April Lehmbeck

Published October 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods, among 10 police departments in the state to receive 2014 COPS Hiring Program grants, received an award of $250,000, which will keep officers on the streets.

Before the grant, the city’s financial constraints meant that the police department would have lost officers.

Director of Public Safety James Burke applied for the grant, City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said. The City Council unanimously approved accepting the grant during its Oct. 6 council meeting.

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Published October 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The investigation into the increased home invasions that have spanned local communities including Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods has yielded some recent breaks.

The latest news came from Harper Woods, which arrested a 17-year-old Detroit resident whom detectives identified as being involved in at least one home invasion last August in the 20200 block of Roscommon.

The teen allegedly broke into the home and left with items that included televisions and jewelry, according to information from the Harper Woods Public Safety Department.

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Published October 8, 2014

HARPER WOODS — President Barack Obama’s recent declaration calling the tri-county area a disaster should bring some help to the areas that were hit hard by the August flooding.

City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said people who submitted individual damage reports concerning flood damage during August’s flooding to the city should also register through FEMA.

“There will be funds released for people who suffered damage from the Aug. 11 flood,” Skotarczyk said.

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Published October 8, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods police continue to investigate home invasions in the city, including a trio of daytime home invasions that took place Oct. 1.

The suspects in the three incidents would back into the driveways of the homes with one suspect getting out and knocking on the front door. If no one came to the door, they forced their way into the side door, according to police information.

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Published October 8, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The three incumbents for Harper Woods School Board took the podium during a Grosse Pointe League of Women Voters candidate forum Sept. 30.

Current board Secretary David Kien and trustees Joan Mannino and Gene Hall II fielded several questions for a small audience at the Harper Woods Library.

The questions ranged from what they believe is the most important issue that Harper Woods Schools faces to how they propose to increase parental involvement in schools.

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Published October 7, 2014

WOODS — Police believe multiple groups are breaking into homes in local communities, including Grosse Pointe Woods and nearby Harper Woods.

Grosse Pointe Woods has dealt with several home invasions during the last month. Despite multiple home invasions in recent weeks, last weekend was quiet with no home invasion incidents reported, but an incident on Monday led to an arrest of multiple suspects.

Grosse Pointe Woods has been working with other communities that are battling the same issue. 

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Published October 2, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — Robert Beck, a 1942 graduate of the Grosse Pointe Public School District, never forgot where he came from and gave a large gift to the schools upon his death.

The schools received a $250,000 donation from the Robert E. Beck Memorial Trust Fund for the historic preservation and renovation of Grosse Pointe South.

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Published September 28, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Safety Department is hoping that residents will keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activity, as home invasions are on the rise.

“Since July 1, 2014, we have had 34 home invasions or attempted home invasions in our community,” Public Safety Director James Burke stated in a news release. “While all areas of Harper Woods have been affected, the majority of the incidents have occurred in the south end of the city, both east and west of I-94.”

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Published September 28, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Bringing people together and sharing important resources with friends and neighbors is the goal of a new event in Harper Woods.

Harper Woods Safe Neighborhoods is presenting “Unity in the Community Resource Fair” from 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Harper Woods High School.

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Published September 25, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The city is gearing up to contract out its Building Department.

It means the city will no longer be employing the two part-time and four contract employees who worked in that department.

“It was a hard decision,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said, adding that the issues in that department were not the fault of the employees or any reflection on the work they did for the city.

At its Sept. 15 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Safebuilt Michigan Inc. to take over Building Department services.

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Published September 24, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — With absentee ballots scheduled to go to voters this week, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials spoke about a couple of millage renewals that voters will tackle in this election.

The proposals affect the district’s financial stability, as they bring in a significant chunk of the district’s budget.

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Published September 24, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — As another step in the process to make technology upgrades, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education approved a bid for wiring work in the district.

During the Sept. 22 meeting, the board voted 6-1 for the approximately $227,000 wiring bid to AMcomm Inc. for work at Poupard and Trombly elementary schools, and Brownell and Parcells middle schools.

Trustee Lois Valente voted against the bid, but she wasn’t opposed to the work. Her only issue was a concern about the bids.

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Published September 17, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — The school year kicked off with new leaders in several of the district’s schools.

New principals or assistant principals have top jobs at Grosse Pointe South High School, Kerby Elementary School, Pierce Middle School, Brownell Middle School and Grosse Pointe North High School.

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