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Published April 25, 2014

EASTPOINTE — Local “Jeopardy!” viewers over the course of April 9-17 might have recognized the multiple-time champion on the television quiz show from around town.

Sandie Baker won six games and competed seven times overall, winning a total of $140,200 at the end of her run. The Eastpointe woman is a longtime fan of the show and took the online test, then participated in mock games during an audition in Detroit before being asked to compete.

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Published April 23, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville school district is expecting a drop in school test scores as it moves to the more rigorous and different Common Core testing standards next spring.

The school board received a presentation April 14 about the controversial curriculum standards, which more than 40 states have adopted. According to Mark Blaszkowski, curriculum director at the school district, the fact that standards are so widespread has given states and local districts a lot more options on purchasing materials.

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Published April 23, 2014

ROSEVILLE — A new Roseville summer schooling program could help elementary school students get a leg up on their studies.

Assistant Superintendent Michael LaFeve said the district would be offering full instructional days for six weeks in July and August at Steenland Elementary School. The classes are open to all students who were in kindergarten through fifth grade in not only Roseville, but all Macomb County schools.

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Published April 23, 2014

ROSEVILLE — More Roseville seniors could get scholarships from the school following this year’s 5k Dream Dash run/walk May 17.

The run/walk is being put together by the Roseville Scholarship Foundation as a way to increase the number of scholarships it is able to give out. According to one of the event organizers, Diane Rogers, this would be the third major fundraising event the organization puts on for the year.

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Published April 23, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe public safety millage will be back before voters during the Aug. 5 primary election, following the City Council’s ballot language approval April 15. According to officials, a failure to renew the millage could have major consequences for the city.

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Published April 23, 2014

METRO DETROIT — In the years since the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been underway, conditions in the lakes and the associated waterways have improved, according to officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Published April 22, 2014

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DETROIT— A 36th District Court judge has found sufficient cause to send the four men charged in the April 2 mob assault of Steven Utash to circuit court, following a preliminary hearing April 21.

Detroit residents Bruce Wimbush, 17, James Davis, 24, Wonzey Saffold, 30, and Latrez Cummings, 19, were each bound over to the circuit court on the felony charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Their arraignment there is scheduled for April 28.

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Published April 21, 2014

DETROIT — A 16-year-old suspect in the beating of Steven Utash, a Macomb County man reportedly with roots in Roseville, was arraigned April 12 on charges of ethnic intimidation and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

The teenager, whose name is being withheld due to being charged as a juvenile, will have a jury trial June 23 at the Lincoln Hall of Justice in Detroit. Attorney Soloman Radner is representing him.

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Published April 16, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe (RARE) is giving local kids a chance to showcase their baseball and softball skills when it holds a Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition May 3.

Set to take place at the Eastpointe Memorial Park starting at noon, the event will see boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 — as of July 17, 2014 — participate in the three named events, according to RARE Youth Sports Coordinator Frank Heinrich.

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Published April 16, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — While Detroit struggles to recoup millions from its high water delinquency rate, local communities feel that their own rates are not excessively high.

Roseville Department of Public Services Director Tom Aiuto said that a report put together in mid-March showed that his city had a water delinquency rate of 11.2 percent, or about 1,600 accounts.

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Published April 16, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The man who allegedly drove off with a construction saw while dragging a worker down Eight Mile Road now has a preliminary examination set for 8 a.m. April 30 at the 38th District Court.

Anthony Reynolds, of Eastpointe, was arrested March 25 and had his examination date initially set for April 8. He was arraigned on charges of larceny, assault with intent to murder, and felony possession of illegal narcotics. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

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Published April 11, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Relay For Life of Roseville-Eastpointe is returning for its 10th year June 7-8, and organizers are hoping to match last year’s fundraising amount for the American Cancer Society.

According to Survivor Chairperson Cheryl Kowalczyk, Roseville’s Veterans Memorial Park will be hosting the 24-hour event once more as cancer survivors, caregivers and people in the community come together to walk the track and raise money.

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Published April 9, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council is looking at a potential development of town houses on Nine Mile Road at its next council meeting April 15.

The project, called Grafton Townhomes by its developer, Community Housing Network, of Troy, is located on the former Oakwood Middle School property. It would see 48 housing units constructed potentially this year if all approvals go through, according to City Manager Steve Duchane.

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Published April 9, 2014

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — A school in the 1980s and the story of Cinderella have one thing in common this spring: both are going to be musicals put on by local students.

East Detroit High School will be running “Totally Awesome ’80s!” May 2-3, while Roseville High School has scheduled Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” for April 24-26.

East Detroit drama teacher Catherine Harr said that this is the first time the school has used the ‘80s-themed play, and that the students had voted to use it over two other options.

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Published April 9, 2014

EASTPOINTE — Without substantive changes to local funding on the legislative level, Eastpointe will need to begin transitioning to smaller police and fire budgets over the next fiscal year, City Manager Steve Duchane said during his budget proposal presentation April 1.

The proposed budget would require digging into the city general fund to balance the books, he said, as the city simply cannot bring in enough funding to cover its current level of safety services and retiree costs without changes, on the state level, to the city charter.

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