April Lehmbeck

Published May 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Balmy spring days herald the start of something beloved for many in Harper Woods, when children’s laughter can be heard on the baseball fields as they gear up for a new season of Little League.

Generations of children have spent their summers on the fields during 60 years of baseball in Harper Woods.

“For some of us, it is our life,” league Vice President Mark Di Mambro said, adding that he’s been with the league for 27 years. “I love it. I’d be lost without it.”

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Published May 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said he wasn’t panicking over recent news that Eastland Center missed a loan payment, but he was taking steps to find out more information from city financial planners and the mall management.

Other than news reports, he said he had not received any official notice about the reported financial issue.

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Published May 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — After weeks of searching and many meetings, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education chose Gary Niehaus as its next superintendent.


It was a process that involved the entire district with participation from students, parents and other community members, as well as teachers, staff and administrators.

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Published May 4, 2015

An armed suspect was fatally shot after midnight May 4 during a gunfight with the owner of a home in the 14900 block of Liberal Avenue.

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Published April 30, 2015

The Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety announced the morning closure of Grosse Pointe North High School April 30 after an anonymous bomb threat was made the day before.

North administration contacted the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety about the threat.

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The newest member of the Public Safety Department in Grosse Pointe Woods is highly trained and road-ready, with extensive experience in tracking and drug detection.


He’s also adorable, furry, friendly and making history as one half of the city’s first K-9 team.

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Mayors from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods are getting ready for a longtime tradition in the cities, a time when the communities come together in prayer.


The 29th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 7 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Road.


“It shows the influence, the power or the importance of prayer in our daily lives,” Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Robert Novitke said.

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Published April 22, 2015

After interviewing three superintendent semifinalists April 20, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education chose two candidates for the final interview process.

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Published April 22, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Appointed Councilwoman Veronica Paiz doesn’t want to resign from the Harper Woods Library Board despite being told that holding both seats is prohibited under the city charter.

A debate has ensued over whether the two specific offices are incompatible to hold for the remainder of her appointment, which has led to the City Council setting a hearing date for the May 6 meeting to decide the question.

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Published April 21, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods city officials want people to be cautious when conducting private sales through websites like Craigslist, so they are offering the Public Safety Department lobby as a “safe haven” for those transactions.


Grosse Pointe Woods is joining other communities, including Troy and Madison Heights, in the effort to keep people safe by offering a meeting place to buy or sell items.

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Published April 20, 2015

HARPER WOODS — District officials are looking to avoid overshooting their revenue projections for next year to prevent negative surprises down the road.

“We’re trying to be conservative on most things,” district Business Manager James Dennis said.

District officials held their preliminary budget discussion during the April 14 budget workshop. They looked at early projections, and the administration noted that there will be many updates as the district moves toward the time to approve the 2015-16 budget this summer.

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Published April 18, 2015

HARPER WOODS — During a meeting last month, the Planning Commission recommended denial of Eastwood Clinics’ plan to open a treatment facility for substance abuse patients in the city, and the commission might have the final word.

The recommendation to deny came in front of the City Council on April 6, but the council removed it from consideration without taking a vote on the proposal.

There is some debate over whether it is appropriate for the council to take action.

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Published April 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Jane Ninivaggi lived the life of a researcher for more than a year, spending just about every day studying, exploring and inquiring for more information about militant Islamic extremist groups’ recruiting efforts in the United States.


Her work resulted in her research being published in a University of Richmond journal, “Digital America,” and she’s only a senior in high school.

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Published April 8, 2015

GROSSE POINTES —  The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods wants to help parents and professionals get preschoolers prepped for the transition to kindergarten.


A free program, Kindergarten Essentials, will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 at Barnes School, 20090 Morningside Drive, in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Published April 6, 2015

DETROIT — The Woman’s Historical Club of Detroit was founded in 1877, and it’s still going strong with women who say they enjoy carrying on the tradition.


Members of the club meet monthly at different members’ homes.


Each of the women research, write and present a paper every year. Past topics have included Detroit’s historic churches, observations on the arts, South American countries and more.

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