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Published December 2, 2015

He didn’t wear his clerical collar because he said the archdiocese asked him not to.

Rev. Edward Belczak, 70, dressed in a suit coat and shirt without a tie, was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison Dec. 1.

U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Tarnow handed down the sentence after Belczak spoke. Belczak was also ordered to serve two years of parole and pay $572,775 in restitution, and to forfeit his condo in Florida, and funds in Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade accounts.

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Published December 1, 2015

A Sterling Heights woman has filed suit against the Boys & Girls Club of Troy after Aaron Massey, a former employee there, was convicted Nov. 19 in a jury trial in Oakland County Circuit Court on three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with her 10-year-old son.

Massey’s attorney, S. Wesley Compton, had no comment.

Judge Martha Anderson is scheduled to sentence Massey Dec. 17. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 24, 2015

The salt dome is filled and the city plows and salting equipment are ready to battle Old Man Winter.

The Troy Fleet Maintenance Division operates day and afternoon shifts, and maintains approximately 500 pieces of city-owned equipment.

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Published November 24, 2015

Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?

The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.

The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled cider and — new this year — a make-your-own hot cocoa bar.

“You can still get a taste of the past at a homey, warm, Christmas event,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s an alternative to the mall crush.”

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Published November 24, 2015

Police were called to the Michigan Secretary of State office at 1111 E. Long Lake Road just after 11 a.m. Nov. 13 after a Troy man reportedly became upset after he failed the written part of his driver’s test.

Police said he was given a second chance and used his cellphone to cheat while he retook the test. When a clerk told him he had failed again because he used his cellphone, he became upset and threw a pencil at her, according to reports.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

Looking for a way to give back to the community and want to ride in a fire truck while you do it?

The Troy Fire Department is looking to shore up its number of dedicated volunteers.

“With a city this large, the majority of residents don’t realize we have a volunteer Fire Department,” said Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “We are in need of more residents to step up and join this great force.” 

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Published November 18, 2015

The Planning Commission has approved a final draft of an ordinance that aims to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced, but it is not clear when the council, which has final approval of the ordinance, will consider it.

At the May 26 meeting, the Planning Commission, by consensus rather than formal vote, approved a first draft of changes to ordinances that would encourage and give incentives to developers to preserve or replace trees.

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Published November 18, 2015

The Troy City Council will likely decide whether to approve a planned unit development for a senior assisted living facility that would make a proposed city dog park a done deal.

A public hearing on the Stone Crest planned unit development is scheduled for the  Nov. 23 City Council meeting.

After a Sept. 22 public hearing on the proposed development, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for the facility, which would be next to city-owned property on the east side of Livernois that is slated for a dog park.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

The plans for the city’s trails and pathways system will take another turn after the state withdrew a $600,000 grant when residents objected to the route.

Bethany Baker, president of the Hills of Charnwood Homeowners Association, said the initial proposed pathway went straight through the subdivision, and almost 100 percent of the neighborhood residents didn’t want it to go through Charnwood, located west of Coolidge Highway and north of Square Lake Road.

Concerns included a drop in property values and increased crime.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

Most people don’t initially think of including charities when drafting their wills or estate plans.

“They don’t think of it,” said Troy attorney George Gregory.

Gregory will talk about what to consider and how to include nonprofit groups or charities in wills and estate plans at the Leave a Legacy program at the Troy Public Library Nov. 17.

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Published November 11, 2015

Did you know the leaves and yard clippings you leave at your curb go to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority site in Rochester Hills to become compost?

And that free compost is available for Troy residents at the Department of Public Works?

“All our material goes to the compost site in Rochester Hills,” said Emily Fronterra, Troy’s refuse and recycling coordinator.

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Published November 11, 2015

TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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Published November 10, 2015

Mary Sibert, 12, of Sturgis, is crazy about horses.

She keeps her own horse at her grandparents’ home, where she is home-schooled. This past spring, she spent six days in the bluegrass area of Kentucky, including a day at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where national and international competitions take place. She met famous riders, trainers and horses; saw Grand Prix training, the highest competition level of horse jumping; and saw behind the scenes at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby takes place.

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Published November 6, 2015

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed a 4-year-old boy shoot himself in the parking lot of the Kroger store at Crooks Road and South Boulevard just after 1:15 p.m. Nov. 6 to contact them.

Police said the dispatch center received several calls reporting a shooting at the store.

Officers determined that a 4-year-old got into the back seat of the vehicle while his mother and 10-year-old brother loaded groceries into the trunk.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 5, 2015

Firefighters fought two blazes and extricated two men from a van that had rolled over Nov. 4. Officials continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot storage building on Coolidge Highway.

Firefighters were dispatched to the former Vehma Industries, in 1300 block of Coolidge Highway, at 2:45 p.m. and discovered heavy fire and smoke showing from the one-story metal and wood storage building.

According to reports, a tall column of black smoke was visible for several miles.

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