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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to highlight those who make a difference in the lives of those around them, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will honor the work of seven champions and one youth leader at the 19th annual Champions Banquet May 10.

This year’s batch of champions is very eclectic, said Optimist Club President Debbie DePape. 

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It can happen when you’re walking along the sidewalk — all of a sudden, a dog runs up and wants to say hello.

Harmless, right? 

Not necessarily, and it’s against the law.

City Councilman John Caron said that residents have contacted him recently to complain about loose dogs as they are out walking their own canine on a leash. 

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the value of a 1-mill levy for the library declining every year, City Manager Mike Smith told City Council that the general fund may have to subsidize part of the St. Clair Shores Public Library’s budget in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

“The value of that (millage) has continued to drop, and this year, again ... there’s a decrease in the amount of the millage that we can collect,” he said April 25 during City Council budget hearings. “We’re starting the year with an infusion of some funds from the general fund.”

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With seven certified candidates filing to run for the 2017 City Council race, an August primary election will be held in accordance with the city charter.

City Clerk Mary Kotowski said that the St. Clair Shores city charter calls for a primary election when there are more than double the number of candidates for the number of open seats. Therefore, voters will decide Aug. 8 which six of the seven candidates will proceed to the November general election for City Council.

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Published May 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will be holding Macomb County Day on May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The service is part of County Days, offered twice a year for people living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents, said DIA Program Manager Julie McFarland.

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Published April 27, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley made remarks during a recent Macomb Chamber Alliance event that Macomb County has been instrumental in Michigan’s economic rebound in recent years.

“Not long ago, Michigan was at the top of any list you want to be at the bottom of, and the bottom of any list you want to be at the top of,” Calley said. “Macomb County has been in the middle of our comeback. Macomb County is responsible for bringing Michigan back.”

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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Anything goes — eclectic is the name of the game when it comes to decorating your walls these days.

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Published April 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two donations announced at a recent Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education meeting aim to get more technology into the hands of students and spark an interest in learning.

The Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) at Jefferson Middle School made a donation of 95 Lenovo Chromebooks, Google licenses and a charging cart, for a total donation of $18,504 that was announced at the April 18 Board of Education meeting.

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Published April 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work continues to progress at the marina at Blossom Heath, with City Council approving a contractor to pave the roadway along the seawall and do electrical work along the docks.

City Council awarded a bid to James P. Contracting to pave the road along the seawall from the boat ramp east to 100 feet east of the last boat slip, as well as to install power pedestals, do electrical work and add extra parking along the park. 

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Published April 21, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, honored 10 C & G Newspapers staffers with 14 awards at the annual awards ceremony April 19.

Staff Photographer Deb Jacques garnered four awards in Feature Photography — first place, “Penguin exhibit opens”; second place, “Summer fun”; third place, “Waste not”; and honorable mention, “Afghanistan veteran triple amputee honored.”

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Published April 19, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials are concerned that a $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by White House officials last month will ultimately result in reductions at the county level.

The budget proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending that will be “offset by targeted reductions elsewhere.”

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Published April 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city is pursuing a different angle to market property deeded to it by a charitable remainder trust in December.

“Earlier this year, it was my intention to have the city solicit proposals from real estate (developers) for actual development of the land,” City Manager Mike Smith said April 3. 

However, he said, real estate agents alerted him that that was not the best way to go about marketing a parcel that is valued around $1.5 million that the city hopes to see developed into a multiple-unit use. 

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Published April 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Debate over renovations to a home owned by the city through the Tax Foreclosure Program grew contentious in April, with City Council members debating whether fixes to the home go too far.

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Published April 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A city since 1951, there are plenty of St. Clair Shores residents who still remember the early days of its incorporation.

What were the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s like for residents? The St. Clair Shores Historical Commission wants to find out and preserve stories in its oral history project.

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Published April 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Like the temperature, the Nautical Mile is heating up, and its restaurants are ready to show visitors what they have on tap for the summer season.

Eight restaurants will participate in the 2017 spring Nautical Mile Restaurant Week April 24-30, offering a wide variety of menu choices and cuisines.

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Published April 18, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In a first for South Lake High School, two students have won national awards for their artwork, an achievement that will send one of them to New York City.

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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 13, 2017

A 19-year-old Detroit man has been arraigned April 13 in connection with the shooting of a house and vehicle in the 21000 block of Bon Heur the week before.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Gordon Carrier said that they were able to identify the occupants of the red Monte Carlo seen driving away from the April 4 shooting. Police executed a search warrant on a house in Detroit April 13, where they were able to take the suspect into custody.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

LANSING — Michigan’s roads, bridges and sewer infrastructure need a little TLC. That much we can agree on.

On April 3, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order that will create a pilot program to provide “recommendations for implementing a comprehensive statewide asset management system,” billed by his office as “one of the essential cross-cutting recommendations” outlined in the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report.

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