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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 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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Published November 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Lawyer-turned-expert-jazz-pianist Matthew Ball and acclaimed vocalist Emma-Lee Aboukasm are bringing a variety of jazz, blues, ragtime, swing and boogie-woogie to Harper Woods with a show on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The duo will perform with drummer Gary Stevens at 7 p.m. at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center of Wayne County Community College, located at 19305 Vernier Road in Harper Woods. How the two experts in jazz rose to the top of their field are very different stories, but both share a singular passion: putting on a great show.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Since 2006, community action group ARISE Detroit! has worked to build a sense of momentum and bring people together by helping them build up and improve the city of Detroit. 

One of the biggest steps the group takes each year is its annual Neighborhood Rising Summit every November. This one-day event features a variety of discussions, panels and classes to teach attendees how they can join or start initiatives to improve the community, or how an existing group can improve its effectiveness.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — There is a strong push to promote small businesses in metro Detroit, and one group is trying to promote that idea early with the Children’s Business Fair, which took place Oct. 15 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

This was the first time for the event, but the organizers are hoping to make it an annual occurrence. The Detroit event was organized by the Mackinac Center, which is a nonprofit organization that promotes education and public policy goals usually related to promoting free-market economics.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — One Detroit neighborhood group took a significant step this week toward its goal of turning the neighborhood into an example of revitalization.

The group is the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, and its members are working to improve the Osborn neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. For the last 10 years, the alliance has been working to change a community filled with blighted buildings and abandoned homes into a better place for families. 

The group took a big step in May when it opened a learning garden on Mapleridge Street. 

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Published November 2, 2016

Unless you’re blissfully unaware, you’ve probably heard by now that there’s a big election coming up next week.

Well, local clerks have heard too, and as the public officers charged with overseeing elections, they’ve been preparing for months for what’s expected to be a busy day at the polls.

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Published October 31, 2016

When people hear about post-traumatic stress disorder, they often immediately think of soldiers returning from war.

Yet for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, experts are trying to spread awareness that the condition can affect anyone who has suffered a shattering experience in their life — cancer being a very common example.

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Published October 31, 2016

There is no one way for people to confront a debilitating disease such as cancer.

One local breast cancer survivor, Suzanne St. John, found an outlet for the hardship and emotional turmoil that came out of her treatment through painting.

The pieces she created in recovery and in the years since were displayed by the Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream shop through the end of October.

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Published October 26, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Make a Difference Day may not be a household name yet, but this yearly day of service Oct. 22 hasn’t gone unnoticed by the students of Groves High School in Beverly Hills.

Starting last year, several of the students have taken on community projects in Detroit that aim to build up the community.

This year, the students planned to clean up, beautify and plant greenery at Detroit’s Stoepel Park to rehabilitate and beautify a community center in the city, and the plantings are designed to assist with water runoff.

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