June / July 2015

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ARIES 3/21-4/19: Seeing is believing. But sometimes just following your heart and projecting out positive energy, you start seeing and believing in your dreams. You need to follow them.

TAURUS 4/20-5/20: So many friends love you and enjoy your company. This is a good time to relocate or change jobs, positive you deserve something better. It’s okay to spend a little, you worked hard.

GEMINI 5/21-6/21: Bad, sad days it can be difficult at times. You have great support from higher spirits, redirecting you. Go within, take some time off. Your break, you deserve it. Lucky numbers 546, 846, 741.

CANCER 6/22-7/22: Working very hard but not smart. Need to start saving money; vehicle and things are getting worn down, and even yourself. This is the time to reconfigure what you truly want and need.

LEO 7/23-8/22: Love is in the air and on the horizons, rekindling. Somebody is trying to come back. This could be a magical moment, or you realize the truth: you never needed them back, but what is best of all is that you’re loving yourself.

VIRGO 8/23-9/22: The Thunderbird is your totem animal rising from the ashes, making things new and adjusting. Where is the older woman who will be needing your help due to her health conditions? Make time and effort for this person.

LIBRA 9/23-10/22: Weight loss is coming slowly but surely. It is great how you are focusing on your health, body, mind, and soul. Low on vitamin D.

SCORPIO 10/23-11/21: It’s all about the n timing. It is not time to move nor make changes. Let things marinate a little longer. Look at the whole picture and situation before taking action. Pause, think, then secure yourself by stepping a forward and not being afraid.

SAGITTARIUS 11/22-12/21: School or some kind of training is coming up for m you. Be in a positive way for yourself, learning something new and meeting new friends. Happiness and joy is on the horizon. It is a choice of your own.

CAPRICORN 12/22-1/19: You dance for the best, even like the funky chicken wedding and celebration. New arrival in the family and baby celebration for great summer fun.

AQUARIUS 1/20-2/18: You’re not going i to be alone for too long, and you are magnificently discovering self and enjoying life again. Somebody’s carefully watching over you and notices your beautiful smile. They are coming to enjoy every day.

PISCES 2/19-3/20: Start looking for a house. Saving the money, your hard work has paid off.You’re a great parent and an excellent negotiator. Trust your value of the things you want, just a little ways away. It’s okay to dream big.

If some 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 impotency and other states connected to erectile disfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What men 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 soundness problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction turn on 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 medication passes into breast milk.

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Story by David Wesley | Photos courtesy of Ann Perry, Pleasant Ridge City Commission

FERNDALE FRIENDS: When and how did the idea of city block clubs come about?

Ann Perry: The whole City Commission started talking about block clubs a while ago. Some streets in Pleasant Ridge already had strong block clubs organized, and we recognized how those clubs lead to a greater sense of connection within the smaller community of their street.

This connection with the neighbors and community around them is something that many people who move to Pleasant Ridge tend to enthusiastically embrace. We are a community of front porches, sidewalks and neighbors who like to get out and talk to their neighbors.

FF: What’s the overall aim of the block clubs?

AP: The overall aim is Block parties! It sounds superficial, but as one of the block captains on Kenberton told me, “The biannual parties get us talking with one another. They serve as an immediate welcome to new neighbors.” We have had many new residents move into the neighborhood over the past few years, and having a gathering with neighbors is a great way to help introduce people so later, they can strike up a conversation on the street. When you know your neighbors and their family by name, you feel more connected which can lead to friendships and sometimes helping each other out. Block clubs also do things like have book clubs, celebrate new babies and set out luminarias.

The Commission also sees that block clubs help communicate when emergencies like the flood happened last summer, or the catastrophic tree storms that left us without power for a week, or if a Neighborhood Watch alert goes out. These are times when communication with residents is key. Also when there are small things like a neighbor needs help with snow removal, or take soup to each other when they are under the weather.

Many times the discussion of aging in place has come up in our City. The neighbors on Oakdale helped a long-time resident, who had raised her children in Pleasant Ridge, stay in her home for many years longer than if she had not had the connection of her street. They did this by just helping with simple chores and sharing some meals. It was also a great experience for the kids. They learned how to reach out and help their neighbor.

This connection leads to a lot of fun as well. The Devonshire block club and PRPC joined together with beer shop 8 Degrees Plato, donated money and gave two beer wagons to the PR Foundation Auction this spring. These wagons raised over $300 for the Foundation! Wellesley is one of the stronger block clubs. They have monthly events through the summer, and then slightly less frequent winter events. Their May event is called Gainsboro Games, and the group will spend their Saturday in the park with fun competitions for kids and adults! The Oxford summer block party has a bounce house and slushy machine. They also frequently win the bidding at the Auction to have the Ferndale Fire Department show up at their party. Fairwood and Oakdale invite the entire city to their block parties.

Block clubs have a dedicated Facebook page or email list to help keep everyone informed about the next event or other information. They also know their neighbors who are not online and know to connect with them at their door or by phone. The Amherst club even does a newsletter that gets delivered to every home on the street.

I have heard from folks who have lived in their homes for 40 years, and they are excited to hear that new neighbors are going to restart the block clubs like they did years ago. Many neighbors want to help get the club started. With the busy lives everyone leads, we are working to get three to five Block Captains on every street so that they can all share in the tasks.

FF: How do you get block clubs started?

AP: There are many ways to kick off a block club. Wellesley restarted their club this year and they used a simple approach. They had a party to plan their parties! They put out a flyer on the door of every home on the street inviting them to a gathering. They could bring a dish or not, but encouraged people to join in on the planning.

Another idea is putting out a flyer to each home on your street collecting contact information so you can build a directory for your street. This way you can create an email list or Facebook page that will help you share information. You can check out some ideas on our PR Block Clubs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/prblockclubs/, or email me at APerry@cityofpleasantridge.org and I can send you some information.

FF: What’s the future of the clubs looking, or is it too soon to tell?

AP: We should be able to have block clubs on each of the streets within the year. People have raised their hands to lead the effort on almost every street! As people see different block clubs coming together, it will inspire people to connect their own blocks. There will be starts and stops, but that is how things get built.

If slightly happened with our soundness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a medicament. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat emasculation and other states coupled to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What folk 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 dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual malfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual dysfunction. Even though this physic is not for use in women, it is not known whether this therapy passes into breast milk.

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By Jeannie Davis

THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS and people which make Ferndale a great community. Our vibrant downtown with such an enthusiastic DDA group is so lucky to have Cindy Wilcock on board. Our wonderfully progressive city council led by Mayor David Coulter keeps us on track, and forward- thinking Melanie Piana helps us look to the future.

Our unique businesses are always getting involved in city activities. Dean Bach has given so much. Who could leave out Monica Mills organizing the Pub Crawl, and Blues Fest, among so many other things. Francine Hachem and our newly reformed Art Commission are bringing free music events back into the city.

Mark Burton, who works so hard to bring us art in city hall and an art fair geared to Ferndale artists, is a great asset. Our library is always a hub of activity, from kid’s activities, to Friday evening music events, to special book readings. Mi- chael Lary, who works so hard to make our events memora- ble and to run smoothly.

Julia Music, who is the very icon of Pride. Steve from West- ern market is always willing to contribute. We all know these people when we see them. They are visible, and indeed why not? They work hard and deserve to be recognized.

However, there are other groups and people who contrib- ute to making Ferndale what it is. One of these groups is the Ferndale Historical Society. Garry Taylor leads this group. He is thoroughly immersed in his role. Recently, he presented a presentation for the Ferndale Senior Group. His topic was Ferndale during the war years. He brought artifacts to dem- onstrate his topic. Did you know that during WW II, our little town outsold the country in war bonds? We actually paid for two bomber planes by ourselves! Garry has an actual grenade which sat in a display case for over 30 years be- fore someone told him that it was live! Yikes! He gave a run- ning commentary of the objects as he placed them on the table for us to examine. All the seniors were fascinated.

He also brought two of the museum’s greatest assets. Jean Spang and Jan Frogatt. These ladies are completely devoted to the Historical Society. They do research on the various artifacts people donate, and answer questions peo- ple have on their houses. They delve into old newspaper articles, go online to the county, and research old school records, along with whatever other avenues they can find. Along with Roger Schmidt, they are putting together another book on Ferndale. Roger, Jean, and Jan can tell you where members of the Purple Gang lived, which houses were blind pigs, as well political scandals. Roger is like a bulldog with a bone whenever he happens upon an old picture which is not identified. Our history helps show our personality “back then” and how it has evolved to what it is now. From them, we get a sense of continuity.

We can support them by becoming members of the Historical Society. It only costs $10 per year, or $100 for a life- time membership. As a member, you will get the crow’s nest sent to you quarterly. This a newsletter with stories about various historical events and places in Ferndale.

Stay tuned this summer for a return of the Music in the Park Series, with the following dates: June 26, July 17, July 24, and August 21. Time is from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. and cost is free. Bring your own chairs or blankets, and your wine. We will be grilling hot dogs and selling snacks.

Also, The Art Commission is holding a Ferndale artist only art fair on June 20. Cost is only $75 for a space. We still have room. Ask Mark Burton, Michael Lary, or myself for details.

Our meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:00 A.M. at the Kulick Center.

Now, go enjoy the summer!

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Story by Lue Banks and Jeff Lilly, photos by Ed Abeska

FERNDALE FRIENDS IS SAD TO ANNOUNCE that Robert Taylor, long-time owner of Ferndale City Glass Company, passed away on April 16, 2015 at the age of 84.

He was born on July 2, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Elsie. He served his country during the Korean War, and soon after he returned home, he joined the staff of Ferndale City Glass, a company his uncle founded in 1934. He originally entered the business to assist his uncle at the request of his father, but what was planned to be a few months of helping out turned into a lifetime of work, and a Ferndale institution. Bob took over the business with a partner in the late 1960s and became sole owner in 1975.

One of his long time friends and customers says, “I’ve been a customer of Ferndale Glass for about 20 years and really enjoyed Bob’s stories and sense of humor. But Bob was more than that; you could tell that he cared about people and their stories. Businesses like Ferndale Glass, and people like Bob are what make communities great… a steady, committed presence that truly affects quality of life.”

Another customer relates: “My first experience with Ferndale City Glass was in the late ‘80s. I walked in the front door and there was no one in the store. A parrot said ‘May I help you?’ I looked around and couldn’t see anyone. Again – ‘May I help you?’ The third time, I figured what the heck. ‘I’m looking for butyl tape for a windshield mount and some molding clips…’ A guy came out of the back room laughing and holding his stomach. ‘I wondered how long before you would answer the bird.’ That was my very memorable introduction to Bob.”

While the business was his first passion, Bob also enjoyed weekends at his cottage in Hartland, Michigan. He enjoyed boating, jetskiing, snowmobiling, and riding motorcycles. He was also a member of the American Legion and enjoyed bowling on a team with members of his post.

Bob is survived by his wife Melva and his three children; Matthew, Michael, and Marla; four grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Another son, Mark, preceded him in death in 2002. He was laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan, with military honors.

Ferndale City Glass Company continues to operate under ownership of the next generation of the Taylor family. It’s located at 140 Vester Street, just east of Woodward. All of us at Ferndale Friends extend our condolences to Bob’s family.

If some happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a medicament. 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 humanity 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 disfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as soul trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction switch on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition 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.

The Winner Has The Right.
First on the field to challenge.
“Who is this smiling rookie?” thinks he.
“A Girl?”
Cock sure, he swaggers to the plate.

She’s sweet, polite, lets him bat first.
Ears hear that first ball crack.
Connecting. Boom! Sails over the fence.
HOME RUN!
Ahh, she must acknowledge him his strength.

Calmly, quietly she awaits her turn.
This match is set. He pummels on.
No doubt his place deserved. Thus far.
Eyes glazed, she steps up to the plate.

What’s this? Underneath that frilly dress
She’s dressed up like a Warrior.
Her stance resembles someone else.
A Man?
She’s thrown him off his game.

He’s on the mound, winds up, then balks,
Unsure what she can handle.
Ball underhand…his first mistake…
THAT BALL IS…A…GONER!
Ah Hah! The challenger stakes her claim.

The game proceeds accordingly
With ferocity and pleasure.
The sidelines watch bewildered, charged.
Just What is going on?
Gamblers grumble…all bets are off.

Bottom of the ninth. Score’s even.
Tension’s thick. Crowd’s on their feet!
All rallying for the underdog!!
Rain falls. Game called.
Score now? Oh, crap. It’s even.

**Stay tuned for the make-up date.
I promise you an exciting game.

Suzanne Thomas Rowe 2015

If some happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a medicament. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat emasculation and other states connected to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What people talk about “viagra stories“? The most vital aspect you must look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual dysfunction 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.

For their recent album, Straight Up Boogaloo,The Muggs did everything they wanted to do. The local blues-rock trio didn’t worry about what listeners would think or what might be expected of them, and it wound up being not only a very fulfilling experience for the band, but their most dynamic, absorbing and fully realized album to date.

“It was very liberating,” said Danny Methric, lead guitarist/singer/songwriter. “The last few records I’d worry
whether it was enough for our fans, ya know? This time, I said, ‘I’m writing the record that I wanna hear.’ It took me ‘til I was 42 to finally say that. I hope people like it, but if they don’t, that’s cool; at least we gave it our best effort. I’m so very proud of this record.”

With Boogaloo, released in late March on local label Bellyache Records, the veteran rockers finally feel they’ve forged what Methric called the “Muggs’ identity.”

The group formed back in 2000, born out of a lifelong friendship between Methric and bassist Tony DeNardo. They hit the ground running amid the Detroit scene’s musical renaissance (predominantly garage-rock, as it was) spearheaded back then by The White Stripes. Through 15 years, The Muggs have distinguished themselves by their impeccable live shows, their sustained camaraderie and a palpable loyalty to classic blues and a uniquely Detroit- flavored rock n’ roll.

Early in their career, mid-2001, a hemorrhagic stroke nearly took DeNardo’s life. Methric and their original drummer Matt Rost refused to replace him. With endearing support from the local music scene, DeNardo was able to receive crucial treatment to aid his recovery, eventually training himself to accommodate bass parts with his left hand along the keys of a Fender Rhodes. The group has since recorded four albums, with Rost’s 2009 departure filled by drummer Todd Glass.

In May, The Muggs traveled across the pond for their third European tour. “Euro kids, particularly the Spanish crowd, really love rock n’ roll; they especially love Detroit rock n’ roll, like The Detroit Cobras, Paybacks and The White Stripes,” Methric assured. “Those bands were a revelation for Spanish kids because there’s

a lot of electronic music over there while rock bands are few and far between. We were a band they really latched on to.”

Methric said the group got together last year, with producer Adam Cox, to make a strong, straight ahead rock album, no frills, yet subtly epic. “Like Led Zeppelin IV crossed with The Beatles’ Revolver, just eight great songs, more streamlined. With the songwriting, I took more chances, kinda blending pop-rock with blues rock. It was weird.”

Methric admits having felt pressure during the songwriting process for previous albums, as if compelled to constrain himself to a certain form or delivery. With stormy swagger and glorious growls of the album’s opener “Applecart Blues,” Methric surges with a throat-curdling, guitar shredding catharsis that certainly “upsets the applecart” and disrupts typical preconceptions of blues rock. “That title, the idiom, has nothing to do with the lyrics, but it’s about the attitude.”

In late 2011, after releasing the exceptional Born Ugly LP, Methric wondered aloud whether it would be their final album, much to the dismay of DeNardo, who continued to encourage him. “I can be Danny Downer,” Methric said, self- deprecatingly, chuckling at their yin-yang repartee. “And Tony Blue Skies keeps reminding me things are getting better.”

If Ugly was their magnum opus, then Boogaloo would be “…the record we could throw the kitchen sink at,” says Methric. It helps having the esteemed Glass on drums, Methric added. “So lucky to have (Glass,) we build everything from the drums up. And no matter what crazy idea for a song I threw at (DeNardo) he’d say, ‘Cool, let’s run with it.’” (Glass & DeNardo) usually acknowledge that Methric’s done well enough so far with those crazy ideas, why stop now?

“We’ll keep making albums as long as we can,” Methric assures.

There’s no wane in their enthusiasm, neither for each other’s company nor for their abilities to bust out some brisk, enlivening blues rock. Straight up, no frills: boogaloo!

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The Muggs’ Straight Up Boogaloo is available online at: http://bellyacherecords.com/store/records/ http://www.themuggs.com/news/

If something happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a medicament. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states coupled to erectile malfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What people 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 dysfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual dysfunction turn on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a state called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual dysfunction. Even though this physic is not for use in women, it is not known whether this curing passes into breast milk.

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Big plans are afoot to transform the I-696 / Woodward intersection… and, eventually, all of Woodward Avenue, from the riverfront to Pontiac… into something much more friendly to pedestrians and cyclist

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Ferndale is lucky. Large enough to have variety, yet compact enough to be easily traversed, with offices, restaurants, and entertainment in range of bike or feet.

But head north, toward the zoo and downtown Royal Oak, and you’ll run into the barrier that is the current I-696 / Ten Mile Road intersection. Unless you’re driving a car, it’s a formidable and dangerous prospect to get anywhere. Even as a driver, the experience is bleak, gray, and uninviting. It’s a monument to the ubiquity of the automobile in American life, and these days, with environmental consciousness on the rise and a growing interest in healthy, energy-saving means of travel, it’s frankly outdated.

HighwayToAve2But change is coming. The Woodward Avenue Action Association recently hired the internationally-recognized Gibbs Planning Group to develop a plan to give the intersection a pedestrian- and bike-friendly makeover. The study was funded by the cities of Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, and Huntington Woods. Study completed, presentation done, MDoT is currently putting together the funds for the project. If all goes well, we could start seeing the plan put into action as soon as late this summer.

I traveled to the neat, modestly-sized office of the Gibbs Planning Group in downtown Birmingham to

discuss the project with company president Robert Gibbs. A tall man with a soothing voice and a quiet, focused intensity, he’s been in business for 25 years as a landscape architect and professional planner. In that time, he’s built up an international reputation in urban planning circles as one of the most innovative and accomplished members in his field. He’s authored five books on urban planning and is one of the originators of “New Urbanism,” a design philosophy that encourages walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Each summer, Gibbs travels to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as he has for the past 20 years, to teach a course on urban retail planning. He also has a connection to Ferndale. It was his presentation and recommendation to narrow 9 Mile west of Woodward to two lanes and offer on-street parking that was the impetus for transforming our main street into the thriving, walkable downtown district it is today.

HighwayToAve3“We’ve done work in 45 states.” Gibbs says. The firm typically has only two or three projects a year in Michigan, which is why he’s very excited to be involved in this one.

Studies show that five percent of Michigan residents live within two miles of Woodward Avenue. “It’s Michigan’s Main Street.” Gibbs smiles. It’s his goal to help it live up to that name, but there’s a lot of work to be done. The current design of the intersection presents a lot of challenges. Gibbs flips

through a thick sheaf of photos of the I-696 / Woodward intersection, taken from various vantage points. He points

out the problems that their studies have revealed as he goes. From a pedestrian standpoint, it isn’t safely walkable. The roads are too wide, and the traffic goes too fast. There’s also the business angle to consider.

“The underpass has ruined both sides of Woodward for commerce.” Gibbs explains. The underpass, only usable by cars, cuts the road off from the businesses up top. He asks if I’ve noticed the restaurant up there that keeps re-opening and going out of business. I have. By the time drivers see a business, it’s too late. There’s no place to turn right. Gibbs is quick to say that he intends no criticism of MDoT for the design. “When they built it 20 years ago, it was state of the art.” But, he says, they wouldn’t build it like that today. Ideas have changed as the science of urban planning continues to evolve.

HighwayToAve4Gibbs isn’t working on a solution alone. He’s brought in a pair of international traffic consultants, Peter Swift from Colorado (who spent time in Iraq, working to rebuild that country’s infrastructure) and Rick Chellman from New Hampshire. He’s also consulting with Mike Lydon, a bike transport expert and one of the originators of “tactical urbanism.”

The goal is to change Woodward from a highway back into an avenue. In the urban planning business, these are two very different things. Highways, Gibbs explains, are high-speed and intended only for cars. Avenues handle the same number of cars per day, but the speeds are lower, and are intended for mixed-use.

Thus, the vision is for Woodward Avenue to live up to its name and be usable not just for cars, but for bicycles, pedestrians, and public transport as well. How to get there? “Traffic calming” is the term that Gibbs throws out. Slowing traffic speeds will be accomplished by widening sidewalks, narrowing the car lanes slightly by installing dedicated bike lanes, and planting trees in the medians and along the sides of the road. Trees serve three purposes. One, it gives pedestrians a sense of safety to have trees between them and the road. Two, the trees make the road look narrower, thus getting drivers to slow down. Three, the trees provide shade, visual interest, and environmental relief by cutting down noise, heat, and smog. The center of Woodward, Gibbs adds, will be where they plan to run the public transport, at this point projected to be a BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit system, similar to the “bus trolleys” that currently run in Toronto and other major cities. In the final stages, the bike lane will be separated from the road by a low, protective curb. (See Figure 1)

How does an urban planner figure out what should go where? Gibbs gives me an example of a small part of the project. He shows a photo of the corner of southbound Woodward and 10 Mile. The right turn lane onto 10 Mile has been painted over in red. “We counted less than 200 cars a day using this lane.” Gibbs says. “So we’re recommending getting rid of it.” This will narrow the road from four lanes to three, making pedestrian crossings there shorter and safer. They’ll implement the changes in stages, studying the effects on traffic as they go. The first step here would be to conduct detailed research and engineering and block off the lane with portable barriers. If there are no problems, the lanes will be painted out. (See Figures 2 and 3) The final stage will be to extend the curb outward, physically eliminating the lane. They plan on beginning the first stage as early as September, when summer vacation ends and traffic patterns return to normal. Phase two could start as early as next spring.

HighwayToAve5I spoke by phone with Deborah Schutt, Executive Director of The Woodward Avenue Action Association, and leader of the vision of making Woodward into a true avenue once more. As she explained to me, though, that vision goes much further than a few intersections. There’s a plan in place to remake Woodward all the way from downtown Detroit to downtown Pontiac, connecting city to suburbs with continuous public transport, bike lanes, and a safer, better-designed roadway lined with new shops.

“We need a more holistic and complete street that serves everybody,” She says. MDoT’s master plan for “Complete Streets” has been approved, in concept, by all of the cities along the route. The big remaining hurdle is getting together the funding, but that’s a problem with any large project. The time frame for the whole project? Twenty years.

Back in the office of Robert Gibbs, he shows me the final jewel in the crown, the ultimate goal of his plan. The Woodward underpass will be eliminated, (See Figure 4) and the street will flow above, with buildings on both sides of the street, built above I-696. (See Figure 5) “The goal is for people to not even know there’s a freeway running below them.” He shows me a photo of a similar project recently completed in Columbus, Ohio.

Picture it in your mind’s eye — families walking up to the zoo, couples riding bikes into downtown Royal Oak, a senior group taking a trip on a trolley bus to the ballpark. From a highway to an avenue, connecting Detroit with its suburbs. A pleasant Main Street for all of Michigan, a road that’s usable, and enjoyable, by all.

If some 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 emasculation and other states united to erectile disfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What folk 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 health problem such as core 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 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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If something happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a medicament. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states connected to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What men 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 disfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as soul 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 medication passes into breast milk.

Story by Jill Lorie Hurst | Photos by Bernie Laframboise

Assignment: Cover Andrea Rosenfeld Founder of the Detroit Art & Business Institute, “Where artists, craftsmen and designers come to learn targeted business strategies that allow them to find their passion and increase their value.” Yay! This article will write itself….

Not so! Andrea Rosenfeld is an amazing force of nature but, like a butterfly, or maybe a firefly, it’s hard to capture her on paper. You all need to meet her even if you’re not an artist! In the meantime, a few words: Mixed media artist, consultant, model, business coach, teacher, mother and, my favorite word for her, “Connector.” She connected me to the sweet potato cake at “Good Cakes and Bakes” bakery on Livernois! Yum. The conversation started as she walked into the bakery: First, about D*FINDS, a “consignment shop for the creative community” which will open soon. She’s looking at space in Hamtramck, an area she finds to be very artist-friendly. D*FINDS will be a community space but offer something unique: the ability for creatives to sell their used studio supplies and buy from other local artists. Profits from donations will help fund a student scholarship to help them purchase art supplies.

The Oak Park and West Bloomfield native attended U of M School of Art & Design and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied fashion, but taught herself merchandising so she could run a business. She stayed east for close to 30 years, married, and raised three children. Motherhood is a consuming job, but eventually Andrea started creating bench jewelry. Work style? “Hands-on, curious. I love to learn.” She sold her work through stores like NYC’s Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel and local art galleries, no small feat.

Andrea loved the East Coast, but felt drawn to the visible resurgence whenever she visited her parents. Two years ago she made the leap and came home to the Detroit area, full of energy and ideas. She started a unique business that would help artists help themselves: Detroit Art & Business Institute. There are so many people who do wonderful artwork but have no idea how to get their pieces out there, where to get grants, legal advice, how to price and profit from their art, budget and speak to potential clients. Andrea is here to help.

“I’m privately coaching artists who want to quit their day job and succeed with their business,” she says. Her average student / client ranges from age 30 to 65, but she’d like to broaden that. Rosenfeld is determined to reach out to students. “Art schools should include business classes in their curriculum.” Agreed. As a start, Rosenfeld partnered with ACCESS Growth Center to teach a first-of-its-kind, eight-week business course crafted specifically for the creative community, “Mind Your Art Business,” at the Arab American Museum starting June 9th, 2015.

She is on numerous advisory boards and committees. In her “quiet time” she models for artist John Hegarty; her time to sit still and engage with her community outside of exhibitions “on the other side of the canvas.” Her mother was a fashion model. In August, Andrea’s jewelry and her mom’s work will be on display at the Historical Museum.

Andrea Rosenfeld is determined to keep the creative community in the Detroit area growing, exciting and profitable. She is open to working with all artists. “I don’t segregate.” She smiles. “It’s all about building healthy relationships. The better I can educate artists in business, well, everybody wins.”

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Find Andrea Rosenfeld at www. thedabi.com or email her at andrea@theDABI.com

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Story by Sherrad Glosson | Photos by Bernie Laframboise

THE LIGHTS ARE DIMMED, AND A NEVER-ENDING FLOW OF strings and piano create quite the ambiance through the small speakers on this Tuesday evening in May. The weather outside isn’t that bad, but with the chance of slight rain showers it will have your body in need of relaxation. I laid down on a bed in a back room with a pillow under my head and closed my eyes and the only thought running through my head was “Don’t go to sleep.” I was in the first stages of receiving a short complimentary Reiki Attunement.

What is Reiki? “Rei,” meaning “from the universe,” and “ki,” meaning “personal energy,” is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction and relaxation. The idea behind it is that all of us have the life force and energy within us to keep us healthy and alive. “Our objective is to help people in many ways; metaphysical and magical” is what Patty Shaw told me in our interview in her office she calls “The Dharma Room.” When I asked her about the meaning she said, “My interpretation is, Dharma is a mojo that is akin to good luck, or rewards for good behavior. It’s also another word for blessings.”

She opened it in 2010 and expanded it into a Reiki Healing Center. With many different lamps accompanied by track lights above, comfortable chairs, paintings and a collection of books on the shelves, the room is a peaceful refuge from the outside world.

Patty Shaw and sister Jackie Smith were both born and raised in Michigan. They started the Candle Wick Shoppe and Coventry Creations back in 1992, and since then they have become the premier supplier of magical candles in the U.S. When the opportunity came about, they opened their first shop in downtown Ferndale in 2008. Their first location was located in a building amongst other retail shops in the basement, and hard to spot.

Although bright on the inside, it could be easily overlooked. Just recently they were blessed with the opportunity to relocate next door in their own personal building with big showcase windows you can’t miss. Products such as candles, incense, books, positive reinforcement necklaces, beads, and pretty much anything you can think of that will keep your mind on the bright side of life are there. While visiting the shop, I observed people from all walks of life coming through the door, searching for something to uplift their spirits.

There’s more. The sisters have also authored books. Patty’s first book is titled “Healers Almanac.” Her next offering was “DIY Akashic Wisdom; Access the Library of Your Soul” (co-authored with her sister), and Jackie authored “Coventry Magic.” These books went on to receive awards for “Coalition of Visionary Resources” and “Vendor of the Year”; huge accomplishments for these two powerhouse women, who just want to help people in any way they can.

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You can find their books on Amazon.com www.candlewickshoppe.com
The Candle Wick Shoppe and Reiki Healing Center is located at 175 West 9 Mile in Ferndale.

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