April Lehmbeck

Published February 15, 2015

HARPER WOODS — With a great deal of excitement among students, staff and administrators, Harper Woods Schools is launching its new digital media lab, which should help students bring their imaginations to life.

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Published February 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The city’s new public safety director brings a lot of experience to the job and a passion for the public safety model.

Bruce Smith was appointed as the new director at the Feb. 2 City Council meeting, and he started in his new post on Feb. 9. He replaced Andrew Pazuchowski, who had been public safety director for four years before leaving last summer to start his new role as public safety director in Huntington Woods.

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Published February 10, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The community is reaching out to help a family in need after they lost their home and all of their possessions in a fire Feb. 9.

The family includes seven children between 1 and 14 years old.

To help them with clothing and other needs, the community is coming together. As of press time last week, the family still needed a lot of help to get back on their feet, including housing.

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Published February 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTES —  From the fewer than 10 search firms that made proposals to lead the Grosse Pointe Public School System superintendent search, the district voted 7-0 at a special meeting Jan. 27 to approve the School Exec Connect proposal.

“I can say that they’re all reputable firms,” Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations Christian Fenton said. “They’ve done a lot of work throughout Michigan and the country.

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Published February 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — It’s not typical for science students in the metro Detroit area to delve into organic chemistry as a high school class, but the Grosse Pointes are proving they’re anything but typical by launching a new pilot course.

The organic chemistry course will be offered in the fall at both Grosse Pointe North and South. The Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education approved the proposal by a 7-0 vote Jan. 26.

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Published February 3, 2015

DETROIT — Within a few days of each other, right before families would gather for Christmas, two young girls were murdered in Detroit — two girls whose families are coming together to try to make positive change and unite communities.

Grosse Pointe Farms’ Paige Stalker, 16, and Detroit’s Christina Samuel, 22, didn’t know each other. They were in different parts of Detroit in vehicles with friends when they were gunned down. Both incidents are still under investigation.

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Published January 29, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education chose its leaders for the next school year at the Jan. 26 meeting, including Judy Gafa as president.

Gafa was selected by a 5-2 vote with Trustees Cindy Pangborn and Ahmed Ismail voting in opposition.

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Published January 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS —  From the youngest students dreaming of someday performing with a big band or orchestra to the high school band students seeking inspiration for their own performances, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recently spent time reaching out to students in the Harper Woods Schools.

It was a collaboration that culminated Jan. 7 with Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances in the Secondary School Auditorium.

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Published January 28, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The winter chill lingers, but the buds of spring are right around the corner. And that means the start of the Little League baseball season, which is a big deal in Harper Woods.

For the league, it’s even more exciting this year.

“This is a very big season for (Harper Woods Little League),” HWLL President Tony Talerico said in an email. “We are celebrating our 60th year of baseball in Little League this season.”

It’s a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.

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Published January 28, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Analyzing data from alternative energy sources isn’t only for scientists in the field, but also for budding scientists in the classroom in Harper Woods.

The district has been gearing up for a plan to bring renewable energy technology to the district as a hands-on learning tool. The project took its next step with the approval of a $21,250 contract to move forward with the installation of a wind turbine and solar panels.

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Published January 28, 2015

HARPER WOODS — From the moment the call came into the Public Safety Department reporting an armed robbery at Subway on Kelly, officers started stringing together clues that led them to suspects who might be linked to robberies in multiple communities.

Two women were working at the Subway at about 7 p.m. Jan. 5 when a suspect armed with a rifle came in, pointed the weapon at the employees and threatened to shoot if they didn’t give him money from the register, according to information police released on Nixle.com.

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Published January 28, 2015

HARPER WOODS — David Haugan has been banking at Chase Bank on Kelly for years, so when he found out about the bank’s plans to shutter the doors of his home branch, he was frustrated.

“I don’t like the idea,” he said. “That bank has always been our bank down the street.”

As a customer of that branch, Haugan received a letter saying that the branch would close in April, and Haugan is worried about it becoming a vacant building on Kelly.

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Published January 23, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Veronica Paiz has been attending City Council meetings and serving on boards and commissions for years, so when a seat on the council opened up, she wanted to step up to serve in a new capacity.

Paiz was chosen as the new City Council member during the Jan. 12 City Council meeting after the council interviewed the two candidates who had thrown their hats in the ring for the seat — Paiz and Tom Jenny. She took her seat for her first meeting Jan. 21.

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Published January 21, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — Eight companies are vying for the chance to assist the Grosse Pointe Public School System in its superintendent search.

During a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, the school board will discuss the consultants who replied to a request for proposals. The district needs to find someone to replace Superintendent Thomas Harwood, who said he would not seek a renewal after his contract expires this summer.

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Published January 21, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The administration will begin molding the 2015-16 budget soon, so the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education is setting the parameters it wants the administration to use in the process.

It’s something the board is required to do each year based on the district’s policies.

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