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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published September 7, 2011

EASTPOINTE — It’s not located in Detroit, but with 90 percent of students coming from south of Eight Mile, the 98 percent graduation rate that one east-side school boasts raises the bar for schools in the city and suburbs alike.

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library will remain open. The council voted unanimously Aug. 23 for a 1-mill tax levy that will go directly to the library.

Designating the mill in that way allows the city to free up much needed money in the general fund and secures the library’s place in the future, officials said.

“Generally, the other cities who have done this have had success,” said City Manager Steve Truman. “Their libraries have been in good shape despite the tough economic times.”

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — School started early at Eastland Junior High when staff and honor students joined together to welcome new students to the school last week.

More than 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders attended Eastland’s Jumpstart program Aug. 23-24 to get a sneak peek of what to expect this fall.

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Published August 31, 2011

EASTPOINTE — After a series of apparent misunderstandings was resolved, City Council accepted a donation to the Eight Mile Boulevard Association that covers the city’s dues from last year.

Council had initially leaned against accepting the donation, after the organization, also known as 8MBA, notified the city last month that 8MBA had received a private donation and would use it to cover the city’s $2,604 membership costs for last year.

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published August 10, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Every weekend, Nelson Mayes does the same thing. He sits in a worn pink chair, peering at a computer propped up on a TV tray, researching old things.

Mayes has an eye for antiques. He always has, since he was a boy growing up on Detroit’s east side, where he had a rough childhood that he says helped prepare him for the difficulties in starting a business.

“There has been some struggles with the way our economy has been, and I really haven’t made any money, but I’ve always wanted to do this,” he says.

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Published July 27, 2011

ROSEVILLE — A tiny woman with a cheerful, booming voice held a picture book in front of her, while leaning over so all the children could see.

She asked, “And who do you think this is? It’s someone that we love very much. We love our mommies and daddies, and who else do we love?”

A girl sitting in a row of chairs behind the story time carpet answered, “Grandma?”

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published July 1, 2011

EASTPOINTE — It’s a sunny Saturday morning in June, and Suzanne Pixley is on her way to Eastern Market with friend Sue Young. It’s sort of a tradition with them — they go to Eastern Market, pick up some flowers, then on the way home they stop by On The Rise, a bakery run by ex-cons who learned baking and pastry-making skills while behind bars.

Being in a place run by rehabbed prisoners doesn’t startle Pixley. She’s been going there for a while now and knows many of the men who work there by name.

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Published June 13, 2011

EASTPOINTE — The Senior Housing Commission’s Valentine’s Day Dance is a resident favorite, but it has one drawback — there are way more women than men, leaving many of the senior ladies without anyone to dance with.

Well, until this year that is, when three of the teen boys from the Eastside Teen Outreach group showed up to woo the older gals on the dance floor.

That’s where the Eastpointe Rotary Club first met the outreach group.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 24, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The wall lists 2,654 men by name, rank, service and city. The books that line the table in front of it offer insights into just 2,200 of them with some detail on who they were, but mostly about how they died.

The men listed are Michigan soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The wall is a part of a traveling exhibit that memorializes the soldiers lost in the war and honors their service to the county with descriptions of their responsibilities during the war.

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Published May 18, 2011

Yes, Michigan.

This week is for celebrating, for embracing all the state has to offer. It’s Michigan Week, held annually since 1954. So raise your hand, point to your favorite spots in the state, and reflect. Whether it’s taking a fall color tour, hitting the links, lounging on the beach, crossing the Mackinac Bridge or heading downtown to catch a Red Wings game, there’s much to love about Michigan.

For many, it’s the lakes that cause residents to swell with pride.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 19, 2011

EASTPOINTE — “It feels so great to be here,” performer Kevin Lepine said from Las Vegas last week. “I’m living my dream as a Vegas headliner. It’s been a blast.”

For the past year, the 1993 East Detroit High School graduate has wowed crowds at the Harmon Theater inside Planet Hollywood in “Hypnosis Unleashed.” Every Thursday evening, the Sin City showman brings brave audience members on stage to perform funny antics while under his hypnotic spell.

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Published March 25, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Heartfelt messages from council members and city administration were shared at a recent council meeting as Roseville prepared to say goodbye to the dedicated employee whose financial expertise has helped keep the city afloat in a turbulent economic climate.

Pete Provenzano was, until March 25, the city controller for Roseville. On March 28, he started a new job as the director of finance for the county.

County Executive Mark Hackel appointed Provenzano to the position a few months ago but the deal was made final March 24.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 7, 2011

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — There’s a month every year when characters from books come to life at local elementary schools across the country.

It’s that time of year again: March is Reading Month is under way, and locally, schools in Eastpointe and Roseville are having a blast with a number of activities.

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