Kevin Bunch

Published March 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — City officials are urging pet owners who let their dogs run off-leash in city parks to instead use the MiDog dog park, citing safety concerns.

Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren said that while she has yet to get resident complaints about dogs off-leash in city parks like Spindler or Kennedy personally, one of the park attendants in the summer months had brought it up.

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Published February 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High School has been running financial aid sessions to help educate students — and their parents — on how it works, what it can be used for, and how to apply for it.

East Detroit counselor Howard Weiner said the high school had been running a single-night session about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for well over a decade before expanding it to two nights a few years ago. Last year, the high school expanded the program again to three sessions, and this year’s third session concluded Feb. 10.

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Published February 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The annual State of the City address on Feb. 17 focused on positive news and events that took place in Eastpointe and East Detroit Public Schools during the past year, though the speakers noted upcoming challenges.

Mayor Suzanne Pixley said 2015 proved to be an important year for Eastpointe, and noted that at this time last year, officials were hoping voters would approve what she called one of the most important votes in the city’s history: a public safety millage through the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

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Published February 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The City Council’s effort to update the Eastpointe city logo has stalled after news that the design company Poggemeyer requested funding from the city to continue its work.

Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren gave council an update Feb. 16 during its regular meeting. She explained that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation had approached the city last April about a “rebranding” effort that would update the city logo.

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Published February 24, 2016

A pair of residents from Eastpointe, a Roseville-based auto shop and the Roseville High School-based Drive One program all have one thing in common: They are all bringing vehicles to show at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Howard Brisendein, of Eastpointe, is bringing his one-of-a-kind 1973 Buick Riviera GS, which was built as a special order for a General Motors Co. executive at the company’s old Flint plant. Instead of a standard Riviera interior, Brisendein said, this car has the interior of a Buick Electra 225.

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Published February 24, 2016

LANSING — State Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville, submitted a bill Feb. 9 to restrict the state’s fireworks law and provide local communities with more control over the times when fireworks are allowed.

Under Chirkun’s bill, fireworks could only be used on three holidays — Memorial Day, Independence Day and New Year’s Eve — as well as the day immediately before and after those occasions.

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Published February 16, 2016

Roseville Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a Comerica Bank at 27990 Gratiot Ave. during the morning Feb. 16.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said in an email that Richard Mckinney, 28, of Washington Township, was taken into custody without incident at around 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The arrest took place in Detroit.

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Published February 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Members of the Eastpointe City Council during its meeting Feb. 2 expressed discomfort with one of the proposals for the Regional Transit Authority plan for Gratiot Avenue.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A 10-week program currently ongoing in Roseville Community Schools is hoping to bring law enforcement and teenagers together to improve understanding and reduce conflict.

Dubbed the Tectonic Leadership program, it is the brainchild of Brenda Rosenberg, who previously has used a similar program of the same name to bring together the metro Detroit Jewish and Muslim communities to improve understanding and relations between the two.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Voters headed to the polls March 8 will have the chance to choose their preferred candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties’ presidential primaries, but Roseville residents also have a millage renewal to consider.

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Published February 15, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A teenager and three adults were arrested for allegedly trying to invade a home in Eastpointe Feb. 7, leading to a shot allegedly being fired at one of the victims.

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Published February 15, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Gov. Rick Snyder announced Feb. 2 that an academic CEO will be put in charge of four schools in the East Detroit Public Schools district.

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Published February 10, 2016

EASTPOINTE — After being dormant since 2012, the local variety show “Eastpointe Puts on the Ritz” will return March 12 at East Detroit High School.

“It’s composed of adults and kids,” said Suzanne Pixley, co-chairwoman and Eastpointe mayor. said. “It’s put on by the Eastpointe Community Chest Networking Forum, and (the majority) of the money raised is for scholarships for Eastpointe residents.”

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Published February 10, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council unanimously passed an industrial facility tax exemption certificate for Sigma Manufacturing Services during its regular meeting Feb. 2.

The certification for a tax abatement now goes to the State Tax Commission for final approval. If approved, Sigma’s local tax burden would be limited to its existing tax rates, plus half of the increased taxes due to the company’s investment, according to a memo from City Manager Steve Duchane. The other half of the taxes would be abated for 12 years.

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Published February 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The City Council during its regular meeting Feb. 2 asked design company Poggemeyer to return to the drawing board and come up with new city logo designs.

The City Council decided that none of the design company’s current proposals fit what council members want to see in a new logo, as the proposals involved little more than tweaks to the existing one. None of the proposals took into consideration the comments from public meetings, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco said.

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