Terry Oparka

C&G Staff Reporter – Troy Times

Published March 20, 2012

A group looking to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels will begin collecting signatures on petitions now that the Oakland County Election Commission has approved the petition language.

The commission, made up of Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Treasurer Andy Meisner and Chief Probate Judge Linda Hallmark, voted 2-1 March 15 to approve language submitted by political action committee Recall Janice Daniels Treasurer Matt Binkowski. Meisner opposed the vote.

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Published March 20, 2012

Troy Economic Development specialist Glenn Lapin, who came on board with the city in November, said his focus is on economic “gardening,” rather than “hunting.”

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Published March 20, 2012

Foodies on a budget take heart: Troy Restaurant Week once again returns for March Madness.

Sponsored by the Troy Chamber of Commerce, the six-day dining event will feature three-course lunch specials for $15 per person, and three-course dinner specials for $25, $30 and $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Published March 20, 2012

What if your car could adjust to weather conditions and traffic, and detect potholes?

Four fifth-graders at Morse Elementary School, with help from their teacher, Jodi Martin and parent/mentor Kenneth Barton, envisioned a Tread Transforming Smart Car, which would detect driving conditions by satellite and send the information to a computer in the car that would adjust the tread on the tires depending on the weather conditions.

They submitted the concept to the 2012 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Program — and won.

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Published March 20, 2012

The northwest corner of John R and Maple will get a shot of caffeine from Tim Hortons in coming months.

“It’s a good project for that area,” Troy City Planner Brent Savidant said.

The Planning Commission considered the preliminary site plan and special land use request from the restaurant at its March 13 meeting.

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Published March 14, 2012

After 16 years of overseeing a safe haven for kids, Steve Toth, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, will hand over the reins.

On average, 125 children attend programs at the club after school each day, and 250 kids attend daily during the summer. Kids come from single-parent homes and two-parent homes, from families well off and ones struggling financially.

“It’s a melting pot,” Toth said. “The goal is to provide a quality experience for kids. It’s an equal playing field and a place where they all get to be one.”

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Published March 14, 2012

An alert, off-duty Troy police detective recently led officers to a suspect in her Shelby Township neighborhood who was suspected of breaking into multiple homes and stealing from cars. The suspect also faces charges in Troy and Wayne County.

According to Troy police, a number of Shelby Township residents reported that purses and other items were stolen from unlocked cars, and snowblowers and other items were stolen from open attached garages in December.

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Published March 14, 2012

The worst sections of Long Lake Road will get new pavement after the Troy City Council approved a plan to share construction costs with the Road Commission for Oakland County.

The City Council unanimously approved slab replacement on westbound Long Lake, from Crooks to Northfield Parkway, through a cost participation agreement via the Tri-Party Program at a March 5 meeting.

Under the plan, the cost is split equally three ways between Oakland County, the Road Commission and Troy.

Troy’s share of the Long Lake project is $94,375.

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Published March 14, 2012

The Troy Community Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary a with a variety of activities throughout the month. The center gets more than 1 million visits each year for the fitness center, indoor pool and gymnasium, as well as dance, exercise and yoga classes, and other programs.

“We’re celebrating 10 years of healthy lifestyles,” Cindy Stewart, the city’s director of community affairs, said. “We offer something for everyone, regardless of age and recreation ability.”

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Published March 14, 2012

Although city leaders praised the year-end police report on calls for service as positive overall, City Council members will likely consider the increase in total car crashes and the decrease in traffic tickets as they go forward with the budget process.

The Troy City Council discussed the 2011 Year End Calls for Police Service Report at its March 5 meeting.

Of concern is the elimination of a separate Traffic Safety Unit, which the Police Department believes has resulted in the decrease in violations issued, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said.

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Published March 13, 2012

The recall effort in Troy took another turn, or rather 10, this week.

Troy resident Nicholas Cherasaro, who said he is a supporter of Mayor Janice Daniels, filed 10 petitions with the Oakland County Elections Division March 12, three to recall two Troy City Council members and the Mayor Pro tem, and seven petitions to recall Daniels for reasons such as “wearing tan shoes with a black suit to a council meeting Feb. 20.”

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Published March 7, 2012

The effort to remove Troy Mayor Janice Daniels from office will move forward after the Oakland County Election Commission approved petition language March 1.

The political action committee Recall Janice Daniels filed two petitions with the Oakland County Election Commission calling for a recall election. The commission met March 1 to determine if the language was valid.

One petition states Daniels should be recalled for voting to reject an $8,485,212 federal grant to the city of Troy Dec. 19, 2011.

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Published March 7, 2012

Ferndale resident and artist Matthew Richmond has his eye on anything recycled.

For example, where you would see rolls of wrapping paper, to Richmond, those are bolts of fabric.

“Somebody else would think trash,” Richmond said. “I make it into something beautiful.”

Raised in Port Huron, Richmond later lived in Ann Arbor before settling in the Ferndale and Royal Oak area, and works at Aveda Institute in Royal Oak.

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Published March 7, 2012

Although the state could override the decision, City Council turned down a request from a smoke shop owner to sell beer and wine.

The Troy City Council voted 4-3 Feb. 20 to deny Wassim Kamel’s request for a merchant license to sell beer and wine at Troy Smokers, 186 W. Maple.

Mayor Janice Daniels, and councilmen Doug Tietz and Wade Fleming opposed the denial.

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Published March 7, 2012

The Troy City Council hired a firm to make sure that the costs of the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Facility toe the line and stay within the $6.2 million a divided council agreed upon.

In a 6-1 vote, with Mayor Janice Daniels as the lone opponent, the council hired Tooles Contracting Group LCC/Clark Construction Co. as construction manager at risk for the project at council’s Feb. 20 meeting.

The estimated cost of the contract, included in the $6.2 million, is $648,731.

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