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Google Announces Changes to Places Pages

Local searchers and local businesses will see a fairly substantially different Place Page the next time they’re poking around Google Maps/Places. The company announceda new look Thursday and promises more changes to come.

The new layout of Place Pages puts a heavy emphasis on reviews. More specifically, it emphasizes reviews from Google users and no longer shows review content from third party sites. (Google had issues with both Yelp and TripAdvisor over review snippets last year, you may recall.)

Rather than showing external reviews, the new Place Page only links to third party sites after showing a selection of Google user reviews. The review emphasis is also obvious with not one, but two cherry red “Write a review” buttons. Here’s a look at an example Place Page with Google’s new look-and-feel. Read the full article at searchengineland.com.

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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 http://theriversgrossepointe.net/ or call 1-855-5The-Rivers.

http://grossepointetoday.com/news/cities/002027-rivers-retirement-communityunanimously-okd-woods-city-council

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GROSSE POINTE THEATRE OFFERING CHILDREN’S PLAYWRITING AND PERFORMING WORKSHOP THIS SUMMER

For two weeks in July this year, Grosse Pointe Theatre will be creating young playwrights in a summer workshop focused on beginning playwriting – especially writing fractured fairy tales.

The two-week program (mornings only) will start on Monday, July 11, and run through Friday, July 22. Students who are available will be performing their works as part of the Fairy Tale Festival to be held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House on Saturday, July 23. The daily sessions run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and take place at the theatre’s Rehearsal Hall at 315 Fisher Road at Maumee.

As part of the theatre’s Youth on Stage program, this workshop is intended for youngsters who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The first week will deal with the basics of playwriting and the second week will study fairy tales and writing and performing Fractured Fairy Tales the students have written. Surrounding all of these activities will be improv exercises and theatre games to increase the student’s general knowledge of theatre and stagecraft.

“We think we have planned an exciting curriculum for the kids and that they will learn some skills that will serve them throughout life. We are particularly looking for adventurous children who have creative minds and already know how to think outside the box,” said Mary Lou Britton, executive producer for the summer workshop. “The process of “fracturing” fairy tales encourages the students to think about different perspectives and changed endings for the fairy tales we all knew growing up.”

Fees for the two-week experience are $275 for children or grandchildren of GPT members; $300 for others.

Youth on Stage, in its 11th year of successful operation, is an educational opportunity for children and teens to learn about theatre and stagecraft. It offers two semester-long programs during the school year, ending each session with a full-stage production at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

For more information about Youth on Stage or the Summer Workshop, call the Theatre box office at 313/881-4004 or call producer Mary Lou Britton at 586/779-8974. She can also be reached at mellbee@earthlink.net.

New Program Launch for Professionals in Transition. Focus: Defense Sector

We are proud to announce that our own VP of Emergent Media, Cyndee Harrison, will be a part of a new opportunity for professionals in transition. Wayne State University, in partnership with Macomb Community College, is launching the Defense Employment Transition Program (DETP). The DETP is a comprehensive re-employment program created specifically to meet the needs of unemployed, underemployed, veterans and displaced workers – both white and blue collar. This unique program offers foundational skills for the professional in transition and is highly customized to meet each individual’s needs. The full program is 10 weeks in length, but participants have the opportunity to pick and choose which parts are relevant for their needs. The components of the DETP include:

•Individual Assessment: Comprehensive on-line tools assess your personality, professional interests and workplace skills. A gap analysis helps you evaluate your professional skills against a roster of Defense sector requirements. By the end of the assessment process, you will have a clear picture of the skills you should highlight and the skills that require further development.

•Personal Strategic Employment Plan: The Personal Strategic Employment Plan is similar to a corporate strategic plan in the sense that it drives performance with a set of specific and measurable objectives. Throughout the program you will have a chance to develop and fine tune this plan as your career goals come into focus.

•Professional Coaching: A professional coach will meet one-on-one with you over the course of four one-hour meetings to debrief the assessments and work to create specific and measurable career goals.

•Education Workshops and Clinics: Focused education workshops and hands-on clinics will help you sharpen skills in resume and cover letter writing, networking, job search maximization and interviewing preparation – setting you up for maximum success in the Defense sector job market.

•Mock Interviewing: Mock interviews are conducted to provide a low-risk environment for practicing your interviewing techniques – before you interview in a real setting.

In addition, you will receive personalized feedback from an interviewing skill expert. The program begins with a half-day Orientation session that describes each of these components in more detail and provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions. All sessions will be delivered at Wayne State University’s Macomb Education Center located at 16480 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. To register for an Orientation, call 586-498-4000 or visit http://www.macomb.edu/defensetraining

For more program information, call 313-577-4449

All-School Open House

Grosse Pointe Academy invites you to an All-School Open House on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. For parents interested in learning about The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School for ages 2 ½ to Kindergarten, there will be a Montessori Information Night on March 9 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Information Sessions

The Grosse Pointe Academy will hold several information sessions for parents interested in learning about the Academy advantage. Middle School Night will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. There will be a Lower School Tour on Wednesday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m., and an All-School Open House on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. For parents interested in learning about The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School for ages 2 ½ to Kindergarten, there will be a Montessori Information Night on March 9 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.