City council member blasts states pipe approval that would send raw sewage into Detroit River
Detroit City Council Member Mary Waters sent Governor Gretchen Whitmer a letter asking her to rescind a permit issued by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy that she believes could result in the release of raw sewage into the Detroit River from Grosse Pointe Park.
Man goes to parents’ Oakland County home, uses brother’s old phone to download nude photos of children
A 39-year-old man was arrested for going to his parents’ home in Oakland County while they were out of town and using his brother’s old phone and a work laptop to download pictures of nude children, authorities said.
This Indian restaurant cooks up its dishes in an authentic tandoori oven
Serving up sauteed rice dishes, curries packed with flavor, and marinated chicken that’s been deliciously char-grilled is basically a family tradition for Syed Mutaher. Michelle Oliver takes us to Dine in the D at the family-owned, Noorjahan Indian Grill.
Grosse Pointe Park man who displayed KKK flag facing Black neighbor won’t face charges
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy characterized the Ku Klux Klan flag displayed in a Grosse Pointe Park home as despicable and traumatizing but not a crime under the law. Under Michigan’s ethnic intimidation statute, it requires physical contact or damage and defacement to property. The flag has since been taken down after Grosse Pointe Park police went to the home. PREVIOUS: Residents protest KKK flag displayed in Grosse Pointe Park home facing Black neighbor“The way the ethnic intimidation law is written in Michigan, there had to be contact,” said JeDonna Dinges, who lives next door. The neighbor told police that the flag was put up because Dinges had a camera pointing into his home.
No charges after klan flag hangs next to Black family’s home in Grosse Pointe Park
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A prosecutor declined to file charges Tuesday against a suburban Detroit man who displayed a Ku Klux Klan flag in his window next to the home of a Black family, saying the “horrible conduct” doesn't violate Michigan law. An ethnic intimidation charge would require physical contact, property damage or threats of such activity, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. JeDonna Dinges, 57, of Grosse Pointe Park, said the klan flag was hanging next door in a window directly across from her dining room. “There is absolutely no question that what happened to Ms. Dinges was despicable, traumatizing and completely unacceptable," Worthy said. The average person would not own a klan flag, which is a true symbol of hatred,” Dinges said.
Residents protest KKK flag displayed in Grosse Pointe Park home facing Black neighbor
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A steady flowing line of protesters Sunday circled their way around Wayburn Street in Grosse Pointe Park to clearly voice their disgust of an open display of racism. Their protest comes after a home displayed a red black and white Ku Klux Klan flag in window facing an African American woman’s home. Officials with the city of Grosse Pointe Park released the following statement:AdAt approximately 3:00pm Tuesday February 16th the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety was made aware of a Ku Klux Klan flag displayed in a window that faces the home of an African-American woman. The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department serves all residents of our community no matter their race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion. City of Grosse Pointe ParkThe Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods branch of the NAACP released the following statement:
Find some comfort in these ethnic flavors
Alma Kitchen in Grosse Pointe Park is where you can indulge in the flavors of the cultural diversity of Metro Detroit. One owner always ate traditional Chinese food while the other only had Mexican food. They brought those worlds together along with some traditional American dishes to create Alma Kitchen. Alma Kitchen serves a variety of different flavors including almond chicken, shrimp and grits and, home refried beans. Go taste their ethnic flavors at 15402 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI.
Grosse Pointe Park gym visitors notified of possible COVID-19 exposure after positive test
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – Visitors who went to a Grosse Pointe Park gym in late December are being notified that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 after a person tested positive. An individual who went to the Meade Fitness Center in Grosse Pointe Park during the week of Dec. 28-30 tested positive for the virus, according to authorities. Anyone who was at the Meade Fitness Center that week is being contacted about their possible exposure to COVID-19. The Lavins Activity Center is being closed from Tuesday (Jan. 5) until 7 a.m. Monday (Jan. 11), the business announced. Staff members will be tested for COVID-19, and the building will be sanitized and deep cleaned, the announcement says.
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Grosse Pointe Park’s first Black council member is ready to get to work
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – With a vacant seat on the Grosse Pointe Park City Council following a members resignation, Darci McConnell made history being sworn in as the council’s first Black member. For the past 17 years, McConnell has been a resident of Gross Pointe Park with a career as a journalist. But after being appointed to the council, she’s motivated to step to the forefront with several goals already in mind. We had interviewed 13 people and they were all outstanding -- but she was the stand out,” said council member Lauri Read. Council member Vikas Relam said, “She is Black.
Grosse Pointe Park city buildings closed to slow COVID-19 spread
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – City officials announced that Grosse Pointe Park City Hall, including the Municipal Court and all other city buildings, will be closed Monday until further notice. The city said the closures are an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Windmill Pointe Park will remain open from 7 a.m. to dusk and Patterson Park will remain open from 8 a.m. to dusk. More information can be found on the Grosse Pointe Park official website here. Michigan officials specified 17 segments of the state that will remain open during the three-week pause that includes many new restrictions due to COVID-19.
Archdiocese of Detroit extends Mass dispensation due to COVID surge
DETROIT – For months, mass at St. Clare Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park has been different in many ways, but still celebrated weekly. Allen Vigneron, extended a blessing. Announced on Friday, the dispensation from the obligation to attend mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation was extended to Ash Wednesday, Feb, 17, 2021. Those who stay at home should keep holy the Lord’s Day by reading scripture or watching mass virtually. You can read the full letter from Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit here.
Letter from Grosse Pointe Park mayor addresses COVID surge
Here is a letter from Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Bob Denner on Nov. 4, 2020 addressing the coronavirus in the city. Dear Grosse Pointe Park Residents,This letter is to highlight the recent increases of COVID-19 cases in our community and to remind all of us to keep ourselves and others safe. Through Tuesday, November 3 Grosse Pointe Park has experienced a total of 193 positive COVID-19 test results and 7 deaths. Since October 15 we have seen an increase of 34 reported cases of the virus, 16 cases within the past week. Thank you for keeping yourself and your family safe as we enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season.Bob Denner, Mayor of Grosse Pointe Park
Man armed with knife breaks into Grosse Pointe Park home, flees when caught by homeowner
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A suspect armed with a knife broke into a home in Grosse Pointe Park, police said. Police were called to the 900 block of Bedford Road at 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday on the report of a home invasion. The suspect broke into an attached garage and went into the home, the door had been left unlocked from the garage, police said. The homeowner was on the couch at the time the suspect broke in and the homeowner caught the suspect. When caught by the homeowner, the intruder took off on foot.
Temporary water shut-off issued for area of Grosse Pointe Park
GROSSE POINTE PARK, MICH. – The water is being shut off in the 1000 block of Nottingham in Grosse Pointe Park at around 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 as part of an emergency water main repair. It is estimated to be repaired within four to six hours. Residents in the area could experience discolored water during that period. Read more: Wayne County headlines
Celebrate Oktoberfest in this brewery’s biergarten
Grosse Pointe Park – Here at Atwater in the Park, the beer is flowing, and the schnitzel is fresh and ready to eat. Atwater continued to grow, and about 7 years ago they took over a church in Grosse Pointe Park, and remade it into a brewpub, calling it Atwater in the Park. Atwater in the Park is located at 1175 Lakepointe Street in Grosse Pointe Park. They are hosting a socially-distant Oktoberfest in their biergarten on October 3rd from noon to midnight. You can also celebrate with them virtually by getting Atwater Beer to-go and tagging them in pictures you post on social media, which they may share.
Virtual running event to be held in remembrance of Grosse Pointe Park teen
Virtual running event to be held in remembrance of Grosse Pointe Park teenPublished: September 13, 2020, 6:28 pmA four mile run in honor of a Grosse Pointe Park teen who was killed last year is being held virtually because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Virtual running event held in remembrance of Grosse Pointe Park teen
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A four mile run in honor of a Grosse Pointe Park teen who was killed last year is being held virtually because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Finn It Four Miler is raising money for charities that were close to Finn Huston’s heart. Last year, the transgender teen was riding his bike when he was hit and killed. The Grosse Point Park teen was riding his bike home after work when he was hit by a car. The image is now the symbol of the Finn It 4 Miler which will be held on Oct. 10.
Master Bob Bashara dies; convicted in wifes 2012 death
WHITMORE LAKE, Mich. Robert Bashara, a former Rotary Club president in suburban Detroit who was convicted of arranging his wifes murder, has died, more than five years after he was sentenced to life in prison, the Corrections Department said Tuesday. Bashara, 62, died Monday at a hospital, said spokesman Chris Gautz, who declined to offer additional details. Bashara, known as Master Bob, was accused of hiring a handyman to kill Jane Bashara so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his desire for sexual bondage and domination. Jane Bashara was strangled in their garage in Grosse Pointe Park in 2012. Timeline: Jane Bashara murder case
Sister of Bob Basharas wife disappointed he only spent 8 years in prison before death
WHITMORE LAKE, Mich. Bob Bashara, who was convicted of plotting his wifes murder in 2012, died earlier this week while serving a life sentence. His wifes sister said shes disappointed Bashara didnt serve more of his prison time for the pain he caused. I am disappointed he only spent eight years in prison, said Julie Rowe, Jane Basharas sister, in a statement. Joe Gentz, who worked as Bob Basharas handyman, admitted to strangling Jane Bashara in the garage of the Grosse Pointe Park home. Authorities said Bob Bashara arranged the murder so he could pursue his BDSM lifestyle as Master Bob with a mistress and other women.
Convicted murderer Bob Bashara has died after being sentenced to life in prison in 2015
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – Convicted murderer Bob Bashara has died. Bashara was sentenced to life in prison in January 2015 after he was convicted of plotting to have his wife killed in 2012. Timeline: Jane Bashara murder caseOfficials confirmed that Bashara died Monday at the Woodland Center Correctional Facility. It would be another four years until he finally laid out the case against Bob Bashara in April 2016. He admitted to breaking Jane Bashara's neck and said Bob Bashara was present during the murder.
Parents rally for face-to-face learning in Grosse Pointe
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. Dozens of parents gathered Sunday to protest the Grosse Pointe Public School systems back-to-school plan. The district made the decision to have all students start with remote learning. While parents of Detroit students have protested against in-person school classes, Grosse Pointe parents rallied for the opposite. Grosse Pointe school officials said theyre planning to get back into the classroom when its safe, but that wasnt good enough for parents. While they noted what some parents wanted ultimately, the district said they just didnt feel it was safe to return to class.
Grosse Pointe educator wins national award for teaching students how to run a business
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. A Grosse Pointe Park teacher is getting national recognition for turning learning into a real life business. Susan Howey is teaching her fourth grade students how to run their own business. Their purpose is to blow up your favorite people or pets to cheer them on -- but the real purpose is much more than that. The project has won Howey a Leavy Award, a national award given to teachers for excellence in private enterprise education. Howey said she hopes to continue the business with her new fourth grade students even if classes go online this fall.
Grosse Pointe Public Schools to begin fully online this fall due to pandemic
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. Another Michigan school district has decided to begin the upcoming school year entirely online amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent Gary Niehaus announced Friday that the district will start the school year with remote learning only, with a plan to gradually reintroduce students to in-person learning. Officials say a task force developed plans for in-person learning, virtual learning and a hybrid of both options -- which has been required by Michigan Gov. Niehaus said Friday that the districts intention is to transition to a hybrid or traditional in-person learning model, but only once it is safe to do so amid the pandemic. As the district moves to begin the school year fully online, officials say staff will still have access to child care, school buildings and learning materials.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know July 4, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 65,135 as of Friday, including 5,969 deaths, state officials report. Fridays update represents an increase of 460 confirmed cases and three additional deaths. Thursdays total was 64,675 confirmed cases and 5,966 deaths. Whitmers announcement comes as the number of confirmed cases linked to an outbreak at Harpers Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing continue to rise. My hope was that we would be into phase five by the Fourth of July, Whitmer said Tuesday during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know July 3, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 64,675 as of Thursday, including 5,966 deaths, state officials report. Coronavirus news:New cases have increased in the last week, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. My hope was that we would be into phase five by the Fourth of July, Whitmer said Tuesday during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing. The numbers that were seeing are increasing across the state, Whitmer said. Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know July 2, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 64,132 as of Wednesday, including 5,951 deaths, state officials report. Coronavirus news:New cases have increased slightly in the last week, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. On Wednesday, health officials confirmed 138 positive COVID-19 cases have been linked to the bar, including 119 people who were customers there between June 12 and June 20. The numbers that were seeing are increasing across the state, Whitmer said. Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know July 1, 2020
My hope was that we would be into phase five by the Fourth of July, Whitmer said Tuesday during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing. Coronavirus news:The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 63,870 as of Tuesday, including 5,947 deaths, state officials report. New cases have increased slightly in the last week, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Michigan Republicans laid out their plans for school to return in the fall as the state waits for Gov. Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know June 30, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 63,497 as of Monday, including 5,915 deaths, state officials report. New cases have increased slightly in the last week, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update on the states handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Tuesday afternoon. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities have accounted for more than 1 in 5 coronavirus deaths here in Michigan and have become a major point of contention within the state. Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit.
Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres what to know June 29, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 63,261 as of Sunday afternoon, including 5,911 deaths, state officials report. The 7-day average jumped from 177 (June 15-21) to 290 (June 22-28) last week for new daily cases in Michigan. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities have accounted for more than 1 in 5 coronavirus deaths here in Michigan and have become a major point of contention within the state. Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit. Heres a look at the Wayne County data:
City officials concerned over rising COVID-19 cases in Grosse Pointe Park
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. Officials in Grosse Pointe Park expressed concern over the growing cases of COVID-19 in the city. June 28, 2020 update: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 63,261, Death toll now at 5,912Everybody was feeling good about the situation, said city councilperson Aime Fluitt. Then on Friday yesterday, we had 12 Market Park cases, so that was a 25% increase in our cases just in one day, Fluitt said. Thats just my opinion but I think thats thats where were headed.Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines. More information on coronavirus (COVID-19):
Detroit priest goes viral after squirting socially-distanced blessings from a water gun
DETROIT A priest from Grosse Pointe Parks St. Ambrose Parish has gone viral after blessing churchgoers with holy water from a squirt gun during Easter. Father Tim Pelc told Buzzfeed News that he wanted to find a way to safely continue the tradition of blessing Easter baskets amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. May 17, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 51,142; Death toll now at 4,891The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish, Pelc told BuzzFeed News. The parish posted photos to their Facebook page showing Pelc wearing a protective mask, shield and gloves as churchgoers lined up in their vehicles the Saturday before Easter. Its an internet law: once a post or photo about you goes viral, you must end up in a meme.
Retirement passion project turns into unique bookstore in Grosse Pointe Park
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – When you come to Shaw’s books in Grosse Pointe Park, it’s like stepping back in time. Hank Zuchowski is the book guy, the guru, the curator of each and every single piece inside Shaw’s Books on Kercheval. “My booth fee was $75 and I sold $104worth of books,” Zuchowski said. Well, he did all three, so afterward he was free to follow his passion and open up his bookstore. Shaw’s Books is located at 14932 Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park.
Water main break reported on Vernor Road in Grosse Pointe Park
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – Grosse Pointe Park police are reporting a water main break on Vernor between Somerset and Balfour. Crews will be working in the area beginning around 3:30 p.m. Friday and expect to continue into the early evening hours. Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route.
Intersection dividing Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park will open to 2-way travel
Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park have been discussing the change for the better part of a year and a half. Helen Denys calls the Grosse Pointe Park business district home. Her store, Best Way, sits in the heart of Grosse Pointe Park. The one thing in her view is a roundabout that borders the city of Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit. Both Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit said its time to break down those barriers.
Bashara murder trial on hold after defendant falls ill
DETROIT – Bob Bashara's trial on charges he arranged to have his wife killed was halted Wednesday morning when he became ill. The Grosse Pointe Park man's attorneys told the court he was complaining of pain and had "doubled over." Special Section: Jane Bashara murder investigationJane Bashara was found strangled on Jan. 25, 2012 inside her SUV that was parked in a Detroit alley, a few miles from the family's Grosse Pointe Park home. Joe Gentz, who worked as a handyman for Bob Bashara, has pleaded guilty to killing her, but saying he did so at her husband's behest. Bob Bashara is already in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz.