Kevin Bunch

Published September 25, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A crowd gathered around the recreation center in Roseville Sept. 18 as the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded senior center wing.


Members of the RARE board, the staff, both city governments, the Roseville school board and state officials were all on hand for the ribbon cutting, and inside the center they had program information, music and a magic show.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit Board of Education voted 6-0 during its regular meeting Sept. 14 to reopen the East Detroit High School pool when administrators see fit.


The school district’s budget already included the cost of keeping the pool maintained and usable, so the district is not looking at any unexpected costs to do so. Financial consultant Mike Dixon said that the pool does need some repairs to the plumbing and cleaning before it can be used again. He estimated those could be done for less than $4,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council during its meeting Sept. 15 approved 4-0 a measure to put a proposed city charter amendment on the ballot next year, a change that the city’s finance director said could save thousands of dollars.


Finance Director Randy Blum said that the city will have to go through the process of renewing its public lighting special assessment in December 2016, where residents throughout the city help fund the cost of streetlights, as well as the changeover from older mercury vapor lights to energy-efficient LED ones.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Birds are already passing through metro Detroit on their way south for the winter, stopping off for food and water for journeys that, for some species, can take them all the way into South America. When they return — and what weather conditions await them — has become more variable than ever, however.


According to Julie Champion, manager of Lake St. Clair Metropark’s nature center, right now the biggest groups of birds going through are insect eaters like warblers and swallows, along with shorebirds and hummingbirds.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has a busy October scheduled for patrons looking for activities, with parties, trivia contests, talks and a media sale all on the horizon.


For teens, Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond said they have two movies planned. The first one will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and feature the film “Back to the Future.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The RoseFest committee is preparing to hold its planning meetings starting next month and has signed a three-year agreement with carnival midway company Wade Shows for future RoseFests.


According to City Manager Scott Adkins, the 2016 festival has been scheduled for June 16-19. The dates will be June 15-18 in 2017 and June 14-17 in 2018.


“We’re trying to stay consistent with that same second weekend (of June),” Adkins said. “Father’s Day does, of course, move depending on the calendar.”

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With a new school year come tweaks to the schools themselves, and while East Detroit and Roseville high schools may not have any drastic changes this time around, those changes that have been made should make an impact on students.


East Detroit High School Principal Scott Johnson said his school has added a career counselor this year — someone who will help students fill out applications for financial aid and prepare for post-secondary education or careers.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville High School marketing teacher has started a new program to encourage positive behavior in people through bracelets and the networking power of social media.


Jeff Verkeyn created MADE, or the Make A Difference Experiment, as a bracelet-tracking program that involves people giving away bracelets to others when they see helpful deeds in progress. Verkeyn formed a limited liability corporation to manufacture the bracelets, which are reminiscent of Livestrong bracelets.

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Published September 16, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Eastpointe Children’s Garden has aimed to be a pleasant space for kids to learn about art, gardening and pollinators. While the garden still gets its greenery maintained, the artwork has seen better days.


Mayor Suzanne Pixley said the garden originally came about around 2002 with a collaboration between the Downtown Development Authority, which still officially runs the garden, the Michigan State University Extension’s master gardener program and East Detroit Public Schools.

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Published September 15, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Though the price of oil has dropped substantially in the past year, the cost of doing road repairs and resurfacing, which typically uses oil-based products like asphalt, has increased.


Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner said the road construction estimates that the county has received this year are roughly 11-25 percent more than the department initially had expected.

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Published September 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — On Sept. 27, two lunar phenomena will take place during the same evening: a total lunar eclipse and a “supermoon,” which is when the moon’s orbit brings it to its closest approach to Earth.


A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon’s eccentric orbit takes it directly into the path of the Earth’s shadow. As long as skies are clear enough, this particular eclipse should make for an impressive sight in the evening hours, Wayne State University astrophysicist David Cinabro said.

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Published September 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The City Council during its meeting Sept. 1 unanimously backed an ordinance restricting pet sales in the city in an effort to push back against large-scale animal breeding operations.


Under the new ordinance, retail stores are prohibited from selling most dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits in the city, though they are allowed to continue adopting them out or selling animals bred on the premises.

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Published September 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A donation of East Detroit High School yearbooks to the Eastpointe Memorial Library has filled in gaps in the 1940s and in the 1960s-1980s in the library’s collection — a boon to people interested in research, nostalgia and history.


The yearbooks originally were from former East Detroit coach and administrator Ron Ruzzin, according to Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, who donated the books. The books range from 1947 to 1949, when Ruzzin was a student, and from 1968 to 1985, when he was on staff.

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Published September 9, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Amid impending cooling temperatures and the start of school days, the Roseville Public Library has unveiled its fall programming schedule for adults, teens and children.


Storytime sessions, crafts, robots and parties abound through December for kids and teenagers, according to Assistant Librarian Annamarie Lindstrom. The storytime sessions are scheduled to begin Sept. 25, she said, with sessions split into two four-week courses. The second is set for Oct. 30.

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