April Lehmbeck

Published November 9, 2011

FRASER – There’s a new mayor in town.

Voters on Nov. 8 chose Doug Hagerty to sit at the head of the council table as the city’s new mayor over incumbent Mayor Moe Geromette.

Hagerty took almost 57 percent of the votes in the race.

There also will be a new council member at the table with the election of Paul Cilluffo, who got 18 percent of the votes. He came in third after incumbents Daniel Accavitti and Barbara Jennings, who took about 24 percent and 22 percent of the votes.

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Published November 9, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS – Two new members will take their seats on the City Commission after voters made their choices on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Mayor Barb Dempsey ran unopposed for reelection, so she is coming back to her seat for a two-year term. Commissioner Ron Campbell won his reelection bid as well, but Commissioner Jack Johns was ousted from his seat, according to unofficial election results.

Non-incumbents Joe Rheker and Roger Bunton won spots on the commission.

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Published November 8, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Firefighter-Paramedics Local 1188 raised $1,700 during a bowling fundraiser late last month.

The fundraiser was a costume event right before Halloween at Total Sports in Harrison Township.

The money raised from the event will be donated to the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

Firefighters made a theme of their costume plans by dressing as superheroes.

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Published November 8, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods School District received some good news when auditors Rehmann Robson presented the annual budget report last month.

The district’s financial books are in order, allowing auditors to give the district an unqualified opinion, which is what cities and districts hope to hear from their auditors.

“That’s very good,” said David Fisher of Rehmann Robson.

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Published November 8, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Beaumont Hospitals are teaming up with the Harper Woods School District to show students how to get a kick out of their vegetables.

Project Healthy Schools kicked off its program recently at Tyrone Elementary School. Representatives at Beaumont are conducting a weekly program to teach students how to make healthy choices with food and activity.

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Published November 8, 2011

HARPER WOODS — A new group of middle school students each year takes on one of their most challenging roles when they themselves become the teachers.

Every year, Harper Woods Middle School science teacher June Teisan and her students work on a unit about trees. Beacon Elementary second-grade students do their own lessons to coincide with the middle school’s, and then the older students spend a day teaching the younger ones some lessons on trees.

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Published October 27, 2011

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Police arrested an employee at Harper Woods High School Oct. 26 for alleged criminal sexual conduct involving a student in the district.

They were continuing their investigation into the alleged incident today with plans to approach the prosecutor’s office with the case later in the day. The suspect, who is a resident of Oakland County, was arrested, processed and released pending charges in the case.

They made the arrest at the school before noon.

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — After stopping the use of Nixle.com to get the word out on crime and other information to the public last spring, the police were happy to hear that Nixle was bringing back its free option.

Police ceased using Nixle when they discovered the service was no longer going to be free to communities. They spent time looking for a different service, even announcing the use of Facebook to get information out quickly to residents.

Then, they recently learned some good news.

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — A suspect involved in the non-fatal shooting of two people at Eastland Center was convicted of five felony charges late last month.

Police sent information out about the conviction through Nixle.com.

“That received national attention,” acting Police Chief James Burke said. “Our detectives did a great job. Unfortunately, it took awhile to get through the system.”

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods schools and city officials want to see the local school district in charge of whether they open up the doors to out-of-district students.

Right now, Harper Woods School District has limited Schools of Choice opportunities for specific programs based on admission criteria.

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Some residents have openly questioned the City Council’s recent decisions to take up some issues in closed session, issues that they feel may not fit under the rules of the Open Meetings Act.

A couple of residents took their concerns to the next level by dropping off a written complaint at the Harper Woods Police Department Sept. 29.

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Students learn many things in school, but sometimes they miss out on one of the keys to succeeding after high school — how to land and keep a job.

That’s why General Motors and United Way representatives spent an afternoon at Harper Woods Secondary School last month. It is part of the district’s partnership with GM and the United Way in the School of Excellence project.

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Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The city is on the precipice of financial disaster if it doesn’t act now to make cuts and raise revenue, but there are people who say the risk of potential disaster of another kind is too great to avoid getting a second ambulance.

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Published October 5, 2011

With the high levels of rain falling in Southeast Michigan in recent weeks, a nightmare scenario some homeowners face is the day they walk down to their basement to discover that they are unintentionally installing a pool on their basement floor.

It can be time consuming and costly to take care of a basement flood, and depending on what type of water is seeping into the home, it can be downright disgusting, as well.

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Published September 28, 2011

For those Michigan residents who hate the bitter cold of the winter months, autumn is a great time to get outside for those last trips across the state to enjoy some of nature’s vibrant colors, warm and rich tastes, and that sweater-and-jeans, football-watching weather.

Michigan has plenty to do in the fall, including fall color tours, hiking, canoeing, wine tasting, cider mills and more.

Here are some of the possibilities for fall road trips:

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