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Published January 5, 2016

A 45-year-old man is in custody on charges of unarmed robbery in connection with an alleged attack in July against a Korean War veteran in his own front yard.

It was around 8:40 a.m. July 30 when St. Clair Shores Police received a call that an 80-year-old man had been robbed in the 28000 block of Larchmont. Harold Mackey was cutting his lawn that morning when police say Ricardo Benyard, of Detroit, allegedly came up from behind him, hit him on the back and forced him to the ground, then grabbed Mackey’s wallet out of his back pocket.

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Published December 30, 2015

With the death of a city councilman, construction that closed Harper Avenue and new city groups that brought out hundreds of people this summer, there was a lot to talk about this year in St. Clair Shores. Here, we take a look back at the top stories of 2015 and pass along some updates.

Construction in the city

The city received good news in July that the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center had been approved for a loan from the federal government to finance renovations.

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Published December 24, 2015

You can see the excitement on the children’s faces as they wait in line to give Santa their wish list. This photograph was taken in December 1954 in the ballroom of the St. Clair Shores Recreation Center. The Blossom Heath roadhouse, located at 24800 Jefferson Ave., was originally built in 1911 as the Kramerhof. The property was purchased in February 1946 by the Village of St. Clair Shores and renamed the St. Clair Shores Civic Center. Over 150 gallons of paint were used to restore the main floor rooms. The Blossom Heath sign across the driveway was also taken down at this time.

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Published December 24, 2015

Out of nearly 50 applicants, eight people and teams have been selected for entry into the first St. Clair Shores Sports Hall of Fame.

Announced earlier this year, the St. Clair Shores Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have lived in the city, played sports in high school in St. Clair Shores or played with a youth sports organization in St. Clair Shores.

The first inductees are:

• Mark Wells, part of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold medal winning U.S. men’s hockey team;

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

Year after year, the picture painted by the city’s auditing firm appears no brighter than the year before, despite a rallying economy.

Even though the city was able to add about $800,000 to the rainy day fund in 2015, City Manager Mike Smith said that was primarily due to a one-time donation and the fact that capital projects have been delayed.

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Published December 21, 2015

“I’ll be home for Christmas” doesn’t always ring true for everyone.

So local students want troops stationed overseas to know that they’re remembered, wherever they are, by those at home.

Mike Chmielewski teaches a fourth/fifth-grade split class at Elmwood Elementary School in South Lake Schools. He has become friends through coaching sports with Lt. Col. Michael Zahuranic, the product manager for self-propelled Howitzer systems and armored fighting vehicles at TACOM in Warren.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Citing “insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing and in the interests of justice,” the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to issue a warrant against a St. Clair Shores police officer in the death of a St. Clair Shores man who was riding a motorcycle when it collided with his patrol vehicle.

James Bush, 20, of St. Clair Shores, was driving his motorcycle in Harper Woods around 9:30 p.m. July 22 when he was fatally struck by an on-duty St. Clair Shores Police officer in a marked police SUV.

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Published December 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Wrapping up a first-year partnership, St. Clair Shores Police Community Resource Officer Kevin Kimm called the Stuff a Bus toy and food drive a “huge success” for St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids.

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Published December 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As the longest-serving mayor of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby had a huge impact on the city, according to Mayor Kip Walby.

Wahby began his political career with the Lake Shore Board of Education and was elected to St. Clair Shores City Council in 1981. He became mayor in 1983 and served until 1995, when he became the treasurer of Macomb County.

Living in the city for almost 55 years, Walby said that Wahby “loved this town.”

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Published December 10, 2015

Fire trucks and police cars filled the parking lot of the former Church of St. Gertrude on Jefferson Avenue Dec. 10, with officers storming the building in full gear and face masks.

While there wasn’t an actual active shooter in the building, the St. Clair Shores Police and Fire departments were training for just that eventuality.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even though public school is funded through taxpayer dollars, there are often plenty of things on a teacher’s wish list that don’t fit in the budget.

New technology, innovative furniture, new applications for students to use to further their learning: All of these things might help students get to the top, but might not be affordable for a school district to provide.

That’s where the annual grant program from the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union comes in.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With 50 percent of the city’s population over 50 years old and about 30 percent over age 65, an increasing number of residents are approaching the age when they may need assistance to stay in their home or are caring for someone in that situation.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The end of the year is looking like the end of business for some St. Clair Shores restaurants, with the new Biggby Coffee closing unexpectedly in November, as well as Tin Fish restaurant at Jefferson Beach Marina.

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Published December 8, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Sterling Heights author hopes to add a new wrinkle to getting young people interested in reading with his book about a pug dog’s international adventures.

Author Daniel David Elles released a children’s book this fall called “The Adventures of Elvis the Pug: Lost in Canada.”

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Published December 2, 2015

Are you praying for powder? Then the St. Clair Shores Ski and Snowboard Club might be the group for you.

Although the group has been around for more than 35 years, it has evolved from a strictly youth club to include parents and other adults, and also now includes snowboarders as well as skiers.

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Published December 1, 2015

Results from the spring ACT assessment of 11th-grade students are in, and overall, local students maintained similar scores from year to year.

At Lake Shore High School, the composite score of 19.7 was down slightly from the 2013-14 composite score of 20. The juniors at the school had the same English and math scores over the two years, at 18.6 and 21.5, respectively, but dropped slightly from 18.7 to 18.3 in reading and from 20.5 to 20.1 in science, according to scores provided by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Published November 30, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s ready to help light up St. Clair Shores City Hall and tree this week.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will kick off with an opportunity to check out live reindeer starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall, 27600 Jefferson Circle Drive.

It’s “the event that starts the Christmas season” in St. Clair Shores, said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Wark.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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