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Published March 30, 2016

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire that started in the kitchen of a home on Allison Drive, near Long Lake and John R roads, just after 9:30 a.m. March 22.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said the fire was contained to the kitchen.

Nobody was home when a report of smoke coming from the second level of the two-story home was reported, Riesterer said.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was showing from the second level, front and rear of the home.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sarah and Bill Williams lined up a sitter for their children, Aurora, 6, and Brayden, 8, on March 24 to go to the movies to see “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Their date night was a bit different from other couples in the theater, though.

Sarah Williams and a cake she created were in a scene in the movie.

“It was so awesome to see my cake on the big screen,” she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

After more than a dozen residents said they opposed a dog day care center off Maple Road near Rochester Road, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved the special use and preliminary site plan at the March 22 meeting.

The Planning Commission first considered the request for the more than $2 million, 9,200-square-foot kennel and dog day care center on 2.5 acres at the March 8 meeting, then postponed the matter to give the developer time to address residents’ concerns about noise.

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Published March 23, 2016

A divided Troy City Council approved guidelines for oil and gas extraction that are stricter than state guidelines.

After a public hearing on the ordinance March 14, during which two people spoke, the council voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance.

Troy City Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council that the intent of the ordinance is to protect property values and single-family homes.

At a joint special meeting Sept. 14, 2015, the Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints.

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Published March 23, 2016

TROY — Unleash your inner comedian during a program on the art of improvisation at the library.

Karen Bell-Brege has managed the house troupe at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for 13 years, and holds programs for corporations and teens. She held a program for teens at the Troy Public Library last year, and Connie Doherty, head of adult information services for library, thought Bell-Brege would be a good fit for adults in April, which is National Humor Month.

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Published March 23, 2016

The Troy Creative Minds group meets for around three hours on the weekends, practicing ways to solve problems on the fly —  in front of an audience.

Veronica Ballios is an eighth-grader at Larson Middle School. She’s been on her team, The Rainbow Seven, for six years.

She said the improvisational challenges involve identifying real-world problems and educating others about them or solving technical challenges.

“It’s a lot of fun. They give you some elements to put in a story, and you come up with a story,” Ballios said.

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Published March 22, 2016

City parks and other city amenities may now include the word “memorial” and can be named for a living person.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved changes to the policy of naming city parks and amenities at its March 14 meeting.

“The development of the dog park has really caused us to review the current policy that has been in place,” said Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg-Bluhm.

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Published March 15, 2016

Think kids ages 3-6 can’t grasp Newton’s laws of motion and have fun doing it?

Think again.

The Troy Public Library has begun a new program for children ages 3-12 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math — or STEAM — concepts.

“It’s a hands-on exploration play program designed around one concept each month,” said Meghan Battle, head of youth services for the Troy Public Library. “It’s not a class. It’s not instruction. It’s exploratory play.”

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Published March 15, 2016

Troy Athens senior Griffin Olis thought about making a documentary film about the craft brewing industry for his innovations class, taught by Adam Burns, but it fizzed out when sources dried up.

So he and his friends Michael Frazier, Zehn Wani and Mustafa Rasheed instead decided to explore the topic of the scarcity of fresh water, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes.

“Water is really important,” Olis said.  

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Published March 15, 2016

Students in Christopher Schoonover’s and Andrew Shipp’s history classes at Athens High School read about the Korean War in their textbooks, but Robert Charbonneau brought it to life when he visited the school March 11.

“When you hear it from a veteran, it’s more real. It’s cool listening to his experiences,” said sophomore Jacob Brantley. “I know how he fought for our country and how strong we are (as a country) today.”

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Published March 15, 2016

Darden, owner of the Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Olive Garden restaurant chains, plans to build Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, the first in Michigan, on the north side of Big Beaver Road, near Alpine.

Eddie V’s has locations in California, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Texas and Virginia, and will soon open in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Troy Planning Commission approved the preliminary site plan for 2.25 acres at its March 8 meeting, with a few stipulations, including moving the patio and overhang closer to Big Beaver Road — within 30 feet.

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Published March 15, 2016

Those who waited until after work to take a walk to their Troy polling place in the unseasonably warm weather were more likely to have to wait to vote in the March 8 Michigan presidential primary than those who voted earlier in the day.

“Some lines formed at the end of the day with the after-work crowd,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “Until then, we were pretty steady all day.”

Dickson said that while usual voter turnout for presidential primaries is in the mid-20 percent range, 41 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this primary.

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Published March 15, 2016

Assault charges that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, filed against state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, have been dropped.

Brown said Knollenberg grabbed her forcefully by the arm following Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s State of the County address Feb. 10 in Auburn Hills.

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Published March 9, 2016

Think there’s nothing in your life that’s story-worthy or worth preserving for future generations?

Think again.

The Troy Public Library has two programs for those who want tell their personal or family story but aren’t sure how to begin.

Judy Sima, a West Bloomfield resident and an award-winning storyteller, worked as a librarian in the Fitzgerald School District for 37 years.

She will lead a program titled “Awaken Your Inner Storyteller” at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 22.

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Published March 9, 2016

Charges that state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, grabbed Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, forcefully by the arm following Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s the State of the County address Feb. 10 in Auburn Hills will be reviewed by a prosecutor in another county.

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Published March 9, 2016

Toward the end of winter, when temperatures rise above freezing in the daytime but drop below 32 degrees at night, it is time to tap sugar maple trees and boil down the sap into delicious maple syrup. This photo, taken in about 1920, shows Jessie Niles, the grandson of pioneer Johnson Niles, standing behind his evaporator in Elliott Woods, on the west side of Livernois, between Wattles and Long Lake roads. Tapping trees and making syrup continues in Troy every March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

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Published March 9, 2016

The 12th annual Solanus Casey fundraising event’s theme, “nourishing the soul,” is what Father Solanus Casey did when he served at the St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, according to the Capuchins.

Nourishing the Soul — scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19 at Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center in Troy — will benefit the Solanus Casey Center, a Capuchin Franciscan ministry located at 1780 Mount Elliott St. in Detroit.

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Published March 9, 2016

Once again, youths in grades six to 12 can have fun and get deals and meals during spring break around town.

The Troy Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, aims to “promote a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and drugs,” has teamed up with local businesses to offer youths in grades six to 12 safe, fun, affordable activities during spring break April 4-9.

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Published March 9, 2016

Want to get out of the house and try a new restaurant?

Twenty-three Troy restaurants will serve up their best during Troy Restaurant Week, being held March 13-18.

“This is the biggest one we’ve had,” said Jaimi Brook, director of events for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the event since 2009.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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