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Published May 11, 2017

DETROIT — On May 4, Pope Francis in Rome announced that Father Solanus Casey, the Franciscan monk and Detroit-area icon, would be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

Beatification marks a critical step on the road to sainthood, and the person involved is called “blessed” by God. It is a rare honor bestowed by the church, as it requires a miracle to be attributed to the individual.

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Published May 3, 2017

HARPER WOODS — A recent hot topic of discussion in the Harper Woods community, both in and out of City Council meetings, has been how to best address the issue of panhandling.

Many residents have long complained that the number of panhandlers begging for money reflects poorly on a community trying to rebuild and improve itself, while others want to ensure that poverty in the area is handled in a respectful and sympathetic manner regarding those living on the streets. 

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Published May 3, 2017

DETROIT — More than 800 volunteers descended on Belle Isle April 22 for Earth Day to keep the Detroit jewel beautiful and trash-free.

The event was called Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, and its goal was trash and debris removal from the park and its numerous public areas. It was organized by the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which both oversee the island.

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Published May 3, 2017

DETROIT — On April 20, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron blessed a new property expansion for the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

For more than a century, the institution at the corner of Linwood Street and Chicago Boulevard has been a pillar of the Detroit community through good times and bad. Those involved in the blessing said this is a sign that the city is entering into good times. 

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Published May 3, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Yacht Club is inviting the public to attend a fundraising gala to support its historic clubhouse on Belle Isle.

A fixture in Detroit for nearly a century, the clubhouse will host the fundraiser, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, in the clubhouse’s ballroom. 

The purpose of the event is the preservation of the architecturally and historically significant building.

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Published April 27, 2017

DETROIT — Seventeen-year-old Tyler Tate, the last of four suspects charged in connection to the 2015 murder of 17-year-old Tyrell Lane, was sentenced to serve no less than 40 years in prison.

The sentence was rendered April 24 in the courtroom of Judge Kevin Cox, in the 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit.

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Published April 27, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting its 80th annual Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition, a display of art created by students attending Detroit Public Schools.

Students from 18 schools submitted ceramics, collages, drawings, videos, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculptures and other works to a jury of local artists, retired Detroit Public Schools educators and DIA staff, who selected the nearly 400 pieces included in the show.

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Published April 21, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, honored 10 C & G Newspapers staffers with 14 awards at the annual awards ceremony April 19.

Staff Photographer Deb Jacques garnered four awards in Feature Photography — first place, “Penguin exhibit opens”; second place, “Summer fun”; third place, “Waste not”; and honorable mention, “Afghanistan veteran triple amputee honored.”

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Published April 19, 2017

DETROIT — To help accommodate people with transportation issues, the Detroit Institute of Arts will be hosting its annual Wayne County Day, in which the renowned museum will be providing free transportation to and from the institution.

Wayne County Day will take place on Saturday, April 22. There will be five locations around Wayne County where people can get free bus rides to the DIA. Admission to the museum is free for Wayne County residents.

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Published April 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society will be hosting another fundraiser to continue its support of the recently instituted Harper Woods Department of Public Safety K-9 program.

The program began to raise funds in early 2016 to purchase a specially trained dog for the department. In January of 2017, Kaiser joined the force and went to work with his human partner, Officer Steve Johnson.

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Published April 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, April 20, to benefit a memorial honoring the first responders who were on duty during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Published April 18, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods is giving residents the chance to take a stroll through its Walking Group.

The Walking Group meets at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Salter Park in Harper Woods. The organizers described it as a casual outing where people can try to get some light exercise, take in the outdoors and get some worthwhile time socializing with their neighbors.

The program gets some assistance from the local Advantage Healthcare office, a nursing and health care service.

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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 17, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Earth Day is a single day each year devoted to helping clean up and protect the Earth. The city of Harper Woods is aiming a bit higher and wants to expand it to a whole week through its Clean Up, Paint Up and Fix Up Week.

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Published April 14, 2017

DETROIT — For 37 years, “This Old House” on PBS has been showcasing how to take run-down or dilapidated houses and turn them into fresh, livable homes. This spring, the show is featuring Detroit.

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Published April 13, 2017

The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is searching for a suspect involved in the robbery of an occupied home at approximately 7:15 a.m. April 11 in the 19300 block of Old Homestead Drive.

A 94-year-old woman who resides in the home awoke to discover a man walking around inside the residence. She confronted him.

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Published April 12, 2017

LANSING — Michigan’s roads, bridges and sewer infrastructure need a little TLC. That much we can agree on.

On April 3, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order that will create a pilot program to provide “recommendations for implementing a comprehensive statewide asset management system,” billed by his office as “one of the essential cross-cutting recommendations” outlined in the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report.

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Published April 12, 2017

DETROIT — Growing up in Lansing, Oakland University graduate Devin L. Price remembers singing along to Motown classics on the radio.

“I would ride in my grandparents’ car and listen to the soul station,” recalled Price by phone from Indianapolis.

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Published April 5, 2017

DETROIT — The Hantz Foundation, a Detroit-area nonprofit, is inviting residents from Detroit’s east side to join the foundation for its annual 5K run/walk and tree planting initiative May 6.

Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit three local schools: Southeastern High School, Detroit Enterprise Academy and Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School. The day is designed to improve the areas around the schools and increase a feeling of community.

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Published April 5, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public for a night of thrilling music as it hosts the Phil Hale Jazz Trio.

The trio consists of keyboardist Phil Hale, bass player John Barron and drummer Djallo Djakate, three Detroit-area jazz musicians who have been impressing audiences for several years.

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