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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Heavy rain in early July impacted residents’ basements and the St. Clair Shores Public Library when 3 inches of rain fell in two hours, with 2 inches falling in the first hour.

“Not many people knew what was going on in their basements until they woke up,” said Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the assertion that “police departments across the country ... are under assault,” Mayor Kip Walby invited Monsignor Michael Bugarin, of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, to offer a prayer for the members of the St. Clair Shores Police Department to open the July 18 City Council meeting.

“I felt that we needed to show support to our Police Department, to our men and women in blue, who do provide us safety,” Walby said. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of Lakeview Public Schools were in front of City Council in July, asking to beautify their portion of St. Clair Shores.

Since the district has expanded its Junior Optimist program to all grade levels, Lakeview has been looking for projects that students of all ages can do together. Optimist International states that its mission is to bring out the best in youth, communities and themselves. 

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Published July 20, 2016

With Pokémon GO exploding in popularity over the past weeks — it has already surpassed Candy Crush Saga with the most active daily users in the United States at the peak of that game’s popularity — it only seems inevitable that the smartphone app could cause some problems in the real world.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Sentinel’s coverage area, voters will decide which candidates will move on to the November general election, a county veterans millage and Detroit Zoo millage renewal, along with a new police and fire millage for St. Clair Shores Aug. 2. Candidates in contested races were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over their word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.Read More

Published July 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — BPA, pesticides, phthalates and more. 

Do you know if these are lurking in your house?

The Lake House, a gathering place for people touched by cancer, 26701 Little Mack Ave., will help answer that question with its latest speaker, Erica Bretz, a naturopathic practitioner, who will speak about environmental toxins from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 26. 

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Published July 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s a match made in heaven, in the eyes of a local 5-year-old girl.

Mia Grammatico says her idol, country star Keith Urban, is talking to her in his song, “I wanna be your man (forever).”

“His one song, he said he wanted to marry me,” Mia said. “‘Pretty little girl I want to put a wedding ring on your finger.’ He was talking to me.” 

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Published July 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Warren man was issued two tickets after fleeing the scene of an accident during which he left his boat and trailer behind.

A man in his 40s was driving down 9 Mile Road the night of July 10 when his trailer that held a Rinker speed boat became detached from his vehicle, according to St. Clair Shores Police Officer Paul Opper. The trailer and boat crashed into a utility pole and struck a vehicle at the Roy O’Brien Ford dealership.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While it may be hard to remember in the heat of summer, it’s nearly election time.

St. Clair Shores City Clerk Mary Kotowski said it’s important for residents to remember that the Aug. 2 primary election is part of the national parties’ nominating process. 

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Published July 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The community is invited to come support one of St. Clair Shores’ unique recreation programs July 21 during Coneys for Kids Night at Veterans Memorial Park.

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Published July 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — For many senior citizens living in Macomb County, a special dog or cat may be their only companion. 

And while they provide unconditional love and companionship, their presence may be a burden on the low-income owners who keep them.

“In many cases, these seniors that are low-income or no-income wind up giving their own food to their pets. They’ll go hungry before their pets go hungry,” said Diana Rascano, president and co-founder of 4 Paws 1 Heart in St. Clair Shores.

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Published July 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Lakeview Board of Education is looking to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Trustee Carol Herbon, who had served for eight years.

“Carol Herbon provided great perspective as a mother and graduate of Lakeview,” said Superintendent Karl Paulson in an email. “She always put students first in her decision-making process. The board members and I could always count on her being passionate about her positions, and her ethics were always of the highest caliber.”

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Published July 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A man suspected of robbing a CVS pharmacy in St. Clair Shores and then heading down to Ohio and allegedly committing another robbery has turned himself in to police.

Eric John Auchmuty, a 31-year-old from Eastpointe, was arraigned in front of Magistrate Mark Metry July 6 on charges of armed robbery and making a false report of a felony.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a pub crawl, a fishing derby, a fun run and dog shows, there will be something for everyone at this year’s Aqua Fest along the Nautical Mile.

“The goal this year, of course, was to make it ... fun for the whole family,” said Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association. 

This year, she said, the three-day festival, to be held July 15-17, will have many more events and some will be held in Blossom Heath Park, as well as along the Nautical Mile. 

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Published July 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Tara Aldea’s 6-year-old daughter will be starting first grade at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School in St. Clair Shores in the fall and, like most mothers, Aldea can’t imagine life without Isabella.

But the way Isabella Galea joined Aldea’s family was a route familiar to some, but not to others.

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Published July 5, 2016

Two dogs died in a house fire in the 22000 block of 12 Mile Road over the Fourth of July weekend, but fire officials say fireworks were not to blame.

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to the home around 1:40 p.m. July 2 after a neighbor across the street saw visible flames from the house, said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar.

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Published July 1, 2016

After five years and millions of dollars spent, a Wisconsin community’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan has been approved by the Great Lakes Compact Council.

This was the first application under the Great Lakes Compact, adopted in 2008, to request a diversion of water from a Great Lake. The compact, said Marc Smith, policy director of the National Wildlife Federation at the Great Lakes Office in Ann Arbor, promotes wise management of the water in the basin and puts a ban on diversions with limited exceptions.

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