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Published September 27, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council unanimously approved a lease with Oakland County Sept. 11 for the 52-4 District Court for 15 years, a departure from the customary five-year lease. 

City leaders told county officials about a ballot proposal that, if approved, they believe will affect 200 contracts the city has with a variety of organizations for city-owned property, including the courthouse, which had a year and a half left on its current lease. 

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Published September 27, 2017

TROY — Author Paul Vachon will talk about Detroit history when he presents a program based on his book, “Lost Restaurants of Detroit,” at the Troy Public Library 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3. 

The book is published by The History Press, part of Arcadia Publishing. 

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

A hospital generator located 450 feet from Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 350 W. Big Beaver Road, leaked diesel fuel into a detention pond before hospital staff stopped the leak just before 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Firefighters on the hazardous materials response team arrived at the scene, confirmed that the leak had stopped and applied absorbent materials in an effort to minimize the release, according to a report from the Fire Department.

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council plans to let the Big Beaver shuttle service ride — for now. 

The council, at the request of Councilman Ethan Baker, held a study session on the trolley and the feasibility of keeping it rolling Sept. 11. 

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — Fazullah Khan, 56, of Troy, owner of Fazal Khan & Associates — a civil engineering, surveying and construction management firm based in Sterling Heights — was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of bribery recently. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Kanel L. Lemisch — with David Gelios, special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office of the FBI, and Manny Muriel, special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service — made the announcement Sept. 13. 

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — Troy police are investigating the apparently accidental death of a 39-year-old Canton man that occurred just before 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 in the yard of a home on Sylvanwood Drive, near Rochester and Long Lake roads. 

According to Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman, a construction crew was removing an in-ground pool when a construction worker lost control of a portable cutting saw, which struck him in the neck. Lehman said the victim was one of two people from the crew working on the project at that time. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Published September 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved Zen Apartments, another part of the mixed-use development at 888 W. Big Beaver Road, at its Sept. 12 meeting. 

The Planning Commission unanimously approved conceptual plans for a development and an eight-story parking deck on 12.8 acres at the City Center Building, 888 W. Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road,  Feb. 28. 

The old parking deck was demolished last week. Work on the new deck will start later this fall and should be finished in May.  

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 14, 2017

Troy police are investigating the apparently accidental death of a 39-year-old Canton man that occurred just before 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 in the yard of a home on Sylvanwood Drive, near Rochester and Long Lake roads.

According to Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman, a construction crew was removing an inground pool when a construction worker lost control of a portable cutting saw, which struck him in the neck. Lehman said the victim was one of two people from the crew working on the project at that time.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published September 13, 2017

In June 1961, Joe Feko was celebrating his high school graduation with friends at a cottage on Lake Erie when a red Chevrolet Corvette driving down a nearby road caught his eye.

It was the new 1961 version — the first model with a cut back rather than rounded tail, Feko said in an email. As a longtime Corvette fan, he was “mesmerized.”

Two years later, Feko bought one of his own and he’s had it ever since. In fact, over the past 54 years, the 1961 Corvette has been a part of every stage of his adult life.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — The P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park and Daisy Knight Dog Park will open at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. 

Admission to the 16-acre park — on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, next to the Stonecrest Senior Living Center — will be free on opening day. 

In the spring of 2016, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight. 

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Alana Stephens, almost 5, of Troy, was born with a very rare congenital heart defect. 

Her mother, Amy, explained that Alana’s condition, Ebstein’s anomaly — when a valve in the heart is displaced, in Alana’s case, being too low — accounts for only 1 percent of all congenital heart defects. 

“I’ve only met three other people with it,” Amy Stephens said. 

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Troy School District students’ most recent standardized test scores were well above state and county averages, according to results from the Michigan Department of Education. 

Students in all grades in the Troy School District exceeded state and county averages in all subjects tested.

This is the second year that students in the Troy School District have taken the M-STEP test online. 

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Does time get away from you? Do you find yourself spending time on things you don’t really care about? 

People can learn how to manage their time effectively and to make intentional choices on how to spend their time when Bridget Murray, an accredited life coach with the International Coach Federation, presents “Designing Your Perfect Schedule” 7-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Troy Public Library.

Anna Barlow, adult services librarian, said she knows Murray from a group they both belong to comprising people who used to live in Shanghai. 

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Aspiring or established authors face the challenge of putting words to page — all alone. 

With the intent to make the writing process easier, the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America will host the Word Nerds Writers’ Conference Oct. 21 at the Detroit Marriott, Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Road. The event will feature workshops and critique opportunities, as well as chances to pitch stories to book editors and literary agents. There will also be events the evening of Oct. 20. 

Writers working in all genres are welcome. 

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Work on South Boulevard and Wattles Road is on schedule. 

The projects make up part of the $5.9 million slated to improve those and other roadways in Troy in the 2017-18 city budget.

Streets in the Somerset Park Apartments will be replaced, and that work is proceeding, said Bill Huotari, deputy city engineer/traffic engineer. 

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