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Published April 6, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Some Harper Woods High School students didn’t spend their spring break on vacation or relaxing at home.

Instead, they spent it touring the campuses of six different universities.

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Published April 6, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Ordinance Committee held a meeting on April 4, after press time, to discuss the city’s current noise ordinance and what can be done to make it easier to enforce. 

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Published March 23, 2016

A woman suffered fatal injuries after driving the wrong way on eastbound Interstate 94 and colliding with another vehicle on the night of March 17, according to a press release from the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety.

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Published March 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Police officials say, based on preliminary statistics, that serious crimes in Harper Woods have decreased for the 10th consecutive year.

Serious crimes, as defined by the Harper Woods Police Department, constitute homicide, robbery, home invasions and assault, to name a few.

Deputy Chief John Vorgitch said the continued drop can be attributed to proactive patrolling by the officers and detectives while they’re out in the community.

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Published March 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be holding several programs and events over the course of the next several weeks.

The library, 19601 Harper Ave., will host a book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, sponsored by the Friends of the Harper Woods Library. People can purchase a book bag for $10, which they then can fill to the top with books.

Library Director Kristen Valyi-Hax said all the books come from outside donations from the community. 

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Published March 18, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods School District employee has been charged with making a false report of a bomb threat.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Ebony M. Holloway allegedly called and made a phone threat to blow up Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield St., around 10:56 a.m. Monday, March 7. After the call was made, the Harper Woods Police Department started an investigation that led to identifying Holloway as a suspect.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods man has been charged in connection with multiple robberies that occurred at several Kroger grocery stores in the city.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Seventeen-year-old Justin Wentland has taken on several different instruments during his time at Harper Woods High School.

It’s his performance with the tuba, though, that has led him to earn high honors this year and advance to a state competition.

Wentland will be taking part in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival that will be held on Saturday, March 19, at Chippewa Valley High School, 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published February 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — One of two teens involved in a January carjacking who has also been charged with murder in a separate case will undergo a mental competency examination before his next court date.

Ralph Anthony Marshall, 17, is charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, unlawful driving away of an automobile, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, and felony firearm in connection with a carjacking that occurred in the 14400 block of Edmore on Jan. 23.

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Published February 24, 2016

DETROIT — The upcoming Detroit Autorama will feature more than 800 different kinds of cars from all over the United States, including one car from a Harper Woods resident.

Ron Andras will be showing off his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix during Autorama, which will take place Feb. 26-28 at  Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

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Published February 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Beacon Elementary School, 19475 Beaconsfield St., recently was awarded a grant of $17,655 from the Michigan Department of Education that will help kids who might be struggling with reading.

The school received the award under the state’s category of an Additional Instructional Time grant, which helps support “pupils in grades K-3 who have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions in order to be reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.”

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 5, 2016

DETROIT — Joe Louis Arena is prepping for an action-packed night on the ice — but this time, hockey won’t be the game of choice. 

The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment will host the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 inside the Joe. This is Olympia Entertainment’s seventh installment of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa series, which was originally based on craft beer but has expanded to include much more. 

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Published February 4, 2016

DETROIT — Two teens have been charged in a carjacking that occurred in the 14400 block of Edmore Jan. 23 that led to one of the teens allegedly shooting the victim.

Rayvon Smith, 18, was charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm.

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Published February 4, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The staff and students of the Harper Woods School District have found a way to help the residents of Flint in light of the city’s water disaster.

Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said that at the request of the district’s Board of Education, the school community is holding a bottled water drive until Feb. 12. 

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