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Published April 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Custard spots always seem to have a cult following, and the newest dessert sensation to come to St. Clair Shores is no different.


Erma’s Original Frozen Custard, which opened in 1942 on Auburn Road in Utica and which also has a location in Warren, is taking over the Dairy Boy Ice Cream store on Harper Avenue, north of Martin Road, that closed in July after the death of proprietor Joe Peters Jr., 55, of Warren.

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Published April 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Donning chef’s hats and stepping into the kitchen, local students made their own meals and learned social skills on a recent field trip.


But this community-based instruction trip for special needs students at Kennedy Middle School was different than most, in that they were learning from, and dining with, students at another school.


South Lake High School’s culinary arts program hosted its second Feast with Friends on March 30, serving lunch to special needs students from Kennedy.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 1, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man that robbed a local 7-Eleven convenience store in a black-and-white skeleton hooded sweatshirt March 29.


Detective Lucas Balch said that around 6 a.m., the suspect entered the store on Jefferson Avenue south of Nine Mile Road dressed in a hooded sweatshirt designed to look like a skeleton, with the hood pulled up and zipped over his face. He was also wearing black-and-white striped pants.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

(This story updated April 3) 

MACOMB COUNTY — On April 2 in Macomb County Circuit Court, jurors deliberated for approximately six hours and found 25-year-old Clinton Grayson, of Warren, guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, felony firearm possession and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

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Published March 31, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Voters in Lake Shore Public Schools will be asked to approve a $35 million bond proposal to pay for building and technology improvements across the district.


Superintendent Chris Loria said the district is asking voters to approve the bond on the May 5 ballot to add more cameras to the elementary school grounds, install air conditioning at all of the schools, and pay for technology for each student in kindergarten through 12th-grade.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 30, 2015

WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — On May 8, 1945, German forces laid down their arms to end World War II in Europe.

That date, V-E Day as it is now remembered, marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in European history, and also the beginning of the end of the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Events planned in Warren and St. Clair Shores next month will commemorate the 70th anniversary.

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Published March 27, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the changeover from the city handling its own animal control to contracting with Macomb County for the service, changing deadlines have caused some residents confusion.


While St. Clair Shores pet licenses previously didn’t have to be renewed until May, the new licenses sold by the county are due each year by March 1.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With plans starting more than six months ago, it’s a show that rivals most others in the Midwest.


And when the skaters take the ice for their first performance of the weekend each year, it’s for something special.

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Published March 25, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A homegrown Michigan author shared his love of rock ‘n’ roll, scary books, radio, reading and writing with students at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School on Friday the 13th.


Johnathan Rand has been writing books for more than 15 years and has 96 books to his credit in the “Michigan Chillers,” “American Chillers” and “Freddie Fernortner, Fearless First Grader” series of books. Rand also writes for adults under the pen name Christopher Knight.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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