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K. Michelle Moran

C&G Staff Reporter – Grosse Pointe Times

Published May 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Ask Frank Nizio whether bike safety needs to be improved in the Pointes, and he’ll offer an emphatic “yes.”

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Published May 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The city is one step closer to closing its dispatch center and prisoner lockup, and transferring those responsibilities to Grosse Pointe Farms.

After approving the change at a March 15 meeting based on a proposal from the Farms, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of a formal agreement during a special council meeting May 3.

City Manager Brian Vick said the contract was based on a similar agreement in Northville Township.

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Published May 4, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The City Council may have decided earlier this year to lift its controversial ban on neon business signs, but the debate on what constitutes an acceptable sign remains open.

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Published May 4, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Rivers of Grosse Pointe may soon be flowing into the Woods.

The continuing care retirement center, or CCRC, proposed for the approximately 15-acre former Children’s Home of Detroit site at 900 Cook Road received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission for a revised site plan and special land use at the commission’s April 26 meeting.

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Published May 3, 2011

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The walls have started to come tumbling down.

On Friday, April 29, City Manager Shane Reeside said Warren-based Den-Man Contractors was slated to begin demolition on the shuttered 21,000-square-foot Kroger grocery store at Mack and Moross. By late that afternoon, part of the roof and a back wall were already down.

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Published April 26, 2011

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Sometimes, what comes down has to come back up.

Such seems to be the case with crime in the City, which hit a record low in 2009, but spiked upward somewhat last year, according to the 2010 annual report just released by the Public Safety Department. Public Safety Director James Fox delivered the results to the City Council at a meeting April 18.

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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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