April Lehmbeck

Published June 12, 2014

DETROIT — Like many of Detroit’s churches, Bethany Lutheran on Outer Drive is steeped in history and memories.

It’s a church that has been through a transformation and is celebrating its past while looking to the future.

Bethany Lutheran at 11475 Outer Drive will be marking its 125th anniversary on June 22, and they’re hoping people from the church’s current congregation, as well as the many faces from the past — including students, former parishioners and others — will take part.

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Published June 12, 2014

HARPER WOODS — While four Harper Woods Board of Education seats will be on the November election ballot, one of those seats needs to be filled a bit early.

Board Trustee Tracy Purnell officially resigned as of June 9 for personal reasons. Her term would have ended at the end of the year, so the school board is required by law to find someone to sit in that seat until the end of the term.

Superintendent Todd Biederwolf sent an email to parents who have signed up for correspondence from the district about the vacancy and upcoming election.

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Published June 11, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — There aren’t too many teachers who have jumped on board with a unique style of teaching called the “flipped classroom,” but University Liggett teacher Catherine Wilensky decided that the success that others had seen by flipping the learning model would benefit her students.

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Published June 11, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education continues to give back to the schools with 13 new grants.

The grants recently presented to the district total almost $70,000 for various needs in the schools. They also had a special additional gift of $7,600 for purchasing Apple TVs for classrooms.

School officials have once again expressed thanks for the work the Foundation does to support the district.

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Published June 5, 2014

HARPER WOODS — While a routine approval in some districts, consideration of the intermediate school district’s budget wasn’t quite routine this year in Harper Woods. 

The Harper Woods Board of Education voted 3-3 on Wayne RESA’s preliminary budget at its May 20 meeting.

By law, each district has to weigh in on the intermediate school district’s budget.

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Published June 4, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Tyrone Elementary kitchen will get remodeled and upgraded after school lets out for the summer.

The  Harper Woods Board of Education approved a $48,200 bid for the project during its May 20 meeting. The updates include new stainless work surfaces, plumbing upgrades, finishes and more.

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Published June 4, 2014

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Academy is letting its middle school students dig into hands-on experiences with real-world career skills.

Students had those experiences through a pilot program this year that, according to administrators, was a huge hit — so much so that the school administrators are hoping to see it grow next year.

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Published June 4, 2014

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Scrabble is big in Trombly Elementary School teacher Susan Howey’s class, and not just in terms of student excitement.

It’s really big because Howey had an idea to bring the board game outdoors with the earth as the playing board and large tiles as the letters. And the level of engagement among students is clear as they huddle up on the elementary school yard and carefully plan each move before making a play.

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Published June 4, 2014

GROSSE POINTES — Paige Hackenberger knows what it’s like to stare down the face of cancer and win.

But the Grosse Pointe South alumna and University of Michigan student will be the first to admit that she didn’t do it alone.

It was an effort that included the support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LLS, which helped her and her family in her fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 9.

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Published June 4, 2014

HARPER WOODS — If they weren’t already on the cutting edge of technology in schools with one device for each student at the high school, Harper Woods Schools made a big move in that direction at its May 20 board meeting.

The Board of Education approved a change that will give it a 1-to-1 device-to-student ratio from kindergarten through high school graduation.

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Published May 28, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The city will be tapping its general fund balance, or rainy day fund, for about $361,000 so that it can balance its budget for the next fiscal year.

It would have been much higher, but steps such as moving to privatize EMS service through Medstar have helped the city not dig deeper into its fund balance.

Despite the dip into the fund balance, the city will continue to have a healthy fund balance exceeding auditor recommendations.

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Published May 28, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A major name in American business, Steve Forbes, spoke to Grosse Pointe North students last week.

The Grosse Pointe North chapter of Young Americans for Freedom gave Grosse Pointe North students an opportunity to hear Forbes, a prominent publishing executive, speak on “Leadership and Free Enterprise” May 22 in the high school gym.

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Published May 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Public Safety Director James Burke always is promoting the benefits of residents keeping their eyes and ears open to suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, and a couple of recent arrests prove the value of that advice.

A neighbor to a home in the 21000 block of Severn didn’t hesitate to call police at about 2 p.m. May 9 when something unusual was taking place. The suspicious activity turned out to be a home invasion, and thanks to that call, police arrived to catch two suspects.

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Published May 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — The Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe recently recognized three people who have made a big contribution to Harper Woods and the safety of its residents.

The Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe handed out those awards May 7 during its Respect for Law Week ceremony.

“We really appreciate the Lakeshore Optimist Club taking the time to honor two of our officers and a member of our community,” Harper Woods Public Safety Director James Burke said.

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Published May 21, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Last year, when the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education decided to walk away from proposals to do some work at Monteith Elementary School to fix ongoing traffic concerns, the district couldn’t find a solution at a price it felt comfortable choosing.

This year, they’ve made a decision that will help curb some of the congestion issues at the school with a less expensive price tag than earlier proposals.

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