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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe teenager is planning to replace five worn-out signs along Kelly Road for his Eagle Scout project this fall.


According to Alex Fisette, 15, the signs — which run from 10 Mile Road down to Eight Mile Road — were built to let community organizations, churches and the schools advertise their events and programs. The wooden signposts have degraded over the years to the point where some have started falling apart.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For decades, making video games was the sole domain of people trained to speak the arcane languages of computers and the major companies willing to publish those titles.


In the past few years, however, the Internet has opened the door for new creators, new audiences, and new, socially aware and personal video games made by people who never learned a line of BASIC, according to video game journalist and critic Leigh Alexander, who spoke at a talk presented by the University of Michigan School of Information Oct. 1.

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council during its Oct. 6 meeting decided against moving forward with an ordinance to allow people to own chickens in the city, but the council is interested in bringing back the issue at the start of 2016 when a new council will have been seated.


City Attorney Richard Albright said that a resident had come before the Planning Commission to inquire if the city could change its ordinance that bans keeping the birds for eggs. The Planning Commission tabled the topic pending City Council action.

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Published October 8, 2015

Hilary Ulp, accused of first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring a 1-year-old child in May, was bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court during a preliminary examination Oct. 8 at Eastpointe’s 38th District Court.

If convicted, the Clinton Township woman faces up to life in prison. Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the circuit court.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Police officers, firefighters, teachers, students, businesses and other residents received Salute to Excellence awards during the annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Sept. 28.
Winners

were nominated by other members of the community, or in the case of police and fire officers of the year, by their peers in their respective departments. The winners were announced earlier in September before receiving their awards at the dinner, which took place at Eastpointe Manor.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The recreation authority and the East Detroit Public Schools are planning Halloween activities for kids to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes in safe environments.


Wristbands are now on sale for children who want to participate in the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe’s annual trick-or-treat trail Oct. 24. The wristbands cost $3 each and are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

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Published October 5, 2015

Johnathan Sails, the former substitute teacher at East Detroit High School charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drowning death of a student in 2013, saw the charge dismissed during a Macomb County Circuit Court hearing Oct. 5.

Sails had been running a swim class in October 2013 at East Detroit High School, working alongside a regular gym teacher recently hired into the position. When that teacher left the pool area to help with another gym class, Sails was left alone, during which time freshman KeAir Swift had trouble in the pool.

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Published October 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A state senator has introduced a bill that would ban commercial fish farms from operating in Michigan waters on the Great Lakes, citing environmental concerns.


The bill, introduced Sept. 29 by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, would not prohibit commercial fish farms inland or inside buildings, but would ban the practice on the open Great Lakes. Jones said the Legislature has a constitutional requirement to protect the state’s resources, which include the lakes.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Classic cars are not the only things a Roseville teacher has kept going for decades.


The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education held a presentation honoring Paul Tregembo Sr. for his 48 years as an auto shop teacher during its regular meeting Sept. 21. Tregembo started teaching in the district in 1967 and helped lead the auto shop program to numerous car competitions and awards.


“When Mr. Tregembo started here, Lyndon Baines Johnson was in office,” Superintendent John Kment said.

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Published September 30, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Michael Loftis, a Clinton Township man charged with criminal sexual conduct in a 1998 rape case, took a plea agreement and pleaded guilty during a pretrial examination Sept. 15.


Loftis’ criminal sentencing was set for Oct. 20 at Macomb County Circuit Court; due to the agreement, the trial originally scheduled for Sept. 22 did not go forward.

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Published September 30, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The city currently is taking public input on whether or not to change the city’s logo, which is part of Eastpointe’s redevelopment-ready community designation.


City Manager Steve Duchane said the look at the city logo is part of a marketing and branding improvement exercise paid for by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

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Published September 30, 2015

EASTPOINTE — As of Sept. 15, the long-vacant former Colonial Dodge site at Stephens Road and Gratiot Avenue has been sold to J.B. Donaldson Co., a construction firm out of Farmington Hills.


“I was reveling over getting to sign the paperwork,” Assistant City Manager Randy Altimus said during the Sept. 15 City Council meeting. “I thought I’d be retired by the time it was done.” 

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Published September 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville school district won a Governor’s Energy Excellence Award Sept. 22 for an energy efficiency upgrade project that ran from last school year until the end of summer.


The school was one of three finalists in the category of best public sector project, according to Assistant Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski, beating out competition like Michigan State University. He said that of 130 total applicants, three were chosen for each category, or 24 in all.

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Published September 30, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe police had two people in custody after investigating a report of a shooting Sept. 29, though police found no indication that anybody had been shot.


According to a press release, police were called to the 23000 block of Schroeder at about 9:30 p.m., where they found a 52-year-old Detroit resident bleeding from a head wound. Police were able to track down and detain two people of interest in the assault, a 49-year-old Detroit resident and a 34-year-old Warren resident.

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Published September 29, 2015

The Roseville Police Department is requesting help from the public in locating a missing 16-year-old who was last seen by his grandparents Sept. 3.

Montel Cooper was last seen leaving his grandparents’ house in the 20000 block of Flora at around noon that day. He was wearing blue jean shorts, a gray T-shirt and white Nike gym shoes. Cooper is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. Cooper has piercings in both ears and takes medication for allergies.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit Board of Education voted 6-0 during its regular meeting Sept. 14 to reopen the East Detroit High School pool when administrators see fit.


The school district’s budget already included the cost of keeping the pool maintained and usable, so the district is not looking at any unexpected costs to do so. Financial consultant Mike Dixon said that the pool does need some repairs to the plumbing and cleaning before it can be used again. He estimated those could be done for less than $4,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

Students line up outside the Halfway Schoolhouse in what is now Eastpointe in this month’s photo, taken on an unknown date in 1905. The schoolhouse itself was built in 1872 — the third such schoolhouse in the current city. An annex was built onto the structure in 1901 due to increasing enrollment, as the original structure could only accommodate 60 students. Along with its predecessors, the schoolhouse was located along Nine Mile Road, west of Gratiot, where it faced Grove Street.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Birds are already passing through metro Detroit on their way south for the winter, stopping off for food and water for journeys that, for some species, can take them all the way into South America. When they return — and what weather conditions await them — has become more variable than ever, however.


According to Julie Champion, manager of Lake St. Clair Metropark’s nature center, right now the biggest groups of birds going through are insect eaters like warblers and swallows, along with shorebirds and hummingbirds.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has a busy October scheduled for patrons looking for activities, with parties, trivia contests, talks and a media sale all on the horizon.


For teens, Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond said they have two movies planned. The first one will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and feature the film “Back to the Future.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The RoseFest committee is preparing to hold its planning meetings starting next month and has signed a three-year agreement with carnival midway company Wade Shows for future RoseFests.


According to City Manager Scott Adkins, the 2016 festival has been scheduled for June 16-19. The dates will be June 15-18 in 2017 and June 14-17 in 2018.


“We’re trying to stay consistent with that same second weekend (of June),” Adkins said. “Father’s Day does, of course, move depending on the calendar.”

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