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Published September 20, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Students at East Detroit High School will be getting some additional support this year from AmeriCorps volunteers.

The group of eight young adults — all volunteers through AmeriCorps — are participating in the City Year program, where people volunteer in urban school districts, according to East Detroit Superintendent Joanne Lelekatch.

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Published September 18, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For the past few years, the Roseville Public Library has been holding programs designed to attract teenagers to its doors.

Youth Librarian Jason Novetsky said the teen nights started as a way to give kids in the city something fun to do, and as a way to draw them to the library for something they will enjoy.

“We get some kids we don’t usually see other times of the month, but they come for the activities,” Novetsky said.

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Published September 4, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Autumn is a time for going back to school, football, digging out those long sweaters and the start of the many fall programs that the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe offers.

Once again, there is a lot to choose from, and registration is currently underway for events and programs that range from longtime traditions, like the Big Bird Run, to hands-on activities for children.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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Published August 28, 2013

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Art Authority has sent a strong statement to those handling the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy: hands off the DIA.

During the most recent meeting of the Oakland County Art Authority Aug. 20, the five-member board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that would cancel their existing contract to financially support the Detroit Institute of Arts if the museum’s collection is affected by the city’s bankruptcy process.

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Published August 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE — This summer, 10 East Detroit High School students have been working on projects to benefit their school and community.

They are members of the school’s GM Student Corps, and beautifying courtyards on the school grounds, the athletic field and a city marquee have been assignments they finished this summer.

On Aug. 10, the students had another project on their hands: a food drive to benefit the food pantry at St. Veronica Church in Eastpointe. The drive was held on the school’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Published August 14, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Mike Holland has one goal in mind as fire chief, and that’s to continue making sure Roseville’s residents are safe.

He believes that education, prevention and vigilant focus on safety needs in the community are keys to the department’s success.

“What we’re trying to continue is providing the highest level of care and service for the citizens of Roseville,” Holland said. “That is something we start every day with.”

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Published August 12, 2013

By Sara Kandel

EASTPOINTE — Since it first opened its doors in Eastpointe almost three years ago, the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Museum has continued to grow with new exhibits, lecture series and events.

“Right now, we have reached the point where we are just barely self-sustaining,” said Museum founder Chris Causley. “Our next step is to continue to grow so we have enough funding to bring in new collections and expand.”

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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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