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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you’re preparing to sit down to turkey and stuffing, local merchants are getting ready to kick off the holiday season with an elf, a tree, singing and dancing.

Light Up the Night will light up the Nine-Mack Merchants Association 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 1. This is the fourth year that the merchants in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area have kicked off the holiday season with shopping specials, a tree lighting, dancers and more.

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Published November 17, 2016

A new class at the Senior Activity Center will help members “ramp up” their brains with storytelling, improvisation and relaxation.

Taught by Angela Ferrera-Jourdan, the program will foster an understanding between creative self-expression and healthy aging to keep the mind flexible, create social opportunities and inspire well-being.

According to Ferrera-Jourdan, being creative, active and having a flexible attitude are some of the most important skills to help slow cognitive aging decline.

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Published November 14, 2016

Ranging from those who served decades ago to those who only finished their terms of service recently, the hall was packed Nov. 11 at VFW Bruce Post 1146 as veterans were celebrated on their special day.

“Veterans Day salutes all veterans. It is our day,” said VFW State Commander Gerald Gorski. “Our veterans have borne the cost of America’s wars. Every generation owes a debt of gratitude to these patriots.”

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Published November 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Union soldiers lined up in two rank files, armed and ready to defend their post as the Confederacy marched menacingly across the field.

When they were within range, the Union soldiers fired their cannons, which fell short of the oncoming troops. A few moments later, a volley of fire began.

Of course, during this battle, the cannonballs were soccer balls and the gunfire was from tennis balls, lobbed between two groups of students in Chris Hubbard’s American Civil War class Nov. 9 at Lake Shore High School.

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Published November 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — In the race for the state House of Representatives District 24 seat, Republican Steve Marino took the win with 55 percent of the vote. Challenger Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson received 44 percent of the vote.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even with the unseasonably warm weather through late October, Michiganders know what is coming.

Winter.

And the best way to protect your lawn and garden for it, experts say, is to be prepared.

Getting the lawn aerated before the snow comes is a great way to break up the soil so water can get down to the roots, said Mike Ciuciui, owner of Bloomfield Lawn in Farmington Hills. 

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Published November 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the weather turns cold, is your furnace ready?

St. Clair Shores Community Development and Inspection Department Director Chris Rayes said that furnaces should be cleaned and inspected by a reputable company before winter starts. He said there are many reputable companies in the city to choose from, although the city doesn’t recommend any particular one.

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Published November 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Local students are putting their best foot forward this year.

As part of a new fundraising effort at their school, students at Masonic Heights Elementary in Lake Shore Public Schools are working to collect shoes of all sizes to be sent to an organization that then sends them to other countries where those in need are trained to fix the shoes, clean them up and sell them as part of a new business for themselves.

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Published November 9, 2016

With a large turnout brought about by a polarizing presidential election, results were slow to come in Nov. 8 in St. Clair Shores.

Two hours after the polls closed, the City Clerk’s office was still waiting for results from a few precincts and then the counting of about 11,600 absentee voter ballots.

City Clerk Mary Kotowski said that there was a morning rush at the polls and then steady voting all day.

There were problems with a few tabulator machines in precincts 6 and 17, she said, but no voters were disenfranchised.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the 11th moment of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the VFW Bruce Post 1146 will pay tribute to the veterans who have served the United States over the years.

“That’s the purpose of the VFW,” said Post Commander Randell Shafer. “We have to continue to honor veterans that have served, both living and those that have passed away, not just in war but over the last year. We’re going to honor those members that have passed away.”

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Published November 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local bishop with ties to St. Clair Shores will be heading overseas before the end of the year at the request of Pope Francis.

Bishop Michael Byrnes has been serving as regional bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit since 2011, but on Oct. 31, he was named by Pope Francis to be the coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana in the U.S. territory of Guam in the South Pacific. He will lead the diocese for Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, who was relieved of his pastoral and administrative authority by the Vatican in June.

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The third time coming before the City Council, a proposal for a new roof for the North End Fire Station was approved, with some hesitation.

The city’s engineering firm, Anderson Eckstein and Westrick, worked with the Fire Department on the request for proposal after problems arose from the first two bidding processes dating back nearly six months.

This time, requests were put out for bids for a rubber roof like that which is currently on the station, as well as a metal roof. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the lot was packed gravel, rainwater would just run off, into Harper Avenue, into the storm drains and eventually into the lake.

With that runoff went oils, heavy metals and other dirt and debris carried by cars and their engines.

So when the city had an opportunity to improve the parking lot, and help Lake St. Clair and the environment at the same time, they jumped at the chance.

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Calling attention to their saving of half a dozen pets, and responding to calls from one garage fire and two house fires within 16 hours, and also putting out a condominium complex fire, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores said thank you to the St. Clair Shores Fire Department with a breakfast in October.

“Everyone here realizes every one of you puts yourself in harm’s way,” said club president Debbie DePape. “Thank you again for all that you do.”

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city has decided to continue purchasing golf carts for its golf course after a debate of the merits of buying versus leasing the carts was discussed over two City Council meetings.

City Manager Michael Smith said Oct. 17 that the city wanted to acquire 75 new golf carts for the course, but the question was whether to lease or buy. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Fire Department responded to a house in the 28000 block of Larchmont the morning of Oct. 26 after the resident smelled smoke.

“The homeowner was home. She smelled smoke, she started searching for it,” said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar. “She discovered the smoke and fire in an upstairs attic area.”

Bodnar said the resident, a woman in her late 40s, tried to extinguish the fire herself in the second story of her bungalow home but was unsuccessful and called 911.

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Published October 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With 30 percent of the planned 62,000 feet of sanitary sewer investigated in the city, engineers from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick told City Council members Oct. 17 that tree roots and grease getting into the sewer lines are a problem.

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