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Nov 15 2009 edition          READ ONLINE at          Issue 12

                                    Read online at               Mark Hill of Alert Alarm
                                    Bill Ristov of Dye Salon
                                                                     Paramount Bank
                                    Ferndale Election Results
                                    Golden Eagles #1              Lennys Copy Center
                                    New Coffee Shop                   Allure Kouture
                                    Embraces Spirit of               C!Tech Solutions
                                    Networking                       Chazzano Coffee
                                    Fire on Harris St. Under         Mother Fletchers
                                    Investigation                     Hungry Howies
                                    Businesses Recognized at
                                    Awards Gala                      Modern Tax and
                                    Plane Crash in Roosevelt            Accounting
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                                    School District Faces $300          R+S Resale
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                                    Student Cuts                         Fern Care
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                                    Birthday Bash Celebrates
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Ferndale Election Results Are In
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

supporters hold signs at Precinct 7

On Nov. 3, 2009, a mere 14% of registered voters turned out to select the leaders who
will be making tough decisions for the City of Ferndale in the next couple of years. At
the forefront of the election was the topic of balancing the budget, with each Council
candidate expressing different views about how best to handle the estimated $3.7 million
budget deficit.

Mayor Craig Covey ran unopposed and received 1,769 votes with only 7.38 percent (141)
choosing to write in a candidate. For City Council there were four candidates vying for
two open seats. Melanie Piana, best known for her work with the Michigan Suburbs
Alliance, received 1,331 (29.95%) of the votes. Incumbent – and new father – Scott
Galloway took the second seat
with 1,091 (24.55%).

Tom Gagne, who made an
unsuccessful run for Mayor in
2007, did not make it to
Council having had only 1,013
(22.79%). And newcomer
Greg Pawlica got 1,004
(22.59%) votes, placing him

     Poll workers at Autumn House
                       (Precinct 6)
Covey had openly pushed for Pawlica’s election, giving him a boisterous endorsement
and sharing the election night festivities with the Pawlica campaign team at Rosie
O’Grady’s. Covey expressed hope for Pawlica’s future political career by reminding the
crowd that when he first ran for City Council he too came in last in a race between four
people. Pawlica, who was recently on the cover of Between the Lines Magazine, says it
is too soon to tell if he will run again in 2011, and is taking a temporary reprieve from the

Gagne and his wife Tiffani shared election night with a close gathering of friends and
supporters at their Ferndale home. Tiffani also lacked enough votes to claim a seat in the
race for a seat on the Library Board. Neither Gagne had comment for this article.

                                                 Piana and Galloway celebrate at the WAB

Galloway and Piana held a shared victory party at the Woodward Avenue Brewers on
election night. Piana and her husband James are enjoying a brief vacation so that she can
rest up before her term begins. Galloway and his wife Robin became parents on October
28 with the birth of their son Jack Wallace Galloway at 2:04 pm. Jack is the couple’s
first child, and is reportedly the youngest reader (or at least
listener) of The Ferndale 115 News.

Patrick Dengate and Sarah Parmelee took the two open
full-term seats for Library Board. Dengate had 1,326
(36.01%). Parmelee had 1,300 (35.31%). Gagne had
1,039 (28.22%), and gave up her current seat as Board
Secretary. John Sterritt received 1,793 votes with only 22
write-ins in opposition (1.21%) for an unopposed partial-                PARAMOUNT BANK
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Although turnout was low, the Election Day process got                      Branch Manager
dozens of Ferndale citizens active in the political process.
Poll workers manned each of the nine polling locations,                  22635 Woodward Ave.
making sure that people voted properly and in accordance                  Ferndale, MI 48220
with the law. Some workers, like El’gin Avila and Paul
Stromberg were Ferndale High School Students who took                         (248) 414-6500
on the duties through their government class as a way to                    fax (248) 414-6580
learn more about the political process. “We help people
with the ballots, check their ID and keep track of the                        jmcquiggin@
number of voters,” Avila said. Avila is a junior who hopes       
to become a sports doctor, while senior Stromberg hopes to
go into politics.

“I’m surprised to see there aren’t more voters here,” Stromberg said. “But it’s still a
                                                           good experience.”

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                                                              El’gin Avila and Paul Stromberg
                                                              Working Polls at Precinct 7
FERNDALE VIEW: Golden Eagles #1
View Submitted by, Amy Ceglarek
Photos by Jessica Stilger for Ferndale Public Schools

                                             On Saturday November 7, 2009 the Ferndale
                                            High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
                                            competed in the Michigan Competing Bands
                                            Association (MCBA) State Marching
                                            Competition at Ford Field in Detroit and took
                                            first place in Flight III. The Eagles Scored
                                            85.95, which is a season high, and also
                                            received the Best Marching Caption Award.

                                            The 113 member band played “Planet Earth”
                                            themed music by Frank Ticheli and John
                                            Mackey, and was led by Drum Majors senior
                                            Peter Ceglarek and junior Jordan Haines, and
                                            Guard Captains senior Amanda Blackwell
                                            and junior Kaitlin Ma. The band has placed
                                            in the top ten at all state Championships since
                                            1991, and was first place in 5 of the last 6

                                            Proud Parent Amy Ceglarek shared her
                                            “Ferndale View” of the competition:

                                            photo by Jessica Stilger for Ferndale Public Schools

                                              For the past five years my sons have been
involved in the FHS Golden Eagles marching band. My oldest son Peter began his
marching career as a trombone playing pre-fresh ( eight-grader) and has continued
through this year as a senior. For the past two years he has been drum major of the band.
My middle son Patrick played in the pit last year and my youngest, Sean played trumpet
as a pre-fresh this year.

My family’s experiences with the marching band have been very positive. Sure there
have been many Saturday mornings when I’ve grumbled about getting them to practice
by 7:00 a.m., but all complaining goes out the window when the first place winner at
State’s are announced and it’s our band!

It was a great season for the kids. They came in a disappointing third last year at State’s
after three years of being in first, so they had something to prove. However, besides
wanting to win, these kids really care about each other and work as a very tight knit unit.
I can’t recall how many times I saw band members giving each other hugs or wishing
each other well throughout this season. It really gave me a great sense of pride to see
these children become such a cohesive unit.
                                                    I was lucky enough to be only a few
                                                    feet away from the drum major’s
                                                    podium at State finals and I knew the
                                                    band had won when I saw the huge
                                                    smile on Peter’s face after the last note
                                                    had been played. He knew and all the
                                                    band members knew they had given
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New Coffee Shop Embodies Spirit of Ferndale Networking
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

One of the largest ribbon cutting ceremonies in recent Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
history was held on Nov 5, 2009 at Chazzano Coffee Roasters at 1737 E. Nine Mile
Road. Over two dozen supporters crammed into the quaint, but business-like coffee shop
that is located between Hilton and I-75, to check out the unique specialty coffees and the
unique meeting-friendly environment that Chazzano’s brings to the community. Owner
Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo was happy with the turnout and went through several carafes
of various specialty blends made with beans roasted right on site.

Chazzano Coffee employees listen to the grand opening speech

Chamber Director Jennifer Roosenberg attributed the large turn-out to “the fact that he
used so many Chamber members and networking that people really wanted to come out
and support him.” When Lanzkron-Tamarazo made up his mind that he wanted to have
his shop in Ferndale, he set out to use locally-active businesses in every aspect of the
business. Insurance Agent Marty O’Neill knew Lanzkron-Tamarazo from Business
Network International of Royal Oak (BNI), and O’Neill drew the coffee king to the
Ferndale area by introducing him to commercial realtor Guy Scavone. The connections
continued until he had found the perfect location, as well as the perfect web of
community support to ensure him a strong opening.

The grand opening speech included accolades for many local businesses. Blumz was
thanked for providing fabulous flowers for the opening. Guy Scavone was recognized as
the realtor and Todd Hoyt of K.E.T. Leasing and Hoyt, Brumm and Link as the new
business’ landlord. Aly Darin provided photography services. Marvin Petuch of IBC
International Bancard Corporation handles all of Chazzano’s credit card processing
needs. Adrienne Greer of the Miller Agency arranged the business’s liability and auto
insurance. Craig Cesarone of C-Biz Computer Solutions supplied the POS system for the
                                                 cash register. Ed and Angie Marsh of
                                                 NightCry Graphics handled advertising
                                                 and promotional materials. Mark Hill of
                                                 Alert Alarm makes sure that the property
                                                 is monitored 24/7. Mark Reder of Waste
                                                 One Management is in charge of garbage
                                                 disposal. Veronica Lujic and Nicole
                                                 Rafaill of State of the Art Custom
                                                 Framing designed the menu board and the
                                                 artwork in the shop based on Chazzano’s
                                                 slogans. Daren Bossenberger of Phono
                                                 Creative set up the signage on the door.
                                                 Jay McMillan of Royal Services keeps the
                                                 place looking spotless. Rita Van
                                                 Keymeulen of Creative Office Design was
                                                 responsible for the entire look of the
                                                 place, and Ken Seawell was recognized as
                                                 Lanzkron-Tamarazo’s business coach.
                                                 And of course The Ferndale 115 News
                                                 played their role letting the public know
                                                 about the event.

Veronic Lujic and Nicole Rafaill
of State of the Art Custom Framing
with one poster they designed

“My business is in Ferndale. I want to help grow local business as my BNI of Greater
Royal Oak helped to build mine. Rita Van was on-site immediately after I signed the
lease for the property. Rita's business, Creative Office Designs created an incredible
space and I am so grateful that Andi Greer referred her to me. Everyone was a referral
from another business owner. I met my business coach, Ken Seawell, through Jay
McMillan who is a member of my BNI of Greater Royal Oak. I use Jay McMillan from
Royal Services because he is local, does awesome work, and is a trusted friend and
business referral partner. Ferndale is filled with people who believe in Givers Gain- if
you help others reach their goals, both professionally and personally, they will also help
you. Ferndale chamber members understand that Givers Gain helps everyone. I want to
do everything in my power to help grow business in Ferndale and help everyone expand
their networks,” Lanzkron-Tamarazo said.

Chazzano provides a unique coffee-tasting experience, and Lanzkron-Tamarazo takes his
bean-roasting very seriously. “There is nothing better that fresh-roasted coffee. My 9
years of experience roasting coffee has helped me to create roasts that bring out the
natural flavors of the coffee. Wine has about 700 different flavor profiles- whereas coffee
has over 1500 flavor profiles,” he said. “I am able to bring out notes of grapefruit in the
Kenya AA, notes of blueberry with a red wine finish with the Ethiopia Harrar, and notes
of dark chocolate with the Mexico Chiapas. We give away coffee that is more than 2
weeks old. I make sure that all of our restaurant, cafe, or office accounts have the freshest
coffee. Coffee and its incredible aroma and taste lasts but 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, it is
stale, without awesome aroma, and not worth drinking. Life is too short to drink bad

One of the slogans is “Coffee that makes you sing,” which comes from the fact that
Lanzkron-Tamarazo and his with Lisa are professionally trained classical singers. Lisa
teaches at Marshall Music in West Bloomfield, while Lanzkron-Tamarazo continues to
function as a Cantor at the synagogue he founded in Farmington Hills – Congregation
Hava Nashira. Chazzano Coffee Roasters is certified Kosher by the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis of Greater Detroit.

In addition to providing a welcoming atmosphere to hold business meetings, there are
also cupping parties (for coffee tasting and lessons in coffee flavor) and a meeting room
available for rentals. For more information on this new Ferndale business go to

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                               Late in the evening of Saturday, November 7,
                              2009 a backyard fire prompted residents on the
                              north end of Harris Street to call the Ferndale
                              Fire Department. Neighbors gathered on the
                              dark street to watch the bright orange flames
                              flaring out from behind a large white house. A
                              shed and part of the back porch seemed to be
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neighborhood children who watched from a safe distance across the street.

Neighbors on the scene shared various versions of some inner-neighborhood
drama which may have been related, but the rumors have not been verified.
Police and Fire Department representatives say that the fire is still “under
investigation,” but that details will be released once they have a better
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Businesses Recognized at Chamber Awards Gala
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

The Ferndale Chamber of
Commerce held its annual
Awards Gala on Nov 12 at
The Detroit Golf Club. Over
200 local business people
attended, representing the
broad range of product and
service providers that
consider Ferndale home.
From industrial and
automotive parts, to eco-
friendly design firms, to car
and insurance salespeople, to
nonprofits, restaurants, store-
owners and the media
Ferndale is like a big puzzle –
with each one being an important piece.

That is why the Chamber chose puzzles as their theme for the event – to let each member
know that without them the picture of our community wouldn’t be complete. And also to
remind people that the ways we connect with each other are the things that give our
puzzle its strength. Guests were treated to handmade chocolate puzzle pieces, and the
50/50 raffle involved puzzle pieces instead of tickets. Gift certificates were made in
                                                 frames accented with puzzle pieces and
                                                 the rest of the décor seemed to fit together

                                                 Each year The Chamber asks members to
                                                 nominate businesses and individuals for
                                                 various awards, and a committee from
                                                 outside of Ferndale makes the final
                                                 decisions about who is to win.

                                                 Jerome Raska of Blumz won for the
                                                 category of Business Person of the year,
                                                 out of sixteen nominated individuals.
                                                 Raska is also the Board Chairperson of
                                                 the Chamber and an active supporter of
                                                 many Ferndale events and groups.

B. Nektar won for New Business of the Year, beating out Go Comedy, Royal Services,
Body and Mind Fitness, S3 Entertainment Group and The Loving Touch. (EDITORIAL
Volunteers Craig Cesarone of C-Biz Solutions and Jay McMillan of Royal Services were
acknowledged with nominations, but the Volunteer of the Year Award went to Rita Van
                                             of Creative Office Designs. All three,
                                             along with many others, have given their
                                             time to help the Chamber in it’s quest to
                                             serve the local business community.

                                             Another 13 businesses or people were
                                             nominated for Special Service Awards, but
                                             that prize was taken home by The Ferndale
                                             Career Center for their help in working
                                             with local businesses to manage internship
                                             programs, train workers, and connect
                                             employers with those who need jobs.

                                             And the final award was for The Best of
                                             Ferndale, given to a truly unique Ferndale
                                             event – The DIY (Do-It Yourself) Street
                                             Fair. This event is held at Woodward and
                                             E. 9 Mile and features booths of creative
                                             vendors, activities for the family, music,
                                             food, entertainment and more. Over two
                                             dozen businesses or groups were
                                             nominated for this honor.

The Gala, which was presented by Gage Products Company, is the largest fundraiser for
the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides members networking opportunities,
classes, advertising opportunities, support and business services. They also help
businesses connect with the community as a whole through volunteerism, contributions
and events. For more information on The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce go to
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The Plane Crash in Roosevelt Park, 1946
View of The Ferndale Historical Society
printed with permission from The Crow's Nest Summer 2009
By, Cecilia Belmonti

        On March 17, 1946, a two-seater SNJ Advance Trainer Navy plane spun out of
control at about 500 feet above Ferndale, tore through power lines and crashed into what
was then known as Roosevelt Park at Pinecrest and Earle Blvd. (now Earl). The two
pilots, Ensign Judson Berger, age 21 and Ensign O. Frederick Hall, age 24, were killed
        Ernest F. Berger, Judson’s father, who lived at 782 Oakridge had seen the plane
flying overhead, not knowing that his son was aboard. It appeared that Judson attempted
to bail out. His open parachute was caught on the cockpit cowling, and his body was
thrown clear of the wreckage.
        Judson Berger was born in Ferndale in 1925. He graduated from Lincoln High
School in 1942. Commissioned on April 4, 1945 at Corpus Christi TX, he was placed on
active reserve November 19, 1945.
        Retired Marine Colonel William J. Rodgers, a Ferndale resident, was instrumental
in efforts to place a memorial in Ferndale for the crash victims. Thus on Veterans Day,
November 11, 1994 in Geary Park (which on October 3, 1994 had been renamed in honor
of Donald Red Geary, who had served for 32 years as Ferndale’s Police Chief), a
memorial plaque was dedicated to these two pilots. It reads:

In Memory of
Ensign Judson N. Berger of Ferndale
Ensign O. Fredrick Hall of Detroit
These two air reserve officers lost their lives at this site in
A tragic Naval plane crash March 17, 1946
Love of country, Dedication to duty

Source: The Ferndale Historical Society and “Roosevelt-Geary Park Naval Air Crash,
1946” [scrapbook complied by Frank Flores] in Ferndale Historical Museum Archives.
The Ferndale Historical Society is asking for memberships for the year 2010. Individual
 membership is only $10. Family memberships are $25 and Lifetime Memberships are
$100. Please MAIL payment along with your name and mailing address to The Ferndale
Historical Society 1651 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220. Your membership helps support
  the Ferndale Historical Museum and will provide you with copies of their wonderful
 newsletter The Crow's Nest. Go to www.ferndale for more info.

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School District Faces $300 Per Student Cuts, How You Can Help
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

Children across the State of Michigan are suffering the consequences of
funding cuts, including students in the Ferndale and Hazel Park school
districts. The State of Michigan is planning on cutting the education budget
by about $300 per pupil, according to Ferndale Public Schools
Communication Specialist Jessica Stilger. At the Nov. 9 City Council
Meeting Stilger spoke out about the proposed cuts and urged Ferndale
residents to get involved.

Stilger said that decisions made in Lansing will be cutting $1.2 million from
the district’s budget just four months into their fiscal year. “We are working
hard to keep up quality education and providing a full service district.
However we are asking people to contact elected officials.”

According to Ferndale Public Schools Website
(, says that Governor Jennifer
Granholm “has signed a school aid bill presented by the state legislature that
included a $165 per pupil reduction in school aid – this likely cannot be
changed. The additional reduction of $127 per pupil can be restored,
provided action is taken prior to November 21 [2009].”

It goes on to say that “School officials through the state are asking
legislators to raise the $264 million needed to restore the imbalance in the
School Aid Fund.” The website gives information on
how to get involved in the fight to restore school funding.

Councilperson Kate Baker, along with everyone else on council, seemed
concerned over the loss of State funding – which is affecting many aspects
of life for Michigan residents. Baker asked that The City Clerk’s office draft
a letter on behalf of The City of Ferndale to State-level leadership in support
of restoring school funding. Council is expected to vote on sending the
sentiment at the next Council Meeting.

Ferndale Public Schools asks readers to contact their representatives before
November 21, 2009 to express their opinions on budget cuts for education.
Below are some addresses of elected officials who may be able to help:
Governor Jennifer Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
P: 517-373-3400
F: 517-335-6863

State Rep. Vincent Gregory
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P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
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Wanna Talk About Fight Club: Big Read at the Emory is Your Chance
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

Everything you ever love will reject you or die.
Everything you ever create will be thrown away.
Everything you’re proud of will end up as trash.

This is just a taste of the harsh life philosophy of Chuck Palahniuk in his short but
sweetly nasty mind-twisting novel Fight Club, which will be discussed at the Emory’s
upcoming Book Party on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:30pm.

Many have seen the movie Fight Club, an adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton.
But for those who are looking to delve even deeper into the psychology of masculinity,
social pointlessness and violently cleansing self-development (complete with soap made
from discarded liposuction fat), this novel has a lot to offer.

It is the tale of a man finding his inner man. It is about a person looking at all the
problems of society and liberating himself from them. And creating new ones just for
himself. It is about shedding yourself of socially imposed responsibilities. As main
character Tyler Durden said “Getting fired is the best thing that could happen to any of
us. That way, we’d quit treading water and do something with our lives.”

Very little of the book is actually about fighting; much more is about mischief and self-
exploration. There is even a little romance with a woman who trolls support groups in
search of meaning and free coffee.

The Ferndale Public Library has copies of Fight Club available, and has teamed up with
The Emory to promote reading with the Book Parties, leading up to a month long of
festivities in March called “The Big Read.”
The Emory offers a free well or draft drink and appetizers to people who show their
Library Card, and the casual discussion goes until 9pm or later. Emily Husband,
manager at The Emory, said that the first Book Party, held in September, was a
success. There over a dozen readers discussed the book Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

 “We had a great turnout and it was a really positive partnership with the library. If we
can make reading fun and cool then its all for the better,” Husband said. The Emory is
located at 22700 Woodward Ave in Ferndale.

For more information about The Big Read, The Book Parties or other reading-positive
events go to

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Birthday Bash Celebrates Transgender Michigan Founder’s Life of Giving
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

                                    It would be hard not to call Rachel Crandall a giving
                                    person. She is a busy psychotherapist who sees low
                                    income clients and volunteers her services, the Help
                                    Line Coordinator at Affirmations Community Center
                                    and the Founder of Transgender Michigan, a
                                    statewide organization that connects transpeople
                                    throughout the state with support and information,
                                    advocacy and social events.

                                    She is known for her optimistic outlook and her
                                    eagerness to help others, dedicating most of her time
                                    making sure that other people have resources and
                                    support. She is often available through all hours of
                                    the night to answer the Transgender Help Line,
                                    which takes calls from people with gender issues,
                                    questions, and crisis all over the world. Transpeople,
                                    people who are questioning their identity or their
                                    sexual orientation, and people who may know others
                                    in this situation can call anytime and get
                                    compassionate answers from Crandall and other

                                     At “Rachel Crandall’s Ball-less 50th Birthday Bash
                                     on Nov. 15th at AJs Music Café in Ferndale,
                                     Crandall found herself surrounded by friends and
                                     supporters of her work. Her wife Susan Cocker was
                                     at her side as she shared the event with dozens of
friends and fellow transpeople, fellow lesbians and others from the LGBT and Ally

“Rachel is a trailblazer in Michigan and the rest of the world. Transgender Michigan
brings family together so we can talk about heartaches and joys and pains,” said
Transgender Michigan Chairperson of the Board Lilianna Angel Reyes of Battle Creek.
“Rachel is a she-ro in the trans community and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for
her and being able to find Transgender Michigan when I got involved six years ago.”

Crandall spent 38 years of her life in the body of a man, while feeling like a woman. In
1997 she began expressing her feminine side and was fired from her job as a
psychotherapist. Subsequently she lost the husband/wife relationship that she had begun
as a man named Richard. “I really loved my wife. I had a good job and I loved my life.
But I couldn’t be myself, so I always felt lonely,” Crandall said. “Now I have a whole
new life and I couldn’t imagine life without Susan, or without Transgender Michigan.
It’s something to look back. I’ve had so much love. And I’ve been really lonely too.”
It’s impossible to feel lonely when you’re helping people, and also when you know that
there are always people there for you. That’s why Crandall began Transgender Michigan
the same year that she came out as a transwoman. “There had to be some way to get all
the information and support together so that no one else would have to feel like they were

Transgender Michigan’s Helpline at 517-420-1544 provides 24 hour support for those
who may be struggling with gender issues, or those who have questions about
transgender topics. They also have an online network of transpeople called Michigan
TransNet, which gives resources for every county, as well as an informative website at They are also working to improve conditions for
transpeople in homeless shelters, and improving letting people know more about
transpeople through a public speakers program.

Crandall has also helped create Transgender Day of Visibility as a way to celebrate cross-
gender expression. The event takes place March 31 and is quickly gaining momentum
across the country thanks to social networking and other websites.

Her birthday wish this year was simple – to raise money for the nonprofit group that she
formed twelve years ago. And with over 50 people rocking out to the sounds of
MTF(male-to-female)-led group Steffie and the Dirty Virgins, the “ball-less” birthday
celebration was certainly a happy one for Crandall and the eclectic group of friends who
came to sing her praises..

              Just 4 Us                                211 West 9 Mile Road
                                                        Ferndale, MI 48220
                                                          (248) 547-5878

                                                     Gifts and specialty items
My Experience at Malys
A Ferndale View from an
interview with Bill Ristov of Dye Salon

As a hairstylist it’s important to always be
learning new things. I try to go to
trainings and hair shows at least one or
twice a year to stay current on the latest
products and styles. I wanted to share my
experience at the Maly’s Salon Forum and Grand Event in Grand Rapids, MI on Oct 25-
26 with all the people here in Ferndale who help support me and the other stylists at Dye
                                               Salon. I went with Billy Sandifer [owner
       R and S Resale
                                               of Dye Salon], and Nicole Cloutier and
                                               Natasha Vranic from Dye and we stayed
                                               at The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. I was
                                               in room 707, which was the room Henry
                                               Kissinger stayed in back in 1981 for the
                                               re-opening gala. There was a plaque on
                      www.                     the door and it had a great view of the
                  RandSresale                  city.
                                               Grand Rapids was amazing. I thought it
                                               was an elegant, pretty clean town. There
    Quality New and Used Furniture             was not a piece of garbage anywhere on
                                               the streets, and there were a lot of old
                                               buildings left. I love that the original style
              ~living room~
                                               was maintained. It was really nice and
              ~dining room~
                                               added to the city’s character.
            ~new mattress sets~
                                               Malay’s is a large distributor of beauty
                                               products and each year they host a big
            3335 Hilton                        event with lots of product lines being
                                               shown, and each one has classes you can
          (248) 298-2770                       go to. There are classes from 9:30 in the
                                               morning to 10:30 at night by companies
                                               like Paul Mitchell, Matrix, Ruth Roche,
                                               Redkin, and Martin Parsons. It’s held at
                                               the Devos Center and each stylist has a
                                               different room to show their products and
      Five Star is the newest line of          have classes.
  exceptional value where you get name-
      brand quality at value prices!           The first night there was a big opening
           Delivery available.                 party with a show featuring some of their
                                               looks and trends for the year. They had a
big glass booth with a painter on the inside making paintings of the designers’ looks so
that the audience saw the back side of the painting while the model appeared. Each
company gave teasers about what they were going to be teaching about, and we could go
to any of the classes.

                                                        I especially liked the Paul Mitchell
                                                        cutting class. I learned that the
                                                        stylists at Paul Mitchell think
                                                        things are going more symmetrical
                                                        like in the 80s, but more refined.
                                                        Bangs but not poofy bangs. Or
                                                        hair that is more stylized than
                                                        we’re used to.

                                                        But for color I learned from the
                                                        teachers at Redkin that because
                                                        fashion and styles are becoming
                                                        more bold, hair color is being
                                                        toned down. No more of the
                                                        bright reds and the sharp contrasts
                                                        and streaks. Good color jobs will
                                                        start to look more like gentle
                                                        layers of colors on top of color –
                                                        with depth, instead of the
                                                        obviously highlighted look.

I use Redkin products so I went to the Redkin color classes, but it’s nice to see the styles
from different companies. I think Martin Parsons tends to be more classic and
conservative. But Redkin taught three different techniques that are kind of new and
interesting. One was a long curly hair technique, another was a disconnected bob that has
a two-tiered layring to it that so the outside is longer than the inside. And the last was a
modern symmetrical that also had an 80s feel to it. Once side was long and the other

I got to meet a lot of other professionals, and the people I work with went to different
sessions than I did so we were able to share what we learned back at the salon. While in
Grand Rapids I also got to see the Mega 80s band – which is usually here at The Magic
Bag – play at the Intersection. They said it was the largest crowd they’d ever played to
and I really loved their show and seeing so many people there.

I’ve gone to LA, Chicago and New York for shows. But going to Grand Rapids and
meeting so many talented hair artists from our state is a good experience. We try to get
involved with fashion events here in Ferndale too. Last week I did hair at a fashion show
at The Magic Bag and a Ladies Night Fashion Show at Rosie O’Grady’s. I think
Ferndale can be a place where we set trends and I hope other people who read this will
share their opinions on fashion or whatever else they are fabulous at!
Is Ferndale Ready for Time Bank or a Neighborhood Watch?
By, Crystal A. Proxmire

Two community-strengthening ideas are being discussed in Ferndale, in hopes of drawing
out people to get involved.


The first proposed idea is for a system of service exchanged called a Time Bank. is a group that has set up a program that allows people to log community
service hours and then trade in the work hours for services performed for them by others
in the group. For example one person might babysit for three hours, and then have
someone else cut their lawn for an hour, and another person help them stuff envelopes for
their organization’s mailing for a couple of hours. Each person logs their hours into a
database controlled by, along with a profile and a list of services that they
can perform for others. Some examples would be computer repair, typing or help on the
internet, driving others, housework, childcare, plumbing, yard work etc.

Kim Hodge of the Lathrup Village Time Bank spoke at AJs Music Café on Nov. 13th
about the possibility of starting a similar group in Ferndale. According to Hodge, City
Manager Bob Bruner has already purchased the introductory kit for the program, but is
looking for outside help to organize the project. Lynna Kaucheck, a volunteer on the
Environmental Sustainability Commission and an organizer for Clean Water Action, has
agreed to be the temporary contact person for the Ferndale group, though people present
at the meeting agreed that spring would be a better time to begin having meetings. In the
meantime those who are interested can contact Kaucheck at
or (586) 556-8805 to be added to the contact list for more information.


Another group that may soon be forming in Ferndale could be a neighborhood watch
program. The Ferndale Police Department has supported citizen-managed Neighborhood
Watch programs in the past, but Alert Alarm agent Mark Hill says there is a program
through Alert Alarm that helps citizens organize and work with them on keeping
neighborhoods safe. The program wouldn’t cost anything to Ferndale residents, unless
they wanted to raise funds for specific things – like flashlights or cell phones. Police
Chief Michael Kitchen says that the Department hasn’t found much interest in
neighborhood watches in at least the past two years, but he is willing to support Hill’s
efforts with information and a police presence at neighborhood watch meetings should a
group get started.

Hill is currently looking for about ten people who would like to serve as block or
neighborhood captains. He expects that people will be more likely to get involved in the
spring, and is currently trying to see if there is enough interest for one to start. If you
would like to be kept informed or getting involved, please contact Mark Hill at (248)
288-3583 or e mail at
Support Ferndale businesses!

                             AJS Music Cafe
                            240 W 9 Mile Road
                            Ferndale, MI 48220

The following are messages from the Ferndale Police Department to media contacts. For
more information on any of these cases contact The Ferndale Police Department at 248-

Sat, Nov 7, 2009

Fire Under Investigation on Harris Street…. For story see

Fri, November 6, 2009 7:39:54 AM
Nothing to report
Lt. William J. Wilson
Ferndale Police Department

Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:50 PM
Burglar dodges death - faces lengthy prison sentence 09-3340

NOTE TO MEDIA: The victim in this case is a 72 year old man with an amputated leg.
He does not want to be interviewed by the media. I am not giving out his address, and ask
that you do not dig to get it. Putting too much information out there may make this man a
target for other opportunistic criminals. Please respect his privacy and safety concerns.
At approximately 3:40 a.m. today, police responded to a residence when a man called and
said he just shot at a burglar her broke into his house. The victim is a 72 year old man
who has an amputated leg. He woke up in the early morning hours and heard noises of
somebody in his house. The man grabbed his nearby .357 revolver and when the intruder
came to the bedroom door, the victim fired a shot at him. The bullet missed, and the
crook fled. The victim recognized the intruder by name as a person from the

The suspect is: John Robert Cole, a 56 year old man with a lengthy criminal record.
Police began to search the area, and within minutes a Ferndale Officer noticed Cole go
into the 7/11 Store at 9 Mile / Hilton. Cole was arrested. He had the stolen wallet and
money from the victim’s house in his pockets.
Cole has been arrested several times just in the last year and convicted of various
misdemeanors. He has made life miserable for many in the neighborhood where he has
resided. He has received short jail sentences, and has served abbreviated amounts of time.
Hopefully he will be taken off of the streets for a number of years.
No action against the homeowner / victim is being considered as he was justified in his
actions while defending his home and self.
The prosecutor’s office has authorized a warrant request for Home Invasion 1st Degree
(punishable for up to 20 years), and Cole was arraigned by Magistrate Larue Mead who
set a cash/surety bond of $25,000 dollars
Lt. William J. Wilson
Ferndale Police Department
310 E. 9 Mile
Ferndale, MI
Tue, October 27, 2009 7:38:35 AM
All quiet
Lt. William J. Wilson

Carjacking at Fresard Chevrolet

Yesterday (10/21/09) at about 3:00 p.m., Ferndale police responded to a reported armed
robbery that occurred at the Fresard Chevrolet dealership on Woodward in Ferndale.
It was reported that a salesperson was showing vehicles to the suspect, a black male
adult. The suspect put a handgun to the salesman’s head and stole a 2009 Chrysler 300.
Officers from Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Berkley and Royal Oak searched for the stolen
A Pleasant Ridge Officer conducting a traffic on Main St. near 10 Mile observed the
stolen vehicle pass him traveling n.b. on Main. The officer followed the vehicle which
went into a nearby parking lot. As the officer approached the stolen car, the suspect drove
back to Main Street and sped away s.b.. At 10 Mile and Main, the suspect crashed head
on into a SUV occupied by a man and a woman. The suspect then exited the stolen car
and began to run s.b.. The suspect pulled out a handgun and held it as he ran. Witnesses
stated he pointed the gun towards them, and then towards a Ferndale Police officer who
was stopped south of the suspect. As the suspect neared the officer, he reportedly pointed
his handgun at the officer who was exiting their vehicle. The officer responded by firing
two rounds at the suspect. The bullets did not strike the suspect, but caused him to
surrender. He was then arrested by officers w/o further incident.
Nobody was hurt in this incident.
After he was arrested, police discovered the weapon the suspect used was a toy airsoft
pistol – a replica gun that looks very much like a real handgun.
We will be submitting this case to the Oakland Co. Prosecutor tomorrow for warrants.
Lt. William J. Wilson
Ferndale Police Department
310 E. 9 Mile
Ferndale, MI

Tue, October 20, 2009 8:32:43 AM
Continuing a quiet streak in Ferndale
Lt. William J. Wilson
Ferndale Police Department
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 7:02 PM
To: Wilson, William; Mike Kitchen
Subject: Follow up on Martin Road Shooting
Hi Lt. Wilson and Chief Kitchen,

Any updates on the Martin Road Park shooting? Do Police think the suspect was from
outside the city? Do Police think this is an isolated incident, or part of a bigger problem?
Any other comments on the case and how the Dept. is handling it?


Tue, October 20, 2009 8:31:41 AM
Nothing new to report now.

Mon, October 19, 2009 8:02:22 AM
Another quiet weekend in Ferndale
Lt. William J. Wilson
Ferndale Police Department
Dear Readers,

This is the 12th issue of The Ferndale 115 News, and we are now getting over 900 unique
online readers each issue – which has come through steady growth through networking
and word of mouth. So I want to thank each of you who have taken an interest. Now I’d
like to tell people a little more about myself, since I’ll be now depending on you more
and more to make this project a success.

This issue is thinner than most because two things happened to me over the past two
weeks. Early in the issue I was sick as heck for two days, then later in the issue I was hit
by a car while riding my bike home from a meeting. That cost me a day in the hospital
and three more days of bruised ribs with painful breathing, banged up legs and a general
“I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus” kind of feel.

So I want to start by sharing three of my personal views. I try to keep objective about the
topics I write about, but I also think that if I want other people to feel good talking about
their views on various topics I should share what is important to me.

The first is bike safety. I recently did a story about bike-friendly Ferndale, that
applauded the city’s installation of bike racks and bike lanes and their promotion of
alternative transportation though events like The Sierra Club Green Cruise and The
Recreation Department’s Bike Rodeo. And I still believe Ferndale is better than
neighboring cities to ride in. However safety is a huge issue and I’d like to encourage
people to brainstorm how we can make drivers more aware of bikers, and how we can
teach them the importance of stopping before crosswalks so that they don’t negligently
kill someone. I’m eager for more experienced bicyclists to share their safety tips, and for
others to write in and share their ideas.

The second is Fern Care and the issue of healthcare in general. Thanks to my recent
emergency room visit I’ve discovered several things wrong with me that could easily
have been prevented if medical care were reasonably accessible to people in my income
level. I also was reminded of the difference in care for people with health insurance and
the absolute scum of the earth – i.e. poor people like me. It is an even more poignant
reminder of why The Ferndale 115 News has decided to make Fern Care their Charity of
Choice for 2010. Fern Care is a completely grassroots effort to give the public a free
healthcare alternative. The spirit of Fern Care volunteers is exactly the kind of spirit that
gives me encouragement that people really do care – and that no matter what position we
are in when we come together and support each other the whole of our strength is greater
than the sum of all our parts. Though editorially we plan to show as much of Ferndale
nonprofit life as possible, we are dedicating advertising space to Fern Care and will spend
the bulk of our charitable giving with them for the year because of the benefit their
services will bring to so many people.

And the third opinion I have today is that in order for The Ferndale 115 News to be
successful I need to find a way to get others involved. If something happens to me I still
need others to do things to make this paper work. Even with me at peak health, this paper
should reflect the work and views of many people - not just me. So I would like to ask
you to please take a moment to consider what value a good community paper could have
for the community. We can give people in Ferndale a one-stop place to find local events,
and we can draw in people from other communities with all that we have going on. Our
stories can unite us by helping us to learn from our neighbors and learn to show
emotional support for others and pride for our city. We can also show people in other
areas what a great place Ferndale is to live, especially if you want a place with active
neighbors. We can provide a low-cost way to communicate with each other about what
we have to offer. And we can ultimately build our economy by understanding how
business, government, groups and individuals work together to make things better. But
what can you add to this learning experience?

Can you forward interesting links to your friends and discuss stories that you’ve read

Can you write short letters sharing your opinion on any topic?

Can you let us know when news is happening? Can you write or do photography? Do
you know people who could benefit from advertising here?

I’ve set up a wish list page to keep track of our specific needs. I especially hope to get
more people interested in writing about nearly any topic as long as our readers can learn
from it and get to know you better in the process. Not just business profiles or
advertorials, but a good paper that is rooted in the fair exchange of information.

So please – drive safely, support
Fern Care and think of ways that
you can help make The Ferndale
115 News a success for us all!


Crystal A. Proxmire
Editor & Publisher
The Ferndale 115 News
Nov 15, 2009


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