News & Notes - 8/10/23 Troy Times

Troy Times | Published August 9, 2023

Photo provided by Moe Lietz


Sparkle Network invites students to fall dress sale
Homecoming season will be coming up at high schools across metro Detroit, and the Sparkle Network is inviting students who need some help finding a dress to come down and get one for only $10.

Shopping dates will take place at the Marlaina Photo Studio in Shelby Township, 49086 Van Dyke Ave., on Friday, Aug. 25; American House East in Roseville, 17255 Common Road, on Saturday, Aug. 26; Front Door Housekeeping in Utica, 11255 Hall Road, on Sunday, Aug. 27; the Meadowbrook Center for Learning Differences in Rochester, 811 Oakwood Drive, Suite 203, on Friday, Sept. 1; and T-Tech Solutions in Troy, 1172 E Big Beaver Road, on Saturday, Sept. 2.

“Kids sign up and they pick a time at one of the locations and they can get a dress for $10, or multiple dresses for $10 each. They can fill out a form on to schedule an appointment at one of the locations. The deadline is a week prior to each date,” explained Sparkle Network founder Moe Lietz.

Dresses of all sizes and lengths will be available. Sparkle Network has been hosting these dress sales for several years, allowing students who need a hand to get a dress for the special night. Those wishing to donate can check the Sparkle Network website for donation locations and dates, which take place in January and June.

All proceeds from the sale go toward funding Sparkle Network’s next sale, in the spring.


Troy High HOSA team achieves success at national conference
Troy High School’s Health Occupations Students of America team recently returned with many accolades from the International Leadership Conference in Dallas.

This competitive conference took place June 20-25 and welcomed more than 12,000 students from the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, American Samoa and China. Twenty-eight Troy High students accompanied team moderator Angie Griesmann to this year’s conference.

HOSA is a national organization formed to promote physical, mental and social well-being; develop effective leadership qualities and skills; and develop the ability to communicate more with people both inside and outside the organization.

Top awards were received by several Troy High students, including Ria Lattupalli, who placed third in the International in Healthy Lifestyle category; Fiona Samson, who placed second in the International in Biotechnology category; and Anusha Gupta, who placed first in the International in Human Growth and Development category.

Incoming senior Aanya Shah received the commended Barbara James Service Award after accumulating more than 300 hours of service to her community over the last two years.


Ceremony to commemorate anniversary of end of WWII
Members of the public are invited to White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy at noon on Sunday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the 78th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.

Also known as V-J Day, it marks the surrender of Japanese forces at the end of World War II and the conclusion of the war.

The event features members of Veterans of Foreign Wars on parade, a ceremony at the chapel and a wreath laying.

“It is important to honor and remember the sacrifices of our military heroes who fought hard to preserve the freedom we cherish today,” said David R. Krall, White Chapel vice president.

White Chapel’s WWII Four Freedoms Memorial was constructed for the 1948 V-J Day memorial ceremony in which 115 soldiers and sailors were laid to rest in the largest peacetime mass burial in the history of the United States. A total of 322 WWII soldiers and sailors were killed in action that were returned from overseas and laid to rest surrounding the memorial. Thousands of other WWII veterans are laid to rest at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

The cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Road in Troy. For more information on the V-J Day Ceremony, call (248) 362-7670.


Troy invites public to movie nights
The city of Troy will present its Movie Night Under the Stars program at the new Jeanne M. Stine Community Park, located at 241 Town Center, west of Livernois Road, this summer.

Families are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets so they can relax with a variety of family-friendly movies shown at sunset. Kona Ice will be available for patrons to purchase refreshing desserts.

The movie nights were formerly hosted at Boulan Park, but were moved to a more centralized location. The next date will be a showing of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” on Monday, Aug. 14. The film will start at dusk.

“We are so excited to offer family-friendly movies this summer at our newest community park,” Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart said in an email. “We appreciate the support of our sponsor, Advanced Lighting & Sound, and invite everyone to come out for some fantastic movies.”

For more information, call the city’s Community Affairs Office at (248) 524-1147.