserves public attention.

He thinks Marie deserves support to “help keep her sane,” especially now that she is imprisoned under harshly restrictive conditions on the other side of the country from family and friends. He communicates with her regularly, and helps raise funds for her monthly maintenance. “In the Federal system, every day of her sentence must be served,” says Peter. He plays a leading part in the “Support Marie Mason” effort which is in place to not only help with her daily needs, but also to help return her closer to home and out of high-security conditions. That campaign takes pains to point out that one doesn’t have to agree with or support her tactics to help her serve time in a humane manner.

Marie is now in Carswell, which has repeatedly been criticized in the media for various forms of prisoner abuse. Tipograph, who has represented criminally accused indigents and activists for 37 years in both the state and federal courts says, “I’m assisting her, trying to deal with the draconian and unnecessary nature of the conditions under which Marie is being held.”

The negative impact of Carswell on Marie is not, however, because of abuse: it’s because of the highly-restrictive conditions. And, it’s because the location is far from her family who reside in the Midwest. As to prison officials or guards: “The staff likes her, she gives them respect and they in turn treat her with respect,” observes Julie Herrada, who has known Marie for several decades. She’s in weekly touch by email or phone, and has visited Marie in Waseca as well as Carswell.

At Waseca, Marie could go out and walk on the grass, teach guitar, and participate in all the available activities, says Julie. “Now she’s confined with twenty women in a building beyond where the general population is housed; any type of problem and they all go on lockdown. She never sets foot off concrete and sees the sky through steel mesh in what’s essentially a cage.”

“It’s been a real hardship for everyone who wants to visit,”  says Herrada. In Waseca, visitors could come at any time. “Visitation was held in a large open room, with only one or two guards, where inmates and their families could all walk around. There was a vending machine and also you could actually have a private conversation,” says Julie. “Her mom, sister and children visited all the time.” The situation is entirely different now according to Herrada. It’s not merely the extra cost of getting to Texas, it’s that the time must now be reserved weeks or even months in advance; it’s that the visit is now limited to one-on-one in a small room with a guard.

Julie also plays a part in the “Support Marie Mason” effort. “Every single letter she gets means a lot to her,” says Julie, who also notes that while Marie can receive mail, there’s a limited amount of people she can write or phone herself. The support group is informally arranged but “all money goes in and comes out of a specially set up bank account,” says Julie. Money is sent for Marie’s internet service (email only), personal hygiene products, food (she’s a vegan), and many other things a prisoner must pay for. Additionally, “We can’t afford to pay legal fees but would definitely try to pay for filing fees or other expenses.”

A few questions: How much weight doesa federal judge’s recommendation to the Bureau of Prisons carry? Why is Judge Maloney’s recommendation no longer being followed? What must happen to get Marie transferred back into the general population in an institution close to her family?

If you would like to support Ms. Mason’s cause, please write respectful letters to:

Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons,
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.,
Federal Bureau of
Prisons, 320 First St.,
NW, Washington, DC 20534
and ask that Marie be transferred to a minimum security facility near her friends and family.

Donations made to “Support Marie Mason” may provide answers. Marie has to do her time, the question is where and how. For information as to how to contact, or support Marie Mason by writing the Bureau of Prisons, visit http://supportmariemason.org; or call Peter Werbe on his Sunday evening call-in show at 313-298-WRIF.

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Ferndale is a city full of talent. Many residents possess unique expertise in a variety of trades, occupations, and abilities. The Ferndale TimeBank is working to create a consortium of those willing to share their talents with others; building bonds between neighbors and garnering a true sense of community.

By signing up to be a part of the TimeBank, Ferndale residents are guaranteed equal help in return for the help they give. Whether it is painting walls or landscaping, driving or tutoring, everybody’s strength is equally valued and equally rewarded.

The Ferndale TimeBank started in 2010 and has been growing ever since. The organization operates on four core tenants: assets, work, reciprocity, and social capital. It values each citizen who participates and their talents equally. Every person who volunteers an hour of their time working for someone else earns a Time Dollar. For every Time Dollar a participant banks, they are then entitled to that many hours in return work from another TimeBank volunteer. This unique system of time management (all done digitally through a special software) makes giving and receiving help within your own community, easy. It is the ultimate neighbor-to-neighbor volunteer exchange experience.

With its commitment to community and activism, Ferndale is seemingly the perfect city for a TimeBank. Joe Spain, who recently took over as coordinator for the organization, believes Ferndale’s diverse group of talent makes it an ideal location. “Ferndale is a unique community, very friendly and walkable. It’s a city where everybody wants to give back and get to know their neighbors. TimeBank’s focus on building great communities and neighborhoods one person at a time. Ferndale fits perfectly within that model,” said Spain.

Aligning with TimeBank’s commitment to valuing every citizen, membership is open to all ages, races, creeds, and walks of life. It’s also a perfect opportunity for new citizens and new homeowners to get involved in their new community. Membership is growing, and the more people who join, the more diverse the talent pool becomes. “We’re now up to 82 members, each with unique abilities,” Spain said. “Since starting, we’ve had over 66,000 hours traded within the community.” That time equals up to a lot of improved homes, finished projects, and successful events.

The TimeBank isn’t just about members giving back to members; they often organize as a large volunteer group to help with different projects and events within the city. “We’re very involved with the city, so whenever they need a group of volunteers they call us and we put the word out to our members,” said Spain. “Recently, we participated in Clean the F Up and Pride and had a great time. We’re looking forward to taking part in many other events throughout the year.” The TimeBank members also hold their own events, including a yard sale fundraiser and monthly potluck get-together for members to help build a sense of community within the organization.

Joining the Ferndale TimeBank is easy and can be done online. Joe prefers to meet with new members face to face, in order to build a personal connection and help explain the TimeBank process and the software that keeps track of Time Dollars. There is an annual fee of $25, but members are rewarded with the opportunity to join a large pool of volunteers that really make a difference in the community. Volunteers find that TimeBank is much more than just work; it’s about meeting new people, networking, and having fun with a likeminded group of local volunteers.

Joe Spain is encouraging everyone who is curious about getting involved to give volunteering, and TimeBank, a try. “Everybody has a talent, and everybody is valuable. Some people say ‘what can I do?’ If you can babysit, do yard work or anything in between, we want you to be involved. Everybody can make a difference.”

For more information about the Ferndale TimeBank visit www.Ferndaletimebank.org.

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Hot town, it’s summer in the city and that means people are leaving behind the winter blues and starting to spend some serious time outside. Every year, it seems, the weather breaks and the citizens of Metro-Detroit go outside, and stay outside, until fall sets in. And more than golf or tennis, baseball or beaches, summer to the Ferndalian on the move means one thing: bicycles.

It’s true: the Detroit area isn’t exactly known for its loving embrace of alternative forms of transportation. In fact, aside from a less-than-serviceable bus system, the car-centered moniker “Motor City” tends to be quite accurate. But with an estimated 87 million Americans who ride bikes, Jon Hughes and the others behind the first ever Woodward Avenue Gran Fondo believe that it’s time that bike riding, and bicycle safety, are given proper respect.

And what better place to start than on one of the most famous — and busiest — streets in the Motor City?

The original plan was set to move forward with the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3), a nonprofit who’ll be sponsoring the upcoming Assembly Line Concert in Highland Park, as one of the main organizers of the event. The Gran Fondo would run from Detroit to Pontiac, the entire length of the M1, and feature a traditional bike race followed by a community ride. The goal was to raise money for improvements along Woodward and raise awareness of bicycle safety.

Things took a quick turn for the worst when city officials in Royal Oak refused to cooperate with the event and the WA3 dropped out. It started to look like what many had hoped would be a new local tradition may never even get out of the starting gate.

Not one to let an opportunity go to waste, Jon Hughes, owner of the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, wasn’t about to let the Gran Fondo dream fizzle out. He, and others involved who wanted to see the event move forward, devised a plan to keep June 30th a day that celebrated all things bicycle — even if the details of the event had to change. “Without the support of the cities, we realized we weren’t able to put on the race portion of the event and we had to kind of change our format,” Jon said. “Now, instead of registering for a bike ride, participants are actually signing up for multiple raffles which will be held at each participating bike shop. By doing this, we are able to kind of use a loophole to keep the police from shutting us down.”

The goal is to turn this community bike ride into one of the premier summer events in the area. Hughes is now hoping to use this unique event as a forum to raise awareness about bicycle safety in and around the Motor City. “I think an event like this will bring a lot of bike awareness to motorists around the city, not just on Woodward. The more we can get out as cyclists, especially in big numbers, shows cars that we too deserve to be safe on the roads,” Jon said. The choice of Woodward Avenue as the setting for the event wasn’t an accident either. “There are bikers who ride Woodward daily and have to deal with irresponsible drivers and hopefully an event like this will bring bikes to the forefront of their minds while they are driving.”

The Gran Fondo isn’t just limited to bikers, and Hughes is working to ensure that all kinds of people participate. In addition to those on two wheels, the event is open to walkers, skateboarders, drivers and passengers; any means of legal transportation. Registration is $20, with a $5 dollar cash or equivalent food donation to Gleaners Food Bank on the day of the event. After registering, participants gather on the day of the event at any of the seven participating bike shops along the route (Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop is Ferndale’s gathering place) and are then escorted out to join the main ride. Riders are free to ride the whole 54 mile loop, or just a portion of it. Each rider will receive a rider pack with a bunch of freebies, free bike support, and the chance to enter raffles along the way. The grand prize this year is a brand-new Shinola bicycle, worth upwards of $2,500.

Still, questions remain for many about the legality of the event, which Jon is confident isn’t an issue. “What we are doing is not illegal and it is something that people do on a daily basis. The fact that the cities wouldn’t support it is ridiculous,” he said. “By not supporting the event, they are basically saying bikes aren’t a legal form of transportation and don’t deserve to be on the road. I wanted to make sure that the government knows that we are allowed to do this and they can’t stop us.”

The fact that this may upset a few people isn’t lost on Jon, and he’s sure that after the Gran Fondo, everyone will come to realize what a positive event this is for the area. ”Sometimes to make a change you have to ruffle a few feathers, even if they belong to the police chief of Royal Oak,” Jon said. “Hopefully after this year, the cities will see that it is a great event and the rewards far outweigh the risks. Then they’ll have no choice but to approve it, and we can make it bigger and better.”

No matter if you take to your bike, skateboard, or Ford Focus, Jon Hughes believes the important thing is that people get involved — and follow all of the legal laws on the road. “People are excited to participate,” Jon said. “There are lots of bike commuters out there but we are not looking for only them. We want families and riders of all levels to come out and enjoy the ride.”

And though this year’s Gran Fondo has yet to officially get rolling, Jon is already looking further down the track to what the future may hold. “Hopefully it will become the Dream Cruise for bicycles,” he said seriously. And for someone like Jon, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty changing a bike tire or ruffling the feathers of a police chief, no idea is too far-fetched.

But for now, if you need him on June 30th, he’ll be out riding his bike.

The Woodward Avenue Gran Fondo will take place on June 30th. All rides begin at 8 a.m. To register for the event visit www.wagf2013.eventbite.com. For more information about the events of the day and a list of participating bike shops visit www.woodwardavenuegranfondo.com. Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop is located at 163 W. Nine Mile, and can be found online at www.downtownferndalebikeshop.com.

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Students from across Michigan may soon have another choice when it comes to where they’ll attend 6th through 9th grade. The Great Lakes Anchor Academy is looking to open its doors, possibly as soon as this coming fall, right here in Ferndale. This charter school, focused on promoting student excellence through the use of maritime applications, will use a unique curriculum partnered with the principles of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps to provide students with an educational experience focused on instilling ethics, good citizenship, and academic achievement.

Amy Neibert, the project manager and the certified teacher who is spearheading the school, was inspired by the behaviors she saw from students when her daughter attended the Sarasota Military Academy. Impressed by their respect for others and their passion for success in academics, Neibert realized, upon moving back to her hometown here in Michigan, that her new community lacked a school that she felt was teaching the same principles. After tossing around the idea for a few years, and formulating her plan, Neibert finally buckled down in 2011, and is now well on her way to making her dream a reality.

Originally inspired to open a school incorporating aspects of the Marines,Neibert had her mind changed to the curriculum of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps on the suggestion of a member of the Michigan legislature. Because of Michigan’s unique position of access to 21% of the world’s fresh water in the Great Lakes, and a proud tradition of maritime commerce, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps seemed like a perfect fit for the area. With a diverse population, and a great proximity to many surrounding cities, Ferndale did, too. Now, armed with the right curriculum and location, Neibert is ready to bring her idea to fruition.

The Great Lakes Anchor Academy will focus on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and will work much like other public schools. Students will have daily lessons in math, science, social studies, language arts, with their fifth hour dedicated to Sea Cadet training, including physical education. The school will also focus on involving parents and the community as much as possible, and creating a safe school environment with a zero-tolerance bully and behavior policy. All of these aspects combined, Neibert believes, will make the Great Lakes Anchor Academy a destination for students from throughout the state.

“We have received such a positive reaction from throughout the community. So many people are telling me that something like this is so needed, and are excited about the possibility of this being in their community,” Neibert said at a March 14th community meeting. Because it will be a charter school, the Great Lakes Anchor Academy will accept students from all over the state, which Neibert thinks will be another boon for the community. “You think of all of these parents driving their kids in from Farmington, Troy, or wherever. They stop in Ferndale, they buy gas or try a new restaurant, spend time in the city. I believe this could be a real revenue-builder for the city.”

The Great Lakes Anchor Academy will also offer an extended school day, with instruction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities continuing beyond those hours. Plans include the GLAA Hammerheads competing in basketball and football, along with some diverse electives yet to be determined. The focus, though, will be a concentration on academics, college prep, and career tech with a relentless pursuit of student excellence. Through unique partnerships with the Navy League Cadet Corp and the Noble Odyssey Foundation, students will have the opportunity for hands on training including underwater exploration in Michigan’s Great Lakes, naval and maritime training on the Pride of Michigan research vessel, and many other opportunities unique to the Great Lakes Anchor Academy.

Though they aren’t yet authorized (Michigan charter schools can be authorized by local school boards, intermediate schools districts, colleges or universities), the Great Lakes Anchor Academy is currently working with a local university to achieve authorization, and Neibert is excited about the future. She hopes to open the school in the now vacant St. James school, located at 22111 Woodward Ave, which will be up for rent in the near future. Until then, Neibert and her staff are working to engage the community, answer questions, address concerns, and help get the word about the Great Lakes Anchor Academy out to everyone in Ferndale and across the state.

“We understand concerns, and we so welcome discussion. Ferndale is such an inclusive and great community, with great schools, it isn’t our intention to pull students away from any of the other public schools here in town,” Neibert said. “We believe there is enough room for all of us, and through working together, we can make create a model education system right here in Ferndale for all students.”

For more information on the Great Lakes Anchor Academy, visit www.glanchor.org. For the latest updates on the progress of the GLAA follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/GreatLakesAnchorAcademy.ff023 ae

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With an expected crowd of 10-15 thousand, festival organizers are also, in an effort to make the festival as open and accessible to as many people as possible, moving the event to a Saturday this year, and to the first weekend in June. This will help make this the biggest and best Pride yet.

One of the most memorable and fun aspects of Pride, the Rain- bow Run, is returning this year to the delight of runners and walkers from all over the area. Presented by Garden Fresh, the mission of the

Rainbow Run is to celebrate acceptance and diversity of all kinds, while raising money for some local nonprofit organiza- tions including the Chamber of Com- merce, Ferndale Community Foundation, Affirmations, and Upstander, an anti-bul- lying program established by The Friendship Circle. Participants in this unique 5K run/walk start the race in a white t-shirt, and are showered with non-toxic powdered paints at several points along the route. By the end of the race, runners are covered with a unique multicolored pattern, turning their formerly white shirt into a one of a kind souvenir.

There is also a family-friendly 2K run/walk where kids of all ages, including those in strollers, are welcome to partici- pate in the fun. People of all skill levels are encouraged to take part, too. “We have entire families signed up to walk together, avid runners, and people who are using this event as motiva- tion to get fit,” said Jennifer Roosenberg, the Executive Direc- tor of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce who is helping to organize the event. People come from all over to experience the unique event. “While we have many local runners signed up, over 80 percent of the runners will come from outside of Ferndale. This brings in visitors to Ferndale to see what the City has to offer,” Roosenberg said. The Rainbow Run, like Pride, is all about inclusion, and fun.

Ferndale Pride is still seeking volunteers and participants to help make the event a success. Sponsors are need too, and all of the info about how to get involved is available on their website.

ff023 aeAccording to Covey and everyone else involved, It’s the perfect way to start off another outstanding Ferndale summer.

“Our festival is very much a community event. Not too big, not too small, just right. Our downtown is perfect for a street festival, with the stores, ice cream parlors, restaurants, pubs, and clubs. And it looks great all decked out in the rainbow colors. It’s fun, but not crazy. It’s relaxing, but also vibrant. And the event is so inclusive, our ‘straight’ neighbors and friends like it too. Young and old, all colors, it is what Ferndale is all about.”

Ferndale Pride presented by Motor City Casino will take place on June 1st, 2013. Information about the festival and how to get involved can be found at www.ferndalepride.com. Information and registration opportunities for the Rainbow Run can be found at www.rainbow-run.com.

 

If slightly happened with our soundness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a cure. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states united to erectile disfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What people talk about “viagra stories“? The most substantial aspect you must look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile malfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Causes of sexual dysfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual malfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this treatment passes into breast milk.

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It’s been said that a rich life is one that is lived on the advice of time-tested sayings. And perhaps there is no better example of those following the “love thy neighbor” creed than the Northwestern Ferndale citizens who make up the Woodland Park Improvement Association.
Consisting of the homes on nine blocks of Ferndale (between lower Lewiston and upper Oakridge), the Woodland Park Improvement Association is Michigan’s oldest neighborhood organization, established in 1924 and incorporated in 1946. For a taxdeductible $15, members enjoy many community benefits and activities, including snow removal and association-sponsored picnics.
I had the opportunity to speak with Darcey McLaughlin, President and Block Director about what makes the WPIA so unique and important.

Ferndale Friends: For those who don’t know, what does membership in the WPIA provide?
Darcy McLaughlin: Members of the WPIA have enjoyed sidewalk snow removal service for 50 years, block parties for individual blocks as well as an allinclusive one for the whole area, coordinated association- wide garage sales that alternate from Spring to Fall in different years, and more.

FF: There aren’t a whole lot of volunteer organizations that can boast being around since 1924. What do you attribute the longevity of this group to?
DM: I believe there will always be a need to coordinate activities and news to and with your neighbors. We have great block directors who give a lot of their time and energy, and we try to have fun too. Our members are very appreciative of their block directors and we all work together in support of our community. We actively want to continue the tradition.

FF: What do you think it is about the Woodland Park area that makes something like the WPIA so unique and successful?
DM: Our sense of community, much like greater Ferndale as a whole. We have great neighbors who really relish the opportunity to work together within a structure with coordinated activities for our association as a whole. A great example, we have the luminaries we provide to each household on Christmas Eve. It’s just magical to drive down our streets on that evening, and really makes us grateful to have each other.

FF: In their recent campaigns, both Dave Coulter and Dan Martin spoke about the importance of groups like the WPIA. Why do you think they recognized the WPIA? DM: Large groups of citizens who work together for a positive cause are what we should all strive for!

FF: What does the WPIA hope to accomplish in the future?
DM: We will continue to work together to ensure that the time-honored traditions since our inception live on, but also we are open to any ideas that are brought to the table. Some great volunteers have started a Facebook page to be able to instantly communicate with our association, and we will continue to embrace new technology to keep us close together. We are committed to having our association thrive in the future to continue to make Ferndale as a whole, a great place to live, work and play.

And through the dedication of their entire community, they’re doing just that.

More information about the Woodland Park Improvement Association can be found at www.wpiaferndale.org. Their Spring Neighborhood Garage Sale will take place May 18 and 19. They can also be found on Facebook by searching Woodland Park Improvement Association.

If something happened with our heartiness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a preparation. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotency and other states connected to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What men talk about “viagra stories“? The most substantial aspect you should look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as heart trouble. Causes of sexual dysfunction turn on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a status called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual dysfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this treatment passes into breast milk.

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Since it all began almost two years ago, founder and owner of Paper Street Andy Didorosi said, “things are really good. We’re working on expanding right now. It’s all full at the moment. We’ve got 14 businesses running full tilt and I’d love to have more space.”

Inside the small, bright orange office with the giant fish tank sits Jeff Lazar, just one of Paper Street’s many tenants. We caught up with Lazar to find out more about his industrial clean-up business called 877 We Buy Scrap. “We’re professionalizing the industry that has often been downgraded by a lot of peddlers,” he said. Lazar currently has ten people on his scrap team along with a fleet of trucks parked onsite, just outside in between the warehouses.

Business has pleasantly evolved for Janelle Rogers as well. She’s been around Paper Street a bit longer than the scrapper guys on the other side of the wall. Rogers and her business, Green Light Go: Music Publicity, have been working out of Paper Street since 2010. She and her team of creative prodigies focus mostly on indie rock and Americana. “We do national press for our bands,” said Rogers. Her clients range from New York to San Francisco, although Ann Arbor’s Orpheum Bell was recently brought to spotlightsuccess with the help of Green Light’s diverse promotion skills.

So, what’s beneficial about Paper Street? “It’s a community of businesses where we can bounce ideas off each other. Even if we don’t have much in common we’re both managing staff,” said Rogers. Just outside of Rogers and Lazar’s office doors in the center of the common area is a large worktable/lunch table, where both business logic and meals are shared among the Paper Street community members.

The public is invited to eat food there as well. Every third Sunday of the month Paper Street hosts a microgrant program called Ferndale Soup. Attendees pay $5 for soup & bread, and then listen to project proposals from local artisans and entrepreneurs. At the end of the evening, everyone votes for their favorite. The winner gets the cash. Go to www.ferndalesoup.com to find out more.

“We’re good friends with the Rust Belt. We’re working on offering classes soon on how to make things— how to weld, how to work wood, run a business, do photography,” said Didorosi. Soon, he hopes to have many of the products that are sold at The Rust Belt Market made at Paper Street.

Brad Dahlhofer was renting out a portion of what is now Paper Street “and when Andy took over, we just went along for the ride,” he said. Dahlhofer is co-founder and CEO of B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale. He rents space at PS for storage only, but Dahlhofer’s Dionysian influence is often enjoyed at one of Paper Street’s “ripping after-parties.” Beverages can be found at 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company and Western Market, among other area grocers. (Sidenote from the author: I like to bring B. Nektar up to Traverse City, a foodie’s paradise, as gifts for the relatives—and to show off the fact that Ferndale is full of local products too. Ha!)

“The locavores trend is really strong here. The closer it’s made, the happier people seem to be,” said Didorosi. “Because it supports everything — the local tax base, local builders, restaurants — the benefits are endless.”

With the buy-local theme slow to catch on in many areas of Michigan, “Ferndale seems to be that green oasis in the middle of that,” said Dalhofer. “You lose it when you get out further into the suburbs. They don’t seem to really care. They go to their big box stores and buy things that are from God-knows-where.”

Co-working space is available for $99 per month and “dedicated desks” are available for $199. Didorosi said that the PS tenants range from people who are fresh out of college and starting their first business to folks who’ve been at it for 15 years or more.

Paper Street has big plans. Some future highlights are: an auto lab, photo studios, woodworking lab, digital media center, jewelry studio, metalworking lab and whatever else fits the vibe of this funky community- oriented space. Read more at www.welovepaperstreet.com.

We saved Paper Street’s location for last. After all, it is named after the sanguinary hiding place in the famous novel and film, Fight Club. To investigate your future office space, take 9-mile east of downtown Ferndale then turn right at Chazzano’s Coffee Roasters onto Wanda St. It’s at the corner of Wanda and Jarvis on the right. 1511 Jarvis.

If slightly happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a preparation. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states united to erectile malfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What folk talk about “viagra stories“? The most essential aspect you should look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as soul trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a status called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual malfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk.

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Many economists believe that the key to our country’s economic success is the success of small business. And the success of small business, especially when competing with bigger corporations, depends on the ability of that business to distinguish and market itself. In a time when so many small businesses in our backyard are struggling, C Moon Productions, and its creative think tank The Rat Brothers, have made it their mission to help new businesses succeed. Offering every service from consulting, to marketing, to audio and video production, Tim Downey and his creative partners are betting the success of their new business, on the success of others. I interviewed Tim Downey about his unique approach to a familiar concept.

Ferndale Friends: C Moon Productions and the Rat Brothers, those aren’t the kind of typical names you expect in business… Tim Downey: Don’t worry, there are stories behind both. My son Gabe came up with C Moon, because according to him, he once heard Paul McCartney describing how he came up with the title for his song “C Moon.” And it came out of the ‘50s when they used to call everyone a “square,” and so they called you L7, which when put together on your fingers looks like a square. C Moon is two circles, so at least we’re not square. And the Rat Brothers are just the initials of myself and my partners, Alan and Roger.

FF: So what exactly do these businesses do?
TD: I think the better question is, what don’t we do? I’ve been lucky enough to own my own businesses since I was 18-years-old, and I’ve always done all of the advertising and marketing for them, even down to creating the commercials and everything of that nature. So I just realized with all of the creative people I have around me, it made sense for me to try and help other people be successful as well. So far we’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

FF: And you also do a lot of work for non-profits and charitable organizations?
TD: Charity work is always something I’ve been passionate about. My wife and I have been involved in different things for many years, like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and most recently Honor Flight Michigan. And when Honor Flight was ready to cement their work with the Legacy Project, we spearheaded the creation of their coffee-table book, and the fulllength documentary that my son, Gabe Downey, who does all of our video work, made with his friend Jonathon Mellow.

FF: Can you tell me a little bit about Honor Flight?
TD: Honor Flight Michigan flew almost 1400 veterans free of charge to see the World War Two memorial in Washington, DC. We did it all with private donations and community support and an all-volunteer staff. The Legacy Project came up when we had taken all of the veterans we had applications for, and we were done flying. The documentary tells a brief history of WW2, through the stories and experiences of some of the veterans we had the privilege of taking on our trip. Then, it comes full circle and they get to talk about the experience of going on the flight and seeing the memorial for the first time. It’s full of really beautiful video and still pictures, and really is a moving film. Now we’re using that to help raise funds for the construction of an official WW2 memorial in Royal Oak.

FF: So you do things for small businesses and you do work for non-profits. What other types of clients have you worked with?
TD: We have a small recording studio so we’ve done work with different musicians, filmmakers, artists of all kinds. We’ve created promo packages, designed trade show booths, put on multi-state touring shows, designed and had merchandise manufactured, animation, television and radio commercials, Internet radio shows, the list goes on.

FF: How are you able to do so many things successfully and professionally?
TD: Well, to be honest, between all of the people I have under the C Moon/Rat Brothers umbrella, we are successful because we are exactly the people whom we cater to. We are entrepreneurs, creative souls who are looking to further their goals, interests and missions. We’ve had the benefit of many years of experience between all of us, so we’re able to back up our dreams and ideas with plans and ways to implement them. But it also gives us a unique perspective because we’ve been a small business with a limited advertising budget. We’ve been struggling musicians or documentary film-makers. We’ve needed things for our business that we didn’t know how to do, but we learned how to do them and mastered them, and we want to share those abilities and services with people who could benefit from them. We want to be a one-stop shop for businesses and individuals who are trying to be successful because we believe we can help.

If some happened with our soundness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a preparation. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotency and other states connected to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What folk talk about “viagra stories“? The most essential aspect you should look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as heart trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a state called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual disfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this treatment passes into breast milk.

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Visions of Canada operates on an elevated visionary plane. Do you wear glasses? You must – MUST  – visit Visions of Canada.

Make an appointment and sit down with Paul Boyko, Jr. Paul has brought his degrees, licenses and a couple decades of experience across the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor to open a satellite store in Ferndale. Be prepared for an education. Within 30 minutes you will be astounded at how good eyeglasses can be – and ready to pay double or triple what you’ve ever previously paid.

How can it possibly be worth it? One can decide on bifocals or progressive, add tint, choose more scratch-resistance and bump the quality of the lens up one notch. But… glasses are glasses aren’t they?

Glasses are glasses like the cheapest Chevy and costliest Mercedes are both cars. The difference is in the detail, quality of engineering and vision. One can have been buying glasses for the last ten, twenty or forty years, thankful for the slight improvements in technology but totally unaware of the calibrations and options now available; calibrations and options that can make the difference in your vision experience akin to what you can see on a cloudy midnight compared to a sunny day at noon.

Visions of Canada provides a high-end difference in one’s ability to see. It’s done in two ways. First, they delve deeply into one’s vision history and specific needs (as an architect, golfer or whatever). It will be like a doctor’s exam, even if you already have a fresh prescription from your ophthalmologist. Secondly, they utilize lenses made from optics manufacturers that are the undisputed best of the best. Outfits like Carl Zeiss and Rodenstock. Visions of Canada can utilize and import from these manufacturers because they’re registered with a special license from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which oversees medical devices, including those of the eyeglass industry.

Precision manufacturing makes an enormous difference. One example: the spherical and cylindrical columns in eyeglass prescriptions contain lens powers in diopters (a unit of measurement). The American manufacturing norm is to grind a lens to a tolerance in quarters; the elite manufacturers grind to tolerances of 1/100. So, for example, if a portion of your prescription reads .75 and 1.75, that’s exactly what you will get with a lens manufactured here in the United States. Visions of Canada can show you that they had the same script ground to tolerances of .81 and 1.66 (advanced computer technology enables considering the script as a whole). The difference in clarity and detail is enormous.

That’s a mere portion of how vision can be improved by utilizing a top of the line precision manufacturer. It’s not a matter of “a little better” on one aspect of the eyeglass; it’s improved graduations of difference designed to perfect vision throughout the entire lens. When you want to look up, down or to the side, up close or far in the distance –consider focal point, axis, meridians, and refraction. Mr. Boyko and his associate, Ryan Commet, can talk at length about technical matters and their impact on sight. More importantly, they can demonstrate how your vision can be enormously improved.

Mr. Commet, an optician who used to work for one of the bigger chain retailers, raves about now putting the full extent of optical knowledge and technology together, “I love it here. I learn something every day working with Paul.”

Mr. Boyko will happily tell you that his glasses aren’t really needed by 90 per cent of the population. He specializes in the 10 per cent with acute eye problems or specific needs. Not you? Don’t be sure – has your vision provider ever told you that glasses can be improved by anything but going up one level in quality? The reason is “minimum standards,” combined with what the bean counters in the insurance industry, have deemed the “reasonable price” that will be covered.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regulate the standards by which eyeglasses are made. To assure that these standards are met, all manufacturers licensed to make eyeglasses are also required to be members of the National Optical Association, which further enforces the standards. What this means is that eyeglasses will be resistant to impact and scratching as well as conform to the prescription as written; it doesn’t mean American manufacturers must make the absolute best eyeglasses or that insurance should cover the cost.

Minimum standards and “reasonable price” don’t cover unique needs either. Consider the ability to read blueprints or fine print, think about sports. Visions of Canada has become a pioneer in lenses provided specifically for the sport of golf. Golfers want to be able to see the ball on the ground along with differences in terrain, grass and slope over a distance; they want a “sphere of vision.” Visions of Canada specializes in creative crafting for that and other needs, backed up by precision manufacturing utilizing the absolute latest of technological advancement.

Visions of Canada has an international clientele. It’s come to Ferndale to expand its U.S. market and give easier access to its customers. The challenge? Very, very few have any idea of how good eyeglasses can be.

The first eyeglasses actually worn on the bridge of the nose were produced by Italian craftsmen in the late 13th century (they had solid glass lenses, similar to today’s magnifying glasses). Since then there have been improvements, Visions of Canada can demonstrate the full extent of how much is now available.

Lisa Rehe is the office manager; she’s a lifelong resident of Ferndale. Stop in or give her a call – Lisa can set you up for an eye-opener. As Paul says, “Don’t buy eyeglasses blindly.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regulate the standards by which eyeglasses are made. To assure that these standards are met, all manufacturers licensed to make eyeglasses are also required to be members of the National Optical Association, which further enforces the standards. What this means is that eyeglasses will be resistant to impact and scratching as well as conform to the prescription as written; it doesn’t mean American manufacturers must make the absolute best eyeglasses or that insurance should cover the cost.

Minimum standards and “reasonable price” don’t cover unique needs either. Consider the ability to read blueprints or fine print, think about sports. Visions of Canada has become a pioneer in lenses provided specifically for the sport of golf. Golfers want to be able to see the ball on the ground along with differences in terrain, grass and slope over a distance; they want a “sphere of vision.” Visions of Canada specializes in creative crafting for that and other needs, backed up by precision manufacturing utilizing the absolute latest of technological advancement.

Visions of Canada has an international clientele. It’s come to Ferndale to expand its U.S. market and give easier access to its customers. The challenge? Very, very few have any idea of how good eyeglasses can be.

The first eyeglasses actually worn on the bridge of the nose were produced by Italian craftsmen in the late 13th century (they had solid glass lenses, similar to today’s magnifying glasses). Since then there have been improvements, Visions of Canada can demonstrate the full extent of how much is now available.

Lisa Rehe is the office manager; she’s a lifelong resident of Ferndale. Stop in or give her a call – Lisa can set you up for an eye-opener. As Paul says, “Don’t buy eyeglasses blindly.”

Visions of Canada is located at
203B E. Nine Mile Rd., a block east of Woodward.
Visit their website at http://visionsofcanada.net or call 248-548-3636.

If slightly happened with our soundness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a preparation. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states coupled to erectile disfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What people talk about “viagra stories“? The most vital aspect you should look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction turn on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual disfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk.