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Terry Oparka


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 March 16, 2011

TROY — One big-box store will get even bigger after the Troy City Council approved plans to expand the Walmart store at Maple and Coolidge.

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Published March 9, 2011

TROY — The Troy School District will consider what to cut and what to keep going forward after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a proposed budget that reportedly cuts about $8 million from the district.

Troy School District Superintendent Barbara Fowler described the governor’s proposed budget recommendations for schools as “more severe than Gov. Snyder realizes.”

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Published March 8, 2011

Once again, people can dine in high style for less cash when 15 restaurateurs bring on the deals for Troy Restaurant Week.

Sponsored in partnership with 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 or $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Published March 2, 2011

TROY — Gov. Rick Snyder describes his proposed 2012 budget as a comprehensive plan to lay a new, sound foundation that would put an end to significant budget deficits, but the Troy School District would take a hard hit if lawmakers approve the cuts.

Snyder’s budget includes about $8.8 billion in funding for schools’ basic operations, a reduction of $564 million from the fiscal year 2011 level. Foundation allowances are reduced 4.1 percent, which is an additional $300 per pupil.

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Published March 2, 2011

A 22-year-old Sterling Heights man who reportedly shook his head “no” when a Troy police officer pulled alongside his car on Big Beaver and motioned for him to get off his cell phone was arrested for giving a fake name and driving on a suspended license.

According to reports, at about 4:30 p.m. on March 1, the officer motioned to the Sterling Heights man to get off the hand-held phone twice, and both times the driver shook his head.

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Published March 1, 2011

A Sterling Heights man could face five years in prison in connection with a crash that killed an Oakland Township man.

Vincent Thomas Alvaro, 76, had stepped out of his vehicle and into the roadway on Dequindre, just north of Long Lake, to retrieve items that had fallen out of the bed of his truck just before 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19. He was struck by a pickup truck, which fled the scene, witnesses said.

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Published March 1, 2011

Those who drive the one-mile stretch of Crooks from Big Beaver to Wattles will see what the Road Commission of Oakland County describes as an “anxiously anticipated” improvement to that roadway — but not until the end of this year.

The Road Commission announced last week that the Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force’s funding committee moved up a resurfacing project of just under $1 million for Crooks Road, from Banmoor to Fountain, a year ahead of schedule. It had originally been slated for 2012.

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Published March 1, 2011

While Troy’s distracted driving ordinance drew flack from some residents, it scored big with top cops across the state.

Troy Police Lt. David Livingston announced at the Feb. 21 Troy City Council meeting that the city had received the Excellence in Traffic Safety Award for 2010 from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

As grand-prize winners, Troy police received a $15,000 grant for traffic safety equipment.

Police will purchase a measuring device to investigate crash scenes and other crimes, plus additional radar units, with the award.

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Published March 1, 2011

The winter storm that began Feb. 20 and piled 9 inches of snow around town sent phones ringing at Troy City Hall after some residents waited up to 72 hours to have their streets plowed.

Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said the Public Works and Community Affairs departments received numerous calls and e-mails from residents frustrated that their streets hadn’t yet been plowed.

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Published February 22, 2011

The faces at the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club Radiothon are different this year, but the mission is the same — to bring food, shelter and help to destitute people in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas.

This year, WJR 760 radio personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom and others will take the mic during the event, which will be held at Oakland Mall in Troy.

Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan, who retired from Oldies 104.3 last year, had emceed the fundraiser since its inception in 1988.

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Published February 22, 2011

A one-time fix that would have saved the Troy Public Library from closure this spring never came to a vote of the City Council Feb. 21, though the issue was presented in backup material for another agenda item.

Michigan Public Act 164 of 1877 allows municipalities to levy 1 mill to be held separately and used only for library operations, and the mill does not have to be approved by voters, only the council. Under the provision, the council could appoint an independent library board to run the library.

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Published February 18, 2011

More than a dozen people who attended a birthday party for a 1-year-old at Chuck E. Cheese, 740 John R, reportedly ran out without paying the bill on Feb.16.

Troy police Lt. Bob Redmond said that when the hostess presented the bill to the group, she was told that the person paying had not arrived yet. Police said someone had phoned the restaurant in advance to make a reservation for the party.

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Published February 16, 2011

Diners can sample a smorgasbord of tastes from the finest Troy establishments when more than 30 restaurateurs once again bring it on at the San Marino Club for the PNC Bank Taste of Troy to benefit the Troy Boys & Girls Club.

The theme this year is “Viaggo Italiano,” which means “Italian journey.”

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Published February 16, 2011

A judge has closed the book on a citizen-initiated petition that directed the city to run a library at least 55 hours a week.

Ed Kempen initiated and circulated the petition, which stated: “In order to assure access to quality local library service, the City of Troy shall operate and maintain a public library open to the public for not less than 55 hours each week.”

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Published February 16, 2011

TROY — For Troy resident and car guy Pierre Chrest, it’s not about the time or money he spends fixing up cars and motorcycles.

He’s worked on the champagne-colored 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie Fastback he’ll show at Autorama on and off for eight years.

Chrest, 65, has worked on cars and motorcycles since the ‘60s.

“I like anything mechanical,” he said. “I like to mess around with stuff.”

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