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Published October 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 6, 2015

Editor's note: The City of St. Clair Shores reports that the closure of Harper Avenue at Lakeland and Bon Brae has been delayed. The tentative closure date is now Oct. 19. Take note of posted detour signs for up-to-date information.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work to clean up contaminated manhole vaults at Harper Avenue and Bon Brae Street has hit a roadblock, and will now require many more weeks of intensive construction, as well as the closure of the avenue at that intersection.

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Published October 2, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for two men who allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes after breaking into a local gas station.


St. Clair Shores police were called to the Marathon gas station in the 22000 block of Harper Avenue around 4 a.m. Sept. 20. They noticed that the west window had been smashed and found a hammer on the ground next to the window.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Taking time to thank those who put effort into making St. Clair Shores look beautiful, City Council handed out three residential Beautification Awards and two to businesses Sept. 21.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits at the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.


“We like the idea of all the made-in-Michigan products,” said Candace Schuver, of St. Clair Shores. “It’s a great time to spend with my best friend on my day off. It’s great to see something like this in our city, in our own backyard.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After learning that a federal grant to purchase a new apparatus will not be forthcoming, the Fire Department has decided to remount one of its ambulances that has undergone more than $40,000 in repairs and been out of service 27 times in the past two years.


Fire Chief George Morehouse said that, during the 2015-16 budget session, they had placed money into a fund to either pay for cost-sharing for a federal grant or to remount the Alpha 1 ambulance.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A new festival is coming to town this October when Veterans Memorial Park will be transformed into a biergarten paradise for Shorestoberfest.


Hosted by the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee, Shorestoberfest will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. With music from a German band and a disc jockey, games, food from Craft Grille and beer from Atwater Brewery, the event is for those 21 years and older who want to enjoy fun in the community.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The fall chill is in the air, which means Old Man Winter is right around the corner.


Now, experts say, is the right time to get your home prepared for the colder weather.


“This is our busy time of the year, getting geared up for the winter, replacing windows or replacing doors,” said John Palazzolo, president of American Door Systems Inc. in Rochester Hills. “Everybody’s trying to get it done before the cold and winter snow starts coming in.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the turnout in its inaugural year exceeding organizers’ expectations, plans are already in place to continue the St. Clair Shores Farmers Market in 2016.


“The turnout has been phenomenal and has way exceeded our expectations,” said market founder Susan Bunte, of St. Clair Shores.


About 5,000 shoppers turned out for the first market at the end of July, and nearly 4,000 people came to the August market, she said.

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When students returned to St. Isaac Jogues’ Catholic School this fall, they found new friends, familiar faces and a surprising sight — no more science books.


Instead, the textbooks had been replaced by lab manuals and a state-of-the-art curriculum that lets students get hands-on with learning science in a fully stocked laboratory nearly every week.

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are investigating two 18-year-old women in connection with a Chihuahua that went missing just after midnight Sept. 17.


Officers responded to a call from the 22000 block of Lanse from a 25-year-old man who said he was sitting on his back porch just after midnight when he heard footsteps running up his driveway. His 5-pound, 5-month-old Chihuahua, Gizmo, then began to bark.


When he got up, he saw a woman with dark hair wearing a dark shirt running down the driveway allegedly carrying his dog.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 18, 2015

With a field of only four candidates for three spots, the choices for residents to pick city council members this November are few.

The St. Clair Shores Women’s Civic League attempted to give residents a peak into the views of the candidates at a Sept. 17 Town Hall Meeting spotlighting the choices for City Council.

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Published September 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On the first day of school at Rodgers Elementary, many parents drove their students to school, parked and then waited around the school for teachers to come out and usher in the students for a new year.


But near the time of the first bell, with vehicles lining both sides of Lanse Street, drivers exiting east out of the school were met by a line of vehicles heading west toward the school, creating an impasse only broken when those heading east backed up, turned around and allowed those driving toward the school to continue on.

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Published September 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the passing of Labor Day and the closure of the city pool for the year, the city has found an opportunity to continue to raise revenue in Lac Ste. Claire Harbor.


Mayor Kip Walby first brought the idea forward to offer winter storage for boats and recreational vehicles in the unused Lac Ste. Claire Harbor parking lot at the 2015-16 city budget hearings as a way to increase revenue to help defray the cost of maintenance and payments for the harbor.

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Published September 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With help from a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the city of St. Clair Shores will be planting 400 new trees.


According to a memo from Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock, St. Clair Shores lost about 1,000 ash trees due to the emerald ash borer. With a $100,000 grant from the USDA, the city will be able to begin replacing the lost trees. Babcock said city employees will be planting 100 trees, but the remainder will be planted by a contractor hired by City Council at its Sept. 8 meeting.

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Published September 16, 2015

Chief Harold Lanstra poses with the members of the St. Clair Shores Village Police Motorcycle Squad on June 19, 1928. They were photographed in the police yard, which was located on the northeast corner of the Davis block near Harper and 11 Mile Road. From left to right are Trufly Dubey, Harvey Champine, Jim Trombly and Jim Nelson. In June 1926, the first Police Department had been organized with a team of four men and two motorcycles. John (Jack) Doyle was appointed chief, and Harold Lanstra, Abel Allard and Harvey Champine were patrolmen.Read More

Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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