News & Notes - 10/11/23 St. Clair Shores Sentinel

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 7, 2023

Shutterstock image


Halloween Fun Fest set for Oct. 22
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Dress up in your favorite costume and get ready to trick or treat at Veterans Memorial Park during the St. Clair Shores Halloween Fun Fest on Oct. 22.

Halloween Fun Fest is an event for children to trick or treat in a safe way, St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said.

“Obviously, our neighborhoods are very safe, and we don’t have any problems with trick or treating,” Bowman said.

He went on to say Halloween Fun Fest had around 85 businesses last year that decorated their vehicles and handed out candy to the kids. They plan to raise that number this year.

“It was absolutely huge,” Bowman said about last year. “It was our biggest one we ever had.”

Bowman said the children and the businesses really get into the event.

Kids trick or treat in half-hour increments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and only 300 wrist bands will be sold for each time slot. The wristbands are $3 and can be purchased at the parks and recreation office inside the St. Clair Shores Civic Ice Arena. Children must be 12 years of age and under and accompanied by an adult to participate in the event.


City proclaims The Rev. Ronald DeHondt’s 50 years of priesthood
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the Oct. 2 St. Clair Shores City Council meeting, a proclamation was read celebrating The Rev. Ronald DeHondt’s 50-year anniversary to the priesthood on Nov. 3.

Members of the St. Margaret of Scotland parish, the church where DeHondt is a pastor, were in attendance. The proclamation was read by Mayor Kip Walby as DeHondt stood next to him.

DeHondt thanked God for giving him life and said he was grateful he’s been able to be at St. Margaret’s for 20 years.

“I’ve just been delighted to live near the water and with the fine people of St. Clair Shores,” DeHondt said.

He also said the people of St. Clair Shores have taught him a lot about reaching out to the community with various programs such as the McWarm outreach.


St. Clair Shores Lions Club presents donation drop box
ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lions Club presented a drop box request for residents to donate old eyeglasses and hearing aids at the City Council meeting on Oct. 2.

Charles Bellestri, president of the St. Clair Shores Lions Club, presented the drop box request. He said they purchased a mailbox from the U.S. Postal Service, refurbished it and will use it for recycled hearing aids and eyeglasses.

These items will be sanitized and shipped to at-risk areas for people who need them. The box is going to be placed in front of City Hall.

Councilwoman Candice Rusie thinks this is great, saying people will think about the box when conducting other business at City Hall.

“I love the fact that this will be just so much more visible for the community,” Rusie said. “Nice bright yellow, and it will stay in people’s minds.”

Councilman Ron Frederick thanked Bellestri for his work.

“This is, I think, the beginning of something really great and a good partnership between the city and the Lions Club,” Frederick said.


City proclaims Lake Shore’s 100 years
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the St. Clair Shores City Council meeting on Oct. 2, a proclamation was read celebrating Lake Shore’s 100-year anniversary.

Superintendent Joseph DiPonio as well as Lake Shore senior representative Marissa White and Lake Shore junior representative Lauren Maciejewski stood with Mayor Kip Walby as he read off the proclamation. Members of the Lake Shore Public Schools Board of Education were also in attendance as well as Lake Shore Principal Janelle Bross.

The proclamation included the history of Lake Shore School Public Schools. The first graduating class in the 1923-1924 school year had three students. The class of 2023-2024 will mark the 100th graduating class of the district.

DiPonio thanked the mayor and City Council for recognizing Lake Shore.

“We’re proud members of St. Clair Shores,” DiPonio said. “Just couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of. We hope that we do our part to make you proud."