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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Despite an unseasonable chill in the air that kept many would-be shoppers indoors, the Eastpointe Farmers Market received a warm community welcome when it kicked off its 2013 season May 11.

Opening day brought out 27 vendors from around the metro Detroit area to East Brooke Plaza in Eastpointe to sell classic market staples — produce, flowers and all sorts of packaged edibles — and a variety of garden and home décor items.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Fifteen Roseville students were recognized at the May 14 regular City Council meeting for their insights on how to beautify the city.

They were the winners of the Roseville Beautification Commission’s fourth-grade essay contest. Collectively, their essays created a vision of beautification that wasn’t tied up in price tags or Planning Commission approval. It was city beautification at its simplest form, rooted in nature, individual upkeep and a sense of shared community responsibility.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — As the school year comes to a close, a group of 32 third-grade students at Steenland Elementary are putting their last eight months of learning about the importance of giving back to good use with a few big projects.

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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — City officials and business owners gathered at the Eastpointe Police Department May 14 to celebrate the introduction of Police And Community for Equality (PACE) into the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce and kick off the start of a joint project they are working on with East Detroit Public Schools.

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Published May 17, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The now vacant Colonial Dodge lots at Gratiot and Stephens could become a focal point for the city in the near future.

At the May 8 regular meeting, City Council unanimously authorized the $600,000 cash sale of the properties to a local developer, who has a vision of demolishing and rebuilding and/or remodeling the structures to meet the needs of some of their long-standing national retailer and restaurateur clients.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A group of students from Roseville High School got an inside look at how city government works at Roseville’s 20th annual Student Government Day.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — There are thousands of pieces of paper adding color to and inspiring imagination in a once-empty storefront on the southeast side of the Sears court at Macomb Mall.

The display is the work of Project Art In Roseville, made possible by a generous donation of space from the mall and filled with the work of hundreds of Roseville students in kindergarten through eighth grades. 

It’s the submissions from P.A.I.R.’s fourth annual art contest and it will be on display at the mall through the end of May.

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Published May 7, 2013

EASTPOINTE — It’s been three years since the last one, but the Eastpointe Fire Department Field Day is back.

The department is setting up at Kennedy Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 for a day of fun with live displays, bounce houses, a splash zone and more.

“It’s more or less just a fun day for the residents, to give back to the community,” said firefighter Joe Zangara. “The whole point of the day is to let the community get involved with their Fire Department, because we really are their Fire Department.”

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Published May 7, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Residents looking to get rid of an ancient PC, broken phone or spare computer parts can head to City Hall May 11 for Eastpointe’s first-ever electronics recycling day.

“We were kicking around ideas for our green Michigan initiative and someone on staff brought it up, and since we have our yard waste drop-off day at (the Department of Public Works), we thought electronics recycling would go hand-in-hand with it,” said City Manager Steve Duchane.

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Published May 3, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The City of Roseville invited local municipalities and state and local organizations to a presentation on the start of the Gratiot and Groesbeck Corridors Reinvestment Plan April 30.

The reinvestment plan was not revealed at the presentation — it hasn’t been developed yet; rather, the presentation was a means to get the word out on the intended plan and collect information from organizations and municipal stakeholders with similar projects.

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Published April 2, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A public hearing on the proposed distribution for Community Development Block Grant funds is planned for the April 9 regular City Council meeting in Roseville.

The city is looking at another 5 percent decrease in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program money this year.

“We took our budget from last year and reduced it by 5 percent, which brings it to $469,918,” said Mike Connors, Roseville’s community and economic development director.

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Published March 29, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Roseville is on track to be one of the first cities in the state to receive redevelopment-ready status under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The MEDC purchased rights to the program — which was previously run by the Michigan Suburbs Alliance — back in 2010 and just rolled it out for use last year, offering it to any city that was previously close to receiving redevelopment-ready status under the MSA.

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Published March 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A new program launched this year by Reach Academy is putting father figures in the classroom.

The program — Watch D.O.G.S., or Dads of Great Students — asks fathers to volunteer at the school for at least one full day a year.

“It’s an initiative from the Center of Fatherhood,” said Bianca Heath, student-family liaison for Reach Academy.

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Published January 29, 2013

The husband of a local businesswoman who was found shot to death in their home Jan. 26 faces a murder charge. 

Christina Lazzana-Webster, the 33-year-old co-owner of Big Top Popcorn, was found dead in her home with a gunshot wound Jan. 26. Her husband, Anthony Webster, 45, is accused in her killing. According to the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office, Lazzana-Webster was shot in the chest.

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Published June 26, 2012

ROSEVILLE — Before he even went to work on it, 17-year-old Sean Heacox knew he wanted his Eagle Scout project to benefit local seniors.

“I look at (seniors) as the backbone of our society,” Heacox said. “It didn’t matter which way or form, as long as I was giving back to the seniors was what mattered to me.”

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Published May 11, 2012

FRASER — As the regular season winds down, the Roseville High softball team is looking ahead to the postseason.

Preparing to face first-place Fraser High in a May 8 Macomb Area Conference Blue Division game, the Panthers talked about shifting their focus to the state playoffs, which begin May 29 across the state.

“I’d just like to see the team really work together and prepare for districts, because that’s where I think we’ll really start to shine,” Roseville senior pitcher Amanda Schankin said.

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Published March 16, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Students at Forest Park Elementary got a lesson on teasing when a local author paid them a visit last week.

Dana Lehman, an East Detroit High School grad, writes children’s books that offer life lessons in easy-to-learn, fun-filled stories featuring Sammy the Squirrel, his friends and family.

At the assembly on March 13, Lehman read her first book, “Adventures at Walnut Grove,” to students in kindergarten, first and second grades.

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Published March 16, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Local seniors celebrated their city with an Eastpointe-themed party on March 9 at the Community Center.

Mary Grant, the program supervisor for senior activities in Eastpointe, came up with the idea for the party, going out of her way to make sure every last detail was perfect.

“Everything for this party came from this community, from the plates and the napkins to the food to the desserts to the prizes,” Grant said. “Everything was purchased or donated by businesses in Eastpointe.”

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Published March 12, 2012

EASTPOINTE — While many people were home watching the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, some residents and city officials in Eastpointe were at a red carpet event of their own: The private grand opening of Big Top, a new gourmet popcorn and snack shop in East Brooke Commons at Nine Mile Road and Gratiot.

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Published March 12, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Council unanimously approved the purchase of two ambulances at the March 6 regular meeting.

The ambulances, purchased through Life Star, will replace two older ones that have long been a drain on the city’s pocket book.

In a memo to council, Assistant City Manager Randy Altimus said that he met with officials from the Fire Department regarding the two current ambulances.

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