Kevin Bunch

Published October 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The principal and a fifth-grade teacher at Connor Creek Academy East in Roseville have each been selected as finalists in their respective categories for statewide charter school honors.

Principal Karen Smith has been named one of five finalists for the Michigan charter school administrator of the year award through the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). Teacher Kristen Allen is one of the five finalists for the MAPSA Michigan charter school teacher of the year award.

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Published October 11, 2013

ROSEVILLE — City officials and volunteers unveiled the Roseville Fallen Heroes Memorial Oct. 6 on the north side of City Hall.

The event featured an honor guard of police and firefighters, a bagpiper and appearances from Mayor John Chirkun, Police Chief James Berlin and Fire Chief Mike Holland.

Bob Woonton, a firefighter with Roseville and the man who spearheaded the project, said that though construction started in June, the ball started rolling on the memorial about two and a half years ago, when he had finished work on the Macomb County Fallen Heroes memorial.

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Published October 9, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The state’s new academic scorecard program, used to determine what shape schools are in, is “rigged” and inaccurate, according to Macomb Intermediate School District Chief Academic Officer Judy Pritchett.

Pritchett said the scorecard uses five colors to indicate the strength of the school, ranging from green to lime, yellow, orange and red. How the system arrives at those conclusions is what concerns her.

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Published October 9, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe is going to have three ballot proposals for its voters to decide in the November election, and all of the proposals aim to narrow the city’s budget hole.

The first proposal increases the maximum-allowed mills the city can collect on a regular basis from 15 mills to 20 mills. City Manager Steve Duchane said the city currently collects 12.17 mills, plus an additional 7 mills in a special levy, for a total of 19.17 mills. A single mill is $1 for each $1,000 of taxable value.

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Published October 9, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The East Brooke Commons will be hosting the annual harvest festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19.

According to Randy Lewis, Eastpointe Lions Club member and one of the festival’s lead organizers, the harvest festival does not have any major changes from previous years, but he still expects it to be a good time for attendees.

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Published October 9, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The state designated Fountain Elementary School in Roseville as a focus school, signifying that the school is dealing with a large achievement gap between students.

According to a report by the Michigan Department of Education, focus schools are defined as having the largest achievement gaps in the state between the top 30 percent of students and the bottom 30 percent, using an average from the students’ standardized test scores from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program and Michigan Merit Exam.

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Published October 9, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The anti-domestic violence organization Handbags of Hope held an awareness party Oct. 1 in a bid to gear up for the “paint the town purple” event it is running Oct. 16.

The party provided attendees the chance to pick up purple ribbons, car decorations and posters to help bring more visibility to the fact that October is domestic violence awareness month. Attendees could also connect with resources for victims and talk to survivors.

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Published October 4, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The Halfway Historic Schoolhouse received some needed attention Sept. 28 from members of the Eastpointe Lions Club.

“We’re repairing the walkways and the ramps at the old school house on Nine Mile Road ” Eastpointe Lions Vice President Sonny Eplin said. “There’s an old wooden walkway in there that’s rotted.”

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Published October 2, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit school board is taking steps to speed up communication with parents following a drill Sept. 20 that led to confusion and rumormongering.

Superintendent Joanne Lelekatch announced that the district will be implementing the “School Connect” program, where parents will be able to provide a cellphone number to receive a mass text whenever the school has a major announcement, such as a snow day or early dismissal.

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Published October 2, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council approved a 10-year tax abatement for new equipment at ReNu Wireless on Gratiot Sept. 24.

According to Mike Connors, the administrator of the Roseville Community & Economic Development Department, the abatement is a “win-win” for the city and the business, as the abatement only applies to new investments on the property. The abatement means that ReNu will only have to pay half the taxes it normally would on these new personal property investments, so it saves money while still bringing the city additional revenue.

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Published October 2, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Senior Services is holding four health outreach days throughout the county starting in October to help people get vaccines and preventative health exams.

The county has held these outreach days for more than a decade as a way to make sure the elderly are able to access those services locally, according to Kristin Ledford, community relations person with the Office of Senior Services.

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Published October 2, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council unanimously accepted a grant to hire six new firefighters for the city for a period of two years during its meeting Sept. 24.

The $1,031,154 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was awarded to the city in early September, and City Manager Scott Adkins said it fully funds the normal wages and benefits for six firefighters starting in November and running through Nov. 29, 2015. It will not cover uniforms or overtime, he said.

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Published October 2, 2013

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Published September 27, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — While the cost of materials and reduced revenues have limited the kind of roadwork municipalities can do, Eastpointe and Roseville have made inroads where they can.

Mary Van Haaren, director of development, public works and services at Eastpointe, said the city recently has finished a pavement reconstruction project on Almond Avenue from Nine Mile to Norton Road: an 800-foot stretch.

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Published September 26, 2013

A Roseville police officer was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Sept. 16 as part of a probe into steroid and performance-enhancing drug abuse.

Officer Gregory Moore was arraigned in 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores Sept. 24 on two counts of felony drug possession and one count of maintaining a drug house.

“Each of those are four-year felonies,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said.

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