Alex Tekip

Published July 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The annual Beverly Park cleanup is no more.

On June 21, the Beverly Hills Village Council voted 6-0 to discontinue the annual Beverly Park cleanup day, saying it’s unnecessary because there’s not enough work for the volunteers. Councilman Bob Borgon was absent from the meeting.

“In years past, park cleanup day generated dozens of bags of yard waste and trash,” Assistant Village Manager Ellen Marshall stated in a memo suggesting the motion to discontinue Beverly Park cleanup day.

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Published July 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council approved a code enforcement contract between Beverly Hills and Franklin at its June 21 meeting.

The agreement was approved 6-0 — Councilman Bob Borgon was absent. It states that Beverly Hills will provide code enforcement services “as needed and requested by the village of Franklin,” beginning July 1 of this year and continuing on a yearly basis.

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Published June 29, 2016

HARPER WOODS/DETROIT — On June 7, Bill Costanza and doctors at St. John Hospital and Medical Center made Midwest history.

Costanza, a resident of Harper Woods for 23 years, was the first patient in the Midwest to receive an artificial heart valve as part of a new clinical research trial for low-risk patients with aortic stenosis, or failing aortic valves. 

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Published June 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Drivers charged with civil traffic infractions in Harper Woods — speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, among others — can now resolve a citation from anywhere with internet access.

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Published June 24, 2016

Multiple homes in the 16000 block of Birwood were evacuated as a result of a gas leak discovered in the early morning June 24, according to the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a neighbor called to inform the department of the gas leak around 6 a.m. Department personnel responded to the call and worked to clear the area.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — From the moment Jim Cole took the reigns as Royal Oak High School’s athletic director, he knew he wanted some way to honor high-achieving student-athletes and coaches.

“We’ve got to have some tradition and meaning … because it means so much to these people, and myself as well, and it needs to be celebrated, and that was the whole idea behind it,” said Cole. 

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Published June 22, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Fourth grade will be staying at Eastover Elementary School.

After discussion throughout the 2015-16 school year, it was determined that Bloomfield Hills Schools will not be moving fourth-graders from Eastover to the campus of East Hills Middle School in the 2017-18 school year. The option was offered as a solution to the sense of crowding expressed by Eastover families and staff.

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Speaking in front of a crowd of students, educators, parents and baseball enthusiasts in a theater at Seaholm High School June 13, Detroit Tigers Director of Baseball Operations Sam Menzin shared a quote from Michael Lewis’ book, “Moneyball.”

“When the numbers acquire the significance of language, they acquire the power to do all things which language can do: to become fiction and drama and poetry.”

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Published June 20, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — An email sent out by the village of Beverly Hills June 15 detailed an incident in which two residents were scammed by a man and a woman who claimed to be repairing cement driveways.

On June 14, police received a complaint from the victims, an 81-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man, who live on Robinwood. Two suspects, a man and a woman, went to their house and claimed to be repairing cement driveways, according to the email. The male resident believed the suspects were from the same company that had done work for him in March.

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Published June 17, 2016

A shooting occurred during the early morning June 17 on southbound Harper between Huntington and Eastwood, according to a press release issued by Harper Woods Director of Public Safety Jim Burke.

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Published June 15, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk knows water rate increases are a touchy subject.

“Everybody gets upset about water rate increases,” he said. “Nobody likes it.”

Skotarczyk said this year’s 9.9 percent increase for water and sewer rates in Harper Woods, effective June 1 after the City Council’s unanimous approval May 16, benefits the city in the long run by reducing the deficit in its sewer and water fund. 

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Published June 15, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Summer’s for soaking up the sun, and possibly, a good book.

The Harper Woods Public Library’s summer reading program encourages children, teens and adults to dive into a book, or a few books, from June 6 until July 15.

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Published June 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — After receiving the Birmingham Education Association’s Teacher of the Year award, Birmingham Seaholm High School teacher Leisa Passarelli asked herself, “Why me?”

Five years ago she was asking herself the same question, but for a very different reason.

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Published June 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Baseball is a game of numbers. But when the numbers are even, sometimes, the game becomes one of luck.

Luck wasn’t on the side of Madison Heights Bishop Foley (27-8) in a June 11 Division 3 regional final against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (29-4). The Ventures fell 2-1 in eight innings.

This is the third consecutive baseball season that Liggett has defeated Foley in the playoffs. In 2015, the Knights knocked out the Ventures 3-1 in the opening round of districts. In 2014, Liggett won a 5-4 in a regional final.

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Published June 11, 2016

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MADISON HEIGHTS — The week of June 6 was one of managing emotions for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett baseball coach Dan Cimini.

Cimini’s father, Dinato, passed away five days before Liggett was scheduled to play in Division 3 baseball regionals at Madison Heights Bishop Foley on June 11.

“He was my best friend,” said Cimini. “I was carrying a lot of emotion all week.”

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