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Published November 9, 2015

UPDATE: Police now say that a fourth victim with a gunshot wound, originally believe to have been shot outside the hall, was actually shot in an unrelated incident in Eastpointe.

WARREN — Three people were shot, including one who was left critically injured, during an altercation at a social hall on Eight Mile east of Schoenherr early on Nov. 8.

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Published November 9, 2015

The giving spirit at a local auto dealership is hoping to provide warmth to the needy over the next few weeks. 

Elder Ford in Troy is hosting a coat drive this holiday season, and the donated coats will go to The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is also an event sponsor, and Signarama in Troy donated some signage for the campaign. 

According to Elder Ford, coats of all sizes and for every age group will be accepted, but they should either be new or gently used.

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Published November 5, 2015

Voters in Roseville and Eastpointe turned out to vote in municipal elections Nov. 3. Roseville voters selected three City Council members for four-year terms along with their mayor, while Eastpointe chose its mayor and filled two council seats for full terms, along with one partial term.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the three people elected to Roseville’s City Council for the next four years were incumbents Catherine Haugh and Colleen McCartney, and newcomer Charles Frontera.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Starting around the fall of 1982, a group of local video game enthusiasts — calling their club the Activision Addicts, and later, the Video Addicts — decided to help local hospitalized kids for the holidays.

Former Video Addicts club president and Eastpointe resident Ernest Sevener said the club formed around 1981-82. The club would meet at Abbot Video in Roseville once or twice a month to try out the new games and see how they liked them.

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Published November 2, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, was a positive one for Roseville Community Schools, though there are challenges ahead.

Theresa Pollock, the Plante Moran partner in charge of the audit, gave a presentation at the Board of Education’s special meeting Oct. 26 and said that Plante Moran did not find any “material errors” in the financial documents that the school provided.

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Published November 1, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 24th annual Christmas “Deck the Halls” auction Nov. 11 at Eastpointe Manor.

According to Chamber Membership Director Linda Weishaupt, the event should see about 70-75 silent auction items — primarily a variety of gift baskets.

“(The baskets are) anywhere from fishing to gardening to sports to Christmas baskets,” she said. “To coffee, cocoa, tea, summer — we have beach baskets — we have a little of everything.”

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Published October 31, 2015

ROSEVILLE — For years, Roseville Community Schools has invited military veterans for a special breakfast on Veterans Day to honor their service, though that tradition has a new hiccup in tracking down veterans since the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall closed.

“We’re having a real problem finding any vets with the VFW office closing,” Superintendent John Kment said at a special school board meeting Oct. 26. “We are still sending out invitations, but I’m not sure we’re going to have a lot of people.”

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Motorists going along Utica Road between Gratiot Avenue and 12 Mile Road might have noticed that as of Oct. 22, the road has been restricted to three lanes.

According to City Manager Scott Adkins, this is part of an evaluation to see if permanently changing the road to three lanes would make that downtown area safer for pedestrians and drivers.

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Published October 30, 2015

SOLAR SYSTEM — As the National Aeronautic and Space Administration probe New Horizons continues to beam back photos and data from its July flyby of Pluto, scientists are discovering that the dwarf planet is far more interesting than first thought.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Eight years ago, Lee Meyer created the ideal fundraiser that would benefit women and girls of all ages.


Meyer, a longtime member of the Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe, came up with the organization’s Dine Around Town raffle to raise money for scholarship awards.

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Published October 28, 2015

EASPOINTE — Mayor Pro Tem Phil Guastella participated in his last full meeting as part of the Eastpointe City Council Oct. 20, as the six-and-a-half-year veteran decided not to run for re-election in November.

Guastella spent much of that time as a councilman before being selected as mayor pro tem following the death of Bill Sweeney in 2014. In his remarks, Guastella said he was proud that the city was able to bounce back from the “brink of insolvency” during his tenure.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Two bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature seek to ban the use of tiny plastic microbeads in the state.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Snowfall and ice do not usually greet Roseville and Eastpointe until December, but the cities’ respective public works departments are already preparing for whatever winter brings their way.


Roseville Department of Public Services Assistant Director Jeff Schmidt said the city has fully stocked its salt dome with 3,000 tons of salt. He said that while scientists expect a milder winter than the past couple due to El Niño’s influence, the city wants to be ready for any possibility.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Saving on energy usage at home does not necessarily require a whole lot of new gadgets and appliances.


October is National Energy Awareness Month, and there are a lot of appliances around the average household that people do not think about powering down as a way to save energy, DTE Energy Insight App Program Manager Joel Miller said.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Participants in the 2015 Big Bird Run 10K will find a new path through the streets of Roseville as the event enters its 37th year.


The run, which includes a 4K, 10K and 1-mile fun run, is scheduled for Nov. 8. It will kick off at 10 a.m. at the recreation center, 18185 Sycamore St.

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Published October 23, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A pregnant Mount Clemens woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

According to a Roseville Police Department press release, the 42-year-old woman was stopped at a red light on northbound Groesbeck at Common Road when Natasha Watts, a 26-year-old Fraser woman, allegedly failed to brake and crashed into the victim’s vehicle.

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Published October 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — East Detroit and Roseville schools saw the decline of student numbers continue this fall, as school districts across the state held the fall count day Oct. 7.


Count days are used to determine how many students a district has for funding purposes. There are two each year: a spring count day and a fall count day, with the fall day accounting for 90 percent of state funding. The number is then blended with the spring count from the same calendar year to determine the final funding levels from the state.

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Published October 22, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A new independent horror film called “Spring Thaw” is pulling double duty: It not only was made to thrill audiences, but to serve as a love letter to the city of Roseville.


Mike Stanley, who wrote, directed and acted in the film, said the movie was an opportunity for him to show off Roseville to the world by featuring familiar locations in the city and snippets of its history.

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