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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 14, 2011

Troy library cardholders can flash their cards at a number of nearby businesses for a flurry of discounts.

In celebration of National Library Card Sign-up month in September, a number of businesses will offer those who hold cards from libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative discounts on books, food, fitness programs, electronics, computers, weight loss products, flowers, career consulting and even laundry services. While the majority of participating businesses are in Macomb County, Troy library cardholders can still capitalize.

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Published September 14, 2011

A number of citizen volunteer committees are no longer required to convene after the Troy City Council dissolved them at its Aug. 29 meeting.

The committees’ futures had been uncertain for nearly a year after the council had considered streamlining and/or dissolving a number of boards and committees last October due to reductions in city staff needed to advise the members, but the council took no formal action until last month.

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Published September 14, 2011

Aspiring photographers, graphic designers, Web designers, interior designers, animators and fashion merchandisers have a new option for undergraduate studies in Troy.

The Art Institute of Michigan – Troy, part of the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago and the Art Institutes’ system of 45 institutions across the North America, will begin offering classes next month.

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Published September 14, 2011

An international company that designs and manufactures interiors, electronics, roofs, door systems and other parts for the automotive and other industries plans to invest $3 million in a facility on Crooks Road.

City Council approved a six-year, $17,866 tax break for Inteva Products Aug. 29 in support of the investment in machinery and equipment that will add 35 new jobs to the 184 current jobs at the Troy facility.

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Published September 13, 2011

The Troy School District gained nearly 300 new students over the summer, but district officials said that won’t impact class sizes.

Kerry Birmingham, Troy School District director of community and media relations, said she received between one- and two-dozen queries each week over the summer from Realtors and homebuyers wondering if a home for sale in the city was in the district boundaries.

“People are moving in,” she said.

Birmingham believes the increase also reflects families switching from private schools to the Troy School District.

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Published September 12, 2011

Altair ProductDesign has unveiled a transit bus it says gets double the gas mileage — 6.9 mpg — of buses currently on the road.

The concept is powered by the Federal Transit Administration, Automation Alley, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and hydraulic/hybrid technology.

Altair, a design and engineering company based in Troy, plans to market the bus commercially starting with the American Public Transportation Association Expo in New Orleans next month.

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Published September 7, 2011

On Sept. 11, 2001, two days before the start of Troy Daze, Troy Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart sat in the regular weekly meeting with heads of various city departments. She planned to go to Boulan Park as soon as it was over to oversee the myriad details that went into putting on the popular city-sponsored four-day festival, which drew tens of thousands of people.

Her plans changed fast.

As Troy city leaders, with the rest of the country and the world, watched and listened in shock as the events of that fateful day unfolded, they had to make a decision.

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Published September 7, 2011

Troy Family Daze, modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze festival, will offer games, entertainment, midway rides, fireworks and fun in a different spot from where the city-run festival was held.

Zion Christian Church, on Livernois, will host the four-day festival.

The North Woodward Community Foundation, a nonprofit group, will fund the festival. Tom Kaszubski, executive director of the North Woodward Community Foundation, said any net profits will go back to the community through grants and community projects.

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Published September 7, 2011

Alexandra Flanagan has been dancing since she was 2 years old.

She spent between 30 and 35 hours a week perfecting her techniques at Juliana’s Academy of Dance in Madison Heights when she was a student at Troy High School. She graduated from Troy High in 2009, and has worked as a sales associate, but she put that aside to live her dream of dancing.

She has earned a spot on the Detroit Pistons’ Automotion dance team.

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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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