April Lehmbeck

Published August 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — A district having one of the five finalists for a Bammy, a national award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, generates excitement, but Grosse Pointe Schools nabbed two of five slots in the same category.


North teacher Gary Abud and South teacher Nick Provenzano are finalists for a 2015 Bammy Award for high school teachers. The other three finalists are from Indiana and Massachusetts.

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Published August 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Several officers recently earned recognition for their standout performances in the public safety arena.


During the last couple of City Council meetings, four public safety officers were recognized. 


Mayor Robert Novitke said that they appreciate what the public safety officers do in the city.


“The dedication … displayed by all of our public safety officers has an awful lot to do with this being such an enviable place to reside,” he said.

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Published August 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Safety Department lost one of its own Aug. 3 when Ronnie Karjo, 46, of Macomb Township, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Gratiot Avenue in Chesterfield Township.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Gratiot, south of 21 Mile Road, according to a news release from Chesterfield Township.

Karjo, a Harper Woods police officer, was heading south on Gratiot when a vehicle turning into a gas station struck him.

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Published July 30, 2015

SHORES — The foundation created by the families of Paige Stalker and Christina Samuel, two young women who were murdered for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, is hosting a fundraiser this week.

Save Our Children’s Future of Michigan will be at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, from 7-9 p.m. July 30 for an evening of chamber music with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Published July 30, 2015

An 18-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident died after being struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 94 in Harper Woods at about 5 p.m. July 29.

Harper Woods police had received calls that the man was running on the freeway.

The man apparently ran down the embankment and onto the freeway near Kingsville Street. He ran across three eastbound lanes before jumping the wall to enter westbound traffic near Kenosha Street, according to police information.

After jumping the wall, police said, the man stood in traffic.

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Published July 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Instead of studying plants from the pages of a book or on a website, students in Harper Woods will get a chance to develop their green thumbs while tackling science in a new greenhouse.

The greenhouse was part of a larger technology integration plan that the district has been working on for some time. During the last year, the district added renewable energy technology so students can dig into the science, technology, engineering and math fields. 

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Published July 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods elementary students spend the afternoon in a hallway of the secondary school campus with little blue robots and iPads, working on programs that allow them to move their robots along a specific path.

In another room of the school, high school students work on computers in the film and video production course. Middle school students spend time tackling “Minecraft for the Classroom” in another space at the school.

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Published July 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A lot has changed in the four years since the ballot proposal to amend the city charter in favor of a Public Safety Department failed to garner enough votes among the city’s residents.

Since then, the union for the firefighters has agreed to allow cross-trained police officers to assist them in fighting fires, MedStar has taken over as the city’s main ambulance service, and former Police Chief James Burke was given a new title as public safety director.

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Published July 23, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk is concerned about the current situation at Eastland Center, but he also sees the potential for positive changes.


Eastland Center is now in receivership. The U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Michigan assigned Spinoso Management Group as receiver after the mall’s ownership missed multiple payments on a loan.

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Published July 22, 2015

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WAYNE COUNTY — Some residents who have taken a look at their summer tax bill have raised questions or concerns about something different on their bill this year — a judgment levy.


The levy was placed on the bill to help the county comply with an approximately $49 million judgment entered against Wayne County in May after the county’s retirement system took the county to court over a funding issue.


County Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, has fielded some of the calls from residents with questions or concerns.

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Published July 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Woods City Council interviewed Public Safety Director Bruce Smith during a committee of the whole meeting July 21 as the possible long-term choice for a permanent city administrator.


City Administrator Alfred Fincham had planned to retire this summer, but he has postponed his retirement to the end of the calendar year to help facilitate a plan to make a smooth transition.

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Published July 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — City Administrator Alfred Fincham announced his retirement a few months ago, but it looks like he will be at the helm for a bit longer.


“I was scheduled to retire effective August 7th,” he stated in an email. “Council received over 40 applications for the position, but they were not found to be acceptable by City Council.

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Published July 13, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Judge Daniel Palmer, of the 32A District Court, understands city officials’ concerns about code enforcement, which were concerns he also heard from residents during his election campaign last year.


City officials have been outspoken during recent City Council meetings about their concerns that residents and business owners are not maintaining their properties.

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Published July 13, 2015

DETROIT — ARISE Detroit! is once again bringing people together to tackle community improvement projects throughout Detroit for its ninth annual Neighborhoods Day on Aug. 1.


ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit organization that serves as a community mobilization effort funded by the Kresge Foundation and others.


“Neighborhoods Day is our biggest signature event,” ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith said.

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Published July 13, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Friends of the Harper Woods Library’s first Artisans’ Market was a hit last year, and they’re hoping to make it even bigger this year.


The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Library, 19601 Harper Ave., and they’re on the hunt for vendors now.

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