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Published December 16, 2015

The Troy City Council voted unanimously to use Community Development Block Grant funds to plant trees, to assist low-income seniors and those with disabilities, and to improve sidewalk ramps so they are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the applications to the county for the estimated $140,123 in Community Development Block Grant funds at the council’s Dec. 7 meeting.

The city of Troy has participated in Oakland County’s Urban County Community Development Block Grant Program since 1982.

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Published December 15, 2015

Christina Grace, 22 of Macomb Township, was first in line at the H&M store grand opening at Oakland Mall Dec. 11.

She and her sister Aubrianna Grace, 19, arrived at the mall just before 7 a.m. to wait in line. She said her first stop would be the children’s department to buy an outfit for her 6-month-old son, Christopher Sedgeman.

The first 200 shoppers received an H&M T-shirt and scratch-off coupons valued at between $10 and $300.

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 10, 2015

The Rev. David West, a Catholic priest who served in a number of parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, including St. Anastasia in Troy, before he passed away in 2004, has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, an allegation of abuse was made against West to the Archdiocesan Board of Review, which found the allegation to be credible.

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Published December 9, 2015

The chief of staff for state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, said that what Knollenberg remarked during an education  hearing earlier this month in Lansing did not reflect what the senator was trying to say, and Knollenberg has apologized.

Knollenberg was speaking with Natasha Baker, of the state School Reform Office, and Karen McPhee, senior education advisor for Gov. Rick Snyder, during a Senate Education Committee hearing Dec. 3 on low-performing schools.

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Published December 9, 2015

The Boys & Girls Club of Troy is asking the community to “gimme five.”

Jeff Evans, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, said the idea is that $5 is the equivalent of a couple of cups of coffee or other inexpensive items.

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Published December 9, 2015

One client who received diapers from Baby Basics — which operates at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Troy, distributing diapers twice a month to those in need — used a towel as a makeshift diaper for her infant during one visit because she had run out diapers.

Rev. Charlotte Sommers, pastor of Northminster, said it costs about $700 each year per baby for diapers.

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Published December 9, 2015

The City Council has again requested federal funding for Troy’s nonmotorized trails and pathways system. The Michigan Department of Transportation extended the deadline for Transportation Alternative Program grants.

The deadline was extended from Nov. 2 to Nov. 24. Kurt Bovensiep, public works manager, said MDOT “reached out and gave them an extension” and allowed the city to resubmit an edited version.

The Troy City Council voted unanimously to  authorize the city to apply for the grant Nov. 23.

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Published December 9, 2015

The Troy City Council and Planning Commission listened to input from local experts on what the city could and should look like in coming years as they move forward to update the Troy master plan.

In a joint study session held Nov. 23, Comerica Bank Vice President Amanda Uffelman, Core Partners CEO Matthew Farrell, T.H. Ryan Construction Co.’s Ryan Marsh, and Weiss and Samona Properties’ Harvey Weiss shared their thoughts with city leaders as plans move forward on the updates to the city’s master plan.

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Published December 2, 2015

Troy police arrested a 22-year-old Warren man after he reportedly pointed what was later determined to be a fake gun at a man washing his hands in a restroom of an office building at 888 W. Big Beaver Road at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 1.

Police said the suspect pointed an airsoft gun at the man and demanded his wallet.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the victim was able to disarm the suspect while the suspect was holding the victim’s wallet.

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Published December 2, 2015

He didn’t wear his clerical collar because he said the archdiocese asked him not to.

Rev. Edward Belczak, 70, dressed in a suit coat and shirt without a tie, was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison Dec. 1.

U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Tarnow handed down the sentence after Belczak spoke. Belczak was also ordered to serve two years of parole and pay $572,775 in restitution, and to forfeit his condo in Florida, and funds in Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade accounts.

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Published December 1, 2015

A Sterling Heights woman has filed suit against the Boys & Girls Club of Troy after Aaron Massey, a former employee there, was convicted Nov. 19 in a jury trial in Oakland County Circuit Court on three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with her 10-year-old son.

Massey’s attorney, S. Wesley Compton, had no comment.

Judge Martha Anderson is scheduled to sentence Massey Dec. 17. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 24, 2015

The salt dome is filled and the city plows and salting equipment are ready to battle Old Man Winter.

The Troy Fleet Maintenance Division operates day and afternoon shifts, and maintains approximately 500 pieces of city-owned equipment.

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Published November 24, 2015

Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?

The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.

The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled cider and — new this year — a make-your-own hot cocoa bar.

“You can still get a taste of the past at a homey, warm, Christmas event,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s an alternative to the mall crush.”

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Published November 24, 2015

Police were called to the Michigan Secretary of State office at 1111 E. Long Lake Road just after 11 a.m. Nov. 13 after a Troy man reportedly became upset after he failed the written part of his driver’s test.

Police said he was given a second chance and used his cellphone to cheat while he retook the test. When a clerk told him he had failed again because he used his cellphone, he became upset and threw a pencil at her, according to reports.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

Looking for a way to give back to the community and want to ride in a fire truck while you do it?

The Troy Fire Department is looking to shore up its number of dedicated volunteers.

“With a city this large, the majority of residents don’t realize we have a volunteer Fire Department,” said Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “We are in need of more residents to step up and join this great force.” 

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Published November 18, 2015

The Planning Commission has approved a final draft of an ordinance that aims to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced, but it is not clear when the council, which has final approval of the ordinance, will consider it.

At the May 26 meeting, the Planning Commission, by consensus rather than formal vote, approved a first draft of changes to ordinances that would encourage and give incentives to developers to preserve or replace trees.

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Published November 18, 2015

The Troy City Council will likely decide whether to approve a planned unit development for a senior assisted living facility that would make a proposed city dog park a done deal.

A public hearing on the Stone Crest planned unit development is scheduled for the  Nov. 23 City Council meeting.

After a Sept. 22 public hearing on the proposed development, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for the facility, which would be next to city-owned property on the east side of Livernois that is slated for a dog park.

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