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Published March 5, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This year will see more development coming to St. Clair Shores, according to Mayor Kip Walby.

He announced during his 2014 State of the City Address that officials have been working with the owner of the Shores Theatre, as well as Emagine Entertainment, to “use the building that sits there today, try to make it historical, make it look like the way it looked in the ’40s.”

“It is not an easy task,” he continued. “We all know that we would really love to bring that theater back again.”

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 26, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With tables pulled together in the back room of Ram’s Horn, the conversation ebbed and flowed, turning from who was still on their way, who couldn’t make it and their last get-together.

But while this group could have been a family or a gathering of old friends and acquaintances, it was instead members of the SCS Dinner Club, who have taken the “Shop the Shores” motto and expanded it to restaurants.

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published November 26, 2013

Source: Cynthia Bieniek, librarian and archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library
Photo Courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 20, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Though the weather outside is turning frightful, thoughts are already turning to next year’s summer car cruise season with the unveiling of the 2014 logo for the Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise.

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Published November 6, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Partaking in a day set aside to support healthy, affordable and sustainable food for everyone, dozens of local students, volunteers and administrators turned out to St. Margaret of Scotland Church Oct. 24.

That’s when 63 students joined with volunteers from Shorewood Kiwanis and the Macomb County Health Department to package 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger in an event sponsored by Shorewood Kiwanis.

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Published September 25, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Scattered throughout the city, six residential homes and businesses stood out from the rest.

Taking time to beautify and maintain their properties throughout the year, the three homes and three businesses were honored with Beautification Awards at the Sept. 16 City Council meeting.

“We just feel it’s very important to recognize those residents and those businesses that go the extra mile to beautify their property,” said Councilman John Caron, the liaison to the St. Clair Shores Beautification Commission.

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Published September 11, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A week into the position, new City Manager Phillip Ludos said he is looking for his service in St. Clair Shores to be the pinnacle of his career.

“What you’ll find is, I bring to the table a very diverse background,” he said.

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Published September 4, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The tents were filled with organic foods, rain barrels, electric bikes and other ways to go green — which, of course, is the point of the Green Fair at Veterans Memorial Park.

“I was really excited to see this was happening close to home,” said Maureen Hermes, of St. Clair Shores, who rode her bike to the fair Aug. 24.

She said, with three children, she tries to be environmentally conscious, but it’s not always easy. That’s why she was excited to learn more about environmental awareness at the Green Fair.

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Published September 4, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ten months after union supporters packed City Council chambers, calling on members to require a prevailing wage be paid to workers building the new 40th District Court, about 50 protesters were back in front of the site of the new building to picket.

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Published August 29, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hours before cruisers and spectators took to Harper Avenue, the dark clouds parted and blue sky shone through to make way for classic cars, hotrods and other specialty vehicles to take to the road.

That lucky turn of events didn’t surprise Bob Joannides, of St. Clair, though. He said it happens every year.

“The weather turns beautiful for this cruise,” he said, sitting outside Swick Tax Service just south of 10 Mile Road.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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Published August 28, 2013

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Art Authority has sent a strong statement to those handling the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy: hands off the DIA.

During the most recent meeting of the Oakland County Art Authority Aug. 20, the five-member board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that would cancel their existing contract to financially support the Detroit Institute of Arts if the museum’s collection is affected by the city’s bankruptcy process.

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Published July 31, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot can change in nine years — at least in the garden.

That’s how long it’s been since Karen Crouchman’s Ridgeway home was last featured as part of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners Garden Tour, which this year is set for Aug. 3.

“I put in a new, short, picket-type fence along the driveway,” she said. “I put in an arbor along the gate … a lot of new flower beds, a lot of new plants. I still have a pond, but I’ve changed the flowering around that,” she said.

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Published July 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to evoke waterfront entertainment synonymous with Venice, Italy, the Nautical Mile Merchants Association has resurrected the Venetian name for its summer festival.

The mid-July event had been called the Venetian Festival more than a decade ago, but changed to Aquafest five years ago. This year, Nautical Mile Merchants Association President Donna Flaherty said they decided to return to the prior name.

“We have a lot of events developing,” she said. “I’m really excited about this festival this year.”

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Published July 12, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping to protect community health, air and waterways from pollution, three state lawmakers came together July 11 to announce new legislation they hope will put the reigns on companies drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan.

“Fracking is a growing practice here in Michigan and we just want to make sure it’s properly regulated,” said state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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