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Troy – January 27, 2020

Troy – January 27, 2020

Creative Endeavours Features More than 100 Artists, Craftsman

Creative Endeavors at the Troy Community Center is a shop where local artisans aged 50 and older sell their handmade arts and crafts. Pottery, woodcarvings, needlework, greeting cards, clothing and jewelry are among the many items for sale.

Stop by for a unique gift. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

The store is located just inside the north entrance of the Community Center. For more information, click here.

Troy Community Lions Club Funds Universal Access Collection at Troy Public Library

The Troy Community Lions Club established a new Universal Access Collection for the Troy Public Library. The items are for adults and teens with low vision.

The collection includes 50 popular young adult large-print titles, which can be enjoyed by both teens and adults. These books will benefit both patrons with visual impairments and striving readers, as recent research has shown that large print books for young adults can increase reading performance and build confidence. Students of all ages who are learning English as a second language can also benefit from large print materials, as they can motivate striving readers to keep trying and help them make progress with reading and feel successful.

In addition, the collection includes two C-Pen readers – portable, pocket-sized devices which, when run over text, instantly display definitions and read the words aloud. They also scan and capture lines of text for uploading to a PC or Mac into nearly any application.

There is also a Carson ezRead Digital Magnifier, which transforms a television into an electronic reading aid. Screen-oriented teens will find these very user-friendly, and adults with low vision will be able to enjoy print materials that may have been inaccessible to them until now.

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City of Troy 2019 Winter Property Tax Payments Due

All 2019 winter property tax payments must be received on or before Friday, Feb. 14, to avoid penalty charges. Postmarks are not accepted. A 3% penalty must be applied to all unpaid winter tax bill balances after the due date for February.

Several payment options are listed on the back of your tax bill. Payments made online through your banking institution may not be electronically submitted but require that institution to create a paper check and mail it. Please allow seven to 10 business days when mailing payments.

Payments by check may be made at City Hall located at 500 W. Big Beaver anytime using the secure drop boxes conveniently located outside the east (walk-up) and west (drive-up) entrances to the building.

If you are responsible for paying property taxes but have not received your bill, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 248-524-3333, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.troymi.gov. If you recently refinanced or paid off your mortgage and are not sure who is responsible for the payment, contact your mortgage company.

City Council Applications Due Feb 7.

Applications for residents who are interested in serving on the city council are due to the city clerk by Feb. 7, at noon.

The purpose of the application is to provide the mayor and city council with basic information about applicants considered for appointment to the Troy City Council.

Public interviews will be held on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – January 20, 2020

Troy – January 20, 2020

Friends,

My heart is happy.

I’m a huge advocate for volunteerism. It’s a huge, satisfying part of my life.

With it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seeing all the volunteering and giving opportunities makes me proud to be in these communities. While I’m not going to pretend to understand the depth and breadth of what Dr. King means to the African-American community, I truly admire the movement to create something special in his memory. I think that’s one of the most profound legacies a person can leave in this world.

In talking with my aunt last week, she said something that resonated with me: To whom much is given, much is expected. I agree. I’m no millionaire, but I certainly can’t complain about my lifestyle. My family is safe, warm and fed. We have access to doctors and teachers. Life is good.

But others aren’t so lucky.

Time is free and it’s the most important thing you can give. I encourage you to get out there this week, and every week, and lend a hand where you can. You don’t even need to be formal about it. Grab some paper and markers and make cards for kids in the hospital. Pick up litter at your local park. Start a pay-it-forward the next time you’re in the drive thru.

It’s all about kindness, folks. And it’s the least we can do.

Stay warm,

Rebecca

Troy 2019 Winter Property Tax Payments Due

Residents’ 2019 winter property tax payments must be received on or before Friday, Feb. 14, to avoid penalty charges. Postmarks are not accepted. A 3% penalty must be applied to all unpaid winter tax bill balances after the due date for February.

Several payment options are listed on the back of your tax bill. Payments made online through your banking institution may not be electronically submitted but require that institution to create a paper check and mail it. Please allow seven to 10 business days when mailing payments.

Payments by check may be made at City Hall located at 500 W. Big Beaver anytime using the secure drop boxes conveniently located outside the east (walk-up) and west (drive-up) entrances to the building.

If you are responsible for paying property taxes but have not received your bill, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 248-524-3333, Monday through Friday, or visit www.troymi.gov. If you recently refinanced or paid off your mortgage and are not sure who is responsible for the payment, contact your mortgage company.

March 2 is the last day to pay 2019 tax bills at City Hall. Payments not received in the Treasurer’s Office by 4:30 p.m. must be submitted with a revised statement including additional penalties to the Oakland County Treasurer, 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341.

Share Your Concerns

State Rep. Padma Kuppa invites the residents of House District 41 to attend open-door meeting hours at the Troy Public Library. Constituents are encouraged to come and share their concerns. The event is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the library.

Photo Walk

Troy Nature Society Photo Club volunteers will lead a guided tour through the Stage Nature Center. Meet in the parking lot at the nature center by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, and bring your camera. All ages are invited. Dress for the weather as the walk takes place entirely outdoors.

The cost is $2; Troy Nature Center members get in free.

Absentee Ballots Get New Look

Michigan Absentee Ballot envelopes have a new look. Your ballot will now come in a white and blue envelope with a green and white ballot return envelope.

Ballot mailing begins early February for the Presidential Primary on March 10. Voters may view a sample ballot, track their Absentee Ballot, and verify voter registration information here online.

For any additional information please visit the elections page.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – January 13, 2020

Troy – January 13, 2020

Blood Drive

“Preventing Opioid Addiction” will be the topic of an educational presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 29860 Dequindre, in Warren. Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Church and the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Speakers will include Tiffany Morelli, RN, an Emergency nurse and coordinator of the Substance Use Community Program at Beaumont Hospital, Troy; and David Clayton, regional director/outreach coordinator for Families Against Narcotics and Hope Not Handcuffs in Macomb County.

Lunch in the church fellowship hall for attendees will follow the presentation in the sanctuary. Freewill donations to the Troy Community Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be accepted.

According to Nancy Morrison, Executive Director of the Troy Community Coalition, “Preventing Opioid Addiction” is the third in a series of educational presentations sponsored through an informal partnership formed in 2018 by the Coalition and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. Earlier topics addressed were marijuana and vaping.

To register for the Jan. 26 event, call the church office at 586-751-7750 or email aglcwarren@gmail.com.

Hospital Equipment Loan Closet

Did you know you can borrow wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, ramps, toilet chairs and shower chairs for free from the Troy Community Center? Call 248-524-3484 to see if the closet is currently accepting donations or to check availability.

Feedback to the Oakland County Executive

Oakland County residents have until Friday to let County Executive David Coulter know just what the priorities for his administration should be for 2020.

The 10-question online Citizen Survey asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, among other items. Coulter has made it a priority to meet with residents and businesses to hear from those who want a voice in county government.

To take the survey, go to www.OakGov.com and click on the “Citizen Survey 2020” button. The survey is open until Friday. Coulter’s administration will use the survey results to help the county be responsive to those who live in Oakland County and ensure the policies and strategies of county government are inclusive of all residents.

Screening and Discussion of Not in Our Town: “When Hate Happens Here”

On Monday, Jan. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., join Troy-area Interfaith Group and co-sponsors Know Your Neighbor Daily and the Troy Police Department, for a video screening and discussion of Not in Our Town: “When Hate Happens Here” at the Troy Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center (500 W. Big Beaver Road). The documentary recounts five stories of hate crimes motivated by racism, anti-Semitism, gender and sexual orientation that occurred over a five-year period in Northern California. See how these community members acted to help prevent future persecution, and the creative ways they came together to build community.

All are invited to hear reflections from our local leaders, including Troy Police Chief Frank Nastasi, and share ideas for actively reducing intolerance and promoting peace. Moderated by Cathy Russ, director, Troy Public Library. The program suitable for ages 12 and up, as sensitive material is depicted in the film.

Contact Ruth Turner at Troy.Interfaith@gmail.com for additional information on this and other KYND programs happening throughout 2020 in Troy.

Pinterest Party

On Jan. 22, join the Pinterest Party at the Community Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The party is for ages 18 and up. It’s a “Ladies Night In” full of fun and relaxation. Join other crafters for some winter-themed crafts inspired by Pinterest, including candle holders, bath bombs and more. Get ready to enjoy a relaxing night with old and new friends.  All supplies included.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – January 6, 2020

Troy – January 6, 2020

Friends,

Welcome to the New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to take on the Michigan winter.

I don’t consider myself overly techie, but I also don’t think I’m too far behind the times. So, when I received an Apple Watch as a gift, I had no idea what this would mean.

Understand: I grew up watching the Jetsons, Wonder Woman and ALF. We have some amazing technology these days, but I’m still disappointed I don’t have a jetpack.

I was a little floored with my new watch. I had no idea all the things it can do. It even tells me when to breathe. But the most surprising feature to me is the ability to take phone calls ON A WATCH.

I was putting in a load of laundry and my watch started ringing. My husband and I looked around to see who stepped on a kids’ toy only to figure out it was my wrist. I answered it and we talked to a telemarketer for a while just because IT WAS ON A WATCH.

This thing is straight out of the campy Batman show from my childhood. POW! If only it did the laundry.

Bring in the New Year strong.

Rebecca

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is urging you to “Give Something that Means Something” by making a blood donation. Your blood helps accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those with chronic diseases such as cancer.

Thursday, Jan. 9
9 am to 9 pm
Troy Community Center

Friday, Jan. 10
9 am to 5 pm
Fire Police Training Center

Appointment scheduling is easier than ever with the free Blood Donor App. Donors can use the app to find local blood drives, conveniently schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders, and track blood donations.

Donors can also still schedule an appointment easily by calling 313-300-9617 or 248-524-1147 or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org.

Walk-ins are welcome, but a photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card will be required at the time of donation. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds, and be in good general health.

AARP Foundation Tax Aide

On Jan. 31, Free Tax Preparation will be available at the Community Center, Room 301. This program is for adults aged 51 and up.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the IRS, will help low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older, prepare IRS and Michigan taxes.

Appointments must be made at the Friends of Troy Seniors desk or by calling the FOTS office at 248-524-2608.

NERF Wars

On Jan. 18, the library will turn into a NERF battle zone. Nerf Mobile Gaming runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is for students in gradss six through 12.

Join the NERF fun as you run, dodge, dive and blast the competition. From ‘Capture the Flag’ to ‘Eliminator’ to ‘Zombies vs. Humans,’ players will put their physical and mental skills to the test. NERF blasters and darts are provided. Registration required.

Writing Contest

There are two writing contests, designed around Women’s Suffrage, open to Oakland County students.

The idea is a celebration of 100 years of the 19th Amendment. One contest (poetry) is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12. The other is for secondary students and is the creation of a PSA.

The initiative is for Oakland County students only. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – December 30, 2019

Troy – December 30, 2019

Building Trust Helps Keep Repair Shop Going Strong at 30

As his business hits the 30-year mark, Troy Midas Automotive Service Center owner Gil Harris has developed a pretty straightforward philosophy.

“This is my life. It’s my family’s life. One thing we absolutely demand is integrity,” said Harris. “If I would find an employee screwed someone (regarding service), they’re gone. That’s how I built the business.”

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Take Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Daytime Ballroom Lessons featuring the Smooth Series: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango run Jan. 6, 13, 27, at the Community Center. Classes start at 1 p.m. Instructor Amy Tranchida will teach adults the steps, tips and techniques to take your dancing ability to the next level. No partner necessary. Ballroom or dress shoes are recommended. The cost is $10 per student at door.

Volunteers Needed for Tax Season

The Troy AARP Foundation Tax-Aide group is looking to expand its team of client facilitator volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Every level of experience is welcome.

Volunteer Client Facilitators provide an important first point of contact for those seeking AARP Tax-Aide personal income tax assistance and preparation.

The Client Facilitator mainly:

  • Welcomes clients and ensures they are helped in an appropriate order
  • Ensures each client has brought correct forms and documents required to accurately complete their tax return
  • Determines, with the assistance of a site counselor, when a client’s return is outside of AARP Tax-Aide scope
  • Assists clients in filling out portions of the AARP Tax-Aide Intake Sheet and any other required papers
  • The Client Facilitator will not address tax questions.

Three hours of training by the training coordinator will be required to become familiar with program policy, administrative matters such as site sign-in sheets and the AARP Tax-Aide Intake and Quality Review Form, site procedures, and orientation to the AARP Tax-Aide program

To volunteer with or learn more about the Tax-Aide Client Facilitator volunteer opportunity, email to D15taxaide@gmail.com.

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original  artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from www.oakgov.com/clerkrod, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
Troy – December 23, 2019

Troy – December 23, 2019

Friends,

Finally, the big week is here. And by that, I mean it’s my birthday today.

That’s right, I’m a Christmas baby. Well, nearly anyway. So, beyond the usual excitement of the season, I get to lump in my birthday and the ever clever, “Merry Birthday!”

People ask me how I like having my birthday so close to Christmas and I never know what to say. I’m tempted to ask them how they like being tall or old or a Lions fan, but that just seems snippy. So, I shrug and respond, “I like cake.”

For me, my birthday kicks off Christmas—it’s Christmas Eve-Eve. And it’s time to celebrate. Whatever it is you celebrate, or don’t, this season, know that I wish you all the best. Stay warm. Do something kind. Have fun.

Rebecca

City of Troy Giving Soldiers “Minutes that Matter”

In early 2019, the City of Troy became a drop-off location for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. Since that time, the city has collected and shipped over 150 donated, used cell phones.

 

Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts recycled devices of any age or condition.  The organization then resells the valuable parts and purchases calling cards for our troops, so they can stay in touch with their friends and families, wherever they are in the world.  According to Cell Phones For Soldiers, to date they have stopped 15 million devices from reaching landfills—keeping out those harmful metals and plastics—and given more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to our troops.  They mail approximately 1,500 calling cards each week, helping our military stay connected with their family members.  Through their program Helping Heroes Home, they have also provided emergency aid for more than 3,100 veterans in need.

 

The City wants to let residents know that they should not throw old cell phones in the trash. They are made with components that are harmful to the environment. But those components are valuable to recyclers, which is how Cell Phones for Soldiers receives money. For every $5 they receive, Cell Phones for Soldiers can provide 2.5 hours of talk time. 

Newer, gently-used mobile devices are preferred, however, broken and outdated mobile phone generate revenue as well. Chargers and accessories are welcome but not necessary; keep those items together with the phone.  Please do not send instruction manuals.

To read more about Cell Phones for Soldiers, or to donate or apply for services, visit their website at cellphonesforsoldiers.com. You will also find information on their website about erasing your personal data before donating your device.  However, Cell Phones for Soldiers follows a high standard for wiping hard drives and devices, so your data is safe.

The City’s Cell Phones for Soldiers donation box is located in the Community Affairs office on the second floor of City Hall at 500 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy. Drop-offs can be made anytime during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Turn to the Library this Winter

When it’s too chilly to go outside this season, stay toasty and entertained with one of the Troy Public Library’s free resources. If you’re a Troy resident, these services will even come to you.

Here are some of the options available:

  • Learn a Language – Mango Languages has lessons on over 70 world languages. Russian, Italian, Hindi or even bonus languages like Shakespearian English.
  • Stream All Day – Stream TV shows, movies, audiobooks, comic books and more with streaming services like Hoopla and Kanopy.
  • Make Something – With Creative Bug, you have access to 1,000+ online art and craft classes taught by expert instructors. Knitting, sewing, screen printing and more.
  • Let Us Come to You – If you’re a Troy resident who can’t make it to the library, the library can come to you. Just call 248-524-3534 with your requests and a librarian will set up a time to deliver items to your home.

If you have questions about TPL’s delivery services, please contact 248-524-3534 or email at outreach@troypl.org.

Pickleball Doubles

If your New Year’s resolution includes getting exercise and socializing, check out the new pickleball doubles for beginners through Fifty Forward.

The program runs for eight weeks and costs $39 for residents/$49 for non-residents. Play three games with three different partners with a ladder competition among individual competitors. Games begin Jan. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more details, click here.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

citynewseditor@localbiznews.net
To share your news, announcements, and events, please email citynewseditor@localbiznews.net