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Published April 21, 2015

WARREN — This Saturday, the hometown rockers will let Joe Sgroi know how they really feel about him.

On April 25, the local rock ‘n’ roll community will band together to roast Sgroi, a concert promoter who has been a staple on the metro Detroit music scene for the past 45 years. To celebrate the milestone, those who know Sgroi well will tell their best personal stories about him, reminisce, crack a few quips, and offer some “Sgroisms.”

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Published April 20, 2015

A man has been arrested and arraigned April 20 after he allegedly used an Uzi submachine gun while trying to carjack a woman on Janet Court, according to Roseville police.

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 17, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The trial of a man accused of shooting and killing an acquaintance from Eastpointe at his home on 10 Mile Road began April 14, with the defendant’s attorney stating that the evidence would show that his client acted in self-defense and the prosecution telling the jury not to believe the story.

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Published April 17, 2015

C & G Newspapers Staff Writer Kevin Bunch is one of 10 journalists nationwide selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 17th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Bunch writes about Eastpointe and Roseville for the Eastsider, and he has carved out a niche as C & G Newspapers’ science writer.

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Published April 17, 2015

Five members of the C & G Newspapers team took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism competition at the San Marino Club in Troy on April 15. The awards recognized work from 2014.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 15, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Grab your helmet and your favorite bicycle because it’s almost time to pedal your way around metro Detroit.


Macomb County will soon be inundated with bikes and riders, all traveling specific routes of differing lengths as part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s third annual Bike PATH fundraiser.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Consumers Energy is planning to replace 2,800 gas leads and 80,000 feet of gas lines throughout the city of Eastpointe through April, May and June.


In April, the company will be working on the area of Flower Avenue between Stephens Road and 10 Mile Road, Stephens from Flower to Gratiot Avenue, Kelly Road from Toepfer to Rosetta, and Toepfer from Kelly Road to Wilmot.

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Published April 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — There will be one more day of festivities leading up to Cruisin’ Gratiot this year.


The Big Boy Corporation announced that it will be a sponsor for Cruisin’ Gratiot  in Eastpointe this June, and its restaurant at Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue will host a car show on Monday, June 15.


“The (cruise) committee is very happy,” Cruisin’ Gratiot Committee President Harvey Curley said. “(Big Boy) is very visible, and this is probably the first time we have had a car show on a Monday.”

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Published April 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — What do the streets of Gotham, a vampire slayer and the daughter of Pakistani immigrants have in common? They are all people and places that can be found in modern-day comic books.


Getting kids and even teenagers interested in reading traditional books can be a chore, but comic books can serve as an effective bridge, according to Roseville Public Library Teen Services Librarian Jason Novetsky.

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Published April 14, 2015

A man is in police custody after officers found him at home April 13 with the bodies of his 37-year-old wife, 8-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

He has not been charged with anything at this time, as the department is still investigating the incident, Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs said.

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Published April 13, 2015

A 12-year-old girl has died from her injuries after being struck by a car while crossing Gratiot Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. April 10.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 10, 2015

EASTPOINTE — City Councilwoman Wendy Richardson has decided to leave the council.


Now that the city has stabilized and she has accomplished a number of things, she feels she can leave the city government behind.


“I’m announcing I’m leaving council after the budget sessions (later this week),” Richardson said at the council meeting April 7. “I’m choosing this time to say goodbye due to recent stability in the finances in the city.”

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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