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Published December 7, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Finishing 2010-11 9-17, 0-7 in the Macomb Area Conference, seems to be a distant memory for Roseville High School wrestlers and coach Davon Gray.

“Everybody knows last year was a transitional year,” said Gray, in his second year at the helm. “They didn’t know what to expect from me and vice versa, and I think that played a role in how we did last year.”

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Published November 7, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Speaking into a megaphone, Bobbie Wilson gave the two-minute warning. “Get your pumpkins ready,” she said. “We’ll be starting soon.”

The 50 or so people who were not already perched at the top ran up the hill, while the families that were already there stood bundled in winter gear, wearing excited smiles and waiting for Wilson to give the OK to start.

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Published November 2, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Large crowds filtered through East Brooke Commons on Saturday, Oct. 22, for the annual Harvest Festival in Eastpointe.

“We’ve had 400-plus kids come through here in five hours,” Paul Hemeryck said while taking a moment to observe the large crowds still coming through the festival just a half-hour before its scheduled end at 3 p.m. “It takes a lot of planning, but it’s worth it.”

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Published October 12, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Alvin and Henrietta Weisberg have been strong supporters of Beaumont Health System for a number of years, but it was one incident in particular that led them to open up their pocket books to support its programs for the elderly.

“Alvin would be the first to tell you, Beaumont saved his life,” said Margaret Casey, Beaumont Foundation president. “He was in an orthopedic unit, and while recovering from surgery had heart failure. They immediately did a Code Blue on him and saved his life.”

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Published October 12, 2011

ROSEVILLE — He was only there for an hour and the assembly ran just half of that time, but it didn’t take Brian Sikorski long to make an impact on the children at Dort Elementary.

He told them the same things their parents and teachers are constantly telling them — to stay in school and work hard — but hearing it from a professional baseball player had an almost mystical impact on the kids who sat starry-eyed on the gym floor.

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Published October 12, 2011

ROSEVILLE — No one would describe her as young, but after five minutes with her, it’s hard not to describe her as possessing a certain youthfulness and passion that’s surprising for her age.

But in Eastpointe two weeks ago, it wasn’t her personality or her age that wowed guests at her debut art show — it was her talent.

She brought more than 100 pieces with her to display at Half-way School House. She left $1,000 richer and with only about half the paintings she had brought with her.

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Published September 14, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Whether it’s covered in dust in the back of a junk drawer or ready at a whim in a wallet or purse, pulling out your library card has an added incentive this month.

September is National Library Card Month.

To celebrate, the Suburban Library Cooperative has partnered with businesses across Macomb County to promote the value of being a library cardholder. Folks who carry an SLC library card, or who sign up for one, will be privy to discounts and/or freebies at participating businesses.

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Published September 7, 2011

EASTPOINTE — It’s not located in Detroit, but with 90 percent of students coming from south of Eight Mile, the 98 percent graduation rate that one east-side school boasts raises the bar for schools in the city and suburbs alike.

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library will remain open. The council voted unanimously Aug. 23 for a 1-mill tax levy that will go directly to the library.

Designating the mill in that way allows the city to free up much needed money in the general fund and secures the library’s place in the future, officials said.

“Generally, the other cities who have done this have had success,” said City Manager Steve Truman. “Their libraries have been in good shape despite the tough economic times.”

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — School started early at Eastland Junior High when staff and honor students joined together to welcome new students to the school last week.

More than 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders attended Eastland’s Jumpstart program Aug. 23-24 to get a sneak peek of what to expect this fall.

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Published August 31, 2011

EASTPOINTE — After a series of apparent misunderstandings was resolved, City Council accepted a donation to the Eight Mile Boulevard Association that covers the city’s dues from last year.

Council had initially leaned against accepting the donation, after the organization, also known as 8MBA, notified the city last month that 8MBA had received a private donation and would use it to cover the city’s $2,604 membership costs for last year.

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Published August 10, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Every weekend, Nelson Mayes does the same thing. He sits in a worn pink chair, peering at a computer propped up on a TV tray, researching old things.

Mayes has an eye for antiques. He always has, since he was a boy growing up on Detroit’s east side, where he had a rough childhood that he says helped prepare him for the difficulties in starting a business.

“There has been some struggles with the way our economy has been, and I really haven’t made any money, but I’ve always wanted to do this,” he says.

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Published July 27, 2011

ROSEVILLE — A tiny woman with a cheerful, booming voice held a picture book in front of her, while leaning over so all the children could see.

She asked, “And who do you think this is? It’s someone that we love very much. We love our mommies and daddies, and who else do we love?”

A girl sitting in a row of chairs behind the story time carpet answered, “Grandma?”

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Published July 1, 2011

EASTPOINTE — It’s a sunny Saturday morning in June, and Suzanne Pixley is on her way to Eastern Market with friend Sue Young. It’s sort of a tradition with them — they go to Eastern Market, pick up some flowers, then on the way home they stop by On The Rise, a bakery run by ex-cons who learned baking and pastry-making skills while behind bars.

Being in a place run by rehabbed prisoners doesn’t startle Pixley. She’s been going there for a while now and knows many of the men who work there by name.

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Published June 13, 2011

EASTPOINTE — The Senior Housing Commission’s Valentine’s Day Dance is a resident favorite, but it has one drawback — there are way more women than men, leaving many of the senior ladies without anyone to dance with.

Well, until this year that is, when three of the teen boys from the Eastside Teen Outreach group showed up to woo the older gals on the dance floor.

That’s where the Eastpointe Rotary Club first met the outreach group.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 24, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The wall lists 2,654 men by name, rank, service and city. The books that line the table in front of it offer insights into just 2,200 of them with some detail on who they were, but mostly about how they died.

The men listed are Michigan soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The wall is a part of a traveling exhibit that memorializes the soldiers lost in the war and honors their service to the county with descriptions of their responsibilities during the war.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 19, 2011

EASTPOINTE — “It feels so great to be here,” performer Kevin Lepine said from Las Vegas last week. “I’m living my dream as a Vegas headliner. It’s been a blast.”

For the past year, the 1993 East Detroit High School graduate has wowed crowds at the Harmon Theater inside Planet Hollywood in “Hypnosis Unleashed.” Every Thursday evening, the Sin City showman brings brave audience members on stage to perform funny antics while under his hypnotic spell.

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Published March 25, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Heartfelt messages from council members and city administration were shared at a recent council meeting as Roseville prepared to say goodbye to the dedicated employee whose financial expertise has helped keep the city afloat in a turbulent economic climate.

Pete Provenzano was, until March 25, the city controller for Roseville. On March 28, he started a new job as the director of finance for the county.

County Executive Mark Hackel appointed Provenzano to the position a few months ago but the deal was made final March 24.

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