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Troy’s Under the Sea Playground Provides a Special Place for Active Play and Fresh, Delicious Food for All

Troy’s Under the Sea Playground Provides a Special Place for Active Play and Fresh, Delicious Food for All

Troy’s Under the Sea Playground
Provides a Special Place for Active Play
and Fresh, Delicious Food for All

23

JANUARY 2019
BY HONEY MURRAY

LBN Community Series
Troy

Tom and Marian Baxter of Troy were excited to be caring for their two young granddaughters on a recent Saturday afternoon.

“The weather was poor, and the girls (ages three and four) had been indoors all day,” Marian says. “We wanted them to be able to climb and run around and to have some fun!”

HARRY ZOURA

OWNER, UNDER THE SEA PLAYGROUND

The Baxters searched online for indoor play spots in Troy and discovered Under the Sea, part of the retail area located at the northwest corner of Maple Road and Livernois.

“Sarah and Shelley were enchanted with all the murals of sea animals,” says Tom. “And I loved the fact that, even though the slide and climbing structure are high, the incline is gradual – and is constructed in a way that a child cannot possibly fall from it. It’s totally protected!”

Owner Harry Zoura, an engineer who moved to Troy four years ago, opened Under the Sea in 2016.

“I’d been to a birthday party at an indoor playground in another town, and it struck me that Troy lacked this kind of place. I’d been wanting to start my own business, so I began doing research on materials and equipment.”

“I knew I didn’t want an arcade environment,” he says, “but pictured a place where kids could be moving and going and have active play.”

Harry found Softplay, an American company specializing in commercial, indoor play structures.

“I didn’t want to use anything made in China,” Harry says. “So, back-and-forth, Softplay and I designed the structure in about three months.”

‘I wanted the design to be open and high,” Harry continues. “And the floor is the best, safest one available.”

There is also a designated area for toddlers, with a small slide, rocking animals, and large blocks and toys.

“The size is perfect. It’s not too hard to chase the kids around, and it’s actually kind of calm during the week – a great place for young kids.”

“Another area here that the kids really enjoy is our interactive projection-screen room,” says Harry. “A projector displays animated, themed groups of pictures on the floor that kids can interact with. For example, there are schools of fish that scatter when the children get near them with their feet. And there’s another game where the kids can jump on balloons projected onto the floor, popping them. There are fifteen games in all.”

“We are fortunate to have this in Troy,” says Tina Chang, who brings her young son Louis (‘Lou-Lou’). “It’s a nice, indoor place for winter days – or when it’s very hot in summer.”

“The size is perfect,” she adds. “It’s not too hard to chase the kids around, and it’s actually kind of calm during the week – a great place for young kids.”

Naomi Gjurashaj, of Royal Oak agrees, as she serves her two youngest children Under the Sea’s fresh, hot, homemade pizza.

“They ask for the food,” she smiles. “We come here about once a month, and we held a birthday party here which went very well.”

“I’m picky with food,” states Harry. “We have an extensive menu here for snacks, meals, and for catering parties. Every recipe uses the best, freshest ingredients. We make our pizza from scratch and our own sauce for our chicken sandwich, as well as our own ranch and salad dressings.”

“Unlike most kid-and-family places, we don’t just heat up frozen pizza or pre-made macaroni-and-cheese in the microwave. We do not use – or even have – a microwave here!”

Harry enjoys offering guests customized salads and sandwiches.

“Our salads are fresh-cut. Our chicken breast is grilled on-the-spot. Our tenders are all-breast meat,” he says. “People come here as much to eat as they do to play! And often, they take menu items to-go when they leave!”

“Currently, our most popular salad is our Michigan salad, made with organic mixed greens, craisins, feta, walnuts, and our balsamic dressing. We had a grandmother who brings her grandkids often and, for Mother’s Day, she told her daughter that all she wanted was one of our Michigan salads – which she did get,” Harry says, chuckling.

Harry and his staff also serve fresh coffee drinks, including latte and espresso, and many specialty waters, juices, and healthy snacks are available.

 

Under the Sea provides discounts to groups, and gift cards and frequent-visit punch cards are available.

“Our website is simple, but complete with information about our hours, prices, and services,” says Harry. “And we are always doing updates so that we will never be boring.”

“I like to be in business,” Harry shares. “It’s wonderful to be here for families, moms’ groups, pre-schools, clubs, and all types of children for play and celebrations. And I’m looking forward to serving more and more kids and their families.”

78 West Maple Road
Troy, MI  48084
248-291-6537

undertheseaplayground.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeschool Nature Life: Snow & Wildlife

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Family Night Out

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2018 Winter Property Tax Payments Due

So, it’s cold. It’s dark. And we have to pay taxes? Yep. It’s time to pay 2018 winter property tax payments. They must be received on or before February 14, 2019 to avoid penalty charges.  Deferred summer tax bills are also due on February 14. A 3% penalty must be applied to all unpaid winter tax bill balances after the due date for the month of February.

You can pay:

  • By phone at 855.375.7381
  • Online, at gov/accessmygov
  • By mail to: City of Troy – Tax, PO Box 554754, Detroit, MI 48255-4754. Please allow 7 – 10 business days. Postmarks are not accepted.
  • In person at City Hall located at 500 W. Big Beaver 24/7 using the secure drop boxes conveniently located outside the east (walk-up) and west (drive-up) entrances to the building.

If paying by credit card, debit card, or e-check, (whether by phone or online) a service charge does apply.

If you have not received your bill, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 248.524.3333, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm for a copy or print one from the City of Troy’s website www.troymi.gov.

For more information, visit the Troy Treasurer online.

Still Have Your Christmas Tree?

If you’re still vacuuming up pine needles, you may want to take that Christmas tree to one of Oakland County Parks recycling sites. The recycling program ends January 27, so don’t wait.

The following 11 Oakland County Parks take Christmas trees for recycling 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week through January 27:

  • Addison Oaks County Park, north of Rochester
  • Catalpa Oaks County Park, Southfield
  • Glen Oaks Golf Course, Farmington Hills
  • Groveland Oaks County Park, near Holly
  • Independence Oaks County Park, near Clarkston
  • Lyon Oaks County Park, Lyon Township
  • Oakland County Farmers Market, Waterford
  • Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Township
  • Red Oaks Golf Course, Madison Heights
  • Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg
  • White Lake Oaks Golf Course, near Waterford

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. No commercial trees are accepted.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

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Royal Oak – January 23, 2019

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Friends of Fungi

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A Unique Interfaith Experience

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Snow Plow Tracker

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  • Addison Oaks County Park, north of Rochester
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  • Glen Oaks Golf Course, Farmington Hills
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  • Independence Oaks County Park, near Clarkston
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  • Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Township
  • Red Oaks Golf Course, Madison Heights
  • Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg
  • White Lake Oaks Golf Course, near Waterford

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. No commercial trees are accepted.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Clawson – January 23, 2019

Clawson – January 23, 2019

Be an AOK Kid!

On Friday, February 1, from 7 to 9 pm, Acting Out Kids will host an acting and improv workshop at the Hunter Community Center. Kids ages 7 to 18 are invited to learn acting, improv and public speaking skills through a variety of acting and improv games, activities and skits in a fun, friendly, casual, and noncompetitive environment. New kids are always welcome. The cost is $10.00 per child. Advance registration is required.  To register, contact actingoutkids@yahoo.com.

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The following 11 Oakland County Parks take Christmas trees for recycling 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week through January 27:

  • Addison Oaks County Park, north of Rochester
  • Catalpa Oaks County Park, Southfield
  • Glen Oaks Golf Course, Farmington Hills
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  • Independence Oaks County Park, near Clarkston
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  • White Lake Oaks Golf Course, near Waterford

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. No commercial trees are accepted.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net

Birmingham – January 23, 2019

Birmingham – January 23, 2019

Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist Delivers MLK Keynote at Groves

Wylie E. Groves High School welcomed Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II on January 16. Gilchrist addressed the student body as keynote speaker at the school’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly, speaking on the topic of “What Would Martin Tweet?”

Today’s students are interconnected through social media in ways which are constantly changing, and this connection can be disconnecting. Gilchrist, the founding Executive Director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan was selected to address the students for his belief that “ensurement that people are connected, informed, empowered, and free to share their ideas are core values of the internet.”

“We use this assembly to not only mark the national holiday, but to communicate, educate, and accomplish change,” said Groves principal Dr. Embekka Roberson. “Our celebration is for all of the Groves community. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for more than just civil rights for African-Americans. He stood for the hope that everyone will live, learn, and work together in harmony.”

Groves junior Erin Roberts, a student ambassador who greeted visiting state senators and representatives, also serves on the Microsoft Council for Digital Good. “Lieutenant Governor Garland Gilchrist made me realize the power of social media by asking us how Martin Luther King would use it,” she said. “That is precisely in line with my work with the Microsoft Council for Digital Good; to make the internet a better and safer place for everyone. The fact that many Michigan legislators participated in the event on Monday gives me hope that they are ready to encourage positive online behaviors. It is imperative that we amplify discussions about making the internet a more productive, civil, and safe place.”

The assembly also included:

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  • The Wylie E Groves High School Show Choir performing “Glory” from the 2014 motion picture “Selma”
  • The annual “Faces of Groves” slide show, showcasing the diversity and engagement of the Wylie E. Groves student body

 

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Tender Photo by Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle/C&G Newspapers

St. Croix Wins Holiday Window Decorating Contest

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National Council of Teachers of English Appoints BPS Teacher

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Ready to Sling Some Clubs?

Oakland Hills Country Club is looking for caddies for this summer.  Applicants must be at least 14 years old and able to carry a 30 lb. bag for 4-5 hours. Applicants will be tested on golf knowledge.  The registration and training fee is $50, which includes 5 days of training, caddie video, badge, hat, water bottle and ball mark repair tool.  Get more information and register at oaklandhillscc.com.  Questions may be directed to Bob Byerlein at 248.433.0674.

Show Off Your Four-Legged Friend

Do you have a dog with the waggiest tail? Could yours have the best trick? Check out the Birmingham Youth Assistance Kids’ Dog Show. Prizes will be awarded for best looking, most obedient, best trick, waggiest tail, best dog costume and best in show. BYA’s 38th Annual Kids’ Dog Show will be Sunday, February 3, with check-in at 12:30 pm at Berkshire Middle School.

Two-legged participants must be ages 4 – 14 years. The cost is $15 per dog and includes admission for the whole family. Advance registration is required. The deadline is February 1. Registration will not be accepted at the door. See complete rules and register at birminghamyouthassistance.org. If you have questions, please call 248.203.4300.

 

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net