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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a proponent of assistance to veterans and families of service members, Bryan Mazey has been named the grand marshal of the 64th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may seem early, but the St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt is right around the corner.

For the first time, though, the event will be held the day before Easter — on a Saturday — instead of on the actual holiday. This year’s hunt is at noon March 26 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With this month containing a holiday perhaps best known for its connections to alcohol, it may not be a surprise to see more St. Clair Shores police on patrol in March.

“This month is drunk driving awareness month,” said Traffic Sgt. Jenna Conrad. “We will be conducting OWI (operating while under the influence) enforcement periods throughout the entire month of March.”

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After eight years at the helm of Lake Shore Public Schools, Superintendent Chris Loria has announced that he will retire at the end of the fiscal year.

“I’m going to miss the kids, absolutely,” he said. “Because I’m one of those hands-on superintendents — I can go down the hallway in the high school and I’ll get two or three hugs.

“That’s the stuff I’m going to miss. All the other pressures of the job, not so much.”

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With refinancing of Lakeview Public Schools’ outstanding 2001 and 2008 bonds, taxpayers in the district will save more than $2 million.

The Lakeview Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution in November directing administrators to look into reducing expenses for bond indebtedness. The administration did so, and discovered that there could be millions in savings if the bonds were refunded.

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Published March 8, 2016

While headlines about Republican presidential candidates have mostly dominated the media as the country narrows down the field, St. Clair Shores residents are divided as to whether they love the fray or want the country to go another way.

“It’s been crazy,” said Dave Janisse, voting Tuesday morning at St. Clair Shores City Hall. “I particularly don’t like (Republican candidate) Ted Cruz ... although I’m not overly thrilled with anybody. I like to keep religion and politics separate and he has a problem with that.”

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

Wanting to reassure residents of the quality of St. Clair Shores’ water, the city is conducting testing of its pipes a year early.

City Manager Michael Smith said that the city is required to test its water pipes for lead and copper every three years. It did so in 2014, so it is “in the middle of that cycle,” but St. Clair Shores decided to err on the side of caution.

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Published March 2, 2016

Channeling the adage of “if at first you don’t succeed,” Lake Shore Public Schools is trying again to pass a $35 million bond to improve security, technology and buildings in the district.

Voters turned down the request in 2015, but the district’s Assistant superintendent of finance and human resources, Frank Thomas, said that conditions are more favorable this year. The bond will be put before voters May 3.

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Published March 2, 2016

The city’s poet laureate is having a banner publishing year, with three books he has produced or edited hitting the market in 2016.

M.L. Liebler’s first book of poetry since 2008, “I Want to Be Once,” will be published in April to coincide with National Poetry Month.

“I’m really pleased with it,” said Liebler, of St. Clair Shores. “The ingredients are poems that are written about Detroit, St. Clair Shores in one section; another section is about the time that I spent in Afghanistan.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROMEO — When a parent learns that their child has cancer, it’s an earth-shattering blow.

But couple that with the fact that more than 95 percent of research dollars go toward adult cancer research, and it can seem like an uphill battle to remain hopeful.

Enter St. Baldrick.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity that aims to fund the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.

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Published February 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With warm breezes blowing and children happily climbing play structures, using the swings and monkey bars of Blossom Heath Park, it almost could have been spring.

But that was the weather that greeted visitors to the third annual St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival in February.

With highs near 60 degrees for the first two days of the festival, it wasn’t so much frozen as melting, but many visitors didn’t seem to mind.

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Published February 24, 2016

Choosing a firm that’s done similar work in the area, City Council approved Partners in Architecture, of Mount Clemens, to design the plans for a $1.7 million project to renovate and expand the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

“You want the best person for the job, not necessarily the cheapest,” said City Manager Michael Smith. “One group really stood out.”

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Published February 23, 2016

Although the price of concrete has dropped slightly from last year, the city still has not reinstated the sidewalk replacement program that it put on hold in 2015.

Considering a bid from Italia Construction at the Feb. 16 meeting, City Council was told that prices were not back to their 2014 levels of $3 a square foot for 4-inch concrete and $3.60 a square foot for 6-inch concrete, but that they had come down slightly from highs of $5.44 and $5.80, respectively.

The new bid was for $3.99 a square foot for 4-inch concrete and $4.44 for 6-inch concrete.

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Published February 23, 2016

Karleen Beaupre relays for her son, and in memory of her best friend.

“My son is a cancer survivor,” said the St. Clair Shores mother. “He’ll be 13, (but) he was diagnosed at 5” with Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer.

“We definitely need to find a cure.”

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 22, 2016

Continuing a tradition started by gym teacher Lisa Pecoraro, students at Violet Elementary spent a day jump roping for health this month.

Students donned red in honor of the American Heart Association and spent the day jumping, skipping and more Feb. 12 to celebrate the money they had raised for the AHA in 2016. The school has participated in Jump Rope for Heart annually since about 2000, when Pecoraro joined the school staff. It was about the same time that she lost her grandmother to heart disease.

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Published February 21, 2016

With organizers joking that it will be your fault if you leave hungry, plans are underway for this year’s Shorian Taste Fest, a fun time with an important purpose — making sure kids stay safe on the football field.

The seventh annual Shorian Taste Fest will be held 1-5 p.m. March 6 at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper Ave., with more than 30 restaurants and caterers offering up tastes of their cuisine, from Andiamo and Applebee’s to Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks and G. Willie’s.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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