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Published August 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — “Pokémon Go” might be the hot game this summer, but don’t expect to see people glued to their cellphones at Pier Park this Saturday morning.

That’s because they’ll be too busy fishing. It may be almost impossible to tear kids — and, yes, adults too — away from their gadgets these days, but for at least one morning every year, families enjoy some tech-free togetherness as children compete in the annual Grosse Pointe Farms and City Family Fishing Rodeo. 

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Published August 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Although defense attorneys believe Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy might have died from another condition, Dr. Francisco Diaz, a Wayne County medical examiner, insisted that Clancy’s death April 27 was a direct result of him being stabbed and beaten at his Voltaire Place home March 6.

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Published August 3, 2016

Maybe people are saving their voting energy for the November presidential race — one that’s likely to bring out voters in droves — but the polls were relatively quiet for the Aug. 2 primary in the Grosse Pointes.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — In November, Grosse Pointe Park will be asking residents for a special millage to retain public safety services at their current level.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Daniel Clancy’s own words seem to point a finger directly at handyman David Corzilius as his attacker.

Farms public safety officer Tom Dionne — testifying during a July 26 preliminary examination in front of Farms Municipal Court Judge Matthew Rumora — said he was the first officer on the scene when the department received a 911 call the afternoon of March 6 about a man who was bleeding on the sidewalk.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — You never know what will inspire an artist.

Musician and composer Wes Fishwick, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was watching “Face the Nation” on PBS when he saw Rachel Swaby discussing her acclaimed book, “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — and the World.” At the time, he said he was looking for a topic for a one-act opera he hoped to write for a national contest. He unexpectedly found it in Swaby’s book.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Although most residents are lamenting the lack of rainfall that southeast Michigan has gotten this summer, for people who live in one part of Grosse Pointe Park, the drought is a blessing in disguise.

Each time it rains, residents in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Bedford Road have to worry. Since 2011, those blocks have been inexplicably plagued by sewage backups, and residents are tired of having to deal with property loss and possible health risks due to these incidents.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The city is replacing several vehicles this year, one of which is actually old enough to take part in the upcoming Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — When Tommy Adams first walked around the Grosse Pointe Academy campus on Lake Shore Drive, he noticed something immediately.

“I loved the strong sense of community. When I came for my visits, I continued to fall in love with this institution, the small class sizes and the dedication of the faculty,” Adams said. “It aligned with my values and beliefs as an educator.”

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Over the years, Kathleen Abke has served as a Mason Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization president, vice president and board observer, and has held leadership positions with the Woods Shores Little League and Grosse Pointe Co-op Preschool. 

Abke now has another title — that of Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education trustee. At a special school board meeting July 6, the school board voted 6-0 to appoint Abke to the board. 

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Whether you shop there or have driven in the area of Fisher Road and Grosse Pointe Boulevard in recent months, you know that Fresh Farms Market is undergoing a major expansion and renovation that will give a new look to the City’s Fisher Road business district.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The end of the 2015-16 fiscal year is expected to bring some positive financial news to Grosse Pointe Farms.

Although all of the totals still need to be tallied and the bills received and paid — the fiscal year ended June 30 — officials have good reason to believe they’ll have a fairly large surplus from the past fiscal year.

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Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — The new director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library comes to the position with experience helming other metro Detroit library systems.

Jessica Keyser, who has served as director of the Ferndale Area District Library since November 2012, will become the new director of the GPPL Aug. 15. Keyser succeeds Vickey Bloom, who retired June 30 after 27 years with the GPPL, the last 21 as the director. 

Keyser successfully transitioned the Ferndale library from a public to a district library in 2015.

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Published July 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Diners who enjoy the ingredients and baked goods they can find at Marais restaurant, at 17051 Kercheval Ave. in the Village, will soon be able to buy some of those items to make their own meals at home.

The restaurant will be putting up a 10-by-20-foot royal blue tent on its St. Clair Street side on weekends to create a small farmers market with produce and prepared foods from some of Marais’ vendors. 

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Published July 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — These days, 40 years is almost unheard of for marriages, much less band anniversaries.

But the Sun Messengers — who can trace their funky roots back to a band named Kuumba, which means “creativity” in Swahili — technically will be turning 40 next year, if one considers the 1977 start of Kuumba as the birth of one of Detroit’s most-enduring live acts. They became the Sun Messengers in September 1980.

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Published July 26, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The man accused of murdering acclaimed Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy is slated to face his first series of witnesses in the case this week.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, appeared in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court July 19 in front of Judge Matthew Rumora for a probable cause conference in the case of Clancy. Police said Corzilius, a handyman who shoveled snow for Clancy, got into a heated altercation with Clancy at Clancy’s home the afternoon of March 6. 

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Actress and director Nancy Kammer, of Grosse Pointe Park, had put her career on hold to care for her mother, who has dementia and lives nearby with Kammer’s young adult daughter.

But when she got a call from Water Works Theatre Company founder Ed Nahhat to direct William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for Shakespeare Royal Oak this summer, she knew she couldn’t say no.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Grosse Pointe Times’ coverage area, voters in the Aug. 2 primary will choose which individuals will represent their political party in several national, state and local races, including state representatives and Wayne County commissioner. There also are two millage renewal questions.

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Published July 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR — Working alone in a studio can be rewarding, but it can also make an artist feel like he or she is creating in a vacuum. Is the work taking shape successfully? Should the artist use a different color or technique?

That’s why, as the women of Pointe Studio Ten will tell you, having a trusted group of peers who can offer input is vital.

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