Kevin Bunch

Published November 18, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Unless the pipe has burst or the water line is damaged, sewers are rarely at the forefront of people’s minds. But these largely invisible pieces of infrastructure are an important — and easily overlooked — piece of our modern cities.

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Published November 17, 2015

LANSING — While Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the state Legislature seem pleased with the road funding package signed into law Nov. 10, local leaders are cynical regarding whether it will provide any helpful financing to deal with crumbling infrastructure.

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Published November 16, 2015

The recent Canadian election saw the Liberal Party come to power with new ministers and officials, but the government has not yet announced plans to change its timetable for a decision on the proposed Kincardine nuclear waste site near Lake Huron.

“Essentially, we do have a new minister of the environment as of Nov. 4, and the status of the environmental assessment is that the decision is due Dec. 2,” said Lucille Jamault, communications manager from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

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Published November 15, 2015

WARREN — Students from across Macomb County schools were invited to a diversity summit held at Macomb Community College Nov. 5 to help learn about other cultures and how to work together effectively.

Roseville Community Schools sent eight students from Roseville Middle School and another seven from Eastland Middle School; East Detroit High School also had a group of eight students attend the event.

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Published November 13, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A new grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation will not only help Roseville repair Edison Drive in an industrial part of town, but under the terms of the grant, MST Steel, located along that road, will hire more people and invest more into its property.

According to a press release from MDOT, the transportation economic development fund grant provides $1 million to completely reconstruct the road, with the remaining estimated $516,322 cost being covered by the city.

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Published November 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Floppy disks, videotapes and books all have one thing in common — without proper preservation, the materials are going to degrade and become useless.

Image files, text documents and other files typically found on computers, compact discs and old floppies may seem like they would be relatively easy to preserve compared to old books and photographs, but they come with their own challenges, according to University of Michigan Digital Preservation Librarian Lance Stuchell.

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Published November 11, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Starting in October, Roseville High School students have been offered a new after-school club dedicated to engineering, science and technology.

Dubbed the Roseville Engineering, Science and Technology club, or REST, the group has had about 35 kids sign up through three weeks to help build a remote-controlled car and underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV. Co-founder and science teacher Robert Smitka said the response has been “outstanding.”

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Published November 11, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is disputing sentences handed down by Judge Carl Gerds in the 38th District Court in which the judge allegedly sentenced people to pay fines or go to jail without assessing whether or not they could pay the fines.

Michael J. Steinberg, legal director for the Michigan ACLU, said they want the Macomb County Circuit Court to take “superintending control” of Gerds’ sentencing practices, a written order that would force Gerds to adjust how he sentences.

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Published November 11, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A new center for women in Eastpointe is interested in helping pregnant women in the area, especially teen girls, with classes, supplies and, eventually, residences.

Called Gianna House, the center is operated by Roman Catholic Sisters Theresa Mayrand, the associate director, and Diane Masson, the executive director. Masson said the idea first came to her six years ago, when she was trying to find a need going unsatisfied in a local community.

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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 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 3, 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, alongside newcomer Charles Frontera.

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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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