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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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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published June 19, 2013

Local students are getting their hands dirty in an effort to help the community with the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor.

Just days away from the end of the school year, a half dozen students at Jefferson Middle School stayed after the final bell to plant beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and watermelon with their teachers from Project Science class, Lisa Beckman and Sarah Bowman.

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Published June 12, 2013

It kicked off just after noon, windy, blustery but full of enthusiastic participants planning to spend 24 hours in Blossom Heath Park.

But the 2013 St. Clair Shores Relay for Life ended just a few hours later — a victim of Mother Nature and several strong storms threatening the area. Nevertheless, organizers said the 42 registered teams still raised almost $93,000 and they are confident they will raise more by the end of the summer.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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