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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,, and at 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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Published September 29, 2015

The Troy Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for a senior assisted living facility that would be next to city-owned property slated for a dog park — and would make the park a reality.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed planned unit development for the assisted living center Sept. 22. In a PUD, the developer is typically given flexibility on ordinance requirements in return for preserving natural features on the site.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Home designers and an antique collector talked about how to combine the old with the new and different textures and metals to create the home of your dreams at the Michigan Design Center in Troy Sept. 10.

Julie Byrne, of Julie Byrne Interiors in Birmingham, presented a program titled “Quick Fix Design Trends” as part of the Art of Design program at the center.

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Published September 23, 2015

New Michigan State Superintendent Brian Whiston made his first visit to schools in session this fall at four buildings in the Troy School District Sept. 11.

He started his duties in the top state spot July 1.

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Published September 23, 2015

City leaders will wait to decide on regulating mineral extraction.

The Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints at a joint special meeting Sept. 14.

After listening to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash; Hal Fitch, chief of the gas, oil and mineral division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; and John Griffin, spokesman and lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, city leaders, by consensus, said they will wait before enacting an ordinance.

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Published September 23, 2015

Troy Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Ara Toupouzian was among the businesses and individuals honored with a Corp! Magazine Michigan Salute to Diversity Award Sept. 10 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.

According to its website, “Corp! is a print and online business-to-business publication that features success stories, best practices and strategies that CEOs, business owners, executives and managers will find useful and relevant.”

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Published September 23, 2015

Troy resident Melonie Stothers became involved with the Southeast Michigan Congenital Heart Walk and the Children’s Heart Foundation when her daughter McKenzie, aka Izzy, was born with a congenital condition called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

Melonie said they learned of Izzy’s condition before she was born.

Melonie said doctors have told them Izzy won’t live to be an adult. After looking into heart and lung transplants, Melonie and her husband, Dale, decided not to go forward with those options.

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Published September 22, 2015

It’s Halloween fun for grownups.

The Troy Historic Village will host the second annual Scarecrow Glow Sept. 30.

“People loved that it was fun,” Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said of last year’s event.

She noted that the event was held in October last year, but was moved up this year so it would be held in warmer weather and more daylight.

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