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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Over the last 20 years, the Grosse Pointe Public Library has seen massive changes, including new branch library buildings in Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Park. 

During that period, GPPL Director Vickey Bloom has shepherded the library system through a host of physical and technological shifts. But as of June 30, Bloom will close this book and begin a new one, as she retires from a career she started decades ago.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Theirs was a love story worthy of the silver screen, and the romance of Edsel and Eleanor Ford has now been immortalized in sculpture.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Just in time for summer wedding season, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is sharing mementos and memories from several generations of Ford family nuptials.

“Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings” is a new exhibition in the South Cottage that features a number of wedding gowns, personal photos and other wedding memorabilia. Running June 26 through Nov. 6, it was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s November 1916 wedding.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Family members of Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department officer Gerald Genna attended the June 20 City Council meeting to see him receive a commendation for his role in making the city safer.

Upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Board of Review, Genna received the commendation in recognition of his alertness and prompt action in the apprehension of a suspect who had been sought in multiple cities within Wayne County. 

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When looking back on his years working in the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Works Department, Director of Public Services Joseph Ahee Jr. is grateful for all the support he received from others to make the department a success. 

“The mayor and the council have always been supportive of me and my department,” Ahee said. “I thank everyone here at the city and all the residents for their support.”

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Police work has been likened to a brotherhood, and that sort of family support was visible during the recent promotion of one of the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department’s decorated veterans.

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Published June 20, 2016

With their own boat and specially trained officers, the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department is ready and capable of making aquatic rescues whenever necessary.

But on the afternoon of June 20, officers found themselves engaged in a different sort of water-related rescue.

A mother mallard duck’s nine ducklings tumbled down into a storm sewer in the parking lot of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, leading to a desperate effort to save the tiny, fuzzy birds, who could periodically be heard from below peeping for Mom.

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Published June 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS —  Officials in Grosse Pointe Woods have joined forces with other municipalities across the state to try to recoup monies they feel the state of Michigan owes them.

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Published June 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It’s that time of year again. People are enjoying being outdoors, boating, barbecuing, biking, swimming … and stealing things.

With the nicer weather generally comes a rise in property crimes, especially larcenies from vehicles. Grosse Pointe Shores has experienced a few such crimes in recent weeks, and law enforcement officials want to remind people that there are simple steps they can take to reduce the incidence of such crimes.

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Published June 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Shortly before the end of another school year, Grosse Pointe Park officials honored several creative young artists for their visions for Arbor Day.

The Park City Council honored winners of the city’s 33rd annual Arbor Day poster contest during a meeting May 23.

“On behalf of the Grosse Pointe Park Beautification Commission, I want to thank the mayor and the council for supporting our Arbor Day poster contest,” said Beautification Commission member Pat Deck.

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Published June 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — During the annual Blessing of the Fleet May 30 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, center, presented, from left, GPYC Commodore Tom Lauzon and Commodore James Martin with a plaque denoting the 102-year-old club’s entrance into the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Published June 15, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Renovating your home to make it more accessible for an older loved one or yourself might sound daunting, but experts say there are more products and services than ever to make this doable.

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Published June 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The man accused of murdering famed interior designer Daniel Clancy will be back before a judge next month.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, will face a probable cause hearing at 8 a.m. July 19 in front of Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court Judge Matthew Rumora for the March 6 stabbing of Clancy, 69, at Clancy’s home on Voltaire Place in Grosse Pointe Farms. 

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Published June 14, 2016

DETROIT — As a former professional dancer whose career included a stint as a Rockette, Marlene Boll, of Grosse Pointe Shores, knows well the power that the arts have to transform lives.

She and her contractor husband, John, have long supported a variety of art and education programs for kids, including the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. And now the longtime supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are being honored by that cultural gem. 

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Published June 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When an American flag becomes worn and tattered after being used for so long, there is a proper way to lay it to rest. 

The Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission did just that to 30 flags from the public at the organization’s annual flag retirement ceremony held June 11 at Ghesquiere Park, located behind City Hall.

The commission members and several volunteers followed proper protocol when retiring Old Glory. The worn flags came in various sizes. 

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Published June 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Despite opposition from city leaders and some nearby residents and businesses, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has approved the sale of alcoholic beverages at the BP gas station at 19100 Mack Ave., at Moross Road.

At issue isn’t the sale of alcohol — the Farms has other retail establishments where customers can purchase beer, wine and liquor — but rather the location, and the fact that, as a gas station, it will operate around the clock, unlike other nearby stores. 

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Published June 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Following the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s approval of a liquor license for a BP gas station at Mack Avenue and Moross Road in Grosse Pointe Farms — despite objections by city leaders — Grosse Pointe Park officials are revisiting their own zoning to prevent the same from happening again.

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Published June 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Residents will see a slight increase in their water bills this summer.

For the 2016-17 fiscal year — which starts July 1 — rates will rise from the current level of $11.24 per 100 cubic feet of water used — or $168.60 for the minimum quarterly bill — to $11.92 per 100 cubic feet of water — or $178.80 for the minimum quarterly bill. 

The Shores City Council unanimously approved the new rates during a meeting May 17.

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Published June 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Due to work and family obligations, Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education Trustee Lois Valente has announced her resignation from the school board effective June 30.

Valente’s original term expired in December of 2015, but due to a change in the election cycle, another year was added to her term. Valente was elected in November 2011, with her term starting Jan. 1, 2012. Her current term would have ended Dec. 31 of this year. 

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Published June 7, 2016

DETROIT — Like the fledgling pop stars he promoted, publicist Al Abrams was just a teen when he started what would become a legendary career.

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