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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As someone who grew up in the Pointes, employment in Grosse Pointe City’s Department of Public Works wasn’t just a job — it was personal for Frank Schulte.

After more than 35 years, Schulte — currently the public service supervisor — will retire Nov. 20. 

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms officials are hoping they, and residents, won’t have to contend with as many water main breaks this winter.

That’s because at the end of October, City Manager Shane Reeside said, the city completed work on a major water main replacement project that put in about 18,000 feet — or more than 3 miles — of water mains. Work started in May of this year, he said.

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A well-known researcher will document the teaching methods that University Liggett School Lower School technology integrator Michael Medvinsky uses with his students.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — As the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade marks its 40th anniversary this year, many of the parents who’ll be bringing their wide-eyed kids to watch for Santa Claus are the same ones who lined the parade route in those early years as wide-eyed kids themselves.

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Published November 17, 2015

DETROIT — In the view of Robert “Bob” Bashara, his involvement in the alternative sexual lifestyle of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism was at least partially an act of community service.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Efforts to unify and beautify the appearance of the City’s small but important business district along Fisher Road are moving forward.

The Grosse Pointe City Council unanimously approved the creation of a special assessment district Oct. 20 at a cost not to exceed $222.22 per lineal foot over a five-year payback period for property owners to help pay for the project, which is estimated at $611,686, not including project management and engineering costs. 

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A Grosse Pointe South High School alumna is showing her jazzy side. 

Emma Aboukasm, who graduated in 2014, is a finalist in the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition to be held Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Published November 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Only about two dozen votes separated Grosse Pointe Shores City Council contenders from the winners on Election Day.

Five candidates were vying for three four-year terms on the council, with Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell the only council incumbent; City Council members Kay Felt and Daniel Schulte didn’t seek re-election.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — To modify an old saying, if at first you don’t proceed, try, try again.


That’s exactly what the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club now hopes to do. After getting City Council approval two years ago for some marina renovations, GPYC officials found themselves going through the whole process again this fall because they ended up not doing the work in 2013.


And so GPYC officials found themselves back in front of the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council again on Oct. 20, because their 2013 approvals had expired.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — London after World War I is a place of grief and pain. Eager to escape the gloom, two housewives recruit two other ladies to join them in a monthlong vacation at a sunny northern Italian seaside castle they’ve rented.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will once again honor veterans with a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 11 that will feature a presentation from retired Brig. Gen. Richard S. Miller, who was most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and whose honors include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Published November 4, 2015

Incumbents on the ballot reigned supreme on Election Day, but open seats on a couple of city councils meant that two of the Grosse Pointes would have at least one or two newcomers at the table for their next meetings.

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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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