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Published October 5, 2016

DETROIT — This year marks the 75th anniversary of St. Jude Catholic Church on Detroit’s east side. The parishioners of St. Jude will mark this anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Rev. Shafique Masih, the parish’s current pastor, said this is an important event for the church and the people of the east-side community. He hopes it reminds people what St. Jude’s mission is and will serve not only as a celebration, but a call to action.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For 22 years, Harper Woods High School has hosted an event to showcase some of southeast Michigan’s best high school marching bands and provide those bands with a chance to grow and improve.

The event is called Band-O-Rama, and Harper Woods High School brought in six local bands Sept. 24 to play their best tunes and show off their tightest formations on the school’s football field. The event served as a preliminary expo for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s competitive season.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods police officers arrested a suspect Sept. 15 for his alleged connection to a string of automobile break-ins.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Harper Woods officers responded to the area of Kingsville and Beaconsfield streets on a report of suspects breaking into an automobile. Upon arrival, officers observed three suspects who began to flee on foot. The officers pursued the suspects and arrested Deante Bernard Hurt, a 21-year-old Detroit resident. 

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Published October 5, 2016

DETROIT — Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the United States and has devastated many families. To help curb the problem, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has partnered with Mercy Primary Care Center to provide their “My Choice … My Health” diabetes prevention program. 

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods and the city of Detroit have planned a series of community meetings for Harper Woods residents and the residents of the Detroit neighborhoods that border Harper Woods.

These meetings are being hosted to create a neighborhood improvement plan designed by the residents of both cities.

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Published September 21, 2016

DETROIT — On Sept. 3, children in the area of Harper Woods and the east side of Detroit got the chance to meet some of their local law enforcement officers, ask them questions and see what kind of equipment they use.

The event took place at the Heilmann Recreation Center in Detroit, and it provided an opportunity for children to interact with personnel from the Michigan State Police and police officers from Detroit, Roseville, Warren, Harper Woods, Eastpointe and the Grosse Pointes.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods City Council received an audit report from auditing firm Plante Moran that showed positive progress regarding the city’s budget.

This was hailed as a big step by several of the council members, as the city was hit hard following the 2008 financial crisis.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Target in Eastland Center was shut down temporarily following a bomb threat Sept. 8.

Store employees received the call at approximately 2:45 p.m. on the day of the incident, and their manager reacted to the development immediately.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — No police or fire department can handle every emergency on its own, particularly in the event of a major disaster. Every community relies on its neighbors for assistance, and the city of Harper Woods is no different.

Harper Woods follows the same universal system every community in Michigan uses when it comes to large-scale incidents. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke said modern emergency services departments always have a plan in place to share and coordinate resources.

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Seniors from Bloomfield Hills Marian and Warren Regina high schools will take over Phillip E. Runkel Field at Stevenson High School  in Sterling Heights for the annual powderpuff football game at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed in an annual powderpuff football game that brings together students, staff, alumni and families. At last year’s game, Regina defeated Marian 21-12. In powderpuff, the players don’t wear pads, and instead of tackling, the athletes pull flags from their opponents.

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Published September 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — You know all of those random bug spray canisters, paint cans and aspirin bottles taking up precious space in your house, shed or garage? Well, now is the time you can get rid of them safely and efficiently.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The BP gas station at Harper and Vernier hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 26 to raise money to fund a new K-9 unit for the Harper Woods Police Department.

The fundraiser was organized by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, a local group that fosters adoption in the Grosse Pointe area and works to improve animal well-being. The K-9 unit would consist of a specially trained police dog and a designated police officer who would manage the animal.

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Published September 7, 2016

DETROIT — Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group traveled to Detroit Aug. 29 and 30 to meet with local community leaders and law enforcement to discuss police accountability, aggression toward law enforcement and public safety concerns related to these issues.

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Published September 7, 2016

DETROIT — Harper Woods residents recently voiced concerns regarding the use of water trucks frequently filling up from fire hydrants near the corner of Beaconsfield and Anita streets. City officials confirmed that the fill-ups are authorized and the water is being used for DTE Energy projects.

The trucks were filling up from the same hydrants every two hours, causing some residents to become concerned. The use was confirmed to be for a legitimate project, and DTE is being charged for the water the company is using.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Suspects Tyshon Taylor and Demetrius Armour are awaiting trial for their alleged parts in the murder of 17-year-old Eastpointe resident Tyrell Lane.

They are being charged with murder in the first degree, as well as two counts of assault with intent to murder. They were charged alongside Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, who earlier this summer was convicted of the same offenses and a count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

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Published September 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For those looking for some good reads as the seasons change, the Friends of the Harper Woods Library will be hosting its fall book sale.

The sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Harper Woods Library. A variety of books will be available.

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Published August 23, 2016

DETROIT — New developments in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may be on the way thanks to a new program uniting three of Michigan’s most prestigious universities.

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Published August 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be reopening its bottom floor after a flood on July 8, and it is planning several events in the following weeks.

The water affected only the bottom floor of the public library, with water rising less than a quarter of an inch, but it was enough to soak through carpets, ruin tiles and require repainting. Fortunately, none of the library’s rentable materials, furniture or computers were damaged.

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Published August 4, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY — The field for state representative in District 1 has been narrowed to two.

During the primary election Aug. 2, voters put their confidence in two candidates who will go up against each other to win the open seat in the general election Nov. 8. 

At the polls last Tuesday, incumbent state Rep. Brian R. Banks won the Democratic Party primary, while William Broman, who ran unopposed, secured the Republican nomination.

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