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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 November 23, 2011

Mayor Janice Daniels’ decision to revise the oath of office taken by the previous mayor has prompted concern.

Daniels swore to support the U.S. and state constitutions, but omitted the portion of the mayoral oath stating that she would support the charter of the city of Troy. She received rousing applause and a standing ovation after she took the oath of office at the start of the Nov. 14 meeting.

Former Mayor Louise Schilling took an oath that included the U.S. and state constitutions, and city charter.

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Published November 23, 2011

The Troy Public Library could be open on Saturdays as soon as the first of the year after the new Troy City Council asked the library director to draft a proposal laying out ways to make it happen.

In August voters approved a five-year, 0.7-mill tax increase to fund the library, raising about $3 million this year and less in subsequent years due to falling property values. On Sept. 26, the council approved library funding of $2.9 million a year for three years. The budget includes six full-time and 63 part-time positions.

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Published November 23, 2011

The city’s check register, labor contracts and staff wages could be available online as soon as December.

Councilman Wade Fleming asked Troy City Manager John Szerlag how soon the items could be posted on the city’s website at the Nov. 14 meeting. Szerlag said the check register may be posted as soon as December. The council agreed, by consensus, to study the matter further, and asked city staff to present a template showing how the information would be presented. The council will address the matter in a study session later this month.

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Published November 23, 2011

Molten metal ignited a blaze at Sulzer Metco, on Meijer Drive, the afternoon of Nov. 17.

Firefighters were dispatched to the industrial plant just after 4 p.m. and arrived to find smoke visible at the top and rear portions of the facility, and all employees standing outside, according to reports.

Employees at the facility reportedly told firefighters that molten metal from a processing machine ignited decking that supported the large machine, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said.

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Published November 21, 2011

Careless cooking sparked a fire in the basement of a two-story home on Cactus Drive, in the Dequindre and Wattles area, just after 1 p.m. Nov. 19.

According to reports, neighbors saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said the resident had cooked breakfast on a stove in the basement kitchen, then left for an appointment. No one else was home, according to reports.

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Published November 18, 2011

Police are searching for a man who accosted a Troy couple in their garage and shot the man in both legs before fleeing.

According to reports, the couple returned to their home on Birch Run, in the Wattles and Coolidge area, just before 11 p.m. Nov. 17 after dining in a local restaurant. They had pulled the vehicle into their garage and began to get out when a masked man approached the woman, 60, pointed a gun at her and demanded her jewelry, police said.

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Published November 16, 2011

You can shake off your turkey stupor and shop till you drop starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and continue through Black Friday at a number of stores in Troy.

Walmart will open at 10 p.m. Nov. 24, Thanksgiving night, with special discounts on toys, home and apparel items, and the store will offer deals on electronics at midnight.

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Published November 16, 2011

Longtime Troy resident John Bruce Jr. had to wrap up a recent interview with the Troy Times because he was due in a staff meeting. He couldn’t say what his specific duties are in the acquisitions area of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, due to security issues, other than to say he’s reviewing everything before he retires next month to ensure that “everything is clean.”

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Published November 16, 2011

The Troy School District’s financials got highest marks this year.

Teresa Pollock of Plante & Moran told the Board of Education at its Nov. 1 meeting that the auditing firm gave the Troy School District an unqualified opinion, the highest possible.

“This was a squeaky-clean report this year,” she said.

Pollock said the amount in the budget designated as reserve funds as of June 30 — $19.7 million — is about 14 percent of the $128 million general fund budget.

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Published November 9, 2011

A term-limited council member lost her bid for the mayor’s seat by about 600 votes to the Tea Party challenger who’s never held public office Nov. 8.

According to unofficial results, newcomer Janice Daniels garnered 7,709 votes to Council member Robin Beltramini’s 7,092 votes.

Only one candidate endorsed in the slate by Troy Residents Unified for a Strong Troy, Jim Campbell, captured enough votes (6,552), to earn one of the three open council seats, along with other newcomers Dave Henderson, with 7,157 votes, and Doug Tietz, with 7,621 votes.

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Published November 9, 2011

When Troy Chamber of Commerce President Michele Hodges arrived in New York City recently, she said it seemed … small.

She, her family and 60 others returned to U.S. soil after spending eight days in China Oct. 26 as part of a Troy Chamber of Commerce-sponsored trip.

Hodges explained that there are more than 23 million people in Shanghai, and nearly 1.4 billion people in the whole of China.

“New York City felt small,” Hodges said.

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Published November 9, 2011

Leonard Elementary fifth-grader Aarushi Malhotra likes that there’s something different in the fruit and vegetable lunch line at school each day. Fifth-grader Greg Mayernik said he doesn’t notice a difference between the skim chocolate milk and the higher-fat variety the school used to offer.

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Published November 9, 2011

The Troy Police Department, the Troy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4037 and the Community Housing Network are asking for help in assisting families and people in need during the holiday season.

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Published November 9, 2011

For Huntington Woods resident Rhonda Pliskow, a member of the logistics committee for the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk, it’s about hope.

She knew a child who had been a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“This is an institution that gives a family hope when local hospitals have done all they could do,” she said. Pliskow said St. Jude gave the child she knew eight more months to live.

“St. Jude never sends a bill to a patient’s family,” Pliskow said.

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Published November 9, 2011

They’re smaller than some textbooks and have many of the same functions as a laptop.

And they are now in the hands of all elementary school students across the Troy School District.

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