It's Arrived!
2019 Insider's Guide to the Pointes 
and Harper Woods with the Grosse Pointe Chamber Member Directory

Spring and summer
— finally!

As I write this looking out my corner office window in The Village, I see buds and leaves sprouting in the trees. Warmer weather the last few days have brought people in groves out of winter hibernation. As we drive through the Pointes, we see walkers and joggers and bicyclers galore. It is obvious everyone is starved for sunshine and vitamin D!

During the bleakness of winter, it is easy to forget the beaufiful, garden-like setting we live in here in Grosse Pointe. Just walking, jogging or driving through the community is such a peaceful, joyous occasion. It reminds me of the neighborhoods my parents lived in in England for a few years. That, too, was like a garden with flower beds and window boxes bursting with blooms.

I like the extra touches we do in the Pointes, like putting flower beds and greenery in our traffic islands. From our home across from Our Lady Star of the Sea, we have a view of the traffic island at Morningside Drive and Fairford Road. Every summer, we watch as a Grosse Pointe Woods DPW employee waters the island plantings from a water tank on a trailer. In most cities, they would simply pave over the traffic island and save the city time and expense. Not in the Pointes! We are willing to pay a little extra for the nice touches. They are what make living here a delight.

Another great plus to living in Grosse Pointe are the many businesses and stores that cater to our every need. As always, be sure to patronize our many businesses and loyal advertisers, without whom life would be not so lovely — and convenient. Be sure to tell them you saw them in the Grosse Pointe Magazine and News!

Enjoy your spring and summer and happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to all the Grosse Pointe moms and dads out there. They’re the best.
See you around the Pointe!
— John

The season of fundraising is upon us, with a calendar jam packed with galas, relays, dinners and more. From suicide prevention to cancer research to historical preservation and everything in between, Grosse Pointers are gathering to fund vital programs.

On the eastside, this naturally brings folks outside, and particularly to the water. The Grosse Pointe Historical Society Gala will take place at a lakeshore mansion. Relay for Life is at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores. Kevin’s Song’s annual gala is again at Port Detroit on the Detroit River. And the Chamber’s Legacy on the Lake is at the gorgeous Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. There are countless opportunities to enjoy the water and our other stunning outdoor settings — and give back at the same time.

That means I’ll be spending quite a bit of time outside. I bring this up also as a reminder to wear sunscreen! Cover up. Dr. Meredith Price details the importance of skin protection on page 45.
Raising awareness for this type of care, and the ever rising diagnoses of skin cancer, is close to my heart. Though I was not a sun worshipper, I visited a tanning salon a few times in college. And at 24 years old, I was diagnosed with melanoma. I was grateful to have discovered it at an early stage, and to spread the word about how easily and how early it can develop. 

In her dermatology column, Dr. Price mentions the free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening Hamzavi Dermatology periodically hosts. If you haven’t already, consider starting your annual skin check this spring. 

Enjoy the start of the outdoor event season and lather on that sunscreen!
— Lauren


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