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Published October 27, 2011

Crews will aim to clear snow from all roadways in Troy within 24 hours after a snowfall of more than 4 inches this winter.

Under a contract the Troy City Council unanimously approved with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 17, the city will clear county roadways for $249,691, of which 35 percent will be paid to the city in December and the remaining 65 percent in March.

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Published October 26, 2011

In Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining,” a small, dysfunctional family moves into an old and insidious hotel for the winter after the family patriarch, Jack Torrance, is hired as the caretaker during the off-season.

No spoilers here, but anyone who has read the book or seen the Stanley Kubrick movie knows the disturbing and tragic things that occur during the course of the family’s stay.

It’s a perfect story for anyone who likes a good scare.

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Published October 13, 2011

What’s your favorite apple?

“The last one I ate.”

Ed Robinette doesn’t even hesitate to give that cheeky yet appropriate reply to what is surely one of his favorite questions. He is, after all, raising 23 varieties of apples on his family farm in Grand Rapids. That’s a lot of options. But it barely breaks the surface.

“There’s so much diversity in the apple crop in Michigan — there are literally thousands of varieties,” Robinette said.

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Published September 28, 2011

Judge Rae Lee Chabot described the July 2, 2010, shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, by his uncle, Hayes Bacall, at the BP gas station on Big Beaver as needless before she imposed the mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.

A jury rendered a guilty verdict in the case last month. Bacall said he shot his nephew in self-defense.

Chabot stipulated that Bacall have no contact with Jameel’s immediate family and ordered him to pay $28,500 in restitution.

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Published September 14, 2011

Everyone needs it. Most don’t get enough of it. And for those it eludes, it may become an obsession.

With the end of summer, students back in school and shorter days, people’s routines may be a little light on a valuable commodity: sleep.

Less than half of people get it in the quantity and quality their bodies need, said Dr. Gary Trock, and disorders minor and severe can hinder what should be an act that occurs effortlessly and in abundance.

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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published August 24, 2011

Lucy Kollin is not a fan of the water.

Although she and her husband, Adam, own a boat and take it out on Lake St. Clair with their three children, Aaron, 9, Wendy, 7, and Alex, 5, she is not a strong swimmer and didn’t swim at all as a child growing up in China.

Several people in Jixi, the city in northern China she lived in, drowned in the local lake.

She explained that even experienced swimmers got stuck in the sticky bottom of that lake, and her parents didn’t allow her or her siblings to go into the water.

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Published August 10, 2011

Hours of operation at the Troy Public Library won’t change, at least for now, following voter approval of a 0.7-mill, five-year dedicated library millage Aug. 2.

“The library will remain closed on Saturdays as staff regroups and determines what will and will not fit into the budget,” Phillip Kwik, head of library public services, said.

“We have a lot of housekeeping things to do,” he said.

Library staff will work to re-establish reciprocal agreements, which were severed in April, with different libraries in the area, Kwik said.

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Published July 13, 2011

Somerset Collection is expanding again, this time into temporary space in downtown Detroit.

Somerset Collection officials said retailers on board include Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Max Mara, North Face, Restoration Hardware, Swarovski, Sweet Factory and Vera Bradley.

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published June 15, 2011

The City Council took tentative steps to market Troy in an effort to relieve the “black eye” some say the city has sported since budget cuts were enacted due to plummeting property values.

“When we attend events and say we are from Troy, we hear expressions of sympathy,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said during a discussion at the June 6 City Council meeting. “Troy has had a black eye.”

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 18, 2011

Yes, Michigan.

This week is for celebrating, for embracing all the state has to offer. It’s Michigan Week, held annually since 1954. So raise your hand, point to your favorite spots in the state, and reflect. Whether it’s taking a fall color tour, hitting the links, lounging on the beach, crossing the Mackinac Bridge or heading downtown to catch a Red Wings game, there’s much to love about Michigan.

For many, it’s the lakes that cause residents to swell with pride.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published May 4, 2011

Christine Broses had a “little” idea for a small art show at her church, St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, to raise funds for people in need.

But when the Rev. J.J. Mech, pastor of the church and an artist, learned of it, he had something much bigger in mind.

“We had never done something like this before and were about to give up several times,” she said. “When we were about to give up, something would happen to bring it back to life again,” she said.

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Published April 13, 2011

Though a swimming pool and a ping-pong table raise a racket just steps away, chess players stay focused on the board during a recent practice.

They have to.

During tournaments, some players on the Troy All Star Chess Club, who are nationally ranked, must sit still for more than four hours. Given that the players’ ages range from 4 to 13, that’s no small feat.

They even play against adults — and win.

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Published April 6, 2011

TROY — Since October, Troy resident Taylor Kanas has been fighting negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an aggressive rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Troy resident has bravely endured chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, lost her hair, faced a relapse, and is in need of bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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Published March 30, 2011

TROY — You can buy Better Made snacks, Faygo and Vernors soft drinks, Germack peanuts and pistachios, American Coney Island kits, Sanders sweets, Pewabic Pottery pieces, and a local rocker’s beer all in one place — and make a difference in the lives of metro Detroiters.

The Detroit Shoppe, located at Somerset Collection North, opened for the first time last fall and closed in early January. It has reopened with new items and the same focus — to raise funds for local charities and awareness of Detroit’s cultural, sports and iconic gems.

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Published March 23, 2011

The Troy School District’s all-day kindergarten program will stay after the Board of Education heeded numerous parents’ wishes that the program not change in light of budget cuts the district is considering.

The district faces an $8 million cut in funding based on Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, Troy school officials say. The board will consider the budget proposals at its April 19 regular meeting and must adopt the 2011-2012 budget by July 1.

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