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Published April 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following allegations of the misuse of money from Lake Shore Public Schools’ international fund, the district has hired a forensic auditor to take a look at the books and get to the bottom of the matter.

Although he announced his retirement in March, Lake Shore Superintendent Chris Loria’s contract runs through June 30. But Joe DiPonio, the principal at Lake Shore High School, instead was named to the superintendent’s position — and began working in that capacity — April 1.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The developer building a new senior living complex on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church will receive a tax break of up to $700,000 under a brownfield redevelopment plan of the property, which the city has deemed blighted and functionally obsolete. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — They’re back.

Just as Old Man Winter loosens his grip on Michigan, it’s time for pothole season to rear its ugly head, and local governmental agencies are doing their best to keep up.

“We have been busy with them,” said St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock. “For a while, we were out basically every day. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping that their good works will inspire others, a classroom full of “good eggs” say they were first inspired by books from a local author.

S. Ciara Mitaro, of Sterling Heights, first published “The Good Eggs” in 2013 to teach lessons in virtues to children in the elementary grades. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than a quarter-century, a Macomb County business has made sure the sounds of summer return to St. Clair Shores.

The St. Clair Shores City Council issued a proclamation of thanks to Petitpren Inc. April 4, expressing gratitude to the distribution company for its 26 years of sponsorship of the city’s Concerts in the Park series.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More renovations are proceeding down Harper Avenue, with another fast-food chain requesting to update its look.

With a brand new Taco Bell down the street, Burger King in the 24000 block of Harper Avenue, near Stephens, has requested to make improvements to its facade as well, bringing the restaurant in line with more modern iterations of the franchise. 

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Published April 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum is on the move.

Two years after the nonprofit established its collection of historic vehicles, military artifacts, and recorded veteran histories in a space on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores, Museum Director John Lind and the leaser confirmed that they had reached a mutual financial agreement to forego the remaining four months of the museum’s lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy must vacate the property by May 8.

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Published April 7, 2016

St. Clair Shores Police are looking for a 31-year-old Eastpointe man suspected of robbing a pharmacist at CVS at gunpoint.

Sgt. Gary Titus said that the night of April 4, St. Clair Shores Police received a report of a carjacking in the city. As officers responded to the scene, there was a call from the CVS Pharmacy on Harper Avenue at 11 Mile Road reporting an armed robbery.

“He made a false 911 call of a carjacking in an attempt to divert officers away from the crime scene,” Titus said.

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Published April 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Sarah DeDonatis, of St. Clair Shores, has been a member of the Michigan Orchid Society for more than 15 years. 

“My husband’s aunt invited me to come and work, actually, on the show all those years ago, and I just fell in love,” she said. “It’s just a way to really get to work as a community, (and) get to look at these amazingly beautiful flowers from all over the world, and meet some amazing growers.”

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Published April 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s back.

To kick off the summer boating season, restaurants on the Nautical Mile are bringing back their spring Restaurant Week April 11-17. Seven restaurants along the Nautical Mile will offer food and drink specials and special menus for the week to give patrons a chance to see what they have to offer.

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Published April 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With spring officially here, the St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department is looking to fill out its employment roster for the summer season.

“This year, with unemployment being so much better, it’s getting harder and harder to get good quality folks,” said City Manager Michael Smith at the March 21 City Council meeting.

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Published April 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Halfway through the fiscal year, most departments in the city have spent less than half of their planned expenditures.

Both the Police and Fire departments have spent less so far this year than in the prior fiscal year, according to a second-quarter budget report provided by city Finance Director Doug Haag March 21. 

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A priest who served throughout metro Detroit from 1956 to 1975 has been accused of alleged sexual abuse of minors in Wayne and Oakland counties while in ministry.

The Archdiocese of Detroit said that allegations of sexual abuse of minors while in ministry have been brought against Richard R. Lauinger, 85. The Archdiocesan Board of Review has considered the allegations and has found them to be credible.

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Published April 1, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although she feels like teaching runs in her blood, Stephanie Dzubak said she was still quite surprised to be named the Teacher of the Year at the middle school level by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. 

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Published March 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A major plan to bring a minor league hockey team to St. Clair Shores is set to come before City Council next month, with a proposal to improve Civic Arena at minimal cost to the city.

Council heard a proposal from Recreation Sports Manager Gina Rheaume and franchisees from the Federal Hockey League at a March 14 study session to bring a minor league hockey team to the city to compete in the league, which will have eight teams guaranteed for the 2016-17 season. 

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Published March 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That’s the motto the city is following with regard to plans to build a skate park at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park on Harper Avenue. The city applied, and was rejected in 2015, for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to pay for half of the proposed $135,788 project. 

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Published March 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In an effort to keep up with the changing pace of technology, City Council once again discussed ways to regulate a growing trend — the outlining of windows in LED lights.

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Published March 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Stating that it would be used for training, standoffs and other situations, the city’s Police Department will request an armored military vehicle from the federal government.

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Published March 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a plan to fix up one of the city’s rental homes with money from the Community Development Block Grant program, the city planner told City Council members they had options when it came to making repairs to a house on Colony.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although residents have approved a similar millage every few years since 2003, the proposal facing St. Clair Shores this August will have a few notable changes: namely, a higher millage rate and a lack of a guarantee of staffing levels in the ballot language.

The proposed language being put before voters Aug. 2 will call for up to 5 mills to be levied on residents for the next three years, beginning in 2017, to pay for police and fire operations in the city, an increase from the previous 2 mills levied.

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