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Published August 7, 2013

EASTPOINTE — While the lazy days of summer are a cherished American tradition, they have been known to lead to summer learning loss, so East Detroit Public Schools is battling back.

The district is working hard to ensure that learning is a part of the summer routine, making education a yearlong endeavor.

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Published July 24, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The owner of an Eastpointe bar is saying she and many of her regular patrons are lucky to be alive after a CO2 tank spontaneously exploded in the bar’s storage room June 25.

“It was like a bomb went off,” said Dorothy Sullivan, owner of Sullivan’s Bar in the 18000 block of Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe. “Everybody thought it was a bomb that went off. We are just really, really lucky nobody got hurt or killed, because it took out three rooms pretty much — just destroyed them.”

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Published July 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE — As part of the city’s goal of decreasing blight, rodent populations and environmental hazards, Eastpointe recently hired a part-time code enforcement officer to join the now four-person Environmental Compliance Team.

City Manager Steve Duchane said that the city is amplifying environmental code enforcement in an effort to reduce unfavorable sights and odors, provide safe and clean neighborhoods and increase residential knowledge of city codes.

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Published July 9, 2013

ROSEVILLE — More than three-dozen local seniors gathered in the senior activities room at the Recreation Center in Roseville June 28 to bid farewell to a beloved activities coordinator on her last day on the job.

Leona Niedoliwka was an employee of Roseville for eight years before the city consolidated senior and recreation services with neighboring Eastpointe and her employment was transferred to the Recreational Authority. She worked for the authority for a about a year and a half before her position was eliminated, effective July 1, 2013.

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Published July 9, 2013

EASTPOINTE — It didn’t take 17-year-old Andrew Fisette long to decide where he wanted to do his Eagle Scout project. From the start, he knew he wanted to give back to one of his favorite childhood places — the Eastpointe Memorial Library.

“I used to come here for the reading clubs here, and I used to have so much fun at the clubs,” Fisette said. “I decided for my project to give back to the library for what they gave me when I was little.”

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published July 1, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Engineers from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. were at the Recreation Center in Roseville in June to perform core tests on the building’s internal footings.

The tests were performed to determine the structural integrity of the footings before the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s board moves forward in discussions of possible building additions later this year.

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Published June 21, 2013

More than 150 parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles gathered in the gym at Fountain Elementary in Roseville on the morning of June 13 for the 2013 kindergarten class graduation.

“This is a big deal for parents,” said Principal Faye Bucci, who brought the kindergarten graduation program to the school years ago. “They are 5 years old and they are going into first grade — they know how to read now, they can count, they have friends – it’s another milestone.

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Published June 19, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The 15th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot was just days away, but locals braved a forecast of rain to show off their classic rides at the First State Bank car show June 12.

Roseville resident Larry Hanlon brought his 1965 Rambler. It’s painted bright yellow with all the markings of a taxicab, but Hanlon is quick to tell folks it never was an actual taxi.

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Published June 19, 2013

ROSEVILLE — U.S. Rep. Sander Levin spoke with seniors at the Roseville Recreation Center about cuts to county meal programs at his first stop in a daylong sequestration impact tour June 7.

Although other groups have been or will be affected — in Warren, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital will lay off 160 employees, and at TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, employees will have to take an unspecified number of furlough days — local seniors were among the first to feel the effects of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.

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Published June 14, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Sitting in the school courtyard, a group of about three dozen Fountain Elementary students hooted, hollered, clapped and cheered.

Rob Blehm, the man speaking to them, took it in with a wide smile. He calls them generation changers. It wasn’t talk of local sports teams, summer vacation, amusement parks or some teen celebrity that worked them into a frenzy — it was talk of vegetables.

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Published June 10, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The backroom of Cloverleaf Restaurant was filled with the friends, families and well-wishers for 13 young singers competing in the semifinal rounds of the Cruisin’ Gratiot Idol Contest.

Hailing from across southeast Michigan, the age-13-and-younger semifinalists sang a mix of country, pop, soul, ballads and show tunes. They tasked the panel of three judges with a difficult decision and kept the packed Eastpointe restaurant entertained for hours.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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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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