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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores’ Parks and Harbor Ad Hoc Committee has a new ace up its sleeve.

Boater and avid tennis player Virginia “Ginnie” Rice was recommended to be named to the committee by Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski during a Sept. 19 City Council meeting, and the council unanimously concurred.

Rice said she and her husband have had a boat in the Osius Park harbor for roughly 30 years now, and she’s been playing tennis there even longer.

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Published September 26, 2017

DETROIT — Convicted murderer Robert “Bob” Bashara, 59, lost another shot at getting a new day in court.

On Sept. 21, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld Bashara’s 2014 conviction in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit of first-degree murder in the January 2012 slaying of his wife, Jane Bashara, 56.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — One crook’s ill-gotten gain can now be your legally obtained gain — if you live in Grosse Pointe Shores, that is.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms officials and their planning firm are taking a new look at the Hill business district along Kercheval Avenue.

With a new gas main line slated to be coming down Kercheval and the need to replace an older water main in that area as well, City Manager Shane Reeside said the city hopes to undertake streetscape improvements in the district, since it’s going to be undergoing disruptions and they’ll need to replace pavement and other elements anyway as a result of utility work.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — Last October, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a third-grade reading bill that requires that all third-grade students must score proficiently on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress standardized test, or they will not be allowed to move up to the fourth grade.

Along with the M-STEP, other tests will be administered to determine the students’ reading levels, according to educators.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Police still aren’t releasing much information about an alleged attack that occurred at a home in the 700 block of Lakepointe Street around 6:50 p.m. Sept. 16.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a walk down memory lane and get tips and information for your life now at the 2017 Senior Expo.

Open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, the 24th annual Senior Expo has exhibits and giveaways, complimentary lunch, raffles, entertainment, and plenty of information for older adults and caregivers. 

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 19, 2017

WARREN/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — All the world’s a stage for University Liggett School students Maria Evola and Antonio “Tony” Cipriano.

Evola’s fancy footwork as a dancer has been in the spotlight since she was a toddler, and Cipriano doesn’t miss a beat when performing on the musical theater stage.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Art with religious themes is a long-standing tradition — think Michaelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, for example. But art that comes from a base of faith doesn’t have to be a painting of a religious figure.

“Songs of Praise & Peace,” an exhibition of nearly 30 works by Lori Zurvalec and Tamm Whitty on display through Nov. 12 at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, is a collection of imagery that speaks to the artists’ shared Christianity in a subtle way.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A DTE Energy gas main and meter replacement project in Grosse Pointe Farms is taking a bit longer than expected, but officials with the utility are trying to finish up some work before winter sets in.

“Before winter hits, we want to be fully restored” in areas where work was already done, explained Jeffrey Parks, principal supervisor for gas operations with DTE. Parks, who addressed the Farms City Council during a meeting Sept. 11, said they want to complete restoration work so they don’t run into problems over the winter.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Officials may have enacted stricter controls on lawn signs to control sign clutter and improve aesthetics, but some residents now say that the city is infringing on their right to free speech.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When Tom Carnaghi joined the Lochmoor Club 14 years ago, he knew it was the place to be based on how quickly he felt welcome.

“You walk in and you know everybody,” he said. “People here care about each other. They like to have fun.”

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Officials at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park are hoping that local residents once again shell out a few clams for seafood served in a festive fashion.

The Grosse Pointe Park City Council voted unanimously Aug. 28 in favor of a request from the parish to hold Oysterfest again this year.

Scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25, the 27th annual Oysterfest will feature jazz music and cuisine from more than 40 local and national restaurants, along with a raffle and international food and beverage providers.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — It might be just a little early, but for fans of German cuisine and beer, there probably is never a bad time to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Atwater in the Park, a German-themed brewery located at 1175 Lakepointe Street at Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park’s Kercheval business district, The Park, is holding its second annual Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sept. 30.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A.H. Peters Funeral Home — the two-story building with the impressive landscaping — has been a staple in Grosse Pointe Woods for 60 years, but the business has existed for much longer than that, and it turns 100 this year.

To mark the centennial milestone, staff will hold a celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 on the grounds of the funeral home, located at 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Road.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — To open its 70th anniversary season, Grosse Pointe Theatre is dusting off a popular show from its past.

The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” will get the 2017-18 season off to a witty start when it opens at 2 p.m. Sept. 17. This season is also the first in more than five decades to find GPT not performing at The War Memorial. “Penzance” will be staged inside the University Liggett School auditorium.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTES —  New backpacks, jitters and excitement set the tone when local students started the 2017-18 school year Sept. 5.

Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent Gary Niehaus predicted “a great year” in the district and also offered advice to staff.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The area of Bournemouth Road and southbound Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods was closed off for a few hours Sept. 5 after a manhole cover blew several feet into the air.

DTE Energy spokesperson Amanda Knaebel said an electrical cable failure underneath the ground caused the incident to occur. The malfunction caused pressure to build up underneath the surface, which blew off the manhole cover. No injuries were reported.

“Everybody was safe,” Knaebel said.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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