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Published May 11, 2016

PARK — The last year under retired Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Chief David Hiller’s watch was a relatively quiet one.

New Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni, who took over in January, delivered the results from 2015 during an April 11 City Council meeting.

“It was a really good report,” he said. “Overall crime decreased in excess of 12 percent … (and) the most serious crime … went down 10 percent.”

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Published May 11, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — It will be quite the reunion May 12-14 at University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road, as former students and staff get together for the school’s annual Alumni Weekend.

Many events are scheduled that will give past graduates the opportunity to relive their school days. ULS has had different names and locations over the years, and Alumni Weekend will celebrate ULS and its predecessor schools’ longtime ties to Detroit.

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Published May 11, 2016

GROSSE POINTES/HARPER WOODS — As the crowd that filled up the ballroom of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 5 for the Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast finished their last bites of food, former Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson took the podium and told his story of how prayer and faith brought him to an unlikely place.

Hanson recounted the night of the NFL Draft in 1992, when both he and his wife were asked if there was any team they would prefer not draft him. He said his wife mentioned two teams: Detroit and Miami.

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Published May 11, 2016

FARMS — Actress and impressionist Amy Phillips isn’t one of the “Real Housewives,” but she plays several of them on TV.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 10, 2016

DETROIT — Hundreds of mourners packed Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in downtown Detroit May 5 to honor the memory of late Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy, 69, who died April 27 from injuries he suffered when he was stabbed at his home March 6.

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE — Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for officers and board members of the newly formed Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods branch of the NAACP on April 28 at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade drew some wisdom from University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. 

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The last time Grosse Pointe Theatre staged “Hello, Dolly!” in 1978, a then-teenaged Theresa Selvaggio played the show’s ingénue.

For the 2016 reboot of the classic musical, Selvaggio, of Grosse Pointe Farms, occupies the starring role, playing New York City matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi opposite Ron Otulakowski, of Eastpointe, as her challenging client, the stubborn widower Horace Vandergelder. 

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The diligence of reporting the news by the Grosse Pointe South High School Tower newspaper staff was validated April 21 when the print publication won 48 individual awards at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s spring awards ceremony in Lansing.

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The biennial Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House has featured some beautiful homes before, but this time, they’re partially responsible for saving one.

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Published May 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A stabbing that left a Grosse Pointe Farms man clinging to life in March has now turned into a murder case.

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Published May 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Officials in the Grosse Pointe Public School System are still working to ensure that the drinking water in the district’s buildings is within the allowable levels for lead and copper, per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water testing March 29-31 by Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc., or TEC, determined problem areas at six schools: the Barnes Early Childhood Center; Brownell and Pierce middle schools; and Defer, Kerby and Maire elementary schools. 

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Published May 3, 2016

DETROIT — An iconic landmark on the Detroit River will be getting some much-needed repairs, thanks to an upcoming fundraiser.

The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, designed in 1923 by the George D. Mason Co., will be the focus of “Restoring the Grandeur: City Lights Gala” at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at the DYC. Put on by the DYC’s nonprofit arm, the DYC Foundation, this event will feature auctions and raffles, music, a strolling dinner and more. 

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Crews began work this month on Country Club Drive, located west of Mack Avenue, as the city’s 2016 pavement replacement road program got underway.

As a result of the August 2014 vote for a road bond, the city of Grosse Pointe Woods contracted with Florence Cement, of Utica, to complete $6.6 million of work during the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons. 

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The city will start repairing sidewalks in need of work this spring.

Mayor Robert Denner said the Park is getting back into a more proactive approach to sidewalk maintenance now that the economy is improving. As he explained during an April 11 City Council meeting, the “sidewalks are inspected area by area,” and those in need of replacement are marked. 

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — During an April 11 Grosse Pointe Park City Council meeting, Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni publicly acknowledged with departmental commendations the exceptional work of several members of the department last year.

Lt. Ed Arnold and Sgt. Anthony Blain were honored for their work in the arrest of a suspect who ultimately confessed to six home invasions, 25 larcenies from vehicles and three bike thefts, Poloni said.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The latest annual crime report shows that Grosse Pointe Shores continues to be one of the safest places to live anywhere.

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