Sara Kandel

Published February 5, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Fire Department is investigating a suspicious fire that broke out at a liquor store on Nine Mile Road around 5 a.m. Jan. 25.

Trucks from Detroit Arsenal and the St. Clair Shores, Warren and Roseville fire departments all responded to the scene to assist Eastpointe with the two-alarm fire at Liquor Land, located on Nine Mile Road, between Kelly and Gratiot.

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Published February 5, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A suspect brandishing what appeared to be a can of mace robbed a Rite Aid in Roseville at 4:50 a.m. Jan. 28.

The suspect entered Rite Aid, located at the corner of Gratiot and Frazho, and picked out a tube of toothpaste before proceeding to the register, where he handed the cashier a note demanding money.

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Published February 5, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With approximately 200,000 books at the main branch alone, the Farmington Community Library has something for everyone.

From staff picks to book club favorites and aisles of shelves filled with fiction and nonfiction reads, the library boasts a collection of some of the best books for readers of all levels and interests, and the librarians who keep the collection growing year after year know a thing or two about good reads.

Here are a few of their favorites for adults, teens and children.

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Published January 31, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Police Chief James Berlin saved the two youngest recipients for last at a citizen and police awards ceremony held during the regular City Council meeting Jan. 22.

Chester Staniszewski is only 8 years old; his brother Daniel is 6 years old. Chester received the citizens medal of valor for his role in saving his own life and his brother’s after the car they were in was carjacked this past fall.

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Published January 31, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Beginning with the closure of the Eastpointe store Jan. 31, Morley chocolate will be much harder to find in the future.

“We wanted to push the Sanders brand because it is a lot more well-known and we are trying to grow and expand,” said Brian Jefferson, CEO of Morley Candy Maker/ Sanders.

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Published January 31, 2013

ROSEVILLE — On Jan. 22, the parking lot outside Roseville City Hall was packed.

The crowd filled the seating area inside City Council chambers and spilled out to the back of the room, where small groups stood huddled behind the last row of chairs.

Police officers and firefighters lined the rear wall, and when Mayor John Chirkun called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., a few of them, dressed in pressed navy blue suits, stepped forward.

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Published January 31, 2013

EASTPOINTE — There was just something about Eastpointe.

They weren’t sure exactly what it was; perhaps it was the small-town charm or its potential to grow into a happening place, but when Felisia Newby and W.D. Ryan made the decision to open complementary businesses, they just knew Eastpointe was where they wanted them.

“I used to travel through Gratiot from 696 to Eight Mile to commute to work,” Ryan said. “I probably traveled it for five years and I just fell in love with this area.”

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Published January 30, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority hosted a group of community leaders, residents and business owners for a visioning summit at the Costick Center Jan. 23.

The purpose of the summit was to gain community feedback on the Grand River corridor, which stretches from Eight Mile to Power Road.

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Published January 29, 2013

The husband of a local businesswoman who was found shot to death in their home Jan. 26 faces a murder charge. 

Christina Lazzana-Webster, the 33-year-old co-owner of Big Top Popcorn, was found dead in her home with a gunshot wound Jan. 26. Her husband, Anthony Webster, 45, is accused in her killing. According to the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office, Lazzana-Webster was shot in the chest.

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Published January 28, 2013

A family was robbed at gunpoint in their home in the 27000 block of Blum Street during the late evening Jan. 22.

The family was home watching TV when the armed robbers kicked in the side door of their home and approached the family with handguns drawn.

“They were just sitting there relaxing on a Tuesday evening when the two suspects kicked in the door and, both wielding handguns, confronted the family and demanded the keys to the family’s car,” said Police Chief James Berlin. “They took the keys, got in the car and immediately fled the area.

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Published January 25, 2013

Whether your looking for a sci-fi adventure, a classic masterpiece or a thrilling page-turner, the Sterling Heights Public Library has it all, from picture books to 1,000-page novels and everything in between.

And the librarians there took the time to suggest a few of their favorites for readers of all ages.

Picks for Adults
One of the most popular books this year is Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” a page-turner that doesn’t let up on the twists and turns until the very end.

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Published January 23, 2013

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority and the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills are seeking residents’ feedback as the process of drafting a vision plan for the corridor begins.

Residents from both cities are invited to attend the Grand River Visioning Summit Jan. 23, where residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the Grand River improvement project and work in small groups to generate ideas for the corridor and identify potential challenges to its redevelopment.

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Published January 23, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe officials spoke of difficult times but kept a positive outlook during the annual State of the City address Jan. 14.

Held at Eastpointe Manor, the event, which is presented by the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, was attended by a few dozen dignitaries from the city, county and state, as well as local business owners. They gathered for a review of the past year and a forecast of the new one.

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Published January 23, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The city councils from Roseville and Eastpointe, and the recreation board, which comprises city officials and residents from both cities, are working on the final draft of a master recreation plan for the authority.

The plan outlines administrative set-up, building improvements, park improvements and future goals for the authority.

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Published January 16, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With a variety of options, from open swim to yogalates, the Center for Active Adults in Farmington Hills continues to be a popular destination for low-cost, adult-only fitness classes.

Dolores Jaques has been taking tai chi through the center for years. She remembers showing her nephew some of the moves she learned in class on the dance floor at a wedding in ’98, but she doesn’t remember exactly when she started; she just knows it’s been years and she plans on continuing it for years to come.

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