Kevin Bunch

Published September 25, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Some voters in Roseville may find themselves in new voting locations this November, following a bid by the city Clerk’s Office to combine precincts.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved the precinct consolidation in a special meeting Aug. 20, following a recommendation from the city’s Election Commission.

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Published September 25, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — The large number of birds stopping in Macomb County on their way south for the winter makes for an excellent opportunity for those interested in wildlife.

Julie Champion, director of the Lake St. Clair Metropark’s nature center, said the Macomb County area, and the park in particular, is a frequent stopover for migrating birds because of the waterfront.

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Published September 25, 2013

Thomas Joseph Gulas

ROSEVILLE — A 77-year-old woman has been hospitalized in critical condition following reports that she had been beaten in a hotel parking lot Sept. 18.

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Published September 25, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The free breakfast and lunch program hosted by the Erin Presbyterian Church in Roseville shut its doors Aug. 23 due to financial problems, though organizers hope to find a new home for the program soon.

Cheryl Becigneul, founder and executive director of the Macomb Feeding the Need program, said its electrical, heating and paper product costs were simply too great at the Erin church for the program or the church to cover. A message was left seeking comment from a church representative.

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Published September 25, 2013

EASTPOINTE — From a young age, Henry Gusa knew he wanted to go into the ministry.

Now, the 34-year-old pastor reaches people across the world through his Internet television program, Faith Friday, on the online television multi-channel hub The Godly Network (TGN).

“We put him on our independent television network and placed him on TV,” said Roger Mills, owner of TGN and executive producer of Faith Friday. “He’s cleaning house. He had people watching from all over the world.”

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Published September 23, 2013

A Roseville man threatening to jump off the Barkman Street overpass of Interstate 696 caused the closure of all interstate lanes during the morning of Sept. 23 until emergency personnel were able to get him down.

According to a Roseville Police Department press release, the man was despondent over health issues and was threatening to commit suicide for about 45 minutes until a crisis negotiator was able to convince him to let firefighters from Eastpointe and Roseville get him down.

The man was taken to a local hospital for observation, the release said.

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Published September 20, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Students at East Detroit High School will be getting some additional support this year from AmeriCorps volunteers.

The group of eight young adults — all volunteers through AmeriCorps — are participating in the City Year program, where people volunteer in urban school districts, according to East Detroit Superintendent Joanne Lelekatch.

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Published September 20, 2013

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A 77-year-old woman has been hospitalized in critical condition following reports that she had been beaten in a hotel parking lot Sept. 18.

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Published September 18, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville city council voted unanimously at its meeting Sept. 10 to set up a public hearing at its next regular meeting Sept. 24 to discuss the possibility of giving ReNu Wireless a tax abatement on equipment for its planned technology recycling facility.

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Published September 18, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The Forest Park and Crescentwood elementary schools have both achieved green ratings under the state’s accountability scorecard rankings — the highest honors available.

According to Crescentwood Principal Sue Miller, this is also the first year both schools were eligible to be ranked under the scorecard system. As both schools are kindergarten-through-second-grade buildings, the scores are mainly based off of former students who have gone on to third grade, and their subsequent Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test scores.

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Published September 18, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For the past few years, the Roseville Public Library has been holding programs designed to attract teenagers to its doors.

Youth Librarian Jason Novetsky said the teen nights started as a way to give kids in the city something fun to do, and as a way to draw them to the library for something they will enjoy.

“We get some kids we don’t usually see other times of the month, but they come for the activities,” Novetsky said.

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Published September 18, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The 42nd annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner is set for Sept. 30 with a new group of about 20 businesses and individuals to be honored.

According to Danielle Baer, executive director for the chamber, the event lets the organization highlight some of the people who contribute greatly to the community.

“It’s a way to honor citizens and businesses in the community that give back a lot to the community,” Baer said.

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Published September 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A group of 30 U.S. Air Force recruits volunteered their time with Macomb Habitat for Humanity Sept. 11 to set up houses — one on Kershaw and another on Oakdale — as part of the National Day of Service.

Michael Terenzi Jr., marketing manager with Macomb Habitat for Humanity, said the recruits were volunteering as part of the Brush with Kindness program that the organization started three years ago, which primarily serves veterans or active-duty servicemen and women.

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Published September 12, 2013

The Roseville Fire Department has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire up to six new firefighters, or retain existing ones.

Fire Chief Mike Holland said now the City Council needs to accept the $1,031,154 grant and determine if it will be used for new hires, to prevent layoffs, or possibly both. Given that to seek out the grant in the first place required council approval, he anticipates that the money will be accepted.

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