Sara Kandel

Published June 4, 2013

Long before its 15th year, Cruisin’ Gratiot became a staple event for the metro Detroit area, bringing more than 100,000 people to Eastpointe each year, but had it not been for a few strokes of luck and the faith of one resident, it might not have ever had a chance to start.

Now planned a year in advance, the first cruise was planned in fewer than six months. The year was 1999 and Eastpointe resident Carol Corrie had an idea that would change the city for years to come.

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Published June 4, 2013

When Cruisin’ Gratiot rolls around June 15, it won’t just be to the benefit of classic car owners and enthusiasts. With the cruise comes the foot traffic and exposure that boosts local businesses.

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Published May 31, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Heritage Foundation celebrated May 28 after City Council unanimously passed a conditional approval for the 2013 Gratiot Cruise in Roseville.

After a series of meetings with the foundation, City Manager Scott Adkins recommended that council conditionally approve the four-mile route on northbound and southbound Gratiot, from just north of 11 Mile Road to just north of 13 Mile Road, for a July 28 cruise.

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Published May 28, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — They first arrive with curious eyes, eager to explore the world around them, and over the course of six weeks that follow, they do just that.

Through hands-on activities and real outdoor exploration, they become young scientists — experts in metamorphosis, water cycles, birds, insects, wetland life and more.

The Farmington Hills Nature Center’s Home School Nature Program takes young students, usually between the ages of 4 and 8, and gives them the chance to learn the miracles of nature side-by-side with peers.

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Published May 28, 2013

EASTPOINTE — An agenda item bidding out a five-year solid waste and recycling contract stirred a debate among council that ended with a 3-2 vote for a Rizzo Services package at the May 22 regular meeting in Eastpointe.

Councilman Phil Guastella and Councilwoman Wendy Richardson cast the dissenting votes with concerns about the cost of the plan, as well as, for Richardson, the environmental impact.

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Published May 28, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Armed with two new studies, Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane is hoping to draw attention to problems with the way local municipalities are funded in Michigan.

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Published May 28, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Roseville police officers and firefighters gathered outside the Police Department May 17 in honor of their peers who had fallen in the line of duty.

The city has held a police and fire memorial every May for the past 15 years. It’s something public safety personnel in the city undertake with a sense of solemn honor.

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Published May 28, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Students in the accelerated learning program Project Challenge at Roseville Community Schools enticed their peers with a history lesson hidden in the fun of a medieval fair May 21 at Eastland Middle School.

Each Project Challenge student created a booth for the event. From weaponry to medicine and even games, their combined knowledge was concise and detailed.

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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Despite an unseasonable chill in the air that kept many would-be shoppers indoors, the Eastpointe Farmers Market received a warm community welcome when it kicked off its 2013 season May 11.

Opening day brought out 27 vendors from around the metro Detroit area to East Brooke Plaza in Eastpointe to sell classic market staples — produce, flowers and all sorts of packaged edibles — and a variety of garden and home décor items.

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Published May 22, 2013

EASTPOINTE — City officials and business owners gathered at the Eastpointe Police Department May 14 to celebrate the introduction of Police And Community for Equality (PACE) into the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce and kick off the start of a joint project they are working on with East Detroit Public Schools.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — As the school year comes to a close, a group of 32 third-grade students at Steenland Elementary are putting their last eight months of learning about the importance of giving back to good use with a few big projects.

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Published May 22, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Fifteen Roseville students were recognized at the May 14 regular City Council meeting for their insights on how to beautify the city.

They were the winners of the Roseville Beautification Commission’s fourth-grade essay contest. Collectively, their essays created a vision of beautification that wasn’t tied up in price tags or Planning Commission approval. It was city beautification at its simplest form, rooted in nature, individual upkeep and a sense of shared community responsibility.

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Published May 17, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The now vacant Colonial Dodge lots at Gratiot and Stephens could become a focal point for the city in the near future.

At the May 8 regular meeting, City Council unanimously authorized the $600,000 cash sale of the properties to a local developer, who has a vision of demolishing and rebuilding and/or remodeling the structures to meet the needs of some of their long-standing national retailer and restaurateur clients.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Between the bidding process and the research that followed, it took a few months to decide, but at an April 30 special meeting, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved a contract with a new refuse hauler.

Estimated at about $9 million for five years, the contract for waste pick-up and recycling services went to Rizzo.

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Published May 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — There are thousands of pieces of paper adding color to and inspiring imagination in a once-empty storefront on the southeast side of the Sears court at Macomb Mall.

The display is the work of Project Art In Roseville, made possible by a generous donation of space from the mall and filled with the work of hundreds of Roseville students in kindergarten through eighth grades. 

It’s the submissions from P.A.I.R.’s fourth annual art contest and it will be on display at the mall through the end of May.

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