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Published November 1, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 24th annual Christmas “Deck the Halls” auction Nov. 11 at Eastpointe Manor.

According to Chamber Membership Director Linda Weishaupt, the event should see about 70-75 silent auction items — primarily a variety of gift baskets.

“(The baskets are) anywhere from fishing to gardening to sports to Christmas baskets,” she said. “To coffee, cocoa, tea, summer — we have beach baskets — we have a little of everything.”

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Published October 31, 2015

ROSEVILLE — For years, Roseville Community Schools has invited military veterans for a special breakfast on Veterans Day to honor their service, though that tradition has a new hiccup in tracking down veterans since the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall closed.

“We’re having a real problem finding any vets with the VFW office closing,” Superintendent John Kment said at a special school board meeting Oct. 26. “We are still sending out invitations, but I’m not sure we’re going to have a lot of people.”

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Published November 4, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Starting around the fall of 1982, a group of local video game enthusiasts — calling their club the Activision Addicts, and later, the Video Addicts — decided to help local hospitalized kids for the holidays.

Former Video Addicts club president and Eastpointe resident Ernest Sevener said the club formed around 1981-82. The club would meet at Abbot Video in Roseville once or twice a month to try out the new games and see how they liked them.

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Published October 30, 2015

SOLAR SYSTEM — As the National Aeronautic and Space Administration probe New Horizons continues to beam back photos and data from its July flyby of Pluto, scientists are discovering that the dwarf planet is far more interesting than first thought.

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Published October 30, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but money is still tight at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter.

“It’s still a lean year — we don’t have any non-lean years,” said Suzette Gysel, the city’s animal control officer. “Trying to get funding, whether through grants or budget or whatever, is a total struggle each day.”

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Published October 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society is raffling off two tickets to tour the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Autism Society.

Tickets cost $10 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase. 

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Published October 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From Sunday, Oct. 25, to Thursday, Dec. 10, the Janice Charach Gallery will be decorated with colorful mosaic artwork that holds a deeper meaning.

The exhibition, titled “Just Desserts,” features a collection by three Michigan-native artists from around the state, using desserts to describe their feelings on today’s society. More than 60 pieces are on display. 

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Published October 30, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Around 500 airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base returned recently from a half-year deployment in Asia.

According to Selfridge Brig Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, the airmen have been filtering home over the past several weeks, with the largest contingency returning to Michigan over the Oct. 22-24 weekend, with 10 jets and pilots returning on Oct. 22 and the majority of the airmen coming home on Oct. 24. Another group of 50 airmen returned at the end of October.

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Published October 28, 2015

As a child, Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts would listen to ham radio, known as amateur radio, in which operators use two-way radios to communicate with each other.

“The police and fire calls piqued my interest,” Roberts said.

Roberts was named to the top post after former Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson retired last month after serving as fire chief since 1994.

Roberts grew up in Bloomfield Township and joined the Explorers Program for the Fire Department that was offered through the Boy Scouts of America.

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Published October 28, 2015

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.

Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library — will talk about the history and what goes on behind the scenes at the parade at eight libraries in the coming weeks.

His first stop will be Nov. 2 at the Troy Public Library.

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Published October 28, 2015

Since 1994, Troy police and VFW Post 4037 have teamed up to ensure families in need enjoy the holiday season.

Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said he started the drive when he was a lieutenant working midnight road patrols and saw people in Troy with financial hardships.

He said people think of Troy as a wealthy city and don’t realize there are people in need.

Mayer said he talked to someone he knew who also worked midnights and was involved with the VFW. They rallied the resources of the Troy Police Department and the VFW, and the drive began.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on the members of City Council. 

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said there has been a multitude of misinformation regarding the proposed amendment, which could possibly eliminate primary elections for the city. 

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Published October 28, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores residents might recall the weekend of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the village-turned-city in 2011, but this year marks a momentous milestone for the Shores as well.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Eight years ago, Lee Meyer created the ideal fundraiser that would benefit women and girls of all ages.


Meyer, a longtime member of the Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe, came up with the organization’s Dine Around Town raffle to raise money for scholarship awards.

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Published October 28, 2015

Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

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Published October 28, 2015

Organizers of local Veterans Day events are lining things up in formation in order to show appreciation to people who have served in the military.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center, located at 40620 Utica Road in Dodge Park.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle, the city teams up with the Sterling Heights Community Foundation and local veterans to present the ceremony.

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Published October 28, 2015

FRASER — The Fraser City Council has decided to join the statewide and national movement to deter individuals from obtaining pets — notably dogs — from commercial breeders that may result in sick and abused animals.

During an Oct. 6 council meeting, officials unanimously approved the drafting of the Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance. Per city approval, City Attorney Jack Dolan was granted permission to draft an ordinance in accordance with the model ordinance provided by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 28, 2015

It’ll soon be time to dress up again in Sterling Heights, as one of the city’s most prestigious outings of the year gets ready to begin.

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation’s third annual Puttin’ on the Ritz gala will invite ticket holders to dine, mingle and more Nov. 20 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 28, 2015

Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

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Published October 28, 2015

When Groesbeck Highway opened on Oct. 20, 1949, it opened the door for many new businesses in Fraser. Motels began to dot the landscape and were built to take advantage of America’s taking to the highways for vacations. Motel stood for “motor hotel.” Groesbeck Highway was named for Alexander Groesbeck, the only Michigan governor from Macomb County.

— Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society

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