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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Despite an unseasonable chill in the air that kept many would-be shoppers indoors, the Eastpointe Farmers Market received a warm community welcome when it kicked off its 2013 season May 11.

Opening day brought out 27 vendors from around the metro Detroit area to East Brooke Plaza in Eastpointe to sell classic market staples — produce, flowers and all sorts of packaged edibles — and a variety of garden and home décor items.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Fifteen Roseville students were recognized at the May 14 regular City Council meeting for their insights on how to beautify the city.

They were the winners of the Roseville Beautification Commission’s fourth-grade essay contest. Collectively, their essays created a vision of beautification that wasn’t tied up in price tags or Planning Commission approval. It was city beautification at its simplest form, rooted in nature, individual upkeep and a sense of shared community responsibility.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — As the school year comes to a close, a group of 32 third-grade students at Steenland Elementary are putting their last eight months of learning about the importance of giving back to good use with a few big projects.

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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — City officials and business owners gathered at the Eastpointe Police Department May 14 to celebrate the introduction of Police And Community for Equality (PACE) into the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce and kick off the start of a joint project they are working on with East Detroit Public Schools.

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published May 17, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The now vacant Colonial Dodge lots at Gratiot and Stephens could become a focal point for the city in the near future.

At the May 8 regular meeting, City Council unanimously authorized the $600,000 cash sale of the properties to a local developer, who has a vision of demolishing and rebuilding and/or remodeling the structures to meet the needs of some of their long-standing national retailer and restaurateur clients.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A group of students from Roseville High School got an inside look at how city government works at Roseville’s 20th annual Student Government Day.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — There are thousands of pieces of paper adding color to and inspiring imagination in a once-empty storefront on the southeast side of the Sears court at Macomb Mall.

The display is the work of Project Art In Roseville, made possible by a generous donation of space from the mall and filled with the work of hundreds of Roseville students in kindergarten through eighth grades. 

It’s the submissions from P.A.I.R.’s fourth annual art contest and it will be on display at the mall through the end of May.

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Published May 7, 2013

EASTPOINTE — It’s been three years since the last one, but the Eastpointe Fire Department Field Day is back.

The department is setting up at Kennedy Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 for a day of fun with live displays, bounce houses, a splash zone and more.

“It’s more or less just a fun day for the residents, to give back to the community,” said firefighter Joe Zangara. “The whole point of the day is to let the community get involved with their Fire Department, because we really are their Fire Department.”

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Published May 7, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Residents looking to get rid of an ancient PC, broken phone or spare computer parts can head to City Hall May 11 for Eastpointe’s first-ever electronics recycling day.

“We were kicking around ideas for our green Michigan initiative and someone on staff brought it up, and since we have our yard waste drop-off day at (the Department of Public Works), we thought electronics recycling would go hand-in-hand with it,” said City Manager Steve Duchane.

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Published May 3, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The City of Roseville invited local municipalities and state and local organizations to a presentation on the start of the Gratiot and Groesbeck Corridors Reinvestment Plan April 30.

The reinvestment plan was not revealed at the presentation — it hasn’t been developed yet; rather, the presentation was a means to get the word out on the intended plan and collect information from organizations and municipal stakeholders with similar projects.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published April 2, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A public hearing on the proposed distribution for Community Development Block Grant funds is planned for the April 9 regular City Council meeting in Roseville.

The city is looking at another 5 percent decrease in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program money this year.

“We took our budget from last year and reduced it by 5 percent, which brings it to $469,918,” said Mike Connors, Roseville’s community and economic development director.

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Published March 29, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Roseville is on track to be one of the first cities in the state to receive redevelopment-ready status under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The MEDC purchased rights to the program — which was previously run by the Michigan Suburbs Alliance — back in 2010 and just rolled it out for use last year, offering it to any city that was previously close to receiving redevelopment-ready status under the MSA.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A new program launched this year by Reach Academy is putting father figures in the classroom.

The program — Watch D.O.G.S., or Dads of Great Students — asks fathers to volunteer at the school for at least one full day a year.

“It’s an initiative from the Center of Fatherhood,” said Bianca Heath, student-family liaison for Reach Academy.

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Published January 29, 2013

The husband of a local businesswoman who was found shot to death in their home Jan. 26 faces a murder charge. 

Christina Lazzana-Webster, the 33-year-old co-owner of Big Top Popcorn, was found dead in her home with a gunshot wound Jan. 26. Her husband, Anthony Webster, 45, is accused in her killing. According to the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office, Lazzana-Webster was shot in the chest.

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