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Citizens for a Fair Ferndale Call for Good Neighbor Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2014                                                                    
Contact:  Kat Bruner James, Chair
248-515-7803,CFF48220@gmail.com              

FERNDALE: Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) is seeking nominations for its Good Neighbor = Strong Community Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, organizations and businesses in our community who are outstanding examples of “good neighbors,” and who are committed to building, preserving and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods and community.

Nominations will be accepted through March 14, 2014. About 10 honorees will be selected and celebrated at a special event in May. Past winners have represented a diverse group of individuals ranging from well-recognized community leaders to quiet, unsung heroes who all make a difference daily through caring for others, speaking out against injustices or making people feel included in the community.

“Good Neighbors are what make Ferndale such a special place to live and do business,” said Kathryn Bruner James, CFF chair. “The Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards are an opportunity to honor those who generously give so much to others through care, support and advocacy.” Previous honorees have include a selection of diverse individuals, organizations and businesses celebrated for good works in the community. They include community leaders and local businesses as well as those “unsung heroes” deserving of recognition.

Nomination forms can be found at www.fairferndale.org/?page_id=152. Submissions can be made online or mailed to Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, 263 Vester, Ferndale, MI 48220.

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, established in 2003. CFF 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.  The group hosts forums and community workshops, encourages dialog to dissolve barriers and recognizes local residents who support its mission.

CFF meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the Ferndale Public Library. For meeting information please contact Kat Bruner James at 248-515-7803. Everyone is welcome!

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Miss Representation Screening at Ferndale High School- Monday, Oct. 28

Last year, CFF coordinated carpooling to a screening of Miss Representation at Oakland University. We also donated two copies of the film to the Ferndale Public Library.

Ferndale High School and Ferndale Youth Assistance are sponsoring a screening right here in Ferndale on Monday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at the Ferndale High School Media Center.  We encourage you to watch the film and get in on the discussion about how media imagery of women affects how women and girls view themselves.

Click the following link to view a flyer for the event: MissRep Flyer

Learn more about the film at MissRepresentation.org/the-film/

2013 Candidate Questionnaires & Ballot Proposal Information

Election Forum video now available online at YouTube.com/FerndaleMi

Click the names below to open a pdf version of each completed Candidate Questionnaire.

Mayoral Candidates:

City Council Candidates:

Library Board Candidates:

Also, click below for information regarding Proposal A:

Confirm your voter registration and view a sample ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center.

CFF TO HOST CANDIDATE FORUM

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, 263 Vester St., Ferndale, MI 48220 www.fairferndale.org

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/8/13; Contact (248) 515-7803

 Citizens For a Fair Ferndale to Hold Candidate Forum

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will hold a Candidate & Ballot Proposal Forum at the Ferndale Library (12:30-2:00 p.m. for the Mayoral Forum, 2:15-3:00 p.m. for the City Council Forum, 3:00-3:45 p.m. for the Proposal A Forum, and 3:45-4:00 p.m. Library Board Candidates). The event will also be recorded and submitted to WFRN for airing until Election Day. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

CFF has invited all declared candidates, plus one participant presenting each side of the question presented to voters in Proposal A.

The format is simple:

1. Candidates are at a table in the front of the room.

2. Each Candidate will have an opportunity to give a 3 minute introduction.

3. As people come in, they are given 3 x 5 cards.  These are gathered periodically and brought to the moderator.  The moderator then poses the questions to the candidates.  Each Candidate has 2 minutes to answer each question. The order of response changes so each has a chance to be first.

4. There is a timer to help you pace answers.

5. Each Candidate will have an opportunity to give a closing statement.

CFF’s complete Forum Guidelines can be found at http://fairferndale.org/?p=248

CFF’s mission 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.

Learn more about CFF at www.fairferndale.org

Contact us for more information:
 CFF48220@gmail.com or (248) 515-7803

CFF SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM PRESS RELEASE

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

Call for Nominations: 2010 Good Neighbors Awards

Help us honor individuals, organized groups and businesses who make Ferndale a community that values the fair and equal treatment of everyone.

What can you do?

Previous honorees have

  • Created inclusive, welcoming environments in their businesses
  • Collaborated on art projects that celebrate diversity
  • Spoken out against injustice in our community
  • Tutored foreign-born Americans
  • Created a neighborhood festival
  • Cared for senior citizen neighbors
  • Established block club networks
  • Built a community garden
  • Sheltered the homeless

Past Honorees include Julie Andrews, Katy Beyerlin, Ed Burns, Craig Covey, Doug Davis, Jean Davis, Andrew Dengate, June Derin, Ferndale Elk’s Lodge, Tiffani Gagne, Chuck Goedert, Keri & Caleb Grayson, Mike & Cathy Greer, Tomiko Gumbleton, Francine Hachem, Hazel Park Even Start, Ann Heler, Trevor Johnson, Krista & Chris Johnston, Jackie Koivu, Betty LaFramboise, Bob & Mary Lenaway, Stephanie Loveless, Western Market, Daniel Martin, Loretta Matschikowski, Jim Maxwell, Kelly McKinstry, Larry Mills, Monica Mills, Janet Narich, AJ O’Neal, Paramount Bank, Dennis Paulson, Greg Pawlica, Bob Porter, Nancy Quesnell, Becky Rabban, Larry Saville, Delmar Schmidt, Charles Sink, Peggy Snow, Ann St. Peter, Ann Steslicke, Ruby Woods, Xhedos Café

Contact us for more information at fairferndale@gmail.com or (248) 541-1434

Citizens For a Fair Ferndale and League of Women Voters to Hold Two Forums

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 to Hold School Board Candidate 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 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.