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Old December 17th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Anyone familiar with the City of St. Joseph

I was just contacted by the City of St. Joseph to see if I was still interested in pursuing a career in firefighting. I am going to test in January.
Just wondering if anybody lived there or is familiar with the city. If so, how is the atmosphere? Any neat things to do there? Is it Ghetto...
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Old December 17th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old December 17th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Nice place - on the water and they actively take care to keep it a decent place to live. A lot of preppy FIPs on weekends.

I always describe it as the nice part of town that offsets Benton Harbor across the river (although there are some nice areas in BH on the lake).

If you don't have to live in town, there are some nice, yet more affordable areas south of town. I had friends in Stevensville near the DC Cook plant and it was a nice area to live in.

If I could take my job or match it, I would move there in a nanosecond.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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I grew up down there few of my old class mates work for the city there and are happy. I loved it growing up tons of shit to do, an hour from chicago, you can catch the train right down town to chicago even for cheap. Housing isnt to bad and like said above if you can live out of town even cheaper. I lived in stevensville and bridgman great little areas good schools and yes BH is sketchy but no worse then flint. If the marine industry was back on its feet i would have taken a few of the offers thrown out to me for the local yards there.... yes the FIP's are a pain in the summer but ya deal
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Old December 17th, 2008, 07:41 PM   #5
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Don't worry you will so busy putting out all the meth lab and dog fighting houses in Benton Harlem that any place would look nice.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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Grew up there, graduated from St. Joe High School in '87 and my mom still lives there. Go back quite often in the summers.

Buddy of mine is a Captain at, I think, the St. Joe Township Fire Department.

If you like the beach, volleyball, boating, etc. then it's a great place. Great schools, great place to raise a family.

There are quite a few bars to choose from in the area but they are nothing special. If you like "night life", as far as a downtown goes, then it won't be for you. As already stated, Chicago is relatively close but that drive gets old in a hurry.

Great fireworks at Silver Beach for the 4th.

Venetian Festival ever year.

Downtown does get A LOT of Chicago people in the summer. Used to joke that there were more Illinois plates downtown in the summer than Michigan. I think most of big old homes on the bluff overlooking the lake are owned by Chicago people.

Anyway, I enjoyed growing up there. I personally would move back if the right job presented itself.

Any specific questions let me know and I'd be happy to answer.
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Thanks for all the input guys!
Sounds like a pretty nice place to settle down. My fiancé and I love the water. We love going to the beach and being out on the water. Night life is not an issue, since I am 25 and getting married in April, I really don't frequent bars anymore.
Are there any great places for RN's (registered nurses) to work??
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Great place to live. I have lived here most of my life.

There isn't a huge night life, but with it's location, it isn't hard to get anywhere for that kind of stuff (Chi 90 min, GR 60 min, Kzoo 45 min, SB IN 35 min). The lake is the best thing we have going. Chicago invades in the summer, but for you eastsiders, it isn't much different than the money from D town. The Chicago folk are getting more and more year round now as I deal with more of them using their "cottages" on weekends in the winter also.

As for RN, there is a good selection between Lakeland and Southwestern, but many around here also work in South Bend and Kzoo at their hospitals.

As was mentioned, south of town are most of the nicer "burbs". But along the lake both north and south is quite nice. I just moved north of town a few miles near the lake. You still get the hillbillies, but intertwined are the Whirlpool execs and the Chicago folk.

Let me know if there is anything else you want to know.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #9
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I forget the name of the hospital that is right in St. Joe but anyway there is at least one there. A lot of retirement "communites" have popped up in the last few years. Don't know what the working conditions are like at any of these places though.

I think quite a few medical people that live in the St. Joe area commute to either Kalamazoo or South Bend to work.

Used to be that you only went to the hospital in town for treatment if it was an emergency. Otherwise everyone went out of town. Hospital did not have a good rep for quality care. May have changed now though.

Good luck to you.

If you're looking for a great place to eat you should check out the Mark III. Search for Mark III restaurant in Google and you'll find it. It's in the complete opposite direction from downtown but well worth a visit.
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Old December 21st, 2008, 09:36 AM   #10
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I am gonna say the police department is a little tight on any sort of fun. Like if you do go out one night and have a few, dear god don't drive thru that town. Matter of fact, if its reallly late at night, don't drive thru period. Being a FF will really help though.
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the cops have always been pricks in st joe to the younger set, they are under pressure from the older set and FIP's who have money to through around.. its a great town great place on the water and still affordable and decent shopping close buy
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Great point about the cops. Small detail I forgot to mention.
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Great point about the cops. Small detail I forgot to mention.
ehh yeah. They have nothing better to do than to hassle kids, and people with nice vehicles and such.

Denton, let me know if you are considering coming down this way. I work for a realtor. I can point you in the right directions.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:02 PM   #14
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ehh yeah. They have nothing better to do than to hassle kids, and people with nice vehicles and such.

Denton, let me know if you are considering coming down this way. I work for a realtor. I can point you in the right directions.
I sure will. Thanks!
By the way the enclosed utility trailer I bought from you a while back, has been working out fantastic!
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:19 PM   #15
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what's an FIP?
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 06:31 PM   #16
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what's an FIP?

F = fawkin , I = indiana or illinois , P = people or pricks , or so i have heard .

anyway , lived here most of my life . lots of older fixxer-upper houses for sale in town pretty cheap , ( hell 3 on this block ) , yearly taxes are unrealistic though . decent schools k through 12 .

cops have an attitude as mentioned , but long as you dont act the fool they dont look twice . the veneral fest crowds downtown and the blossomtime parade makes going through impossible ( detour through benton harbor ) .

neighbor works for sjfd , seems to like it .

to the original poster : like previously stated , if you have any specific questions pm me and i will see what i can find out .
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 09:49 PM   #17
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Farking Illinois People - referring to the hoards of Chicagoans who invade on the weekends clogging traffic and raising prices...
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 10:57 AM   #18
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And then they buy property and build mansions on them and all our taxes go through the roof
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