www.troy-somersetgazette.com troy-somersetGAZETTE 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. Black Friday Aqua Camp For Kids Looking for somewhere for the 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 years old. November 28 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Before and after care available. Res $30/ Non-Res $40. Call 248-5243484 for more information. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” —William Shakespeare Inside 5 Movie Review 9 Police Report 10 Classifieds 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. See PEDESTRIANS, page 2 See PLANNING, page 2 GRAND OPENING SPECIALS! “A New Look for a New You!” Jolie Touch Semi-Permanent Make-up Nails • Spa Organic Skin Care & Nail Treatments 50% OFF SEMI-PERMANENT MAKEUP By Appointment Only. One Coupon Per Client. 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AMERICAN POLISH CULTURAL CENTER WAWEL POLISH RESTAURANT Cordially Invite You For TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS BUFFET Includes: Breaded Pork Chops, Kielbasa & Kraut, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi and More! with LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 Starting at 11:30 AM Last Seating 5:30 PM Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Reservations required. AMERICAN POLISH CULTURAL CENTER 2975 E. Maple Rd. (At Dequindre Rd) • Troy • 248-689-3636 www.americanpolishcenter.com 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, the only really safe place to cross Big WSUPG WSUPG TROY TROY C CAMPUS AMPUS M Multi-Specialty ulti- Specialtt y H Health ealth C Care aree Services Ser vices Centralized Centralized U Under nder One One Roof R oof pu putting tting PATIENTS PATIENTS at tthe he ealth care care CENTER CE NTER ooff hhealth Wayne ayne State State University Universi t y Physician Physician Group Group offers fers multi-specialty mul ti-special t y health heal th care ca re services ser vices att a new new clinic cl inic in in Oakland Oak land County. Count y. Dermatology Der matology 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, A 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. 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Ask about online fees - Sellers can skirt consumer protection laws by selling a card online, and charge shipping and handling fees that eat away at a card's value. Online Shopping 2014 Trend: With the popularity of Cyber Monday, more 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. BBB Tips: Never make purchases while on public Wi-Fi. Only use secure, encrypted, "https," sites when buying online. Don't use the same password for shopping or for creation of "user accounts" that is used for your bank account. Check out the reliability of a website/company prior to making a purchase on an unknown site. ■ The Troy Recreation Department sponsors a Downhill Skiing /Snowboarding Program at Mt. Holly Ski Area. Registration Fees do not include rental and/or lift ticket each week. 20142015 prices are: Fri. lift and equipment rental $18; Sat. lift and equipment rental $20. The lift and/or rental fees are col- 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. 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Frenzied sales can create impulse buys. Make a list and stick to it. Slow down and pay attention to what you spend and where. Watch your bank and credit card statements in the 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. BBB Tips: ■ 248.267.5656 Page 4 ■ ■ “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 Holiday Specials 4975 Livernois • Troy (In Bootleg Plaza) SW Corner of Long Lake & Livernois www.salonlily.com A Unique Boutique Salon $5 OFF Women’s Haircuts New clients only. Not valid with other offers. 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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. November 24, 2014 ■ ■ Page 5 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. It’s confounding why the filmmakers chose Hutcherson for the role of Peeta, considering he rarely shows the emotion necessary to be Katniss’s love interest. Jennifer Lawrence embodies all the passion and power of her strong-willed character, and she remains the focus of the film, even though she’s on the sidelines. Near the end, she remains in the bunker while others participate in a critical mission. 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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. Early on the day or the night before you'd like to eat: Dinner With Santa Monday, Dec. 8th • 6 - 8 p.m. Santa will be visiting with the good children at the Alibi Restaurant for dinner. Stop in and order dinner while Santa Visits your table. Kids have your picture taken by the Christmas Tree with Santa! 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Welcoming patients of all ages • Evening & Saturday appointments available Bhavin Patel, MD • Achin Kim, MD Board Certified, American Board of Allergy & Immunology 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 14 & Monday, October 12 & Monday, November 9 & Monday, December 7 & 26 23 23 20 18 22 20 24 28 26 23 14 Special Study Session (Budget Discussions) Dates (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 950 West Avon Road, Suite A-5 • Rochester Hills, MI 48307 • 248-651-1133 4600 Investment Drive • Suite 110 • Troy, MI 48098 • 248-267-5008 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 ITB-COT 14-45 Property Sale – #88-20-24451-029 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 www.mitn.info and select MITN to register as a vendor. POSTED: November 19, 2014 M. Aileen Bittner, CMC City Clerk Most insurances accepted www.aaap-rh.com 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 www.paintquality.com. EXTREME HOLIDAY SALE! Granite Countertops $ 3495 Sq. Ft. 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Sadly, children and the elderly make up the greatest national percentage of injury and death due to household fires. “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 starts consuming the stove, curtains and other flammable material in the kitchen.” The popularity of turkey 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 can be extinguished in as little as 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 sent to release the extinguishing agent 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. For more information, contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit www.guardianssi.com. Visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GuardianSSI and on Twitter @GuardianSSI. HERALD WHOLESALE PREMIER BATH, LIGHTING & HARDWARE GARDEN CENTER High quality plants & service for your gardening success since 1964. 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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. ■ ■ Page 9 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 [email protected] For more information, please visit www.troycommunitychorus.org. We Will Be Open Thanksgiving Day! Thursday, November 27th Call For Details Italian Grille Lunch • Cocktails • Dinner Picano’s Family Proudly Serving You For 29 Years Regular Menu & Turkey Dinner Too! 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Lake Orion 4550 Investment Dr. • Suite 200 1701 South Blvd. East • Suite 200 1455 South Lapeer Rd. • Suite 208 248.218.4073 248.997.5805 248.232.0090 www.oaklandmacombobgyn.com Page 10 ■ ■ Page 10 ■ November 24, 2014 ■ July 22, 2013 CL ASSIFIED ADVERTISING 15 words for $12.00, each additional word 25¢ • Call Our Classified Hotline at 248-524-4868 or fax to 248-524-9140 Phone numbers and hyphenations count as 2 words, abbreviations count as 1 word. • Payable by mailing a check with ad copy to GAZETTE CLASSIFIEDS, P.O. Box 482, Troy, MI 48099 The publisher of the Troy-Somerset Gazette reserves the right to revise, classify, or reject, in whole or in part, any advertisement in this newspaper. Ads received after the 4:00 p.m. Wednesday deadline will be published the following week. NOTE: Errors must be reported on first week of publication. Single line of caps 75¢ • Bold single line of caps $1.00 • Double line of caps $1.50 • Bold double line of caps $2.00 MAKE YOUR WEDDING OR SPECIAL EVENT UNIQUE PERSONALS HELP WANTED ♥ ADOPTION ♥ Art Gallery Director & Executive Chef yearn for 1st baby to LOVE & ADORE. Expenses paid 1-800-562-8287. ♥ Kathleen & John ♥ . 1/2 Drivers w/CDL: Walk-Away Lease. Zero Down, No Balloon Payment, 2 Year Warranty. Contract Rates as high as $3/mile - 877-936-0012 2/2 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. C.M.W. Lead Beginning Preschool Teacher wanted for growing Child Care Center in Troy. (248) 689-9929 2/4 SNOW REMOVAL Residential Snow Plowing Seasonal Rates Starting at $225 Call Dave (248) 828-0055 t/f FURNITURE FOR SALE CALL FRANKLIN AT 248.399-1101 t/f Company Looking for 3-4 Homes for 24 Month Lease MR. 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PLACE AD UNDER: ____________________ RICH MILOSTAN, Director ★ ASTROLOGERS/PSYCHICS CARD READERS/PALMISTRY Troy Masonic Center ★ $12.00 1032 Hartland Dr., Troy 2 blocks N. of Big Beaver Rd, E. off Rochester Rd Saturday, December 6th • 10am-4pm $12.25 $12.50 $12.75 $13.00 $13.25 Novenaʼs $17.00 each ★ Admission $5 Special Readings $20 Rich is Also Available For Parties & Private Consultation A novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin "novem", meaning nine.) As the definition suggests, the novena has always had more of a sense of urgency and neediness. ★ Call For Info 1-248-528-2610 Name _________________________________ Ph. # __________________ Visa/MC/AE Charge#: _____________________________ Exp. ___________ Call and Charge by phone: 248-524-4868 or Mail Check or Money Order to: Gazette Newspapers, Inc. ATTN: CLASSIFIED SECTION • P.O. BOX 482 • TROY, MI 48099 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. [[email protected]] ■ “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” —Native American Saying Page 11 “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” —Robert Caspar Lintner Real Estate Classes Become an Agent In 2 Weeks Real Estate One 70 W. Long Lake Rd., Corner of Livernois • Troy Call David Reese at 248-813-4900 Looking For Love: Troy Chamber’s Annual Holiday Luncheon The Troy Chamber hosts its most popular event of the year in December— 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 will be awarded. This year’s honorees include: Mahindra North American 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 Mayhew Insurance Group & Doreen Mayhew CPAs and Advisors. 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 Bag full of treats and trinkets like useful coupons, exclusive discounts and chances to win fun prizes. To register, call 248-641-8151, email: [email protected] or visit www.troychamber.com/events. ■ LIONEL ® NOW ONLY $160.00 REG. $199.99 6-30183 Lionel 2-4-2 Remote Scout Steam Set ♥ ARNOLD ♥ Slow and steady wins the race with this handsome fellow. Arnold is a 5-year-old Terrier mix who doesn’t like jumping into new relationships with both feet. But once you win him over, it’s nothing but love and affection from this sweet boy! The adoption fee includes sterilization, age-appropriate vaccinations, the MHS Adoption Guarantee and much more. For more information, visit or call the MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care at (248) 852-7420 and provide the pet ID number, 792733. While Supplies Last! With headlight blazing, the Scout 2-4-2 races through the night to reach its destination on time. Smoke billows from the smoke stack and a sharp whistle pierces the air as this freight train comes to a quick halt before it steams off again. • Easy to assemble FasTrack™ including eight curved pieces, one 10”straight and one 10”wall pack terminal section and wall pack power supply • LionChief™ remote control unique to set • Railsounds RC™ sound system with train sounds and user activated announcements EMPIRE TRAINS AND HOBBIES Train Sets • Slot Cars • Models • Science Kits • Rockets • Kites Puzzles • Hobby Tools & Supplies • Entry-Level RC • Games • Die-Cast Telescopes • Collectible Toys • Games-Workshop • Coin Supplies Games • Doll House • Miniatures Train Repair & Parts Michigan Humane Society Rochester Hills adoption hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit www.michiganhumane.org for pictures and descriptions of many available pets! 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