April Lehmbeck

Published December 16, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Secondary School Interact Club students know that the holidays are not just about hoping they get to open up a package containing one of the big Christmas trends of the season.

They know that the spirit of giving is a basic tenet of the holiday season, so they are giving their time and energy to help their community and those in need.

These students have been busy volunteering and raising money in the last few weeks.

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Published December 16, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Facing down the possibility of having to cut about 10 officers and what officials indicated would have been a crippling of the Police Department’s ability to fight crime, the men and women in blue found a way to keep officers on the roads.

That came to the tune of $1.2 million in recent cost-saving measures, including concessions from officers and several higher ranking officials taking early retirement to save their fellow officers from layoffs.

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Published December 16, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods police put some big smiles on some little faces earlier this month when they came out for the department’s first Shop with a Cop at Target at Eastland Center.

It was something new, but they are looking at it as a possible annual event. It’s just another way that police have been getting out in the community, working with businesses and demonstrating their dedication to local youth.

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Published December 8, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — Wading through the process of getting a child with special needs the right help in school can feel like a daunting process, but a group of parents has banded together to make things easier.

For the last couple of years, a group of moms has been working to build up the Partnership for Different Learners and hopes to attract more and more parents. The group is a reincarnation of a previous one, which had stopped meeting some time ago.

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Published December 8, 2011

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Published December 7, 2011

FRASER — A top-hatted penguin, a snowman, Christmas trees and an ice-skating bear are some of the winter-themed window paintings at Fraser’s library this holiday season.

The festive decorations are made possible by a few of the Fraser High School members of the National Art Honor Society. They worked on the windows late last month.

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Published December 7, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Kathy Tian has a gentle approach when tutoring students with tough math problems, guiding them toward the answer on their own merits.

When they don’t quite have the right answer, she asks, “Are you sure?” then waits for the “aha” moment to flicker across their features.

Tian is just one of several young adults spending the school year in the Harper Woods Secondary School through City Year Detroit as tutors and mentors, eager to make a positive impact.

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Published December 7, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Although Harper Woods Schools launched an alternative high school program this year, it still has high expectations for these students, including requiring students to apply for college, military or trade school.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the graduation requirements for the new program at its regular November board meeting.

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Published December 7, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The school district no longer has a cushion for the rising costs and decreased revenues many districts are tackling, but it is working to make sure this budget year doesn’t end in the red.

The administration presented a budget amendment to the school board at its regular board meeting in November that shows the district will be in a deficit situation at the end of this fiscal year.

It is working to take steps now to make sure it doesn’t end as projected.

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Published December 1, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Most of the incumbents took back their seats at the council table, but voters did choose one new council member in the Nov. 8 election.

For the mayoral seat, incumbent Ken Poynter took an overwhelming majority of votes with 71 percent of the ballots cast. Veronica Paiz came in second with 19 percent, and Scott Campbell took 9 percent of that race’s votes.

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Published November 23, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Residents can send out some unique holiday greeting cards this year, and they’ll be supporting the arts in the schools at the same time.

Grosse Pointe South art students illustrated a series of holiday greeting cards that can be purchased, and the money will go back into South’s art program.

“It’s great to get that extra funding, and it’s great to see the kids’ work be utilized in a commercial way in a way that is marketable,” South art teacher Kit Aro said. “It’s a win-win.”

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Published November 21, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Fostering a love of reading is just one of the things that Head Start makes a priority for its little learners.

Wayne Metro Head Start recently held a Fall Family Festival event at various locations, including the Harper Woods site, which was sponsored by Reading is Fundamental’s Family of Readers.

Head Start representatives, children and parents came together for the event. A representative of the Harper Woods Public Library was there, too, as were teens from the Harper Woods High School dance team who came to lend a hand.

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Published November 21, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The city needed a budget passed at its Nov. 7 meeting to meet charter requirements, but the numbers in that budget are far from set in stone.

Actually, the budget is more of a working, living document because some of the numbers that were used to balance next year’s budget still needed to be settled. The city needs concessions from employees, officials said, and the budget numbers used the assumption of a 9.5-mill special assessment, which the City Council has yet to approve.

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Published November 16, 2011

More than 500 people in America die every year from carbon monoxide, an invisible killer that experts say can be conquered.

With winter approaching, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently issued a reminder to residents to protect themselves against carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Published November 9, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Most of the incumbents will be taking back their seats at the council table, but voters did choose one new council member in the Nov. 8 election.

Mayor Ken Poynter took an overwhelming majority of votes with 71 percent of the ballots cast. Veronica Paiz came in second with 19 percent, and Scott Campbell took 9 percent of the mayoral race votes.

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