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Grosse Pointe City 05/06/2015

City enacts new rules to discourage adult businesses

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The Village is bustling with recently opened businesses, but Grosse Pointe City officials want to make sure that future newcomers don’t include adult bookstores, pawn shops, pool halls, topless/nude dancing establishments ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 05/06/2015

Farms to retain same tax rate for fifth straight year

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Despite a slight increase in the general fund budget, Grosse Pointe Farms is expected to maintain the same tax rate — 14 mills — that it’s had for the last five years, City Controller/Treasurer John Lamerato ...Read More

Detroit 05/06/2015

Local activists protest eviction of couple

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local activists are trying to prevent a Detroit couple from being evicted from their home. Members of Pointes for Peace and Detroit Eviction Defense gathered April 19 to protest the pending eviction of Sandi Combs ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 05/06/2015

Mel Brooks mines unlikely comic material in ‘The Producers’

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If dancing and singing Nazis sound like the makings of a terrible musical, that’s exactly what Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, believed. After realizing they can make more money from a ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 05/05/2015

Grosse Pointe Schools chooses its new superintendent

GROSSE POINTES — After weeks of searching and many meetings, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education chose Gary Niehaus as its next superintendent. It was a process that involved the entire district with participation from ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/30/2015

Grosse Pointe North closed due to bomb threat

The Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety announced the morning closure of Grosse Pointe North High School April 30 after an anonymous bomb threat was made the day before.North administration contacted the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores 04/29/2015

Shores residents invited to Arbor Day Fun Run

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It’s time for residents to once again lace up their running shoes or put on their in-line skates.The city’s 17th annual Arbor Day Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m. May 3. Strollers and in-line skaters are welcome ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores 04/29/2015

GP Shores now considering ‘safe haven’ spot for sales transactions

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Internet sites like Craigslist have made it easier than ever for people to find buyers for items they no longer need or want, like furniture, electronics or cellphones. But as too many alarming news reports have shown, ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 04/29/2015

Road resurfacing to start this summer in Farms

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Pothole-riddled roads are an unfortunate reality for Michigan drivers, but Grosse Pointe Farms officials hope that at least within their city limits, they can create a smooth driving experience. The city is once again ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/29/2015

Attorney-turned-pianist trades Michigan Bar for musical bars

GROSSE POINTES — For most audience members, music festivals are a chance to hear their favorite artists and enjoy time away from the stresses of everyday life. But for Matthew Ball, one particular music festival changed his life. The ...Read More

Detroit 04/28/2015

Memorial fund creates lasting legacy for acclaimed late pianist

DETROIT — Just before her death from ovarian cancer in 2005, pianist Ruth Laredo asked that her tombstone read “An die Musik.” Those three simple words — the title of one of Franz Schubert’s most memorable songs — ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/28/2015

Local venues honor vets

The Grosse Pointes have a long history of honoring their veterans, most notably through two well-attended Memorial Day services — one in Grosse Pointe Woods at Vernier and Mack, and one at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe ...Read More

Grosse Pointe City 04/22/2015

New show at GPAC spotlights leading artistic ladies

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Their exhibitions have been held as far away as Petoskey and Alpena, so local art lovers are fortunate to have the latest show by the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors close to home. The DSWPS has chosen the ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/22/2015

Park won’t ban Metro Times

GROSSE POINTE PARK — While some residents had been pushing for a ban, alleging that the Metro Times advertises illegal activity such as prostitution and sex trafficking, a review by Park officials has concluded that the best action for the city to ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/22/2015

Park sees small crime increase from 2013

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Like its neighbors in Grosse Pointe Farms, the Park reportedly has one suspect in particular to blame for a number of crimes last year in the city. That suspect, a 50-year-old former Grosse Pointe Farms man, is believed to ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 04/22/2015

Despite recent attack, Farms not planning to create pit bull ban

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms officials aren’t letting the actions of one dog cause them to rule that the entire breed is dangerous. Police said a pit bull that escaped from its owner’s yard attacked a 64-year-old Farms ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 04/22/2015

New landscaping to spruce up Farms islands on Mack

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Following a massive road project on Mack Avenue in Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe City last year, Farms officials hope to address the medians in the coming months. City Manager Shane Reeside said that the ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores 04/22/2015

Mayors get ready for annual Prayer Breakfast

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Mayors from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods are getting ready for a longtime tradition in the cities, a time when the communities come together in prayer. The 29th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Woods 04/22/2015

Woods welcomes new K-9 officer

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The newest member of the Public Safety Department in Grosse Pointe Woods is highly trained and road-ready, with extensive experience in tracking and drug detection. He’s also adorable, furry, friendly and making ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/22/2015

Grosse Pointe Schools narrows its superintendent field

After interviewing three superintendent semifinalists April 20, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education chose two candidates for the final interview process. The school board in a 5-2 vote at a special meeting April ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Woods 04/21/2015

Grosse Pointe Woods to serve as safer location for Craigslist transactions

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods city officials want people to be cautious when conducting private sales through websites like Craigslist, so they are offering the Public Safety Department lobby as a “safe haven” for those ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/20/2015

Prosecutor: No charges against Park sergeant for controversial carjacking arrest

GROSSE POINTE PARK/DETROIT — Officers involved in a violent struggle with a carjacking suspect in January will not be facing criminal charges.Following an investigation by Michigan State Police, and a review of those findings by the Wayne County ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Woods 04/15/2015

Liggett student’s research published

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Jane Ninivaggi lived the life of a researcher for more than a year, spending just about every day studying, exploring and inquiring for more information about militant Islamic extremist groups’ recruiting efforts in the ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores 04/15/2015

Shores experiences record-low crime rate in 2014

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The crime rate in Grosse Pointe Shores — which is all residential, save for city property, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House — tends to be low in general, but 2014 marked an ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Farms 04/15/2015

Farms’ upgraded bond rating is more than A-OK

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It may look like Farms officials are endorsing a certain insurance company, but the fact that they’re touting their AAA status has nothing to do with an auto or home policy. Last week, city officials announced that ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/15/2015

St. Clare of Montefalco welcomes back celeb auctioneers to annual event

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Toto, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. While many schools hold fundraisers to beef up their bottom line and get needed supplies for classrooms, St. Clare of Montefalco likes to take things up a notch. The ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/15/2015

Park Public Safety Dept. to get new patrol vehicles

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department is getting some new wheels. During a March 23 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of obtaining two new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility ...Read More

Detroit 04/15/2015

Children’s opera plants seeds of environmentalism

DETROIT — For many families, one of the highlights of spring and summer is growing a garden. But what if pollution so badly damaged the world around us that it could no longer sustain even a simple plant? That’s the premise of the ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/15/2015

Author’s literary career blooms with ‘Garden for the Blind’

GROSSE POINTES — Kelly Fordon is a mom who lives in Grosse Pointe City, but neither of those aspects of her life directly inspired “Garden for the Blind,” a collection of short stories published by Wayne State University Press. Her ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/08/2015

Foundation president appointed to fill Park Council vacancy

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Mayor Palmer Heenan may have stepped down from running the city, but before he retired, the leader known for finding and encouraging others to accept governing roles in the city made one final recommendation to the City ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Park 04/08/2015

Theokas succeeds Heenan as Park mayor

GROSSE POINTE PARK — When the Grosse Pointe Park City Council meets for the next time this month — at 7 p.m. either April 13 or 27 — there will be a new mayor chairing the meeting. As city leaders bid farewell to Mayor Palmer Heenan, ...Read More

Grosse Pointe City 04/08/2015

City to start planning process for Fisher Road improvements

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In conjunction with a forthcoming new water main, City leaders hope to give a fresh look to their small but vibrant business district on Fisher Road. The City is developing a conceptual plan for a new streetscape project ...Read More

Grosse Pointes 04/08/2015

The Family Center to host kindergarten readiness information session

GROSSE POINTES —  The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods wants to help parents and professionals get preschoolers prepped for the transition to kindergarten. A free program, Kindergarten Essentials, will be held at 7 p.m. ...Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores 04/07/2015

Visitors encouraged to channel their inner artist in ‘The Studio’

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — They may not have been fine artists themselves, but Edsel and Eleanor Ford were thoroughly engaged with the creative community, supporting the arts and surrounding themselves with inspired art and design. Edsel Ford ...Read More

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Detroit 05/05/2015

Detroit Jazz Festival strikes the right chord with famed guitarist Pat Metheny

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny. The jazz guitarist and composer, ...Read More

Detroit 05/04/2015

Intruder dies in shootout on Liberal Avenue

An armed suspect was fatally shot after midnight May 4 during a gunfight with the owner of a home in the 14900 block of Liberal Avenue. According to Detroit police information, the suspect forced the homeowner’s girlfriend into the house at ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

Local defense industry recalls ‘Arsenal of Democracy’

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers. Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

The women who won the war

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.The work done and sacrifices ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/28/2015

The end and the beginning

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day. For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning. Gone forever ...Read More

Harper Woods 04/22/2015

Debate ensues over council member’s dual service

HARPER WOODS — Appointed Councilwoman Veronica Paiz doesn’t want to resign from the Harper Woods Library Board despite being told that holding both seats is prohibited under the city charter.A debate has ensued over whether the two specific ...Read More

Harper Woods 04/20/2015

District takes cautious approach to budget planning

HARPER WOODS — District officials are looking to avoid overshooting their revenue projections for next year to prevent negative surprises down the road.“We’re trying to be conservative on most things,” district Business Manager ...Read More

Harper Woods 04/18/2015

Rehab center rezoning removed from City Council agenda

HARPER WOODS — During a meeting last month, the Planning Commission recommended denial of Eastwood Clinics’ plan to open a treatment facility for substance abuse patients in the city, and the commission might have the final word.The ...Read More

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