Kevin Bunch

Published December 20, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — At the end of 2013, local libraries have been busier than ever.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library has seen circulation numbers improve over the past year, following a drop in 2012, Director Carol Sterling said. That drop seems connected to financial constraints limiting how many new materials the library could purchase — constraints that vanished once voters passed the library millage in late 2012.

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Published December 19, 2013

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has set its annual daddy-daughter dance for Jan. 31 at Fraser’s Vintage House, with tickets already for sale.

Recreation Director Tony Lipinski estimated the dance has gone on for at least 20 years, and Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the dance has grown larger each year.

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Published December 18, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — While neither Roseville nor Eastpointe are facing down bankruptcy court, their proximity and inexorable connections to Michigan’s largest city means Detroit’s bankruptcy could have ripple effects outside city limits.

With a bankruptcy court giving the city the go-ahead to enter bankruptcy, Detroit has the authority to take a variety of steps to get on sound fiscal footing, which can include amending or canceling contracts to monetizing city assets.

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Published December 18, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe cut its expenses by $2.2 million between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, but the city is still facing financial challenges wrought from the recession five years ago, according to a financial report approved at the City Council meeting Dec. 3.

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Published December 18, 2013

EASTPOINTE — An exploding canister in Eastpointe proved to be the catalyst for the deputy fire chief to be named “Fire Inspector of the Year” by the Oakland-Macomb Fire Prevention Society.

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Published December 18, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County school officials are keeping an eye on the state’s new criteria for its Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) in case any schools in the county are absorbed into it.

The EAA was set up initially for the 2012-13 school year as what is effectively a statewide school district encompassing the lowest performing schools. According to the state’s website for the program, it was initially set up for Detroit schools and is now being expanded.

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Published December 18, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Members of the Knights of Columbus group in Roseville went above and beyond their annual Tootsie Roll drive to help out mentally handicapped children and adults this year.

Organizer and Vocation Chairman Joe Gomez said the group sponsored a Motown Revue concert in Warren, featuring the Prolifics, Oct. 18. The concert was set up to raise funds for the Parents Who Care bowling league and the St. Francis Camp on the Lake, two groups that help improve the quality of life for people with mental disabilities.

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Published December 13, 2013

Galeener

Charges against alleged serial bank robber Daniel Stacy Galeener have been dismissed in the 39th District Court as federal investigators take over the case.

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Published December 11, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe residents looking to get one of the red recycling carts for trash day may not have to wait much longer.

Rizzo Services, the waste disposal company serving the city, is working on improving the flow of carts to residents who want them, City Manager Steve Duchane said. He said the issues people have faced with getting the carts have come down primarily to the city having a more successful recycling program than Rizzo expected.

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Published December 11, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Local amateur radio operators, known colloquially as hams, want an exemption to Roseville’s height restriction on communications towers.

Around 30 hams filled Roseville City Hall Nov. 26 to propose an exemption to the City Council, as Roseville has an ordinance on the books that limits all communications towers to 25 feet — a height ham radio operators say is too short for their needs.

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Published December 11, 2013

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MACOMB COUNTY — Echoing the story of Icarus flying too close to the sun with wax wings, comet ISON, which astronomers thought at one time could be as bright as the full moon in the night sky, was wiped out during its closest approach to the sun.

Robert Berta, public outreach officer with the Warren Astronomical Society, said early on Dec. 2 that there may still be a bit left of the comet, which effectively is a clump of dirt and ice. Later in the day, however, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed it had burned away due to the sun’s heat.

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Published December 11, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Local seniors staying in assisted living facilities are still looking to help out other older members of the community through the American House Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign.

American House nursing facilities throughout the metro Detroit area — including Roseville’s American House East I and East II buildings — launched their campaigns Dec. 5 with tree-lightings.

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Published December 11, 2013

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit students will be able to feel a little more secure on their way to and from school after the holidays, as several community groups have teamed up for Project Safe Zone to give kids an opportunity to find a safe place if they feel threatened.

Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Danielle Bare said that, once implemented, students would know that any business, church or other public building featuring a special sticker on its window would be OK to enter for help.

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Published December 4, 2013

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Published December 4, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council unanimously voted to appoint Catherine Haugh to fill its vacant council seat Nov. 26.

Haugh, who was the previous city treasurer before choosing not to run for re-election, will fill out the remainder of former Councilman Mickey Switalski’s term, which expires in November 2015. She is scheduled to take the oath of office at the council’s Dec. 10 meeting.

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