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Published October 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Can you survive the zombie apocalypse? How about a teenage relationship?

Making it through those pales in comparison, however, to the survival needed to overcome the disasters brought about during this year’s hurricane season.

Now teenage thespians at Lakeview High School are putting their love of theater to work raising money for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City officials say they intend to seek liquidated damages for delays on the completion of the 10 Mile Road sanitary relief sewer project, which is behind schedule.

Speaking at the Sept. 18 City Council meeting, City Manager Mike Smith said that while work was expected to wrap up that week on the portion of the project along Jefferson Avenue, the underground work on 10 Mile Road still had not been finished, despite being scheduled for completion by the end of July.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — If October is just around the corner, it must be time for Shorestoberfest.

With German and Polish food, Michigan craft beer, wine, games and more, the annual event hosted by the Cool City Committee returns 5-11 p.m. Sept. 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. 

Tickets cost $10 at the gate, and entertainment will include a DJ and a German band, said Stephanie O’Brien, chair of the Cool City Committee. 

Beer will be available at a cost of three for $10, or $4 each, and wine will be sold for $5 a glass.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Addressing complaints from residents, representatives from the city’s trash hauler attended the Sept. 18 City Council meeting to answer questions and concerns. 

City Manager Mike Smith said that some things that had been brought to the city’s attention included GFL Environmental trucks blocking the street as workers attempted to pick up both sides of a street at the same time, and trash carts that had allegedly been broken by either employees or the hydraulic arms of the trucks.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — An 18-year-old man from Eastpointe was found guilty of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct third degree stemming from a November 2016 incident involving a 16-year-old St. Clair Shores girl.

In 2016, the girl told police that she was walking to school from her house on 10 Mile Road. When she was on Cubberness, halfway between 10 Mile and Statler Street, she was approached by a black Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by a man later identified as 18-year-old Demal Simmons, of Eastpointe. He asked her a question, but she ignored him and kept walking.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a walk down memory lane and get tips and information for your life now at the 2017 Senior Expo.

Open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, the 24th annual Senior Expo has exhibits and giveaways, complimentary lunch, raffles, entertainment, and plenty of information for older adults and caregivers. 

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Published September 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When more than 100 people lose their hair at one time, it’s bound to be news.

That’s what happened Sept. 23 at Buffalo Wild Wings on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores, where the second local St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money and awareness to fight childhood cancer led to 101 people offering to have their heads shaved in solidarity with children undergoing cancer treatments.

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Published September 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to rock?

The first Rockin’ the Shores Beer and Music Festival was such a hit in 2016 that it’s been extended to a two-day event with 11 bands, local brews and more.

Co-organizer Julie Law said that more than 1,000 people turned out for the inaugural event.

“We decided, hey, let’s take this to a two-day event,” she said. 

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Money from the sale of homes in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Home Revolving Fund will be used to make improvements in city parks.

St. Clair Shores established the HUD Home Revolving Fund in 2008 so that it could purchase homes from HUD for $1, renovate and then resell them. The city no longer participates in the so-called Dollar HUD program, however, but still has some cash and property assets remaining from the program.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council members unanimously approved the second year in a five-year bid for inspection services to the city of Roseville, but not without some questions about when rental inspections will be put out to bid again.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This November, residents in two St. Clair Shores precincts will head to new voting locations to cast their ballots.

City Council approved a request from City Clerk Mary Kotowski Sept. 5 to move Precinct 6 and Precinct 13 to new locations, as well as to move the Absentee Voter Counting Board.

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Published September 15, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Residents got a chance to hear from incumbents, newcomers and one candidate with, as she termed it, one foot in both camps, at a Meet the Candidates town hall meeting put on by the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores Sept. 14.

Six candidates are running for three seats on the St. Clair Shores City Council Nov. 7: incumbent council members John Caron, Candice Rusie and Peter Rubino, and challengers Scott Dodich, Jim Lewis and Erin Stahl, who was a member of City Council from 2003 to 2007.

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Published September 13, 2017

An important part of the renovations at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center is complete, just in time for the center’s biggest fundraising project of the year.

Senior Center Director Carly Podzikowski said that the renovated kitchen passed inspection Sept. 6, allowing the center to reopen after six months for lunches for members of the center Sept. 7, just in time for the annual sale of homemade apple pies.

“Pretty much everything’s back to normal,” she said Sept. 12.

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Published September 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may be the circle of life, but a local woman is working hard to make sure monarch butterflies have the best shot at a life without being eaten by ants, spiders or other predators.

“The butterfly population, it’s been down in recent years because people use pesticides on their lawn or flower garden,” said Alisa Audet, of St. Clair Shores. “People don’t understand that the milkweed plant is the only plant that a monarch butterfly will lay eggs on. Without milkweed, they would die.”

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Published September 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While M-STEP scores are disappointing educators across the state, local school districts say there are a few bright spots in the standardized assessment scores given to students each spring.

In South Lake Schools, John Thero, director of instruction and assessment, said that there was good news for the district’s fourth-graders, who improved in English language arts and math from the 2015-16 school year.

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Published September 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The cities of St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and Roseville have taken the first steps to reorganize what was a joint venture between the three cities — the Southeast Macomb Sanitary District — into a Public Act 233 entity capable of applying for grants, issuing bonds and purchasing sewer infrastructure from Wayne County.

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