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You don’t need introductions, though, do you? Everyone knows Jeannie. From her running of political campaigns alone, she’s a local Hall-of-Famer. If something is going on within the city, you can bet Jeannie is involved. “Like everyone else, I love love-love going places and everyone knowing me. There are so many people I know, and I have so much fun,” Davis commented. Her unique connection to others starts with Jeannie’s rare ability to look beyond surfaces when dealing with others — a quality she and Brennan shared. “Virginia could always make you see the good in something or someone. With her, you were doing dental floss through your brain.”

Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Jeannie was raised by her grandmother as one of seven children. “You don’t need a man to get along; you need a man to get the lid off pickles and fix flat tires,” her grandmother told her. After attending convent school in Monroe, Jeannie moved to Ferndale in the mid-‘60s where she raised three children — all graduates of Ferndale High School who are still nearby.

“I’d like to think [my grandmother would] be proud,” Jeannie said.

Jeannie worked as a home appraiser for years, running her own business with, at one point, a 60-hour work-week and over a dozen employees. Many of her appraisals were in Detroit, and it didn’t take long for her to make her mark in that community. One instance that stands out was the case of one house that had an alligator caged in the basement, unbeknownst to Jeannie, who became famous for adding “remove alligator from basement” to her list of miscellaneous recommendations. “I was known all over in the appraisal world after that,” she said.

Other highlights of Jeannie’s past? She was once an astrologer who practiced the art at parties and even on
the radio. Her epiphany when charting our stars and planets? “Everything does not revolve around the earth.” Eventually she was invited on the evening news and “was debunked.” Being Jeannie, she remembers even being debunked as fun, “especially hair and makeup.”

Jeannie’s part of the newly-revived Arts Commission (and wonders what you’d like to see such a commission do in Ferndale; an orchestra, maybe?).

“I do decorative painting, and I teach that [at the Kulick Center]. I knit. I love gardening. I used to do vegetables but it’s easier to go to Western. My yard is huge and ideal for fundraisers [like Ferndale Democrats]. I’ve tried to figure how many thousands we’ve raised in my backyard.” How did she end up running so many local political campaigns? “I have no idea,” she quipped. Despite that, she managed or worked on campaigns for Craig Covey, Greg Pawlica, Dan Martin, Rob Porter, Dave Coulter, as well as various human rights causes.

“Jeannie is an amazing, giving woman who cares deeply about her community, all the while sharing a boisterous and bawdy sense of humor,” former Mayor Craig Covey said. “We are lucky to have her. She has been a huge ally and confidant.”

Councilman Greg Pawlica shared a similar sentiment: “Jeannie is an incredibly dynamic lady who I admire greatly. She has more energy and drive than some people half her age. I am honored to be able to call her a dear friend.”

Jeannie may be most active with the Seniors group. She’s been president now for seven years. “They needed to be more visible. I did everything I could to make them more visible. Pub Crawl, Blues Fest, Music in the Park; now we have representatives of some group who’s doing an event contact us and ask, ‘can we depend on your cooperation?’ The volunteers do a couple of hours and get to enjoy the event,” Davis said.

But no matter what group or organization she’s working for, Jeannie brings with her a dedication and love that is unmatched in Ferndale and beyond. “I love the seniors, I love the Ferndale Foundation. I’m on the board of that as well.”

A good sense of humor and a passion for her community; Jeannie Davis represents the best of what Ferndale has to offer.

Dan Martin said this: “Jeannie Davis is a bit of an icon in Ferndale. She really embodies how people of all ages and stages of life can contribute and weave the fabric of our culture here. Over time she has been involved in so many things, influenced and supported so many people. As her understanding of the community has evolved she has personally evolved too and just keeps getting better and better. She has made a tremendous impact to the community, and luckily for her, no one is pressing charges.”

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Probably no one will ever really be able to answer that question. Car cruises take place all over the nation, and surely the Motor City, but there is only one Woodward Dream Cruise. If a staunch environmentalist like myself loves and looks forward to it every year, it’s special. (It’s also a good demonstration of the power of regulations. You can sit in traffic on Woodward in most rush hours and not notice fumes; the Dream Cruise makes you feel like a heavy smoker after an hour or so.)

This year’s Cruise takes place officially on August 16th (see the Dream Cruise web site for a countdown clock; as I write this, the Cruise is 143 days, 18 hours, 24 minutes, and 19 seconds away), but of course, the unofficial Cruise begins over a week earlier. Remember the days of cruising on Friday night to avoid traffic jams? Now you’d better move that back a week or more.

Ferndale’s Cruise events span August 14th, 15th, and 16th. Check out ferndaledreamcruise.com for the specifics, which include, as usual, rock and roll bands, Mustang Alley, retro emergency vehicles, and a real milestone: the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary.

When else do you see traffic on Woodward part like the Red Sea to let an elderly couple cross? Or unfailingly polite and considerate driving up and down the Avenue? It never fails that a local paper will interview someone from afar, visiting Detroit for the first time just because of cars, and coming away with a completely positive impression of the Motor City.

This is our moment in the international spotlight. Enjoy the Cruise!

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This year, we’ll Green Cruise Ferndale on August 9th. The day will begin at 8:00 A.M. with a 42-mile bike ride through Detroit. This, and the 22-mile suburban ride beginning at 9:00 A.M., will have fast and slow groups; the four-mile family ride starting at 1:00 P.M. will travel at one “easy pace.” Prefer walking? A 5K historical walk starts at 10:00 A.M.

The famous Human-Powered Green Parade will head out at Noon — dress up and dress up that bike. Ever seen a mobile piano or a lettuce dress? Well, come to the Green Cruise.

After the half-mile parade on Nine Mile, you can enjoy crafts and other kid-friendly activities, learn about healthy lifestyles throughout the day, enjoy free food, even get a free bike tune-up. Ferndale businesses sponsoring the event include Garden Fresh Gourmet, Western Market, Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, The Woodward Avenue Brewers, Como’s, Dino’s, Credit Union One, Imperial, and New York Bagel — but that’s only about half the total sponsors. Detroit businesses like Shinola and local restaurants like Royal Oak’s Inn Season are also generously helping.

There’s always a Green Cruiser of the Year, chosen in different ways over the years the event has taken place. 2013’s Cruiser was Matthew Faraday, bike commuter to Beaumont who “spear-headed a mapping project that led to a cycling route map of South East Oakland County that the hospital printed and distributed,” according to the Green Cruise website.

Have to drive to get to the event? Find out where to park, as well as see a photo gallery, full list of sponsors, and other information on the official webpage. Just google “Green Cruise.” Top hit, as part of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club’s website.

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IF THE MARIO BROTHERS LIVED IN METRO Detroit, their favorite shop would be Game Reaction, the gaming store that can’t be beat! And now there are two. The Hazel Park location has been around since 2011. Now they are celebrating the Grand Opening of the newest Game Reaction at 13740 W 9 Mile in Oak Park (just west of Coolidge).

Game Reaction is the place to go for playing, trading and selling video games and systems. They have all the latest titles, including Call of Duty Ghosts and NBA2K14. They also have all popular game systems and accessories, including PS3 and XBox 360 Controllers.

Game Reaction’s prices are the best in town And Game Reaction pays extra cash for all used games and systems. Check their ads for special coupons and free offers.

Game Reaction is also a great place for your children’s birthday parties and other events. Call for more information about scheduling and options. It’s a great way to entertain the kids.

For more information, check out: www.gamereactioninc.com. Or stop by either location, and let Game Reaction satisfy your gaming needs!

Oak Park, 13740 W 9 Mile, west of Coolidge, 248-397-8410
Hazel Park, 22824 John R, south of 9 Mile, 248-291-6764

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Q: I was arrested for misdemeanor drug possession. My court-appointed lawyer wants me to go to N.A. and have people sign-off on an attendance form to prove that I go. But I’m not an addict. I haven’t used drugs since I was arrested and I only used it occasionally. Can’t I just be drug tested and do community service? I’ll go if it helps, but I feel weird. What do I say to people at these meetings?

A: In your question, you mention your court-appointed lawyer. The ethical rules for lawyers in Michigan say that no other lawyer is allowed to give you advice about matters pertaining to your case where you already have a lawyer. So the only legal advice I can give you is: ask your court-appointed lawyer.

The court is paying so that you can consult with an expert. In many courts, the lawyers who are appointed are the same lawyers who appear regularly in that court. They are experienced criminal defense lawyers who know the system and they know the judge. No one is better equipped to know whether your attendance at N.A. will impress your particular judge. Why would you consult with such an expert and then not take their advice? That’s the sort of thing an addict would do. Looking for the easy way out (“Can’t I just be drug tested?”) is also the sort of thing an addict would do. So is asking for advice, disliking the advice that is given, and so continuing to ask until you find someone to tell you what you want to hear.

Your court-appointed lawyer may be concerned that you need to consider whether or not you do, in fact, have a problem. Maybe they think N.A. or A.A. will help (or can’t hurt).

As to non-legal matters, I can tell you that you are not required to be an addict or alcoholic, or even to say that you’re an addict or alcoholic, in order to attend meetings of A.A. or N.A. “Open meetings” are public. Anyone can attend. There are meetings all over town at all times of the day and night. They are easy to find online at the Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous web sites. “Closed” meetings are intended for anyone with a desire to stop drinking or a desire to stop using drugs. There is nothing that you are required to say. All that is required is a desire.

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WE REGULARLY HOST SOME amazing programs here at FPL. But then, we’ve got a particular pair of facilitators who’ve been at it for a while; you could call them programming pros! Reference Librarian Darlene Hellenberg and Head of Circulation Kelly Bennett have worked together for much of the last 15 years, working individually or as a team in organizing/hosting a variety of special programs and events for the community.

This season, Bennett continues to host her local music showcase First Stop Friday (on every first Friday evening of the month, with two bands performing in our Com- munity Room), while Hellenberg leads our participation in The Great Michigan Reads series of group-reading discussions/ events. We host an annual community-wide book club called Ferndale Reads. Think of this Great Michigan Read as merely a wider focus: encouraging the entire state to read-along. Our book is by Steve Luxenberg. “It’s the true story of the author’s quest,” Hellenberg said, “to learn about an aunt he never knew he had. It takes place mostly around Detroit and surrounding suburbs.”

We’ll kick off our Great Michigan Reads in late March, check ferndalepubliclibrary.org for confirmed dates. Our first confirmed program tied to the book’s theme is on April 23rd (7pm) at the library, a Memoir Writing Lecture, titled “Preserve Your Family Stories: Tips for Interviewing Your Loved Ones” Author Steve Luxemberg will speak about his book on May 22nd (7pm) at the Rust Belt Market. Hellenberg said she enjoys “finding ways to tie everything together” when it comes to engaging the community through group-reads, namely: “organizing programs that highlight a book’s themes.” Hellenberg enjoys hearing how readers in the community are uniquely experiencing the book.

Meanwhile, says Bennett of our live music events: “I invite creative people into the library’s space, make sure they have what they need and just let them go. I enjoy seeing the experimentation that the bands bring to our space; it’s a different kind of venue so many choose to attempt a different kind of show.”

First Stop Fridays has garnered positive responses, demonstrating that libraries are “community hubs,” Bennett emphasizes. “Our resources are becoming more about an experience and face-to-face interactions.” The more our nation’s’ libraries embrace this expanded role, the more patrons and communities will flock to them, “in turn, then, seeing everything we have to offer.”

Bennett: “Darlene and I went through a lot together in Circulation when the library was going through growing pains (middle 2000s). She’s the kind of co-worker and collaborator that can encourage you so much that you feel invincible. She can also parse out any flaws in your plan.”

Hellenberg: “…as a partner-in-library crime, Kelly is great at seeing things from every angle. She’s great at making sure we can actually pull-off whatever it is that we’re envisioning.”

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IENTITY THEFT HAS EXPLODED in frequency recently. In 2013, the FPD investigated 62 cases of identity theft, and that doesn’t include the vast numbers of other types of frauds that might have originated from an identity theft.

An identity theft occurs when someone assumes your identity from numerous different sources and commits some type of fraud or other crime. These types of crimes are very difficult to investigate and prosecute. Several jurisdictions may be involved in an identity theft case involving the same victim and may even occur in several different states. Understandably, the FPD cannot send a detective to California as part of an identity theft investigation that originated with a Ferndale resident. In most cases, your bank or credit card company is eager to write off their loss as a cost of doing business and is happy to reimburse you, as a customer in good standing, for any loss you may suffer. The FPD will generally only complete a report for identity theft from residents of the city of Ferndale. In very few cases, generally those involving large fraudulent purchases at a Ferndale business or the use of violence, will the FPD investigate cases involving identity thefts that originated in other jurisdictions.

The sources of information that permits an identity thief to uncover the vital data needed to assume your identity are so numerous and varied that it is almost impossible to prevent. Criminals may get this information about you by stealing your wallet or purse, breaking into your vehicle, going through your trash, or by accessing your credit or bank accounts. They may approach you in person, by telephone, or on the Internet and talk you out of certain vital pieces of your personal information.

There are ways you can reduce the likelihood that you might become a victim of identity theft but there is no way to prevent it. Your vital data is stored in databases that are too numerous to begin to keep track of. Never throw away any correspondence with names, account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers in any form that may be usable. When in doubt, shred it!

Never give out credit card information to anyone unless you are conducting business with a reputable entity and you called them. Continually monitor your bank accounts and immediately notify your bank of any discrepancies. Keep a list of your credit cards and their corresponding phone numbers to call if they are lost or stolen. Report any unauthorized transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police agency where you reside as soon as you notice them. Review all of your bank and credit transactions monthly. Inspect your credit report yearly and contest any items you find that are in question. Request that the Michigan Secretary of State put a flag on your driver’s license if your identity is stolen to limit the possibility that your information is used in an arrest or traffic citation situation.

Here are some tips to take if your identity is stolen: Initiate an Initial Fraud Alert with one of the three national credit monitoring agencies. Submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov that will result in you completing and printing an Identity Theft Affidavit and then take this to the police in the jurisdiction where you reside and request that an identity theft report be completed. Order and meticulously inspect your credit report. Once you make notification of an Initial Fraud Alert you are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three national credit monitoring agencies.

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A kickoff meeting for a new phase of Oakland County Beyond Coal drew a capacity crowd to the Ferndale Public Library on January 21st.

One of the best-attended environmental campaign meetings I’ve seen, it featured two of Ferndale’s own as moderator (Andrew Cissell) and keynote speaker (Craig Covey) as well as nationally-known environmental justice organizer Rhonda Anderson of Detroit, and Physicians for Social Responsibility member Stephanie Dernek of Ann Arbor. Green Corps organizer Zack Deutsch-Gross has chosen Ferndale as his temporary residence while in Michigan revving up Beyond Coal’s latest juncture.

Dr. Dernek pointed out that Physicians for Social Responsibility created a Michigan chapter primarily because of coal’s health issues here. Coal contributes to several of our leading causes of death, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, and chronic respiratory problems, and is “especially bad for babies and young developing minds,” Dernek said.

Michigan’s reliance on coal is still higher than the national average, according to the doctor, and PSR supports “the closing of coal plants and replacing coal with renewables” for “cleaner, happier, healthier communities.”

Some of Covey’s environmental roots are in the six years he spent as a Boy Scout; he’s been involved in environmental causes since his teen years, and not just coal. “Coal may be the ugliest house on the energy block but fracking is right next door,” he told us, reminding us of other threats Michigan faces, and also that environmental issues know “no boundaries like 8 Mile Road.” He urged us to “hold our politicians accountable” and pointed out that “we don’t own the earth as property. We get to use it as stewards and pass it on to the next generation.” Craig delighted attendees by calling Ferndale “the Ann Arbor of Metro Detroit, and the San Francisco of Michigan.”

Rhonda Anderson, who heads the Sierra Club Environmental Justice office in Detroit, connected the issues of pollution to the recent celebration of Martin Luther King Day as well as to present struggles for environmental justice. Moving beyond coal is a “continuation of the fight begun in the ‘60s for civil rights. Everyone has a right to clean air and clean water.”

“I did not know until seven years ago how bad things were. I had become accustomed to all that major pollution [in southwest Detroit]” which she pointed out is “a community that’s so impacted by dirty energy. What’s the solution? Clean energy.”

The crowd, 67 strong, got better acquainted in breakout sessions, brainstorming topics like grassroots organizing and attracting media attention (and with the abundance of social media, many realized that we ourselves are the media now). It was heartening to not only see the usual green suspects but those who had come to such an event for the first time, whether out of curiosity, an eagerness to connect various Ferndale commissions in common causes, or a new willingness to become directly involved. The refreshments provided by Blaze Pizza, Jimmy Johns, and Starbucks were gratefully enjoyed, and some of the crowd headed to the WAB after the hour-plus meeting ended.
Want to become involved yourself? Look for and “like” Oakland County Beyond Coal on Facebook for news of coming events or contact organizer Zack at zack@greencorps.org.

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When Dave Garcia started as the new executive director at Affirmations in 2011, he heard complaints about the floor every day — or so it seemed. The off-white carpets were stained, ripped, and had become an eyesore.

The beautiful building that opened in 2007 as a showcase of the LGBTQ community four years later was languishing because of a bad interior design decision. The floors were affecting how the community felt about the building. Dave heard feedback from members that the space was great but the floors made the building seem shabby. Every day, it was “the floors, the floors, the floors.”

And that’s the nature of running an organization: Oftentimes, you don’t get to choose the priorities. Instead, they choose you.

Recovering from this bad decision was more than a cosmetic change. It was having profound effects on Affirmations. In 2011, the building didn’t even open until 4:00 P.M. and Dave said about his priorities when he joined Affirmations, “the first thing was to fight the public perception that we were dying.”

So rather than raise money for the new flooring from donors — donors who less than ten years ago had raised over five million dollars for the Open the Doors capital campaign — Dave looked to Building for the Future, a financial service that helps nonprofits plan for capital improvements. Though flooring was not initially on the list of big ticket items that Building for the Future would help fund, Dave negotiated an agreement to get the flooring replaced.
Making sure the floor was fixed was a reality but also a metaphor.

Dave worked with staff and the board of directors to build expertise. He went about meeting the financial challenges by increasing donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships. He raised the profile of Affirmations by adding a premiere fund-raising event called Spring Bash. This black-tie affair provides a venue to court more affluent donors and corporate sponsors. The Shore 2 Shore Equality Ride’s inaugural voyage was held last summer. Based loosely on the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride, it benefited all Michigan LGBT Community Centers and was a big success even in its first year.

Now on solid financial ground, Affirmations has started adding programs to serve the community. Last year, it expanded the David Bohnett Cyber Center. A bank of 15 computers is available for member use, and provides the technology resources which allowed Affirmations to collaborate with the Michigan Educational Partnership in hosting an alternative high school program. Besides expanding programs, Dave’s love of public policy and political activism also led him to spearhead the Hungry 4 Equality campaign last fall. Corresponding with the Fall election, hunger strikers gathered in a “living room” staged in Affirmations’ front window along Nine Mile. The strike raised awareness about existing anti-gay legislation in Michigan, especially anti-adoption, anti-marriage, and laws that allow discrimination in the workplace. Dave was one of the first wave of hunger strikers, and the event was covered by local, national, and international media.

Affirmations also posted an Equality Rights Hall of Shame that was visible from Nine Mile Road. Members of the Hall of Shame included Michigan legislators, politicians, and the Supreme Court. Dave saw the Hall of Shame as an opportunity “to educate the community, especially our straight allies, about who is behind the anti-gay movement here.” While both of those campaigns were very successful, they also brought criticism. Some felt the campaign was too in-your-face or that it was not the role of a community center to push a political agenda. But one thing is sure: Nobody thinks that Affirmations is dying. With a strong board and staff and the finances on the rise, Affirmations’ future looks bright. But Dave feels sad and a little guilty for leaving. “We still have work to do here,” he said. The fights for marriage and adoption and against workplace discrimination still need to be won. But he feels confident that “it’s just a matter of time.”

When the lifelong Michigander goes to Los Angeles to work as the Director of Public Policy and Community Building at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, it will be big challenge. But serving as Executive Director of Affirmations and before that of the Gay and Lesbian Center in Kalamazoo has prepared him. It has “toughened my skin,” he said. “There will always be criticism. I’ve come to expect it and that’s going to help me moving forward.” Dave turns 40 this year and his son is graduating from high school, so it is an ideal time to try something different. In his new position he will travel and advocate for changes to public policy internationally. But while he is saying goodbye, Affirmations will continue.

It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, anchoring West Nine Mile with all the stuff that makes Ferndale fun and fabulous.

If something 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 connected to erectile dysfunction. 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 soundness problem such as heart trouble. Causes of sexual malfunction switch on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual disfunction. 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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After spending more than 20 years serving the citizens of Ferndale as part of the Ferndale School Board, long-time education advocate Chuck Moeser announced his intention to retire from his position last December.

With an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades, including serving ten years as Board President, Moeser felt the timing was right to announce his
departure. “With the Board’s organizational meeting in January, [announcing my retirement in December] would give the Board and my replacement a full year to work together,” Moeser said. “I felt it to be the right time for myself and the Board.”

His thoughtfulness about the timing of his announcement was no surprise to the people who know him best, including School Board President Jim O’Donnell
who has served with Moeser for several years. “Chuck has always been the epitome of graciousness and was a well-prepared and strong leader and advocate
for the district,” O’Donnell said. “The school board wishes Chuck Moeser all the best in his retirement.”

Looking back on a long and distinguished term, it wasn’t hard for Moeser to point out the proudest moments of his tenure – both personal and professional. “My proudest moments were when each of my three kids graduated from the same high school I did and I was able to sign their diplomas,” Moeser said.

“And from a Board perspective, keeping the many programs that make Ferndale a great district intact while balancing the budget during State revenue reductions and increased State mandates. And helping to keep our schools both economically and academically in good shape over my 20-plus years of service to the community.” For now, Chuck Moeser and his wife are planning on moving to Traverse City for their second retirement. They’re counting on relaxing, volunteering, and spending plenty with time with their children and grandchildren. Though nothing is set in stone, he’s looking forward to what a new experience might bring. “My wife and I are about to begin our next great adventure in life,” Moeser said. “You never really know what comes next.”

Selected to fill the vacant seat on the board left by Moeser’s departure is Jennifer LaTosch, a Senior Attorney at Miller Canfield and a long-time Ferndale resident. Her interest in seeking the position came from a decision made with her partner to stay in Ferndale and get more involved. “When we decided to stay in the Ferndale area, we both committed to getting as involved as possible to help make the schools the best possible for our kids and all of the kids that go to school here,” LaTosch said.

“We have an amazing community, and I know our schools can be just as amazing.”

Only a month into her service, LaTosch is already making a fast impression on her colleagues. “Jennifer LaTosch is a worthy successor to Chuck,” Board President O’Donnell told Ferndale Friends. “She impressed the board with her intelligence and thoughtfulness on the Citizens’ Strategic Plan Review Committee and in her application and interview for the open board position. Jen is going to be a tremendous colleague on the board.”

Speaking of the work the Ferndale School Board has done over recent years, LaTosch said that she is “so impressed with the vision to create a strategic plan, the follow-through in creating a community driven strategic plan, and the dedication to carrying it out.” She believes that “we are at a very difficult crossroad in public education, but by rallying together and sticking to our collective vision, I am confident that we will come through this and be even stronger.”

With full elections coming up in November, LaTosch’s term will last until December 31st, 2014. In that time, she’s excited about the possibilities of what the Board will be able to accomplish together. “I am excited about seeing the vision and goals of the strategic plan come to fruition,” LaTosch told Ferndale Friends. “I would also like to continue the commitment of the board to provide transparency and open communication. And at the base of making our schools successful is the need to work towards a balanced budget that provides for the excellent education for our kids, the programs that we all love, and a positive and supportive environment for our kids, families, staff, and community.”

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