Please follow the links below to view the CFF School Board Candidate Forum, which was held on Sunday, April 25. It has come to our attention that the text contains some spelling errors, for which we apologize. Thank you!
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale Candidate Forum Policies and Procedures
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will hold candidate and/or issues forums for any and all local (including city, county, and/or state) elections, including any and all offices and/or ballot questions, at the discretion of the CFF Forum Committee. CFF recognizes that, due to volunteer time constraints, not all elections can be covered. However, in an effort to provide as much information as possible to potential Ferndale voters, CFF will strive to cover a wide range of local elections, particularly those not already covered by the League of Women Voters.
To that end, CFF has promulgated the following policies and procedures, in an effort to provide clarity and uniformity in future Forums:
CFF welcomes participation by the community in these Forums. Please contact us with your ideas on how CFF can better serve Ferndale through its Candidate Forums.
CFF SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, 263 Vester St., Ferndale, MI 48220 www.fairferndale.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/12/10; Contact (248) 515-7803
Citizens For a Fair Ferndale to Hold School Board Forum
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will hold a Candidate Forum for the upcoming Ferndale School Board election. The forum will take place at the Kulick Center (1201 Livernois, Ferndale) on Sunday, April 25 at 1pm.
The candidates will have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire prior to the event, which will provide an overview of their experience and platform. CFF will post the candidates’ answers on the group’s website: www.fairferndale.org. Public attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates.
Contact us for more information:
CFF48220@aol.com or (248) 515-7803
CFF Announces This Year’s Good Neighbors
By: Kat Bruner James, Chair of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale
The nominations have come in, and this year’s Good Neighbors have been chosen. From well known local business people who have contributed, to numerous local organizations to unassuming folks down the block who have made their neighbors feel welcome, this year’s winners should make us all proud to be a part of this community.
In 2004, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) members decided to begin a new program to recognize people in Ferndale who support CFF’s goals and objectives in their everyday lives. Awards winners are recognized by their actions—no matter how big or small—that promote fairness, equality and the mission of CFF (see below). Thus began the CFF Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards (or just “Good Neighbors Awards,” for short).
This year’s nomination process yielded the most nominations CFF has ever received. And they were excellent nominations. Before the process began, we had already decided that we would be honoring ten people, as promoted in our call for nominations. A few nominees had already received a Good Neighbors Award, and the committee decided that we were not ready to recognize the same person twice. Each submission was a pleasure to review, and we expect that some that were not chosen this year will be nominated again in the future.
So, without further ado, here are this year’s winners, in alphabetical order: Angela Barboza-Ryan, Laura Bellamy, Kevin Deegan-Krause, Doug and Penny Gephardt, Jon Glab (owner of Strawberry Moon), Ralph and Christine Jerulle, Sherry Kurzman-Martin, La Leche League of Ferndale/Oak Park, John Sterritt and Sherry Wells. Jerome Raska and Robbin Yelverton of Blumz by J.R. Designs will also be recognized as the second CFF “Community Partner,” a relatively new award that goes to someone selected by CFF for their direct participation in promoting CFF’s efforts.
The Good Neighbors Awards event will be held in April, and, hopefully, we will have more to report following the event. Be sure to “stay tuned.”
More CFF events coming up:
CFF has more important events on the horizon. On Sunday, April 25, CFF will hold its School Board Candidates’ Forum. At press time, the exact time and location were not confirmed, but readers can check www.fairferndale.org for details. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates and the candidates will also submit responses to our questionnaire that will be available on our website through election.
CFF also plans to launch a new project in May called, “Hello Ferndale!” In the same spirit of our Candidate Forums, Hello Ferndale! is intended to provide residents with more information about municipal services, community organizations, and the like. The first installment of this program, which is headed up by Francine Hachem, will provide an interview style with representatives from the Downtown Development Association (DDA) to explain to residents exactly what the DDA does, how they are funded, and how residents can get involved. Please watch our website and future editions of Ferndale Friends for more information about upcoming events, including a music fundraiser at Club Bart in June.
The mission of Citizen’s for a Fair Ferndale is to foster a community that is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all residents and visitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, religion, gender, age, height, weight, familial status, national origin, physical or mental disability. Our next meeting is April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferndale Library.
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) and the League of Women Voters will hold two Candidate Forums for the upcoming Ferndale municipal elections. The forums will both take place in Council Chambers at Ferndale City Hall (300 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale) on Sunday, October 18.
First, at 1pm, the League of Women Voters is facilitating a forum for the Mayoral Candidate and City Council Candidates. This portion of the event is also co-sponsored by CFF.
Then, at 3:15pm, CFF will facilitate the Library Board Candidates Forum. The candidates will have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire prior to the event, which will provide an overview of their experience and platform. CFF will post the candidate’s answers on the group’s website: www.fairferndale.org. Public attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates.
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will hold a Candidate Forum for the upcoming Ferndale School Board election. The forum will take place at AJ’s Café (240 W. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale) on Sunday, April 19 at 2pm. Candidates will have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire prior to the event, which will provide an over view of their experience and platform. CFF will post the candidates answers on the group’s website: www.fairferndale.org. Public attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates.
The note below predates FernCare’s emergence as a separate entity:
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale will hold an information sharing forum on the formation of a free medical clinic for Ferndale residents on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2 – 4 pm at AJ’s Cafe, 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale.
What kind of services would help? Is there any day or night that would be especially convenient? Who should our clinic serve? Who funds a free clinic? These and a lot of other questions will be discussed. We expect good give and take conversation.
Ms. Charissa Shawcross, the director of the Joy-Southfield Health Clinic which opened in 2001, will also be there to assist discussion.
There are 47 free medical clinics in Michigan that serve people without medical insurance or who are underinsured. These clinics are all non-profit and work with a majority of volunteer staff.
Community Media Network will video the discussion for public access cable.
Ann Heler will be the moderator for the discussion. If you require any additional information, call her at 248-547-4692 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2-4pm on Sunday, October 21 at AJ’s Café
240 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Downtown Ferndale
Learn critical voting information about the Mayoral and City Council candidates, Library Board candidates, and THREE proposal issues. All candidates have been invited and will answer questions from the audience.
Let candidates know what is important to YOU!
Sunday, April 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Karma Tea, 309 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale.
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale has invited both of the School Board candidates to present their views and opinions and to answer questions from the Ferndale community.
Katrina Collins and Darcy McLoughlin are running unopposed.
We have solid support for our schools BUT the school board still has a number of issues that require both long and short term decisions. Each citizen of Ferndale needs to understand why these candidates have chosen to run for these positions and what each see as priorities for our schools.
For information on the Forum, contact Ann Heler at 248-547-4692, moderator for the Forum, or the Chairperson of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, John Sterritt at 248-541-1434.