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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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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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