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Published February 26, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With tables pulled together in the back room of Ram’s Horn, the conversation ebbed and flowed, turning from who was still on their way, who couldn’t make it and their last get-together.

But while this group could have been a family or a gathering of old friends and acquaintances, it was instead members of the SCS Dinner Club, who have taken the “Shop the Shores” motto and expanded it to restaurants.

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published November 26, 2013

Source: Cynthia Bieniek, librarian and archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library
Photo Courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

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Published November 20, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Though the weather outside is turning frightful, thoughts are already turning to next year’s summer car cruise season with the unveiling of the 2014 logo for the Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise.

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Published November 6, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Partaking in a day set aside to support healthy, affordable and sustainable food for everyone, dozens of local students, volunteers and administrators turned out to St. Margaret of Scotland Church Oct. 24.

That’s when 63 students joined with volunteers from Shorewood Kiwanis and the Macomb County Health Department to package 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger in an event sponsored by Shorewood Kiwanis.

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Published September 25, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Scattered throughout the city, six residential homes and businesses stood out from the rest.

Taking time to beautify and maintain their properties throughout the year, the three homes and three businesses were honored with Beautification Awards at the Sept. 16 City Council meeting.

“We just feel it’s very important to recognize those residents and those businesses that go the extra mile to beautify their property,” said Councilman John Caron, the liaison to the St. Clair Shores Beautification Commission.

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Published September 11, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A week into the position, new City Manager Phillip Ludos said he is looking for his service in St. Clair Shores to be the pinnacle of his career.

“What you’ll find is, I bring to the table a very diverse background,” he said.

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Published September 4, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The tents were filled with organic foods, rain barrels, electric bikes and other ways to go green — which, of course, is the point of the Green Fair at Veterans Memorial Park.

“I was really excited to see this was happening close to home,” said Maureen Hermes, of St. Clair Shores, who rode her bike to the fair Aug. 24.

She said, with three children, she tries to be environmentally conscious, but it’s not always easy. That’s why she was excited to learn more about environmental awareness at the Green Fair.

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Published September 4, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ten months after union supporters packed City Council chambers, calling on members to require a prevailing wage be paid to workers building the new 40th District Court, about 50 protesters were back in front of the site of the new building to picket.

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Published August 29, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hours before cruisers and spectators took to Harper Avenue, the dark clouds parted and blue sky shone through to make way for classic cars, hotrods and other specialty vehicles to take to the road.

That lucky turn of events didn’t surprise Bob Joannides, of St. Clair, though. He said it happens every year.

“The weather turns beautiful for this cruise,” he said, sitting outside Swick Tax Service just south of 10 Mile Road.

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Published July 31, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot can change in nine years — at least in the garden.

That’s how long it’s been since Karen Crouchman’s Ridgeway home was last featured as part of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners Garden Tour, which this year is set for Aug. 3.

“I put in a new, short, picket-type fence along the driveway,” she said. “I put in an arbor along the gate … a lot of new flower beds, a lot of new plants. I still have a pond, but I’ve changed the flowering around that,” she said.

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Published July 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to evoke waterfront entertainment synonymous with Venice, Italy, the Nautical Mile Merchants Association has resurrected the Venetian name for its summer festival.

The mid-July event had been called the Venetian Festival more than a decade ago, but changed to Aquafest five years ago. This year, Nautical Mile Merchants Association President Donna Flaherty said they decided to return to the prior name.

“We have a lot of events developing,” she said. “I’m really excited about this festival this year.”

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Published July 12, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping to protect community health, air and waterways from pollution, three state lawmakers came together July 11 to announce new legislation they hope will put the reigns on companies drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan.

“Fracking is a growing practice here in Michigan and we just want to make sure it’s properly regulated,” said state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published June 19, 2013

Local students are getting their hands dirty in an effort to help the community with the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor.

Just days away from the end of the school year, a half dozen students at Jefferson Middle School stayed after the final bell to plant beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and watermelon with their teachers from Project Science class, Lisa Beckman and Sarah Bowman.

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Published June 12, 2013

It kicked off just after noon, windy, blustery but full of enthusiastic participants planning to spend 24 hours in Blossom Heath Park.

But the 2013 St. Clair Shores Relay for Life ended just a few hours later — a victim of Mother Nature and several strong storms threatening the area. Nevertheless, organizers said the 42 registered teams still raised almost $93,000 and they are confident they will raise more by the end of the summer.

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Published May 28, 2013

The call of the wild can be heard in honks echoing through St. Clair Shores parks.

An ongoing issue, the Canada geese are back and mating along the lakefront, which Mayor Kip Walby says is an issue because the city hosts many events at Blossom Heath and Veterans Memorial parks over the summer. He doesn’t want geese and the mess they make to be visitors’ impressions of the facilities.

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Published May 21, 2013

With a food truck roundup, a bounce house and activities for kids, plus more participants than in the past six decades, the 61st annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will have something for everyone.

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Published May 17, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Stopping for a weekday lunch at the Chip Shots restaurant at the St. Clair Shores Golf and Country Club, Cindy Powers said it was a nice treat to see local artwork decorating the facility.

“I think it’s wonderful because, normally, I wouldn’t be seeing it, so it was nice to,” said the St. Clair Shores resident. “Especially this time of year.”

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Published February 17, 2012

It’s a love of all things cars that drives them to work for hours to improve and restore classic vehicles.

And it’s that love that draws spectators from near and far to check out Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama, “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.” This is the 60th anniversary of the annual event, which will be held Feb. 24-26 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The more than 1,000 exhibits of hot rods, custom cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles include those improved by St. Clair Shores gearheads like Jeff Lonskey.

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Published February 13, 2012

One year ago, Mary Tampakes’ world changed.

To begin with, Mary Perzyk became Mary Tampakes in a wedding ceremony Feb. 13, 2011, that meant so much more than a name change.

Three days later, she lost her father, Edward “Skip” Perzyk.

“That anniversary’s coming up too,” said 25-year-old Mary. “It doesn’t seem to be getting easier. A lot of people have said, ‘You made the right decision; he was really happy to be there.’

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