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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 September 7, 2011

A Troy woman released early from jail after stealing credit cards may face more jail time after she allegedly broke into a home dressed as a cat burglar in the early hours of Aug. 27.

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Published September 7, 2011

For about six weeks straight this summer, the 16-to-18-hour days of Athens High School senior David Kolar went something like this: wake up, eat breakfast, rehearse, eat lunch, rehearse, eat dinner, perform, eat a snack, sleep on the floor of a gymnasium.

Kolar performed the mellophone, or marching French horn, on football fields across the Midwest with the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Kalamazoo.

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Published August 31, 2011

A number of road construction projects that are slated to start soon or are in progress in and around Troy may pose delays for motorists.

On the east side of the city, the Road Commission for Oakland County planned to begin resurfacing Dequindre from just south of South Boulevard to Auburn Road Aug. 30.

“This project will bring some badly needed orange barrels to our county,” RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson said in a prepared statement.

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Published August 31, 2011

Troy resident Milan Patel always dreamed of a career in law enforcement. So he was eager to sign up for the Troy Citizens Police Academy.

The Troy Police Department offers the academy to residents and business owners so that officers can share “who we are and what we do.” Officers present the program on their own time.

Eligible applicants must pass a background check and sign a release of claims waiver in order to attend.

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Published August 31, 2011

Residents should have a clearer picture of the future of the Troy Public Library later this month.

Work on a multiyear budget for the library is proceeding, although the status of the Troy Library Advisory Board, which reviews the library budget, has remained uncertain for months.

Library Director Cathleen Russ, and library and city staff are working to prepare a five-year budget projection to present to the City Council for consideration Sept. 26.

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Published August 31, 2011

Looking for a green way to enjoy books, DVDs, educational materials, CDs, puzzles and games on the super cheap?

The Friends Book Shop will reopen for business in the lower level of the Troy Public Library.

The bookshop closed its doors in April in preparation for the planned closure of the Troy Public Library.

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Published August 29, 2011

All available police responded to a report of armed intruders and shots fired at a home on North Lake, near John R and Big Beaver, just before 5 p.m. Aug. 26, only to learn that the call was a prank.

Police dispatch received a call on the hearing impaired line stating that a 16-year-old male at the home on North Lake was hiding in a closet because four men were in the home with weapons and shots were fired.

“Every available unit responded,” Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said.

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Published August 26, 2011

Firefighters battled a blaze on the rooftop of a five-story Troy office building just after 6:30 a.m. Aug. 26.

Firefighters from stations 3 and 6 were dispatched to the Sheffield Office Center, at 3250 W. Big Beaver, and discovered a rooftop exterior address sign ablaze.

Firefighters entered the building to ascend to the roof and safely evacuated the few people in building, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said. Water from the ladder truck quickly extinguished the blaze, according to reports.

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Published August 24, 2011

A political newcomer will square off against a 10-year council member for the top spot in Troy after Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin bowed out of the mayoral race last week.

Council member Robin Beltramini will face Janice Daniels in the race for a four-year term as mayor.

Daniels, who described herself as an independent, said she feels this is a time when people are totally frustrated with government at all levels.

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Published August 24, 2011

Lucy Kollin is not a fan of the water.

Although she and her husband, Adam, own a boat and take it out on Lake St. Clair with their three children, Aaron, 9, Wendy, 7, and Alex, 5, she is not a strong swimmer and didn’t swim at all as a child growing up in China.

Several people in Jixi, the city in northern China she lived in, drowned in the local lake.

She explained that even experienced swimmers got stuck in the sticky bottom of that lake, and her parents didn’t allow her or her siblings to go into the water.

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Published August 24, 2011

Three Troy School District Board of Education members will face two challengers for their seats this November.

Trustee Gary Hauff, serving his 13th year on the board, Trustee Todd Miletti, serving his fourth year on the board, and Trustee M’Liz Malven, in her first year, will vie against newcomers Karl Schmidt and Cristian Teodoridis for three six-year terms.

School board candidates turned in a petition with 40 signatures or paid a $100 filing fee to appear on the ballot.

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Published August 24, 2011

In the Troy School District, Larson Middle School, Athens High School and Niles Community High School failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress guidelines this year, according to results released this month from the Michigan Department of Education.

The state uses data from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program and the Michigan Merit Exam tests for the rankings.

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Published August 24, 2011

A jury said the shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, the owner of the BP gas station at Big Beaver and Crooks, was premeditated and deliberate.

Hayes Bacall, 51, had said he shot Jameel in self-defense July 2, 2010, but the jury returned a guilty verdict of first-degree murder in the case at about noon Aug. 18. Deliberations were carried out the afternoons of Aug. 15 and 17, and the morning of Aug. 18. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot heard the case.

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Published August 24, 2011

Troy resident Tracey Johansson makes a fashion and artistic statement with caterpillars.

She specializes in fiber art in the form of denim clothing items, many for children, and she is one of the featured artists at Northfield Hills Art on the Lake.

Juried work from more 90 artists — pottery, watercolors, fiber art, photography, woodwork, stained-glass and more — will be on view at the 37th annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

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Published August 17, 2011

Students who are shy high school credits needed to graduate may bridge the gap with the Click program offered to students throughout the Detroit metro area through the Troy School District.

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