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Published February 16, 2016

TROY — Laura Kemp, a seventh-grade science teacher at Baker Middle School, brushed up on her Chinese phrases Feb. 11 because her principal told her that teachers from China would be visiting her classroom that day. 

Instead, Troy School District officials, members of the media and parents came into her classroom to surprise her with the Troy School District Teacher of the Year Award. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

The City Center Building at 888 W. Big Beaver could be considered a bargain at a mere $3.5 million.

The Melting Pot Restaurant and Mortons the Steakhouse are currently in the approximately 24,000-square-foot building on the north side of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

Nino Licari, city assessor, said the building was foreclosed at a value of $23.7 million in January of 2014.

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Published February 9, 2016

Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 3, 2016

A new exercise program offered in Troy uses boxing moves and yoga stretches to ease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and often includes tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity in the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination.

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Published February 3, 2016

Mondrian Properties, which has clear-cut numerous sites to build homes, must wait for the go-ahead on a new site plan for 28 detached condominiums, called “Willowbrook,” on 10 acres on the east side of John R Road, south of Wattles Road, as proposed at the Jan. 26 Troy Planning Commission meeting.

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Published February 3, 2016

Have you thought about brewing your own beer but have no idea how to get started?

The Troy Public Library will offer a program presented by Nicole van Schagen and Matthew Kris, owners of Michigan Brew Supply in Midland, at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library, said another library recommended the program.

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Published February 2, 2016

At the request of the Troy City Council, a police service aide and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources representative presented a program at the Jan. 25 council meeting about the coyotes in Troy.

Troy Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington said that a coyote attacked his neighbor’s dog.

“It’s a problem we’ve never had before,” Pennington said. 

“This has been a topic in the city,” Mayor Dane Slater said.

Troy Police service aide Steve Vaillancourt estimates that there are 40-50 coyotes in Troy.

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Published February 2, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes people balk at the cost of adopting an animal. A rescue may charge $200 for a dog, but they might have already spent hundreds more on spaying or neutering, dental care, food and more. Treating heartworm alone can cost $400. And then there are cases where an animal has mange, broken limbs or other ailments that require immediate treatment.

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Published January 27, 2016

Troy School District seniors’ scores on a new assessment test soared above county and state numbers.

After 44 years of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state sat down in front of computers to take the first-ever Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. A paper-and-pencil option also was available, which was how Troy School District students took the test.

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Published January 27, 2016

The Troy City Council took a long look between the stacks at the Troy Public Library Jan. 12 during a special study session.

“The purpose of the tour was to show the council what we have done and what building issues need to be done this year,” said Assistant Library Director Phillip Kwik.

Mayor Dane Slater said the best use of the Troy Civic Center, which includes the library, will be a topic the council, the Planning Commission, the Downtown Development Authority and city leaders will discuss at an upcoming retreat at the end of February.

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Published January 27, 2016

Did you know that a fly the size of a pinhead is responsible for your favorite chocolate treats?

Before she became a naturalist, Laurel Zoet worked as a professional pastry chef. She will bring this unique perspective to the Troy Public Library for a talk on chocolate at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 — and she will bring chocolate for tasting.

“We thought it would be great for Valentine’s Day,” said Margaret Forrest, adult information librarian at the Troy Public Library. “Everybody loves chocolate.”

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Published January 26, 2016

Firefighters were called to a house fire on Jeffrey, near John R and Square Lake roads, just before 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Two residents were in the home when the fire started and smoke alarms sounded. One resident got out of the home and called 911, according to reports. Before firefighters arrived, the second person in the home, a man, walked out of the home. He was transported for treatment.

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Published January 26, 2016

Those who travel Wattles Road on the far west side of the city will have to find a different route until this spring as work begins on a sanitary sewer.

Wattles Road between Beach and Adams roads is closed, and Chestnut Hill Court, south of Wattles Road, will also be closed for work on the North Evergreen Interceptor, part of the Evergreen-Farmington sanitary disposal system. Residents on those roads will have access to their homes from Adams Road and will be contacted in advance when driveway closures are scheduled.

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Published January 25, 2016

Construction that began in September 2014 on what looks like a Lego house across from Troy City Hall, on Big Beaver, is finished and awaiting young patients.

Doctors, nurses, administrators, therapy dogs and volunteers were on hand to show the new Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan–Troy to about 3,000 visitors Jan. 23.

The center is set to open its 24/7 emergency room facilities Feb. 1. The subspeciality facilities on the second floor will open the following week, and the third-floor surgical center will open the week after that.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

The Troy Chamber of Commerce once again recognized investments in bricks and mortar that make Troy stand out. All the winners of the Best of Troy Awards are renovations of existing buildings with the exception of the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center.

This year’s winners are: Estia Greek Street Food, the Kresge Foundation, Magna International Inc., Maplelawn Professional Center, Peter-Lacke USA, Simons Michelson Zieve Advertising and the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center.

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Published January 20, 2016

The groom gamely drinks Turkish coffee laced with a liberal amount of salt without complaint to show his future wife that he will “tolerate anything that comes from her.”

Sumeyra Yildiz explained this and the Henna Night ritual that takes place the night before a wedding when the Turkish American Society of Michigan presented a live demonstration of a traditional Henna Night ceremony, henna tattoos and Turkish cuisine at Turkish Henna Night at the Balkan American Community Center in Troy Jan. 16.

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Published January 19, 2016

A 21-year-old Center Line man reportedly took a kitchen knife to church with the intent to enter during services and stabbed a volunteer who intervened just after noon Jan. 17.

Police received a 911 call at 12:08 p.m. of a stabbing at Christ the King Syriac Church at 2300 John R Road.

According to reports, Brian Boulus arrived at the church with a small kitchen knife and approached the church door during services.
Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that parishioners at the church originate from Iraq and Syria.

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