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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Theodore Metry will serve another four years as Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court judge.

Metry ran unopposed for the position in the general election held Nov. 3. According to results from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, Metry received 1,650 votes.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The University Liggett School Players will present the American dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Nov. 5-8 in the school’s auditorium.


Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. To purchase tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/uls. The school is located at 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.


Liggett’s theater program is entirely student-run. Students are doing everything from building the sets to sewing the costumes to managing the box office.

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Published November 3, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Someone new will be sworn into office to take Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilwoman Kay Felt’s seat at the table for the next meeting Nov. 17, so residents and fellow officials took her last full meeting Oct. 20 to acknowledge her service.

Felt, who was not seeking re-election this year for health reasons, has served on the council for four years, and she’s made a difference during her tenure. 

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Published November 3, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Grosse Pointe Park residents were faced with a contested City Council race on Election Day, but one familiar name wasn’t on the ballot.

Former City Councilman Gregory Theokas — who has served as mayor since former Mayor Palmer T. Heenan retired this March — isn’t running to keep the top elected office in the city, nor is he running for a seat on the council. After 20 years, Theokas decided not to run again, saying he thought it was time for him to step aside from public office.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores residents might recall the weekend of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the village-turned-city in 2011, but this year marks a momentous milestone for the Shores as well.

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Published October 27, 2015

DETROIT — During several days of testimony in 3rd Circuit Court, Robert “Bob” Bashara repeatedly blamed “confusion” for his changing accounts of his whereabouts and actions in the days surrounding his wife Jane Bashara’s January 2012 murder.

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Published October 22, 2015

DETROIT — To hear Robert “Bob” Bashara tell it, his conviction last December for the January 2012 murder of his wife, Jane Bashara, was because of ineffective legal counsel from multiple attorneys, local law enforcement personnel out for revenge, media coverage of his case, and lies told by countless witnesses who either took the stand in his trial or were interviewed by law enforcement.

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Published October 22, 2015

DETROIT — An evidentiary hearing to determine if former Grosse Pointe Park businessman Robert “Bob” Bashara — convicted in the January 2012 slaying of his wife, marketing executive Jane Bashara — should get a new trial continued Oct. 14 in 3rd Circuit Court in front of Judge Vonda Evans, who also presided over Bashara’s murder trial.

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Published October 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Faculty members at University Liggett School are highlighting two programs this year that they say are proving successful.


The Buddy Bench program was implemented this year for the lower school students, which has been popular.

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Published October 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — In the Grosse Pointes, a good “Friend” is easy to find.


The Grosse Pointe Farms City Council acknowledged the importance of the nonprofit volunteer group Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library during an Oct. 12 City Council meeting, unanimously approving a proclamation in honor of National Friends of the Library Week Oct. 18-24.

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Published October 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — Last year, Girl Scout Troop No. 75314 at Maire Elementary School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System created an official monarch waystation to help monarch butterflies.


“We overhauled our garden, and the monarchs loved our garden all summer. In fact, over 180 monarch eggs were found in the garden, raised by hand and released,” Maire second-grade teacher and troop leader Sarah Neely said in an email. “We need to get the word out about the importance of planting milkweed.”

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Published October 21, 2015

Voters in the Pointes will be heading to the polls on Nov. 3 to vote for candidates in local races, including city councils. Grosse Pointe City voters also will be asked about two proposed charter amendments. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Contact your local city clerk’s office for more information about poll locations, or visit your city’s website.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Whether she’s creating a portrait of a prominent local figure or making a documentary about some aspect of Detroit, artist and filmmaker Nicole Macdonald incorporates the complex history of her creative subjects in a way that gives depth and breadth to her work.


Macdonald — who was born and raised in Detroit, and whose family moved to Grosse Pointe Park when she was a teen — again lives in the city that inspires her art.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Like a family reunion, the Grosse Pointe Art Center’s annual Members Show brings the gang together once a year.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar shows that it’s not Halloween yet, but shoppers will have a chance to check off their holiday gift lists this weekend and spend the rest of the season relaxing instead of stressing out.

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Published October 7, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — If you’ve ever gotten giddy after learning that you were about to unexpectedly save money on a purchase for something you needed, you know how thrilling it is to discover a surprise savings.

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Published October 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A nonprofit organization has taken extra measures to improve the safety of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department’s K-9 officer, Xander.


The department has been awarded a ballistic vest through Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The charitable group’s mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

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