News & Notes - 5/10/23 Eastsider

Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 11, 2023

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Time to read and rummage
EASTPOINTE — St. Basil the Great Catholic Church has set dates for its rummage and book sales.

The book sale will be held after weekend Masses May 20-21 and 27-28, from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. until noon Sundays.

The rummage sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2-3; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9-10.

Donations are being accepted. Check the website for information about how to donate. All proceeds will benefit the church’s general account.

The church is located at 22860 Schroeder Ave. For more information, call the parish office at (586) 777-5610.


Upcoming RARE events
ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has two upcoming events that are open to the public.

RARE’s spring craft and vendor show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13. Admission will cost $1 per person, and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Concessions will be available for purchase. There will be 88 vendors. For more information, call (586) 445-5480 or visit

On June 6, RARE will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, visit and enter the sponsor code RAREMI or call the Red Cross at (800) 733-2767.

Appointments also can be made by contacting RARE Executive Director Tony Lipinski at (586) 634-0228. Walk-in donors are welcome as well. Participating donors will receive a free ticket to Cedar Point while supplies last.

The RARE building is located at 18185 Sycamore St., north of the 11 Mile Road service drive and east of Gratiot Avenue.


Reenactors to bring history to life
EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road, will present “A Walk Through History” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13. Reenactors wearing the uniforms and displaying the equipment from American military history will be on hand to interact with the public. The event will be outdoors, weather permitting. Admission will be by donation.


CNS Healthcare to celebrate grand opening
EASTPOINTE — CNS Healthcare, a nonprofit Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, will hold a grand opening at noon May 18. The event is open to the public.

CNS, located at 21331 Kelly Road, provides comprehensive integrated behavioral health services using a patient-centered approach.

To reserve a spot at the grand opening, email


Eastland Middle School recognized
MACOMB COUNTY — Last month, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners recognized 77 schools that achieved Green Schools status for the 2022-23 program cycle. An awards ceremony was held at the Macomb Intermediate School District building in Clinton Township.

Eastland Middle School, in Roseville Community Schools, earned the Super Supporting Evidence Award.

The Macomb County Green Schools program, initiated by Public Act 146 of 2006 and coordinated by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners since 2008, encourages Pre-K through 12th grade students to participate in activities that promote environmental protection and the preservation of natural resources.

To receive Green Schools status, a school must provide a description of how it has performed at least 10 of the activities listed in the program guidelines. For a complete list of honorees, visit


Giant Garage Sale May 19-20
ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center will hold its 13th annual Giant Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19-20.

There will be gently used clothing for children and adults, children’s toys, sports equipment, home decor, gardening tools, bicycles, books and more. Food and baked goods will be available for purchase. Assumption is located at 21800 Marter Road. For more information, call (586) 779-6111.


Eastpointe Memorial Library events
EASTPOINTE — A children’s storytime is offered at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, located at 15875 Oak Ave. The event is for children up to 5 years old and their caregivers.

On May 18, the program “Nourished by Nature Birding” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Participants will learn about the importance of bird surveys, birding and biodiversity, the connection to Eastpointe, and more.

For more information on either event, call (586) 445-5096.


MCC receives $4.7M for programs
MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College recently was awarded $4.7 million from Ballmer Group and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation as part of its work through the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative.

The funding is part of more than $30 million committed by Ballmer Group and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to provide support for the next three years to the D3C3 initiative. The initiative is a partnership with seven Southeast Michigan community colleges designed to ensure individuals have equitable educational opportunities and graduate with high-value credentials or degrees that lead to good-paying, in-demand jobs with local employers.

“D3C3 is about transforming our talent pipeline through innovative partnerships with local community colleges that are uniquely positioned to help students enter the workforce with the qualifications employers need,” Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, said in a prepared statement. “Ballmer Group and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s generous support speaks to the value of this initiative and importance of collaborative and job-focused education that will benefit employers, families and the region.”

Macomb’s work through the collaborative is focused on student success and expands a pilot program of student success coaches in which students not only increase their grade point averages but persist in progressing through their course of study.

Pictured from left are David Egner, president and chief executive officer of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation; Macomb President James O. Sawyer IV; and Kayla Roney-Smith, portfolio manager Ballmer Group.


Warren resident, Clinton Township students place in college contest
MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently hosted the student pitch contest “Macomb Innovates! College Reimagined.”

The challenge addressed declining college enrollment, with students presenting ideas to reshape the face of the college experience. Three Macomb students competed in the college division, and six teams of two from Chippewa Valley High School and Dakota High School competed in the high school division.

Each competitor developed a 1-minute TikTok video prior to the competition to submit to the judges. The students pitched their ideas in front of a panel of judges, who graded them on the idea quality, whether the video was engaging and their professionalism.

The Chippewa Valley High School team of Mia Apone, 17, and Madi Stewart, 18, both of Clinton Township, took first place in the high school division with their concept for updated classrooms utilizing technology and natural light to make classrooms more engaging.

Toni Faust, 35, of Warren, won in the college division category. Her idea included having the college provide transportation to help students attend classes, study sessions and extracurricular activities, all managed by an app. Faust will graduate this month with an associate degree in business management.

The high schools also competed for the 2023 Macomb County Rising Stars trophy, which Chippewa Valley High School won. All the high school students and the college division winner received a $500 award from the Macomb Community College Foundation to use at the college for tuition, fees and books. The high school competitors also took home individual Rising Star trophies designed by the college’s Media and Communications Arts program.