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K. Michelle Moran

C&G Staff Reporter – Grosse Pointe Times

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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Published March 9, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Results from a report on retiree health care benefits from the volunteer Blue Ribbon Committee are expected to be incorporated into upcoming labor and budget discussions.

Mayor James Cooper said the City Council is expected to take action on the recently completed report at its next meeting March 15. City Council member Ted Kedzierski, who chairs the Finance Committee, said he’d like to see the council approve the report’s recommendations at that meeting and discuss a timetable for implementing them.

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Published March 7, 2011

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Published March 2, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — To bid farewell to winter, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra continues its 2010-11 season with a program called “The Winds of Spring” March 6 at Parcells Middle School.

The concert begins at 3 p.m., but those who want to learn more about the music are also invited to a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m., given by educator, music critic and organist John Guinn, the music minister at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

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Published February 28, 2011

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A man who is said to have attacked an 86-year-old woman in her assisted living apartment in Eastpointe was taken into custody by Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety officers Feb. 27.

Following up on a tip that the suspect — a 64-year-old former Eastpointe resident — was nearby, police pulled over a car in which he was a passenger in the area of Kercheval and Wayburn, Public Safety Chief David Hiller said.

“He was taken into custody without incident,” he said.

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Published February 28, 2011

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The suspect said to have stabbed and nearly killed a 69-year-old Macomb Township woman during a brutal home invasion Feb. 23 is believed to have been the same one who fled the state in a car stolen Feb. 25 in the Farms.

The suspect was arrested Feb. 26 in Tarrytown, N.Y., by New York State Police after a chase of roughly 100 miles, according to police. He was found driving the beige 1999 four-door Acura that had been stolen from a garage in the 400 block of Bournemouth around 10:15 a.m. Feb. 25. Police said possible stolen jewelry was also found in the car.

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