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Brendan Losinski

C&G Staff Reporter – Eastsider and Advertiser Times


Staff Writer Brendan Losinski covers Eastpointe, Roseville, Harper Woods and Northeast Detroit. Brendan has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and graduated from Oakland University.

Published November 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Each year, students from several school districts across the Detroit area take part in a religious diversity program that visits various places of worship belonging to different faiths.

The goal is to promote education, understanding and unity.

The visits are organized by the Detroit Interfaith Leadership Council, which works to promote interfaith understanding through connection, education and conciliation. The council uses tours and classes and coordinates between different faiths and institutions.

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Published November 21, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety is investigating a murder and suicide that reportedly occurred the morning of Nov. 20.

A 911 call was received shortly before 10:30 a.m. reporting shots at a home on Riverside Drive, near Evergreen and 14 Mile Road. A woman in her early 50s was found shot to death inside, and her alleged shooter, also in his early 50s, was found with what reportedly appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Published November 21, 2016

FRANKLIN — Piñatas for Christmas? It may not sound like a natural match, but the Franklin Public Library will be leading a class to teach people how to make their own festive, holiday-themed piñatas filled with Christmas treats.

The class will teach attendees how to make trinket boxes in a variety of shapes and styles and fill them with treats.

The program will be led by Helene Dupris-Bonafoux, a Troy resident who created prettylollie.com, a craft site with various crafts and do-it-yourself projects.

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Published November 16, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The all-girls Marian High School and the all-boys Brother Rice High School, both in Bloomfield Hills, are teaming up once more for their fall play.

This year, it will be the family comedy “Leaving Iowa.”

First performed in 2004 at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, “Leaving Iowa” is the story of the Browning family as they look back on a trip the four of them took 30 years ago.

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Published November 16, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — For those looking to learn something new, Next in Birmingham is presenting its ongoing speaker series on a variety of historical, educational and informational topics.

Next’s primary goal is acting as a senior activity and resource center for the Birmingham community; however, it invites anyone interested to attend these events.

The speaker series began in 2015 and is given weekly. Each speaker discusses a different topic that organizers hope the audience finds to be fun, fascinating and informative.

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Published November 16, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Many people assume kids simply know how to play games by nature. However, some educators say students who never learn how to play games in a structured environment at a young age can have gaps in their interpersonal skills. 

Beacon Elementary School in Harper Woods is working to ensure each of its students gets that chance and has some fun in the process. In 2015, the school began taking part in the Playworks program, in which kids learn to play a variety of outdoor games and sports with accompanying themes of teamwork and sportsmanship.

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Published November 16, 2016

DETROIT — It’s not every day that an order of Catholic friars hosts a party at a brewery, but that’s exactly what the leaders of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit are doing. They are inviting all millennials with a passion for helping others to their School Night Out event.

The social get-together is designed for people ages 21-35. At the event, attendees can chat, learn about various charitable projects in the Detroit area and have a fun evening.

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Published November 16, 2016

DETROIT — The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit hosted its 44th annual Support Our Capuchin Kitchen fundraiser event Oct. 21 and, as part of the event, auctioned off nine one-of-a-kind works of art created by employees at the General Motors Design Center in Warren.

The Support Our Capuchin Kitchen fundraiser is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. More than 800 people attended, and all the proceeds went toward supporting the kitchen. The event was chaired and hosted by Alicia Boler Davis, GM’s executive vice president of global manufacturing.

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Published November 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Six Harper Woods High School students will be honored by the Downtown Detroit Optimist Club at an upcoming ceremony to highlight outstanding students.

The event is called the annual Youth Appreciation Luncheon and it will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Sinbad’s Restaurant and Marina.

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Published November 10, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Residents and officials agreed that, regardless of which candidates won or which issues were approved, Election Day in Harper Woods moved forward smoothly and without any major incidents.

The Grosse Pointes-Harper Woods NAACP branch put forth several programs in the weeks leading up to the election, including talking about various ballot issues, educating the public on their voting rights and resources, and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

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Published November 9, 2016

Birmingham residents went to the polls to renew Birmingham Public Schools’ operating millage by a margin of 25,422 votes to 7,931 Nov. 8.
The measure consists of a levy of up to 10.9236 mills — or just over $10.92 for every $1,000 of taxable property value per year — on nonresidential properties, and 8.4951 mills — or just over $8.49 for every $1,000 of taxable property value per year — on residential properties. The millage will be in place until 2021.

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Published November 9, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For those who keep an ear out for fine music, University of Michigan graduate student Zachary Ragent will be appearing Sunday, Nov. 13, at Christ Church Cranbrook.

The 26-year-old violinist will be performing a variety of chamber music, a sub-genre of classical music which is often described as being more intimate, as it originated out of the salon culture of 19th-century Europe. The event is being hosted by the Cranbrook Music Guild.

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Published November 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It may seem like 5 years old is a little young to start training to be a doctor, but the kids at Quarton Elementary in Birmingham would beg to differ.

Quarton is one of several schools in metro Detroit to take part in the Little Medical School after-school program. It teaches students in grades as young as kindergarten the basics of what doctors do and how being a doctor works.

The program is six weeks long and meets once a week. The one at Quarton is led by Nicole Matoian, a former elementary school teacher who specializes in science and math.

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Published November 8, 2016

Harper Woods residents went to the polls Nov. 8 and made their voices heard on two local issues: the Harper Woods Board of Education and the renewal of the Harper Woods Public Library’s operating millage.

Six candidates ran for three four-year terms on the Harper Woods school board. Voters brought back incumbents Tabithia Mahone and Regina Williams, and they added newcomer Tianna Spencer. Mahone received 1,033 votes, Williams received 1,534 and Spencer received 1,579.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Crowds gathered at the Detroit Riverwalk Oct. 22 for the commissioning of a U.S. Navy ship with a special connection to the city: its name. 

The event marked the official commissioning of the USS Detroit, the newest ship to enter into the United States’ naval fleet. Following the ceremony, its complement embarked on their first orders as members of the crew. It is a rarity for a ship to ever travel to its namesake city.

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