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Published September 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A well-known corner of the city will get a makeover and an up-to-date grocery shopping destination in the next few years.

According to representatives from Kroger Real Estate, the grocery store will be taking over the property at the corner of Nine Mile Road and Harper Avenue, which is currently a Kmart, demolishing the building and bringing in a 103,000 square-foot Kroger store with Clicklist, a drive-thru pharmacy and outdoor café area.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Now that the Labor Day holiday weekend is through, many Michiganders’ thoughts are turning to one of two things: closing up the cottage or getting ready to close up the home before heading south for the winter.

Local safety officials say that in both cases, there are a number of things that should be done to protect an unoccupied house.

The first thing St. Clair Shores Police Community Resource Officer Chad Hammer recommends is making sure that the house appears to be occupied. 

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Published September 2, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — School is back in session, and that means neighborhoods will once again be crowded with vehicles and children trying to get to St. Clair Shores’ dozens of schools.

At 13 spots around the city, crossing guards help guide children to and from school safely, but St. Clair Shores Traffic Sgt. Jenna Conrad said they need some help from drivers.

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Published September 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ever wonder what’s happening in your sewer pipes?

Over the next year, the city is going to find out.

City Council approved three contracts to have St. Clair Shores’ entire length of sanitary sewers cleaned and televised, breaking the city up into three sections: Eight Mile Road to 10 Mile Road, 10 Mile Road to 12 Mile Road, and then 12 Mile Road to 14 Mile Road.

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Published August 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Car lovers, car cruisers and those just looking to enjoy a summer night joined together for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, which brought motorcycles, classic cars, trucks and more out to St. Clair Shores.

“Just seeing all the old cars and how they’re kept up ... I like to see the smiles on all the older people’s faces. They light up,” said Marvell Ross, of St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Police Chief Todd Woodcox has been named to the Michigan Community Corrections Board by Gov. Rick Snyder, representing chiefs of city police departments from across the state.

The announcement was made Aug. 18, and Woodcox had his first meeting on Aug. 22 in Lansing. Woodcox, of Macomb Township, fills a vacancy by the resignation of Jackson Police Chief Matthew Heins.

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Published August 25, 2017

It is thought that the idea of the carousel grew out of the sports in which knights in the Middle Ages participated. With the invention of mechanical power, a moving carousel was possible; the first steam-powered “mechanical roundabout” debuted at a fair in England in 1861.

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Published August 25, 2017

At press time, St. Clair Shores police were investigating a crash that left an 87-year-old woman with a serious head injury Aug. 23.

According to a press release from the St. Clair Shores Police Department, officers were called to a parking lot in the 25000 block of Little Mack Avenue around 2:40 p.m. Aug. 23 for a serious accident involving a pedestrian. An 87-year-old St. Clair Shores woman was allegedly hit in the parking lot and sustained a serious head injury. She was taken to St. John Medical Center.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved an amended site plan for the Regency St. Clair Shores, put forward by Ciena Healthcare for the skilled nursing facility being built on the site of the former Chapoton Apartments.

Representatives from Ciena were in front of City Council in July, but the motion was tabled until August so that council members could get a better look at the 20 proposed changes to the plan.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Always willing to lend a helping hand, self-motivated and energetic, and with a positive demeanor no matter the circumstances — these were qualities that described John Gaedert, a newspaper publisher in Charlotte.

And according to co-workers and members of Community Papers of Michigan, those are the qualities embodied by longtime sales representative Dave Rubello, of C & G Newspapers.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What’s better than a charity that helps local schools and the environment?

A charity that helps other charities and community groups.

The We Are Here Foundation distributes donated office furniture, school supplies and more from Staples to school districts in need in St. Clair Shores and across metro Detroit. The foundation also sponsors the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee’s annual Nautical Coast Cleanup. All of its efforts are paid for through the sale of donated boats and cars to the organization.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to purchase three properties foreclosed upon by the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office for unpaid taxes, a decrease from the number of properties offered through the program than in previous years.

In 2015, the city purchased five homes and seven vacant lots through the program from the county for $117,510.44. The 2016 group included one home and one condominium for a total of $13,179.57, and this year the total amount of $20,931.01 is for two homes and one vacant parcel of land.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Six years after its passage, local communities are still dealing with the aftermath of Michigan Public Act 256 of 2011 and its legalization of commercial fireworks for use by private individuals.

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Get ready for a party.

The Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise returns 5-9 p.m. Aug. 30 on Harper Avenue, between Old Eight Mile Road and Bayside Street, with parties, entertainment, contests and, of course, classic cars.

“We have the largest number of open parties in the history of the cruise,” said Carl Papa, president of Shorewood Kiwanis. “There are 33 open parties. There are 11 private parties, which is a lot of parties.”

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — South Lake High School students will get to sleep in and have the option of taking the bus for the first time during the 2017-18 school year.

“As long as I’ve worked here, we’ve always had transportation for elementary and middle school students,” said South Lake Schools Superintendent Ted Von Hiltmayer. “Next year, we’re expanding that for our high school students.

“By making some changes, we feel that we’ll be able to add this without adding any significant cost.”

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s right in the name of the event — the Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise — and along with classic cars, charities are the focus of the annual event.

“We just finished ... Sunday, where we had 41 kids over at Kmart for our Christmas in August,” said Shorewood Kiwanis President Carl Papa. “If somebody says, ‘Where does this money go?’ That’s where it goes.”

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved the purchase of three new thermal imaging cameras for the Fire Department, praising fire officials for finding the cameras at nearly half off.

While three new thermal imaging cameras would have cost more than $30,000, the Fire Department discovered that the manufacturer of the cameras, MSA Corp., had a number of cameras that had only been used for demonstrations at vendor shows.

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