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Published October 19, 2016

Schroeder Elementary School has been named one of the best schools in the country.

The Michigan Department of Education recently announced Schroeder as one of 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools — an honor reserved for exemplary, high-performing schools nominated by each state. Only two other Oakland County schools were recognized: Deerfield Elementary School in the Avondale School District and Lessenger Elementary School in the Lamphere School District. Nationally, 329 schools received the honor this year.

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Published October 19, 2016

The Road Commission for Oakland County approved a $129 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year Sept. 22 that was $25 million more than last year.

Of that total budget about $64 million is slated for roadway improvements,  and $29.6 million for pothole patching, gravel road grading, and salting and plowing in the winter.

Nearly $11.2 million will be used for maintaining traffic signs and signals, pavement markings and guardrails, among other activities.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new financing tool to fund environmentally friendly upgrades to reduce energy costs could soon be available for Oakland County businesses to take advantage of.

Through a resolution which is supposed to be finalized and approved Oct. 26, the county will become a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program district through Lean and Green Michigan.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Over a dozen Oakland County communities will see a decrease in sanitation costs thanks to a new water treatment project that officials celebrated Oct. 11.

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Published October 13, 2016

Police were called to the parking lot of the Kroger store at 31 E. Long Lake Road just after 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 to check on the welfare of a baby left alone in a car.

Police said a woman heard a baby crying inside a maroon 2007 Chevy Impala. According to a police report, the 9-month-old was drenched in sweat, and the temperature outside was 75 degrees.

The witness told police she stayed next to the car for 10 minutes, until police arrived. Paramedics responded and determined that the child was OK and did not need medical treatment.

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Published October 12, 2016

TROY — Mount Clemens resident David Herrington, a retired teacher, said he is the oldest guy at his grandchildren’s parent-teacher conferences. 

He and his wife, Mary Jane, are in their 70s, and they didn’t think they’d be parenting again at this stage of their lives. 

Herrington shared the tragedy of losing Lara Stutz, their daughter, to domestic violence during the Silent Witness Commemoration Service at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Oct. 4. 

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Published October 12, 2016

TROY — Troy is the safest among Michigan cities with populations over 75,000, according to the FBI’s 2015 crime statistics. 

Troy, which in 2015 had a population of 83,642, had 55 violent crimes last year. The FBI defines violent crimes as homicides, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults. 

There was one murder in the city last year, and the suspect is awaiting trial. 

The 2014 murder of a Clark gas station clerk remains unsolved. 

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Published October 12, 2016

TROY — Police have identified a clown at Athens High School who allegedly followed students in a menacing way during afternoon dismissals Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, carrying an object that looked like a bat.

 Police said the individual is not a threat. 

“He is no longer allowed to return to the school,” Sgt. Meghan Lehman said. “We don’t expect further problems.”

Lehman said the person will not be charged. 

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Published October 12, 2016

TROY — Troy Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart was among women the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic honored with the Esteemed Women of Michigan Award at a ceremony Sept. 26 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint.

The other women honored this year included Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson, Oakland County 48th District Court Chief Judge Diane D’Agostini and Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha, who brought to light the high lead levels found in Flint children. 

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Published October 5, 2016

Police have identified a clown at Athens High School who allegedly followed students in a menacing way during afternoon dismissals Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, carrying an object that looked like a bat.

Police said the individual is not a threat.

“He is no longer allowed to return to the school,” Lehman said. “We don’t expect further problems.

Lehman said the person will not be charged.

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Published October 5, 2016

The Troy City Council will consider changes to the city’s zoning laws that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features.

Cluster development is a zoning concept that involves grouping homes within a development — usually putting them closer together — so that the remaining land on the site can be preserved for recreation, common open space or the protection of natural features.

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Published October 5, 2016

The city of Troy will clear county roadways of ice and snow again this winter.

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County Sept. 19 as part of the consent agenda.

The council has approved contracts with the Road Commission to plow county roads since 2001.

City crews and contractors clear 80 miles of county roads.

The city will maintain nine county roads under the contract:

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Published October 4, 2016

Slab replacement and upgrades to subdivision and major roadways will stretch farther than planned after the Troy City Council approved an additional $2.6 million for this year’s projects.

The council unanimously approved $1.8 million for local and major road concrete slab replacement, and $800,000 for major road asphalt overlays at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Last spring, the council approved $2.4 million for improvements to local roads as part of the 2016-17 city budget, renewing DeLisio Construction’s contract for two years at current pricing levels.

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Published October 4, 2016

Did you know you should replace smoke alarms every 10 years, even if you are vigilant about replacing the batteries?

People can learn fire safety and hang out on ladder trucks and with Troy firefighters during the annual fire open houses held at five of Troy’s six fire stations Oct. 9.

Station 4 on Maple Road, east of John R Road, while operational, is undergoing renovations, and there is no parking available there, explained Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts.

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Published October 4, 2016

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said he wants to take steps to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Oakland County, according to Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer.

That comes in the wake of the Sept. 19 United Nations Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, when President Barack Obama urged leaders of member countries to increase funding to U.N. humanitarian agencies, to admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and to increase refugees’ ability to access education and lawful employment.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published September 30, 2016

Rainwater that came in contact with an outside electrical wall outlet sparked a fire at a home on Renshaw Drive, near Long Lake and Dequindre, just before 6:15 a.m. Sept. 29.

Residents called 911 and said smoke was filling their home, according to reports. Firefighters arrived  at the single-story home and saw smoke coming from the home. The residents waited outside, in their car.

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Published September 29, 2016

Paul McCown, who unsuccessfully ran for a spot on the Troy City Council in 2015, will fill the council seat vacated by Jim Campbell, who moved out of the city last month.

McCown, 29, will serve until November 2017. During the interview process, he said he plans to run again when his term is up.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and philosophy, and a master’s in economics and public policy. He’s lived in Troy for 19 years and is married with two children, ages 3 and 1 1/2. He said he works for a tech firm as a chief financial officer.

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Published September 29, 2016

The Troy Public Library got a good start on its goal to raise $20,000 by the end of this year for a brand-new endowment fund with $2,500 in start-up donations at the effort’s official launch Sept. 19.

“This is a huge day for the Troy Public Library,” said library Director Cathy Russ at the campaign launch event at the library. “It’s so important to me that there will always be a Troy library.”

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