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Published April 9, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has helped a veteran in Eastpointe get a new home.

Desert Storm Marine veteran Ben Wabich, his wife, Cindy, and their kids formally moved into the Habitat house on Beaconsfield March 29, after several months of preparation and construction. According to Dave Tirsell, faith relations manager with the Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, it was the first completely new building that the group has done in the city.

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Published April 9, 2014

EASTPOINTE — A three-alarm fire the night of March 29 at the 5 Star Food Center grocery store on Eight Mile in Eastpointe left the building destroyed, though no injuries were reported.

According to Eastpointe Fire Captain Jeff Scheuer, who was the incident commander on the scene, dispatch received multiple calls about the fire around 8:30 p.m., and when firefighters arrived, there were heavy smoke and flames already coming through the roof.

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Published April 9, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Roseville has released its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, and not only does the city not expect to dip into its general fund to balance the books, but it may be able to add a small number of police officers.

The city still is expecting a drop in taxable value again of roughly 1 percent — equivalent to $9 million — but City Controller Robert Cady said budget anticipated the drop and may partially offset it.

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Published April 8, 2014

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DETROIT — Police have started arresting suspects in the beating of Steven Utash, a Macomb County man with reported roots in Roseville and Clinton Township, as one Detroit resident was arraigned on the morning of April 8, two more were arraigned that afternoon, and another was arraigned April 10 on charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

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Published April 2, 2014

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Published April 2, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Local departments of public works officials are fighting to keep up with waves of potholes after one of the worst winters in years.

According to Roseville DPW Director Tom Aiuto, there have been more potholes on the roads every day, as moisture from melting snow gets into even the smallest cracks in the road, freezes, expands, and then “pops the concrete.” Once cars drive over those weak points, the holes just get worse.

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Published April 2, 2014

EASTPOINTE — Visitors to the Eastpointe Public Library in the near future may notice a new look when they step inside.

The Eastpointe City Council approved bids to replace the carpeting and repaint the walls in the public areas and front offices of the library, something that Library Director Carol Sterling said is long overdue.

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Published April 2, 2014

ROSEVILLE — A pair of Roseville Catholic parishes are merging with a neighboring one in Fraser, as of July 1.

Sacred Heart, St. Athanasius and Our Lady Queen of All Saints will be combining to form a new parish, St. Pio of Pietrelcina. The new parish will have one pastor, Grzegorz Rozborski. According to Joe Kohn, public relations spokesman with the Archdiocese of Detroit, the plan concludes the area’s portion of the archdiocese’s Together in Faith program.

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Published April 2, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Macomb County Green Schools Program named Roseville Middle School the top green school in the county during an awards ceremony March 26.

Under the program, there are three tiers of sustainability and environmentally sound practices for schools. The highest rank is evergreen, followed by emerald and then green.

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Published April 1, 2014

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education Treasurer Jon G. Gruenberg announced that, as of April 14, he would be stepping down from the school board.

Gruenberg, 26, who made the announcement during the school board’s March 31 meeting, said he recently completed a six-month course at a police academy and will be working for the Toledo Police Department. With his new schedule, he felt it would be too difficult to keep up with the school district’s business and his career.

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Published March 28, 2014

METRO DETROIT — While winter may have been harsher than it’s been in a long time, as Michigan thaws out, its usual springtime avian visitors and residents are on their way back.

The first wave of birds is already coming through, according to Rosann Kovalcik, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Grosse Pointe. She said waterfowl like ducks and sandhill cranes are generally among the first to show up, with raptors like eagles, falcons, owls and hawks following throughout April.

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Published March 26, 2014

EASTPOINTE — A group of East Detroit High School students has taken the first steps to become masters of machines with the school’s new robotics team.

The team already had its first meet in Center Line the weekend of Feb. 22-23 and made it to the quarterfinals, according to team coach and East Detroit conceptual physics teacher Kelli O’Connell. The club’s history does not stretch back very far, however.

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Published March 26, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council passed a pair of resolutions 4-0 during its regular meeting March 18 to set up a special assessment to fix sidewalks in the city.

The first resolution that council passed approved setting up the assessment district’s rolls, while the second arranged for a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 1 for affected people to ask questions or make comments. All present council members voted for it, with Mayor Suzanne Pixley absent.

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Published March 26, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Local kids are getting an opportunity to showcase their artwork at Macomb Mall’s Sears Court during April through the Project Art in Roseville organization.

Charlotte Boyd, a member of PAIR who has worked to put this showcase together, said it runs through April 30 and features artwork from all kids in kindergarten through eighth grade who are educated in Roseville — from the public and charter schools to those taught at home.

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Published March 21, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — While Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson may be trying to educate the masses about science in the new “Cosmos” show, local schools are working on educating kids using new technology and classic scientific methods.

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