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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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Published October 27, 2011

Crews will aim to clear snow from all roadways in Troy within 24 hours after a snowfall of more than 4 inches this winter.

Under a contract the Troy City Council unanimously approved with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 17, the city will clear county roadways for $249,691, of which 35 percent will be paid to the city in December and the remaining 65 percent in March.

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Published September 28, 2011

Judge Rae Lee Chabot described the July 2, 2010, shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, by his uncle, Hayes Bacall, at the BP gas station on Big Beaver as needless before she imposed the mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.

A jury rendered a guilty verdict in the case last month. Bacall said he shot his nephew in self-defense.

Chabot stipulated that Bacall have no contact with Jameel’s immediate family and ordered him to pay $28,500 in restitution.

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Published August 24, 2011

Lucy Kollin is not a fan of the water.

Although she and her husband, Adam, own a boat and take it out on Lake St. Clair with their three children, Aaron, 9, Wendy, 7, and Alex, 5, she is not a strong swimmer and didn’t swim at all as a child growing up in China.

Several people in Jixi, the city in northern China she lived in, drowned in the local lake.

She explained that even experienced swimmers got stuck in the sticky bottom of that lake, and her parents didn’t allow her or her siblings to go into the water.

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Published August 10, 2011

Hours of operation at the Troy Public Library won’t change, at least for now, following voter approval of a 0.7-mill, five-year dedicated library millage Aug. 2.

“The library will remain closed on Saturdays as staff regroups and determines what will and will not fit into the budget,” Phillip Kwik, head of library public services, said.

“We have a lot of housekeeping things to do,” he said.

Library staff will work to re-establish reciprocal agreements, which were severed in April, with different libraries in the area, Kwik said.

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Published July 13, 2011

Somerset Collection is expanding again, this time into temporary space in downtown Detroit.

Somerset Collection officials said retailers on board include Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Max Mara, North Face, Restoration Hardware, Swarovski, Sweet Factory and Vera Bradley.

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Published June 15, 2011

The City Council took tentative steps to market Troy in an effort to relieve the “black eye” some say the city has sported since budget cuts were enacted due to plummeting property values.

“When we attend events and say we are from Troy, we hear expressions of sympathy,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said during a discussion at the June 6 City Council meeting. “Troy has had a black eye.”

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published May 4, 2011

Christine Broses had a “little” idea for a small art show at her church, St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, to raise funds for people in need.

But when the Rev. J.J. Mech, pastor of the church and an artist, learned of it, he had something much bigger in mind.

“We had never done something like this before and were about to give up several times,” she said. “When we were about to give up, something would happen to bring it back to life again,” she said.

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