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Terry Oparka

C&G Staff Reporter – Troy Times


Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.

Published April 10, 2012

Volunteers with the Senior Home Assistance Repair Program are ready to help seniors and others with stubborn leaky faucets, worn out light bulbs and spring home chores.

The program, which the Troy Recreation Department and the North Woodward Community Foundation sponsor, helps Troy seniors and disabled people with home repairs.

Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, explained that the work usually involves jobs that can be completed in an hour or two. Labor is free, but recipients are asked to pay for supplies, if possible.

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Published April 4, 2012

Police are seeking witnesses to a rollover crash that occurred just after 11:30 p.m. April 3 on I-75.

According to reports, the driver of a black Nissan 2004 pickup was travelling at a high rate of speed on northbound I-75, just south of Crooks, and lost control of the pickup when he tried to go around a white ’99 Ford Expedition travelling 65 mph in the center lane. The Nissan struck the right front corner of the Expedition, then the guardrail, and rolled over. The driver was ejected from his vehicle, according to police reports.

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Published April 3, 2012

Troy High School juniors and friends Sara Ma and Dorothy Chen had an idea.

If salmonella thrives in zero gravity conditions, what about “good” bacteria, the probiotic type that can help fight disease?

After they heard about the YouTube Global Space Lab Competition from Troy High teacher Rebecca Brewer, Ma and Chen brainstormed ideas after school during biology club and designed their experiment: “Could alien superbugs cure disease on Earth?”

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Published April 3, 2012

Recall efforts against two Troy city councilmen and the mayor pro tem may move forward after the Oakland County Elections Commission said the petition ballot language is clear.

However, the commission rejected 10 petitions submitted to recall Mayor Janice Daniels. The petitions stated she should be recalled for such reasons as having perfect attendance since elected, wearing a red hat with a red coat at the same time in front of Channel 7 TV cameras and for smiling at the public during a city council meeting Feb. 6.

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Published April 3, 2012

A number of programs offered this summer at the Troy Historic Village will give kids the chance to get cooking with history in a number of ways.

New this year, the Troy Historical Society, under the direction of museum Director Loraine Campbell, will offer children ages 7-12 almost a dozen different programs designed to fill children’s summer days with creative, old-fashioned fun.

“It’s a super alternative to other camps available,” Campbell said.

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Published April 3, 2012

While the mild winter resulted in Troy spending three-quarters less on plowing and salting streets than in past years, funds were plowed right back into city projects throughout the winter.

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Published April 3, 2012

Jeff Evans, the new executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, is looking for a “shady deal.”

Specifically, he wants to build a pavilion onsite at John R, south of Wattles, so the kids can have a shady place to eat lunch and take a break from the summer sun.

And he wants to do that in time for this summer.

“The kids deserve it and need it,” he said.

Evans’ marketing background will likely serve him well as he takes the reins of the Boys & Girls Club this month.

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Published March 28, 2012

Parts of gym class are tougher now than they were for students in years past — but some parts are easier.

In order to graduate from high school in Michigan, students must complete one year of physical education. In the past, districts allowed students to use participation in a varsity sport or marching band as a gym credit, but that’s no longer allowed.

And some districts are switching from a pass/fail grading on various skill tests in favor of a scale that measures improvement.

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Published March 28, 2012

In an effort to keep costs down and service high, Troy police will join forces with neighboring cities and go forward with specialized tactical training.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement to continue participation in the Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium at a March 19 meeting.

“This is the second phase,” Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis said. She explained that when the council began very serious discussions in light of budget shortfalls in 2009, one of the tools council members hoped to use was regionalization.

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Published March 28, 2012

Families come from as far as Ann Arbor and Monroe to see monarchs and painted ladies flutter in the indoor butterfly garden at Oakland Mall.

Admission to the “Butterflies!” exhibit at the Troy shopping center is free, although when the exhibit visits other cities, there is a charge, explained tour guide Matthew Linsdeau.

This is the ninth year that “Butterflies!” has landed at Oakland Mall.

“Some families have been coming for five years, some for all nine,” Linsdeau said.

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Published March 28, 2012

Local business owners, restaurateurs and faith communities will band together so Troy youth can have a blast close to home on the cheap during spring break.

From April 2-7, Troy students in grades six-12 can get crafty, bowl, golf and skate; play the latest computer games, laser tag, volleyball and dodge ball; and get discounts on food around town as part of Spring Break Troy Style.

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Published March 28, 2012

A man faces felony charges for allegedly pointing a gun in a motorist’s face because the motorist was driving too fast through a neighborhood.

Officers arrested a 25-year-old Highland Park man who reportedly admitted to police he had brandished a handgun at a motorist at Square Lake and Livernois roads just after 6 p.m. March 18.

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Published March 28, 2012

Being a mentor was the last thing Berkley resident Paula Dirkes saw herself doing.

Although she earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in human performance improvement from the University of Michigan, Dirkes worked overseeing programs for youths at the YMCA rather than working one-on-one with youths.

She first learned of mentoring opportunities available in the community through the former Church of Today, now Renaissance Unity in Warren.

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Published March 26, 2012

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels has launched a counter attack on the recall efforts against her as part of her new website.

On her site, www.janicetroymayor.com, Daniels entreats supporters to join her against the “small group of citizens who have filed a petition attempting to remove me from office after only four months into my first four-year term” and donate to “help me fight this recall effort,” making checks payable to Committee to Elect Janice Daniels. The site states that the committee has paid for the website.

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Published March 22, 2012

Families come from as far as Ann Arbor and Monroe to see monarchs and painted ladies flutter in the indoor butterfly garden at Oakland Mall.

Admission to the “Butterflies!” exhibit at the Troy shopping center is free, although when the exhibit visits other cities, there is a charge, explained tour guide Matthew Linsdeau.

This is the ninth year that “Butterflies!” has landed at Oakland Mall.

“Some families have been coming for five years, some for all nine,” Linsdeau said.

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