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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Feeling stressed? Want to meet new friends?

Then grab your markers and head over to the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

The Coloring Social Circle meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the center, located at 20000 Stephens St. The group was formed to help members experience the health benefits of adult coloring: “By engaging multiple parts of the brain while coloring, focusing on the lines, movements and colors, we can de-stress,” according to its newsletter.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Asking for more clarification, City Council tabled a request from the Community Development and Inspection Department to increase rates paid for permits.

CDI Director Chris Rayes said the latest audit by Plante and Moran showed that the department was not being supported by the fees it was charging users. In reviewing the last five years of fees and revenues, it seemed that the Building Department’s permit prices were generating enough income, but the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and refrigeration permits were not.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing a process begun in 2012, the city will finish the replacement of its stock of mercury vapor streetlight fixtures with LED lighting with help from the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office.

To date, 3,500 fixtures in the city have been replaced through the program because of an Energy Optimization Rebate from the energy office. Now, Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes said that the city will receive another rebate to help pay for the replacement of the final 500 fixtures.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — State and federal politicians recently shared their concerns for the health of the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair during the annual Waterfront Environmental Committee meeting.

“My mother used to swim in the Rouge River,” said U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Roseville, speaking at the Jan. 21 meeting.

Levin said that’s why he is behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, because it is important for everyone to get involved. St. Clair Shores, he said, is very active in working to clean up the water.

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Published February 1, 2016

Firefighters spent more than four hours fighting a house fire along Lake St. Clair Jan. 30 that necessitated help from four neighboring agencies, as well.

“I saw a haze off the back,” said Maynard Buszek, who lives three doors down from the house that went up in flames that morning. “I could hear crackling and I saw flames on the back deck (and) smoke coming out the roof.”

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Published January 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Historical Commission is inviting residents to take a look back with the dedication of a third historical landmark in the city.

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Published January 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Facing changes to dozens of sections of the zoning ordinance, City Council instead tabled the matter, with the mayor creating a new committee to go through the changes and make recommendations to council. 

“I don’t think the public has had adequate notice about a lot of the changes on here today,” Councilman Chris Vitale said.

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Published January 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to speed up problems getting to city administrators’ attention, the “Report a Concern” button on scsmi.net has instead sometimes caused more consternation to residents than the original problem they were trying to report.

But with investigation into the problem by the city’s new assistant city manager, Bill Gambill, St. Clair Shores hopes that will become a thing of the past.

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Published January 26, 2016

It wasn’t the first time someone crashed into the Bulk Food Marketplace on Harper Avenue, but Manager Nick Sand said it’s the worst amount of damage.

“It took out quite a bit. She hit the wall, which took out this window and the window on the opposite side,” he said of a crash the afternoon of Jan. 22. He said drivers have crashed into the store on at least four other occasions but usually just take out a window.

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Published January 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The village of St. Clair Shores purchased its first dump truck around 1926. According to the Nellis News, a villagewide cleanup campaign was held from May 1 to May 17, 1927. The Village Council and the Business Men’s Association endeavored to make the village a cleaner place to live. Five days were devoted to gathering rubbish in each of the three districts. The village paid for the cleanup with disposal trucks, possibly like this dump truck. 

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With temperatures in the teens and 20s, it seems winter is finally upon us, and with it, the desire to hit the ice.

But with much of December and even the beginning of January experiencing temperatures in the high 30s to even 40 degrees, local experts say it’s best to pack caution along with those ice fishing poles.

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Published January 21, 2016

South Lake Schools is looking for those wanting to serve the district’s children and shape the future of the schools on its Board of Education.

Board of Education President Ellen Dunn stepped down at the end of 2015, although her term ran through the end of 2016 because of changes in state law.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Celebrating communities of “faith, knowledge and service,” local Catholic schools will highlight their efforts during National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

“Each day we have special events planned ... celebrating who we are and why our school is special,” said Julie DeGrez, principal of St. Germaine Catholic School in St. Clair Shores. “We’re able to learn about and practice our faith every single day.

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you can easily catch them at the zoo or in a bird show, it still seems to surprise residents when they spot the symbol of the country hanging around a local field or backyard.

“We were driving down Jefferson and we looked at this bird. ... We ran back home and she got her camera. These pictures were amazing,” said Cathy Sitek, of St. Clair Shores. 

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to launch children into early literacy and language development, the St. Clair Shores Public Library has started a program aiming to help expose children to “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

“We’re excited to do this to promote early literacy and reading with your child as early as birth,” said Youth Services Librarian Liz Drewek. “It all helps.”

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council unanimously approved the purchase of several vehicles for the Department of Public Works, replacing trucks that were more than a decade old.

A new Skid Steer was approved to replace a 1998 vehicle with 1,800 hours logged in use that has a broken gear box, which controls the hydraulics on the front of the machine.

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating straight-ticket voting, local clerks and lawmakers say they hope the state is prepared for the consequences.

St. Clair Shores City Clerk Mary Kotowski said that Michigan has one of the longest ballots in the country on even-year elections, which can include votes for the president, U.S. senators and Congress representatives, boards of education, state lawmakers and more. 

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Did you enjoy all of the Christmas presents you received this year? Or were there some that were nice, but just not quite what you were hoping for?

If there were, the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center could be the place for you.

New this year, the center is hosting a “regift raffle” fundraiser for the Senior Center of the Shores (SCOTS) board, which supports expenses at the center like new audio/visual equipment, furniture and decorations for parties and events. 

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Published January 19, 2016

Community groups, residents and lawmakers are joining together to help those who have unsafe water flowing through their taps.

“We are really just a group of concerned citizens that wanted to do something to help the families of Flint, Michigan during their water crisis,” said state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores.

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