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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 January 25, 2012

Walsh College got a bit greener last month after three electric car charging stations were installed at the east end of the college.

The charging stations look like a cross between a parking meter and gas pump, Chris Stout, facilities director for Walsh College, said.

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Published January 25, 2012

Do you know someone homebound in Oakland County who would appreciate a friendly phone call on a regular basis?

Volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Oakland County stand ready to call people who need a chat through the Service With Love program.

Carol Heckman, RSVP program service manager, explained that the RSVP volunteers are older than 55 years old and call their “clients” at designated times.

“Some callers have phoned the same clients for 15 years,” she said. “They develop nice relationships.”

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Published January 18, 2012

Although Troy resident Don Burzynski “served” in the British Army for War of 1812 and the 8th Michigan Calvary for the Civil War, he has always had a keen interest in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The re-enactor brought battles to life and visited U.S. Marine battlefields while vacationing from jobs with local advertising agencies, including BBDO and Campbell Ewald, where he picked up three Detroit Emmys and two Cleo awards during his career.

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Published January 18, 2012

The Athens High School Kiva Club, under the direction of senior Vutukuru Vutukuru, has helped a woman in the Philippines with a fish selling business, a woman in Mongolia with a bakery and a man in Jordan with a grocery store.

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Published January 18, 2012

If hypnosis only brings to mind entertainers bidding someone on a stage to quack like a duck or bark like a dog, local experts urge you to think again.

Mary Vallei, vice president of the nonprofit Michigan Association of Counselors and Hypnotherapists, said hypnosis is about people accessing their own ability to heal and improve the quality of their lives. Hypnosis, she said, teaches people how to stop negative conversations within the mind and turn toward positive energy.

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Published January 18, 2012

The weather shift for the past month or so has prompted a shift in how some city staffers spend their time.

Paul Evans, Troy zoning and compliance specialist, said the Code Enforcement Department is as busy as ever, but not with complaints usually received this time of year, such as snow not being removed from public sidewalks.

Inspectors are receiving more reports of other violations — such as blighted buildings, and accumulations of junk and trash — than is usual for this time of year, Evans said.

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Published January 18, 2012

The Troy City Council has struck a deal to make a multi-modal transit center a reality.

Councilman Wade Fleming swung the vote to approve a contract with Hubbell, Roth & Clark to construct a transit center capped at $6.27 million, including contingencies, at a Jan. 17 special meeting.

Council members Dane Slater and Jim Campbell, and Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis supported it. Mayor Janice Daniels, and Councilmen Doug Tietz and Dave Henderson opposed the measure.

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Published January 16, 2012

The Troy City Council is taking another look at a regional transit center after a councilman asked members to consider approving a contract capped at $6.2 million.

Councilman Dane Slater proposed that the resolution be considered at council’s Jan. 9 meeting, but pulled it because Councilman Wade Fleming was out of town on a family emergency. The council will consider the matter in a special meeting called for Jan. 17.

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Published January 11, 2012

Their stories will be very different, but at the same time, the same.

“We all have so much in common,” Loraine Campbell, manager of the Troy Historic Village, said.

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Published January 11, 2012

The Troy Community will come together to pause and reflect on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and how his words are relevant today.

The city of Troy and the Troy School District have organized the event for the last 13 years.

Padma Kuppa, outreach chair from the Bharatiya Temple and one of the founding members of the Troy Interfaith Group, will lead the Unity Walk with Troy School District students around Athens High School to kick off the event.

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Published January 11, 2012

Once again, Troy earned the spot as the safest city in Michigan based on an independent ranking of all cities across the country.

Overall, Troy ranked as the 19th safest city in the country among cities with populations greater than 75,000 based on 2010 crime statistics. This places Troy as the safest city in the state.

Last year, Troy ranked as the 13th safest city and also placed at the top of the list of safest cities in Michigan.

Overall, neighboring Sterling Heights ranked 36th on the list, based on 2010 statistics.

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Published January 10, 2012

A woman was treated for hypothermia after her poodle fell through the ice at Sylvan Glen Lake Park, near Rochester and Square Lake roads, and she attempted to rescue it.

Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the woman’s dog went out onto the ice at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 10 and fell through the ice off of the south shoreline. The woman fell through the ice when she tried to rescue the dog, Roberts said.

Residents near the park saw the woman and the dog in the icy water, and called 911.

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Published January 9, 2012

A group describing itself as a grassroots, nonpartisan community organization has requested emails from work and personal email accounts pertaining to city business from Troy Mayor Janice Daniels.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Troy Residents Unified For a Strong Troy requested “all emails from work, personal and city email accounts pertaining to any city business to and from Janice Daniels from her first day of office through present time as mayor of Troy.” The Troy Times obtained the TRUST FOIA request under FOIA guidelines.

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Published January 4, 2012

An interlocal agreement across county lines should put more money in Troy’s coffers.

The Troy Fleet Division will service city vehicles for Center Line after the Troy City Council unanimously approved the agreement at its Dec. 19 meeting.

In addition to its own city vehicles, the Troy maintenance crew has contracts to service equipment for Clawson, Rochester, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Birmingham, Royal Oak, the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, Medigo Services and the Troy School District.

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Published January 4, 2012

A 43-year-old Clawson woman faces a fine and possible jail time for allegedly pushing a school latchkey employee several times after the employee asked to see the woman’s ID before she would release the children.

Troy police officer Andy Breidenich said the woman was apparently insulted when the latchkey employee asked to see ID at Leonard Elementary School, 4401 Tallman, at about 6 p.m. Dec. 19.

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