Sara Kandel

Published June 19, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Come fall, Eastpointe voters will be asked to decide on three proposals that, if passed, will help the city offset the millions it has lost in property tax and state-shared revenue in the past five years.

Council approved three ballot proposals for the Nov. 5 general election, which, if passed, would amend the city charter, reduce pension costs and override the Headlee Amendment.

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Published June 19, 2013

ROSEVILLE — U.S. Rep. Sander Levin spoke with seniors at the Roseville Recreation Center about cuts to county meal programs at his first stop in a daylong sequestration impact tour June 7.

Although other groups have been or will be affected — in Warren, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital will lay off 160 employees, and at TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, employees will have to take an unspecified number of furlough days — local seniors were among the first to feel the effects of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.

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Published June 19, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The 15th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot was just days away, but locals braved a forecast of rain to show off their classic rides at the First State Bank car show June 12.

Roseville resident Larry Hanlon brought his 1965 Rambler. It’s painted bright yellow with all the markings of a taxicab, but Hanlon is quick to tell folks it never was an actual taxi.

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Published June 17, 2013

Thousands of spectators flocked to Eastpointe June 15 for a day of picnicking amid classic cars and show-worthy rides at the 15th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot.

“It was a great day for the cruise,” said Cruise Coordinator Harvey Curly. “The weather held up really nice — it wasn’t too hot and it didn’t rain.”

Curly estimated that more than 145,000 spectators visited Eastpointe throughout the day to take in the 1,500 vehicles on display and cruising the strip.

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Published June 14, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Sitting in the school courtyard, a group of about three dozen Fountain Elementary students hooted, hollered, clapped and cheered.

Rob Blehm, the man speaking to them, took it in with a wide smile. He calls them generation changers. It wasn’t talk of local sports teams, summer vacation, amusement parks or some teen celebrity that worked them into a frenzy — it was talk of vegetables.

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Published June 12, 2013

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Published June 12, 2013

From koi ponds to swimming pools, adding elements of water to your backyard landscaping can help create the perfect oasis for after-work relaxation and weekend entertaining.

When designing your backyard sanctuary, don’t start with the landscape; instead, think in terms of dreamscape and figure out just what you want in your dream yard.

Do you want a place to unwind while surrounded by nature, the perfect setting for outdoor soirees, a place for the kids to play or maybe a yard that offers a little of each?

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Published June 12, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce and Christ Community Church’s annual Gratiot Clean Up yielded a Dumpster filled with garbage discarded along Gratiot Ave. 

Just before 10 a.m. June 1, a line formed in the 23000 block of Gratiot; it ran along the storefront sidewalk and around the side of the Odd Fellows Hall.

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Published June 12, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe Councilwoman Wendy Richardson has brought the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center’s free business classes to Eastpointe.

Macomb County residents are invited to participate in Starting a Business, a three-hour SBTDC course, at 9 a.m. June 26 in the council chambers at Eastpointe City Hall. The class covers all the basics of starting a business, including business plans, finances, marketing and management.

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Published June 10, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The backroom of Cloverleaf Restaurant was filled with the friends, families and well-wishers for 13 young singers competing in the semifinal rounds of the Cruisin’ Gratiot Idol Contest.

Hailing from across southeast Michigan, the age-13-and-younger semifinalists sang a mix of country, pop, soul, ballads and show tunes. They tasked the panel of three judges with a difficult decision and kept the packed Eastpointe restaurant entertained for hours.

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Published June 10, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Dozens of families from around the Farmington area gathered in Heritage Park for an overnight nature adventure at the Great Farmington Hills Campout Saturday, June 8.

For many families, it was test.

This not-far-from-home night of roughing it would provide the basic information they’d need to know and a chance to see how the kids would do, should they ever decide to venture to the great outdoors a little farther away and for a little longer than one night.

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Published June 7, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Just a week before welcoming Pro Fireworks, a fireworks retailer, to the city June 1, the Roseville City Council consulted with their attorney in private session to discuss the legality of enforcing the city’s open-air tent sales ordinance on fireworks sellers.

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Published June 4, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Students at Steenland Elementary in Roseville kicked off their field day May 29 with a moving tribute to Relay for Life and a $1,200 donation to the American Cancer Society.

The donation came after months of fundraising and health education through the Relay Recess program, which seeks to get children involved in Relay for Life by putting them in charge of fundraisers and incorporating health and cancer education into their curriculum.

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Published June 4, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For 24 hours beginning at 10 a.m. June 8, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Roseville and Eastpointe will take over Roseville’s Memorial Park with live entertainment, activities and more.

This year, more than 20 teams will camp out at Memorial Park, located at 27325 Barkman St., offering fundraising fun for fellow participants and visitors, alike.

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Published June 4, 2013

With the start of the summer cruise season already under way, Eastpointe residents and businesses are gearing up for the 15th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot June 15.

Cruise day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a classic car show at the East Detroit High School parking lot. The annual kick-off prayer service starts at 11 a.m., and the opening parade is at 1 p.m., but cruise festivities start days early.

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