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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 2, 2011

Got stuff you want to move out of the garage and off the patio, or need a bigger, better place to store the lawn mower and weed whacker?

There’s still time this fall to install a shed or upgrade to a larger one.

That said, other decisions loom.

How big, how fancy should you go with a kit or custom-built shed, and should you do it yourself?

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Published November 2, 2011

Troy Mayor Louise Schilling has served on council under mayors Dick Doyle, Jeanne Stine and Matt Pryor, and as mayor and council member alongside four different city managers.

She said she’s proud of a few things she’s accomplished in her 25 years of public service.

Schilling, who has lived in Troy since ’65, remembers when the city’s Parks and Recreation programs were held in a little church, and there were no soccer fields.

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Published November 2, 2011

Troy City Councilman Martin Howrylak, who was elected to serve three terms as councilman, described his years of public service as rewarding, but demanding.

Howrylak was term limited on the council, and could have run for mayor, but did not.

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Published November 2, 2011

Five candidates running for three seats on the Troy School District Board of Education squared off during a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters – Troy Area Oct. 24.

The league solicited questions from members of the audience, and topics ranged from Schools of Choice to disparity of student achievement.

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Published November 2, 2011

The mayoral and council candidates sounded off on the library, taxes and how they would rate the performance of City Manager John Szerlag in response to questions posed during a candidate forum Oct. 25.

The League of Women Voters – Troy Area hosted the forum at the Troy Community Center. Charlie Langton, a local attorney and Troy resident who also appears as a legal
consultant on with Fox 2 News, moderated the event.

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Published October 27, 2011

The Troy City Council gave a tax break to an outsource service provider that has experienced rapid growth and has chosen to expand in Troy, rather than Utah, where the company also has offices.

Dialogue Marketing, which provides sales, customer service and marketing services to help companies acquire and retain customers, plans to invest $5 million to expand its call center and customized software development operations on Big Beaver, near Livernois.

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Published October 27, 2011

T.J. Bouque, 11, is a bit different from his sixth-grade classmates at Boulan Park Middle School.

He’s not so crazy about video games, but he is crazy about singing.

He and 11-year-old Annie Youngs, who attends Avondale Middle School, travel to downtown Detroit to practice and perform with the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus up to four times a week, for up to four hours at a time.

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Published October 27, 2011

Crews will aim to clear snow from all roadways in Troy within 24 hours after a snowfall of more than 4 inches this winter.

Under a contract the Troy City Council unanimously approved with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 17, the city will clear county roadways for $249,691, of which 35 percent will be paid to the city in December and the remaining 65 percent in March.

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Published October 27, 2011

Troy Public Library patrons will be able to check themselves out, and even pay fines with a debit or credit card, in coming weeks.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the purchase of three library self checkout machines for a total cost of $36,481 Oct. 17.

The Polaris machines will integrate easily with the software already in use, Library Director Cathleen Russ said.

Russ said her goal is to have the machines up and running, and the staff trained in how to operate them, this December.

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Published October 21, 2011

A 25-year-old Sterling Heights man was charged with drunken driving after police received numerous 911 calls that a man was driving erratically near Square Lake Road and Crooks just before 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

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Published October 20, 2011

The “patients” will suffer from clogged arteries, heart attacks or holes in their septa.

And Troy High biology teacher Rebecca Brewer’s Advanced Placement students, many of whom hope to become physicians, will be expected to make an accurate diagnosis, then perform surgery, if needed, on a patient.

Brewer’s Mini-Med School program won first place in the Unsung Heroes awards competition and got a $25,000 boost from ING Direct bank.

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Published October 20, 2011

A new plan that gives developers leeway for parking, landscaping and density in return for rain gardens, wetlands and bike paths is sparking interest.

Troy Planning Director Brent Savidant said that two existing businesses in the city have said they intend to submit applications under the Sustainable Design Options plan the council approved last month.

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Published October 20, 2011

Troy School District teachers and administrators recently unveiled new procedures to test teachers that are in line with new state guidelines.

Eight teachers and eight administrators met twice a month for six months to formulate new guidelines for all teachers in the district.

Rich Machesky, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction and co-chair of the committee, explained that each year in the past, school principals evaluated only those teachers who had not been granted tenure, those working in the district for less than four years.

This has changed.

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Published October 20, 2011

Volunteers are ready to help disabled residents, seniors and members of the military who need a hand with minor home repairs.

The Senior Home Assistance Repair Program, a joint effort between the city of Troy and the North Woodward Community Foundation, has served 500 homeowners with more than 1,700 home repair requests since volunteers started the program in 2007.

SHARP’s purpose is to assist homeowners to maintain their homes to allow them to remain independent.

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Published October 20, 2011

The city’s share of federal block grants has shrunk again, but that won’t affect the Home Chore program — for now.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the application for Community Development Block Grant funds at its Oct. 3 meeting.

Based on an estimated $143,525, the council slated $21,528 for the Home Chore program and $121,997 for flood drain improvements in Section 36, in the Maple and John R area, which meet federal income guidelines for the CDBG program.

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