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Published October 28, 2015

As a child, Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts would listen to ham radio, known as amateur radio, in which operators use two-way radios to communicate with each other.

“The police and fire calls piqued my interest,” Roberts said.

Roberts was named to the top post after former Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson retired last month after serving as fire chief since 1994.

Roberts grew up in Bloomfield Township and joined the Explorers Program for the Fire Department that was offered through the Boy Scouts of America.

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Published October 28, 2015

Since 1994, Troy police and VFW Post 4037 have teamed up to ensure families in need enjoy the holiday season.

Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said he started the drive when he was a lieutenant working midnight road patrols and saw people in Troy with financial hardships.

He said people think of Troy as a wealthy city and don’t realize there are people in need.

Mayer said he talked to someone he knew who also worked midnights and was involved with the VFW. They rallied the resources of the Troy Police Department and the VFW, and the drive began.

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Published October 28, 2015

Have you always wanted to start or finish writing a book?

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo in writer-speak — when the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days — the Troy library will offer incentive prizes, inspiration and know-how from local writers to help teens and adults who are undertaking the challenge.

Cherie Edmonds, adult services librarian, said the library has expanded the program, which is now in its third year.

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Published October 28, 2015

The Michigan Business and Professional Association will award a Troy group that aims to help adults with intellectual developmental disabilities a Best of Michbusiness award in the Nonprofit Beacon category next month.

According to the MBPA website, the association “supports programs and initiatives that impact approximately 150,000 businesses across the state.”

Jennifer Kluge, president of the MBPA, said that out of over 600 nominations, approximately 100 companies will be honored in various categories.

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Published October 27, 2015

Frances and Dominic Moceri have donated $10 million to Beaumont Hospital-Troy to fund construction of a 20,000-square-foot family learning center and a new intensive care unit. The money will also establish the Moceri Learning Center Endowment. 

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Published October 27, 2015

Troy police are hoping a man’s third strike means he’s out after he robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge Road at 11 a.m. Oct. 27.

Police believe the same man wore the same clothing while robbing the TCF Bank at 2138 E. Big Beaver Road at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 10. The man was described as white, in his 30s or 40s, and 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build and possibly brown hair. He was seen wearing a black ball cap with tape over the logo, a gray hooded sweatshirt with black tape over the logo, gray pants and dark colored loafers.

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Published October 21, 2015

A Troy information technology solutions, consulting and staffing firm and its founder continue to win accolades.

Automation Alley, a technology business association, named IPS Technology Services its Member Company of the Year Oct. 2 at the Automation Alley Awards Gala.

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Published October 21, 2015

According to 2014 FBI violent crime statistics, Troy has the lowest number of violent crimes in the state.

The formula used was based on the number of violent crimes committed per 50,000 residents.

For example, the number of violent crimes per 50,000 residents was 994 in Detroit, 84 in Sterling Heights, 82 in Ann Arbor, 63 in Royal Oak, 62 in Shelby Township, 58 in Farmington Hills and 37.8 in West Bloomfield Township.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Troy Times’ coverage area, voters will decide the City Council and mayor’s races, as well as two millage proposals  — one for the Troy School District and one for the Troy Public library — Nov. 3. Following are profiles on the candidates and the exact ballot language for the proposals.

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Published October 20, 2015

Troy resident Wade Tennant wanted his daughter Grace, 8, to learn the same kinds of skills she would learn in Boy Scouts, with him.

So he and some other local dads who wanted to spend time with their sons and daughters started Three Fires Longhouse, a spinoff of a similar group offered through the YMCA.

Tennant, secretary for the organization, said the group aims to strengthen the father-child bond.

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Published October 14, 2015

The five contenders for three seats on the Troy City Council answered questions on the settlement of the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center litigation, a library millage ballot question and other issues at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Troy Area Oct. 6.

The forum was filmed at the Community Media Network TV studio and will be telecast on CMNtv. It also will be available on demand on the league’s website, www.lwvtroyarea.org, and at www.cmntv.org in coming days.

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Published October 14, 2015

As a victim of domestic violence, Kelly Mays, 40, said she felt she had no voice and that she wasn’t beautiful.

She said poetry helped her to find her voice and reassure other domestic violence survivors that there was help for them to leave dangerous situations. 

Mays, a therapist with Starfish Family Services, is currently pursuing her doctorate in counseling from Walden University. She was the keynote speaker at a ceremony held at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Published October 9, 2015

An attached garage of a home on Dayton Street, near Dequindre and Long Lake roads, caught fire just before 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

A tall column of smoke could be seen from a distance, according to reports. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the attached garage of the one-story, single-family home.

Firefighters attacked the blaze with water from outside the home, then advanced into the garage to completely extinguish the blaze, according to reports.

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Published October 7, 2015

Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

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Published October 7, 2015

Troy resident Rhonda Hendrickson has a strong background in volunteerism.

Leadership Troy selected Hendrickson as the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Jim Cyrulewski, president of Leadership Troy, said via email that the group comprises representatives from various community organizations, businesses and individuals who strive to promote Troy community improvement programs. They recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.

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Published October 6, 2015

It’s a group nobody wants to be a member of.

The mission of the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. is to provide support, information and services to those who have lost loved ones in the armed forces in the service of their country.

The group also promotes events and other memorials and tributes to honor fallen heroes.

Troy resident Sal Haji serves as field operations coordinator for the Freedom Center, a hospitality center for servicemen and women being processed for travel.

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Published September 30, 2015

Learn how to hear the beep when you sleep during the annual Troy Fire Department Open House Oct. 4.

Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson explained that this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” was determined by the National Fire Protection Association and is used across the country as a safety theme during National Fire Prevention Week.

“We’re fortunate in Troy — we don’t have a significant fire problem because we are vigilant,” Nelson said.

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Published September 30, 2015

The Troy Public Library will be part of the Michigan Libraries for Life, Gift of Life Michigan program Oct. 5-11.

The 2014-2016 Michigan Libraries for Life program was funded with a grant from the Gift of Life Foundation.

Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s federally designated organ recovery organization, which acts as the intermediary between donors, physicians and hospital staff. In partnership with Eversight Michigan, it provides all of the services needed for organ and tissue donation for the state.

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Published September 30, 2015

The Troy School District superintendent has been selected from among his peers across the state as an outstanding communicator.

The Michigan School Public Relations Association named Richard Machesky, superintendent of the Troy School District, its 2015 Outstanding Superintendent Communicator.

“It was a surprise,” Machesky said. “I’m very honored. It’s certainly nice to be recognized. I feel what we do is relative to what we do in the community and with constituent groups.”

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Published September 30, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Motorists have a new real-time online weapon as they battle construction, congestion and closures.


The Road Commission for Oakland County has updated the FAST-TRAC Real-Time Traffic Map to include traffic jams as they are happening for most of the major county roadways, along with information provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation, which has jurisdiction over freeways.


The map uses the Road Commission’s FAST-TRAC traffic signal system to capture and display real-time traffic congestion information.

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