Sara Kandel

Published April 29, 2013

An Eastpointe man is charged with child sexually abusive activity after attempting to meet up with a 13-year-old Detroit girl he met on Facebook.

Michael Starr, 22, is charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.

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Published April 26, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The fate of Local 120’s custodians was sealed at a special meeting April 15 when the East Detroit School Board voted 4-3 to privatize custodial services at East Detroit Public Schools.

At that same meeting, the board approved a bid for a three-year custodial contract with Grand Rapids Building Services. On July 1, the 23 custodians in Local 120 will each be out of a job.

The decision comes just months after successfully negotiating contracts.

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Published April 24, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe City Council began budget sessions for the 2013-14 fiscal year at a special meeting April 16.

Despite more than $1 million in budget cuts during the past year, council is faced with a budget that projects dipping into the general fund to the extent of $3.6 million by the end of the coming fiscal year.

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Published April 24, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Firefighters from the Eastpointe Fire Department treated a group of seniors to a cool spring treat at an ice cream social at the Eastpointe Housing Commission’s Grant Manor April 17.

“We’ve been doing this for a number of years,” said firefighter Nick Sage. “We try to sponsor (ice cream socials) a couple times a year. Our thought was, if we get here in the spring and the fall, we could connect with these seniors to update them on what we are doing and pass out the Vial of Life information.”

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Published April 24, 2013

ROSEVILLE — There wasn’t any talk of extraterrestrials or little green men at a UFO program at the Roseville Public Library April 17.

Those who attended hoping to find proof of life in the outer limits didn’t get it in Bill Konkolesky’s presentation. Instead, they got facts — the facts surrounding some of Michigan’s most curious reports of unidentified objects in the sky.

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Published April 19, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recognized 127 schools with environmentally friendly practices and programs at a breakfast banquet April 16.

Taking on a variety of recycling projects that fall under various environmental categories, participating schools achieved official Michigan Green School status in one of three categories — green, emerald or evergreen — depending on the amount of points they earned for their projects.

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Published April 17, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Mayor Suzanne Pixley paid tribute to notable residents, past and present, in the Eastpointe installment of Arcadia Publishing’s Legendary Locals series.

Released April 5, “Legendary Locals of Eastpointe” memorializes in photos and words the accomplished Eastpointe natives and locals who have made great contributions to the community.

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Published April 17, 2013

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Published April 15, 2013

Police in Eastpointe are on the lookout for a suspicious man in a red Ford Taurus after a 13-year-old girl reported an attempted abduction last Friday.

The Kelly Middle School student told police that she was walking home from school down Universal, near Ego, at approximately 2:30 p.m. April 12 when she noticed a car, which she described as a rusted, red Ford Taurus sedan, following her.

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Published April 12, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Each of their stories was unique, but the six men and women seated in the jury box shared one thing in common — they had gotten pulled over while intoxicated, more than once; but instead of the repeat offense landing them behind bars, they were given the chance to make a change.

On April 10, Roseville Judges Marco Santia and Joseph Boedeker presented certificates to six graduates of the 39th District Sobriety Court.

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Published April 12, 2013

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published April 10, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The City Council approved more than $200,000 in cost savings for administrative personnel at the March 19 regular meeting.

The savings, which come from non-union administrative personnel through changes in pensions, health care, pay structure and a decrease in paid holiday and personal time, are in line with similar cuts accepted by the police, firefighter, public works and clerk unions in the city.

Building, Public Works and Community Development Director Mary Van Haaren was one of those non-union employees to agree to the steep concessions.

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Published April 10, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Commercial and retail development is on the rise in Eastpointe.

In 2013, the city has seen a number of new construction projects and reinvestment efforts get under way from both new and existing businesses across the city.

From the $250,000 in planned renovations and improvements at Olive Garden, to continued progression at the Oakwood Senior Living construction site, the city is seeing a flurry of activity.

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Published April 10, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Firefighters in Eastpointe are reaching out to the community to share the latest in department news, fire safety and community happenings through a newsletter for residents.

“The Fire Plug” is four-page quarterly newsletter launched by firefighters in the department this spring with the intention of staying connected with the community.

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