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Published July 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/AUBURN HILLS — Voters will consider two Avondale Schools millage proposals when they head to the polls Aug. 2.

“Both of the millages are essentially once-in-a-decade renewals,” said Avondale Schools Superintendent James Schwarz.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Plans will proceed after the Troy Planning Commission approved designs for a new fire station on Maple Road, east of John R Road.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for Station 4 at its June 28 meeting. 

Troy City Planner R. Brent Savidant said that the old fire station will remain open while construction on the new 10,500-square-foot structure is completed, then the old station will be demolished. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Five Little Free Libraries stocked with books for children, teens and adults stand ready for reading throughout the neighborhood near Hill Elementary School — and there are four more to come.

Families toured the neighborhood by bicycle to check out the recently finished libraries July 10. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — The mild winter put money back in the city budget for needed road improvements this summer. 

Each year, the city of Troy removes snow on county roads through an agreement with the Road Commission of Oakland County. The city has approved contracts with the RCOC to plow county roads for the past 14 years. 

Last October, the Troy City Council unanimously approved a contract whereby the RCOC would reimburse the city $274,660 for work completed. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Each year, fifth-graders in the Troy School District are challenged to complete home fire safety checklists to ensure their homes have working fire detectors, a designated outside meeting spot and a family escape plan, and that they practice fire escape drills at home. 

The students are also challenged to complete home fire safety checklists for homes of friends, family and neighbors. 

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Published July 13, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/TROY — Just do it.

That is the message that Farmington Hills resident and artist Michele Sapp, 62, tells people who are interested in creating art of their own.

“If you feel like you want to make something, make it for the sheer enjoyment of (it), and learn your craft,” Sapp said. “That could be taking classes, reading, learning new techniques. You’ve got to love what you do.”

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 5, 2016

Following the retirement of Tim Richnak, Kurt Bovensiep, 36, has been chosen as the new director of the Troy Department of Public Works.

He continues a family legacy.

His father, Rod Bovensiep, worked for the city of Troy for 38 years, first in the Engineering Department. He later joined the Fire Department, earning the rank of lieutenant before he retired.

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Published July 5, 2016

The organizers of the garden walk sponsored by the Troy Garden Club keep vigilant in their search for gardens to feature in their annual walk.

Barb Lepri, chair of the 42nd annual  Troy Garden Club Garden Walk, said that immediately following this year’s walk, members will look at gardens to be considered for next year’s walk.

“Sometimes people approach us or we hear about a garden through word of mouth,” she said.

Members of the Troy Garden Club visit the gardens, then decide which ones will be featured.

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Published July 5, 2016

Police on patrol this summer will keep a special eye out to catch kids being good.

The Troy Police Department is introducing the Operation Safe Summer Program to encourage safety this summer.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the purpose of the program is to promote safe, positive summer activities and to encourage Troy residents and visitors to get to know the officers of the Troy Police Department. Officers will be available to provide safety tips and answer questions at the request of residents.

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Published July 1, 2016

A library patron has started a GoFundMe campaign to help repair and/or replace over 200 hardcover books that have been ripped apart at the spine at the Troy Public Library over the last three weeks.

The Troy resident reportedly started the  GoFundMe page — www.gofundme.com/helptroylibrary — after she received an email as part of an e-blast from the library June 24.

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

All eight graduates of this year’s Project Search program — for students ages 18-26 who have intellectual and developmental disorders, based at Beaumont Hospital, Troy — have landed jobs.

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Published June 29, 2016

Firefighters fought a garage fire and managed a gas leak in back-to-back incidents last week.

According to reports, firefighters were called to a detached garage fire on Rowland, in the Big Beaver and Dequindre area, just after 10 a.m. June 22.

Firefighters could see a tall column of black smoke from several miles away, and police in the area could see flames, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

The flames were showing from the one-story garage and were impinging on the home and a neighbor’s garage, Riesterer said.

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Published June 27, 2016

FRASER/TROY — On June 15, the Fraser Special Investigation Unit executed search warrants in Troy and Sterling Heights that were related to alleged marijuana trafficking.

The warrants resulted in the arrests of Troy residents Eric Layne Berg, 35, and Angie Wong, 30. Approximately 105 pounds of packaged marijuana — valued at about $231,000 — and $116,000 in currency were confiscated.

Wong was arrested not for the marijuana, but for reportedly possessing Hydrocodone pills.

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Published June 22, 2016

The Troy City Council, Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority, along with city staff and lawmakers, recently looked at examples of the current site of City Hall, reimagined.

The city hired Robert Gibbs, an urban planner and president of Gibbs Planning Group, to present options to redevelop the 100-acre Civic Center complex and look at mixed uses on the site. The study costs $200,000.

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Published June 22, 2016

Firefighters evacuated guests from their rooms at the Homewood Suites, 1495 Equity Drive, the morning of June 18 after a fire was reported in the one-story pool building attached to the four-story hotel just after 8 a.m.

Firefighters found smoke in the attic of the pool room, and they discovered that a ventilation unit had overheated and caused the smoke, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer. Lights flickered throughout the inside of the hotel, and DTE Energy was called to the scene.

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Published June 22, 2016

Troy Public Library staff will offer popular favorites and new programs, as well as prizes, for patrons of all ages in the summer library programs.

The youth summer program has a new twist this year. In order to qualify for prizes, young patrons can read a book or magazine, listen to an audiobook, try an e-resource, attend a library program or watch a DVD or Blu-ray.

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