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K. Michelle Moran

C&G Staff Reporter – Grosse Pointe Times

Published April 12, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local literature lovers had a unique opportunity last week, when acclaimed Swedish writer Kjell Espmark — a member of the Nobel Committee — marked his first visit to Michigan with a reading and discussion April 7 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

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Published April 12, 2011

DETROIT — At the Detroit Historical Museum, everything old gets new life again.

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Published April 12, 2011

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City employees will be getting several unpaid furlough days this year as part of a new contract reached with some of the Woods’ unionized workers.

At the recommendation of city administrators and Labor Attorney Dennis DuBay, the City Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the Technical, Professional and Officer Workers Association of Michigan, or TPOAM, at a meeting April 4. The agreement covers the period from July 1, 2010 — when the old contract expired — to June 30, 2013.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Facing unavoidable debt obligations from bond issues and plummeting property tax revenues, officials with the Grosse Pointe Public Library say they have no choice but to ask voters to approve a new millage this November.

Representatives from the GPPL Board of Trustees, including City representative Mary Beth Smith, addressed the City Council at the council’s March 21 meeting.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Four generations of the Schroeder family were on hand last week for the groundbreaking of a new park building that will be named for their family patriarch.

Having reached their fundraising goal on schedule, officials from the city and its nonprofit Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation held a groundbreaking March 24 for what will be called the Schroeder Field House.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Most young children, if they’re lucky, get a tricycle or a Big Wheel for Christmas.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — To cope with a looming potential deficit, the Woods is looking at laying off as many as four employees in the coming weeks.

Administrators presented the City Council with preliminary budget data during a March 28 committee of the whole meeting. Treasurer/Comptroller Dee Ann Irby said the budget was prepared assuming four retirements, four layoffs or a combination of both, and still assumes a shortfall of about $840,000.

“We’ve got some significant losses in taxable values moving forward,” Irby said.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — Looking for Easter fun? Hop on down to your city park. Each of the Grosse Pointes is offering an activity at their parks in the coming weeks.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It turns out the mysterious white birds near the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club that have left local residents all aflutter aren’t so mysterious after all.

The flock of about seven birds are domestic geese — in other words, the kind most commonly found on farms. Specifically, they’re Embden geese, said to be perhaps the most common breed of domestic geese in North America, according to some sources.

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Published April 4, 2011

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Woods Public Safety officers are still investigating a fire that happened Friday morning at a home in the 1100 block of Anita.

Fire Inspector Joseph Provost said his department got a call about the fire at 9:33 a.m. April 1. He said Woods and Shores officers responded and were able to extinguish the blaze “within minutes.” The fire — which appears to have started in the attic — caused “minimal damage” to the house and no one was injured, Provost said. The homeowner was home at the time, as was a worker doing renovations.

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Published March 28, 2011

DETROIT — Forty years ago, the then-University of Detroit Theatre Company staged its first production, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

To mark this major milestone, the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is concluding its 2010-11 season with a new production of “The Tempest.” The show — which runs weekends through April 10 at the Marygrove Theatre — features a cast of professional and student actors bringing to life one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, which itself is celebrating its 400th anniversary.

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Published March 28, 2011

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The 18 members of the Nobel Committee each year pore through about 200 books published by writers from around the world to come up with five finalists from which the Swedish Academy selects the Nobel Prize winner in literature.

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Published March 21, 2011

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An effort to make a traffic stop quickly turned into a police chase through the Park and Detroit’s east side after a pair of young men sped from police and attempted to ram a police vehicle.

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Published March 14, 2011

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The suspect believed to be responsible for attempting to rob a nun at gunpoint at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church Feb. 28 is now in jail.

After receiving a tip from someone who had seen one of the Crime Stoppers posters with an illustration of the suspect, police arrested Raylon Vandie Wright, 18, of Detroit on foot in the area of Three Mile and East Warren around noon March 10, Detective Lt. James Smith said.

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Published March 9, 2011

For self-described homebody Nancy Yuktonis Solak of the Farms, moving to another country once seemed as remote a possibility as moving to Mars.

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