April Lehmbeck

Published December 17, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — Superintendent Thomas Harwood is planning to move on, which means that the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education is getting ready to launch a search for the top leadership role in the district.

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Published December 17, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Instead of rehashing U.S. history as it’s been taught for generations, University Liggett students take a look at history from a new perspective that hits close to home.

The 10th-grade U.S. history class looks at major historical events in correlation to Detroit and the region.

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Published December 10, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — The audit report presented to the school board late last month was good news for the district in terms of where the district is headed financially.

District officials managed to boost the general fund balance from June 2013 to June 2014, but they haven’t met their goal in terms of how much it wants to have in its rainy day fund.

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Published December 10, 2014

Gunshots struck a house and a garage near the intersection of Washtenaw and Riad during an incident involving several suspects in a silver Chevy Impala Dec. 6.

Shortly before noon, police responded to a call about shots fired in the area. Witnesses told police that they saw several men get out of the vehicle, with at least one suspect firing a large-caliber handgun before the suspects got back into the vehicle and headed north on Riad, according to police information.

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Published December 10, 2014

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Theatre’s performance of “White Christmas” is about bringing the community together for a beautiful holiday showcase of singing, dancing and a story that allows the theater troupe to acknowledge the community’s veterans and all they’ve sacrificed.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will run from Dec. 13-22 at Fries Auditorium at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road.

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Published December 3, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Every year, just before the winter weather sets in and covers the well-groomed lawns in the city with a sheet of snow, the Beautification Commission recognizes those who spent the summer making sure that their homes added to the beauty of the neighborhood.

The commission handed out its Beautification Awards to several residents and one business Nov. 17 at the Harper Woods City Council meeting.

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Published December 3, 2014

HARPER WOODS — For years, the Harper Woods School District has looked to attract students through school of choice to keep itself financially healthy, since student population determines a school district’s funding, but enrollment has taken a turn in a positive direction, according to district officials.

At the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted unanimously to not open a school of choice option for the second semester of this school year.

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Published December 3, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Schools officials expressed some concerns about the number of parents picking up students early from school.

During the Dec. 18 board meeting, the conversation started with Beacon Principal Janet Gottsleben’s board update on her school. She mentioned this problem, asking parents to make sure they try not to come in for early pickups.

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Published December 3, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointers show their support for their local school district by making it possible for the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education to give grants to the schools.

The latest grants totaled more than $40,000 and were presented to the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education during its Nov. 24 board meeting.

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Published December 3, 2014

GROSSE POINTES —  Teachers and staff who make their mark in the schools, going above and beyond their typical duties to make a difference in the lives of students, were honored during the district’s Distinguished Employee Awards presentation last month.

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Published December 2, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The unruly crowds and multiple fights at last year’s fireworks event, which officials said included gang members, prompted a reconsideration of the Grosse Pointe Woods fireworks, and now the City Council has approved a big change for next year’s event.

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Published November 25, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Parcells Middle School students are showing their mettle in this season’s robotics team competitions.

The Parcells team, the Blown Fuses, fared well in the recent regional competition, and they’re now headed to compete in the state-level robotics competition. They’ve earned some top honors, as well.

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Published November 19, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Police have arrested one of two suspects who allegedly robbed a man waiting at a bus stop in the city, and they were hoping to zero in on the second suspect soon, they said last week.

The first suspect, a 22-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested Nov. 6 for the armed robbery of a man waiting at the bus stop at Eastland Center in the early afternoon Oct. 28. 

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Published November 19, 2014

HARPER WOODS  — Prior to starting the budget process weeks ago, City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said it was going to be a tough process.

While that sentiment seemed to ring true based on the discussion about the city’s financial needs during the Nov. 3 council meeting, the council approved a budget that keeps the Public Safety Department intact and doesn’t hit residential services.

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Published November 19, 2014

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — With just days until opening night, cast and crew bustled about Grosse Pointe South’s auditorium with the type of frenzy that only a thespian might appreciate.

Drama and English teacher Meaghan Dunham moved from one task to another, explaining to one student how she needs to braid her hair and helping another find the perfect accessories to fit her character.

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