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Published October 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although the warm temperatures have likely kept boaters using their vessels longer into the season than usual, inevitably the time will come when thoughts will turn to cold weather and boats will be pulled out of the water to be stored until next spring.

But there are steps that owners need to take to protect their investment over the Michigan winter.

“They need to winterize their motors and their water systems so they don’t freeze over the winter,” said Susan Coppens, office manager at Emerald City Harbor.

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Published October 24, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Three months after the passing of the Police Department’s popular K-9 dog, Hondo, the department will get a new four-legged officer thanks to the help of a donor.

“Hondo passed away suddenly earlier this year, and we are looking to replace him as part of our force,” said Police Chief Todd Woodcox at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting. “One of our residents in the city knew that the dogs were very important to us (and offered to) cover all of the costs of training and equipment.”

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Published October 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A woman accused of stalking an acquaintance throughout the summer crashed her car in Oakland County after leading police on a chase beginning in St. Clair Shores Oct. 17.

According to a press release from St. Clair Shores police, officers were interviewing the victim, a 32-year-old woman from St. Clair Shores, who had called to report the suspect stalking her at her workplace in the 28000 block of Harper Avenue.

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Published October 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the sunlight sparkling off the surface of the water, visitors didn’t need to be reminded that Lake St. Clair is the jewel of the community.

The St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee wants to make sure that residents and visitors alike understand the importance of the lake to the community. To do so, the committee unveiled a sign Oct. 18 at the water’s edge at Veterans Memorial Park to educate the public about the Lake St. Clair watershed.

It was inspired by a similar educational sign in Traverse City.

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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

Lillian Glambin was listening to her fourth-grade teacher talk about different methods of solving an arithmetic problem and getting in her exercise at the same time.

Not seated at a desk like most students, Glambin was pedaling away on what looked like a stationary bike while she listened to Kim Hayden at Violet Elementary in Lake Shore Public Schools.

“It gets my energy going and it helps me work more,” she said.

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Published October 19, 2016

Looking to maximize revenue for the city, City Council members tried to negotiate with a cable company Oct. 3 to keep franchise fees coming in for as long as possible.

The city signed an agreement with AT&T in 2007 pursuant to the 2006 Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act, which called on the company to pay St. Clair Shores a 5 percent franchise fee on U-verse video services that residents subscribe to.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

With the general election just a few weeks away, local clerks are warning voters about long lines at the polls and encouraging absentee voting for those who qualify.

“If they qualify, I think Nov. 8 there are going to be lines because it’s every eight years that we get huge lines at the polls,” said St. Clair Shores City Clerk Mary Kotowski. “It’s not that I don’t have enough equipment — it’s just more people.

“This is the election where people come out who don’t normally vote.”

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Published October 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With hayrides, cider, doughnuts and trick-or-treating, this year’s Halloween Fun Fest is returning to Veterans Memorial Park bigger than ever.

After several years holding the event at another location, the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee is bringing the Halloween extravaganza back to Veterans Memorial Park, on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Admission costs $2 for residents in advance at St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation, 20000 Stephens St., or $3 at the gate for residents and non-residents alike.

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Published October 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A new piece of technology is soon going to help speed up crash scene investigations on roads patrolled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approved for purchase during a Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting Oct. 5, a laser scanner from Faro Technologies will replace the current Total station, which has been used since 2002.

“We’re always looking at technology that’s out there and what pieces of equipment we can use to do our job better and be more accurate,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

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Published October 14, 2016

A 27-year-old St. Clair Shores man was arrested after allegedly stealing an 87-year-old woman’s purse outside a pharmacy.

The woman told police Sept. 21 that she was walking to her car in the parking lot of Walgreens in the 21000 block of Harper Avenue when the suspect approached her and asked to use her cellphone. When she couldn’t give it to him because she had left it at home, he allegedly pushed her to the ground and grabbed the purse off her shoulder.

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Published October 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for a man seen in surveillance video knocking down a 23-year-old St. Clair Shores man in 7-Eleven and threatening him.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Paul Dlugokenski said that just before 1 a.m. Oct. 11, the victim entered 7-Eleven on Jefferson Avenue, near Doremus, and talked to the clerk behind the counter after buying a few items.

“As he’s leaving, a guy in black meets him at the door and struggles with him. When he gets him on the ground, he tells him he has a gun,” Dlugokenski said.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Plans are proceeding for the renovation of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a contractor hired by City Council set to begin mobilizing on the site as soon as this month.

The city awarded the bid to Cross Construction, the lowest bidder on the project, with two alternates and a slight modification to the plan.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council members were surprised by a recent request by a petitioner to sell boats along the Nautical Mile.

“You’ve got a little bit of a unique circumstance,” City Planner Liz Koto told City Council in September. 

There are a number of allowable uses along the Central Lakefront Development District, which encompasses the Nautical Mile, but if a use is not listed, the petitioner has to come before City Council for approval of the use.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local restaurant owner wanting to expand his business to include alcohol sales had his request turned down by City Council, whose members said they are being more selective now that the city only has two liquor licenses left to give.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Roughly 25 people in Macomb County are turning 65 years old each day.

At that current rate, the need for enhanced senior services is growing, which means funding for those services also will need to grow.

One of those programs seeking more funding in this year’s budget cycle is Meals on Wheels. It is seeking an increase of $100,000 in its budget to improve transportation efforts and to keep pace with rising costs from food vendors.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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