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Published September 7, 2016

The new 16-acre park on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, which will house a long-awaited dog park, got an official name — the P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park.

The dog park portion will be called the Daisy Knight Dog Park.

Earlier this spring, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight.

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Published September 7, 2016

Birmingham resident Kristin Meekhof, now 42, lost her husband of four years to advanced adrenal cancer, just eight weeks after he was diagnosed.

She will talk about her journey and her new book, “A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years,” which she co-authored with psychologist James Windell,  at the Troy Public Library Sept. 14.

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Published September 7, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — “Game on.”

Instructors from the Oakland County Law Enforcement Tactical Response Coordinating Group, or OakTac, use those two simple words to initiate a training exercise for incidents involving an active shooter.

Police officers from various Oakland County agencies geared up to prepare for a potential incident Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

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Published September 2, 2016

City emails the Troy Times recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act fill in some of the details surrounding a recent internal probe of some of City Manager Brian Kischnick’s practices.

In the emails, questions arise about the process of paying for repairs to a vehicle damaged in an accident involving Kischnick, and other emails show a back-and-forth in securing a low rate with a natural gas vendor, then after the contract was signed, an email from the city manager directing staff to explore a contract with a broker suggested by the mayor.

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Published August 31, 2016

WATERFORD — If one of your favorite summertime activities is garage saling, you’re in luck.

The Oakland County Market — which typically hosts local farmers, crafters and food artisans Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — will open up Sunday, Sept. 11, for a community garage sale inside the market stalls.

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Published August 30, 2016

After agreeing to disagree on recent council decisions stemming from the actions of Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick, the council unanimously agreed to incorporate guidelines for Kischnick into his contract.

Troy Mayor Dane Slater and Councilwoman Edna Abrahim brought the matter forward as a council referral item at an Aug. 22 meeting.

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Published August 30, 2016

Troy City Councilman Jim Campbell resigned his seat on the City Council effective 12:01 a.m. Aug. 23.

His term would have ended in November 2017. He was elected in November 2015 to serve a two-year term and was first elected to a seat on the council in 2011.

He was not present at the Aug. 22 meeting when City Attorney Lori Grigg-Bluhm announced his resignation.

The council excused his absence, and he told city leaders he could not attend the meeting due to business obligations. 

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Published August 30, 2016

The city’s new master plan will aim to address the needs of an aging population that wants to stay in Troy.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the plan Aug. 22 — an update that officials say will promote more density in strategic locations, offer more housing and transportation options, create walkable locations and protect existing neighborhoods.

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Published August 30, 2016

The Troy Public Library will celebrate Patriot Week with programs about presidential elections and the history of Detroit.

The Learning From the Past Patriot Week programs will kick off at the library Sept. 6 when Bruce Zellers, special lecturer at Oakland University, presents “Electing Presidents: Washington to McKinley.”

Zellers will present “20th Century Presidential Elections” Sept. 20.

Oakland University associate professor De Witt Dykes will present “Detroit History, Rise, Triumph, Decline and Rebirth” Oct. 4.

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Published August 24, 2016

Troy city leaders past and present and others recently provided feedback on proposed plans to redevelop the Civic Center Complex.

The city hired Robert Gibbs, an urban planner and president of Gibbs Planning Group, to present options to redevelop the 127-acre City Civic Complex and look at mixed uses on the site. The study costs $200,000.

Gibbs presented four different plans for the 127-acre site during a forum held at the Troy Community Center Aug. 18.

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Published August 24, 2016

A vacant parking lot will be home to a luxury hotel after the Troy Planning Commission approved the preliminary site plan Aug. 9.

The developer told the Troy Planning Commission that a new five-story, 126-room hotel planned for the parking lot behind the PNC Building at Big Beaver Road and Troy Center Drive would be similar to the Aloft Hotel in the David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit.

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved preliminary site plans for the $20 million Aloft Hotel and a shared parking agreement with the PNC Building Aug. 9.

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Published August 24, 2016

More than 100 juried painters, potters, photographers, fiber artists and stained glass artists will bring their best to the 42nd annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake.

“It started out with just people who lived here,” said Kathleen Deburghgraeve, who coordinates the show with Connie Kohn. “This year, only three of the artists are residents. The rest are coming from across the U.S., and 75 percent are returnees.”

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Published August 24, 2016

Got tons of tomatoes, countless cucumbers or bunches of green beans?

Get hands-on help and learn how to can the bounty from your own garden or fresh fruits and vegetables from your favorite farmers market at Canning 101 at the Troy Historic Village.

Bill Warren, known at the historic village as Farmer Bill, will teach attendees the hot water bath method of canning produce with a high acidic content. Warren plants and tends the Pioneer Garden at the historic village, this year with help from members of the Morse Elementary School community.  

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Published August 24, 2016

Changes to Troy’s zoning laws that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features will move forward after the Planning Commission discussed the new guidelines Aug. 9.

The Planning Commission, by consensus, directed city staff to schedule a public hearing on the zoning text amendment for the enhanced cluster option in coming weeks. A date had not been selected by press time.

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Published August 24, 2016

An industrial road that gets a lot of traffic and is the route to reach over 40 businesses received unexpected funding for an upgrade through a new county program.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioners Robert Gosselin, R-Troy; Wade Fleming, R-Troy; and Gary McGillivray, D-Madison Heights, to secure $108,106 in funding for a road project in Troy. Oakland County’s contribution will be put toward the completion of an estimated $216,211 project to replace concrete slab on Souter Drive.

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Published August 17, 2016

Get the dish on some new entrees or a restaurant you may not have tried yet when Troy Restaurant Week returns Aug. 21-26.

A total of 26 Troy restaurants will serve up their best during Troy Restaurant Week.

“This is the largest one (Troy Restaurant Week) to date,” Ara Topouzian, Troy Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

InTouch Credit Union sponsors the event, which the chamber has spearheaded since 2009.

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Published August 17, 2016

NOVI — Experience India at Automotive Quality and Logistics India Day, the largest celebration of Indian culture and traditions in the Midwest, at the Suburban Collection Showplace Aug. 20.

The India League of America and other community organizations sponsor the free event, which usually draws over 25,000 people from neighboring states and Canada, said Ramesh Gudapuri, AQL India Day chairman.

AQL is the title sponsor for the event.

The event is always held close to Aug. 15 in salute to India’s Independence Day, Gudapuri explained.

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Published August 17, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission sent a developer back to the drawing board again Aug. 9 after taking a second look at plans for a five-story, 140-unit apartment building on McClure Drive, just north of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

The 2.5-acre, three-parcel site currently contains one single-family home.

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Published August 16, 2016

After heated discussion, the Troy City Council voted 4-3 against waiving attorney-client privilege and making public a report that the council considered in three closed sessions regarding City Manager Brian Kischnick.

Troy City Councilwoman Edna Abrahim raised waiving the attorney-client privilege as a council referral item at the Aug. 8 meeting.

“In public matters I feel transparency is vital,” Abrahim said.

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Published August 11, 2016

A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a medium-sized, single-story home on Hylane Drive, near Adams and Wattles Road, just after 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to reports, responding units could see a tall column of smoke several miles away.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames through the garage roof that threatened to spread to the home, according to fire officials.

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