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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 3, 2012

A Shelby Township woman told police she was driving her 3-year-old son home after soccer practice in Detroit just before midnight Dec. 29, but she blew a 0.11 on a breath test and could face jail time, police said.

Troy police pulled over the woman, 23, after she reportedly weaved across traffic lanes at Rochester Road and Player Road, south of Square Lake, and struck a curb.

Officer Andy Breidenich said the woman told police she’d had one beer. She was arrested, and the child was turned over to his father.

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Published December 27, 2011

After the Troy City Council turned down $8.4 million in federal funding to construct a transit center, a lawmaker urged the governor and transportation officials to keep the funds in Southeast Michigan, and a business leader called a halt to further expansion in the company’s Troy facilities.

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Published December 27, 2011

Youngsters entering kindergarten in the Troy School District will have the option of attending a full-day program for free.

Starting this fall, kindergartners can spend the entire school day with a teacher. Currently, students who attend the all-day kindergarten program spend half of the time with a teacher and half of the time with a caregiver, and there is a charge to parents for the caregiver component.

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Published December 27, 2011

Troy resident Mary Moore had just started helping care for her grandson and happened to hear a program on National Public Radio about a group that provided free diapers to the working poor in New Jersey.

Moore said she’d never realized that this economic group earns too much money to qualify for welfare and may struggle to provide diapers, which are not provided by Women’s, Infants and Children financial assistance and are not typically found in food pantries.

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Published December 27, 2011

Looking for a green way to clean up Christmas?

A local retailer will take the Bubble Wrap and foam peanut packing materials left over from holiday shipping.

The packing materials are not biodegradable and just take up space in landfills, said Andy Hack, owner of Handle With Care Packaging Store on Rochester Road.

“It doesn’t break down,” Hack said. “There’s so much at Christmas time.”

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Published December 21, 2011

Morse Elementary School student Lane Stewart, 8, with help from Troy Police Capt. Gerry Scherlinck, finished his Christmas shopping and purchased something for everyone in his family, including the dog and cat.

Barbie dolls, Scrabble games, footballs, candles and personal care products filled the shopping carts of the 10 students from Morse who were selected to participate in Shop with a Cop at the Target store on Coolidge in Troy Dec. 13.

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Published December 21, 2011

Children with vision impairments will have an easier time reading the materials at the Troy Public Library thanks to a group of businesswomen who donated more than $2,300 to expand the special needs collection.

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Published December 21, 2011

Jeanne Erfurt estimates she spends more than 20 hours a week with the Tigerlily Cat Rescue Group.

“I’ve always loved dogs and cats,” she said. “There’s never been a time I have not had an animal in my care.”

Tigerlily is a no-kill cat rescue group and nonprofit organization in existence since 2007, renamed from Kitty Haven, which started in 2000. The group aims to find permanent, or “fur-ever,” homes for the cats and to end the pet overpopulation problem.

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Published December 21, 2011

Christmas came early for the Troy Fire Department after lawmakers announced the department had received federal dollars through a program designed to help with equipment, training, staffing and other emergency medical services-related needs.

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Published December 21, 2011

This year’s Best of Troy includes litigation “war rooms,” a store that showcases all things Detroit and a new location for a fraternal order.

For more than 40 years, the Troy Chamber of Commerce has recognized brick-and-mortar companies’ physical enhancements to their businesses with the Best of Troy awards.

This year’s winners are the Clawson-Troy Elks Lodge No. 2169, the Detroit Shoppe at Somerset Collection, Dickinson Wright PLLC, OUR Credit Union, Spa Renaissance and the Detroit-Marriott Troy hotel.

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Published December 20, 2011

After hours of public comment at the Dec. 19 City Council meeting, and 10 years of planning, council voted to reject $8.4 million in federal funding to build a transit center at Maple and Coolidge.

The decision came after council failed to agree on a possible cap for costs to construct the center.

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Published December 16, 2011

A Sterling Heights man was put behind bars after trying to steal items from a gym bag in the locker room of the Troy Sports Center, 1819 E. Big Beaver, Dec. 12, police said.

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Published December 14, 2011

Troy police in the Special Investigations Unit, working with police from Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, Harper Woods and Southfield, busted a stolen auto parts ring and recovered stolen property estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

After months of investigation, police searched a business in Detroit and several warehouses Nov. 10, which resulted in the arrests of several suspects and the recovery of more than 5,000 GPS units, center caps for wheels and other auto parts suspected to have been stolen.

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Published December 14, 2011

The latest city financials, revealed in the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, show reserves to be a healthy 23 percent of the general fund.

Randy Dzuibek, of Rehmann Robson, the firm that completed the city’s audit, told the City Council Dec. 5 that the city has earned an unqualified opinion, the highest ranking available.

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report includes financials through June 30.

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Published December 14, 2011

In the wake of a gay slur scandal, Troy Mayor Janice Daniels will not be selling real estate for the time being.

It had been reported last week that Daniels lost her job with Century 21 Town & Country. The Troy Times contacted Daniels, who would not confirm or deny reports about her employment.

Dan Kersten, manager of Century 21 Town & Country in Troy said the company had absolutely nothing to do with Daniels’ actions, and Daniels voluntarily put her real estate license in escrow.

“She was not fired,” he said.

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