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Published May 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In their third year of existence, the South Lake High School Mighty CavBots are taking to the seas — or at least a pool.

The robotics club has earned a spot to compete in the sixth National SeaPerch Challenge, to be held May 20-21 on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

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Published May 5, 2016

Cigarettes and an oxygen tank may have caused the death of a 72-year-old man who was found dead inside his burning home April 30.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — “This is the toughest budget I’ve seen in my 16 years.”

So began two nights of budget hearings in front of City Council, in which Mayor Kip Walby said the city needs to hold the line on spending in an effort to reduce the amount of money needed to balance the budget from the rainy day fund. 

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Published May 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite tough cuts elsewhere, City Council members said they want to make sure the library has enough money to continue to buy new materials in 2017. 

During the April 27 city budget hearing, Library Director Rosemary Orlando told City Council that they had zero capital requests listed in the budget — which meant that no materials were budgeted to be purchased in 2016-17. 

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Published May 4, 2016

With 18 percent of the more than 17,000 registered voters casting a ballot, Lake Shore Public Schools will be able to improve buildings, technology and more with the help of a $35 million bond approved by voters May 3.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the current representative term-limited out of office, four newcomers are throwing their hats into the ring to compete for the 18th District of the state House of Representatives. 

The position is currently held by state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores. But she is in her third term in office, and Michigan election law limits state legislators to three two-year terms, or six years, in office.

Roberts said her term ends Dec. 31.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local teacher, a city councilwoman and a mother fighting to protect children from domestic abuse are among those who will be honored when the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores hosts its 18th annual Champions Banquet.

Eight community members will be honored at the May 11 banquet, which will be held at the Assumption Cultural Center. This year, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will be highlighting the following honorees:

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a 50th anniversary celebration has turned into so much more, as the Macomb Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Series enters its sixth year bringing music to Wahby Park. 

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two Detroit teens are in custody on robbery charges after they allegedly stole from the cash register at a local pizza shop.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the money comes from the federal government, local municipalities have final say when deciding who gets their money from the Community Development Block Grant program. 

And when that money is cut but more requests are made, that can place City Council in a difficult situation.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved an amendment to its rental ordinance requiring that the landlord or a resident agent be registered with the city and live within a five-county area of St. Clair Shores.

“Sometimes we wish to serve a landlord (with court documents) and the landlord may be a trust and in California and may be a bank and may be, very simply, an absentee landlord,” said City Attorney Robert Ihrie. “Sometimes the judges are a little more reluctant to grant the relief we request.”

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With three unanimous votes and two agreements between four different parties, a yet-to-be-named team from the Federal Hockey League will be playing at Civic Arena this fall.

City Attorney Robert Ihrie told City Council April 18 that it took nearly a dozen drafts of the agreement before Global Hockey Management — which intends to purchase and bring a Federal Hockey League team to the city — and St. Clair Shores could reach a five-year agreement to bring semi-professional hockey to the city.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police have two teens in custody suspected of breaking into a local car dealership and stealing keys, in the hopes of taking a vehicle.

“They would come back and use the keys to try and activate the cars,” said Detective Jeff Goode. “On one of those occasions, they did get away with one of the cars.”

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Published April 20, 2016

DETROIT — With  humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, a local girl will join with others across metro Detroit to perform  the operetta “The Mikado” at the Detroit Opera House this month.

“I wanted to join because I love to sing and I wanted to try to see what it was like,” said 10-year-old Isabella Vesprini, of St. Clair Shores. “I like that we get to sing in front of a lot of people, and the costumes are really cool.”

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the temperatures beginning to climb and the grass greening, it can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for summer in the Shores.

Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said that boat slip rentals are up about 5 percent from this time last year. He attributed the increase to improvements made at the pool — an amenity offered with rental at Lac Ste. Claire Harbor — lower gas prices and higher water levels.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A measure highlighted by the state as “forward thinking” is coming to an end for the South Lake and Lake Shore school districts.

“It just left things a little thin over here,” said the newly appointed superintendent of Lake Shore Public Schools, Joe DiPonio. “When things start to lag and the response time for needs are not getting met, I think that was becoming a concern for the staff.”

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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