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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families sit down this holiday week, heaping plates with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone can experience this bounty.

That’s why Chef Darrel Shepherd, his family and some of his students in the South Lake High School culinary arts program took time a few weeks early to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of people in need in the city of Detroit.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Months after delaying a vote, City Council has decided to move forward with assigning St. Clair Shores’ water contract to the Great Lakes Water Authority.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The corner of Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores was bustling with business activity in the 1940s, but in different places than today. The Shores Theatre marquee can be seen through the covered driveway of Tremper’s Service Station. The theater today is currently closed. Johnson Milk Depot was next door to the theater on the left. Sunoco gasoline was sold at Tremper’s three-pump station. In the photograph, automobiles are parked behind the building, possibly awaiting service, which included tire and battery repair.Read More

Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to move forward with a plan to refinance bonds that, if successful, could save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments.

“The city has an opportunity, through this refinancing, to save approximately $18,000-$20,000 per year over the next 10 years,” said Finance Director Doug Haag. The city stands to save a net total of about $185,000 over the payback span of the bonds, he added.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The newest St. Clair Shores City Council took its place Nov. 9, as members were sworn in to new terms and a new mayor pro tem was chosen.

Mayor Kip Walby and Councilmen Ronald Frederick and Chris Vitale were sworn in for new four-year terms on that date after having won re-election Nov. 3. The only new member of City Council, Peter Accica, asked to be excused from the meeting and had been sworn in at City Hall the day after the election.

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Published November 18, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With Americans doing more shopping online, as evidenced by the advent of Cyber Monday, the holidays are an especially busy time for package deliveries.

But one of the difficulties for online shoppers is knowing that their packages may arrive on their porches when no one is home, leaving those packages vulnerable to thieves.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

A 12-year resident of Red Maple Lane is picking up the pieces of his life after an explosion rocked his home just before 4 a.m. Nov. 17.

Joe Blanton, the 61-year-old homeowner of the house in the 22000 block of Red Maple Lane, said he was awoken by a “loud boom.”

“I got up and I could see some fire coming through the floor and I got the hell out,” he said, sitting in his next-door neighbor’s living room. “After I got out, it started to burn.”

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While many children try to stretch themselves to cover as many blocks as possible on Halloween, hoping for a huge stash of candy, the truth is, many parents won’t let them keep all of that loot.

That’s where local dentist Dr. P. Steven Wainess comes in, and troops benefit from his generosity.

This is the Harper Avenue dentist’s fifth year hosting a candy buyback event after Halloween to benefit Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops.

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families are preparing to gather and express thanks for what they have, two local groups hope that residents will spread their blessings to others in time for the holiday season.

The St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee and the Luella M. Harden Foundation, run by the owner of Butter Run Saloon, have teamed up to “stuff a bus” with brand new toys and nonperishable food to be distributed through St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids and local food banks this Christmas.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 13, 2015

High winds sparked a fire on an electrical pole on Greater Mack Avenue north of 13 Mile Road in the early morning of Nov. 13.

St. Clair Shores Fire Battalion Chief Greg Coplai said the high winds Nov. 12-13 caused the wires to “make contact with the cross member on the electrical pole,” which caught fire and burned through. The wires, however, were still intact, and so no electrical service was disrupted.

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Published November 11, 2015

It’s still more than three months away, but plans are taking shape for the 2016 St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival, set for Feb. 19-21 in Blossom Heath Park.

The musical lineup is set and plans are progressing ahead of schedule, said Dave Rubello, musical director of the festival.

“We have a wonderful lineup of people,” he said. “We have music for all ages.”

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Published November 11, 2015

With the leaves, and sometimes branches, falling in the autumn winds, some might wonder what to do with all of Mother Nature’s mess.

In the city of St. Clair Shores, leaves must be placed in paper bags or in garbage cans with a bright yellow compost sticker on them, available from the Department of Public Works, DPW Director Bryan Babcock said.

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Published November 11, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Keeping alive a yearslong tradition, Jefferson Middle School opened its doors to nearly 100 men and women who have served this country for a Veterans Day breakfast, complete with music and thanks from students at the school.

“Why wait till Nov. 11?” said sixth-grader Zaria Pitts, reading from a speech she had prepared for the occasion. “Take any chance to thank and honor them (veterans).”

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Published November 11, 2015

While neighbors have been living with dirt and dust for months, the city said that the new way of replacing a water main is actually causing less of a disruption than the old method would have.

“It’s a different style of work than we’ve done before on a water main,” said Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock Nov. 3. “We’re pulling a new 8-inch water main through an old water main. It’s increasing the capacity of the pipe and we’re able to pull about 1,200 feet of water main at a time.”

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Published November 11, 2015

More than a year after City Council promoted St. Clair Shores’ assistant city manager to the city manager position, there is a new face in the assistant city manager’s office.

Bill Gambill, 35, of Warren, began as the new assistant city manager Nov. 2.

City Manager Mike Smith said it took a long time to find the right person for the job.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

Discussing ideas on how to make the Nautical Mile a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive destination, the Resilient Macomb project held its design charrette at the Blossom Heath Inn Oct. 26-29.

Resilient Macomb is an effort by the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a nonprofit organization based out of Traverse City, to foster economic and climate resilience in coastal communities in Macomb County.

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