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Photo by Ken Cendrowski A moody and foggy morning Monday, Jan. 2, did not stop golden retriever, Luna, and her friend Raina, a Basenji/Labrador mix (also known as a “Labrasenji”), from convincing their owner, Ken Cendrowski of Grosse Pointe Farms, to take them for a walk along Lakeshore near Pier Park on a warmer-than-usual winter’sgrossepointenews.com
Coast Guard begins Great Lakes’ icebreaking on Erie, Ontario
DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard’s winter icebreaking operation on the eastern Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway began this week. The operation includes southern Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair, to the St. Clair and Detroit rivers, into lakes Erie and Ontario, and includes the St. Lawrence Seaway. The USCG partners with the Canadian Coast Guard on these waterways throughout the winter. RELATED: Coast Guard begins Great Lakes’ icebreaking operations in Lake SuperiorUSCG Sector Detroit provides command and control for Operation Coal Shovel and may place restrictions or close waterways as ice conditions dictate. The U.S. Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels.mlive.com
Jellyfish sighting in Brighton pond is a rare, sporadic event, expert says
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI – A recent spotting of a jellyfish near Brighton apparently isn’t the state’s first discovery of this marine animal. The jellyfish discovered is believed to be a freshwater jellyfish indigenous to the Yangtze River valley in China. These freshwater jellyfish are not considered dangerous to humans. Although these jellyfish have a history in Michigan, Wills said experts are still uncertain how they spread throughout these different areas. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Airbnb hosts more likely to turn profit in Ann Arbor, study saysLoungewear meets streetwear at debut fashion show for Ann Arbor designerHear from an Anishinaabe author, design a garden at Indigenous Peoples Day celebrationmlive.com
After empty boat and dogs spotted, search leads to man dead in Michigan lake
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI — Macomb County sheriff’s deputies here recovered the body of 49-year-old James Hauff 8 feet underwater in Lake St. Clair in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 2, ClickOnDetroit reported. The discovery followed a nearly four-hour search that began when boaters found two dogs swimming about 300 yards from an empty aluminum fishing boat in the Macomb County lake near Black Creek in Harrison Township, the report stated. Authorities later learned from his family members that Hauff — who was found without a life jacket — went boating with his two dogs, the report stated. Read more on MLive:Charged with killing Baby Garnet, infant’s mother behind bars in MichiganThe Saginaw County Fair returns this week. Here’s how to take an online survey determining Saginaw County’s health needsmlive.com
Michigan’s trout fishing season begins this weekend, see dates for other upcoming openers
The Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River daily possession limit for walleye will remain at six fish through April 30, 2023. The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May 28, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open Saturday, June 18. Michigan’s muskellunge possession season on all Great Lakes, inland waters, the St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers opens Saturday, June 4. The new license season began April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2022 Michigan Fishing Guide and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available online along with a lot of other helpful fishing information.mlive.com
Cutting living fences down to size
GROSSE POINTE PARK — About 15 years ago, a turf war started over a view of Lake St. Clair. A lakeside resident planted a hedgerow that blocked a neighbor’s view of the water. Game on. “It was bitter,” said Brian Colter, Grosse Pointe Park city forester. “It went to the city council.” From that disputegrossepointenews.com
Lake levels see continued decrease
THE GROSSE POINTES — Just two years ago, Pointe marinas, cul-de-sacs and lakefront properties were scrambling to combat flooding brought on by record-breaking lake levels. Four of the Pointes were forced to construct marina risers in 2019, to keep the docks above water, while the City, Park and Woods sent letters to marina regulars in 2020, preemptively informing them on […]grossepointenews.com
DNR sets ice shanty removal dates for Michigan lakes
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that ice shanty removal dates are quickly approaching. Ice shanties in the remaining counties of the Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight on Tuesday, March 1. All other bodies of water in the Upper Peninsula must have ice shanties removed by midnight on Thursday, March 31. DNR officials are reminding anglers that regardless of the set removal dates, changing ice conditions could require the removal of fishing shanties before those dates. Deteriorating ice, water currents and high winds also increase the probability of pressure cracks, which can leave anglers and others stranded on ice floes or at risk of falling through the ice.mlive.com
DNR announces fishing regulation changes for Michigan’s 2022 season
LANSING, MI – Size and take adjustments and expanded underwater spearfishing opportunities are among Michigan’s new fishing regulations for 2022. All regulation changes will be acknowledged in the 2022 fishing guide, which will be available March 1 at Michigan.gov/DNRDigests. Here is a closer look at some of the fishing regulation changes for 2022, courtesy of the Michigan DNR. Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River – walleye size limitThe Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River walleye minimum size limit has been increased from 13 inches to 15 inches, which is the same as the statewide regulation. The change will result in uniform walleye regulations throughout the connected waters of the St. Clair-Detroit River system, which includes Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.mlive.com
St. Clair Shores police release new video of wild chase that ended with gunshots
The incident took place on Jan. 28 when police in Grosse Pointe Shores tried to stop a car for a traffic violation. There were two chases: The first one ended in Grosse Pointe Shores and a second that finished off on Jefferson Avenue and Revere Street.
Check out this new outdoor light show experience
An all-new outdoor spectacle is lighting up the night at a local landmark. This mesmerizing light show is called Starry Lights and it can be experienced on the grounds of the historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford along the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores.
2 Grand Rapids residents among 3 killed in Detroit area boat fire
DETROIT, MI -- Two of three people who died after a boat fire at a marina just off Lake St. Clair have been identified as Grand Rapids residents, according to a clickondetroit.com report. The people on the boat were identified as Jason Miron, 43, and Stephanie Arzola, 41, both from Grand Rapids, and 60-year-old Mark Matthews of Williston, North Dakota. Harrison Township firefighters and Macomb County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a boat fire at about 6 a.m. Saturday, July 3 at Fox Marine marina on South River Road. The three people were staying the night on a 1987 Chris Craft boat, which was owned by Matthews. More from MLivePolice investigating whether man responsible for 20 northern Kent County home break-insGrand Rapids police find driver fatally wounded from apparent gunshot following crashmlive.com
Officials identify 3 killed in Lake St. Clair boat fire
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of three people who were found dead July 3 inside the cabin of a Chris Craft boat that was docked at the Fox Marine marina just off of Lake St. Clair on South River Road in Harrison Township.
Officials identify 3 found dead in Lake St. Clair boat fire
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of three people who were found dead July 3 inside the cabin of a Chris Craft boat that was docked at the Fox Marine marina just off of Lake St. Clair on South River Road in Harrison Township.
19-year-old Michigan man drowns in Lake St. Clair after Jobbie Nooner boat party
MACOMB COUNTY, MI — The body of a 19-year-old Michigan man was found in the water a day after the annual Jobbie Nooner boat party on Lake St. Clair. WXYZ-TV in Detroit reports that Ezekiel El Amin of Lansing was found about 2.5 miles southeast of Lake St. Clair Metro Park on Saturday. “This incident is tragic and our condolences go to Mr. El Amin’ family,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told the TV station. The event has exploded each year as its reputation grows, often attracting about 10,000 boaters and more than 100,000 people. A Jobbie Nooner 2 now occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day.mlive.com
Fishing seasons for trout, inland walleye and northern pike open this weekend
Inland trout and salmon, and Lower Peninsula inland walleye and northern pike fishing seasons open on Saturday, April 24 – they’re the first to open for the 2021 season. The northern pike and walleye season will open Saturday on Lower Peninsula inland waters. The two species can be fished year-round on Lower Peninsula Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers. The walleye daily possession limit will remain at six fish through April 30, 2022, on Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. Michigan’s muskellunge possession season opens Saturday, June 5, on all Great Lakes, inland waters, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair, St. Marys and Detroit rivers.mlive.com
The Finer Pointes: Meet Hugh O’Connor
This series profiles the finalists of the Grosse Pointe News’ “The Finer Pointes” art contest. Artwork must be submitted by April 30, at which time Grosse Pointe News subscribers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry. St. Clair Shores resident Hugh O’Connor was raised along the shores of Lake St. Clair and from it he draws his greatest inspiration. From summers swimming, fishing and boating on the lake, to winters ice skating and ice fishing there, O’Connor always has been fascinated with Lake St. Clair and the freighters that pass by. “I feel the image would capture a part of the bygone history of Grosse Pointe,” he explained.grossepointenews.com
Great Lakes water levels tracking below record-setting 2020, but still above average
DETROIT – Great Lakes water levels continue to track below 2020′s record levels. Lake Ontario recently fell slightly below long-term average levels, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials who track and forecast Great Lakes water levels. The February 2021 monthly mean water levels ranged from 7 to 23 inches below levels from this time last year. When ice jams occur, water levels downstream of the restriction decline, while water levels upstream of the restriction rise. The most recent six-month forecast of Great Lakes water levels predicts levels to remain below record high levels, but above average on all lakes, except Lake Ontario.mlive.com
‘No quick resolution’ in sight for ice jam, flooding along St. Clair River
Now, ice is causing flooding along the connecting channel between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair along Michigan’s thumb region. “This one did pop up rather quickly,” said Mark White, St. Clair County deputy emergency manager. But White said ice already in the river has nowhere to go because Lake St. Clair itself is now frozen over. “It would be fair to say that the severity of the flooding is linked to already high water levels,” he said. “The St. Clair River is just a big jamming spot,” he said.mlive.com
Shoreline, habitat restoration planned at Ford Cove
“Most importantly, it’s the responsible thing to do,” said Kevin Drotos, invasive species and wildlife specialist at Ford House. “As soon as we heard we could fund the project, everyone at Ford House was on board and excited,” he added. “We’ve been working with Ford House for a while,” said Eric Ellis, project manager of the Coastal Conservation and Habitat Restoration Program with GLC. “Macomb County has lost almost every foot of its natural shoreline,” he said. The cost of the feasibility study is $230,634, including a $3,000 in-kind match from Ford House.grossepointenews.com
Coast Guard airlifts 3 fishermen from ice floes on Lake St. Clair
The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted three fishermen off the treacherous ice floes on the Canadian side of the lake and returned them to the Mitchell’s Bay shoreline in a 90-minute rescue mission on Saturday. It was the Detroit Air Station’s first ice rescue of the season, public affairs officer Lt. Matthew Zavalij told MLive. But when you try to return, you realize you’re unable to cross safely.”With the closest Canadian air station being in Toronto, about 180 miles away, Detroit Air Station is the fastest to respond to Lake St. Clair, Zavalij said. The Canadian coast guard called for assistance around 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Detroit Air Station always has a helicopter manned and ready to go on rescue missions.mlive.com
Detroit-built technology aims to change the game in sailboat racing
DETROIT – Racing sailboats is a niche sport, but it’s popular here in the Great Lakes state. A new technology -- developed locally in the Motor City -- is a finalist for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. Several local sailboat enthusiasts wanted to reduce the environmental impact of the sport and came up with a new technology that has them in the running for a big prize. “When we were selected, it was a pretty powerful moment for the whole team,” said Kevin Morin. Morin, along with 10 others, invented the MarkSetBot -- a done that hovers in the water and acts as a marker during sailboat races.
Freighter aground on Detroit River now freed
DETROIT – A freighter that ran aground on the Detroit River has been freed Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the the Harvest Spirit has been refloated and will undergo further inspection. The 500-foot freighter Harvest Spirit, aground in the Detroit River since Wednesday morning, was successfully refloated this afternoon and is safely anchored in U.S. waters while awaiting a thorough inspection. News release: https://t.co/uso2FQQpnp pic.twitter.com/L3X47zJDww — USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) December 4, 2020Shipping was routed to Detroit River’s Amherstburg Channel, east of Bois Blanc Island. The Detroit River is one of the busiest rivers for commercial shipping on the planet.
Great Lakes water levels go down more than normal, inch away from record levels
The Great Lakes water levels are in their seasonal decline. The Great Lakes have been near or at record high water levels at some point in the past few years. While Lakes Michigan and Huron were at record water levels this past summer, the lakes are now around 10 inches below the record level. The six-month forecast of water levels keeps Lake Michigan and Lake Huron below record levels. One note though is that water levels could approach record levels in February and March of 2021.mlive.com
Karen Drew: Why I decided to cover mysterious death of JoAnn Matouk Romain
On Jan. 12, 2010, Grosse Pointe Farms police reported Matouk Romain walked out of her evening church service at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church on Lake Shore Road, then walked across the street right into Lake St. Clair and killed herself. It is a mystery that has haunted Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods for more than a decade: What happened to mother of three JoAnn Matouk Romain? On Jan. 12, 2010, Grosse Pointe Farms police reported Matouk Romain walked out of her evening church service at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church on Lake Shore Road, then walked across the street right into Lake St. Clair and killed herself. Here’s some Insider info from Karen Drew on producing the series and why she took on this story:Karen Drew and photographer John Pompeo. I have to admit, I have never reported on a story with so many twists and turns as the death of Joann Matouk Romain.
JoAnn Matouk Romain mystery series Part 2: Missing When You Are Not Reported Missing
Matouk Romain had been living with her daughters on Morningside Drive at the time. That is when Columbo said the investigation into the disappearance of JoAnn Matouk Romain began. Burnstein, who mainly works on stories and investigations that involve organized crime mob hits, said the death of JoAnn Matouk Romain sparked his curiosity. Full Screen 1 / 19 JoAnn Matouk Romain with her husband, David Romain, and their three children Michell, Michael and Kellie. JoAnn Matouk Romain mystery series -- watch here:Read more here: Karen Drew: Why I decided to cover mysterious death of JoAnn Matouk RomainResources:
Soak in those summer vibes at this waterfront restaurant
Whether youre catching some sun on the boat, or splashing around by the pool, North 42 is ready and waiting to serve you an enticing meal. North 42 is a waterfront restaurant, located inside MacRay Harbor on Lake St. Clair. According to the owner, MacRay Harbor used to be a swamp. For the design of North 42, they dived right into the nautical theme. If you would like to try out North 42 Kitchen and Bar, they are located at 30675 N River Road in Harrison Charter Township.
Belleville man killed in jet ski, boat crash on Lake St. Clair
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – A 30-year-old man has died after the jet ski he was operating collided with a boat on Lake St. Clair on Saturday afternoon. Police say the crash occurred at about 7 p.m. near the mouth of Big Muscamoot Bay. Officials say the operator of the boat initially fled the scene but was later located near Metro Beach. The boat operator did not sustain any injuries in the crash, police said. The crash occurred in the same area of the lake where the Raft Off event took place Saturday -- a boating event that attracts large crowds of people each year.
16th annual Raft Off event on Lake St. Clair held despite pandemic
Large crowds gathered Saturday on Lake St. Clair despite the order banning large outdoor gatherings. It was Raft Off 2020, an event held by the same group that hosts Jobbie Nooner -- another large boating event that was held normally this year despite an increase in coronavirus cases at the time. Aug. 8, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 86,889; Death toll now at 6,250Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a ban on outdoor event with more than 250 people. As of Aug. 8, St. Clair County has 684 confirmed coronavirus cases and Macomb County has 9,976.
Here are some of the best places to go fishing in Metro Detroit
The park offers a full experience and you may catch some bass, catfish or pike. The park offers fishing off the pier and is located just footsteps away from Historic Downtown Wyandotte. Located in Farmington Hills, the Founder’s Fishing Pier offers catch and release fishing with the family. Starting in Oakland County, the Huron River has fishing locations in Dexter, Ann Arbor and Belleville through their MetroParks. A popular access point is Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, which provides 1.5 miles of shoreline fishing.
Annual Jobbie Nooner boat party happening Friday despite pandemic
Lake St. Clair’s infamous Jobbie Nooner is still on for Friday despite a recent increase in Michigan’s coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and hospitalizations. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Prevention & TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
46th annual Jobbie Nooner boat party to happen amid coronavirus pandemic
Lake St. Clairs infamous annual Jobbie Nooner is expected to carry on as usual this June amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Jobbie Nooner will celebrate its 46th annual event this year, according to event advocates, which typically attracts thousands of boaters each year. READ MORE: Reopening Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemicHow COVID-19 SpreadsPerson-to-person spreadThe virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Flooding causes challenges along shoreline
GROSSE POINTE CITY & FARMS A half inch of rain, heavy winds and flooding along the Lake St. Clair shoreline led to the closure of eastbound Lakeshore between Moross and Provencal throughout the morning of Monday, May 18. These past couple weeks, we have been very busy dealing with the high water levels, City Director of Parks & Recreation Chris Hardenbrook said. Today, May 18, I had the worst flooding experience in my 50 years at Woodland Place, resident Mireille Wilkinson said. Lake levels in coming months currently are looking more optimistic. But theyre also forecasting that lake levels will be lower in June, July and August than they were last year.grossepointenews.com
Crews in Madison Heights to take soil samples to learn more about green ooze
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Crews in Madison Heights are planning to take soil samples to learn more about the green chemical ooze along I-696. Officials feared Sunday rain would make situation worseThe Environmental Protection Agency brought extra crews to Madison Heights to try to prevent the ooze from spreading into the sewer system and Lake St. Clair. It is a major concern city leaders are trying to address in Madison Heights. Everything that I have heard about this chemical is if you touch it, that’s where the concern is," said Madison Heights Mayor Pro Tem, Roslyn Grafstein. We are all watching closely now as we are eager to see what steps are made to clean up this mess at the former Electro-Plating Services building in Madison Heights.
Detroit named one of the best fishing cities in the US
DETROIT – The Great Lakes state is no stranger to aquatic activities, to say the least. FishingBooker, an online service for booking fishing trips, ranked Detroit as one of the top 13 fishing cities in the country that offer visitors both fishing and chances to explore the city. The ranking is based on variety of species, user reviews and overall experience, among other factors. “For anglers who love having a variety of activities to choose from when going on vacation, we researched large and beautiful U.S. cities that exceeded our customers’ expectations this year,” said Albert Grain, managing editor of FishingBooker. The full list of cities includes (in no particular order):
First responders jump into Lake St. Clair to save teen who crashed after leading officers on chase
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. First responders jumped into Lake St. Clair to save a teenager who crashed into the water after leading officers on a chase Sunday night. Waves were about 1-2 feet high when the teen launched over the seawall and into the lake in his parents SUV. A Chesterfield Township officer went into the water to rescue what police called a suicidal 16-year-old as the GMC Terrain sank. The driver accelerated, launched into Lake St. Clair, said Chesterfield Township Police Chief Bradley Kersten. Firefighters wearing emergency water rescue gear had to smash the vehicles window to get the teen out.
30 construction projects start TODAY
The temperature is slightly cooler than last week but we should see some warming through the week. You read that correctly: THIRTY road construction projects are slated to begin today around Metro Detroit. MDOT expects the projects to be completed between the middle and end of July. The program kicks off today in Detroit at the Wayne County Community College District's Health Science Center -- 8200 Outer Drive West, Detroit, MI 48219. The program will begin TODAY and last through Friday, July 19, with a selective group of 35 students.
Ozone Action Day
Lake St. Clair sunset -- Leesar777/StormPinsLike we were talking about yesterday, each day this week has a similar forecast: Heat and humidity with a chance for thunderstorms. Ozone Action Day Today is the first Ozone Action day of the year in Michigan. You can pitch in to help keep the air clean today:Delay mowing your lawn until evening or the next day. DTW airline workers picket Airline catering workers plan to picket as part of their strike today at Detroit Metro Airport. This year's festival runs weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 17 to Sept. 29.
VIDEO: Storm wreaks havoc at Jobbie Nooner, sends 20 to hospital
Thousands of boats lined up on Lake St. Clair for this years Jobbie Nooner event, but the sunny weather and clear skies quickly disappeared. A vicious storm rolled through and wreaked havoc, and as many as 20 people were taken to the hospital, according to the Coast Guard. Rob McLean was in the middle of it all with his wife and stepdaughter, Katie Pfeiffer, who started recording the storm. There was a couple of people that had gouges in their hands from trying to stop boats, Pfeiffer said. If I see a storm coming, Im getting the heck out of there, Straetmans said.
Weekly Fishing Report 6-27
You may want to start using top water lures/flies in the marinas and canals. Most are trolling, but some casters have been picking a few up around the point of Harley Ensign. White Bass Can be caught off Harley Ensign and Metro Beach. Try the Nine Mile Pier, Metro Park Huron Point, Harley Ensign, Brandenburg Park, Walter & Mary Burge Park. Bass Good smallmouth action was reported, and anglers are still getting a few white bass.detroit.cbslocal.com
Watch Local 4 News at Noon -- Dec. 21, 2016
DETROIT - Here's what's coming up on Local 4 News at Noon (watch the full episode above). Grosse Pointe Farms police officer rescues man from icy waters of Lake St. ClairAn officer jumped in to Lake St. Clair and rescued a man Wednesday morning in Grosse Pointe Farms. 16th Legionnaires' disease case reported in Genesee CountyHealth officials say another case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported in Genesee County. Berlin attack: Police hunt Tunisian suspect after finding ID papers in truckPolice are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, a German security official told CNN on Wednesday. Copyright 2016 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
March 2010: Body of missing Grosse Pointe Woods woman found
Editor’s note: This story was first published March 22, 2010. GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – Authorities said dental records were used to help them determine that the body found in the Detroit River on Saturday morning is that of missing Grosse Pointe Woods woman, JoAnn Matouk Romain. Two fishermen on the west side of Boblo Island found the body partially submerged in the water and notified Canadian authorities. Police said Romain’s car was found parked in the lot of St. Paul’s Church on Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, along with her purse and more than $1,000. “But it opens up an entire whole end of investigation.”The family has hired a retired FBI agent to look into the death further.