April Lehmbeck

Published November 19, 2014

Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe voters chose some new school board members during the Nov. 4 election, but a couple of incumbents are heading back to their seats.

Harper Woods Schools incumbent Joan Mannino won back her seat on the school board, but David Kien and Gene Hall II lost their bids for re-election, according to unofficial results. Newcomers Kelly Morrison, Angela Fenderson and Colleen Keveney were chosen as new school board members. Kien narrowly lost his bid to Keveney by 25 votes.

The Harper Woods School Board is now an all-woman board.

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Published November 13, 2014

WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods will take on the holiday season with two programs that draw big crowds and create memories for both the young and the young at heart.

The two annual programs are Woods Aglow, the city’s annual tree-lighting program, and the Polar Express, a “train” ride to see the city’s neighborhoods lit up on the way to a final destination where travelers feel as if they’ve reached the North Pole.

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Published November 6, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education wants to highlight how students are giving back and volunteering in their schools and community.

That’s why the organization is announcing “Caught in the Act of Giving Back,” an initiative made possible by the foundation’s Anne R. Hudson Fund. The districtwide project will recognize volunteer activities in elementary school through high school.

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Published November 6, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Woods Foundation is hosting an event Nov. 7 to boost membership and raise money for the work it does in the community.

The annual membership drive and fundraiser will run from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The attendees can enjoy the Alger House and War Memorial. The event will include appetizers and beer and wine.

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Published November 6, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Schools doesn’t just note “Michigan College Application Week” on a calendar; the district marks the week with programs and activities that encourage seniors to take steps toward their college years.

“We will be holding a college fair, as well as working to support student applications,” Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said in an email.

Michigan College Application Week is the state’s designation for a larger program, the American College Application Campaign. It is running from Nov. 3-7.

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Published November 5, 2014

Voters had some big decisions to make in this year’s election with the responsibility to choose new leaders in the court and local schools.

With more than 53 percent of the votes, registered voters casting ballots Nov. 3 decided to make Daniel Palmer the first new 32A District Court judge in more than 37 years.

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Published November 5, 2014

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Voters renewed both millages that the Grosse Pointe Schools rely on for a significant portion of the school district’s budget.

With more than 70 percent of voters casting yes votes on the two millages, district officials can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the district’s budget isn’t going to take a big hit in funding.

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Published October 31, 2014

The peace of a normally quiet residential street was shattered Oct. 29 by a tragic accident on a long-vacant lot now under construction.

As a news helicopter buzzed overhead, dozens of emergency responders from as far away as Van Buren Township and West Bloomfield turned their attention to a recovery effort after a worker died in a trench collapse.

Despite a desperate attempt to save him, the owner of a company working on a new home in the 20100 block of Fairway Drive in Grosse Pointe Woods died after the trench collapsed on him around noon Oct. 29.

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Published October 30, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Police caught two suspects in an abandoned garage Oct. 23 after the suspects allegedly robbed a 16-year-old of his tennis shoes.

Two Detroit residents, ages 16 and 18, face armed robbery charges for the incident. It took place at about 3:40 p.m. when the victim was walking home from school in the area of Beaconsfield and Woodmont, according to police information.

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Published October 27, 2014

HARPER WOODS — A fire ravaged the Redeemer United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, reducing a major portion of the building to crumbling debris.

“There was pretty significant damage,” Public Safety Director James Burke said.

The early morning fire at the Redeemer United Methodist Church Thrift Shop at 20633 Vernier was under investigation and classified as suspicious at press time.

Firefighters and public safety officers responded to reports of heavy smoke near Harper and Vernier at 3 a.m. Oct. 27.

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Published October 24, 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer, one of the latest medical workers stricken with the Ebola virus, graduated more than 15 years ago from Grosse Pointe North, but school staff still remembers him as a student who made a positive impact on those around him.

Spencer, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, recently returned to the United States from working in Guinea. He is being treated in a hospital in New York City after he came down with a fever, according to a press release from Doctors Without Borders. 

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Published October 22, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Unlike many schools where students wait for their advisors and directors to make the major decisions and guide the school play from start to finish, University Liggett students are in the driver’s seat from day one.

“We place the responsibility in the students’ hands,” Chair of Liggett’s Creative and Performing Arts department Phillip Moss stated in a news release.

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Published October 22, 2014

DETROIT — For the last 12 years, people have come together to support something that provides a beacon of light during a dark time — hospice care.

People who know that hospice care focuses on quality of life for patients and care for the entire family participate each year in St. John Providence’s annual Hospice Walk with Me Event.

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Published October 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Friends of the Harper Woods Library’s Artists Market will bring a wide range of arts, crafts and other creative pieces to the library from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 1 during an event the Friends hopes to turn into an annual artist showcase.

The library, 19601 Harper, received a great deal of interest in this new event and sold out the available tables to almost 20 vendors.

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Published October 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Looking into the past for our roots and finding out a little more about where we came from doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process, and the Harper Woods Library is offering a tool that makes the research easier.

The library added the Ancestry Library Edition to its database collection.

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