April Lehmbeck

Published September 28, 2011

HARPER WOODS — They get up early and stand in the rain and snow to make sure young children are safe on their walk to school.

The most impressive part? They’re only in elementary school themselves.

The safeties at schools in Harper Woods take their position seriously, and the local Police Department and police union make sure the most dedicated among the pack is recognized for their commitment.

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Published September 28, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Hugh Marshall is almost to the finish line on his mission to complete the five major marathons the world has to offer.

He headed to Berlin last week to compete in his fourth of the five. The Berlin race was scheduled for Sept. 25, after press time.

Marshall has conquered the big marathons in Boston, Chicago and New York. After Berlin, he’ll only have to defeat London’s and he’ll have reached a major goal of his.

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Published September 28, 2011

HARPER WOODS — After Harper Woods police nixed their use of Nixle as a means to get information out to the residents because it planned to start charging communities for its services, the city needed to find the best alternative for keeping residents in the loop.

It appears police are turning to the highly popular social networking service Facebook to fill the void left when they stopped Nixle months ago.

“If you want some updates, become a friend on Facebook, and you’ll get them automatically sent to you,” City Clerk Mickey Todd announced.

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Published September 28, 2011

HARPER WOODS — City Manager James Leidlein is battling serious health problems that are going to keep him from being able to oversee all his duties in the next few months.

He’s asked for a 90-day leave of absence, but the city won’t be without leadership because City Council voted 7-0 Sept. 19 to appoint recently retired Police Chief Randolph Skotarczyk to the post until the end of the year.

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Published September 21, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — The staffs of both North’s and South’s high school newspapers refuse to settle for mediocre, which may be why these schools regularly earn accolades for their work.

They’re papers that other schools can look to for examples on how to turn their newspapers into success stories.

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Published September 13, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods School District officials aren’t celebrating the news that the high school is no longer on the state’s “Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools” list, but it is a step in the right direction to reach where they want to be in the future.

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Published August 31, 2011

Parents and students aren’t the only ones gearing up to head back to the classroom.

Teachers are buying school supplies, working on lesson plans and stopping by their classrooms to make sure their rooms are set up and ready to go on the first day of school.

Sara Loveridge, who will teach third-grade at Walt Disney Elementary in the Fraser Public Schools district this year, was at the school last week getting her new classroom ready. It’s a change from her previous post as a sixth-grade teacher, but one that she’s excited about.

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Published August 29, 2011

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A 15-year-old girl who said she was shot after going to a football game at Chandler Park Academy on Kelly spent the night at Children’s Hospital after the Aug. 26 incident.

Police were called to the school at the end of a game against Detroit Country Day on a report that a few shots had been fired in the parking lot area. Police managed to maneuver through a large crowd, where they interviewed a couple of witnesses who reported that they believed someone had been shot in the hand and another person in the chest.

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Published August 25, 2011

HARPER WOODS — By the beginning of last week, only three people had stepped forward to serve as mentors in the Winning Futures program in Harper Woods this year.

It’s nowhere near the number they need in the secondary school.

“We are in desperate need,” said Winning Futures Program Director Laurie Tarter.

They need about 20 mentors for Harper Woods. Those who are interested have to give one hour a week to the program.

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Published August 15, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Local firefighters wanted to take part in something that is near and dear to firefighters everywhere by giving back to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the “Fill the Boot” campaign.

They collected $2,000 by spending a couple of hours on three days at a major intersection collecting money earlier this summer. The firefighters volunteered their own time for the fundraising drive.

Harper Woods firefighters union President David Micallef presented the check to local MDA representative Sarah Grutza during the Aug. 8 City Council meeting.

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Published August 15, 2011

HARPER WOODS — The school district’s free food service program in the summer is a resounding success if you count how many children are participating, so officials are hoping to see a similar success when they launch a dinner program this fall.

Food service officials met with the school board during a special meeting Aug. 2 to discuss the new program.

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Published August 15, 2011

HARPER WOODS — School administrators are optimistic about the new opportunities that will be offered to students this year, including more instructional time for high school students.

The Harper Woods School District board discussed the upcoming high school schedule during a special meeting Aug. 2.

“I’m pretty excited,” Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said. “It will create additional time in core content (subjects) for kids.

“We’re pretty excited about the changes that we see in the high school schedule,” he added.

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Published August 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTE PARK — A local mother wanted to create a game that children of all ages could enjoy with little fuss for parents and a whole lot of fun for anyone who wants to play.

After Kate Patterson saw the enthusiasm her girls and their friends put into a game of scavenger hunt during her daughter’s birthday party, she focused her attention on creating a game they could play at home or on the go.

Her efforts were a success since her game — “Slooooks!” — was named one of Dr. Toy’s 2011 Best Vacation Products.

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Published August 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — Tina Simon called a summer field trip to the Southwest that she chaperoned a “trip of a lifetime.”

Simon and her son Drew were part of a group of Grosse Pointe North and South high school students who traveled to the Southwest on an educational field trip earlier this summer.

When the students get back to school and are asked about their summer vacation, they can tell their classmates about how they went white-water rafting down the Colorado River, hiked the Grand Canyon and explored a little piece of space.

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Published August 3, 2011

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Sometimes the last thing on people’s minds in the heat of August is working on the yard, but there is still work that can be done to maintain a yard that is the envy of the neighborhood.

August isn’t a good month for planting, but current plants need to be taken care of, and doing the wrong thing can hurt, not help, the appearance of plants.

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