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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Getting set for the next fiscal year, City Council approved a slew of new purchase orders for the Department of Public Works. 

With 15 items before City Council June 20 on the regular and consent agendas, Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock said that this is the annual request for purchasing contracts to keep the department up and running throughout the next year.

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Published June 29, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although it was something put in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Fire Chief George Morehouse said a new roof on the city’s North Fire Station can’t wait.

“The roof had been showing significant deterioration,” he told City Council in May. “We thought we were going to be able to control that occurrence. 

“This spring, the roof leaks have increased.”

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Published June 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s hard being popular.

With city parks being used for more and more events, it has become more of a necessity that the city police its overnight parking ban in park parking lots, which is why City Council took on two traffic control ordinance amendments this month.

City Manager Mike Smith said the ordinance change is a result of a “good problem” the city has.

“Blossom Heath Hall and Blossom Heath Park and Wahby Park have become very popular,” he said June 6. 

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Published June 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a fitness center expansion, new paint, new ceilings, new kitchen equipment and more, City Council approved the site plan for the Senior Activities Center expansion and renovation June 20.

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Published June 24, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the Fourth of July just around the corner, authorities are warning residents that there’s no real legal place to set off consumer-grade fireworks in St. Clair Shores.

“You cannot light them on public property; you can’t light them off within 200 ... feet from a structure. You cannot do it on private property without permission of the owners,” said Deputy Police Chief Steven Lambert. “We are going to enforce it to the letter of the law.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Highlighting fun for the family available at the park, the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, with First State Bank, is planning a bigger show for this year’s St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza June 24. 

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Published June 22, 2016

 ST. CLAIR SHORES — With news of an allegedly secret contract, potentially improper associations, an unapproved purchase and salary payments exceeding those contained in contracts, the Lake Shore Board of Education voted to waive attorney-client privilege and share the results of the executive summary of a forensic audit with the community June 13. 

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Published June 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After spending decades in the city together, they died just a month apart.

“His mission in life was to drive every day to the nursing home and hold her hand, feed her dinner and tuck her into bed,” said Gary Van de Putte, of Stafford, Virginia. “They’d been together for 78 years.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After being in and out of a hospital or nursing home for three years, losing her business and her home, and having to relocate from Holly down to Fraser to be closer to her sisters, who are nurses, Charlene Soleau said her diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy was “devastating.”

“For me, personally, it has completely turned my life in a different direction,” said Soleau. “It took a very long time to diagnose this. It’s very rare. It was devastating. I’m single.”

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Published June 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Three weeks after a middle school student reportedly tried to take his life in response to the bullying he was allegedly experiencing at Kennedy Middle School, Lake Shore Public Schools held a town hall panel discussion that included the father of the child, the superintendent, other community leaders and a celebrity guest to discuss ways to combat bullying in the schools.

The father of the eighth-grade student said that his son is on the mend and out of the intensive care unit. 

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Published June 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a proposed rate actually less than the mills levied on St. Clair Shores homeowners in 2015, City Council adopted the 2016-17 millage rates, water and sewer rates, and budget at its June 6 meeting.

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Published June 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — From September to June, they’re stationed throughout the city.

With a friendly smile and a wave, crossing guards are the first line of defense between children and traffic.

Despite that, most parents don’t ever think that the guard will be called upon to save their child’s life.

On Oct. 1, however, crossing guard Summer Bremer did just that.

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Published June 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Reflecting the fact that the city has only three liquor licenses left to give, City Council, after much debate, put additional restrictions on a new business owner coming into the city before granting him one of those three licenses.

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Published June 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With sunshine streaming through the trees and white tents sprouting up alongside the walking path, Veterans Memorial Park was transformed for 22 hours in the hopes that someday there would be a cure for cancer.

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Published June 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winter and road construction.

It sometimes seems as if there are only two seasons in Michigan, and for some residents, this year will be no different.

Construction began earlier this season on Frazho west of Little Mack, where the road is being reconstructed and a new water main installed, said Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes. 

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Published June 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Expanding the program for the summer of 2016, Lake Shore Public Schools will continue to offer free summer meals to any child.

Because of construction expected on Masonic Boulevard this summer, the Michigan Department of Education Summer Food Service Program is moving from Masonic Heights Elementary to two other schools in Lake Shore Public Schools this year: Violet and Rodgers elementary schools.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With crowds of more than 80,000 people lining Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade stepped off with a lone bagpiper, a riderless horse and honor guard to help viewers remember the reason for the festivities — those who have died in service to the United States. 

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Published June 3, 2016

SASEBO, JAPAN — A 2008 Warren De La Salle High School graduate is proudly serving his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

St. Clair Shores native Christopher Schwall is a petty officer 3rd class serving in Japan aboard the only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard.

According to a news release from the Navy’s Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs, “forward deployed” means being mission ready when the crew gets a call to answer, whether humanitarian relief or regional security.

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