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Published November 18, 2015

The Planning Commission has approved a final draft of an ordinance that aims to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced, but it is not clear when the council, which has final approval of the ordinance, will consider it.

At the May 26 meeting, the Planning Commission, by consensus rather than formal vote, approved a first draft of changes to ordinances that would encourage and give incentives to developers to preserve or replace trees.

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Published November 18, 2015

The Troy City Council will likely decide whether to approve a planned unit development for a senior assisted living facility that would make a proposed city dog park a done deal.

A public hearing on the Stone Crest planned unit development is scheduled for the  Nov. 23 City Council meeting.

After a Sept. 22 public hearing on the proposed development, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for the facility, which would be next to city-owned property on the east side of Livernois that is slated for a dog park.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

The plans for the city’s trails and pathways system will take another turn after the state withdrew a $600,000 grant when residents objected to the route.

Bethany Baker, president of the Hills of Charnwood Homeowners Association, said the initial proposed pathway went straight through the subdivision, and almost 100 percent of the neighborhood residents didn’t want it to go through Charnwood, located west of Coolidge Highway and north of Square Lake Road.

Concerns included a drop in property values and increased crime.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

Most people don’t initially think of including charities when drafting their wills or estate plans.

“They don’t think of it,” said Troy attorney George Gregory.

Gregory will talk about what to consider and how to include nonprofit groups or charities in wills and estate plans at the Leave a Legacy program at the Troy Public Library Nov. 17.

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Published November 11, 2015

Did you know the leaves and yard clippings you leave at your curb go to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority site in Rochester Hills to become compost?

And that free compost is available for Troy residents at the Department of Public Works?

“All our material goes to the compost site in Rochester Hills,” said Emily Fronterra, Troy’s refuse and recycling coordinator.

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Published November 11, 2015

TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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Published November 10, 2015

Mary Sibert, 12, of Sturgis, is crazy about horses.

She keeps her own horse at her grandparents’ home, where she is home-schooled. This past spring, she spent six days in the bluegrass area of Kentucky, including a day at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where national and international competitions take place. She met famous riders, trainers and horses; saw Grand Prix training, the highest competition level of horse jumping; and saw behind the scenes at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby takes place.

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Published November 6, 2015

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed a 4-year-old boy shoot himself in the parking lot of the Kroger store at Crooks Road and South Boulevard just after 1:15 p.m. Nov. 6 to contact them.

Police said the dispatch center received several calls reporting a shooting at the store.

Officers determined that a 4-year-old got into the back seat of the vehicle while his mother and 10-year-old brother loaded groceries into the trunk.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 5, 2015

Firefighters fought two blazes and extricated two men from a van that had rolled over Nov. 4. Officials continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot storage building on Coolidge Highway.

Firefighters were dispatched to the former Vehma Industries, in 1300 block of Coolidge Highway, at 2:45 p.m. and discovered heavy fire and smoke showing from the one-story metal and wood storage building.

According to reports, a tall column of black smoke was visible for several miles.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Troy Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Troy Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the event. VFW Post 4037 Cmdr. Mike McHale will introduce the various speakers during the event. McHale served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant when he retired in 2006. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

McHale noted that there are 600,000 veterans in Michigan.

“It really is an honor to participate,” McHale said.

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Published November 4, 2015

Go within to find your true self and become more focused, effective, joyful and happy, and learn the practice of meditation at the Troy Public Library during a four-part series in November and December.

All you need is a chair.

This is the second time James Joseph and Anjani Tiwari have presented the meditation program at the library.

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Published November 4, 2015

Ever wonder why you can only buy Better Made chips and snacks in Michigan?

Local author Karen Dybis’ book, titled “Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip,” delves into the history of potato chips in Detroit, which includes the 85-year-old Detroit-based, family-owned Better Made Snack Foods. She tells how Cross Moceri and Pete Cipriano worked during the day and made the chips in their kitchens at night in the ’20s, selling them door to door, on streetcars and in parks, including Belle Isle.

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Published November 4, 2015

The city of Troy will clear county roadways of ice and snow this winter. The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 26.

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Campbell was absent.

The city has approved contracts with the Road Commission to plow county roads for the past 14 years.

Troy Public Works Director Tim Richnak told the council that city crews and contractors clear 80 miles of county roads.

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Published November 3, 2015

Did you know that the city of Troy makes money on the stuff you toss in your recycle bin?

In observance of America Recycles month in November, Mayor Dane Slater read a proclamation at the Oct. 26 Troy City Council meeting to raise awareness and encourage residents and businesses in Troy to recycle.

“From July 2014 to June 2015, the city of Troy recycled 4,566 tons of glass, paperboard, cardboard, newspaper, metal, tin and plastic, and 9,173 tons of compost. Well done,” Slater said.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

UPDATED at 2:19 p.m. — Troy police have arrested a man who said he struck a Troy High School student on his way to school the morning of Oct. 30.

Police said the student, 17, was riding his bike on Northfield Parkway, at Perrin Street, south of Long Lake Road and west of Crooks Road, to school when a vehicle described as an SUV reportedly struck him, then left the scene.

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Published October 28, 2015

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.

Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library — will talk about the history and what goes on behind the scenes at the parade at eight libraries in the coming weeks.

His first stop will be Nov. 2 at the Troy Public Library.

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