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Published December 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local neighborhood is getting into the holiday spirit with a light contest sure to brighten the spirits of all who pass by.

The Williamsburg Townhouse Cooperative, on Harper Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, is hosting a lighting contest and walk Dec. 15 for its residents and all who want to come enjoy the festive decorations.

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Published December 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to buy a new ambulance for the Fire Department Nov. 21, helping to fill a gap made by a vehicle that has spent a lot of time in the repair shop. 

Fire Chief George Morehouse said the department looked at rebuilding an ambulance on a new chassis or a full replacement, but found that only heavy-duty chassis that are larger than what the city needs would fit the current ambulance box.

“There’s still a limited amount of chassis available even for the remount,” he said. 

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Published December 12, 2016

With more than 10 inches of snow falling Dec. 11-12, St. Clair Shores city officials urge residents to follow the declared snow emergency and get their vehicles off the side streets.

According to the National Weather Service, about 11 inches of snow fell in St. Clair Shores.

When the snow began to fall in earnest Dec. 11, the City of St. Clair Shores declared a snow emergency, which means that residents have to remove their parked vehicles from the road, whether or not they have an overnight parking permit. This allows the city plows to come through the side streets.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
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Published December 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — During his Dec. 7 State of the County address, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel touted the ongoing momentum that’s continually bringing new life into the area.

He noted how the Make Macomb Your Home initiative has birthed a vitality in the county that was once considered lagging.

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Published December 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On Dec. 7, 1941, Russell Shields was 19 and serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whitney destroyer tender, docked not far from Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor.

On the 75th anniversary of the devastating Japanese attack that thrust the United States into World War II, Shields, now 94, was with his daughter and son at the VFW Bruce Post 1146 in St. Clair Shores, where he lit a candle for his fellow sailors who never came home.

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Published December 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the wait to get new police cars growing, St. Clair Shores police don’t want to wait until it’s too late.

Lt. Anthony Pietrzak was before City Council Nov. 21 asking for approval to order three of the five vehicles budgeted for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although the three cars slotted for replacement are still functioning, he told council members that “we want to get ahead of the game.”

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Published December 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the continued success of Baffin Brewery and another microbrewery on the way for Harper Avenue, news that a third brewer is trying to locate in St. Clair Shores was met with excitement from City Council.

“This is a great project for the Nautical Mile,” said Councilman Ron Frederick. “We’re becoming Grand Rapids East. We’re starting our brewing thing.”

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Published December 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s a staple of the college experience — the internship.

But now some high school students are getting the opportunity to get business experience without shelling out big bucks to pay for college credits in a field they may or may not end up liking.

Lake Shore High School senior Victoria Perry interned at Beaumont Family Medical Center in St. Clair Shores. She said she is interested in human and veterinary medicine, so she appreciated the chance to get experience during an internship to help her make a decision.

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Published December 6, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Public safety officials announced that Smart911 is now available to residents for free to provide key information to 911 dispatchers and first responders during an emergency, according to a press release from South East Regional Emergency Services Authority Executive Director Cherie Bartram Nov. 29.

According to the Smart911 website, people can create profiles with key information about members of their household that would help in the event of an emergency, whether the call is from the home or any mobile phone.

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Published December 1, 2016

DETROIT/ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the second time in two months, the community is mourning a police officer working in Detroit who called St. Clair Shores home.

Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose, a resident of St. Clair Shores, was conducting a traffic investigation of DeAngelo Lamar Davis, 31, of Detroit, around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Detroit. Shortly after calling for backup while trying to take Davis into custody, Davis allegedly shot Rose in the head and ran away. 

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Published November 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although it may seem later this year, the chill has come and leaves are falling.

And the Department of Public Works wants residents to make sure to clear the streets where they can.

DPW workers began street sweeping at the north end of the city in mid-November, trying to clear leaves out of the streets so they don’t clog the storm sewers and catch basins, leading to flooding and other problems when the snow flies and temperatures fall below freezing.

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Published November 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local teacher is trying to help students take their leadership skills “to the next level” before they leave high school.

Beth Welles has been teaching at South Lake High School for 17 years, sharing with students lessons about government and history. But this year, she is also trying to build future leaders to help shape government and history.

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Published November 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing a process first begun when contaminated soil was found in the 10 Mile Drain system in 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency returned to St. Clair Shores this month to provide an update on the cleanup and discuss the next steps planned in the process.

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Published November 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With hot cocoa, reindeer and, of course, Santa Claus, the annual St. Clair Shores tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2 is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

A decades-long tradition, members of City Council have fond memories of the annual event, especially visiting with Santa’s furry friends.

City Councilman John Caron said his favorite part of the tree lighting each year is the reindeer.

“It’s a cool attraction to see how the kids react. Cool to see reindeer in the city.”

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Published November 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man in a pickup truck suspected of attempting to abduct a high school girl on her way to school.

According to a press release issued by the Police Department Nov. 28, officers were taking information about another crime at 6:47 a.m. in the area of 10 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue when they were approached by a 16-year-old girl.

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Published November 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Put on that 10-gallon hat and get ready to dance the two-step: The Orbitsuns are coming to a club near you.

On Dec. 2, the alternative honky-tonk country band will celebrate its new CD, “X’s Over Our Eyes,” with a release party at Sabby’s Lounge, 25010 Harper Ave., in St. Clair Shores. There is no cover charge, just a will to kick up your heels on the dance floor. Doors open at 8 p.m., and everyone 21 and older is welcome.

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Published November 23, 2016

St. Clair Shores Police are investigating an allegation of potential inappropriate contact between a Lake Shore High School employee and a student at the school.

“This afternoon, the St. Clair Shores Police Department was informed of potential inappropriate contact between a school employee and a student,” Police Chief Todd Woodcox stated in a press release issued Nov. 22. “We take any such allegations very seriously. We have initiated a thorough investigation and cannot release any further information until the investigation is complete.”

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Published November 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For the first time in eight years, the premature birth rate has increased in Michigan, according to the March of Dimes.

“For the past eight consecutive years, it had lowered,” said Kara Hamilton-McGraw, maternal child health director for the March of Dimes. “We’re taking steps in the right direction, but we can’t let up. We have to focus on all interventions that work, that are evidence based.”

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Published November 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With oils, photographs, watercolors and more, the Lakeside Palette Club is taking time to show the community what its members have to offer.

The group’s fall show opened to the public Nov. 18 in the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd., and runs into December.

“It’s a great chance to maybe get a unique Christmas gift and support local artists,” said Palette Club 2nd Vice President Tom Sherry.

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