News & Notes - 7/12/23 Eastsider

Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 13, 2023


Van transportation available
ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Van transportation from the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation grants program is available for Eastpointe and Roseville residents who are 55 years or older or are disabled and have no other means of transportation.

The buses run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The boundaries are Eight Mile Road to 15 Mile Road; Jefferson Avenue to Hoover Road, and Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit.

All rides cost $1 each way. It is curb-to-curb service. No same-day rides can be scheduled. The scheduling phone lines are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Callers should indicate when scheduling rides if they use wheel chairs.

For rides, Eastpointe residents can call (586) 445-5085, and Roseville residents can call (586) 445-5482.


Community baby shower July 22
EASTPOINTE — Three local organizations have come together to help others.

Let Me See Your Hands, Lift Up a Child and the Bettye Harris Foundation will hold an Eastpointe Community Baby Shower from noon to 4 p.m. July 22 at Gianna House, located at 21357 Redmond Ave.

Organizers will distribute diapers, baby wipes, onesie outfits and more. At press time, 77 people had registered for the event, and organizers are hoping to be able to help 100 attendees. For more information regarding how to register, call (313) 384-7262 or (313) 686-9845.


Magical event coming to library
EASTPOINTE — Baffling Bill the Magician for Kids will appear at 6 p.m. July 19 at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, located at 15875 Oak Ave. The event is for all ages. Register at the library or call (586) 445-5096.


City addresses water bill fraud concerns
ROSEVILLE — Roseville City Manager Ryan Monroe issued a news release July 5 to inform residents of potential fraud involving their water bills.

According to city officials, several residents have reported that they received text messages indicating that they had delinquent water bills. The text messages also provided information regarding how to send payments to settle the delinquent bills.

In the news release, Monroe said the Roseville Water Department does not contact residents by text message regarding delinquent water bills. In addition, the Roseville Water Department will not send out a text message with a link for payment.

If residents have questions or concerns about a water bill, they are encouraged to contact the Water Billing Office at (586) 445-5460.


Swimming across America for a cure
DETROIT — At press time, swimmers and volunteers were preparing for the fifth annual Swim Across America-Motor City Mile scheduled for July 7 on Belle Isle in the Detroit River. A 2-mile swim, a 1-mile swim and a half-mile swim were scheduled.

Swim Across America-Motor City Mile benefits cancer research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, where roughly 500 researchers are working to prevent cancer, improve outcomes for patients and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

One participant, Julie Brabbs, pictured right with her husband Steve, is the chief administrative officer at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Brabbs also is a cancer patient and currently raised $14,232 for cancer research with more donations expected.

Brabbs, 56, of Ann Arbor, is currently being treated with Keytruda, which is an immunotherapy cancer treatment that was funded and created in a Swim Across America lab at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information on Swim Across America, visit


Retiree enrichment classes begin July 21
MACOMB COUNTY — Registration is open for summer Macomb Organization for Retiree Enrichment classes at Macomb Community College.

Each course is taught by subject matter experts and lasts approximately two hours with up to 30 minutes reserved for a question-and-answer period. MORE members can choose from two class packages: three classes and/or excursions for $27 or five classes and/or excursions for $45. There are additional fees for three of the excursions.

Classes include “A Tribute to Edsel and Eleanor Clay Ford” July 24; “Al Kaline’s Last Bat Boy” July 27; “Electric Vehicles, Why and Why Not” July 31; “Isle Royale: Island Wilderness” Aug. 1; and “Michigan Beer: A Heady History” Aug. 4. Classes begin at 10 a.m.

Excursions include the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House tour at 1 p.m. July 25; the fire training and academy tour and nature hike at 10 a.m. Aug. 3; and the Belle Isle tour and picnic at 10 a.m. Aug. 7.

All courses will be held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the Center Campus of Macomb Community College in Clinton Township at 44575 Garfield Road. The excursions will be on-site. For additional information or to register, email


Carl M. Levin ship commissioned into U.S. Navy
DETROIT/BALTIMORE — On June 24, at the Port of Baltimore, in Maryland, the USS Carl M. Levin was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. The ship is named for Carl Levin, a lifelong Detroiter, former U.S. senator, and former chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Levin died in 2021 at the age of 87.

The Carl M. Levin was built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The USS Carl M. Levin (DDG-120) is a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, the 70th overall for the class.

The vessel was launched May 16, 2021, and delivered to the U.S. Navy Jan. 26, 2023. The ship will transit to her homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, following commissioning.

In peacetime and in wartime, the multi-mission ships conduct a variety of operations that provide a number of warfighting capabilities against threats in the air, on the surface and below the surface, according to the Navy.

Levin served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 until his retirement in 2015. He served on several committees during his years of service. Prior to that, he served on the Detroit City Council, including the office of president.

Footage of the commission ceremony can be viewed on YouTube by typing in the words “USS Carl Levin Commissions in Baltimore.”