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HE GEOGRAPHIC AREA NOW KNOWN AS THE CITY OF OAK PARK WAS ONCE described as “worthless, not fit for habitation.” Oak Park used to be one large marsh, complete with murky waters, abundant plant life, and Michigan swamp creatures.

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OWEVER, DESPITE ITS EARLY, UNDESIRABLE FEATURES, THE AREA WAS INCORPORATED AS A VILLAGE in 1927, with fewer than 1,000 residents, and incorporated as a city 75 years ago in 1945. Prior to World War II, Oak Park was considered unfit for development. While Detroit suburbs flourished along the Woodward corridor and west of Greenfield, in 1945 Jewish land developers eyed Oak Park with interest as the war ended. Some thought it would be a great place for an airport, while others considered building a racetrack (which eventually happened but in Hazel Park). Builders, however, felt it would attract Jewish residents to the suburbs where there were no land covenants restricting homeownership due to race and/or religion. Before WWII, 20,000 pieces of lumber were required to build one new frame house, restricting contractors to building only one or two homes per year. Prebuilt, ready-to-use modules made popular in the war, made it possible for one contractor to build 22 houses per year. Young families raced to occupy bright, new, modern homes in the suburbs.

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N ADDITION TO PLENTIFUL HOUSING STOCK, THREE MAIN FACTORS drove Oak Park’s rapid and unique growth: 1) Accessible home financing through the military GI Bill for veterans; 2) Newfound housing opportunities for religious and racial minorities; and 3) Sound decisions by early city officials.

one, innovative Public Safety Department, which became a national model. Oak Park Schools Superintendent James Pepper spearheaded new construction of eleven, state-of-theart public schools within twelve years to match the City’s tremendous 565% population growth, of which 43 percent were school-aged children. By 1960 there were 10,000 children attending Oak Park schools annually.

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AK PARK BECAME KNOWN AS THE FASTEST-GROWING CITY IN AMERICA, expanding from 2,000 to 37,300 residents between 1947 and 1963. Between 1950 and 1960, Oak Park became home to seven synagogues, five churches, a dozen baseball diamonds, a public swimming pool, a library, a recreation center, an ice rink and two parks. In 1960, the City introduced its first Independence Day Parade.

Some families moved to Oak Park to be nearer Northland Shopping Center, which was one of the first outdoor malls in the United States. However, the majority of Jewish families settled in the area due to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veteran Administration (VA) rules for returning Jewish war veterans which required that they live in new construction outside of Detroit. This became the prevailing impetus for early Jewish settlement in both, Oak Park and Southfield.

In the 1970s, white residents began moving away from Oak Park as black families moved into the City (a racist ). Oakland trend known as County encouraged urban sprawl, prompting families to move further out into the northwest suburbs. Many Jewish families stayed loyal to Oak Park, however, and welcomed the diversity. This transition period resulted in declining municipal revenues and,

Elected mayor in 1949, Gerald Kent had the foresight to hire a City planner to develop Oak Park’s first Master Plan, which, with recent modifications, still provides the basis for community development today. In 1951, Oak Park City Council combined policing, firefighting, and emergency medical services into FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE |

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once again, destabilized Oak Park’s economy. In the 1980s and 1990s, however, the City of Oak Park began bouncing back. The Jewish Federation started the Neighborhood Project in 1988, which provided Jewish families in Oak Park with interest-free loans for home-buying or improvements. Once again, Oak Park returned to being one of few stable, diverse communities in America.

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T THE ONSET OF THE CITY’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY, the State of Michigan and federal government proposed a project that threatened to destroy the community. The plan involved slicing the city in half to accommodate the construction of Interstate 696.

The Great Recession of 2007 had a devastating impact on Oak Park property values, as many residents lost their jobs and their homes. Caught in the back-draft of the worst economic crisis in 70 years, Oak Park had 100 vacant commercial and industrial properties. Property tax revenues fell by 50 percent, while Oak Park’s state revenue-sharing model plummeted by $5M as compared to the previous decade. In November 2011, however, changes in Oak Park’s leadership initiated the City’s comeback. Once again, a series of sound government decisions rescued the City from potential bankruptcy and set Oak Park on a growth trajectory. Today, Oak Park is progressing again relative to residential and business growth. In keeping with our history of resilience, Oak Park remains one of few stable, inclusive communities in the nation. n Honorable Charlotte Rothstein, the first woman mayor of Oak Park.

The Honorable Charlotte Rothstein, the first woman mayor of Oak Park elected in 1981, went to Washington, D.C. to lobby the federal government for assistance in building a pathway over the expressway so that families on either side could attend religious services. Mayor Rothstein’s dedication to literally building bridges helped stabilize Oak Park and maintain our diverse culture. Today, we celebrate the beautiful parks and crossways that run over the freeway and connect our community.

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HE CITY OF OAK PARK IS ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITIES in Michigan. That definitive statement might surprise people but it’s true.

Over the span of 75 years since the city’s incorporation, Oak Park has upheld its reputation as an inclusive community with a familyfriendly culture. In more recent years, we’ve also enhanced our brand as “a great place to do business.” Since 2014, when Oak Park n completed an aggressive designed to promote private sector investment, our city has been on the move. Oak Park is situated on the southern edge of Oakland County and the northern border of the City of Detroit. Until recent years, Oak Park was known as a “bedroom community” – where residents live, but work in other cities, mainly Detroit. During my eight-year tenure as City Manager, however, we’ve experienced historic growth in terms of licensing small businesses and corporations for operation within Oak Park’s city limits.

Three significant corporations – Fed Ex Ground Distribution Center, Bollinger Motors, and the Kroger Company – have joined our community within the past five years. In 2015, international courier service Fed Ex developed a 304,000 square-foot distribution center in Oak Park’s Armory Park, representing one of Oak Park’s largest commercial land deals on record. Fed Ex employs more than 245 people and operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days-aweek at the facility now located at Greenfield Rd. and W. 8 Mile Rd. This year, Bollinger Motors, a manufacturer of electric, four-wheel drive trucks, relocated its headquarters to Oak Park’s 11 Mile corridor to accommodate the company’s expansion. And Kroger recently completed construction and opened a full-service grocery store on Greenfield Rd. These three companies join a host of Oak Park veteran manufacturers and service businesses, which include Eaton Steel Bar, Hagopian, WeatherGard, RingSide Creative, Barton Malow Rigging, EJ Group, and Brilar.

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T’S A KNOWN FACT THAT OAK PARK RESIDENTS DEMONSTRATE CONSISTENT LOYALTY in patronizing local, small businesses, so our community is very attractive to small retailors as well. We’ve substantially increased our number of small businesses in recent years. New ventures include Oak Park Social, Classic Expressions, Unexpected Craft Brewing Co., Nerd Out Toys, Wing Snob, Mad Crab, Dog & Pony Show Brewing and The

City Manager Erik Tungate welcomes Public Safety Officer Evan Beauchamp to the Department. Oak Parker restaurant. We also celebrated the grand opening of nonprofit Forgotten Harvest’s new headquarters and campus on 8 Mile Rd. The new establishments expand our existing, small business community, which also includes our own Ernie’s Market, Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes, Curv Bella Boutique, K&F International Market, Leyton’s, The Book Beat, Street Corner Music, and Eddie's Gourmet. Businesses have many reasons to choose to plant roots in Oak Park. The city’s strategic location is an attractive feature. Oak Park is bordered by three, major thruways: John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) to the west, Walter P. Reuther Freeway (I-696) to the north, and 8 Mile Rd. (M-102) to the south. Most of the credit for our success, however, is shared by the City’s innovative Economic Development department and the collaborative efforts of all our administrative departments. We pride ourselves on our competitive recruitment approach and our ability to offer businesses of all sizes a streamlined licensing process.

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T’S SUCH AN HONOR TO SERVE AS CITY MANAGER OF ONE OF MICHIGAN’S MOST CUTTING-EDGE COMMUNITIES. I came into this position knowing there existed a solid foundation from which we could make measurable progress. And we have. Oak Park is on a solid trajectory toward continued growth. I fully anticipate significant community and economic development for years to come. n

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OR THE PAST 16 YEARS, NANCY QUARLES HAS REPRESENTED OAK PARK in a variety of capacities, including in the Michigan state legislature and as county commissioner for Oakland County’s 17th District. “Electric ideas have transformed Oak Park in the last few years. That, and the residents’ sense of community will ensure success into the future,” Quarles said, as she looks forward to the city’s 75th Anniversary and anticipates the city’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery. “We will move forward again with our positive momentum because of strong leadership and our community base.” Quarles points to the balance between the social and residential aspects of the city that Oak Park has worked so hard to achieve. She sees economic development and the residents’ connection to the city as the foundation for success for the next 75 years. “We will get back to growing our small businesses and restaurants, which were thriving before COVID-19,” she said. “We have been drawing a new energy from our sister cities, and we have done well keeping our sense of community

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ISTORICALLY ONE OF THE METRO DETROIT AREA’S BEDROOM COMMUNITIES, Oak Park has been growing into more of its own. Since Quarles was elected Oakland County Commissioner for the area in 2010, she has seen new elected officials come in with ideas and energy for change. They have prioritized teamwork with the community, anchored by neighborhood block clubs.

“Oak Park will continue to thrive because of its people.” Quarles has witnessed the difference block clubs have made and the way they add vibrancy to the community. “They hold festivals and picnics, as well as beautification projects and Music in the Park concerts that benefit all of Oak Park,” she said. “They always have something going on. I have always loved the fireworks in Shepherd Park.” “One of my favorite events is the Fourth of July parade,” Quarles remembered. “Residents line the streets and everyone gets involved – from the kids in the school bands, to the classic car lineups to the organizations, like the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association, that march each year. It is the epitome of community.” The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, sponsored by the Oak Park Board of Education, is another event that demonstrates a spirit of community, according to Quarles. It draws people together and gets school kids involved in celebrating King’s philosophy. She said, “It’s a very special event.”

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MBRACING THE CITY’S DIVERSITY, including its strong Jewish, African-American, Chaldean and Arab populations, is another essential factor in Oak Park’s success. They bring a rich, eclectic mix, and according to Quarles, “they have a lot of respect for each other’s traditions and cultures, for diversity.” “In my 16 years representing Oak Park, it has been my privilege to see all of the positive growth and changes that have brought us to this 75th anniversary,” she said. “If I had one wish for the future, I would like the citizens to continue their strong sense of community. Oak Park will continue to thrive because of its people.” n

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I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the City of Oak Park for celebrating 75 years. It is my pleasure to recognize the city for its extended commitment to its citizens and community. I am honored to represent a city as dynamic and promising as Oak Park. Oak Park is home to just under 30,000 residents, with each family bringing something unique to the community. As your member of Congress, I have worked closely with Mayor McClellan and City Manager Erik Tungate, to ensure Oak Park residents have the highest quality of life possible. The city is growing rapidly, and I look forward to our continued work in securing the cultural diversity, access to resources and safety of such a beautiful city. Oak Park is more than just a city, it is a home and an identity. It is my honor to represent this great city, and I would like to congratulate all residents on 75 years.

community in expressing our appreciation for the many years of providing homes, communities and businesses for Michigan residents. On behalf of the United States of America, I thank you on your servitude to our nation. n

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Y FAMILY HAS DEEP ROOTS IN AND AROUND OAK PARK. My grandfather owned the Sunoco gas station at 8 Mile and Coolidge for several decades, which became an Oak Park landmark known for its reliable service and hard-working mechanics. My father paid his way through college as a mail carrier up and down the streets of Oak Park neighborhoods and my mother was a summer counselor at Oak Park Parks & Recreation in the 1970s.

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NE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES GROWING UP WAS WALKING WITH MY GRANDPARENTS from their Southfield home down to Oak Park Boulevard to play on the trains at Oak Park Park. When I ran for State Senate in our district in 2018, it was an incredibly nostalgic feeling to canvass in the neighborhoods around what is now Shepherd Park and passing by those same trains. I’ll admit that, even as an adult, I had to climb onto those

trains to relive that experience I had as a little kid. Oak Park is renowned in our region as a strong community with vibrant neighborhoods, friendly residents, and an honest government. Growing up around a community with these attributes have shaped my desire to serve and it is an honor to advocate for our shared values every day in the State Senate. I’m proud to represent this com-

munity as it celebrates its 75th birthday and am excited to join with Oak Park community members as we usher in the next 75 years! n Jeremy Moss State Senator Michigan’s 11th District Representing Southern Oakland County Assistant Democratic Leader

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HAVE SPENT THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY LIFE IN AND AROUND OAK PARK, and I consider myself blessed to represent my neighbors, friends, and family that reside in this community. Growing up, I regularly visited my grand-parents who chose Oak Park as their home when they relocated from Canada in 1969. My grandfather, a union electrician, moved here with my grandmother to work on the Fermi plant. But it was the people of Oak Park and the sense of community that inspired them to stay. The kindness of residents, the beauty and affordability of neighborhoods, and the quality public amenities kept my grandparents in Oak Park for the duration of their lives. The teachers, neighbors, and friends I met in Oak Park helped shape me into the person I am today; from the educators at Norup to my neighbors on Harding Street. As an adult, I owned my first home in Oak Park because I was drawn to the diversity of the city’s residents, neighborhoods, and businesses; I knew that Oak Park would be a perfect community for me to thrive.

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S I REFLECT ON OAK PARK IN HONOR OF OUR 75TH BIRTHDAY, I have fond memories that span the course of my lifetime, and I look forward to sharing them with my own children. I am humbled and honored to serve all Oak Park residents – my neighbors and friends – as our state representative in Lansing. My passion for public service and helping others is undoubtedly a result of my upbringing in and around Oak Park, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Happy Birthday, Oak Park! You’ve never looked better!

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S AN OAKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER WITH THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING Oak Park for almost 18 years, I have enjoyed getting to know the many wonderful residents and public servants who live and work in this special community. I want to thank the former Mayor Jerry Naftaly, who welcomed me when I first started to represent Oak Park in 2003. As a life-long resident of Oak Park, Mayor Naftaly was a fiercely loyal and dedicated public servant. He passionately contributed to the family-centered community of Oak Park. The current Mayor Marion McClellan welcomed new faces and brought new ideas to Oak Park. A newer City Manager, Erik Tungate, stabilized the City budget during the challenging economic times in 2008-2010. He brought fresh ideas such as economic development, a corridor improvement authority and attractive streetscapes, which improved the quality of life in Oak Park. Oak Park is a special community where diverse cultures and religions truly unite for the good of the community. Residents have good reason to appreciate their superior resources such as the Public Safety department, pool, many recreation classes and an excellent library.

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much smaller scale. The organization does accept donations, but Sam said there is one very important way community member can support the work that they do: “The best way that people in the community can be involved is to be considerate of their neighbors and help their neighbors,” Sam said. In his humble fashion, Sam says Building Beds 4 Kids operates like a family.

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This 501c.3 organization is entirely volunteer-based, and gives a priority to families in the foster-care system, families who have faced homelessness and those who are starting over. Their focus, however, is always on providing beds for children and youth, ages 2-18. The organization built hundreds of beds last year, despite the couple’s complete lack of carpentry skills, since they are never in short supply of knowledgeable volunteers. “I’m lucky that I knew what a hammer was,” Sam said. “With the help of volunteers, I have picked up a better understanding of carpentry along the way.”

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“My wife and I have been community volunteers for a long time,” Sam said. “We saw a very large number of kids who didn’t have beds and we said, ‘Okay, we are going to start our own organization.’” The couple receives requests from community organizations and churches, and said they have given the most support to the Pontiac and Detroit area, where there is the most need. Because of the pandemic, their altruistic retirement plan has been operating on a FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE |

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EANA ATTISHA IS MARRIED TO SAAD ATTISHA, AND THEY OWN THE OAK PARK STAPLE, SAHARA RESTAURANT. Her husband started the operation in 1980 in Ferndale at 9 Mile and Woodward. He was there for about three or four years before moving to 9 Mile and Coolidge in Oak Park, then moving again in 2010 to 10 Mile. Sahara has been in Oak Park for 36 years and their current location by Mary Meldrum for the last ten years. That is the 40-year history of a local family-owned restaurant.

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AHARA IS VERY WELL-KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY, especially among our Chaldean neighbors. Sahara’s menu features very traditional Mediterranean dishes. Some of the dishes are proprietary, like the stews and some soups. Saad, his brother and his mom have all worked in the restaurant, and Zeana works there as well. With a business finance degree, she handles bookkeeping and paperwork and also supervises the staff. After a fire in 2010, she took more of a hands-on role at the restaurant. She also helped with a campaign to bring liquor licenses to Oak Park, working to get the matter on the ballot. Thanks to her efforts, Sahara now serves beer, wine and liquor, and now anyone can now apply for a liquor license. This has opened up opportunities for Oak Park; now the city can attract hotels and other restaurants and venues.

HE PANDEMIC HAS PUT A NEW STRAIN ON SAHARA. They have been forced to quickly transform their business. There is no more food-sharing. Right now, the restaurant can only seat a maximum of ten people at a table. “A lot of our food was served on trays, but not during COVID-19. Our restaurant took an 80 percent hit at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. A lot of servers have not come back. We have no more than 50 percent capacity right now.” “I don’t think things will get back to normal until maybe next year.” Zeana expressed some problems with acquiring coins from her bank, purchasing certain liquors, and hiring new staff. “We have made multiple attempts at ordering certain liquors, and there is a very limited amount of some, like expensive tequila. I am not sure why, but it is a problem.”

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EANA SAYS THAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM RIGHT NOW FOR SAHARA IS THE LACK OF EMPLOYEES. Their carryout business is still strong. Sahara has restaurants in Oak Park, and one in Sterling Heights for 16 years, and now they are building one in Detroit at the Little Caesars world headquarters building. They used to have a facility in Farmington on 13 and Orchard Lake until 2015.

Now, they generously donate meals to hospitals, doctors offices, and other healthcare workers! If you are interested in working at a Sahara restaurant, reach out to them for an interview. n

“Sahara is run off of our special recipes. We have a Sahara Market in Warren, and we go down to Eastern Market for some of our fresh foods.”

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ANY DRIVEN, DEDICATED ENTREPRENEURS WERE PLANNING TO OPEN STORES, RESTAURANTS AND other businesses just before COVID-19.

When the pandemic hit, we were all forced to stay home, effectively halting most commerce, big and small. This, in turn, stopped many prospective business owners from ever opening, putting their hopes and dreams on hold as well as slowing job creation. Other, somewhat luckier entrepreneurs were able to open their ventures just before the novel coronavirus reached American shores, not knowing what was to come.

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On PEZ dispensers in particular, Herkowitz explains “Most of the ones I have are from the ‘90s to the early 2000s. The no-feet stuff from the ‘60s gets really expensive, really hard to get. If it comes in, it just flies off the shelf.” Like so many other items on his shelves, they range in age from several decades old to brand new. Kids and “kids” of any age will undoubtedly find something you like when you walk in. If you have any familiarity with toy collecting, you probably have heard of Herkowitz. He has a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable collectors around. He’s hosted several local toy shows and conventions in years past, including one at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale. As with so many others, the pandemic hit Randy and his store hard. Still, he has remained flexible and adaptable in order to weather this storm the best he can. Nevertheless, he and all of Oak Park’s small business owners rely on community members to patronize them in order to stay afloat and continue serving our city and region. “You gotta shop local, there’s a lot of good stores here and the growth is incredible,” said Herkowitz in closing.

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NE OF THOSE ENTREPRENEURS IS RANDY HERKOWITZ. In mid-Fall of 2019, before the term COVID-19 was on anyone’s radar, Randy opened up a cool and unique retail store called NerdOut Toys on Nine Mile Rd, near the City’s eastern border with Ferndale. By Christmastime, business was booming.

Shop local, support Oak Park’s small businesses, and help grow your local economy! Visit NerdOut Toys at 8106 W Nine Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237. Learn more at www.nerdouttoys.com. n

Randy’s toy shop originated as a hobby. Buying, selling, and collecting vintage and antique toys is a passion that began in his basement but eventually outgrew hobby status. That’s when he knew he needed to look for a brick-and-mortar location nearby that could service other collectors and hobbyists whom he’d built relationships with over the years. He settled on Oak Park because of the location and amenities, as well as his appreciation for the fact that the City has been investing in its commercial corridors. Herkowitz and other nearby business owners are primary beneficiaries of the recently completed Nine Mile Redesign project. “I think it’s great. It’s centrally-located. It’s near Ferndale, Berkley, Southfield, Detroit. And it’s a very diverse area that’s growing,” Herkowitz said. “The whole transition to Oak Park was great. Everyone was great help. They let me know if there was anything I needed and helped me achieve the goals I wanted to achieve.”

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ANY OF THE THINGS YOU FIND AT NERDOUT TOYS WILL BRING YOU FEELINGS of happiness, amusement, and especially nostalgia. From action figures to PEZ dispensers and even a few vinyl records, NerdOut has gained traction as being both a place to regain interest in old toys and hobbies, as well as a place to take a metaphorical walk down memory lane. According to NerdOut’s website, they nerd out on just about everything, including “witches, droids, star fighters, creatures, wizards, supervillains, robots, barbarians, aliens, cyborgs, warriors, monsters, superheroes, spaceships and all other things fantastical!”

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DWARD STENCEL IS THE LIVELY, EXTROVERTED FOUNDER OF THE POPULAR RIVER ROUGE BREWING COMPANY, situated in Royal Oak and opened in May 2015. In 2019, Stencel was awarded a prestigious $100,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) to open a new brewery. Overall, the MDARD has awarded $1.8 million in grants to 20 projects, with the goal of encouraging private investment in Michigan. And now, before the new year, Stencel is set to open the highly-anticipated Unexpected Craft Brewing Company at 14401 W. 11 Mile Road, in Oak Park.

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ATURALLY, STENCEL HAS BEEN HARD AT WORK ensuring the new brewery/tasting room will be ready for its launch! Stencel has an interesting educational/career background. He attended the U of M in Dearborn, attaining a BA in economics. His initial career was within the automotive industry. Subsequently, Stencel studied to earn a masters in TV and film production and became involved with show/movie production in Hollywood for several years, “from Taco Bell thru …even Tim Burton movies!” Stencel’s work involved extensive worldwide travel; Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, to name a few. From early on in his adult life, Stencel describes having a keen interest in beer and brewing. As a young man, he recalls forming a sizeable beer can collection. Throughout his time in the movie industry, Stencel describes, “frequenting quite a few different breweries,” with a particular fondness for darker beers. Back in his home-brewing days, he formulated a Guinness-inspired recipe named: which became a huge favorite with his friends.

will be sold, and he also plans to keep the location “food-truck friendly” for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Additionally, Stencel mentioned he would like to partner-up with local restaurants, in order to provide a greater choice in food items. A further goal is to host some musical entertainment outside, on certain nights. He is a firm believer in the way a brew pub can bring people from all over the world together, as he has already witnessed at his River Rouge BC. We are looking forward to the opening of this great addition to the city of Oak Park! n

“I do not discriminate on my beers.”

One of Stencel’s favorite breweries was the Intergalactic Brewery in San Diego, owned by a young gentleman called Alex Van Horn. Stencel and Van Horn quickly became good friends to the point where they would often brew together over the weekends, and Van Horn effectively became his hands-on instructor in the art of brewing. Another favorite brew locale was the AleSmith, also in San Diego and owned by Peter Zien. Both Zien and Van Horn became important mentors. Brewing came naturally to Stencel. From selling some of his own brews through Intergalactic and trying out his own different recipes, he came to realize, “Maybe this is something I can do full-time!” In the timespan of 2007 to 2010, the movie company Stencel represented struggled financially, so he made the big decision to move back to Michigan. Our governor at that time had created lucrative incentives for the movie industry. But, as Stencel recalls, that all changed fairly quickly.

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T WAS TIME TO MAKE A FULL COMMITMENT to his passion for brewing. So Stencel found a space in Royal Oak and, with the help of some friends and family, it became the River Rouge Brewing Company. But, due to the limited space, Stencel was soon searching for another local space to expand. Finally, in July 2018, Stencel found the current great locale in Oak Park. With the grand opening any time now, I asked how a night out at Unexpected Craft BC might look. Stencel explained there will be various drinks to choose from, in addition to signature beers, including: wine, cider, hard seltzer and at least 30 different taps. Light snacks

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every child. We even have a karate program here that teaches responsibility and discipline.”

for children ages 3-5, all in separate buildings.” Over the past 21 years the company has continued to grow, and most recently Jefferson opened Ology on W. 9 Mile in Oak Park, offering tutoring services and activities for home-schooled, unschooled, private and public schoolaged children. Joyful Tots is also set to expand to Roseville in the near future.

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OYFUL TOTS IS A MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and supports many local activities and events through the year. “We buy and donate gifts to families at the holidays, and the children love it,” Jefferson said. “We do a lot with the City of Oak Park. We help sponsor the Winterfest and Summerfest, daddy/ daughter dances and the BooFest. We for the were the business district at the 4th of July parade, and we just sponsored a reading program with the Farmer’s Market.”

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HAT TRULY MAKES THE COMPANY STAND OUT is the staff’s commitment to promoting health and wellness. “I am a naturopathic doctor,” Jefferson said. “And what I’ve found is that eating a healthy diet really cuts down on illness. In the beginning, we were taking in children with a lot of health issues – everything from thyroid problems to pre-diabetes, some on dialysis. I wanted to do something to help.” She fondly remembers one child who had significant thyroid problems. The staff gave him avocados and iodine, which he loved, and gradually the dosage of medication he was on was reduced until eventually eliminated altogether. “That was just amazing,” Jefferson recalled, and she credits her dedicated staff for standing behind her efforts. “We adore our children,” she said. “When parents call and say, ‘We are so grateful to you for what you have taught our children,’ there’s no way to describe that feeling. Brain development, and social and emotional connection is so important. We work to help them become great compassionate leaders. They will one day be in charge of our food supply, our water, our agriculture. We really want to help develop bright young children who are compassionate givers, and we cater to the mind, body and spirit of

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HE OUTDOOR CEREMONY ALLOWED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, which Joyful Tots has voluntarily instituted within the center as well in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temperatures are now taken at the door and a virus vaporizer service cleanses the interior once a week. Jefferson said the facility is focusing on everyone’s safety while ensuring not to instill fear in the children. Above all, she said the staff is dedicated to the carrying out the center’s mission statement, which is, in part, to “develop life-long learners by offering innovative, full day, year-round, educational early learning and primary programs that address the whole child…as providers of a creative learning environment, we help to instill confidence, self-worth, a healthy lifestyle and good morals.” n For more information on all of Joyful Tots’ programs, please visit joyfultots.com or ologyforkids.com, email joyful@joyfultots.com or call 248.399.4569.


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by Jennifer Goeddeke

ETROIT AUTO ELECTRIC (DAE) IS A FLEET SERVICE & MANAGEMENT COMPANY, WITH AN EXTENSIVE HISTORY. I recently visited their facility at 21040 Coolidge in Oak Park and spoke with both Sue Cetnar (office manager) and Shawn Castle (president/operations manager). Despite being under the pressure of a pressing deadline, they both gave me a warm welcome and and considerable time in sharing some details about DAE. 62 | FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE


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HE COMPANY WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED IN 1937 BY RUSS TILLIT, AND WAS SITUATED ON WARREN AVENUE. A few years later, in 1941, DAE moved to 8040 Livernois. Subsequently, Charles Davidge purchased the company in 1971, and they moved to 8113 W. 8 Mile in 1983. All three of these former locales were in Detroit.

A week before the outbreak of Covid19 in the US, DAE lost its biggest account: Art Van. This cornerstone of Detroit furniture store filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and began liquidation sales at its 190 stores. The Art Van account involved the maintenance of over 600 trucks, many of which were just left on DAE's lot. The whole situation was a big challenge.

The company focus gradually shifted over the years, from auto maintenance to the maintenance of trucks, trailers and vans. A number of their service features keep customers returning because they go beyond what a typical fleet management company would do. Even though DAE does not own the trucks, Cetnar emphasized that they treat each one as though it directly belonged to them. She described DAE’s basis for its success as centered on excellent customer service, with consistent communication via email or phone.

Fortunately, the Taylor & Martin auction company offered to help. So they got to work getting the trucks up to full running standards, including the replacement of batteries and other differing degrees of mechanical work.

Every aspect of truck maintenance is conducted in-house, including the electrical and transmission work, with a top-to-bottom check of vehicles during every appointment. Detailed tracking records via specialized software enable the staff to keep customers informed on everything that needs to be checked. Roadside service for their customers is also offered.

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“We treat each truck like our own asset.”

Quite a few of the trucks' buyers were located out-of-state. Thus, the entire process needed careful coordination. Just as I was conducting the interview, the deadline for the trucks' pickup had arrived. Cetnar mentioned their staff had been working around the clock to meet this deadline, "because a sitting truck is a big deal...we needed them to be okay, so we stayed busy!"

DAE kept the costs reasonable, and it turned into a win-win situation allaround. Additionally, a few other companies contacted them for work, including Forgotten Harvest. "They are running trucks massively", Cetnar added. "It was a great way for DAE to bounce back" she added with a smile.

AE HAS MADE SUSTAINABILITY A PRIORITY, IN OFFERING a comprehensive Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. This greatly lowers the level of emissions and helps substantially with air quality by recirculating and burning off nitrogen oxide fumes. The system also adds to the longevity of the trucks, by efficiently keeping the EGR circuit, oil and fuel systems completely clean. Cetnar added, “we believe in it, and other places charge triple what we do.”

2021 marks the 50th year anniversary of ownership under Davidge. Cetnar and Castle will be planning a party for customers and guests. Further updates will be posted on their website/social media accounts. We wish them continued success in re-building new accounts, and keeping their fleets in top running condition! n Detroit Auto Electric Fleet Services is located at: 21040 Coolidge in Oak Park. They can be reached at 248.543.8805. Visit their interactive website: www.daefleet.com for further information.

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ER NAME IS YEMISI BAMISAYE, AND SHE IS THE OWNER AND DESIGNER at African Fashions by Classic Expressions. Bamisaye was born in Nigeria and has been a student of fabric and design since the age of seven, when she taught her tiny fingers how to sew. by Rose Carver

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wasn’t always the case. Bamisaye’s first store was located at Tel-Twelve Mall in Southfield. She sold everything from pant suits to dresses of the more common variety, with some African fabrics available. Her shop has since moved to Oak Park on 9 Mile, and it is now exclusively African fashions and accessories. “Our customers rely on us for authentic African fashions and fabrics,” Bamisaye said.

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AMISAYE, WHO ALSO HAS A DEGREE IN MICROBIOLOGY, specializes in African fabrics. What started as a hobby grew into a profession when she migrated to the United States 29 years ago. With her, she brought a passion for fabrics and the story behind the design.

FRICAN FABRIC PATTERNS ARE USUALLY BRIGHTLY COLORED, AND REPRESENT STORIES OF POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS RELEVANCE. Each color has a meaning, from red representing death, to blue signifying love and peace. Entering Bamisaye’s shop, you will learn the significance behind these patterns.

“I can tell you the history behind the designs.”

“Customers enjoy the fact that I can tell them the history behind some of the designs,” Bamisaye said. Anyone can view the inventory of this Oak Park gem online at GlobalAfricanCreates.com. Dresses, head wraps, and skirts are available for purchase, as well as masks with African prints, for those looking to spice up their pandemic wardrobe. n

African Fashions by Classic Expressions is open to the public 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday 10820 West 9 Mile Road, in Oak Park.

Vibrant colors, natural shapes, and luxurious textures are common among the artistry of the fabrics at Bamisaye’s store, but this

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F YOU EMERGED FROM YOUR HOME EARLY THIS SUMMER AFTER THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN AND WONDERED what those new red bikes are that you see all over town, you’re not alone.

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N THE BEGINNING OF JUNE, A PLAN FROM CITY ADMINISTRATION, COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES finally came to fruition when MoGo Bike Share launched its expansion from Detroit northward into five communities in southeast Oakland County. Starting at 44 stations across 10 Detroit neighborhoods, mostly in the Greater Downtown area, to then adding 30 new stations spread out through Oak Park, Ferndale, Berkley, Huntington Woods, and Royal Oak, MoGo has expanded their footprint in a massive way. Now, thousands more Metro Detroiters have quick and easy access to an affordable, well-managed bike share system that can help them run errands, get to work, or simply get more exercise. “We are proud to be a partner with MoGo as they expand their reach into Oakland County,” said Oak Park City Manager Erik Tungate. “The expansion of the service area in our community has given our residents another public transportation resource to utilize for commuting and running errands. This is undoubtedly another huge step towards improving the quality of life throughout our community.” Of the 30 new stations in Southeast Oakland County, there are a total of five in Oak Park: • OAK PARK BLVD. & PARKLAWN ST. (In front of the Community Center.) • NINE MILE RD. & MANISTEE ST. (Near the Seneca Pocket Park.)

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F YOU’VE NEVER USED THE MOGO BIKE SHARE SYSTEM BEFORE, IT’S VERY SIMPLE. Riders can purchase one of the various passes online, on a smartphone with the Transit app, or at any one of the new stations. After you make your payment, you are provided a unique code to unlock a bike. Select a bike, type in your code to unlock it, and you’re on your way. When you’re done, simply find the nearest MoGo station to return your bike and lock it up. To lock it properly, slide the bike back into an empty dock and wait for the green light to appear. When the green light is displayed you know you’ve locked it up properly. If the bike isn’t properly docked back up, you may continue to be charged.

think about hopping on one yourself.

• COOLIDGE HWY. & LINCOLN ST. (On the border of Huntington Woods.) • GREENFIELD RD. & LINCOLN ST. (Near the new Kroger location.) • ELEVEN MILE RD. & TYLER ST. (On the border of Berkley, near exciting new developments.)

The expansion efforts came after two-plus years of meticulous planning, organizing, and decision-making. Of course, it helped tremendously that MoGo and the expansion communities received a $495,380 grant as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). This funding helped move the project from idea to reality. It helped pay for the stations, bikes, and construction involved in putting the expansion into action. The new MoGo bikes come at a great time for Oak Park, too. As the Nine Mile Redesign finished up in the Fall, the MoGo station on Nine Mile Rd kitty corner from the new Seneca Pocket Park followed shortly after. With a new road diet, bike lanes, and bike parking, getting from A to B on twowheeled, man-powered transportation has never been easier.

So the next time you see a red MoGo bike riding around your neighborhood, think about hopping on one yourself. Not only are they affordable and environmentally-friendly, but they also can help you get to your job, visit a friend, run errands, get more exercise and much more! To learn more about MoGo, visit www.mogodetroit.org.

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NCE A DULL AND DRAB LIGHT INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR, ELEVEN MILE RD between Greenfield Rd and Coolidge Hwy. is going through a total transformation. Much like the Nine Mile Redesign, City officials saw potential in Eleven Mile that hadn’t yet been unlocked. So, they took it upon themselves to make a difference and bring out the best in one of Oak Park’s unique business districts.

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N 2018, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR KIM MARRONE AND CITY PLANNER KEVIN RULKOWSKI worked with the Oak Park Planning Commission to rezone three blocks of Eleven Mile between Greenfield and Coolidge; the blocks between Tulare St. and Gardens St. to be exact. They were rezoned from LI (Light Industrial) to a brand new zone called MX-1 (Mixed-Use). Previously, those three blocks were zoned for things like small manufacturing, warehouses, storage facilities and other light industrial operations. Now, the allowed uses are much more exciting and consist of business types aimed at drawing in people from all over the region: restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, bakeries and more. The three rezoned blocks are specifically prime for this new classification because of the large public parking lots in the rear. Since the rezoning took place, investment and development in the area has taken off.

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former location of a small parts manufacturer. Originally announced in 2018, this project has faced considerable obstacles but is moving forward with perseverance. UCBC will be the second location for proprietor and head brewer Edward Stencel of River Rouge Brewing Company in Royal Oak. The new brewery will house brewing operations as well as a tasting room (and possibly space designated for food trucks), and it was all made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). The MDARD grant helped Stencel cover the costs of the expansion and purchasing new brewing equipment. “Ultimately, this grant allows us to expand into Oak Park. Without it, it would be very difficult to make this jump because of the overall costs and expenses of the project,” said Stencel at the time. “It’s going to help with the infrastructure, the plumbing and adding additional cold rooms, as well as allowing us to use more Michigan agricultural products and increase our overall production.” Look for Unexpected Craft Brewing Company to open on Eleven Mile in the coming months.

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NOTHER EXCITING DEVELOPMENT OPENING SOON ON THE ELEVEN MILE CORRIDOR IS OAK PARK SOCIAL, a gastropub to be located at 14691 Eleven Mile Rd.

First announced in May 2019, Oak Park Social sits right under Oak Park’s iconic and newly renovated water tower. It will feature an outdoor patio and offer a menu consisting of artisan-inspired New American cuisine that features unique shareables, chef-driven entrées and vegetarian options. “We knew Oak Park was a great choice because of their recent investments in infrastructure and their strong focus on economic development,” said Oak Park Social proprietor Alexander Bishai. “We sincerely believe in Oak Park and the City’s vision for Eleven Mile Road. We will continue to invest in the City of Oak Park and assist in forging the path for Oak Park to be labeled as a destination for food, spirits and hospitality in Metro Detroit.”

N ADDITION TO ALL THE EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS HAPPENING on the Eleven Mile corridor, the new Kroger grocery store will be located right around the corner on Greenfield. Currently wrapping up construction, the Kroger will feature a grocery pickup service, pharmacy, and a fuel center. The biggest development in Oak Park since FedEx, this project is sure to be another catalyst for growth on the Eleven Mile corridor as well as the shopping center directly adjacent to it. With all that is going on in Oak Park, and specifically on Eleven Mile Rd, it’s hard to keep up! Stay tuned for updates and announcements about even more developments coming soon. To learn more about the City of Oak Park’s economic development efforts, visit their webpage. n www.oakparkmi.gov/departments/ community_and_economic_development/ index.php

Scheduled to open this Summer, work was stalled for a while and the project pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work has resumed, though, and residents can look forward to this unique neighborhood eatery opening very soon.

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N ADDITION TO UNEXPECTED CRAFT BREWING COMPANY, Oak Park is getting a second brewery on Eleven Mile! Dog and Pony Show Brewing is anticipated to open up some time later this year or early next year in the old Randolph Tool Building located at 14661 Eleven Mile Rd. Unlike some other industries, two breweries in close proximity to each other can actually benefit one another. With their own unique traits and offerings, both brewing operations should draw plenty of interest. Dog and Pony will be complete with an outdoor front patio, offerings of both beer and cider, and an event space for when larger social gatherings are safe to hold again. Proprietors Aaron and Josh Gierada come from an entrepreneurial background and are determined to make their brewing operation a success. “Anything you do, you have to do with passion and we will make it a success,” Kyle Gierada said.

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NOTHER RESTAURANT IS IN THE WORKS on Eleven Mile – this one outside of the new mixed-use zone, though. Near the corner of Eleven Mile and Coolidge, Oak Parker will be a hip new bistro located at 13621 Eleven Mile Rd.

From renowned restaurant operator Joe Bongiovanni, Oak Parker will feature outdoor seating, a basement lounge, and various spirits. Of Salvatore Scallopini and OWL fame, Bongiovanni knows what it takes to bring a great eatery to a previously uncharted area and turn it into a massive success. Architecture firm Ron & Roman are designing the interior and exterior of the building to be modern, chic, and welcoming to all. Planned to open later this year, you’ll definitely want to add this spot to your “must-try” list.

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AK PARK’S NINE MILE REDESIGN PROJECT BEGAN IN 2014 WITH THE GOAL of creating a vibrant streetscape, vigorous community culture, and additional opportunities for both businesses and consumers. The plan included projects such by Eric Freeman as a road-diet, back-in angle commercial parking, Strategic Communications Specialist, City of Oak Park bike lanes, trailheads, and new public spaces.

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THE CITY HOSTED A GRAND OPENING EVENT LAST FALL WITH A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES for residents and visitors along Nine Mile Road at the Sherman and Seneca Pocket Parks, the Connector Park, and the Trailhead. We celeb-rated with free food, giveaways, demonstrations and a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by City Manager Erik Tungate, Mayor Marian McClellan, members of Oak Park City Council, and a host of residents. The following is a breakdown of Oak Park’s Nine Mile Redesign strategies:

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bicycle access on the City’s main streets. The City conducted a traffic study and learned that there was no need for five driving lanes on Nine Mile Road, and that reducing the number of lanes would not significantly impact automobile travel times. As a result, the automob-ile lanes were reduced from five or four lanes (depending on the area) down to three lanes, creating a safe path for cyclists between the sidewalks and the road. This strategy also has the potential to lower auto accident statistics by 19-47 percent. The lane replacement project includes on-street parking, a walking area, and bicycle lanes.

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St., and the linear park along the Nine Mile Road corridor. Due to their aesthetic appeal, pocket parks have the potential to boost home values by $10,000 for residential owners on nearby blocks. The City currently estimates close to 900 visits to Oak Park’s pocket parks per week based on WIFI logins. The second phase of the project will result in additional public spaces along Nine Mile Road westward to the border of Southfield. n For more information regarding the Nine Mile Redesign project, visit the City's website at www.bit.ly/NineMileRedesign or like the City of Oak Park’s Nine Mile Redesign Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NineMileRedesign.

Instead of requiring standard parallel parking along Nine Mile Road, the City has implemented a safer, back-in angle method. Drivers have a clearer line of sight to detect oncoming traffic as they exit parking spots. The requirement also makes more room for additional parking spaces.

Trailheads Trailheads are monuments that mark the center of bike lanes and walking paths. The display features a directional kiosk, public art, and information about bicycle-related amenities.

Bike Lanes Bike lanes are essential in the redesign since statistics show that they help significantly lower accidents and injuries. Also, bike lanes are expected to help increase consumer activity at local businesses.

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N EARLY 2019, TWO POWERHOUSE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS MERGED TO COMBINE THEIR EFFORTS and work as one group toward their common goals of reducing homelessness and expanding Oakland County’s affordable housing stock.

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HAT USED TO BE SOUTH OAKLAND SHELTER AND LIGHTHOUSE OF OAKLAND COUNTY is now simply known as Lighthouse, and their merging of personnel, operations, and missions has only made them stronger. Shortly after the merger, Lighthouse announced that it cleared a major hurdle in bringing an affordable housing development to Oak Park on Coolidge Hwy between Eight Mile Rd and Nine Mile Rd. A year and a half later, what is now known as the Coolidge Place development is almost complete. Coolidge Place is an affordable housing project on a 4.5-acre site that is bringing 64 townhouse and ranch-style apartments to Oak Park, as well as green spaces and a community center for residents of the complex to enjoy. “It is extremely difficult for low-income families to climb out of poverty when housing costs consume most of their income,” said Ryan Hertz, president and CEO of Lighthouse. “We hope Coolidge Place paves the way for more developments that help level the playing field in terms of equitable access to lower-cost, high-quality housing because everyone deserves a place to call home.” A $15 million project in total, Coolidge Place was made possible in part by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) via a $1.3 million Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This tax credit is expected to provide roughly $12.5 million in equity toward the total cost of the project, a major financial boost during a time when finding financing can be difficult.

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HE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN OAKLAND COUNTY has been clear for a long time. Communities like Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, and others that provide great neighborhoods and bustling commercial districts are often far too costly for many people to afford. This leaves lowerand middle-income people out of the discussion when talks arise of growing the County’s population and making it a welcoming place for all. As evidenced in a 2018 report from the Urban Insti-

tute, fewer than 50 affordable units are available in Oakland County for every 100 low-income households. This is precisely the gap that Lighthouse seeks to help close, as their mission is to make sure that everyone, regardless of income level, is able to find a quality, affordable home in Oakland County. “Unfortunately, for all of our wealth, our county is among the worst in the state when it comes to providing available and affordable rental units. We must do far better for our community,” said Hertz. “Coolidge Place will help us begin to chip away at this barrier to economic stability for working families by building dozens of beautiful and affordable apartments for our neighbors.” With support from City staff and officials, Lighthouse is developing Coolidge Place through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spero Housing Group, in partnership with Southwest Housing Solutions in Detroit. Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas Inc. is the architect on the project and O’Brien Construction Co. is serving as general contractor with Ethos Development Partners as the development consultant. “This is an important point in time for our city,” said Oak Park City Manager Erik Tungate. “This project will help spark new development in the immediate area and will transition an otherwise obsolete stretch of property into a vibrant corridor.” Rents are expected to range from $389/month to $824/month for one, two and three-bedroom units. More information on the Coolidge Place development can be found here: www.southoaklandshelter.org/coolidge-place n

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HE BEGAN HER POSITION IN OAK PARK ON MARCH 2, AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY the Library was forced to shut down because of the pandemic. She is happy that the Oak Park Public Library is one of the few that are now open – or, kind-of, anyway. They are only open for grab-and-go, 30-minute visits. You can come in, get what you need and leave. White-Owens explained that people can come and talk to a reference librarian. White-Owens is an administrator; her role is to make sure that the Library runs properly and that people get in and get the service they need. She performs the scheduling and programming. White-Owens is passionate about programming, and wants to launch a parking-lot-decorating program for example. “People think libraries are stiff and boring. We give them chalk and other things and they can draw or paint their parking space to reflect what they want to see in their library.” Karen is creative with programming.

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T ALL BEGAN WHEN THE OAK PARK LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION CALLED AND ASKED IF SHE WOULD LIKE TO INTERVIEW FOR THE JOB OF DIRECTOR. At the time, for Dr. Karen White-Owens, it seemed like a good change from her job as director at the Lennox Twp. Library in Macomb, not to mention being closer to home.


She likes for the staff to enjoy programming too. “If you have job satisfaction you will enjoy your work. One member loved science, and we were able to offer many learning experiences around science. We called her “Kathy the Science Lassie,” and she loved it.”

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HITE-OWENS IS A WRITER AND HAS WRITTEN 15 fiction and one nonfiction book. You can find them on Amazon and Overdrive (eBooks). I asked her if she had a favorite from her creations and she said, “I wrote one that earned a lot of awards; a story about a woman who was really a foster child. The lead character finds her family but they reject her. That book is called . “When I started writing, I had a goal: First, a paperback, then a hardcover, then a movie deal. I came close to the movie deal. calling once, but it didn’t work out.”

me a place to go. You read to write and write to read. I used to love to read the .”

“You read to write and write to read.” came

Spare time: “I like to read and go to the movies. October is anti-bullying month. I love to watch the original movie. I love movies; everything but horror. Suspense or thriller, I love that kind of stuff.”

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VERY WEEK I HAVE A TOPIC RELATED TO WRITING your first novel. There are also stories for children. In November, we will have the children read to the Director of the Children’s Library.” “We are all navigating this very unusual time. When it is over, I have plans for all types of fun things I want to do with the community.”

Karen encouraged me to go to the website for the Oak Park Public Library. There are many new things to do posted on the site. The Library is open for business! Make time to for a visit. n www.oakparkmi.gov/departments/library

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RELATIONSHIPS… by Joscelyn A. Davis Communications & Public Information Director, City of Oak Park

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HE CHALLENGING EVENTS OF 2020 WILL UNDOUBTEDLY STAY WITH US FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. A relentless, global pandemic brought many of us closer to our loved ones, as we embraced “togetherness” while sheltering in place. At the same time it unjustly robbed too many of us of our family and friends.

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e collectively experienced the tragedy of losing several national role models for our youth, such as Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. And we empathized with people around the world who marched for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a corrupt Minneapolis police officer. We felt all these events right here in our own tight-knit, Oak Park community. Oak Park Public Safety Director Steve Cooper, a 30-year veteran of the Department, believes that in times like these, community engagement is critical. I recently sat down with him to discuss his views on the role and responsibilities of Public Safety in times of crisis and his vision for the relationship between the community and law enforcement.

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Director Cooper, what is community policing? Director Cooper: Community policing is relationship-building. It’s ensuring that officers are active and integral members of the community – not just when crimes are committed, but also when there are opportunities to engage with residents and create positive experiences. We’re committed to making and maintaining connections with our residents, which was the impetus for appointing two Community Resource Officers whose roles are to attend community events, establish presence in our schools, and bond authentically with residents. Governor Whitmer issued a shelter-in-place order this Spring in an effort to save Michigan lives. How did Public Safety respond to the pandemic relative to maintaining the health and safety of residents and Public Safety Officers? Of course, the Oak Park Public Safety Department was never shut down during the shelter-in-place order because we’re essential workers. Oak Park is unique in that each officer is highly trained in policing, firefighting, and emergency medical services. In fact, Oak Park was the first community in the State of Michigan to combine all three services into one department in the early 1950s. Our first priority, before, during and after this pandemic, is to maintain the safety of our residents and staff. We immediately secured personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, rubber gloves and eyewear because we know a healthy officer is a responsive officer. During that time, we experienced a higher volume of calls for medical emergencies, so we relied heavily on our dispatch unit to conduct thorough phone interviews. And we were prepared to provide residents with PPE and on-site medical screenings for the virus, as needed. You participated in the anti-racism protests held in Oak Park following the death of George Floyd. Why was it important for you to be there? Every officer in the Oak Park Public Safety Department agrees that Mr. Floyd’s death was a senseless murder that placed additional strains on relationships between many communities and their law enforcement agencies across the country. But in Oak Park, it made our bonds stronger. I was honored to be asked to speak at our local rallies because I felt enraged as well. At that time, it was critical to assure the community that we stand with them and that nothing like that would happen in Oak Park.

I’m pleased to welcome Public Safety Officer Evan Beauchamp to the Department. He was sworn into service with us this summer. And Officer Donald Hoffman, who’s served the Department for seven-and-a-half years, was recently recruited to serve concurrently on Oakland County’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. I’m extremely proud of both officers and look forward to their contributions to law enforcement and supporting the Oak Park community. n

The rallies were peaceful, and it was clear that they were not anti-police but protests. We distrib-uted free refreshments and face masks from the Oak Park Public Safety Ice Cream Truck. Officers kneeled with residents in a moment of silence for the loss of Mr. Floyd. I’ve since heard from numerous residents who want to assure our Public Safety Officers that the support is mutual. This is a great example of what results from community policing. Our residents know and trust us. As you can see, that can make all the difference in a crisis situation. Have there been any recent changes in the Public Safety Department? FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE |

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HE OAK PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT BOASTS AN ABUNDANCE OF EDUCATIONAL and co/extra-curricular programs to meet the needs of a vast array of learners from Pre-K through twelfth grade. We encourage students to challenge themselves academically, explore comprehensive course offerings and take risks to discover their individual gifts.

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e are dedicated to providing an intellectually challenging educational experience in safe, nurturing school environments that thrive on cultivating and empowering students to be their authentic selves. In addition, our academic and co/extra-curricular opportunities provide agency and shape self-identity, which are critical components to the adolescent development process. Oak Park School District’s nearly 4,500 students are served at Einstein, Key, and Pepper elementary schools (grades PreK-5), the Oak Park Preparatory Academy (grades 6-8), Oak Park High School (grades 9-12), NOVA (grades 3-12) the Oak Park Alternative Education Center (ages 16-19 years old) and My Virtual Academy of Oak Park (grades 5-12), in Oak Park, a suburban community with approximately 30,000 residents. Our District consists of over 450 staff members, including 250 teachers and 11 building administrators. The Oak Park advantage is a holistic approach to education that not only prepares students academically but also fosters a sense of belonging and creates long-lasting connections to the Oak Park community. While attending Oak


Park Schools, students develop a confidence that is woven throughout their post-secondary, professional, and socialemotional well-being years after they graduate.

ment courses at the Center for Advanced Studies and Arts (CASA). Special facilities include the state-of-the-art Hoffman planetarium, a TV studio, multi-lingual studies, and computer labs.

“We take pride in our commitment to fostering a diverse teaching staff that is inclusive of everyone. It’s integral to our culture as we aim to empower our students to bring their best self, unique perspectives, and talents to the classroom every day,” said Brandon Jiles, Communications Coordinator.

Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, Oak Park Schools had an award-winning 2020. Oak Park High School teacher Owen Bondono was named the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). Bondono will be entering his sixth year of teaching English language arts in the fall. Prior to teaching, he Commitment to student Owen Bondono worked as a paragrowth and emphasis on professional in the classroom for athletics and the arts are just a handful of four years. Bondono’s selection the many Oak Park advantages. The Wade as the 2020-21 MTOY began McCree Incentive Scholarship Program with the nomination of more offers four-year scholarships to attend than 400 teachers last fall. Oakland University for Oak Park High “Ultimately, teaching is an School students who graduate with a 3.0 expression of my love of humGPA and score at least 1060 on the SAT. anity. My way of making my Our comprehensive educational and mark on the world is making the enrichment programs allow us to distinctnext generation better. I know ively meet the needs of all learners in Oak that growing the next generaPark. tion of humanity is a community N ADDITION TO THE MAJOR ACADEMIC effort, so I will create that AREAS, COURSES ARE OFFERED In art, community wherever I find it,“ music, physical education, computer sciBondono said. ence, foreign language, bilingual educaIn addition to our educational tion, alternative education, advanced programs, a wide variety of placement, co-op, work-study, special edextra-curricular activities keeps ucation and college prep, advance place-

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INCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1840, THE BERKLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ENJOYED REMARKABLE SUPPORT from the community, including businesses and families outside of the District.

“The incredible success Berkley students experience is possible in part because of the overwhelming community support provided at every level to ensure they are provided with a state-of-the-art educational experience,” explains Director of Communications, Jessica Stilger.

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UPERINTENDENT DENNIS MCDAVID BEAMS ABOUT HIS STAFF. “WE ARE NOW WELL UNDERWAY into our 2020-21 school year. The year has started out with remote learning, and I am incredibly proud of all our students for their perseverance. I am also deeply proud of our educators for their willingness to try new things and be nimble during this online learning time. They have stretched themselves to make sure they can deliver content with fidelity and form meaningful relationships with their students. I have never been more proud of our team for putting students first and thinking of all the ways we can support our learners while learning remotely. “While this school year does look and feel differently, some things are still the same. Over the Summer of 2020, we had quite a lot of Sinking Fund work completed. Roof work was completed at Rogers, BHS, Anderson, Building Blocks and Burton. Parking lots were re-paved and repaired at Norup and BHS. Media Center carpet was replaced at Angell, Burton, Rogers, Anderson and Norup. We have many more projects in the works for this coming year. We are grateful for the community’s ongoing support and investment in our schools.

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“We prepare our students to be creative, curious, confident, and critical thinkers. This year, we will reinforce these principals with the notion of being flexible and adaptable to ever changing situations. We know our students are up to the challenge because they are always impressing us with their knowledge, growth mindset and their ability to adapt to ever changing situations. “Our students enjoy the multitude of experiences and successes because of the overwhelming community support, the fantastic work of their great teachers and administrators and the rich and vibrant environments that parents create. We believe we are all in this together for the benefit of all our children.”

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HERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS ONE CAN BECOME A PART of the Berkley School District. Residents who live within the District’s boundaries are welcome to register directly with the enrollment office. If a family is uncertain whether their residence is within the boundaries, there is a map available online or at the enrollment office. Each year, the Board of Education also has the opportunity to approve School of Choice slots for a limited number of students in grades TK-5, and there are a set number of openings in 9th grade for the Berkley High School (BHS) Scholars program. Although the Board has approved the School of Choice slots the last several years, availability is reassessed on an annual basis and the continuation of this program is not guaranteed. Additionally, if the number of applications for School of Choice received after the program is approved exceed the number of openings, a lottery is held to place students. If a student’s name is drawn, they will be allowed into the District. According to the District, Berkley students “are prepared to be creative, curious, confident, and well-rounded critical thinkers who are kind and caring and have a glob-

al perspective while understanding their communities.” The District has been named one of the state’s recipients of the Best Community for Music Education award nine years in a row. BHS was named a Best High School by the in 2020, among the top eight percent of high schools in the nation. In 2018, it was one of 175 schools in Michigan to be honored with College the Success award, demonstrating the District’s commitment to preparing its students for continued success after graduation. BHS was also named to the 2017 Most Challenging High Schools list, ranking 21st in Michigan and 1,575 in the nation. “Berkley School District is known for being dedicated to creating pathways for students to achieve their individual best, whatever that looks like for each student,” says Stilger. And Superintendent McDavid is leading the charge, ensuring students are supported not only while achieving their educational goals, but also while reaching their career goals after they move forward in their journey.

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HS CURRENTLY OFFERS 26 ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES and students are able to attend courses at the Oakland Schools Technical Centers. Outside-of-thebox courses include zoology, forensics, Encore! show choir, creative writing, film studies, history of the Holocaust, marketing, computer programming and many more. Students can also participate in the school’s newspaper, or learn robotics, foreign languages or video production while still in middle school. Many middle school students complete high school credits while attending Anderson or Norup.

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Berkley’s elementary schools offer opportunities for children to excel at their own level and pace by utilizing the models. This allows administrators to gage each student’s individual needs for furthering their academic growth. Berkley offers a wealth of opportunities for middle school and high school students to join clubs and sports. Middle school sports include softball, base-ball, football, basketball, track and field, cross country, wrestling, swimming, volleyball, golf, tennis, and clubs include yearbook, robotics, and art and drama. BHS offers football, basketball, swimming, soccer, wrestling, and cheerleading, among others, as well as club sports including hockey, figure skating, the dance team, and rugby. At BHS, students can join over 60 clubs, including unique offerings such as the vine-and-cheese club, drama, and the future teachers club. Berkley’s students have been named AllState and Academic All-State honorary recipients for activities such as swimming, track and field, baseball, golf, hockey, and soccer. Twelve student athletes signed with colleges and universities during the 2018-19 school year. The BHS Orchestra was also one of three high school orchestras nationwide invited to play at Carnegie Hall in 2019 for the and Berkley High School was the first school in the state to adopt , a peer-led wellness program that benefits all students. n


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N MARCH 10TH, 2020, VOTERS APPROVED A $125 MILLION BOND to make a significant investment in the Ferndale School District. Ferndale Public Schools include more than just Ferndale. Portions of Oak Park are located within the resident boundaries of Ferndale Schools.

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S PART OF THE $125 MILLION BOND, FERNDALE SCHOOLS WILL BE CONSTRUCTING a brand-new elementary school located in Jackson Park, located at 23400 block of Rosewood Ave., adjacent to the Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA). Work is already underway on the planning of this new school, which is slated to open in coming years and will replace the current Ferndale Lower Elementary School located at the Roosevelt school building. This new school will be home to all Ferndale School district students grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. A major part of the 2020 bond was to build a new innovative elementary school that would keep up with the pace of change of our rapidly evolving society. As the pace of change accelerates, schools are re-imagining the spaces where our students learn. Flexible, adaptable spaces prepare students for a future we cannot imagine.

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EW CLASSROOMS WILL ALLOW FOR AN EDUCATIONAL SPACE with seamlessly-integrated technology. Previously, technology had not been a major factor in the design of our newly-constructed spaces, leading to lost instructional time while transitioning students to a common area where the technology was housed. With this bond, the new Lower Elementary School will have technology fully-integrated into our classroom spaces. This will eliminate inefficiencies in both classroom space and educational time. Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic, and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens. By building this new elementary school, Ferndale Schools will provide a world class educational experience for all of our students. n

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&D AUTO IS CELEBRATING THEIR 31ST YEAR OF OPERATION AS ONE of the best-kept secret gems of Oak Park. “I’m a believer,” said customer-service representative Penny White.

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LOVE KNOWING THAT I’M WORKING IN AN HONEST ENVIRONMENT and not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.” White, at the front desk, has been in the area for 20 years after moving here from Florida. When her car needed maintenance, she felt uneasy about where she should take it. Her neighbors enthusiastically recommended J&D Auto, and that suggestion changed the course of her career. Don Hagle, the owner of J&D, has been working on cars since his high school days. Hagle is heavily involved in the Ferndale and Oak Park community as a scout leader, and an active supporter of the Ferndale School District. “Don is a real community-minded person and he loves what he does,” Penny said.

“He is honest to a fault and just wants everyone to be safe.” White has always worked in customer service but she wears many hats at J&D, including bookkeeper. Penny firmly believes that without the customer you have nothing.

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&D HAS REMAINED BUSY THROUGHOUT MANY UPS-ANDDOWNS, and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception. White says that the loyalty of their customers persists. “We have gone through generations of loyal customers and it is truly amazing,” White said. Whether it’s a tune-up, an oil change, inspections and more, J&D Auto performs all maintenance, 114 | FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE

diagnostic, and electrical issues that you will run into with any vehicle. J&D Auto is open Monday through Friday, and they are located at 13051 Capital, Oak Park. Visit their website: JDAutoService.com. n


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OR THOSE WHO’VE PICTURED YOURSELF LYING BACK on perfectly white, sandy beaches, the sky above blue and sunny, while cooling down with delicious drinks at your leisure – Montego Bay is your ideal destination. Stay at our 3bedroom Airbnb, complete with modern amenities, a maid on staff to cook authentic Jamaican cuisine, and a beautiful view of Jamaica! We can even arrange for a chauffeur to give you a tour of the island, as well as a licensed massage therapist to help melt the stress and worries away as you enjoy your days in tropical paradise. Cooking, transportation and licensed massage is additional. Visit jamaicafiesta.com to learn more! We are holding a 50/50 RAFFLE for the nonprofit organization, My Safe Haven 501c3, who is fighting the biggest injustice in the world today, Human Trafficking. Tickets are $50, which gives you 3 days & 2 nights all-inclusive, at this exclusive 3-bedroom/3bath Villa in Montego Bay Jamaica, Air fare to and from not included.

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Covid-19 pandemic, Rock teamed up with other volunteers and they made masks for two months solid. Together, they created over 1000 masks and gave them all away. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt after going through three sewing machines.

A Proud Community Activist With A Determination to Help Others!

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AURA ROCK IS AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL ACTIVIST/FEMINIST with a passion for passing on her message to others.

Recently elected as a precinct delegate in Oakland County, she has been busy spreading the information on various candidates and encouraging everyone to get involved in local politics: To get out and vote! In response to the

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Rock provides inspiration to others beyond the political arena. Her goals include “finding a middle ground politically so that both parties can work with each other and form compromises. We need to come together as a community, help our neighbors out and make things work better overall.” Rock is also a recovering addict, a suicide survivor and a liver-transplant recipient (in 2008). Essentially, Rock describes herself as a ‘champion’ for recovering addicts. Her own personal recovery has involved attending support groups (such as AA), and individual therapy plus some psychiatric treatment.

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OCK IS ADAMANT ABOUT REMOVING THE STIGMA IN SOCIETY regarding mental disease and addiction. She is involved in efforts to resolve clashes between mental health issues and the justice system because she firmly believes that many people substitute alcohol and drugs for actual treatment. For some, this may be due to a lack of affordable health care options. Rock is optimistic that many non-violent crimes that hinge on mental health or addiction issues may eventually be decriminalized. In her spare time, Rock sings in a band called Old Empire. Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the band meets once a week to rehearse via Zoom. Also in the band is Rock’s fiancé, Gabriel Dodson, who is another precinct delegate. They spent 82 days in a row performing songs online, but then, according to Rock, they just “ran out of juice!” Meanwhile, the band helped raise over $1,700 for Oak Park’s beloved Forgotten Harvest. Additionally, Rock volunteers for a few other projects, including Voices of Michigan, Six Feet Over, Planned Parenthood and Her Choice Advocacy. In Rock’s own words: “I will never stop the conversation regarding justice and reform!” n 118 | FERNDALE FRIENDS | 2020 OAK PARK CITY GUIDE


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O

AK PARK IS ALWAYS EAGER TO CELEBRATE ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE, and you’ll find some of that excellence on display at the City Hall now through October.

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t is the work of Markham, a Detroit-based artist who loves and excels in everything from pop art to graffiti, but, that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Markham’s work is an embodiment of the independent artistic spirit spanning from music to his extensive exhibition history. However, the latter is merely one aspect of what Markham reveals to us. Whether doing freelance work or making art in his free time to express his relentless creative energy, Markham puts his own unique stamp on everything he does. His works currently featured in the City Hall exhibit include surreal and fantasy landscapes, as well as a pop-art Beatles montage (the last available in a sold-out series. The selection of Markham’s work is a step away from what he most commonly shows his viewers. “I paint the visions in my head that intuitively express dark overtones of monsters and uncertainty through a mostly surrealist view,” Markham states. Mostly, his intention is to make us step back and look at how we’ve been dismissive of humanities undesirable qualities. Sometimes he holds the mirror up in a repulsive way, but that is what a lot of Markham’s work does, by reflecting some of the things many of us shy away from.

“visions that express uncertainty.”

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OWEVER, HIS INTENTION IN PORTRAYING DISQUIETING THEMES IS NOT TO UPSET THE VIEWER. Part of his vision as an artist is to present topics that are often ignored or shunned by the popular media. By exploring and artistically depicting his feelings on abuse and the media’s exploitation of certain groups of people, for example, he hopes to give voice to the victims whose suffering is often overlooked. This represents the true spirit of using art as a healing force, for the creator, and hopefully for the viewer as well.

It is this fluidity in creative expression that makes Markham’s work what it is. He does not think, “This is a graphic design job so I must follow these rules,” or, “This is a painting so I must do things this certain way.” This disregard for convention is what makes his work unique, as following norms is a surefire way to stay in a safe zone and ensure that artistic output will never approach what it could be if the creative spirit were truly allowed to be free. His exhibits in Detroit, New York, Venice, and L.A., along with his published works in multiple national publications including The Finger Mag, Propulsion Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and Ink and Voices have met with good acceptance.

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F YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT MARKHAM FOR YOUR artistic business needs, murals, and more, he can be reached at 586-246-4028 or at markhamartist@outlook.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram at MarkhamArtist, YouTube at Markham|Artist, and markhamartist.com, where his work is also available for purchase. n

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2020 Oak Park City Guide: Official 75th Anniversary Edition  

Celebrating 75 years of Oak Park Michigan

2020 Oak Park City Guide: Official 75th Anniversary Edition  

Celebrating 75 years of Oak Park Michigan