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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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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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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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