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Our 35th Year Serving Troy’s Business Community Every Monday
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
To “Move
Across Troy”
Isn’t Easy on
Big Beaver
Vol. 35, No. 12
Here’s Good News for
Holiday Shoppers
The Road Commission for
Oakland County and the City of Troy
have completed their joint project to
replace bad concrete slabs on Big
Beaver Road, Adams to I-75, in Troy.
All lanes are open.
Barnes and Noble
Book Fair Fundraiser
for Athens Orchestras
On Sunday, December 7, from
Noon to 6 p.m., Barnes and Noble
located at 396 John R. Road in Troy is
hosting a Book Fair, number
11487154, to benefit the Athens HS
Orchestras.
From Noon to 6 p.m., members
of the orchestras will play musical
selections for your enjoyment. As
part of our Book Fair the Barnes &
Noble Café will be selling whole
cheesecakes from The Cheesecake
Factory. A percentage of sales will
benefit the Athens HS Orchestras
who have been chosen to perform in
the National Youth Concert at prestigious Carnegie Hall. For more information and forms, visitwww.troyathensorchestras.org.
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kids to go and have fun while you
shop? One day camp filled with swimming, a moon bounce, pizza lunch,
craft and gym time. Kids ages 5 - 12
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“Small cheer and great welcome
makes a merry feast.”
—William Shakespeare
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IT’S CHRISTMAS AT THE SOMERSET COLLECTION and Santa Claus made his grand entrance in an unorthodox fashion last weekend, not in a sleigh, but on a Harley Davidson! Eight motorcycle “reindeer” accompanied St. Nick who
got cheers from the crowd. It was noisy and fun and signaled the official start of the holiday season. Santa will be on
hand to visit with the children through December 24th.
Demographics Will Change Troy’s Future
As Troy looks at preparing a new
5-year Master Plan, it is surveying different areas of the city, namely
Rochester Road, Big Beaver, Maple
and North Troy, where plans for the
future might bring changes. One of the
things influencing those changes are
Troy’s demographics.
Troy’s Planning Director R. Brent
Savidant has compiled a whole report
on demographics for the Troy
Planning Commission and Troy City
Council to consider as they move forward with new directions for the
Master Plan. He notes demographics
will have an impact on future land use
and development in Troy.
Savidant observes that “Troy is
changing, FAST.” While Baby Boomers
are now 37 percent of the city’s population, they are headed toward retirement. In addition, Troy’s Asian population is now 15,000 and growing. “By
2040, the first time in Troy’s history,
there will be more seniors than people
under 18 years of age,” he points out.
In a report to planners, Savidant
lists a number of factors that will
impart change over the coming 20
years, including:
• Shifting demographics, with
both an aging population of baby
boomers and an increasing minority
population.
• People 65 years and older are
projected to be 23 percent of the population by 2030, up from 14 percent in
2010.
• Troy is a fully built out community
• The “New” economic reality
• Access and use of increasingly
more sophisticated communications
technology
• Evolving employment characteristics
• Evolving energy technology
• Greater emphasis on health
care delivery
• Desire for alternative transportation choices
• Market demand for increased
housing options, such as smaller
homes closer to services and amenities
• More severe weather-related
events, including flooding.
With a city with more active seniors and a diverse population, we also
have to be aware of the needs of
Generation Y (Millennials), born 1990
to 2000, who will be more ethnically
diverse, tech savvy, environmentally
conscious and interested in urban
lifestyles.
Savidant suggest three priorities
the Planners should consider:
Three priorities to ensure Troy
can continue to evolve and serve its
changing population:
If you’ve ever gotten on I-75 from Big
Beaver in a vehicle, you know that you
get into a lane and a sweeping curve
puts you on the freeway. Not a friendly
angle for pedestrians to navigate if they
want to cross the intersection.
We’ve made the street quite vehicle
friendly, and wide, often too wide to safely cross, even with lights and walk signs.
To say it’s almost impossible to cross
mid-intersection would be an understatement.
But statistics show young workers
like to live, work and walk in a safe,
friendly urban space.
The city believes it is time to pay
attention to the pedestrian. To that
objective, earlier this fall the city hosted
two full days of forums, which were
open to the public, allowing presentations of the problems faced, and a look
at possible solutions.
It was Altair, located in the
Automation Alley complex at Big Beaver
and John R, which brought the issue to
the city’s attention and noted the problems faced by out-of-town visitors moving about the area. There are numerous
places to eat across Big Beaver in the
Sports Center complex, not so easy to
get there. With that in mind, Altair suggests visitors not stay in Troy, but rather
Birmingham, Royal Oak, or even Detroit.
The city would like to see that change.
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See PLANNING, page 2
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Some Designs Hamper Pedestrian Crossings
PEDESTRIANS, From page 1
The city doesn’t want any changes
to be seen as a “war on cars,” but safety
is an issue. MDOT has partnered with
Troy to bring in a consultant, Mark de la
Vergne of Sam Schwartz Engineering,
which made Chicago more pedestrian
friendly. He will examine all the solutions
possible and present his findings to Troy
City Council in January at a study session.
So what did we find on Big Beaver,
and what was suggested?
One suggestion is to slow down the
speed on Big Beaver, ideally to 35 mph
from the present 45 mph, which is often
driven at 55 mph, off peak hours of
course.
Alan Kiriluk, Kirko president and
head of the Downtown Development
Association, observed: “It is disappointing to see that we are isolated here, we
need to connect along and throughout
the corridor. We need to define the corridor as host to medical innovators,
restaurants, hotels, the I-75 interchange,
corporations and businesses.”
“We have created a serious barrier
with a huge right of way and little onstreet development,” Kiriluk noted, asking, “Why would anyone walk across the
street to shop, visit, and do business?”
Walking, of course, is the idea behind
“Move Across Troy.” If you think about it,
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Beaver is the Somerset Collection walkway. And walkways and tunnels are a
potential player in street crossings. They
also cost a lot of money.
Mayor Dane Slater would also like to
see people move east and west. You still
have to cross I-75 headed west from city
hall to Crooks or the Somerset
Collection. In addition, the mayor noted
that he would eventually like to connect
people to Livernois, the Transit Center
and Maple Road.
He observed that taxis, buses or trolleys are all solutions to explore.
MDOT’s Jim Schultz, however,
pointed out that shuttles with SMART
and trolleys might be long-term solutions
because of the cost.
Staff and their associates actually
tried walking from city hall to the new
businesses at Crooks. They were dis-
mayed at the conditions “and very real
dangers,” both above and below the freeway. New sidewalks, fences and lights
might be high on their list of things to do
immediately.
de la Vergne suggested they pick
“nodes” along Big Beaver to try ideas
before doing the entire corridor. The
mayor would like to see that first node be
from City Hall to Crooks, expecially with
the new Amber condo complex and
Detroit Medical Center coming to the
area.
Residents who attended the forum
seemed to like the idea of more crosswalks, cleaning up the area, and slowing
down the traffic.
If you have any ideas, feel free to
submit them to City Manager Brian
Kischnick’s office: 500 W. Big Beaver,
Troy, MI 85085, attn: Maggie Hughes.
Population Changes Necessitate
Different Housing Options
PLANNING, From page 1
• Priority 1: Provide for a variety
of housing options
• Priority 2: Maintain a high quality of life
• Priority 3: Continue to Access
city services based on changing demographics
Be forewarned, Savidant points
out that with changing demographics,
comes changing housing needs. And,
at present 72 percent of the existing
housing stock, 23,600 units, is single
family detached. This is not necessarily the housing style needed by seniors, young professionals and young
families.
The growth area seems to be in
apartments and townhouses. Savidant
sees a need to encourage a middle
market that may include duplexes,
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fourplexes, and even live-work units.
All of this, naturally, also will be influenced by interest rates, the economy,
and government housing polices and
subsidies, he observes.
In addition, Savidant sees a need
to encourage universal design, especially since we already know seniors
prefer to stay in their homes as long as
possible.
“Universal design is the concept of
producing buildings, products and
environments that are inherently
accessible to older people, people
without disabilities, and people with
disabilities. Universal design is most
often related to housing and specifically permitting aging-in-place.”
At the same time, the city must
strive to maintain a high quality of life.
More on that strategy next week.
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Avoid buying gift cards on the secondary market. Look for discounted multicard packs or incentives through the
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Get a receipt of activation when
buying in-store and hang onto it for your
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Ask about online fees - Sellers can
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Online Shopping 2014 Trend: With
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than half of consumers surveyed (63 percent) indicated that they will use a laptop
or home computer to make purchases or
assist in their holiday shopping this season (up 16 percentage points from last
year), and 24 percent plan to use a smartphone. In addition, 13 percent of respondents said they intend to use social networking sites to assist them in their holiday shopping.
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rental and/or lift ticket each week. 20142015 prices are: Fri. lift and equipment
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When shopping online, always
enter the URL of a website directly into a
browser, and not by clicking on a link
from an email.
Shipping 2014 Trend: Shipping shortfalls during last year's Christmas holiday
season have raised concerns among consumers this year. In fact, nearly half of
survey respondents (49 percent) are
concerned about receiving deliveries
from online purchases on time, and of
those, nearly one out of five are "very"
concerned.
BBB Tips
Place online orders early. For items
and letters you wish to arrive by Dec. 24,
the US Postal Service offers the following
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Dec. 20 -- Anything sent by First Class
Mail or First Class Priority Mail
Dec. 23 -- Anything sent Priority Mail
Express
Track online purchases clearly and
request a refund if your package is not
delivered in 30 days. The Federal Trade
Commission has updated a longstanding
rule governing mail- and phone-based
retailers to explicitly include e-commerce vendors, meaning that online
retailers now must abide by a 30-day
shipping requirement or refund customers' payments if they can't.
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Better Business Bureau Holiday Trends with Tips
This holiday season will be a boon
for retailers, according to a recent study
by management firm Accenture. The
study found that one-quarter of U.S. consumers plan to spend more on holiday
shopping this year.
Better Business Bureau Serving
Eastern Michigan is offering some tips to
help consumers shop smart in step with
2014 holiday trends.
Black Friday 2014 Trend: The survey
found consumer enthusiasm for Black
Friday shopping has reached its highest
level in eight years. Two-thirds of the
respondents said they are likely to shop
on Black Friday. Plans to shop on
Thanksgiving Day and evening rose to 45
percent.
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weeks after Black Friday to ensure there
has been no fraudulent activity.
Gift Card 2014 Trend: Retailers
could also see a shift in sales in the postholiday season this year, as more than
half (57 percent) of consumers plan to
purchase gift cards (the top item on consumers' shopping lists) this year.
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“An optimist is a person who
starts a new diet on Thanksgiving
Day.”
—Irv Kupcinet
November 24, 2014
“On Thanksgiving Day we
acknowledge our dependence.”
—William Jennings Bryan
“Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway
home.”
—Wilbur D. Nesbit
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Looking Good for Vehicle Sales
The National Automobile Dealers
Association forecasts 16.94 million new
cars and light trucks will be purchased
or leased in the United States in 2015.
“Rising employment and wages,
continued low interest rates and lower
gasoline prices all signal an increase in
new light-vehicle sales in 2015,” NADA
Chief Economist Steven Szakaly said
today at a press briefing ahead of the
NADA / J.D. Power Western Automotive
Conference in Los Angeles.
“The economy will continue to build
on the solid growth established in 2014,
and we also expect the fundamental conditions to improve in the year ahead,” he
added. “Gross domestic product will
grow at 3.1 percent in 2015, with the
potential for growth to exceed our forecast.”
Szakaly added that new-car sales rising above 17 million units in 2015 would
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increase in new-car purchases by millennial shoppers above what has occurred
over the past two years.
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this year, NADA’s original sales forecast
of 16.4 million new-cars and light-trucks
for 2014 remains on target with an
expected healthy finish in sales in
November and December. GDP will grow
at 2.1 percent in 2014, with inflation
remaining well tamed as the year ends,
Szakaly said.
Employment and Wages
On the positive side, employment
will continue to increase. “Growth is now
well above 200,000 jobs per month, and
our forecast for employment growth is
242,000 new jobs on average per month
in 2015,” Szakaly said.
Interest Rates and the Fed
NADA’s 2015 forecast, in part, is
predicated on interest rates remaining
low, Szakaly added. “The Federal
Reserve is expected to raise interest
rates in 2015, but the rate rise will be
small,” he said. “The Fed policy rate will
move to 1 percent by October 2015, with
further movements in rates expected
during the second half of 2016.”
In addition, NADA expects long-term
rates on auto loans to rise in 2015,
though not sufficiently to dampen its
sales outlook. NADA expects rates on
auto loans to rise by about 125 to 150
basis points by Dec. 31, 2015. This rise
will be steady over the course of the
year, he said.
Inflation
While talk of wage increases often
leads to discussions about the possibility of inflation, Szakaly says there are
other factors that will counter any effect
from rising wages. For example, “declining demand from emerging markets for
commodities and raw materials, especially China, will ease pressure on prices
for U.S. companies,” he said.
Gasoline Prices
Another positive: oil and gasoline
prices are expected to remain weak
through 2015 because of the recent market share war that began in Saudi Arabia,
Szakaly said. NADA’s current forecast is
for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude
to average $71-$73 per barrel in the first
half of 2015, rising to an average of $83
for the second half of 2015.
Forecast Risks
Szakaly cautioned that there are a
few global macroeconomic concerns to
the GDP forecast in the United States,
such as conditions in China and Europe,
but they will not likely derail U.S. economic growth.
In addition, growth in the Eurozone
is expected to be weak with GDP likely to
grow at only 1.4 percent in 2015. “This
may further dampen demand for U.S.
goods and services,” Szakaly said.
In the United States, rising interest
rates could cause a slowdown in the
housing market. “In particular, existing
home sales are expected to remain sensitive to interest rate rises, more so than
new vehicles, and could easily dampen
activity in new-home construction and
reduce sales of light trucks,” he added.
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Lawrence Adds Passion & Power to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I”
MOVIE REVIEW
by
CAROL AZIZIAN
For much of
“The Hunger Games”
Mockingjay Part I,”
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) –
heroine of the dystopian triology -stays on the sidelines of the action,
making propaganda films to inspire
insurrection against Panem’s Capitol.
It’s a departure from the previous two
films in this popular franchise, and that
makes it far less exciting. But loyal fans
know that this is just a setup for the
finale.
In one scene, Katniss –wearing
breastplate and a quiver full of arrows,
and looking a little like Joan of Arc –
rehearses a film, uttering the lines “join
the fight” with verve and conviction,
but it falls flat. The scene is partly satirical, and it serves as a springboard for
Katniss to go out among the masses in
District 13 and witness firsthand the
destruction wrought by the Capitol.
The film depicts a post-apocalyptic
North America, complete with air
strikes and hooded “rebels” being executed upon orders from the tyrannical
President Snow (Donald Sutherland, in
pure evil mode). As in “The Lord of the
Rings,” the filmmakers have chosen to
split the final book of the trilogy into
two cinematic parts to capitalize upon
the franchise’s immense popularity (the
novel series by Suzanne Collins sold 65
million copies in the United States
alone).
Beginning where “Catching Fire”
ended, this film shows District 13
President Coin (Julianne Moore, playing
the part with steely resolve) and
Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip
Seymour Hoffman, whose strong presence will be missed in the final film)
wooing Katniss to become the voice of
the rebellion. But Katniss is consumed
with the fate of Peeta Mellark (Josh
Hutcherson), who’s become an anti-war
spokesman for the Capitol. His interviews, broadcast to District 13, are
intended to dissuade Katniss from inciting a revolution. For those who didn’t’
see the two previous films, Katniss and
Peeta – her partner in the deadly
hunger games, which pit children
against children – were forced to pretend to be a couple. But they fell in
love, leaving Gale (Liam Hemsworth),
Katniss’s friend and hunting partner
from her home district, as the jilted
member of the triangle.
District 13 members, wearing drab
jumpsuits, are holed away underground
in a kind of dreary bomb shelter where
Katniss’s mother and sister also reside.
There’s an amusing scene in which Effie
Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) laments the
lack of fashion, wishing she had the
elaborate wigs and outfits from her
days in the Capitol. But for the most
part, the film, directed by Francis
Lawrence (who also directed “The
Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) remains
humorless. Jeffrey Wright returns as the
scientist who designs arrows powerful
enough to take down planes and gives
them to Katniss.
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Peeta, considering he rarely shows the
emotion necessary to be Katniss’s love
interest.
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critical mission. But that just makes
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November 24, 2014
Mark Lowry And The Martins Musical Event
It’s been talked about for years and
is now finally coming to pass. Gospel
music legends Mark Lowry and The
Martins are hitting the road together for
the first time this year. This long awaited
concert event will come to Pontiac, on
Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m., as the
Grace Centers of Hope presents “A New
City Christmas Concert.”
The history between Mark and sibling trio Joyce, Jonathan and Judy
Martin spans more than two decades
and can be traced back to a cassette
tape The Martins gave him at a national
convention in 1992. Mark and fellow
Gaither Vocal Band-mate Michael
English were so impressed, they insisted
Gloria Gaither listen to an impromptu
audition of the group, which they held in
the women’s restroom. Gloria then told
husband Bill and the rest is history as
the Gaithers helped introduce The
Martins to the world.
This exciting Christmas musical
evening will be held Sunday, December 7
at the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.
The evening begins at 7 p.m.
Complete information may be obtained
by visiting www.gracecentersofhope.org
or www.marklowry.com or www.martinsonline.com.
Renowned pianist Stan Whitmire
will also accompany Mark and The
Martins on tour, and fans can expect a little of everything during this special
evening, and especially wonderful
Christmas music to kick off the Holiday
Season.
Serve the Perfect Turkey on Thanksgiving
The Cooking Channel’s Alton
Brown's flair in the kitchen developed
early with guidance from his mother and
grandmother, a budding culinary talent
he skillfully used later "as a way to get
dates" in college.Here’s his recipe for the
perfect Thanksgiving turkey
6 leaves sage
Canola oil
2 to 3 days before roasting:
Begin thawing the turkey in the
refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38
degrees F.
Combine the vegetable stock, salt,
Ingredients
1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young
turkey
For the brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied
ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice
berries, and candied ginger in a large
stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir
occasionally to dissolve solids and bring
to a boil. Then remove the brine from the
heat, cool to room temperature, and
refrigerate.
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CITY OF TROY
MICHIGAN
PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY COUNCIL 2015 REGULAR MEETINGS
In accordance with the provisions of the Michigan State
Law, Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the
City of Troy will hold Public Meetings in the City Hall,
500 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan, (248) 5243300, on the following dates:
Regular City Council Meeting Dates:
Monday,
January
12 &
Monday,
February
9
&
Monday,
March
9
&
Monday,
April
13 &
Monday,
May
11 &
Monday,
June
8
&
Monday,
July
6
&
Monday,
August
10 &
Monday,
September
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October
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November
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(6:00 PM in Council Board Room):
Monday,
April
27
Wednesday,
April
29
Liquor Violation Hearing Meeting Dates:
Monday,
February
23
Monday,
March
9
Special meetings may be scheduled as needed.
Unless indicated otherwise, all of the above meetings
shall be held in the City Council Chambers at 7:30 PM
and are open to the public.
M. Aileen Bittner, CMC
City Clerk
PUBLISH:
November 24, 2014
December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014
December 15, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF TROY
PROPERTY SALE
The City of Troy currently is selling the following properties:
ITB-COT 14-42 Property Sale – #88-20-03126-006
Vacant Donaldson south of South Boulevard
ITB-COT 14-43 Property Sale – #88-20-16476-028
Vacant Livernois south of Paragon
ITB-COT 14-44 Property Sale – #88-20-20226-038
3645 Crooks Road
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Vacant Big Beaver west of Waterfall
ITB-COT 14-46 Property Sale – #88-20-16476-027
Vacant Paragon at Livernois
Sealed bid proposals FOR THE SALE OF FIVE (5)
CITY OWNED PROPERTIES, will be received by the
City of Troy at the office of the City Clerk, 500 W. Big
Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084 until Thursday
December 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM, EDT; after which
time they will be publicly opened and read in the Troy
City Offices. Late bid submittals will not be accepted.
The City does NOT accept bid responses via fax transmission.
For more information on the property sale, call the City
of Troy Real Estate and Development Department at
(248) 524-3380. For Information concerning bid documents, call the Purchasing Department at (248) 6807291 or find the bid documents on the MITN eProcurement website hosted by BidNet. Please go to
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Combine the brine, water and ice in
the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed
turkey (with innards removed) breast
side down in brine. If necessary, weigh
down the bird to ensure it is fully
immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in
cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the
bird once half way through brining.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Remove the bird from brine and rinse
inside and out with cold water. Discard
the brine.
Place the bird on roasting rack
inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with
paper towels.
Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon
stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave
safe dish and microwave on high for 5
minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the
turkey's cavity along with the rosemary
and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the
bird and coat the skin liberally with
canola oil.
Roast the turkey on lowest level of
the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Insert a probe thermometer into thickest
part of the breast and reduce the oven
temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the
thermometer alarm (if available) to 161
degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should
require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered
with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.
— Recipe courtesy Alton Brown,
also featured in Food Network
Magazine.
NOTICE: Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should
contact the City Clerk (248) 524-3317 at least two
working days in advance of the meeting. An attempt
will be made to make reasonable accommodations.
PUBLISH: November 24th, December 1st, 8th and
15th, 2014.
HOME DIGEST
2015 Color Forecast: Gray Is Here To Stay
For the second year in a row, gray is
projected to be the most popular hue
for home interiors, according to Debbie
Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint
Quality Institute, which issues an annual forecast on color trends..
This is the first time any color has
headlined our forecast in back-to-back
years, says Zimmer, but gray, a nearperfect neutral color, has really caught
on.
What s so special about gray?
It s very easy on the eyes. It s
understated and sophisticated. And
most tints and shades of gray are
chameleon colors that change appearance when the light changes, so they
provide enormous visual interest, says
Zimmer.
Another reason for its popularity:
Gray is a very versatile color that coordinates beautifully with a wide range of
hues. As a result, it can be used in
many different color schemes and with
almost any style of décor.
Pairing gray with one or more
neutral colors white, off-white, beige,
taupe, soft blue, or black can produce
a tranquil color scheme capable of making an indoor space more relaxing, says
Zimmer. That s why we so often see
these combinations in areas where we
seek refuge and comfort, such as bedrooms and family rooms.”
But gray can also serve as an ideal
foil for more adventurous color, ranging
from saturated hues like purple, fuchsia, rust, and navy to softer tints like
dusty pink and pale lavender. Color
schemes employing these combinations can be used in virtually any room
in the home, she says.
Of course, gray refers not just to
one color, but to many running the
gamut from delicate silver tints to powerful shades of gunmetal, charcoal, and
slate. In each, black and white is pres-
Thanksgiving Eve
Worship & Canned
Goods Offering
Join Prince of Glory Lutheran
Church on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30
p.m. on Thanksgiving eve to praise
God for our many blessings and to
provide a canned goods offering to
support those less fortunate in our
community. Our goal this year, in
honor of the 58 years of marriage of
one of our member couples, is 580
cans!
Prince of Glory Lutheran Church
is located at 1357 W. 14 Mile Rd. in
Madison Heights. For details, call 248588-4652.
“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.”
—Author Unknown
ent, but often, traces of other colors,
too. According to Zimmer, these trace
colors provide valuable clues as to
what works best with a given gray.
Grays that contain traces of warm
hues like red, yellow, or brown seem
cozier, and partner best with warm
companion colors. On the other hand,
grays that have hints of blue or green
seem cooler and more austere, so they
are inherently more compatible with
colors on the cooler side of the spectrum, she says.
Sometimes, it s easy to identify the
trace colors that appear in gray, but not
always. Where paint color is concerned, you can simply ask the counterperson about the color formula to
find out whether the gray contains
warm or cool elements, and let that
guide your selection of companion colors.
Warm or cool, gray is a great color
for any interior. And it s a color that will
stand the test of time!
For more information about color
and paint, visit blog.paintquality.com or
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“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word
of action.”
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“Gratitude is the sign of noble
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“Thanksgiving is a special day
with relatives, but answering the door
to welcome guests can distract even
the most careful cook,” said Paul
Rouse, GSSI administrative officer.
“Alcohol during Thanksgiving celebrations can also add to cooking inattentiveness. Next thing you know, a fire
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deep fryers has added another hazard
to the celebration. The cooking oil
temperature is extremely hot. Rouse
said that they should be used as far
from the house as possible. “It’s
important to note that not one turkey
fryer has been certified as safe by
Underwriters Laboratories,” Rouse
added. He offers tips for cooking safety.
10 tips for Thanksgiving cooking
fire safety:
• Never leave a room while cooking.
• If you must leave the room while
cooking, turn off the stove.
• Keep pot handles turned to the
back of the stove so children cannot
grab them.
• Wear short sleeves or tight
sleeves while cooking so nothing dangles near a flame.
• Keep paper, towels, pot holders, wooden utensils and curtains
away from the cooking area.
• Have one or more fire extinguishers handy and know how to use
them.
• Keep stove tops clean; remove
built up grease and spilled food.
• Never throw water on a grease
fire – smother it with a pan lid instead.
• Keep children and pets in the
“kid-free” zone three feet from the
stove.
• Have a fire escape plan, and
review and rehearse it often.
“The time to protect yourself
against a range top fire is before it
strikes. By simply installing the
Guardian, you can rest at ease and
party safely.” With the system, a fire
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seven seconds(video).
The Guardian is designed to
detect and extinguish cooking fires
and at the same time prevents re-ignition. Once it detects heat at a predetermined temperature, a signal is
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to suppress the fire and to shut off the
gas or electric supply to the stove in
order to prevent reigniting. “Whether
it is a single home or an apartment at
risk, putting the fire out quickly is
imperative to minimize damage and
injury,” Rouse said.
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POLICE
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■ Well, it is a
very popular car.
Our
complainant
advised police she parked her 2015
Ford Taurus on Madison Dr. at 3 a.m.
and when she returned at 9 a.m. it was
gone. Complainant said she believes
the vehicle was locked, however when
she returned the vehicle was missing.
■ Some locks work, some don’t.
Officers and complainant responded to
an intrusion alarm at Golden Gate
Optical on Dequindre. The business
had been broken into by the rear door.
Complainant advised $200 in cash was
missing from the register.
Sheri’s Top Notch Dog Grooming
reported to police that someone
attempted to break into the business by
breaking the doorknob off. Entry was
not gained.
■ Check your credit report. A
Jasmine resident reported that someone opened a Home Depot credit
account in her name. Upon further
investigation resident discovered three
attempts totaling $7000 to her bank
card.
■ Comerica keeps a close eye on
their customers’ accounts. A bank
teller at the John R branch reported the
suspect had presented a check in the
amount of $1,680.00 for cashing. The
bank teller contacted Comerica fraud
department to verify the check and was
advised the check had already been
cashed and this check was fraudulent.
The suspect fled the bank, however was
apprehended by officers. The suspect,
a 24-year-old from Detroit, was arrested
for “Uttering And Publishing.”
■
Hope the tires are all there.
Officers responded to an intrusion
alarm at Belle Tire. When they arrived
they discovered entry had been gained
by the garage door. Officers observed
three cash registers open with only
change inside. All the registers had pry
marks on them. The manager advised
$263.60 was the amount of cash missing
from the store.
■
Not a good combination of
activities, especially on I-75. Officers
stopped a vehicle for a “texting while
driving” violation. Officers detected a
strong odor of marijuana coming from
inside the vehicle. Officers discovered a
cigarette pack with marijuana inside
and a glass pipe to smoke marijuana.
The driver, a 19-year-old from
Rochester Hills, was cited for
“Possession of Marijuana” and
“Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.”
■ Sitting in cars in the middle of
the night always attracts police attention. Officers were patrolling the Met
Hotel lot when they observed an occupied vehicle. Officers detected a very
strong odor of marijuana coming from
inside the vehicle. Officers found all
four suspects in the van to be in possession of marijuana. The suspects, a
35-year-old from Burton, a 47-year-old
from Attica, a 29-year-old from Clio and
a 56-year-old from Oxford, were issued
citations for “Possession Of Marijuana.”
Apparently they couldn’t some in their
room...Michigan laws you know.
■ Remember that middle of the
night warning? Officers investigated a
vehicle in the Speedway station on
Maple with accident damage and the
driver passed out at the wheel. It was
just after 4 a.m. Officers woke the driver. who smelled strong of intoxicants.
The driver admitted to drinking and
failed field sobrieties. The driver, a 30year-old from Madison Heights, was
arrested for “Operating While
Intoxicated.” Breath test results were
0.18%, quite drunk.
■ Here’s the police favorite clue.
Officers stopped a vehicle without headlights on I-75. Officers detected an odor
of intoxicants coming from inside the
vehicle. The driver admitted to drinking
and failed field sobrieties. Officers located many prescription narcotics in the
driver’s purse without prescription bottles. The driver, a 25-year-old from
Auburn Hills was arrested for “Operating
While Intoxicated” and “Possession of
Narcotics.” Breath test results were
0.16%.
■
Drunk and high, not a good
idea. Officers stopped a vehicle swaying
out of its lane at Big Beaver and
Dequindre after midnight. Officers
detected a strong odor of intoxicants
coming from inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to drinking and failed field
sobrieties. Officers discovered marijuana in the glove box of the vehicle. The
driver, a 24-year-old from Clinton Twp.,
was arrested for “Operating While
Intoxicated” and “Possession of
Marijuana.” A blood draw was conducted with results pending.
■ More bad ideas, and soon to
be very costly. Officers observed a
vehicle drive behind a closed warehouse on Stephenson. It was 2:50 a.m.
Upon an investigatory stop officers
detected an odor of intoxicants coming
from inside the vehicle and observed
an open beer in the console. The driver
admitted to drinking and failed filed
sobrieties. The driver, a 26-year-old
from Clarkston, was arrested for
“Operating While Intoxicated 2nd
Offense” and “Open Alcohol In Vehicle.”
Breath test results 0.08%.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes,
or any other offenses, please call the
Troy Police Department at 248-5243477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 248-524-9777 and
leave a message.
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Troy Community Chorus Moves to Avondale High for Holiday Concert
The Troy Community Chorus,
under the direction of Mimi Gass and
accompanied by Min Sook Chung will
present their holiday concert “Rejoice
and Sing” at the Avondale High School
Auditorium
located
at
2800
Waukeegan in Auburn Hills on Friday,
December 5, at 8 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10 for
patrons ages 6 - 61 years old, $8 for
seniors 62 years old and older and
children 5 years old and under are
admitted free. All tickets will be $15 at
the door.
To order tickets by phone, please
contact Christine Stevens at 248-2501550
or
by
email
to
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For more information, please visit
www.troycommunitychorus.org.
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NOVENA TO ST. MARTHA
0h ST. MARTHA, I resort to thee and to
thy petition and faith, I offer up to thee
this light which I shall burn every
Tuesday for nine Tuesday. Comfort me
in all my difficulties throʼ the great
favour thou didst enjoy when Our
Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech
thee to have definite pity In regard to
the favour I ask (mention favour).
Intercede for my family that we may
always be provided for in all our
necessities. I ask thee St. Martha to
overcome the dragon which thou didst
ʻcast at thy feet. One Our Father and
three Hail Marys, and a lighted candle
every Tuesday and the above prayer
made known with the intentions of
spreading devotion to St. Martha. THE
MIRACULOUS SAINT
C.M.K.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel,
fruitful vine splendor of heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of
God. Immaculate Virgin assist me in my necessity. Oh star of
the Sea, help me and show me herein, you are my mother. Oh
Holy Mary. Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I
humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor
me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand your
power. Oh show me herein you are my mother. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who has resource to thee 3x.
Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands. 3x Holy Spirit,
you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain
my goal, You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me, and that in all instances in my life you
are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all
things as you confirm once again that I never wanted to be
separated from you in eternal glory. Thank you for your
mercy toward me and mine. This person must say this prayer
3 consecutive days, after 3 days the results will be granted.
This prayer must be published after the favor is granted.
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November 24, 2014
Our Patience Should Be Rewarded
PERSPECTIVES
by
PETER MAURER
Looking out your
window, you’d be
hard-pressed to think
that warmer temperatures and less precipitation is more likely this winter, but
it is. I know, you’re shaking your head as
you read these words, but if you believe
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration more than you do the
Farmer’s Almanac, we might be surprised by how quickly the weather may
change by the end of December.
Last year, of course, was a recordbreaker in virtually every category of
winter weather, and as luck would have
it, the Farmer’s Almanac got it right,
despite using a variety of ultra-secret
‘methods’ to predict winter weather.
I am not entirely sure what they do
to arrive at their predictions, but I suspect chicken innards and dartboards
are involved.
By comparison, the NOAA and
other scientific agencies employ a vast
array of equipment and computers to
generate their models, and even though
they occasionally get it wrong, their
track record is far more impressive than
the Almanac.
Since early summer, a larger-thannormal and warmer-than-normal pool of
warm surface water has been pooling in
the mid-Pacific and slowly moving eastward, the hallmark of what we now call
El Nino`.
El Nino` is accompanied by a shift
in the winds and currents in the Pacific
region, resulting in warm and wet weather inundating South America and North
America. This is usually preceded by
drier-than-normal weather in the western Pacific, something that is occurring
right now.
El Nino` gets its name from Spanish
for “the baby boy” because the full
impact of El Nino` begins to occur in
mid to late-December, a time coinciding
with the Christian observation of the
birth of Christ – a little boy.
If all goes according to expectations, El Nino will grow and intensify,
and then begin to impact our weather
by the end of December of early
January. Periods of milder and drier
weather will be experienced east of the
Rockies, while the west coast will by
pounded by Pacific storms, often called
the “Pineapple Express” due to their origins near Hawai’i.
(I know that Costa Rica is now the
hemisphere’s biggest pineapple producer, but work with me people. The
phrase was established long before
Hawai’i lost the Pineapple crown.)
Do not be surprised if you’re soon
watching news stories of California
beach erosion, mud slides, floods, and
beachfront homes lost to the waves.
And if the past is any indicator, the historic drought that the west and southwest have experienced the past four
years will end, but only to be replaced
by massive floods.
Reservoirs should refill, the
groundwater recharged, brush fires
diminish, and water bans eliminated,
but, as with everything, only Mother
Nature can do that.
And based on what she did last
year, the last thing we want to do is
upset her by making predictions that
she’ll just snicker at.
Of course, I could be totally wrong,
just like NOAA, the Weather Channel,
and the National Weather Service, and
we’ll end up with Polar Vortex, II. But
the statistical odds of that happening
are miniscule, too small to even consider.
So in the meantime, as you’re shoveling, scraping, salting, and cursing
beneath your scarf and balaclava, just
keep in mind that this is likely a temporary and short-lived taste of winter.
On the other hand, if the Vortex
shows up with a vengeance, you’re all
going to be too cold to find me and exact
your revenge.
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—Native American Saying
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The Troy Chamber hosts its most
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its annual “Holiday Luncheon and Best of
Troy Presentation.” On Thursday,
December 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., hundreds of local business professionals will
gather at the Somerset Inn (2601 W. Big
Beaver Rd) for networking, an entertaining keynote address by 2014 Pulitzer
Prize winner, Stephen Henderson of
Detroit Free Press, a Best of Troy awards
presentation, and lots of holiday cheer!
In addition to an engaging keynote
address, the 2014 Best of Troy honors
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Technical Center, N.S. International,
Piada Italian Street Food, Plex Systems,
Suburban Toyota of Troy, and Troy
Grand Digital Cinema 16. Best of Troy
Awards are sponsored by Doreen
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Cost to attend this event is $38 for
Troy Chamber members and $48 for nonmembers. In addition to a high-quality
event, each attendee will enjoy an elegant lunch and leave with a Holiday Biz
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coupons, exclusive discounts and
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To register, call 248-641-8151, email: [email protected] or visit
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