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Published October 21, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The beginning introductions sounded like they were taking place at the United Nations but, in reality, this international summit was held at a small school in St. Clair Shores.


With students from Germany, Italy, China and the United States filling the lunchroom of Taylor International School in Lake Shore Public Schools, the sixth annual International Student Summit opened with introductions in all of their native languages.

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Published October 19, 2015

City officials say they’re frustrated with the delays and lack of communication from the Environmental Protection Agency with regard to an impending closure of Harper Avenue between Lakeland and Bon Brae streets.

“We said we were closing the road two weeks ago,” Mayor Kip Walby said at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting. “To say the correspondence from the EPA has been good would be a lie. It hasn’t been.

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Published October 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The investigation into the crash that caused the death of a 20-year-old Lake Shore High School alumnus is in the hands of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Michigan State Police.


James Bush, of St. Clair Shores, died July 22 when the motorcycle he was driving and a St. Clair Shores police patrol vehicle collided while the officer was attempting to make a traffic stop on another vehicle on Eight Mile Road, east of Beaconsfield.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While grandpa may have walked to school in 10 feet of snow uphill both ways, that’s not usually the case anymore.


With schools of choice, parents heading off to work and safety concerns, seeing children traipse through the neighborhood on their way to school is no longer a regular sight in many places.


But about 400 students took to the sidewalks Oct. 7, learning about healthy habits and safety during Masonic Heights Elementary School’s Walk-to-School/Walk-a-Thon Day.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — She had been a volunteer for decades, but 15 years ago, Peggy DeHaven decided she wanted to do more.


DeHaven, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for three years had been a volunteer working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she lost her mother to the disease 31 years ago. When she heard about the ACS Cancer Action Network, she realized that was the work she wanted to do.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In October 1911, Ty Cobb was named one of the first baseball MVPs, the first public elevator was installed in London and Orville Wright stayed aloft for nine minutes and 45 seconds in an air glider.


That same month, on October 23, 1911, Josephine DiMaggio was born.


Raised by her grandmother and aunts in Detroit after her mother died when she was just 11 months old, she learned meticulous cleaning skills and helped keep the house when relatives from Italy would come to Michigan in search of a new home.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The North End St. Clair Shores Village Fire Department gathered at the station located on Jefferson Avenue and Avon Street for a photograph with their mascot dog on October 28, 1928. Standing by the left fire truck, from left, were Ken Bell, Norm Whiting and Chief James Stapleton.  On the left truck were, from left, Harvey Burke, John Koepsell, Captain Jim Bell, Ed Bell and Dave Meldrum.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city has sold the last tax foreclosure property from 2014 to a buyer paying $137,800 cash, giving St. Clair Shores a profit of about $24,000 on the home.


Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes said that, with this house on Playview, they reconfigured a bathroom by taking out a closet to make it much larger and more useable. The brick was also cleaned and new siding put on the house, and the basement was waterproofed and the paneling removed.

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Published October 12, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city administration and staff of St. Clair Shores are mourning the loss of Councilman Anthony Tiseo, who died Oct. 12 at age 46. 

“He passed away early this morning. He suffered a heart attack last night,” City Manager Mike Smith said Oct. 12. “Paramedics did arrive on scene; they attempted to assist (and) transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

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Published October 9, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union Local 1737 have “adopted” an 8-year-old girl who’s battling leukemia for the third time, and they hope the community will support her and her family through an upcoming childhood leukemia fundraiser.

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Published October 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for a man who stole more than $11,000 worth of cigarettes right out of the delivery truck.


St. Clair Shores police got a call around 11 a.m. Oct. 6 from the 7-Eleven store on Harper Avenue at Masonic after the McLane Distribution Services driver was allegedly robbed at gunpoint.

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Published October 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the local population continuing to age, it seems there is always a demand for health, wellness, activity and caregiving resources for senior citizens.


But where to find these resources when you need them? Organizers hope that the 2015 Senior Expo, set for Oct. 8 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, is the place you start.


The expo began as an outreach by Assumption Cultural Center 22 years ago, as senior citizens were living longer and looking for more activities and resources to enrich their lives.

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Published October 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 6, 2015

Editor's note: The City of St. Clair Shores reports that the closure of Harper Avenue at Lakeland and Bon Brae has been delayed. The tentative closure date is now Oct. 19. Take note of posted detour signs for up-to-date information.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work to clean up contaminated manhole vaults at Harper Avenue and Bon Brae Street has hit a roadblock, and will now require many more weeks of intensive construction, as well as the closure of the avenue at that intersection.

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Published October 2, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for two men who allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes after breaking into a local gas station.


St. Clair Shores police were called to the Marathon gas station in the 22000 block of Harper Avenue around 4 a.m. Sept. 20. They noticed that the west window had been smashed and found a hammer on the ground next to the window.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Taking time to thank those who put effort into making St. Clair Shores look beautiful, City Council handed out three residential Beautification Awards and two to businesses Sept. 21.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits at the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.


“We like the idea of all the made-in-Michigan products,” said Candace Schuver, of St. Clair Shores. “It’s a great time to spend with my best friend on my day off. It’s great to see something like this in our city, in our own backyard.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After learning that a federal grant to purchase a new apparatus will not be forthcoming, the Fire Department has decided to remount one of its ambulances that has undergone more than $40,000 in repairs and been out of service 27 times in the past two years.


Fire Chief George Morehouse said that, during the 2015-16 budget session, they had placed money into a fund to either pay for cost-sharing for a federal grant or to remount the Alpha 1 ambulance.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A new festival is coming to town this October when Veterans Memorial Park will be transformed into a biergarten paradise for Shorestoberfest.


Hosted by the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee, Shorestoberfest will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. With music from a German band and a disc jockey, games, food from Craft Grille and beer from Atwater Brewery, the event is for those 21 years and older who want to enjoy fun in the community.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The fall chill is in the air, which means Old Man Winter is right around the corner.


Now, experts say, is the right time to get your home prepared for the colder weather.


“This is our busy time of the year, getting geared up for the winter, replacing windows or replacing doors,” said John Palazzolo, president of American Door Systems Inc. in Rochester Hills. “Everybody’s trying to get it done before the cold and winter snow starts coming in.”

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