Terry Oparka

C&G Staff Reporter – Troy Times

Published March 7, 2012

The Troy City Council has affirmed a tax break for Troy-based LG Chem Power, formerly Compact Power, which provides lithium-ion batteries for the Ford Focus, the Buick Enclave hybrid and the Chevy Volt.

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Published March 7, 2012

Police arrested three Chesterfield teens suspected of stealing items from vehicles after the teens reportedly sent a text message to a friend asking for a ride home because police had caught them “car-hopping.”

Police received a report that three people dressed in black were looking into cars and walking between houses on Parrot, in the Wattles and Coolidge area, around 3 a.m. Feb. 25. A resident on nearby Edgemont called police to report that credit cards, cash and sunglasses had been stolen from his car.

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Published March 7, 2012

The eyes of the country were on Michigan when Troy voters, along with state voters, overwhelmingly picked former Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential primary election Feb. 28.

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Published February 29, 2012

Roman Catholic communities in Troy could merge in coming years under a plan Archbishop Allen Vigneron unveiled for 270 parishes in Southeast Michigan Feb. 20. There are currently five Catholic churches in Troy.

Vigneron explained that he put forward the Together in Faith pastoral plan after considering input from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, 1,500 parishioners from six counties throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, along with bishops and pastors.

The Archdiocese of Detroit is the sixth largest diocese in the country.

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Published February 29, 2012

After years without a baseball field to call their own, Brother Rice High School, regarded as one of the premier baseball programs in the state, will play ball in Troy.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for the boys Catholic college preparatory high school in Bloomfield Township to build a baseball field near near Maple and Coolidge.

Plans call for a ball field on the south side of Equity, on a 5-acre vacant field on a dead-end street in a light industrial district.

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Published February 29, 2012

The popular PNC Bank Taste of Troy has taken on the world.

The theme of this year’s event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, is “A World of Flavors.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Troy is a nonprofit youth development organization that aims to provide educational and recreational activities, in addition to counseling programs, to more than 1,200 children ages 6 to 18 in Oakland and Macomb counties. The club aims to provide a positive environment to enable members to become responsible, self-reliant, caring adults.

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Published February 29, 2012

The Troy City Council unanimously approved installation of “No Parking” signs on Boyd Street, near Big Beaver and Rochester, in an effort to diffuse a situation that has parents, residents, police and school district officials at odds.

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Published February 27, 2012

The presidential primary race came to Troy Feb. 25 when Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both spoke to a crowd of 1,200-plus — both earning standing ovations — in a ballroom of the San Marino Club.

Americans For Prosperity hosted the forum, which cost $20 a head and touted less government, low taxes and free markets. The group supports reducing the size of government as the way to promote prosperity and productivity, and invited all presidential candidates to speak at the event.

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Published February 21, 2012

Needed added incentive to eat out? You could get extra credit with the Troy School District by dining at one of 13 Troy restaurants in support of Step Up to the Plate.

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Published February 21, 2012

Efforts to recall Mayor Janice Daniels are proceeding, while the mayor said she remains focused on city business.

“It is what it is,” she said of the recall effort. “I’m focusing on the job I was elected to do.”

The group Recall Janice Daniels submitted recall petition language to the Oakland County Election Commission Feb. 13. The commission will meet March 1 to determine if the language is valid.

Matthew Binkowski, listed as treasurer for the group, said he would not comment on the matter until the ballot language was approved.

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Published February 21, 2012

Annabel Cohen says everyone has a story about soup.

“It was a food very accessible to a lot of people, no matter how poor you were,” she explained. “If you are near water, you always have soup. It’s a universal food.”

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Published February 21, 2012

As expected, Troy School District students’ test scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test dropped from last year due to the way the achievement standards, or cut scores, were tallied. However, Troy School District test scores were well above state averages in all cases.

Under new guidelines, students must answer 65 percent of the test questions to pass. In the past, it was 39 percent. 

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Published February 21, 2012

A Troy man suffered a broken leg after his girlfriend reportedly deliberately struck him with the Dodge Durango she was driving and pinned him to a tree following an argument.

Police received reports that a vehicle had chased then struck a pedestrian on Big Beaver near the Troy Civic Center just before 11 p.m. Feb. 18. Officers found the victim lying on the ground in a wooded area near the Civic Center with a broken leg, his girlfriend on the scene, police said.

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Published February 15, 2012

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels’ comments about Troy City Manager John Szerlag prompted the top county official to defend the city manager.

Breaking with what he described as his longstanding policy of not getting involved in local issues, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson defended Szerlag from the “personal assault” on his character he said Daniels made in a paper about the Troy transit center.

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Published February 15, 2012

For Troy resident Steve Novosel, the hardest part is picking and choosing the cars worthy of being at the show.

Novosel was elected as chair of Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama last year, after he retired from General Motors. He served as co-chair of the event for over 10 years, and he’s active with the Michigan Hot Rod Association.

He and co-chairs Jim Gilbert and Butch Patrico decided who was in and who was out Feb. 6.

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