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Published March 2, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Feb. 23 for 28 detached condominiums on a 10-acre wooded parcel on the east side of John R Road, south of Wattles, for Mondrian Properties, which has clear-cut numerous other sites to build homes.

However, this will be the last time a developer will be allowed to clear-cut a wooded parcel without replacing trees on the site — the City Council approved the new Woodland Protection Ordinance Feb. 22.

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Published March 2, 2016

Get your game on at Taste of Troy, an annual event where local restaurants serve their best to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. 

This year’s theme is Tailgate Tastefest.

“It’s in its 24th year,” said event chair Cindy Stewart, who sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

“I think people will be excited for the food choices and decorations that go along with this year’s theme,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey.

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Published March 2, 2016

In observance of Easter, the holiday Christians celebrate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society invites the public to partake in the ancient art of pisanki (or pysanky) — egg decorating — and to share the culture, food, folklore and customs surrounding the holiday.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

See how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time and the maple tappings held on the first three Saturdays in March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

“It’s our most popular event,” said Carla Reeb, executive director of the Troy Nature Society, which operates the nature center.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended. We’re expecting 1,200 this year,” Reeb said.

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Published February 24, 2016

TROY — Troy police arrested a man they say answered two Craigslist ads for iPhones for sale, shorted one seller and took the phone from the second seller and ran away without paying.

Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said the man agreed to meet the first seller at the McDonald’s at 36895 Dequindre Road just after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to purchase an iPhone 6 for $675. 

According to reports, the seller gave the man the phone, and the man gave the seller an envelope with money. 

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Published February 23, 2016

TROY — After a frustrating jury trial, Troy Assistant City Attorney Nicole MacMillan said she couldn’t wait to work out some stress and practice her skills as “cranker” while tapping into a simulated water main. 

It takes strength to complete the task, which Department of Public Works staff do every day on the job. 

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 22, 2016

Although there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus locally, the Oakland County Health Department said it has a plan in place to help prevent an outbreak, should the mosquito make its way to Michigan. 

According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter, chief of infectious disease for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, mosquitoes carrying the virus are expected to reach the U.S. sometime this year or early next year, and pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant are at greatest risk for the adverse effects of the Zika virus. 

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 17, 2016

Although a divided Troy City Council voted against a Woodland Protection ordinance Feb. 8, the Planning Commission will ask the council to reconsider.

A motion to postpone a decision and have a study session on the amendment failed 4-3, with councilmen Dave Henderson and Ethan Baker and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington in support. Mayor Dane Slater, councilwomen Edna Abrahim and Ellen Hodorek and Councilman Jim Campbell opposed it.

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Published February 16, 2016

TROY — Laura Kemp, a seventh-grade science teacher at Baker Middle School, brushed up on her Chinese phrases Feb. 11 because her principal told her that teachers from China would be visiting her classroom that day. 

Instead, Troy School District officials, members of the media and parents came into her classroom to surprise her with the Troy School District Teacher of the Year Award. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

The City Center Building at 888 W. Big Beaver could be considered a bargain at a mere $3.5 million.

The Melting Pot Restaurant and Mortons the Steakhouse are currently in the approximately 24,000-square-foot building on the north side of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

Nino Licari, city assessor, said the building was foreclosed at a value of $23.7 million in January of 2014.

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Published February 9, 2016

Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 3, 2016

A new exercise program offered in Troy uses boxing moves and yoga stretches to ease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and often includes tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity in the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination.

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Published February 3, 2016

Mondrian Properties, which has clear-cut numerous sites to build homes, must wait for the go-ahead on a new site plan for 28 detached condominiums, called “Willowbrook,” on 10 acres on the east side of John R Road, south of Wattles Road, as proposed at the Jan. 26 Troy Planning Commission meeting.

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