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Published May 4, 2016

In celebration of the Troy Public Library’s 45th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Troy Historical Society, the city of Troy, its library and its historical society will recognize those both living and deceased who made Troy what it is today.

The Embracing Excellence and History Makers Awards Ceremony May 18 will honor history makers who have helped build Troy.

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Published May 4, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Detroit native David Maraniss was inspired to write about Detroit while he watched a Chrysler commercial with rap star Eminem with the theme “Imported from Detroit” during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Maraniss said the commercial featured “wonderful, iconic” Detroit landmarks and he “got choked up.”

He and his family moved out of Detroit when he was 7. Maraniss grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and his mother was from Ann Arbor.

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Published May 4, 2016

Troy High School history teacher Rebecca Moore read and loved Nancy Drew books when she was younger.

While she was teaching middle school in Kentucky a few years ago, sitting in her room while her students were taking a test, she had an idea.

What if a teenage girl’s dreams really came true? And what if she used those dreams to solve mysteries?

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Published May 4, 2016

In an effort to strike a balance that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features, the Troy Planning Commission took a look at some developments in Auburn Hills during a special site-visit study session April 26.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacement are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools after voters approved a bond issue during the May 3 general election.

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Published May 3, 2016

NOVI — Fans of all things pop culture will have a chance to chat with comic book creators, meet film and TV icons, and walk among superheroes at the 27th annual Motor City Comic Con May 13-15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This year, more than 300 artists, writers, illustrators and actors will be on hand to showcase their work, greet fans, sign autographs, take photos and participate in panel discussions. More than 50,000 guests are expected to attend the convention, which is the largest event of its kind in Michigan.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 2, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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Published May 2, 2016

Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters were called to a vacant home on Tutbury Lane, near Adams and Square Lake Roads, at 2:15 p.m. April 29.

Unsure if the home was occupied, firefighters searched the home and determined nobody was inside the ranch-style house, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 27, 2016

Stephanie Suszek spends part of her days directing the programs for adults at the Troy Historic Village.

And she spends the other parts of her days and nights running — up to 16 miles on weekdays and up to 24 miles on the weekends.

On her “resting” days, she swims 500 to 1,500 meters and does yoga. She also rides her Mongoose fat tire bike to work some days.

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Published April 27, 2016

After listening to an overview of the proposed $138.3 million 2016-17 budget at an April 22 study session, the Troy City Council agreed by consensus to proceed and consider the budget as submitted.

The proposed 2016-17 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate, from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes a fund balance of over 27 percent. 

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari said homeowners’ taxes will be reduced, but the actual reduction to the average homeowner was not available at press time.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 20, 2016

Charles Anthony Stephens will face a felony murder charge in the death of his Somerset Park Apartments neighbor, Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7.

Visiting Judge Dennis Drury bound Charles Stephens, 53, over on felony murder charges in 52-4 District Court April 20 after hearing testimony from Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. ​Ljubisa J. Dragovic, police, a pawn shop employee, Kalpana’s husband and the suspect’s wife, Tonia Stephens.

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Published April 20, 2016

Recognizing that parents are busy, Troy Youth Assistance has recorded some popular parenting programs and made them e-vailable.

“Troy Youth Assistance (is) a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization committed to strengthening youth and families by preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency, child neglect and child abuse through community involvement,” Troy Mayor Dane Slater read from a proclamation recognizing Troy Youth Assistance for Parenting Awareness Month at the March 14 City Council meeting.

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Published April 20, 2016

Troy resident Tom Lias, CEO of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, admits he sells a few recliners through the deal he offers each winter — write a $50 check to The Arc of Oakland County and get a $200 discount on a chair.

However, he said the real payoff from the TV, newspaper and radio publicity is the awareness it brings to Arc and the people the organization helps.

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Published April 20, 2016

Did you know that habitats for monarch butterflies — those orange-and-black-winged beauties — are growing scarcer?

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 75160, based in Troy, plan to complete an interactive monarch waystation on the southwest side of the interpretive building at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center by the end of May.

“Monarchs are struggling,” said Carla Reeb, director of the Troy Nature Society, which funds and operates the 100-acre nature center.

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Published April 14, 2016

Kirts Boulevard north of Crooks Road was closed after contractors doing directional drilling to install a fiber optic line hit a 2-inch natural gas line just before 4:30 p.m. April 13.

Contractors called Troy firefighters to the scene, on northbound Crooks Road, at Kirts Boulevard. Firefighters determined the extent of the leak, checked storm drains and water lines to see how far the leak went, and checked buildings to determine the amount of natural gas present, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 13, 2016

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It will only take about two minutes to register, and it could save police officers valuable time solving crime.

The Troy Police Department is launching a new, voluntary security camera registry program called Extra Eyes.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman explained that businesses and homeowners who have surveillance cameras may register to participate in the program.

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Published April 13, 2016

While Christopher Hillier has hiked over 10,000 miles since 2011, he knows he has to be careful when he talks about his passion and experiences on the trail.

Hillier will present “Taking the Walk: Long Distance Hiking with Christopher Hillier” at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Troy Public Library.

“He’s spoken at other libraries, and we thought this would be a good opening to our summer reading, of which the focus is wellness,” said Lauren Bartell, adult information librarian, who is also a hiker.

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Published April 13, 2016

During her tenure as the president and CEO of Walsh College, Stephanie Bergeron said, she strived to establish the college as a destination and to ensure that graduates have all the tools they need to succeed.

The first woman to lead the college, Bergeron announced she will retire early next year.

Bergeron is the sixth president to lead the college since its inception in 1922.

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