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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 March 2, 2011

A 22-year-old Sterling Heights man who reportedly shook his head “no” when a Troy police officer pulled alongside his car on Big Beaver and motioned for him to get off his cell phone was arrested for giving a fake name and driving on a suspended license.

According to reports, at about 4:30 p.m. on March 1, the officer motioned to the Sterling Heights man to get off the hand-held phone twice, and both times the driver shook his head.

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Published March 1, 2011

A Sterling Heights man could face five years in prison in connection with a crash that killed an Oakland Township man.

Vincent Thomas Alvaro, 76, had stepped out of his vehicle and into the roadway on Dequindre, just north of Long Lake, to retrieve items that had fallen out of the bed of his truck just before 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19. He was struck by a pickup truck, which fled the scene, witnesses said.

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Published March 1, 2011

Those who drive the one-mile stretch of Crooks from Big Beaver to Wattles will see what the Road Commission of Oakland County describes as an “anxiously anticipated” improvement to that roadway — but not until the end of this year.

The Road Commission announced last week that the Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force’s funding committee moved up a resurfacing project of just under $1 million for Crooks Road, from Banmoor to Fountain, a year ahead of schedule. It had originally been slated for 2012.

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Published March 1, 2011

While Troy’s distracted driving ordinance drew flack from some residents, it scored big with top cops across the state.

Troy Police Lt. David Livingston announced at the Feb. 21 Troy City Council meeting that the city had received the Excellence in Traffic Safety Award for 2010 from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

As grand-prize winners, Troy police received a $15,000 grant for traffic safety equipment.

Police will purchase a measuring device to investigate crash scenes and other crimes, plus additional radar units, with the award.

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Published March 1, 2011

The winter storm that began Feb. 20 and piled 9 inches of snow around town sent phones ringing at Troy City Hall after some residents waited up to 72 hours to have their streets plowed.

Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said the Public Works and Community Affairs departments received numerous calls and e-mails from residents frustrated that their streets hadn’t yet been plowed.

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Published February 22, 2011

The faces at the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club Radiothon are different this year, but the mission is the same — to bring food, shelter and help to destitute people in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas.

This year, WJR 760 radio personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom and others will take the mic during the event, which will be held at Oakland Mall in Troy.

Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan, who retired from Oldies 104.3 last year, had emceed the fundraiser since its inception in 1988.

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Published February 22, 2011

A one-time fix that would have saved the Troy Public Library from closure this spring never came to a vote of the City Council Feb. 21, though the issue was presented in backup material for another agenda item.

Michigan Public Act 164 of 1877 allows municipalities to levy 1 mill to be held separately and used only for library operations, and the mill does not have to be approved by voters, only the council. Under the provision, the council could appoint an independent library board to run the library.

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Published February 18, 2011

More than a dozen people who attended a birthday party for a 1-year-old at Chuck E. Cheese, 740 John R, reportedly ran out without paying the bill on Feb.16.

Troy police Lt. Bob Redmond said that when the hostess presented the bill to the group, she was told that the person paying had not arrived yet. Police said someone had phoned the restaurant in advance to make a reservation for the party.

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Published February 16, 2011

Diners can sample a smorgasbord of tastes from the finest Troy establishments when more than 30 restaurateurs once again bring it on at the San Marino Club for the PNC Bank Taste of Troy to benefit the Troy Boys & Girls Club.

The theme this year is “Viaggo Italiano,” which means “Italian journey.”

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Published February 16, 2011

A judge has closed the book on a citizen-initiated petition that directed the city to run a library at least 55 hours a week.

Ed Kempen initiated and circulated the petition, which stated: “In order to assure access to quality local library service, the City of Troy shall operate and maintain a public library open to the public for not less than 55 hours each week.”

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Published February 16, 2011

TROY — For Troy resident and car guy Pierre Chrest, it’s not about the time or money he spends fixing up cars and motorcycles.

He’s worked on the champagne-colored 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie Fastback he’ll show at Autorama on and off for eight years.

Chrest, 65, has worked on cars and motorcycles since the ‘60s.

“I like anything mechanical,” he said. “I like to mess around with stuff.”

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Published February 16, 2011

Troy residents can help to power up local firefighters with a purchase they would likely make anyway.

Duracell, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, has launched a national battery donation program, Power Those Who Protect Us, to help equip these volunteer firefighters with supplies they need to help power their everyday tools and life-saving devices, such as flashlights, breathing apparatuses and emergency personnel locators. A total of 819 volunteer fire departments in the state of Michigan will benefit through the new campaign.

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Published January 26, 2011

TROY — Troy’s distracted driving ordinance has not produced the flurry of tickets and fines that some thought would result when police officially began handing out citations on Jan. 1.

From Jan. 1-18, police issued 11 citations and 57 warnings for distracted driving.

“It is evident that the officers continue to give many more warnings than citations,” Troy police Lt. Bob Redmond said. “That is within their discretion.”

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Published January 21, 2011

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Thanks to an anonymous tip, a suspect has been questioned and released pending further investigation after a hit-and-run crash left a 76-year-old Oakland Township man dead just before 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

The man reportedly lost the load he was carrying in his pickup truck and was struck when he stepped into the roadway on Dequindre, just north of Long Lake, to retrieve the items. The vehicle that struck him kept going.

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Published January 19, 2011

Although one citizens group charges that the Troy City Council has violated the city charter by not taking action on a voter-initiated petition calling for the city to fund and operate a library, city leaders say there is no violation.

Last spring, the City Council approved a rolling three-year budget that does not include funding for the library past July 1.

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