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Published March 19, 2017

They began as co-workers, grew into friends and opened a business together.

But while Naomi Trotto and Ashley Sonnenfeld, the owners of Bell Amore Salon in Macomb Township, share many things, they never thought they would share birth stories too.

This year’s Macomb County March for Babies ambassadors both lived through the premature births of their three children, and it has cemented their commitment to the March of Dimes, which advocates for legislative services and programs to help improve the health of pregnant women and their babies.

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Published March 15, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Vanessa Chambe has been working all year to help foster self-worth in girls and women, and while that self-confidence comes from the inside, sometimes feeling beautiful on the outside helps.

“In high school, I heard about this organization called A Beautiful Me,” said Chambe, the 2016 Miss St. Clair Shores. The organization, she said, is all about “fostering self-worth in women of all ages and all different backgrounds. It goes hand in hand with what I want to promote with my platform.”

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Published March 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Nearly 100 years ago, the mission of Trinity Episcopal Church began in a converted chicken house.

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Published March 13, 2017

WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A showcase of automotive history will get a new home in the birthplace of the “Arsenal of Democracy” with the unanimous approval of the Warren City Council.

John Lind, of Shelby Township, will bring his Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum to a new home in Warren’s Veterans Memorial Park. The founder of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum said he was “excited and blessed to be part of the Warren family” after City Council’s Feb. 28 approval of a 99-year lease of land in the park to the organization.

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Published March 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Historic winds in excess of 60 mph wreaked havoc across metro Detroit March 8, and St. Clair Shores was no exception.

In the city, high winds knocked out power to more than 2,000 homes and knocked down trees and power lines throughout the city.

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Published March 9, 2017

Due to the severity of the power outages in metro Detroit, many communities are opening shelters where residents without power can go to warm up.


Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced that the city would operate an emergency shelter, set to open at 6 p.m. March 9 inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, south of 14 Mile Road and west of Mound.

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Published March 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — While tornado season doesn’t usually get off the ground until April, unstable weather has already been spotted this year and more could be on the way.

Experts say it’s never too late to start thinking about an emergency preparedness plan and what you should do should a tornado strike.

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Published March 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With three events merging into one, this year’s Relay for Life is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

Beginning this year, the Relay for Life events in the Grosse Pointes, Eastpointe, Roseville and St. Clair Shores have combined to be the Relay for Life of the Eastside, a 24-hour event to raise money for the American Cancer Society June 3-4 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, where Masonic Boulevard ends at Jefferson Avenue.

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Published March 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Seventy-three years after he entered the service at the age of 18, a St. Clair Shores veteran has been honored by the city for his efforts during World War II.

Robert Haffner, who has lived in St. Clair Shores since 1956, served in the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Stationed in France, Germany and other locations in central Europe, Haffner was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal during a ceremony in Southfield this past Veterans Day. 

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Published March 7, 2017

A customer was seeing red after a drive-thru employee allegedly tossed a slushie into her car.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Brad Benac said a 26-year-old Detroit woman was in the drive-thru of Checkers on Harper Avenue around 2:30 p.m. March 4 when she became irritated by the long wait in line and complained to the employee taking her order.

But when she pulled up to the window, the 39-year-old female employee allegedly threw a red slushie in her face.

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Published March 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Could you climb 71 flights of stairs and make it to the top? 

What if you were hauling 50 extra pounds and racing up each stair?

Six members of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department did just that Feb. 26, beating 46 other fire departments to the top of the Renaissance Center in Detroit during the Fight for Air Stair Climb, which benefits the American Lung Association.

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Published March 3, 2017

The Knights of Columbus No. 4188
870 N. Main St., Clawson

The Knights of Columbus will host all-you-can-eat fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. All proceeds will benefit the South Oakland Autism Society. For more information, call (248) 588-3547.

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Published March 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A piece of history will come down this year when the Roy O’Brien Ford dealership on Nine Mile Road and Greater Mack Avenue continues its renovations with the removal of  the original building, which dates back to the early 1900s.

Mark O’Brien said that the building was originally home to a Hupmobile dealership, an automobile built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Co.

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Published March 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two weeks after questions arose as to the qualifications of the recommended contractor, City Council approved a $2.4 million project to construct the 10 Mile Sanitary Relief Sewer.

City Council voted 3-3 Feb. 6 on the bid to M-K Construction, but the motion failed to get enough support because of concerns that M-K Construction had not previously done sewer work using the microtunnel method being requested by the city, which lessens the impact on local trees and pavement.

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Published March 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — By the time summer arrives, the harbor at Blossom Heath Park should be bigger, better and ready for boaters.

City Council approved a contract with Marine One for $325,272 to install new docks at Blossom Heath along the seawall that was rebuilt in 2015.

While the harbor had 17 20-foot docks and 70 24-foot docks, the newly redesigned configuration will have 36 18-foot docks and 42 30-foot docks.

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Published February 28, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Looking back on their years at a Catholic high school, a trio of local brothers want to make sure today’s students don’t miss out on the same experience because of the high cost of tuition.

A $105,000 endowed scholarship fund for tuition assistance has been established by Jim, Larry and Robert Berch at the Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac.

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Published February 27, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to settle down with a good book?

With the dawn of March Is Reading Month, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the gift of books at the St. Clair Shores Public Library.

Library Director Rosemary Orlando said that the library, of course, always celebrates Reading Month and tries to do so with new activities each year. This year, there will be two monthlong activities for all library patrons to enjoy.

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Published February 24, 2017

A 42-year-old St. Clair Shores man is behind bars after a monthslong investigation led to charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 13 years old in St. Clair Shores and charges of possession of child pornography in Roseville.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Gordon Carrier said the department was contacted by the victim’s family Dec. 28 and began an investigation of Jason Schalm, of St. Clair Shores.

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Published February 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even with suggestions to rebrand the event as “Aqua Thaw,” organizers say residents still came out to have fun at this year’s warmer Aqua Freeze Feb. 18-19.

With temperatures hitting a high of 66 degrees Feb. 18, co-chair Geri Hofmann said they changed the schedule to include a petting zoo and pony rides.

“That was a big hit,” she said. “We added that the last week because we were trying to find things for the kids to do. It did go over well. They even had a kangaroo.”

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Published February 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Taking his talent to the top, a middle school student has won a first-place award for a solo at the Central Michigan University Jazz Weekend, a competition for high school bands.

Kennedy Middle School Band Director Chris Kauffold said that the middle school jazz ensemble participates in the CMU event every few years, but the group has to register as a small high school to compete.

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