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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With children today spending an average of seven hours a day on TV, computers, phones and other electronic devices, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and excessive use of media leading to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, one local school thought it was time to take a break.

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Published May 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Bean bag toss. Basketball shoot. Skee ball. 

It might be the makings of a great time at Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Buster’s. Or it might be the beginnings of a cardboard arcade being designed by a group of ecologically minded students at Avalon Elementary School within South Lake Schools.

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Published May 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing an agreement that has been in place for at least five years, Lake Shore Public Schools will continue to welcome overseas students to spend a year in the district.

The Board of Education voted April 25 to extend its contract with its Chinese sister school for the next six years.

“They are still paying a tuition, (and) we added a health insurance component to the contract,” said board President Shannon Ketelhut. 

The prior contract, she said, had been for five years.

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Published May 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In a budget season when St. Clair Shores faces a potential multimillion-dollar shortfall between revenues and expenses, requests from different departments in Parks and Recreation were met with concerns and questions from City Council during the fiscal year 2016-17 budget hearings.

Recreation programs, like the swimming pool and the Special Needs Playground Program, are costing more to run this year because of the increase in the minimum wage, City Manager Michael Smith said.

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Published May 11, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The average child in the U.S. spends seven hours a day in front of a screen.

This excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So what can you, as a parent or caregiver, do to help minimize your child’s screen time during those school-free months? One option, local experts say, is to have them explore nature. 

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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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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