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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 October 5, 2011

They’ve been left at grocery stores, restaurants and birthday parties, even at holiday gatherings, to fend for themselves while Troy volunteer firefighters answer the call to serve.

Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson acknowledged the sacrifice family members make so that firefighters can serve during the Troy Fire Department annual recognition program Sept. 14.

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Published October 5, 2011

People can learn how to protect their families from fire in a fun, relaxed way during the annual Troy Fire Department open house.

“This is one of the greatest events we do all year,” Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said. “It’s extremely well-attended.”

“There are different things to do at each station,” she added.

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Published October 5, 2011

The Troy City Council has taken the first step to ensure that Troy residents will only have to wait 24 hours to get streets plowed to the pavement this winter.

The council unanimously reinstated the 24-hour snow removal protocol following the stoppage of snowfall of more than 4 inches. The council had amended the policy last year to allow for 72 hours to cut costs.

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Published October 5, 2011

Melanie Ullmann, a Troy Athens Class of 2009 graduate, is seizing the moment.

Dancing is her passion, and something she knows is best to do while she’s young.

So right after graduation, Ullmann moved to Atlanta to pursue her dream of dancing professionally.

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Published October 5, 2011

The number of thefts reported in the city of Troy dropped 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, based on the most recent crime statistics released by the FBI, while the numbers of vehicle thefts and burglaries increased by 28 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

However, the number of these crimes is comparatively low, and numbers in most categories have stayed relatively flat.

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Published October 5, 2011

The Troy Public Library will stay closed on Saturdays after the Troy City Council approved a budget to run the facility for $2.9 million for three years.

The cost to service and maintain the library’s computers, $3,300 per year per computer, raised questions on the council, which approved the budget 6-1 Sept. 26. Councilman Martin Howrylak opposed the approval and suggested postponing the vote for two weeks, which failed in a 5-2 vote. Councilman Wade Fleming also supported the postponement.

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Published September 28, 2011

Brothers Mike and Steve Kopera, raised in Troy, didn’t set out to make a film for children.

Mike, an actor who lives in Los Angeles, decided to write screenplays and produce films as vehicles for his acting career between auditions and working at his restaurant job. He wanted to tell the story of a world where everyone carries monkey puppets that interact with people. The screenplay was inspired by his own monkey puppet, which he took to college wrapped around the base of a lamp and then out to Los Angeles on the same lamp.

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Published September 28, 2011

In an effort to be proactive with brick and mortar resources, the Troy School District is asking for members of the community to evaluate each building being used in the district to maximize financial efficiency and maintain educational standards.

Although the number of students in the Troy School District has increased by about 300 this year, the population in Oakland County over the next 10 years is projected to decrease.

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Published September 28, 2011

The Troy School District and Troy police took steps to lessen the impact of traffic on Boyd Street after a handful of residents objected to a new bus route this fall.

Rodger Walters, a longtime resident on Boyd Street, north of Big Beaver and east of Rochester Road, said he and other residents objected to blocked driveways, a damaged mailbox, buses driving over turf to negotiate a tight turn, speeding and increased traffic.

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Published September 28, 2011

Judge Rae Lee Chabot described the July 2, 2010, shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, by his uncle, Hayes Bacall, at the BP gas station on Big Beaver as needless before she imposed the mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.

A jury rendered a guilty verdict in the case last month. Bacall said he shot his nephew in self-defense.

Chabot stipulated that Bacall have no contact with Jameel’s immediate family and ordered him to pay $28,500 in restitution.

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Published September 21, 2011

The interns will do jobs that could be described as tedious — stocking the supply closet, filing charts, and cleaning rooms and instruments — but they are critical to running a hospital.

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Published September 21, 2011

Football inspires Troy resident Gauri Alate.

She’s watched the game since she emigrated from India nine years ago.

The action-packed game inspired her to create a 5-foot-by-9-foot painting in which she captures a thrilling moment in an imaginary game using a strippling technique on canvas with two colors, red and black.

Alate described strippling as an art form that uses dots for the base.

She said it was a challenge to capture the forceful moment of the game with millions of dots and only two colors.

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Published September 21, 2011

The Troy City Council voted unanimously to spend part of the $2.6 million resulting from employee concessions and early retirements to put back two sergeants and two police officers that had been among the 38 positions slated to be cut by 2014.

Councilman Wade Fleming initially asked the council at the Sept. 12 meeting to hold off on any budget decisions until after the new council members take their seats in November. The office of mayor and the seats of Council members Robin Beltramini and Martin Howrylak and Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin are up for re-election.

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Published September 21, 2011

Plans for the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Facility chugged ahead after the Troy City Council approved the contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation that allows dispersal of just under $8.5 million in federal grant money to fund the project.

The project is on track to be finished by September of 2013.

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Published September 20, 2011

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Two children told police they planned to jump from a speeding car a Warren woman was driving on the freeway during rush hour because they didn’t want to die.

Troy police received a report of a vehicle driving erratically and speeding on I-75, at Adams Road, at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 18. Police clocked the driver, Betty Jean Turner, 46, at speeds of over 90 mph, according to reports.

She did not initially stop for officers, police said.

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