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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published February 25, 2015

Longtime resident Ron Maki’s wife, Kaye, is used to seeing her husband’s paintings in various stages of creation throughout their home and often wonders when they will “move out of there,” Maki said.

His paintings have been moving on at a brisk pace lately.

“I’ve been selling quite a few paintings,” he said recently.

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Published February 25, 2015

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Published February 10, 2015

The holiday that Christians celebrate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new life emerging at spring inspires Polish Americans to create the ancient art of pisanki and share their culture, food, folklore and customs.

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Published December 26, 2014

Residents of the Somerset Park Apartments hung off a second-story balcony to escape the flames and smoke as a blaze swept through the apartments early Christmas morning.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on Kirts Boulevard, between Big Beaver and Maple,  just before 2:45 a.m. Dec. 25 to find the eight-apartment, two-story building engulfed in thick, black smoke, with fire showing from a first-floor unit and extending to the apartment above, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said in a prepared statement.

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Published November 19, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After the scraps of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes have been tucked into the fridge, it’s like you can feel the seasons instantly shift: Thanksgiving is over, and the time for holiday shopping has begun.

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Published September 10, 2014

Jerry Howell, 100, who was a 38-year firefighter for the city of Highland Park and who retired as chief, is a familiar sight on Dayton Drive, where he stays at the home of his daughter, Joyce Howell, during the summer months.

Joyce has lived in Troy since 1972.

“Our neighborhood is pretty close,” Joyce said. “He’s pretty well-known by the neighbors.”

So it was no surprise that the neighborhood turned out in force to celebrate Jerry’s 100th birthday Sept. 6.

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Published August 20, 2014

Troy resident Robert Gohl, 52, is on a winning streak. He’s hunted ducks for 40 years, painted them from foam and plastic models for 35 years, but only started cutting and carving the decoys himself two years ago. And he’s bagged best in show as well as first, second and third place with his duck decoys at the St. Clair Flats Decoy Carving Show this summer.

He attended the Center for Creative Studies, studied graphic arts and always painted. His day job was painting and wallpapering homes.

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published January 22, 2014

Many who come together to create art at Paint a Miracle in Rochester have been coming to the studio for 10 years, and some come five or six times a week.

A lot of those artists have experienced challenges in their lives, such as brain injuries, cerebral palsy, depression or autism.

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Published July 24, 2013

TROY/HAZEL PARK — Hamilton Elementary physical education teacher Chad Gurzick doesn’t describe himself as a hero, although others would.

Gurzich, of Troy, and other Michigan educators attended the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Atlanta June 30 through July 7.

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Published May 29, 2013

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stood fearless before the challenge — a Dougie dance-off with Boulan Park seventh-grader Marissa Orzame at the school May 23.

Orzame said she dances for about 13 hours every week.

“I don’t dance a lot, although some guys do take dance classes,” Stafford said of his teammates. Then he turned the Detroit Tigers baseball cap he was wearing backwards and followed Orzame’s dance moves on the gym floor, to the roar of the students at the school.

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Published March 14, 2012

The Troy Community Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary a with a variety of activities throughout the month. The center gets more than 1 million visits each year for the fitness center, indoor pool and gymnasium, as well as dance, exercise and yoga classes, and other programs.

“We’re celebrating 10 years of healthy lifestyles,” Cindy Stewart, the city’s director of community affairs, said. “We offer something for everyone, regardless of age and recreation ability.”

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Published February 29, 2012

After years without a baseball field to call their own, Brother Rice High School, regarded as one of the premier baseball programs in the state, will play ball in Troy.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for the boys Catholic college preparatory high school in Bloomfield Township to build a baseball field near near Maple and Coolidge.

Plans call for a ball field on the south side of Equity, on a 5-acre vacant field on a dead-end street in a light industrial district.

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Published February 8, 2012

When Assistant Superintendent Janet Keeling, then the principal of Morse Elementary School, interviewed Susan Pickering for the media specialist position in 1995, she knew Pickering had something special.

Keeling was one of the administrators in the Troy School District on hand to see Pickering receive the Troy School District Teacher of the Year award, prize patrol style, from Superintendent Barbara Fowler as Pickering worked with English Language Learners in the library of Smith Middle School Feb. 6. She also works as media specialist at Boulan Park Middle School.

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Published December 27, 2011

After the Troy City Council turned down $8.4 million in federal funding to construct a transit center, a lawmaker urged the governor and transportation officials to keep the funds in Southeast Michigan, and a business leader called a halt to further expansion in the company’s Troy facilities.

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Published December 21, 2011

BERKLEY — There’s much a soldier stands to lose when he goes off to war.

For Tom Coward, he lost his leg. John Todd returned home without his sight, and much of his hearing.

But while disabled, these men are not broken.

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Published December 7, 2011

Despite numerous calls for Troy Mayor Janice Daniels to resign due to a June Facebook post slurring gay people, Daniels asked for forgiveness and said she plans to move forward as mayor.

“I made a comment in a moment I will regret for a lifetime,” Daniels said.

The issue came to light Dec. 2, and the post reportedly stated, “I think I am going to throw away my ‘I love New York’ bag now that queers can get married there.”

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Published November 9, 2011

Leonard Elementary fifth-grader Aarushi Malhotra likes that there’s something different in the fruit and vegetable lunch line at school each day. Fifth-grader Greg Mayernik said he doesn’t notice a difference between the skim chocolate milk and the higher-fat variety the school used to offer.

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Published October 27, 2011

T.J. Bouque, 11, is a bit different from his sixth-grade classmates at Boulan Park Middle School.

He’s not so crazy about video games, but he is crazy about singing.

He and 11-year-old Annie Youngs, who attends Avondale Middle School, travel to downtown Detroit to practice and perform with the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus up to four times a week, for up to four hours at a time.

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