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Published November 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A group of talented artists with a flair for photography, pastry making, candles, knitting and more will showcase and sell their original creations in the second annual Artisans’ Market Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Public Library.

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Published November 4, 2015

DETROIT — Vito Lafata has been playing music professionally since 1976, so one would think he wouldn’t become nervous before an audience anymore.

But an upcoming show is giving him butterflies.

On Nov. 8, the 1976 Denby High School graduate will perform at the Fox Theatre as part of the entertainment for the launch of Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.”

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Published November 3, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Department of Public Safety detectives are investigating a series of gunshots that occurred at 12:47 p.m. Nov. 3 outside Family Foods, 19230 Harper Ave.

When officers arrived, they located two victims who were not hurt in the incident and several large-caliber spent shell casings in the parking lot, according to a police report released at www.nixle.com by Deputy Chief John Vorgitch.

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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 21, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A 25-year-old Harper Woods resident is facing up to 10 years in prison after being charged in connection with a shooting that happened Oct. 17 in the 20000 block of Roscommon.

According to the website www.nixle.com, Rachael Paluch was charged Oct. 19 with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one count of felonious assault and one count of felony firearm. 

Paluch was arraigned in 32A District Court before Judge Daniel Palmer. Palmer set bond at $30,000 cash or surety.

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Published October 21, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Now that fall is here, Harper Woods Public Library Adult Service Librarian Suzanne Kent is reminding residents of the many library programs offered during the autumn season.


One such program is the new coloring club for adults that is designed to help people de-stress and get in touch with their thoughts and feelings. Library staff will supply colored pencils and coloring pages, or patrons can bring their own supplies.

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Published October 15, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Voters will hit the polls Nov. 3 to decide whether or not to give the City Council the authority to combine the Police Department and the Fire Department into a Department of Public Safety.


A proposal to amend part of Section 4.5 of the city charter will be on the ballot. Voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to adopt the amendment as proposed.

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Published October 10, 2015

The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety responded to three house fires in the city Oct. 9. Two fires occurred at the same house 12 hours apart in the 20200 block of Eastwood. A third fire was reported at a home in the 20200 block of Elkhart.

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Published October 10, 2015

A Detroit man was arraigned on two separate charges last month after DNA samples identified him as the suspect in crimes that occurred in the spring of 2013.

On Sept. 23, Deitrich Sanders, 19, was charged in front of Judge Daniel S. Palmer in 32A District Court with one count of a felony controlled substance-delivery/manufacture (cocaine) and one count of felony assaulting a police officer.

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Published September 23, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The city continues to struggle with its finances, according to the 2014 audit report.


In recent years, the city has worked to cut expenditures and make changes that will help the city’s bottom line. Even with major cuts to staff, the city continues to struggle, especially due to the need to fully fund its pension system and other increases in costs.


The city’s auditing firm Plante Moran presented the 2014 audit and financial report during its Sept. 9 meeting.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Detroit resident Clarence Steen is excited to once again bring his Detroit-themed photography to the Harper Woods Friends of the Library Artisans Market.


Steen participated in the inaugural event last year and enjoyed the experience.


“It is spectacular,” he said of the event. “It helps promote my photography.”


Besides promoting his work, Steen said it exposes others to different parts of Detroit.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The state is working to get the word out about a program that works much like the well-known Do Not Call Registry to protect children from adult-oriented messages via electronic devices.


Many young children have their own email addresses or cellphones, which means they can be exposed to various text messages or emails with advertising meant for adults.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 28, 2015

Two teens were arraigned on a number of charges Aug. 27 in relation to a rape and robbery that occurred Aug. 22 at the Parkcrest Inn, located at 20000 N. Harper Ave.

Detroit residents Travis Phinisee, 17, and Dezmon McMiller, 18, were formally charged in 32-A District Court in front of Judge Daniel S. Palmer.

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Published August 24, 2015

The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is investigating a rape and armed robbery and a second armed robbery that occurred Aug. 22.

“Our detectives are following up with some leads. We have some good leads right now,” Deputy Chief John Vorgitch said. “We are hoping we can make a couple of arrests in both incidents.”

At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 22, a 25-year-old woman was attacked inside a hotel room at the Parkcrest Inn on Harper Avenue, police said.

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