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K. Michelle Moran

C&G Staff Reporter – Grosse Pointe Times

Published April 25, 2011

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A vehicle theft and a larceny from another vehicle are believed to have been committed by the same suspect or suspects late on Easter night.

According to police, a light brown 2006 Jeep Commander was stolen from a driveway on Windemere Drive, near Lake Shore. Only a block away, a suspect got inside another vehicle parked in a driveway on Waverly Lane, also near Lake Shore. Police said both crimes happened sometime between 10 p.m. April 24 and 7 a.m. April 25.

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Published April 20, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — As has been the case in recent years, the Farms expects to receive about $92,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding for the coming fiscal year.

At its April 11 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the allocation of 2011 funds as part of the consent agenda. The funds — which originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — are channeled through the Wayne County CDBG Program and can only be used for certain types of efforts.

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Published April 20, 2011

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Continued rate increases from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department have city officials giving more consideration than ever to the possibility of building a water plant in the city.

The Park has seen its water and sewer bill rise from $640,000 four years ago to what is expected to be more than $1.02 million this year, City Manager Dale Krajniak said during an April 11 City Council meeting. The hike means that the city is very close to either breaking even or saving money by building its own water treatment plant now, he said.

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Published April 20, 2011

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The art in the Grosse Pointe Art Center’s latest show was smoking — literally.

Waterford and Plymouth artist Eugene Griffin’s Best of Show metal sculpture piece, “Cosmic Wave Mutatuin Generator,” featured a green laser light, a crystal and burning incense.

It was a playful take on the theme of the show, “Fire and Ice,” which opened with a reception April 15 and runs through May 28.

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Published April 20, 2011

DETROIT — Fans of Detroit’s popular jazz festival downtown will notice something different this year.

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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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