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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 August 10, 2011

Troy Restaurant Week returns with a flourish Aug. 21-26.

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, $30 or $35 per person at more than a dozen participating restaurants.

Deb DePue, director of marketing and communications for the Troy chamber, said that the three price points for dinner make it easier for the restaurateurs to offer their fare and for patrons to try a new restaurant for the lower price.

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Published August 9, 2011

Police recovered a cache of stolen property with the help of a recently retired Troy police sergeant and a resident who helped officers box in a suspect and give chase to two others.

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Published August 4, 2011

The Troy transit center got another nudge forward after Canadian National Railway Co. said the Amtrak route can be switched from the west tracks currently in Birmingham to the east tracks in Troy.

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Published August 2, 2011

The third time was a charm for the Troy Public Library.

Fifty-eight percent of voters said yes to a 0.7-mill dedicated tax to fund the library for the next five years.

According to unofficial results, 12,246 voters approved the millage that will raise more than $3 million this year, and 8,799 voters opposed it.

City officials said that the library would close if the millage failed.

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Published July 27, 2011

Two things that many Troy voters would agree on with regard to the library millage ballot question are that many people want a full-service library and the issue has divided the community.

The issue is how to pay for it.

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Published July 25, 2011

Twenty-five residents of the Sunnymede Apartments, 555 Kirts Blvd., near Big Beaver and Livernois, were evacuated from their homes at 4:45 p.m. July 22 when a fire blazed through the north half of the two-story building.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the building was engulfed in flames, with heavy smoke rapidly spreading to the roof and attic, Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said.

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Published July 20, 2011

A group calling for a book burning party if the Aug. 2 millage proposal were to fail said it aims to save the library and promote passionate discussion on the issue — not burn books.

“Books burned or shrink wrapped. In the end, the result is the same,” states Safeguarding American Families at www.facebook.com/BookBurningParty. “If the vote fails, the doors will be locked and the books gone from sight. … Vote Yes on Aug. 2.”

Calls to SAFE spokesman Ted Clark were not returned before press time.

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Published July 13, 2011

They will not carry guns or directly apprehend bad guys.

But they will keep detailed notes and file reports with Troy police on anything fishy they see, hear or smell on city streets, in parks and on school grounds.

The Troy Police Department’s directed patrol unit has rolled out a new volunteer program for Troy residents who have completed the Citizens Police Academy and who wish to lend their eyes, ears and feet to patrolling the city.

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Published July 13, 2011

Somerset Collection is expanding again, this time into temporary space in downtown Detroit.

Somerset Collection officials said retailers on board include Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Max Mara, North Face, Restoration Hardware, Swarovski, Sweet Factory and Vera Bradley.

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Published July 13, 2011

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Julie Anderson, 17, of Huntington Woods has good days and bad days.

Diagnosed with kidney disease when she was 13, she’s had one kidney transplant, but the disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, has since returned. She takes 15 kinds of medication, and battles fatigue, body cramps and migraine headaches. She takes it one day at a time.

June 30 was a good day.

She and her family and friends partied, Roman gladiator style, at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Troy as part of the Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish initiative.

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Published July 6, 2011

Troy residents have likely driven past 3215 W. Big Beaver, aka the Kresge Foundation or the old Brooks farm, located west of Coolidge, more times than they can count.

Those who wanted to stroll through the constructed wetlands that manage storm water on-site or see the native prairie gardens that draw egrets, blue herons, hawks, muskrats and red fox had to make an appointment.

The two-acre site will be a featured stop this year on “A Tapestry of Gardens,” the Troy Garden Club’s 37th annual garden walk.

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Published July 5, 2011

Beer and wine, possibly liquor, will be served at the city-owned Sanctuary Lake Golf Course during regular play in coming days.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the transfer of a Class C liquor license from Kosch Special Events to Sanctuary Lake Golf Management, under the direction of Billy Casper Golf, during a special meeting June 27.

Mayor Louise Schilling and Councilperson Robin Beltramini were absent.

Troy City Manager John Szerlag said a council quorum, rather than a super majority, was needed to consider the item.

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Published June 29, 2011

A Troy woman thwarted thieves who used her backyard to stash the loot they were stealing from a church behind her home June 28.

According to police, the resident, who lives on Colleen, south of Square Lake, near Dequindre, said she heard car doors closing at 3 a.m. and saw an early 2000 model red Pontiac parked at the end of her driveway.

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Published June 28, 2011

The Troy Police Officer’s Association has agreed to concessions that saved 10 officers’ jobs.

Although details of the contract, which TPOA members approved June 27, weren’t available at press time, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer had said he was confident that 10 percent concessions could be achieved. The council is expected to consider the contract at its July 11 regular meeting.

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Published June 28, 2011

Troy residents will receive an informational brochure regarding the upcoming Aug. 2 ballot question on a five-year, 0.7-mill dedicated library tax after a divided council authorized it at a June 20 meeting.

The council passed the measure 4-2. Councilmen Martin Howrylak and Wade Fleming opposed it, and Councilwoman Robin Beltramini was absent.

Mayor Louise Schilling brought before the council the request for a content-neutral flier to be mailed to residents.

Schilling said the city has sent out a content-neutral flier for every city election.

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