April Lehmbeck

Published July 16, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Board of Education hit a wall while trying to fill a board vacancy July 8 when the first vote ended in a 3-3 tie.

Half of the board wanted to see Angela Fenderson sit beside them at the school board table while the other three chose Gene Hall II.

“Three-three, so we’ve got a quandary here,” board President Brian Selburn said after the first vote.

The board interviewed three candidates who applied for the seat left vacant when Trustee Tracy Purnell resigned last month for personal reasons.

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Published July 16, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Ten seniors received exciting graduation gifts, thanks to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which donated 10 tablets that will help the students as they head off to college.

The seniors received Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 16 GB devices through a donation from Fiat Chrysler to the United Way of Southeastern Michigan. The United Way then gave the Fiat Chrysler-donated tablets to 10 chosen Harper Woods High School seniors.

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Published July 16, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Library officials are excited to bring in new, updated literacy tools to help young children get ready for school using literacy software that aims to make learning fun.

The library added two Early Literacy Stations this month, which offer more than 60 educational software titles for children to use at stations that are not Internet accessible, so parents can feel comfortable allowing their children some independence while using the stations.

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Published July 16, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Instead of making a clean getaway, the suspects in two separate break-ins July 5 and 6 found themselves in the back of a police vehicle.

Harper Woods Police Lt. John Vorgitch said a big part of the department’s success in catching suspects before they’re able to flee the scene comes down to officers being observant when on patrol.

“The officers pay attention to what’s going on in the community,” he said.

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Published July 16, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — There were two images left behind from this year’s fireworks — one of gatherings where friends and families enjoyed each other’s company and the fireworks, and the other of unruly crowds and multiple fights that left public safety officers struggling to keep up with dangerous situations.

Those fights and unruly crowds, which reportedly included two gangs from Detroit, led to talk about the possibility of canceling or moving the fireworks next year. 

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Published July 16, 2014

GROSSE POINTES  — The Grosse Pointe Public School System saw some positive movement overall in its Michigan Merit Exam scores, and the district is not done looking for ways to make those scores better.

The MME results were released earlier this month with the state reporting positive gains in multiple subjects. Grosse Pointe is following that state trend.

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Published July 16, 2014

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Published July 2, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — This summer’s process of residency reverification is going slower than last year’s, so district officials are reminding families of some students who need to complete the process.

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Published July 2, 2014

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Some teachers might struggle with technology, but Grosse Pointe South High School teacher Nicholas Provenzano embraces technology in education.

He is one of those teachers who finds innovative ways to use technology in the classroom, exposing students to 21st century tools that will help them as they navigate the high-tech world.

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Published June 25, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — South High School and Kerby Elementary will have some new faces in top leadership roles when students head back to school this fall.

The Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education, during its June 23 meeting, approved a human resources report that included appointments for the principal positions at both schools. The report was approved 5-2.

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Published June 25, 2014

A woman who pulled into a gas station at Eight Mile and Kelly was one step ahead of two men intent on taking her vehicle, as she escaped and stopped the suspects from leaving with her car.

At about 11:30 p.m. June 18, the woman pulled into the gas station to fill up when two men, one armed with a handgun, approached her.

“They ordered her out of the car,” Harper Woods Sgt. John Vorgitch said. “She took off running.”

The suspects got into her car, but they discovered that they wouldn’t be getting what they came for that night.

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Published June 18, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Recreation Dance Program completed its 30th annual dance recital this spring and is gearing up for its summer program.

“They danced very well and had a good time,” said program Director Nonny Sperry in an email. “I am so proud to be involved with this program for 30 years, and now I even have former students come back with their own children.”

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Published June 18, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Freshman Emily Jaminet is taking her leadership skills on the road this summer as she represents her high school and Wayne State University’s Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program in Washington, D.C.

Jaminet was one of 13 students from high schools in metro Detroit who are participating in the GEAR UP program’s Student Leadership Academy because they were chosen as student leaders.

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Published June 18, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The lazy days of summer can be filled with exciting stories, and fun and educational programs, by simply spending some time enjoying summer at the library.

The Harper Woods Library is offering programs for both children and adults this summer. The program list includes the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

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Published June 14, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Schools received an upgrade to the district’s credit rating from a BBB+ to an A-.

“To have our ‘independent financial evaluation’ improve during these times is exceptional,” Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said in an email.

Every year, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services reviews the district’s financial picture and assigns a rating to the district.

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