Grosse Pointe High School undergoes major renovations

Finished windows in one of the stairwells at Grosse Pointe North. Grosse Pointe North High School has undergone a facelift over the last two summers. The school was built in 1968, and some parts of it went untouched until recently, 

Grosse Pointe North Principal Kate Murray said. This is the second summer of renovations at the school. “The first summer, what happened was, on the second floor and half of the third floor, the asbestos was abated,” said Murray.

Grosse Pointe nonprofit hosts weekly adoption day

An elderly cat getting some rest.The kitchen/food prep area at GPAASGoldie waits patiently for a new home.An outdoor play area for the dogs to burn off some energy.The kennel area where the dogs are kept.An excited dog, Preston, is eager to meet potential new owners.Volunteer Eddy and Barney. In the area of Harper Avenue and Lennon Street in Harper Woods, odds are you may see a lot more dogs than usual being walked multiple times a day, seven days a week. These dogs reside at the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, a nonprofit organization that houses dogs and cats and finds new homes for the ones that are ready. The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society is not always open to the public but it does hold an “Adoption Day” where people who are considering adopting a new dog or cat can come to the facility and meet a variety of animals and potentially adopt one. GPAAS is located just a few blocks from 8 Mile and I-94.

Music on the Lawn returns to Grosse Pointe Woods

On the last Friday of each month of the summer, the sound of live music carries for blocks in the area surrounding Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall. Music on the Lawn is an annual city tradition of three summer concerts that are free to the public, which has returned in full swing this summer after a brief shutdown. 

Music on the Lawn takes place at Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall.  Assistant City Administrator Susan Como said that Music on the Lawn started in 2015, but it is not the first community event hosted by the city. “We used to do fireworks, and that got really big,” said Como. “Then we tried a farmer’s market for three years.”

Como said that these were successful events, but the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council wanted an event with more of a small town, close-knit community feel, and Music on the Lawn was the answer.  

“The whole goal was to reach out to more residents, since the fireworks and farmer’s market brought in a lot of people but most were from outside the community,” said Como.

Online program helps Grosse Pointe residents stay informed

To help keep Grosse Pointe Woods residents aware of what is happening in their community, city administration has turned to Nixle, a subscription-based service that alerts residents of major events that occur via text or email. “I think it’s an asset for informing the public right away and for assistance from the public,” said Lt. Keith Waszak. “The public are our eyes and ears and the more information they have, the better.”

The system is free to residents, all they need to provide is a cellphone number or an email, along with their home address or the nearest intersection to where they live so they can receive the most accurate alerts. Along with text and email updates, Nixle has a website that provides more information. Some examples of alerts that are sent out include: emergencies involving public safety that might require residents to stay in or leave their homes, crimes that are in progress or occurred, traffic updates, and inclement weather warnings.

Grosse Pointe Woods proposes amendment to vicious dog ordinance

Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator Frank Schulte laid the foundations for an amendment to the Vicious Dog Ordinance at a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on June 20. This proposal would streamline the process when a dog attack occurs and eliminate unnecessary court hearings. “I felt it was a redundant job for me to do,” said Schulte. “We hold court hearings every three weeks anyway.”

Schulte said that in the event of a dog bite or attack, the process for city administration is complicated. When an animal is involved in an attack and a ticket is written by a public safety officer, there are multiple meetings and follow-up hearings until a resolution is reached. 

“Instead of having multiple hearings with the city administrator, it excludes them and puts it right to where the final decisions are made anyway, which is municipal court,” said councilmember Kenneth Gafa.

Recreation director brings “new life” to Harper Woods parks

Since she was 15 years old, Shavonne Lau has always worked for the City of Harper Woods in some manner. Now, she is excited for her new role as recreation director for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “I wanted to see if there was anything new I could bring to the job,” Lau said. The basketball court at Salter Memorial Park is in the early stages of being resurfaced. Photo by Joe Ayrault.

Since starting this new position, Lau has conducted multiple different projects to improve the parks in the area.