April Lehmbeck

Published April 6, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is getting ready for a big Earth Day celebration later this month with a number of programs aimed at promoting Earth-friendly activities and information.

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Published March 31, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — As the district forges ahead with its work to get a new superintendent in place during the upcoming months, it now has a superintendent profile to match to the applicant materials.


The Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education met March 23 to talk about the profile, which came together with information gathered from focus group meetings and an online survey. At the same meeting, the board discussed the interview process and the next steps in the search.

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Published March 27, 2015

WOODS — Local residents are getting a bit of exercise on the courts in a game they describe as addictive.

That addictive game is pickleball — a tennis-like game played on a smaller-scale court with paddles and plastic balls.

Assumption Cultural Center’s pickleball program is in its second year and is continuing to attract new and experienced players.

“It has just grown,” Assumption Administrator Joan De Ronne said of the center’s pickleball program.

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Published March 27, 2015

Eastwood Clinics’ plan to open a treatment facility for substance abuse patients had more going against it than the large group of residents who came out March 25 to ask the Planning Commission to stop the project.

The clinics, which are affiliated with St. John Providence Health System, failed to meet some of the zoning criteria needed to open the facility on the proposed site.

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Published March 25, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods School Board has once again placed its trust in its top administrator — Superintendent Todd Biederwolf.

The board unanimously approved his evaluation, in which he received a rating of “effective,” and a contract extension through the 2016-17 school year during its March 17 meeting.

“We believe Mr. Biederwolf is an asset to (the) Harper Woods School District,” Board President Jill Quarker said. “He started here five or six years ago. We were in dire straits.”

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Published March 25, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Schools’ first technology open house at the Secondary Campus drew a big crowd of students, parents, community members and others who wanted to check out some of the high-tech educational programs that the district has integrated into its school buildings.

Harper Woods Schools Director of Academic Accountability & Student Services David Rabbideau called the March 13 open house a success that drew more than 300 people.

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Published March 25, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Tyrone students have challenged themselves to go 30 days without bullying behavior thanks to two students who wanted to make a difference.

The idea began after an anti-bullying assembly at the school. The principal and teachers decided to host the assembly after noticing an uptick in detentions for bullying behavior, mostly due to name-calling.

Students were “just not being respectful of other people’s feelings,” Tyrone Principal Cheryl Puzdrakiewicz said.

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Published March 24, 2015

WOODS — Losing the helmsman of a city leaves mayors and city councils with the tough task of finding a new leader, but losing someone with as much experience as Woods City Administrator Al Fincham creates an even bigger challenge.

“Mr. Fincham’s tenure as city manager can be looked back on as probably one of the best in the history of the city,” Councilman Richard Shetler said. Fincham recently announced his retirement.

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Published March 19, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter and other local mayors dedicate their time to a special event each year that shines a light on hunger among senior citizens.

Poynter, Grosse Pointe Mayor Dale Scrace, Grosse Pointe Farms Mayor James Farquhar, Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Robert Novitke, Grosse Pointe Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski, Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Theokas and Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen took part in the “Mayors for Meals” event March 18. Services for Older Citizens sponsored the event.

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — University Liggett implements hands-on learning throughout the curriculum, which is why tackling the makerspace movement is right up its alley.


The popular makerspace movement, according to a school news release, involves “community-operated spaces for people to work on projects, learn new skills and experiment with new ideas.”

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Like a football team gearing up for the big state final, art students at Grosse Pointe South are getting ready for their own culminating moment — ArtFest 2015.


In the days leading up to the artistic showcase, there’s a flurry of activity in the art wing, with Grosse Pointe South art students and their instructors hard at work putting those last-minute touches on their pieces.

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As city officials nixed the 2015 fireworks plans, they were looking for ways to bring new activities to residents this summer.


They’ve decided to expand the city picnic, and they have put a number of ideas on the table for research.


The expanded city picnic would be a family fun day that could include face painting, sack races, bounce houses and a Fire Department smoke house.

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Published March 11, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Some people put their creative energy into making beautiful artwork that they want to sell, but they don’t know how to market their wares.

An upcoming program at the Harper Woods Library, “Where’s It Hanging? Keys to Selling More Art,” aims to provide the information local artists need to make that sale. The free program will be held at 6 p.m. March 16 at the library, 19601 Harper.

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Published March 11, 2015

HARPER WOODS — After months of work on updated attendance policies, the school board gave unanimous approval Feb. 24 to policies that highlight the importance of good attendance.

One of the policies concerns late arrivals and early departures; the other covers absences.

“They’re pretty important,” Board President Jill Quarker said.

“The Board of Education is sending a strong message that good attendance matters and that good attendance is expected in Harper Woods,” Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said.

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Published March 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After heading back to the drawing board one more time, city officials continued to struggle to find a viable solution to the problems with hosting a fireworks show this summer.


So, once again, the Committee of the Whole, which is made up of members of the City Council, voted March 9 to send a recommendation to the City Council table to nix the fireworks for 2015.

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