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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local teacher, a city councilwoman and a mother fighting to protect children from domestic abuse are among those who will be honored when the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores hosts its 18th annual Champions Banquet.

Eight community members will be honored at the May 11 banquet, which will be held at the Assumption Cultural Center. This year, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will be highlighting the following honorees:

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a 50th anniversary celebration has turned into so much more, as the Macomb Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Series enters its sixth year bringing music to Wahby Park. 

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two Detroit teens are in custody on robbery charges after they allegedly stole from the cash register at a local pizza shop.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the money comes from the federal government, local municipalities have final say when deciding who gets their money from the Community Development Block Grant program. 

And when that money is cut but more requests are made, that can place City Council in a difficult situation.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved an amendment to its rental ordinance requiring that the landlord or a resident agent be registered with the city and live within a five-county area of St. Clair Shores.

“Sometimes we wish to serve a landlord (with court documents) and the landlord may be a trust and in California and may be a bank and may be, very simply, an absentee landlord,” said City Attorney Robert Ihrie. “Sometimes the judges are a little more reluctant to grant the relief we request.”

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With three unanimous votes and two agreements between four different parties, a yet-to-be-named team from the Federal Hockey League will be playing at Civic Arena this fall.

City Attorney Robert Ihrie told City Council April 18 that it took nearly a dozen drafts of the agreement before Global Hockey Management — which intends to purchase and bring a Federal Hockey League team to the city — and St. Clair Shores could reach a five-year agreement to bring semi-professional hockey to the city.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police have two teens in custody suspected of breaking into a local car dealership and stealing keys, in the hopes of taking a vehicle.

“They would come back and use the keys to try and activate the cars,” said Detective Jeff Goode. “On one of those occasions, they did get away with one of the cars.”

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Published April 20, 2016

DETROIT — With  humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, a local girl will join with others across metro Detroit to perform  the operetta “The Mikado” at the Detroit Opera House this month.

“I wanted to join because I love to sing and I wanted to try to see what it was like,” said 10-year-old Isabella Vesprini, of St. Clair Shores. “I like that we get to sing in front of a lot of people, and the costumes are really cool.”

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the temperatures beginning to climb and the grass greening, it can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for summer in the Shores.

Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said that boat slip rentals are up about 5 percent from this time last year. He attributed the increase to improvements made at the pool — an amenity offered with rental at Lac Ste. Claire Harbor — lower gas prices and higher water levels.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A measure highlighted by the state as “forward thinking” is coming to an end for the South Lake and Lake Shore school districts.

“It just left things a little thin over here,” said the newly appointed superintendent of Lake Shore Public Schools, Joe DiPonio. “When things start to lag and the response time for needs are not getting met, I think that was becoming a concern for the staff.”

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following allegations of the misuse of money from Lake Shore Public Schools’ international fund, the district has hired a forensic auditor to take a look at the books and get to the bottom of the matter.

Although he announced his retirement in March, Lake Shore Superintendent Chris Loria’s contract runs through June 30. But Joe DiPonio, the principal at Lake Shore High School, instead was named to the superintendent’s position — and began working in that capacity — April 1.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The developer building a new senior living complex on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church will receive a tax break of up to $700,000 under a brownfield redevelopment plan of the property, which the city has deemed blighted and functionally obsolete. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — They’re back.

Just as Old Man Winter loosens his grip on Michigan, it’s time for pothole season to rear its ugly head, and local governmental agencies are doing their best to keep up.

“We have been busy with them,” said St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock. “For a while, we were out basically every day. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping that their good works will inspire others, a classroom full of “good eggs” say they were first inspired by books from a local author.

S. Ciara Mitaro, of Sterling Heights, first published “The Good Eggs” in 2013 to teach lessons in virtues to children in the elementary grades. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than a quarter-century, a Macomb County business has made sure the sounds of summer return to St. Clair Shores.

The St. Clair Shores City Council issued a proclamation of thanks to Petitpren Inc. April 4, expressing gratitude to the distribution company for its 26 years of sponsorship of the city’s Concerts in the Park series.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More renovations are proceeding down Harper Avenue, with another fast-food chain requesting to update its look.

With a brand new Taco Bell down the street, Burger King in the 24000 block of Harper Avenue, near Stephens, has requested to make improvements to its facade as well, bringing the restaurant in line with more modern iterations of the franchise. 

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Published April 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum is on the move.

Two years after the nonprofit established its collection of historic vehicles, military artifacts, and recorded veteran histories in a space on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores, Museum Director John Lind and the leaser confirmed that they had reached a mutual financial agreement to forego the remaining four months of the museum’s lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy must vacate the property by May 8.

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Published April 7, 2016

St. Clair Shores Police are looking for a 31-year-old Eastpointe man suspected of robbing a pharmacist at CVS at gunpoint.

Sgt. Gary Titus said that the night of April 4, St. Clair Shores Police received a report of a carjacking in the city. As officers responded to the scene, there was a call from the CVS Pharmacy on Harper Avenue at 11 Mile Road reporting an armed robbery.

“He made a false 911 call of a carjacking in an attempt to divert officers away from the crime scene,” Titus said.

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