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Published May 12, 2015

Troy is celebrating 60 years, and the Troy Times has published for 31 of those years, since 1984. 

The Troy Times asked city leaders past and present and others to share what shaped the city from what it looked like 30 years ago to what it looks like today.

In 1980, Troy’s population was 67,102, which grew to 72,884 in 1990, 80,959 in 2000 and 81,700 in 2013, according to U.S. census data from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 6, 2015

A 53-year-old Farmington Hills man faces assault and ethnic intimidation charges after he reportedly threatened to kill a 7-Eleven clerk at 6:15 p.m May 1 because he believed the clerk is a Muslim. 

According to reports, James Duane Tree went into the store at 1650 Crooks to purchase beer, and said ethnic slurs to the clerk, then threatened to kill him.

The store manager told Tree to leave, and Tree went behind the counter and attacked the manager, punching him several times in the face while he said offensive remarks about Muslims, police said.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

When Troy resident and emergency room doctor Ali Taqi isn’t busy with his young family — wife Amena, and sons Kazim, Zain and Esa — he’s fighting fires, serving as one of four physicians statewide on a search and rescue team, or traveling overseas to help perform cleft palate surgery for disadvantaged children.

Taqi, an 18-year volunteer assigned to Station 6, was selected by his peers as Firefighter of the Year for 2015.

“He’s got a strong commitment to the community,” said Troy Fire Chief William Nelson.

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Published May 6, 2015

A Troy couple had to find a place to stay after a car parked in the attached garage of their home, on Merrick, near Crooks and South Boulevard, caught fire just after 1:30 p.m April 28.

The husband and wife, who were home, got out of the house safely, and the man was able to drive another vehicle out of the garage, according to fire officials.

He reportedly tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher but was not successful.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY —
Last year’s magic number was 300,000.

That was approximately how many pounds of food Macomb County residents donated during the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held in 2014.

Macomb Food Program coordinator Linda Azar said the donations fed more than 140,000 Macomb County residents and that without the Postal Service’s food drive, “I don’t know what we would do.”

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

Troy resident James Savage, now 85, was too young to serve in World War II, although his two older sisters, Joan and Peggy, did. While youths his age in the U.S. were collecting scrap metal or tending victory gardens, he and his younger siblings and friends were watching planes crash and bombs fall in their native England.

“We thought it was exciting,” Savage said. “It looked exciting. We’d go outside to see the fireworks.”

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

At the repeated request of the Troy Planning Commission, Troy city staff will begin to explore options for regulating how developers cut down trees and alter unregulated wetlands.

John Taylor, a resident on Forsythe, spoke to the City Council April 20 about the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval April 14 of a preliminary site plan for Pinery Woods, at Wattles and John R. The development will feature 25 detached condos on 8.8 acres of land. Over 400 trees will be cut down on the site, which is also home to an unregulated wetland.

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