Archive for June, 2011

Grosse Pointe Farms Annual Regatta 2011

Thursday, June 30
7:00 pm        Last Race of the June Sailing Series

Friday, July 1  
6:30 pm        Children’s Art in the Park Come and help us decorate the park for Regatta! Children will be             provided with all of the necessary supplies to create beautiful works of art on our sidewalks. Ribbons will be             awarded to all participants with trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Saturday, July 2nd   
10:00    Decorated Bicycle Parade for ages 3 ~ 4, 5 ~ 7, and 8 ~11. Have Fun in the Decorated Bike Parade!   Use your imagination and decorate your bike like your favorite sport or sports team. Join us at the parking lot by the Community Building at 10:00 a.m. sharp to show everyone your creativity, and celebrate by riding your decorated bike in the parade around the park! Detroit Tigers mascot Paws will cheer everybody on and be available for pictures! Fun prizes will be awarded for the best bikes!

11:30    Pie Eating Contest  Bring your sweet tooth!  Event held at the picnic pavilion at 11:30.  No registration needed.

12:30    Inflatable Boat Races  Can you handle this Survivor Challenge? ~ Inflatable dinghies will be paddled off the beach by teams of two children or one adult and one child.  Register your name and age before 12:00 at the information tent.  Sorry, no late registration at the beach.  Registered racers, meet at the beach at 12:30 and get ready for some fun. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners of each heat.

1:00 ~ 4:00    Face Painting  available for kids of all ages. ~ On the grass between snack house and beach.  Just show up and wear your smile!

2:30    The Yellow Duckies Race  Over 300 rubber duckies will be dumped into the lake at the beach to race ashore.  Will your number match the first, second, third or last ducky to come ashore?  If so, you will win a Rubber Ducky Trophy!  The cost is $3.00 to race one ducky or $5.00 for two (yours to keep after the race). Buy your ducky at the information tent by 2:00.

3:30    Sand Castle Contest  Be at the beach at 3:15 to receive your number with judging at 4:00. New this year–two categories: Families and Kids-Only!  Register by 3:15 pm at the beach to receive your entry number.

4:30 ~ 5:00    Pie baking contest   One of the most popular events from years’ past! Register at the information table and then bring your pie to the pavilion at 4:30 for judging.  Refrigeration available if needed in the community center. After the judging, pies will be shared with the community unless otherwise requested.

3:30 ~ 5:00    Picnic table decoration contest  Tables will be judged on their creativity and patriotic theme. No need to register, but to enter, make sure that your name identifies your table entry for judging which starts at 4:30pm.

4:30 ~ 5:30    Children’s games  Games at the grassy point near the gazebo.  No registration needed.

7:00 ~ Dusk    Concert   As the evening approaches, park guests will enjoy a concert sponsored by the City of Grosse Pointe Farms.  The great sounds from the band Soul Provider will be heard!

6:00 ~ 8:00    Glow Stick and Novelty Sale  throughout the park–sales support the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.

Dusk    Fireworks Display  The highlight of the evening!!  Presented by the City of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Sunday, July 3rd
1:00    Pet Parade  Trophies awarded for the most patriotic pet, best pet trick, and the most exotic pet.  Pets must be contained at all times and immunizations current.  Meet by the tennis courts.  No Registration needed.

2:00    Regatta Rendezvous  Have a boat or kayak? Meet us in beautiful Lake St. Clair (location is just around the corner on the northern side of the pier. Look for lead boats Stars A-Pier or Time Well Wasted. To share casual in-the-water fun for all ages and snacks! Weather-dependent.

The Rivers retirement community unanimously OK’d by Woods City Council

By: Ryan Felton 06.07.2011  in Grosse Pointe Today

Developers of The Rivers of Grosse Pointe, a continuing care retirement community on the site of the closed Children’s Home of Detroit, cleared their final hurdle Monday night (June 6), with the unanimous approval of the project by the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council.

Project developer Richard Levin spoke to a larger-than-average council audience about the anticipation he’s heard from residents. “We’ve received six calls from people already asking how soon they can take the unit they’re looking for,” he said. “We’d like to get started as soon as we can.”

Council members responded with ample support for the plan for the Cook Road site.

“I’m surprised it’s only six,” council member Vicki Granger said. “I look forward to this starting ASAP.”

Gene Tutag, head of the Woods’ building department, gave a lengthy presentation outlining the details of the project, which will fill the 16-acre site with freestanding condo-cottages, assisted-living units and a 100-bed nursing unit. The city has been in discussion with developers for the project since October 2009, he said.

“A CCRC is a special category of senior housing,” Tutag said. “They offer two or more types of senior housing.”

The mix of living spaces is intended to offer a vast array of options and care for seniors as they age.

Levin said the developers would prefer to have 12 months to begin construction, while Mayor Robert Novitke asked for groundbreaking in 90 days. “If we agree to that (90 days) and we can’t comply, then the project would fail,” Levin said. “I think an outside date of 12 months is fair.”

The potential consequences of increased traffic, vacant rooms and slow sales in a still-lackluster economy were overridden by anecdotal support from residents.

“I have a really strong feeling about this project for personal reasons,” said Mary Rose Nelson, a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, who spoke of her own mother. “It breaks my heart I have no place to put her.”

In other business, the council gave recognition to Eagle Scout William David Rochte. “This is obviously a great pleasure,” Novitke said. “You reflect so wonderfully on the city of Grosse Pointe Woods.”

Rochte has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years and maintained a 4.0 GPA. He’ll attend Michigan State University with pre-med plans.

To learn more, interested parties can visit or call 1-855-5The-Rivers.

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