Kevin Bunch

Published October 30, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council unanimously approved a citywide special assessment district Oct. 15, setting up the assessment in the process.

Financial Director Randy Blum said the assessment would help the city cover the cost of the streetlights throughout the city.

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Published October 30, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Optimist Club and the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe are planning the free “Rumblin’ Tumblin’ Pumpkin Rolldown” for the 11th straight year Nov. 1.

At 6 p.m. sharp, local children will roll their carved pumpkins down the sledding hill at Huron Park in Roseville. And pumpkins that don’t break by the end can be brought back to the top of the hill and rolled back down until they do finally smash.

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Published October 30, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — While both Roseville and Eastpointe have robust methods for dealing with blight issues, from broken-down buildings to tall grass and snow-covered sidewalks, city employees encourage assistance from the public to maximize their effectiveness.

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Published October 30, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Roseville was recommended for closure under a plan that should eventually merge Sacred Heart Church and the Fraser-based Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church.

According to Ned McGrath, director of communications with the Archdiocese of Detroit, the three parishes have been planning since 2011 for their futures.

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Published October 30, 2013

ROSEVILLE — On Oct. 21 and 22, the Roseville school board and City Council approved proclamations declaring January “Youth Art Month” in support of the annual public display of local kids’ artwork at Macomb Mall.

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Published October 30, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The parishioners of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Roseville spent Oct. 18 and 19 helping local people in need through the church’s annual clothing drive.

According to Roseville church member Layne Martin, the clothing giveaways started in 2011 when parishioners were interested in doing a project for the community at large. The church’s leadership thought a clothing drive was a good idea and set about making it happen.

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Published October 28, 2013

Three suspects were arrested in connection with two armed robberies that occurred in Roseville Oct. 25, and if convicted, they could face up to life in prison.

Ryan Bluestein, 23, and Tanyesha Bell, 18, of Clinton Township, and Louis Berry, 21, of Detroit, are each facing five counts of armed robbery, an associated five counts of felony firearm, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and one count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

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Published October 23, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe (RARE) unanimously agreed on a plan to expand the recreation center on Sycamore Street during its Oct. 10 meeting.

According to RARE Director Anthony Lipinski, the estimated $3.8 million project, as agreed upon, would expand the fitness room, the small gym, the game room and the computer room. It also would add a senior office, a private meeting room for veterans groups and other organizations to use, a senior drop-in room with restrooms and a kitchenette, and a senior gathering room.

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Published October 23, 2013

EASTPOINTE — A small group of protesters concerned about genetically engineered foods staged a march against agricultural company Monsanto Oct. 12 on Gratiot Avenue and Stephens Road.

The March Against Monsanto in Eastpointe was just one of several protests staged across the country opposing the seed giant, which has a research division working on making crops that are more resistant to pests and more nutritious.

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Published October 23, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The annual Big Bird Run through Roseville returns for its 35th year Nov. 10 with the aim of raising money for Eastpointe- and Roseville-based community organizations.

According to Anthony Lipinski, Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe director, the run will follow the same route as in past years for its one-mile, 4k and 10k courses — starting from the recreation center on Sycamore Street, participants will head toward Gratiot Avenue and split off on different streets.

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Published October 23, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Doug Trocino, who with his wife, Deena, is the co-founder of the Eastside Teen Outreach organization, is planning a “Ride to Hell” Oct. 30-31 as a way to show solidarity for the kids who come to the center.

Doug will be riding his bicycle 120 miles to Hell, Mich., and back over the course of two days, with the goal of returning to Eastpointe in time for Halloween evening.

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Published October 18, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Students in the Roseville public elementary schools have the chance to name the Roseville Police Department’s new K-9 cop.

According to Police Chief James Berlin, the current K-9 cop, Kato, is nearing the end of his career and will retire in the spring to become his handler’s pet dog. Officer Brian Dobrzycki is Kato’s handler.

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Published October 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — East Detroit Public Schools saw more students than the district projected, and Roseville Community Schools counted about as many students as expected Oct. 2 when school districts across the state held their student count day.

School districts in Michigan receive state funding for each pupil. To determine student numbers, a count day is held in October, with a second one in February.

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Published October 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe resident with some unusual animals has been given an ultimatum under a city ordinance: get rid of his chickens, or face a fine and/or possible jail time.

Elmer Hurd currently owns five chickens — three hens and two roosters — and has kept them in his yard as a source of fresh eggs. However, an Eastpointe city ordinance expressly forbids residents from keeping chickens and other poultry on their property.

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Published October 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is planning a Halloween Trick or Treat Trail from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 26.

According to authority Special Events Coordinator Frank Heinrich, local individuals, businesses and organizations are setting up booths at the Veterans Memorial Park so kids can come through and get candy in a safe environment.

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