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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 July 5, 2011

Beer and wine, possibly liquor, will be served at the city-owned Sanctuary Lake Golf Course during regular play in coming days.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the transfer of a Class C liquor license from Kosch Special Events to Sanctuary Lake Golf Management, under the direction of Billy Casper Golf, during a special meeting June 27.

Mayor Louise Schilling and Councilperson Robin Beltramini were absent.

Troy City Manager John Szerlag said a council quorum, rather than a super majority, was needed to consider the item.

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Published June 29, 2011

A Troy woman thwarted thieves who used her backyard to stash the loot they were stealing from a church behind her home June 28.

According to police, the resident, who lives on Colleen, south of Square Lake, near Dequindre, said she heard car doors closing at 3 a.m. and saw an early 2000 model red Pontiac parked at the end of her driveway.

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Published June 28, 2011

The Troy Police Officer’s Association has agreed to concessions that saved 10 officers’ jobs.

Although details of the contract, which TPOA members approved June 27, weren’t available at press time, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer had said he was confident that 10 percent concessions could be achieved. The council is expected to consider the contract at its July 11 regular meeting.

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Published June 28, 2011

Troy residents will receive an informational brochure regarding the upcoming Aug. 2 ballot question on a five-year, 0.7-mill dedicated library tax after a divided council authorized it at a June 20 meeting.

The council passed the measure 4-2. Councilmen Martin Howrylak and Wade Fleming opposed it, and Councilwoman Robin Beltramini was absent.

Mayor Louise Schilling brought before the council the request for a content-neutral flier to be mailed to residents.

Schilling said the city has sent out a content-neutral flier for every city election.

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Published June 28, 2011

The Troy Police Officer’s Association has agreed to concessions that saved 10 officers’ jobs.

Although details of the contract, which TPOA members approved June 27, weren’t available at press time, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer had said he was confident that 10 percent concessions could be achieved. The council is expected to consider the contract at its July 11 regular meeting.

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Published June 22, 2011

The secretaries in the Troy School District agreed to concessions that will save the district $700,000 over the next two years.

The Troy Board of Education unanimously approved the two-year contract with the 70 members of the Troy Educational Secretaries Association at a special meeting June 15.

Barbara Fowler, superintendent of the Troy School District, commended TESA for its willingness to compromise to protect the students’ learning environment.

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Published June 22, 2011

Opa! Fest will serve up all things Greek on the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June 24-26.

The church was first established south of Eight Mile in Detroit, and it’s celebrating its 75th year. Parishioners have rolled up their sleeves to put on the festival in Troy for the past 18 years.

“We’re the largest ongoing festival in metro Detroit,” said Patti Chalker, office administrator for the church.

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Published June 20, 2011

Troy police investigators seized a cache of guns at a home on Rochester Road when officers were called there on another matter June 3.

Police obtained a warrant and found a loaded assault rifle leaning against a wall in a bedroom, a .22-caliber pistol under a mattress and a .44-Magnum that was reported stolen in a home invasion in Oakland Township in 2010.

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Published June 15, 2011

The City Council took tentative steps to market Troy in an effort to relieve the “black eye” some say the city has sported since budget cuts were enacted due to plummeting property values.

“When we attend events and say we are from Troy, we hear expressions of sympathy,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said during a discussion at the June 6 City Council meeting. “Troy has had a black eye.”

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Published June 9, 2011

Nobody was hurt when a Troy man returned to his home at 4 a.m. June 7, discovered a man in bed with his wife, then fired a .45-caliber handgun.

According to reports, a 30-year-old Troy woman and mother of five children ages 1 through 14 went for a bike ride at 4 a.m., leaving the children alone in the home, the location of which police did not identify, and met a 30-year-old man walking on the street. She invited him into the home for sex and he agreed, and they fell asleep together in the bed afterwards, according to police.

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Published June 8, 2011

Another familiar face has left the city of Troy.

Troy City Clerk Tonni Bartholomew has accepted an early retirement incentive offered to Troy city employees as a way to cut costs. Last week, she retired from her position as city clerk that she held for the past 11 years and accepted a 32-hour position as city clerk for the city of Oak Park.

Troy Mayor Louise Schilling has said that while the early retirement incentives would cut costs, she noted that top people would be eligible.

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Published June 8, 2011

When the Nieri family first opened Tony’s Pizzeria & Restaurant on Dequindre in 1961, the cost of a small pizza was just under $2; a plate of spaghetti with chicken liver cost a little bit more; and oysters were a hot seller.

Customers could watch the “pizza guy” flip the dough into the air in the kitchen from their tables.

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Published June 8, 2011

The building at the Lloyd Stage Nature Center closed May 27, but the Troy Nature Society will offer several popular nature programs on site in coming weeks.

Through an agreement with the city of Troy, the Troy Nature Society, approved as a nonprofit organization, will sponsor eight naturalist programs for children and families throughout the summer.

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Published June 1, 2011

Troy Family Daze, modeled after the Troy Daze Festival that the city of Troy sponsored for a number of years, will be held this year under the direction of a nonprofit foundation on the grounds of a local church.

Tom Kaszubski, executive director of the North Woodward Community Foundation, said the four-day festival will be slightly smaller than the festivals the city sponsored in the past, and it won’t include a parade. The foundation is funding the event, and any net profit will go back to the community through grants and community projects, he said.

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Published May 26, 2011

Police arrested a 47-year old Detroit man who reportedly fondled himself in a car parked at the Michaels store at 1205 Coolidge at 7:30 p.m. May 25.

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