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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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Published February 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a church camp project that raised $500 for the hungry has blossomed into an annual event that involves hundreds of people and raises $25,000 to help feed the homeless in Detroit.

“We started it when my kids were little for vacation church camp,” said Bonnie Mellos, chair of the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. “We were teaching the kids about giving back and being good stewards for the church.”

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Published February 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work could begin as early as next month on a new garage for the St. Clair Shores Police Department. 

City Council approved Cross Renovation to begin construction on a new garage for the Police Department at its Feb. 6 meeting. With a bid of $166,327, Cross Renovation was the lowest of nine bidders for the project, which will be paid for with drug forfeiture funds.

Police Chief Todd Woodcox said that there is about $277,000 in the forfeiture account right now.

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Published February 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With temperatures swinging from the 20s to the high 40s and back again, one of Michigan’s most native species is popping up around the city — the pothole.

“They’re terrible,” said Lora Barber, of St. Clair Shores. 

In her opinion, side streets around the city are the worst spots for potholes this year.

“I’ve blown two tires there just this year,” she said of side streets crossing Martin Road west of Little Mack Avenue.

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Published February 16, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With studies showing that keeping your brain active prevents the onset of dementia, more and more people are looking to find ways to do just that.

The answer might be in your own neighborhood.

Aging populations have led to a proliferation of senior centers, with one in almost every community offering card groups, book clubs, knitting circles and more.

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Published February 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the rain fell July 8 and Aug. 15-16, it didn’t just keep people indoors — it wreaked havoc in some residents’ basements.

Now some of them are looking for relief from the court system. 

Three residents are suing the city on behalf of a class of at least 250 homeowners who experienced sewage backups into their basements after excessive rainfall during the summer of 2016. 

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Published February 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — One method the city is pursuing to try and alleviate basement flooding has to be put on hold after City Council members expressed concern over the ability of the recommended contractor to do the work.

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