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Published May 24, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In the journey of life, fulfillment tends to arrive at different stages.

For some, that expedition may result in a grinding halt — especially for those in their older age who are in post-retirement and are seeking something new in the realm of personal joy.

Volunteerism may be the answer, or just one answer. Through organizations such as Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, the rewarding experience of volunteering — whether it’s with kids or other seniors — can brighten numerous lives.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although the federal government hasn’t yet passed its budget, local communities can’t wait to make plans for Community Development Block Grant money, or they risk losing out.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The newest car to patrol the streets of St. Clair Shores will be recognizable for the fact that it does not blend in with the rest of the fleet.

The first St. Clair Shores vehicle design contest opened up the graphic design of the vehicle to students in the city, with the winning design a combination of a creation of South Lake High School sophomore Jenna Hall and Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Avary Black.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When Joshua Lopetrone spotted a Little Free Library in his neighborhood, he was intrigued. 

He had been looking for a large project to tackle to earn his Eagle Scout designation, and the more he looked into the Little Free Libraries, the more he decided this could be the right fit for him.

“I’ve been planning this for a little under a year,” said Lopetrone, a 16-year-old sophomore at Lake Shore High School. “It’s been a long time planning all of this, researching ideas.”

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With construction continuing on a large senior living facility on Jefferson Avenue, the developer returned to City Council with some requests for changes to the plan.

Mike Parks, of Cypress Partners, said that winter rains had pushed the project about three weeks behind schedule on the Lakeshore Senior Living project on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church on Jefferson Avenue, north of Martin Road. Nevertheless, he said that they anticipate finishing the project the first week of November.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With an increasing awareness of the dangers that police face every day on the job and high-profile shootings of officers close to home and across the country, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores said that it’s more important than ever to give their thanks to the city’s officers.

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Published May 23, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — As National Police Week was observed May 14-20, a group of 41 Macomb Community College police cadets officially graduated during a commencement ceremony May 16 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

The students completed a 17 1/2-week course as Class 101 at the college’s police academy. Several guest speakers, including Academy Director Raymund Macksoud, were on hand to honor the cadets as they move toward their next step in patrolling the streets.

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Published May 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This year is the 65th anniversary of the annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. Attracting tens of thousands of spectators, the parade is the largest in the area and possibly one of the largest in the Midwest. 

Originally organized by the American Legion, the Amvets and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade today is organized by the city of St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade Committee.

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Published May 17, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Looking to replace your driveway pavement, get new windows or install a new roof?

Before tackling any home improvement projects, local experts have some tips to protect your home — and your bank account.

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Published May 17, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With the frost finally gone and the return of mild temperatures, many Michiganders participate in the annual ritual of “spring cleaning.” Heavy snow boots and jackets are stashed away, while items like pool toys, lawn furniture and golf clubs see the light of day for the first time in months.

With drivers, irons and putters in tow, many will head to their favorite local links. While some will play a weekend round with friends, others will enter leagues, an offering featured at many local courses.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police chased a bank robbery suspect into the city of Detroit May 4, after the suspect passed a note to a bank teller demanding cash.

According to a press release from the St. Clair Shores Police Department, a call came in at 12:52 p.m. May 4 from Citizens Bank in the 31200 block of Harper Avenue after a suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mackenzie Orzechowski has always loved animals. 

She said she often talks about animals and the environment with her classmates at South Lake High School.

This summer, she’ll have the chance to discuss her passion with hundreds of students just like her at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 25-30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summer will unofficially begin at 1 p.m. May 28 when the 65th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade steps off at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With Earth Day recently passed and boating season ramping up, members of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee hope that residents will take a few hours to pitch in to help clean up the lake shore.

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Published May 15, 2017

An 84-year-old woman escaped a middle-of-the-night fire that destroyed her home on Little Mack Avenue May 13.

“The neighbor said he saw the fire start at the back of the house and then swept around toward her bedroom,” said Terry Haus, of Chesterfield Township, a friend of the homeowner in the 28000 block of Little Mack Avenue. “She could smell the smoke and could see the flames coming through her window, so she got out of there.”

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Published May 15, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — On the afternoon of May 9, two Richmond men, one driving and the other a passenger, lost consciousness while their car traveled along eastbound Interstate 94 in Harrison Township.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen swerving at the Metropolitan Parkway exit before it struck a guardrail and a roadside sign and landed in a ditch near Joy Road.

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Published May 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After weeks of dispute and a court injunction, Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger agreed to a May 10 court order that ultimately means a partial move, as planned, of her office from the Circuit Court building to the former Talmer Bank building at 120 N. Main St.

The Register of Deeds and Vital Records were slated to be moved the weekend of May 13-14, after press time.

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While most people usually think of court as a place to be punished, what if the court were a place to help defendants get out of a troublesome loop and back on the right track?

That’s the idea behind a self-funded program at the 40th District Court, the Driving Offense Court, for those ticketed for driving while license suspended (DWLS), and a specialty court to help those battling addictions to prescription medication.

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores City Council awarded a contract to plant 400 trees along dozens of streets in the city, to be paid for with money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant. 

“We were successful in applying in January (for a) second $100,000 grant to plant 400-500 trees in the city,” Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock said. 

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With more than 200 people committing to take their first steps, the Walk St. Clair Shores 28-Day Challenge began on a windy, gray day.

Rick Mathias, of St. Clair Shores, committed to the challenge with his wife “just to get some exercise.”

He said they would be putting in their steps together. 

Twenty-three group walk locations have been scheduled for each week of the challenge, which runs May 1-28, with walkers having the option to join four or five groups most days of the week. 

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