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Published June 2, 2016

For the second time in the past three months, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials are addressing an issue involving race at Grosse Pointe South High School that has left many of the school’s students upset.

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Published June 1, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — Starting with bills that come after July 1, residents in Grosse Pointe City and Farms will see an increase in their water bills.

The Grosse Pointe Farms water plant provides drinking water to both cities, while sewage is processed by the Great Lakes Water Authority — formerly the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

In the City, Finance Director/Treasurer Kimberly Kleinow said the readiness-to-serve charge is going up 6.65 percent, from $9.47 to $10.10.

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Published June 1, 2016

DETROIT — Despite having signed an affidavit in which he claims to have single-handedly committed the murder of mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara at her Grosse Pointe Park home the evening of Jan. 24, 2012, former handyman Joseph “Joe” Gentz repeated in court that the contents of said affidavit are the stuff of fiction.

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Published June 1, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although Grosse Pointe City’s property values continue to rise — this year, assessments are up by more than 6 percent, on average — the City itself is only seeing an increase of 0.3 percent in taxable value, which was determined by the state to be the inflation rate.

That means real property tax revenues are only up by $22,920 for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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Published June 1, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Former Macomb Township firefighter and paramedic Ryan Wilson has a lot to celebrate.

He’s slated to marry his fiancée, Caroline Theisen, on June 4, and the 27-year-old was just named as the newest Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department officer.

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Published May 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS —  The crowd that gathered the morning of May 30 at the Circle of Honor, at Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, came away with a piece of American history from Grosse Pointe Woods resident Eugene Ignasiak.

The U.S. Navy petty officer first class was one of the courageous United States military members who defended the nation as World War II raged on. 

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — With roughly a half-dozen different locations in the last decade and a half, finding the Grosse Pointe Art Center has sometimes felt a little like a game of “Where’s Waldo?”

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Officials are hoping to make it easier for Grosse Pointe Farms residents to recycle. 

“We’re subsidizing (the cost of) the new, large recycling bins,” said City Councilman Louis Theros, chair of the city’s Budget and Audit Committee. “That’s a win-win for everyone. The more we recycle, the better it is for the environment.”

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — After months of discussion, research and meetings, a new extracurricular code of conduct will become effective Aug. 1 in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

A review team of educators, parents and coaches designed the new extracurricular code of conduct. The new code was developed to provide a common set of rules for all students who participate in athletics and extracurricular activities. The previous code of conduct only applied to athletics. 

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Some Grosse Pointe Public School System staff members who live outside the district will now have the opportunity to enroll their children in the district as students.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The community once again is invited to remember the local men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. 

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Public safety officers were able to prevent a fire from spreading throughout a house in the 1300 block of Nottingham Road over the weekend.

Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said officers from Grosse Pointe Park and City responded to the two-alarm fire, which started around 3:20 p.m. May 21. The fire appeared to have been caused by a candle left unattended in a bedroom, he said. Poloni said officers were able to contain the damage to the bedroom where the blaze began.

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — No formal plans have been unveiled yet, but already residents are saying an emphatic “no” to a possible condo development at 360 Moselle Place, better known to residents as the “Tennis House.”

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The good news is that housing values are on the rise in Grosse Pointe Park. The bad news from the city’s perspective is that, hamstrung by the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A, the city can’t likewise recover financially.

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department will be receiving new fire equipment thanks to a federal grant the department was selected to receive. 

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow recently announced that the department is one of three that will receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. 

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Published May 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Wendy’s restaurant at 18800 Mack Ave. is about to get a new look that should be curiously familiar to longtime residents.

Alan Okon, construction manager for The Wendy’s Co., said that they plan to remove the existing fascia and restore the original fascia underneath.

“It’s actually still there,” Okon told the Farms City Council during a May 9 meeting, adding that the old façade is in decent shape.

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Published May 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — On May 11, St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School siblings Nicholas Borrego and Madison Borrego made the rules for the day.

Those rules included no homework, an extra 15 minutes of recess and no school uniforms for the preschool through eighth-grade students. Each rule met with Principal Tina Forsythe’s approval. 

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings’ season may be over, but fans of hockey can now enjoy a variation on the sport in Hockeytown.

“Hockey — The Musical!” — billed by creator Mitch Albom as “‘Spamalot’ with hockey sticks” — is a new comedy about a band of mismatched misfits tasked with saving the sport after God decides to eliminate hockey unless they can convince him it’s worth preserving. 

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Published May 11, 2016

PARK — The rapidly escalating cost of retiree health care and pensions means that city leaders could be seeking a Headlee override or special millage approval from voters to cover those costs.

City Manager Dale Krajniak said the price of retiree health care and pensions has risen by about $900,000 over the last decade — an expense the city has managed to cover so far by cutting staffing, selling city-owned property and reducing expenses.

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