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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 May 25, 2011

OAKLAND COUNTY — It will cost an extra $30 for Troy, Ferndale and Clawson residents to purchase a dog license from Oakland County after the June 1 deadline.

Dogs 4 months of age and older are required to have a license by state law.

The cities of Troy, Clawson and Ferndale no longer handle animal control services or dog licenses, they transferred these services to Oakland County this past spring to cut costs.

However, if a dog license issued by those municipalities has not expired yet, a new license from the county is not needed until it does.

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Published May 24, 2011

Students at Niles Community High School in Troy can earn college credit while they complete credits toward their high school diploma, but it’s not easy.

The students come to the alternative high school from other school districts and other counties for a number of reasons, and most, if not all of the 150 students at Niles, arrive short on credits they need to graduate from high school.

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Published May 24, 2011

Last week, the Troy School District Board of Education unanimously ratified a labor agreement with the Troy Teachers Association that school district officials described as “unprecedented.”

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Published May 18, 2011

Although the Troy Public Library will remain open until voters decide a five-year, 0.7-mill dedicated library tax in August, some services will not be available in the interim.

On May 16, the City Council voted to place the millage before voters, and in a separate action, council voted to fund the library on a 55-hour basis until then. Councilmen Martin Howrylak opposed both measures. And Wade Fleming opposed the first action.

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Published May 18, 2011

A Troy-based caterer and restaurateur known in metro Detroit for making a mean deep-dish pizza will cater events at the Troy Community Center.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract for catering at the center, with a three-year option to renew, to Encore Catering, owned and operated by Peter and Paul Andoni, principal owners of Shield’s Franchise Restaurants, which originated in Detroit in 1937.

The contract is contingent upon Encore’s ability to qualify as holder of the liquor license at the center.

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Published May 11, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Smith Middle School ecology club students donned waders and slogged into the Rouge River May 4 at a spot off Big Beaver, near Woodward, to scoop creepy-crawlies out of the mucky river bottom.

They and teacher Nancy Klein were delighted with their catch — adult beetles, caddisflies, stonefly nymphs and water pennies.

Klein explained that the students classify the benthic macroinvertebrates, or bottom-dwelling aquatic bugs, into three groups based on an organism’s sensitivity to measure the quality of the water.

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Published May 10, 2011

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As difficult as it is to ask an aging parent or loved one about personal finances, for a detailed medical history or what their final wishes are, the alternative is worse, say local senior advocates.

In an effort to help caregivers be ready with information in the event of a midnight call that a parent or loved one has plunged into sudden health crisis, the Home Instead Senior Care Network, with assistance from Humana Points of Caregiving, has developed the Senior Emergency Kit. The kit’s worksheets are designed to help caregivers manage information.

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Published May 4, 2011

Christine Broses had a “little” idea for a small art show at her church, St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, to raise funds for people in need.

But when the Rev. J.J. Mech, pastor of the church and an artist, learned of it, he had something much bigger in mind.

“We had never done something like this before and were about to give up several times,” she said. “When we were about to give up, something would happen to bring it back to life again,” she said.

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Published May 4, 2011

TROY — Twenty-nine thousand jobs will be created in Oakland County over the next three years, ending the devastating losses of the last several years, according to local economists.

And gas prices and the crisis in Japan shouldn’t derail the recovery.

George Fulton and Donald Grimes of the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy laid out their forecast at the 26th annual Economic Luncheon held at the Troy Marriott April 28.

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Published April 27, 2011

Troy resident Susan Cicerone was going through a rough patch last month.

She was gearing up for tax season at the accounting business she started after losing her job last year, and she was battling a fierce cold.

Somehow, she found the energy to dress the cement goose she’s kept on her porch for the past 15 years in a leprechaun costume in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

“It was hard keeping my deadlines and desperately keeping my new clients happy, all while feeling like death warmed over,” Cicerone said.

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Published April 27, 2011

BIRMINGHAM/TROY — Birmingham’s stake in a proposed transit center at Maple and Coolidge may end with a second rejected counter-proposal for a piece of land on the city’s side of the project site.

However, Troy plans to move forward with plans.

“We’re moving forward with or without Birmingham,” said Mark Miller, acting assistant city manager/economic development services.

The project, virtually in its entirety, would be funded with federal and state dollars.

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Published April 20, 2011

Bedbugs are resilient little varmints — parasites, really — and they can hitch rides into homes in unlikely places: the seams of luggage, folded clothes, bedding and furniture.

The bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts all over the world, and their existence is not determined by the cleanliness of the conditions where they are found.

The good news is, the insects are not known to spread disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Published April 19, 2011

For some, serving as a volunteer on the Troy Fire Department is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

For others, it’s a family affair.

Jonathan Roberts, 19, grew up in a family of firefighters.

His mother, Susan, and father, David, both served as volunteers, and in fact, they met on the job.

His father now serves as assistant chief for the Fire Department.

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Published April 19, 2011

A judge will decide if a Troy couple is violating city zoning laws by hosting a canine club at their home once a month.

The city of Troy issued Karen and Joseph Lichty, organizers of the Troy All Dogs Playgroup, a municipal civil infraction for hosting the group at their home on Montclair.

At issue, say city officials, is parking on the residential street during the meetings and the fact that up to 40 dogs at a time could be on the residential site.

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Published April 19, 2011

More than 100 people attended a panel discussion presented by Troy Citizens United, a group that has opposed tax increases, at the Troy Community Center April 14.

Residents said they learned about the meeting online and from recorded phone messages.

TCU presented information that elicited cheers at times — and sparked discussion between attendees at other times.

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