Kevin Bunch

Published December 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville ended its past fiscal year with an unexpected net gain to its financial accounts, according to auditors from Plante Moran.

The auditors gave the city an overall favorable opinion during their report at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. Auditor Beth Bialy said that while the city expected that it would have to delve into its general fund balance — essentially its rainy day fund — to help balance the budget for fiscal year 2014-15, it instead ended up adding money to the general fund balance.

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Published December 30, 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we at the Eastsider have decided to look back at this year’s biggest stories in the cities of Roseville and Eastpointe, along with some photographs of events throughout the year.

Deceased newborn found in Roseville recycling facility
Workers at the ReCommunity Recycling Center Jan. 14 discovered a dead newborn baby boy amid discarded materials.

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Published December 29, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools has expanded its preschool Great Start Readiness Program offerings, turning some of its half-day preschool sessions into full-day ones that run Monday through Thursday.

The district offered seven half-day programs at the start of the year, but in November changed that to two full-day programs and three half-day ones, according to Curriculum Director David Rice.

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Published December 22, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council unanimously approved the final step in replacing all of the city’s streetlights with energy-efficient LED lighting during the council’s meeting Dec. 15.

This is the fifth and final year of streetlight replacement in Roseville. City Manager Scott Adkins said the remaining 922 lights are found throughout the city in residential areas, with the largest concentrations south of 12 Mile Road and around Gratiot.

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Published December 22, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Fountain Elementary School students were honored in an assembly Dec. 10 for their work organizing a variety of community service projects since the start of the school year in September.

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Published December 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Members of the East Detroit Board of Education implored people to be kind and show “common decency” to one another, especially at this holiday time of year, during the board’s final regular meeting of 2015 on Dec. 14.

Trustee Jon Gruenberg said that for the previous couple of weeks, he had been thinking about the term “political correctness” and how he had noticed others considering it a badge of honor to not act in a politically correct way.

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Published December 17, 2015

A youth soccer coach from Roseville has been arrested and arraigned in the 39th District Court on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Jason Allen Niemasz, 33, of Roseville, was arrested Dec. 10, based on an incident that allegedly took place Nov. 14. According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, police received a report from a 12-year-old girl’s parents, who stated that Niemasz allegedly molested their daughter while she was a guest at Niemasz’s home.

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Published December 17, 2015

A 32-year-old Roseville man died when his car hit a tree during the early hours of Dec. 17.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, officers responded to a report of a one-car crash at 12 Mile Road and Congress at 1:17 a.m.

Shane Michael Caughey, of Roseville, was the sole person involved in the crash, police said. His 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo reportedly had left the roadway traveling westbound on 12 Mile Road and struck a tree.

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Published December 16, 2015

DETROIT — A jury trial date of Feb. 2 has been set in U.S. District Court for the man who allegedly robbed a TCF Bank in Roseville Nov. 21.

Martell Poindexter, 27, of Detroit, is facing felony charges of bank robbery by force or violence and violent crime. He was arraigned Nov. 23 and had a preliminary exam Dec. 7, where Poindexter allegedly refused to sign the acknowledgement of a “not guilty” plea.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Transportation is partnering with a consortium of private companies to replace aging or broken streetlights along the area’s major highways with new energy-efficient ones.

The Michigan Freeway Lighting Partners have contracted with MDOT in a public-private partnership, or P3, to finance and contract the replacement work. Over the next two years, those streetlights will be replaced along Interstates 94, 96, 75, 696 and 275 in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, MDOT spokesman Robert Morosi said, as well as M-10 and M-39.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Macomb Mall has brought back its food drive for a second year and added a coat and clothing drive to help Roseville students.

The food drive is running through Dec. 18, while the coat drive will continue until Dec. 31, according to Macomb Mall Marketing Manager Samantha Grosman. She said the mall has been in the community for more than 50 years, and as such, the managerial staff wanted to do something to give back. The mall partnered with the Macomb Food Program and Roseville Community Schools.

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Published December 15, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 for Roseville Middle School to get a full-time assistant principal, owing to the school’s sizable student population.

Jacob Mowinski has been serving in the role part time, Superintendent John Kment said, but due to an increase in the number of students, the building now needs a full-time assistant principal to keep up.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 during its regular meeting Dec. 7 to name Roseville High School’s weight room after the late Rex Corless, a teacher and coach at the school for 34 years.

Corless retired from the district in 1993 and died in 2008, according to Roseville High School Athletic Director Dennis Borse, but upon Corless’ death, his family established the Rex E. Corless Fund to help students in the school’s athletic programs. The fund helps pay for athletic gear or physicals.

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Published December 11, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Local bands, musicians and musical acts like the Tidal Waves, Amy Decker, the Epidemics and Blues Condition are all getting another day in the sun with a memorabilia display at the Roseville Public Library.

The display, put together by Wendy Clem, highlights musicians with some connection to Roseville from a variety of genres going back to the 1960s. Clem said the artists highlighted range in age today from their 20s to their 70s, and the display features everything from playbills to records to music magazines to instructions for bands playing at shows.

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Published December 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Motorists in Eastpointe will not be seeing members of the local Goodfellows organization on the streets selling papers to raise money for kids to get gifts at Christmas.

Instead, the organization is working with Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in the city to raise funds Dec. 15, according to Goodfellows member Harvey Curley. The move was made due to safety concerns with traffic, he said.

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