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 Our 32nd Year Serving Troy’s Business Community Every Monday

  Monday, March 5, 2012
                       Vol. 32, No. 28                                                                                                                                                 A TimeBank
Sweet Spot Opens
     You are invited to the SWEETEST
                                                                                                                                                                                       Would Unite
grand opening in all of Troy, when The
Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe officially                                                                                                                                                     Volunteer
opens its doors March 5 - 10th. Take a
look around, try some FREE samples,
find out how they can help you plan the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Needs in Troy
sweetest event, and enter to win a                                                                                                                                                     by CYNTHIA KMETT
candy jar filled with classics like                                                                                                                                                         “Leadership Troy is looking for
Hersey's and Reese's Peanut Butter                                                                                                                                                     ways to increase volunteerism in the
Cups! The Sweet Spot is located at                                                                                                                                                     city,” the organization’s president,
4880 Rochester Rd., just south of Long                                                                                                                                                 Jim Cyrulewski explained in address-
Lake (next to Marinelli's). For more                                                                                                                                                   ing the issue of forming a “TimeBank”
info., call them at 248-250-6100 or visit                                                                                                                                              in our town at last Tuesday’s Troy                                                                                                                                                          Kiwanis meeting at Maggiano’s.
Auto Experts Open Doors                                                                                                                                                                     It was an idea that grew out of
    Auto Experts, located at 2820                                                                                                                                                      Troy’s Future’s group, which
Rochester Rd. (just south of Big                                                                                                                                                       expressed its hope for the direction
Beaver at I-75) is under NEW owner-                                                                                                                                                    the city would take over the coming
ship, and is celebrating with a grand                                                                                                                                                  years.
RE-OPENING on Saturday, March 10.                                                                                                                                                           “It’s a way to embrace and involve
Stop by between 8 am and 6 pm for                                                                                                                                                      people of all ages,” Cyrulewski contin-
Giveaways, Refreshments, Service                                                                                                                                                       ued. It’s involves our city’s “core val-
Specials, and "Meet the Mechanics."                                                                                                                                                    ues.”
Ribbon Cutting ceremonies begin at                                                                                                                                                          Everyone, he observed, has a
11 am. For more information, call                                                                                                                                                      skill set that others would find valu-
them at 248-879-7386 or 248-689-7820.                                                                                                                                                  able. Exchanging such skills will help
                                             LAST SATURDAY MITT AND ANN ROMNEY made one of their final campaign stops encouraging supporters to get out                                us build community and democracy.
Jazz Band is Putting                         the vote, at the San Marino Club in Troy, Romney went on to win the Michigan primary by a slim margin and will split                      The TimeBank is a reciprocity system.
on the Ritz                                  the state’s delegates with his rival Rick Santorum. Both candidates are working assure wins in next week’s Super                          You would be both a giver and receiv-
                                                                                                                                                                                       er of services. Records are kept only
     The annual Colt Celebration, the        Tuesday primaries where ten states will split the delegate pie.
Troy High School Jazz Ensemble din-                                                                                                                                                    in hours. For every hour you give,
                                                                                                                                                                                       you’re entitled to receive an hour. No
ner/dance event, will be held Friday,
March 23, 2012. The talent of this           Take Time to Review Your Property Tax Assessment                                                                                          service is more valuable than another.
ensemble is exceptional. This year’s                                                                                                                                                   Statements of hours earned and used
                                             by CYNTHIA KMETT                                wrong – you only have two bedrooms            It’s important that your property is
theme in "Puttin' on the Ritz." This is a                                                                                                                                              come out monthly.
                                                   Despite our not-so-great economy, a       and the card say three, there’s no pool,      properly assessed, because if it’s wrong
sophisticated evening you will not                                                                                                                                                          “This is people helping each
                                             lot of Troy houses and condos changed           your basement isn’t finished – you prob-      this year it will be wrong for all future
want to miss. Our venue is the elegant                                                                                                                                                 other. It’s the way communities used
                                             hands in the past 24 months. It sur-            ably don’t have to go to the Board of
banquet hall at St. Nicholas Greek           prised many residents at how much               Review. You can walk up to the                                  See ASSESSMENT, page 2                       See TIMEBANK, page 4
Orthodox Church (on W. Wattles).             more valuable their home is this year           Assessor’s counter at City Hall and tell
Dinner presented by Opus One                 than it was last year, at least according       them the problem. They can make
Catering     –     a     top      quality    to their new assessment.                        changes for you. Be nice.
restaurant/caterer. Finally, there will be         Now the question is: Do I have a               (Oh, just because there’s an old pic-
a silent auction with a wide array of        legitimate reason to question my new            ture of your house, that’s not what
prizes. Mark your calendars now and          assessment?                                     they’re using for valuation. There’s a
join us in March for an evening to                 If you want to appeal your assess-        very sophisticated computer assessing
remember (Reservation and payment            ment, you have to appear before your            model used to calculate values.)
due March 16th). Follow the link for         city’s Board of Review, and be prepared              The appraisal card is on file at the
more information and the reservation         to present your case for a reduction in         Assessor’s Office at Troy City Hall, if you
form /assets/          value. Should they disagree with you,           want to compare it to the neighbor’s to
forms/2012_COLT_Celebration.pdf              you can appeal to the Michigan Tax              see if you’re being listed at a higher rate
                                             Tribunal by July 31, 2012.                      than you deserve. All sales figures are
                                                   State     Representative Marty            broken down by neighborhoods – it’s
              Inside                         Knollenberg offered answers to what it          not a citywide rate.
                                             takes to present your case at a seminar              Let’s get a few facts straight. Even
                   8                         last Saturday morning at the Troy
                                             Community Center.
                                                                                             though you may have a higher SEV
                                                                                             (State Equalized Value, which is equal to
           Police Report                           First, you want to take a look at         half your home’s market value), that is
                                             your property tax assessment notice.            not the rate at which you will be taxed.
                   9                         It’s clearly marked “Not a Tax Bill.” It will        Taxes are paid on the Taxable
                                             tell you how many rooms are in the              Value of property, and cannot automati-
       Health and Fitness
                                             house, is their a garage, is the basement       cally go up more than the rate of infla-
                                             finished, is there a pool, and were             tion (2.7 percent this year) or 5 percent,    THE “BACHELOR” Ben Flajnik, focus of the popular ABC show of the same
                  14                         improvements made. In Troy, you got             whichever is lower, per the 1994              name. Signed bottles of wine from his Envolve Winery in Napa Valley at Mon
             Classifieds                     this notice from the city. In some cities,      Headlee Amendment.                            Jin Lau. Shown above with his business partner Mike Benziger (left), Flajnik
                                             it comes from the county.                            “Escalating tax rates make it diffi-     was not enjoying his 15 minutes of fame as he was mobbed by, mostly,
                                                   If there are things obviously             cult to pay taxes,” Knollenberg agrees.       females. For those of you who care, Courtney was no where in sight.
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     “If dogs could talk, it would take a
lot of the fun out of owning one.“
                         —Andy Rooney
                                                                               “I don't have to look up my family
                                                                           tree, because I know that I'm the sap.”
                                                                                                     —Fred Allen
                                                                                                                                                          Property Tax Rates Can Be Appealed
                                                                                                                                                           From ASSESSMENT, page 1                                         ing permits.                                         pictures of your leaning garage and
                                                                                                                                                          years, too.”                                                          Did voters agree to a new millage?              cracked foundation to present. Did the
                                                                                                                                                               For the most part, the market has                           They did in Troy for the library. Several            price of your new home include furni-
                                                                                                                                                          stabilized,” noted Kelly Sweeney, CEO                            cities just passed police and fire millage           ture? Did they recently build a donut
                                                                                                                                                          Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker Weir                             increases.                                           shop or industrial building next door
                          Fresh Authentic Thai Food                                                                                                       Manuel Birmingham, and a former city                                  Some cities have even voted to                  that will affect your property value?
                                                                                                                                                          assessor and city treasurer for the City                         uncap the Headlee limitation.                             (Wait, if you live in Troy, the city
                        We offer: “Create your own stir-fry”                                                                                              of Birmingham.                                                        And, even though the market value               automatically gives you a 10 percent
           You choose: Meat & Veggies • Herbs & Spice • Nuts • Sauce • Sides                                                                                   Sweeney reminded those who may                              went down, it did not cross over the tax-            deduction on your assessed value. If it’s
                                                                                                                                                          have only recently bought property that                          able value.                                          new commercial construction, you can
         Buy One Entree                                                                                                                                   their property has become “uncapped,”                                 Still think your SEV and taxable                call and see if your property value has
                                                                              $2 Off Any Purchase                                                         which could result in a higher rate than                         value are too high? First, you must make             been adjusted. They can do it without
      Get 1/2 Off 2nd Entree                                                     of $10 or More
         of equal or lesser value                                                                                                                         their neighbors. That means the SEV                              a appointment with the Board of Review,              you appealing.)
                                                                                                                                                          and the Taxable Value for the new owner                          now. The Board begins meeting on                          Okay, it’s time to go to www.troy
    With coupon. Not valid with any other offer.                             With coupon. Not valid with any other offer.                                 are the same... at least in the first year.                      Tuesday, March 6, and you have until       , hit the “department” line, and
                 Expires 3-19-12                                                          Expires 3-19-12                                                 This is sometimes known as the “Pop-up                           4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 to file               then “assessing” and check out your
                                                                                                                                                          Effect.”                                                         for an appeal. Call the Assessing                    neighborhood.
                                                   Catering Available                                                                                          And, yes, Sweeney notes, it is pos-                         Department at 248-524-3311 to make an
  3045 Crooks Rd. (N of Big Beaver Rd) • Troy •                                                      248-458-0060                                         sible for your taxes to go up when prop-                         appointment.                                                             CITY OF TROY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PUBLIC HEARING
                  25170 Evergreen Rd. • Southfield• 248-948-8180                                                                                          erty values in the area go down.                                      You must be organized. Are other
                          Hours: Mon - Fri 11am - 9pm • Sat Noon - 9pm • Sunday Closed                                                                         Perhaps you made improvements                               homes just like yours, in your subdivi-              A Public Hearing will be held by and before the Historic
                                                                                                                                                          to your home; the city sees those build-                         sion, assessed at a lower value? Take                District Study Committee of the City of Troy at the Troy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles, Troy, Michigan on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., or as soon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Family Fish Fry and                                  thereafter as the agenda will permit, to consider an

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                application to De-list a Historic Property located at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4820 Livernois Road, Troy, Michigan according to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Art Fair at the Kilgour                              Chapter 13, Historic Preservation, of the City Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Scottish Centre!                                            The subject property is located on the east side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In observance of Lent, the Kilgour                    of Livernois, south of Long Lake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The subject property address is 4820 Livernois.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Scottish Centre located at 2360
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rochester Court in Troy will be serving              Comments can be expressed at the Public Hearing, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                written comments can be directed to the attention of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           up both beer battered and baked fish                 the Planning Department, City of Troy, 500 W. Big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dinners every Friday during the month                Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084, or by e-mail to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       no later than 3:00 p.m. on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of March from 5-7:30p.m. Every meal                  date of the meeting. If you have questions you may
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Children under 13 eat for only $3.99. A
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Large          Round, Square
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                                                                                                            March 5, 2012   n                        n   Page 3

Widowed Men &
Women Meet for Dinner                                                                                                                   Call fo
    Widowed of all ages are welcome                                                                                                            r
to attend a social hour at 5:00 pm and                                                                                               Curre
dinner at 6:00 on Friday, March 9th at
the American Polish Cultural Center,
2975 E. Maple Rd. on the NW corner of
15 Mile and Dequindre in Troy. Enter
from Dequindre. A "Lenten" Family
Style dinner will include baked cod,
pasta, cheese/kraut pierogies and
more, plus coffee or tea. Cost is
$14.00 exact cash at the door.
                                                We are Your Rare Coin Specialists
Includes tax and tip. Bar drinks and
desserts extra. Sponsored by
                                                    Buying and Selling Gold, Silver & Jewelry
Widowed Friends, a peer group in the
AOD. Stay to play cards, games and                                  Men’s Watches:                     Strong Buyers of Specialty Jewelry
just talk until 9:00 pm. MUST RSVP by                               •   Rolex
March 6th to Sally 586-575-9535 or                                                                                              • Railroad Pocket
Mary Ann 586-939-5270.
                                                                    •   Breitling                                                 Watches
                                                                    •   Cartier
Troy Newcomers Plan                                                                                                             • Complicated
                                                                    •   Franck Muller                                             Watches
March Events                                                        •   Omega
    You’re invited to the Troy                                                                                                  • Gold and
Newcomers (women’s social club)                                     •   Patek Phillippe                                           Platinum Jewelry
exciting March events:                                              •   Tag Heuer
    Friday, March 9, 9:15 a.m. MAH                                                                                              • Older
JONGG at Jane’s home. A mind-bog-                                   •   Universal Geneve                                          CutDiamonds
gling, ancient Chinese game.                                        •   Jaeger-Le Coultre

                                                                         : Sterling of all kinds
                                              Ornate serving pieces • Hollowware • Russian & European Silver
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Is Your Dog Overweight?
    Diabetes in pets is on the rise. The dis-                           urination, increased thirst, sudden blind-
                                                                                                                                           TimeBank is an Idea Who’s Time has Come
ease generally is linked to obesity in pets                             ness and lethargy. Dogs more often get                             From TIMEBANK, page 1
and can require lifelong treatment.                                     type 1 diabetes, in which they produce lit-                        to be,” Cyrulewski observed. It’s how
Symptoms for animals include excessive                                  tle or no insulin.                              neighbors used to build a garage or
                                                                                                                                           remodel a basement or cater a party.
                                                                                                                                               What skills might you offer?
      GRAND OPENING                                                                                                                        There are tons of ways to help others.
                                                                                                                                           Can you drive someone to the doctor,
                                                                                                                                           rake leaves, take care of their pet,
                                                                                                                                           bake cupcakes for a party, teach some-
                                                                      The Sweet Spot                                                       one to dance, or just visit and check
                                                                       Candy Shoppe                                                        on someone’s senior parent during the
                                                                                                                                           day? See, we knew you had talent you
                                                                      March 5th – March 10th                                               can offer. Personally, I’d like to shop
                                                                                                                                           for personal favorite activity.
                                                                                                                                               TimeBanks originated in Europe,
    Come see us during our Grand Opening                                                                                                   where over a hundred are in operation
    for FREE product samples and enter                                                                                                     today. The TimeBank concept started
                                                                                                                                           in the US in 1987. Today, they have
    for a chance to win the Grand Prize…                                                                                                   spread to 32 countries including 14 in
                                                                                                                                           Michigan, with more than a dozen
       A Candy Jar filled with the                                                                                                         more exploring formation.
       classics like Hershey’s and                                                                                                             Of course, if you’re going to offer
                                                                                                                                           services, you better have people who
      Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!                                                                                                         can deliver those services, Cyrulewski
          Can’t wait to see you!                                                                                                           notes.                                     BUILDING A TIMEBANK of talent among local volunteers is a goal of
                                                                                                                                               So Leadership Troy is in the           Leadership Troy. Jim Cyrulewski visited the last Kiwanis Club meeting to
       Ask us about our Gift                                                                                                               process of setting up a Steering           explain the idea. He was greeted by the club’s vice president, District Judge
                                                                                                                                           Committee to oversee the TimeBank.         Kirsten Hartig.
       & Rewards Program!!!                                                                                                                Those with good organizational skills
                                                                                                                                           are asked to step up to the plate.         whole TimeBank tracking system is          Long Lake and Rochester Roads.
                                                                                                                                                                                      done by computer. And, of course           There’s even room at the Foundation
   Candy Buffets                      Corporate Gifts                     Party Favors                    Nostalgic Candy                  Everyone organization needs by-laws,
                                                                                                                                                                                      they need an office and phones. No         for a Steering Committee to meet.
                                                                                                                                           you know.
      4880 Rochester Road. Troy. MI 48085 Ph: 248.250.6100                                                                                     Leadership Troy is in a better         problem; Leadership Troy already has           If you’d be interested in helping
                   Monday thru Friday 11 am-7 pm and Saturday 10 am-7 pm                                                                   position than many to get this pro-        those facilities through its ties to the   get this worthwhile project off to a
                                                                                                     gram off the ground running. The           North      Woodward        Community       solid start, call Jim Cyrulewski at 248-
                                                                                                                                                                                      Foundation, right at the corner of         740-7600.


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Troy High Boosters
Club Presents Colts
Comedy Night
     Join us on Wednesday, March 21, at
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal
Oak for an evening of laughs with a little
                                                                            Specific Chiropractic
fundraising thrown in.
     Our Comedian will be Mike Bonner.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show
begins at 8p.m., ending at approx. 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                          Eases Pain for Woman, 72
                                                                oan is 72 years old and for                                                                                     parts of the body by way of elec-
     There will be complimentary Pizza
and other snacks will be served with a
cash bar Cost is $35.00 for General
                                                             J  most of her life she has suffered
                                                             from severe back pain. The pain
                                                                                                        Dr. Brian Scolari                                                       trical and chemical impulses that
                                                                                                                                                                                travel along the nervous system.
Admission Seating and $50.00 for VIP
Reserved Seating.
     Visit the Boosters website: troyhigh-
                                                             started when she was in elemen-
                                                             tary school and got worse over
                                                                                                        operates the Torque                                                                “All the nerves in the
                                                                                                                                                                                body run to the brain and go and click on the fundraiser
tab to reserve your spot now!
                                                             the years.
                                                                     For the past 30 years, she
                                                                                                        Specific Adjusting                                                      through the top two bones,”
                                                                                                                                                                                Scolari explained. “When they are
Future Star Soccer
Grades K-3
                                                             received treatment from a tradi-
                                                             tional chiropractor with minor
                                                                                                        Instrument, which                                                       out of alignment the whole body
                                                                                                                                                                                will compensate and become mis-
    The Sunday indoor soccer games for
kindergarten and 1st graders have been
expanded to now include supervised
                                                             results. In recent years, the results
                                                             just stopped.
                                                                                                        is used for the                                                         aligned.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           By keeping the top two
games for 2nd and 3rd graders. The sec-
ond six-week winter session runs
                                                                     Joan’s neck, back and leg
                                                             pain returned in full force and she
                                                                                                        Upper Cervical                                                          vertebrae in alignment, the spinal
                                                                                                                                                                                column remains straight and bal-
February 26 - April 1. Fee is $98, Res. Disc.
$88, at the Troy Community Center Gym.
Register online at
                                                             was advised to get a hip replace-
                                                                                                        Specific Chiropractic                                                   anced as long as the weight of the
                                                                                                                                                                                head is centered.
Spring Break AquaCamp
                                                                     “I could hardly walk,” she
                                                             explained. “I was seeing a chiro-
                                                                                                        Care treatment.                                                                    There are many condi-
                                                                                                                                                                                tions that have responded to
    Looking for something to do on                           practor for 30 years and it wasn’t                                                                                 Upper Cervical Care including
school break? Spring Break AquaCamp is                       working anymore. It started to                                                                                     headaches, neck pain, lower back
for ages 6-13 and includes teen/game
room time, gym and moonwalk, pizza                           get worse.”                                                                                                        pain, knee pain, leg pain, hip pain,
party, t shirt and plenty of pool time.                              Her massage therapist                                                                                      ADD and ADHD, depression,
April 2-6, $135 registration before 3/29                     recommended Upper Cervical Care                                                                                    reflux, arthritis, numbness, carpel
(add $15 after) 9-4 (before and after care
available at additional fee). Troy
                                                             provided by Dr. Brian Scolari of                                                                                   tunnel, scoliosis, TMJ and many
Community Center, register at www.troy-                      Specific Chiropractic in Shelby Twp.                                                                               more.                                    It was an unknown form of treat-                                                                                              “It is a gentle proce-
                                                             ment for Joan but she gave it a try.                                                                               dure,” Scolari said. “There’s no
                 CITY OF TROY
                                                                     “I didn’t know anything                                                                                    twisting, popping, or cracking.
           NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING                          about it,” she said, “but all I knew                                                                               Regardless of where the pain is,
                                                             was I had to do something differ-                                                                                  the correction starts in the upper
A Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of
Appeals of the City of Troy at City Hall in the Council      ent.”                                                                                                              neck.”
Chamber, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan, on
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the                 And she’s glad she did. She                                                                                           The Upper Cervical
       A variance in order to expand the existing non-       began her treatment in late March                                                                                  Spinal Correction is individually
       conforming use.
                                                             and after three visits, Dr. Scolari                                                                                crafted for each patient and
                          6530-6550-6566       Coolidge      made a big difference in Joan’s life.                                                                              designed to reposition the head
                                                                     “The pain was gone,” Joan                                                                                  over the center of the neck in
                                                             said.“I’ve been walking really well. I                                                                             order to remove brain stem com-
       Maeders West Garden Center LLC; GPRZ                  walk straight and have no pain.                                                                                    pression and restore body balance.
       Real Estate LLC
                                                                     “I can’t believe I got rid of                                                                               This correction allows the body
The application on file can be viewed and/or copies
                                                             so much pain so fast. I’d recommend                                                                                to resume unrestricted flow of
can be purchased at the Planning Department, City of         Dr. Scolari to anyone.”                                                                                            brain messages to the affected part
Troy, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084.
                                                                     The procedure was painless                                                                                 of the body and begin the natural
Comments can be expressed at the Public Hearing, or
written comments can be directed to the attention of         and was done without touching her                                                                                  self-healing process.
the Planning Department, City of Troy, 500 W. Big
Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084, or by e-mail to
                                                             back.                                                                                                                         Precise x-rays are taken no later than 3:00 p.m. on the
date of the meeting. If you have questions you may
                                                                     What is Upper Cervical Care?                                         to help develop a formula for correction.
contact the Planning Department by e-mail or by phone                “It’s a different technique,” said Dr. Brian Scolari. “It’s a rare           The treatment can be done by hand or with the Torque Specific
at (248) 524-3364.
                                                             treatment not many chiropractors are using.”                                 Adjusting Instrument.
Notices and information for public hearings will also be             Upper Cervical Care focuses on the top two bones in the neck.                How is brain stem compression and body imbalance deter-
posted       on     the      City       website       at .                      If out of alignment they can cause brain stem compression, which dis-        mined? There are several signs: head tilt, restricted neck movement,
                                                             rupts the vital communication between your brain and all other parts         low shoulder, abnormal spinal curvature, pelvic distortion, bilateral
                                                             of your body.”                                                               body weight differences, raised hip, short leg and nerve heat graph.
                          M. Aileen Bittner, CMC
                          City Clerk                                 Brain messages govern the thousands of functions that keep a                 There is a web site dedicated to Upper Cervical Care —
                                                             body healthy. When the bones are not aligned properly the healing  
NOTICE: Persons with disabilities needing accommo-
dations for effective participation in this meeting should
                                                             messages do not get from the brain to the ailing part of the body in an              Specific Chiropractic is located at 54989 Shelby Road. For more
contact the City Clerk by e-mail at or
by calling (248) 524-3317 at least two working days in
                                                             efficient manner. The brain contains 100 billion active neurons that         information about Upper Cervical Care or to make an appointment with
advance of the meeting. An attempt will be made to           store information and transmits that information to other cells and all      Dr. Brian Scolari, call (248) 656-7194.
make reasonable accommodations.
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Troy Old Navy Partners With Make-A-Wish
    In partnership with the Make-A-      two upcoming Saturdays to answer
Wish Foundation, the Old Navy in Troy    questions and personally accept con-
at Midtown Square invites the commu-     tributions.
nity to help make a lasting impact on        Make-A-Wish Foundation volun-
children. The store will be collecting   teers on-site Saturday, March 3 from
cash donations on behalf of Make-A-      11 a.m. – 4 p.m Old Navy is on
Wish through March 3rd, with Make-       Coolidge at Maple.
A-Wish Foundation volunteers on-site

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                                                                                                                                            and individual development. To see if
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                                                                                                                                            attend one of their monthly meeting
                                                                                                                                            normally held at the Troy Community
                                                                                                                                            Center, 3179 Livernois, just north of
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                                                                                                                                                March 5, 2012      n                               n   Page 7

“The Lorax” an Animated Dr. Seuss Tale, Will Appeal to Kids
                                               the title, the Lorax isn’t so much the star
                                               as a Yoda-like character.
                                                    Ted learns that despite the Lorax’s
MOVIE REVIEW                                   repeated warnings, the Once-ler devas-
                                               tated this paradise by cutting down the
                                               trees to transform their tufts into versa-
                    by                         tile garments called thneeds – “a thing
                    CAROL AZIZIAN              that everyone needs”. A jaunty number
                                               sung by the Once-ler about corporate
                                               greed with lines about “building the
                                               economy” and “survival of the fittest”
                                               takes a jab at Wall Street swindlers.
                                                    “The Lorax” tends to be a bit
                         In “The Lorax,”       preachy at times, but there’s still
director Chris Renaud (“Despicable             enough silliness in the film to keep it
Me”) creates an overblown, 3-D musical         from sinking into an animated sermon.
version of Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale               Rating
about the environment – adding a
romantic interest, another greedy indus-
trialist who acts like Big Brother and a
synthetic town with twinkling trees.                                                          THE ONCE-LER (ED HELMS) AND THE LORAX (DANNY DEVITO) are surrounded by Bar-ba-loots in Truffula Valley in
     Though the original story has been                                                       "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax", a 3D-CG adventure from the creators of "Despicable Me" and the imagination of Dr. Seuss.
layered with additional plot twists, set-

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tings and characters, young viewers will
still enjoy the animated film’s pastel
palette, Seuss’ whimsical characters
and the film's silly action sequences.
Those who saw “Wall-E” won’t be sur-                           Featured on
prised by its message.
     The film opens the same way as the
                                                          Dining in the D
1971 storybook, with a 12-year-old boy                  the August 31, 2011
named Ted (Zac Efron) embarking on a                     Episode. See it at:
quest to find a real Truffula tree. But      
unlike the book, the cinematic journey
is inspired by Ted’s crush on a girl
named Audrey (Taylor Swift) who wants
to restore living plants to Thneedville,
the plastic town where fake trees light
up and kids glow from pollution. Efron
and Swift are perfectly cast for their
     Comic relief comes in the form of
Ted’s wise and clever grandmother
(Betty White) who guides her grandson
to search for the secret of the lost para-
dise. She tells him to take 15 cents, a nail
and the shell of a great, great, great-
grandfather snail to gain an audience
with a hermit called the Once-ler (Ed
Helms of “The Office”). But to find the
Once-ler, Ted must leave the town of
Thneedville and travel through a dan-                                                     Spider Roll
gerous path lined with surveillance cam-                                                                                                                                 Kuoy Tiew Pad Kee Mow
     This is where the simple story
becomes cluttered with a second villain
(in addition to the Once-ler whose back-
ground is about to be revealed). The                                                                                         Gaeng Pak
new bad guy is O’Hare (Rob Riggle from
“The Hangover”), a stubby industrialist
with a boyish haircut who sells cans of
fresh air to the polluted wasteland left
behind by the Once-ler. He assigns his
goons to follow and sabotage Ted’s                                                             Pad Thai
efforts to learn the truth about                                                                                                                           “Oh MY GOD”
Thneedville. Whenever O’Hare is on
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Troy Resident to “Come On Down”                                                                Watch Your Stuff if You Want to Keep it
    That’s right! Troy, resident Alicia        show at 11 a.m. on WWJ (CBS Channel
Campise will be a contestant on THE            62 – which is Channel 9 on my TV).                                                               n Only in America. Troy Officers                  ver’s license and car keys were stolen
PRICE IS RIGHT and we’d like you to                 If any readers would like to “COME                                                     responded to an incident in which a                    from an unsecured locker in the men’s
share the news so that everyone out            ON DOWN” to watch a taping of the               POLICE                                      process server states that the resident                locker room at a local fitness center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       n This is a clue someone is mad
there can tune in and cheer on your            show and try their luck at being chosen                                                     he was trying to serve pointed a handgun
local soon-to-be TV star. We can’t tell
you whether your newly-minted home-
                                               as a contestant, tickets are FREE.
                                               Contestant hopefuls can get complete
                                                                                               PATROL                                      at him. The resident denied pointing the
                                                                                                                                           handgun at the process server but did
                                                                                                                                                                                                  at you. A Fernleigh resident reports that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the right rear tire of her Honda Element
town “celebrity” will take home the            information and obtain their show tick-                                                     admit to showing the handgun to the                    was slashed and the lug nuts on both
Showcase, but nobody leaves THE                ets online at                                                    process server and telling him to run.                 rear tires were loosened. There are no
PRICE IS RIGHT without a great prize           ets. In addition, viewers can call the CBS                           by                          n Is there a glitch in this story? A              suspects.
                                                                                                                    CYNTHIA KMETT
and a really fun chat with host Drew           Ticket Office at 1-855-447-7423 Monday-                                                     Kirts resident reports that someone                         n The bigger the theft, the more
Carey. You can tune in and watch the           Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST.                                               n I bet police     stole 5 iPhones that he had purchased                  serious the charge. The Troy Police
                                                                                                                   now know this           and had delivered to his home. The                     Detective Bureau is seeking a warrant
                                                                                                                                           delivery company reports that the                      for “Retail Fraud I” for a 63-year-old

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                                                                                                                   address. A Hazel
                                                                                                                   Park resident reports   phones were personally handed to                       Pontiac woman. The woman was
                                                                                               that someone used her identity to fraud-    someone; however, a signature was not                  observed removing a $1435 “Stella
                                                                                               ulently purchase two cell phones that       obtained.                                              McCartney” handbag from a man-
                                                                                               were delivered to an address in Troy.            n Perhaps outside storage is not                  nequin, concealing the handbag under
  Our Certified horologists specialize in:                                                                                                 a good idea. Business representative                   a scarf and exiting the mall without
                                                                                               Wonder if the Hazel Park resident knows
    • On-site watch & clock repairs                                                            them, too? Here’s another address           from and Austin firm states that more                  paying for the item.
                                                                                               they’ll be heading to. A Detroit resident   than $15,000 in copper cables and light-                    n Maybe the original thief liked
    • Batteries while U wait                                                                                                               ing fixtures have been stolen from the                 this car. A Crooks resident reports that
                                                                                               reports that someone fraudulently used
    • Pressure testing of all dive watches                                                     her identity to open an AT&T account        business.                                              he left his Honda Civic parked in the lot
                                                                                               and had cell phones delivered to an              n Yes, indeed, this is how we lose                of his apartment complex while he
                                                                                               address in Troy.                            our stuff. Complainant reports she                     went to a club. When he returned home
              We even make house calls!                                                             n Some folks just don’t think. A       placed her iPhone on the counter while                 he discovered that his car had been
                                                                                               Troy Police Sergeant observed a man exit    looking at jewelry at a mall store.                    moved and was now parked in the mid-
                                                                                               a store on Crooks and walk to the north-    Afterward she left the mall, accidentally              dle of the apartment complex drive-
                                                                                               east corner of the building where the man   leaving her iPhone on the counter.                     way. A window on the vehicle had been
                                                                                               began urinating. Another customer was       When she realized her mistake, she                     pried open and the steering column
                                                                                               approximately 15 feet away from the man     returned to the store where she learned                was broken. The resident reports that
                                                                                               at the time. The Sergeant placed the man    that the cell phone had been turned                    this same vehicle was stolen in July of
       “THE STORE THAT OTHER STORES RECOMMEND”                                                 under arrest for “Urinating in Public.”     over to another woman who had                          2011 and had recently been recovered
                                                                                               When the 33-year-old Detroit resident       claimed the phone was hers. Do you                     in Detroit.
   1940 E. MAPLE (15 MILE) • WEST OF JOHN R • TROY                                                                                         really need your phone out while shop-                      n       This is what makes your
                                                                                               was searched, marijuana was found in his
                           248.585.2777                                                        pocket and he was charged with              ping?
                                                                                                                                                n       This really is suspicious. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                  heart stop. Complainant reports that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  he received an American Express
                                                      “Possession of Marijuana.”
                                                                                                                                           Derby resident states they contacted                   credit card in the mail. The card had
                                                                                                                                           the US Postal Service after they stopped               the complainant’s name on it however
                                                                                                                                           receiving mail. They learned that some-                the photo on the back of the card was
                            Don’t pay more than necessary.                                                                                 one had made an online address change                  of someone that the complainant does
                                                                                                                                           and had their mail rerouted to an                      not know. American Express reports
   new.                                                                                                                                    address in Hazel Park. Hazel Park Police               that $4000 has already been charged
                                                                                                                                           were contacted and responded to the                    to the account.
   used.                                                                                                                                   address where they found mail                               Note: If you have any information
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                                                          HEALTH & FITNESS
                                                                                                              Just Keep on Exercising!
                                                                                                                   Physical activity helps prolong         intensity running or cycling), a 9 percent
                                                                                                              lives, and the benefit increases with        reduction for each hour.
                                                                                                              longer and more vigorous exercise, sug-           Whatever activity you pursue, don't
                                                                                                              gests and analysis of 80 studies with        overdo it. The most common cause of
                                                                                                              more than 1.3 million participants,          injury is exercising too aggressively—
                                                                                                              recently in the International Journal of     the "too much, too soon" syndrome. Use
                                                                                                              Epidemiology.                                the "10%" rule: In general, don't increase
                                                                                                                   Each weekly hour of light activity      your training load,the length or frequen-
                                                                                                              (such as walking or gardening) was           cy of workouts, the intensity, or the dis-
                                                                                                              associated with a 4 percent reduction in     tance by more than 10% a week.
                                                                                                              mortality rates. For moderate exercise            In effect, every 1,000 calories
                                                                                                              (such as golf or swimming), the reduc-       burned in exercise per week lowered
                                                                                                              tion was 6 percent per weekly hour; for      mortality rates by 11 percent.
                                                                                                              strenuous activities and sports (high-            --Berkeley Wellness Letter

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Women’s Heart Month in February
FEBRUARY WAS NATIONAL "Go Red for Women" month. Beaumont Hospital,
Troy employees showed their support by wearing red and dressing man-                                                                                    Where the focus is on
nequins in red to increase awareness of women and heart disease.
It’s Healthy Living Month
    In celebration of National Nutrition         Learn how to create healthy, home-
                                                                                       Our Certified Nurse Midwives Offer:
Month, The Community House is offer-        made after school/sports snacks and
ing hands-on healthy cooking classes        desserts that taste great and are good     • Personalized birth plans
for kids:                                   for you. Try some new fruits and veg-
    Kids in the Kitchen, Healthy and        etables you've heard about but never       • High level of compassionate care
Delicious Snacks (ages 8-12)                dared to try and learn how to use them
     Tired of the same old snacks? Still    in your favorite recipes. You will leave   • Low level of medical intervention
resorting to store-bought treats? No        this interactive hands-on class with
time to be creative? What does              healthy, delicious snack ideas you and     • Strong physician partnership
"healthy"really mean? We all know kids      your friends will love. Samples and
are more likely to try a new healthy        recipes provided. Thursday 3/22 7-8:30        Your Childbirth, Your Family,
snack when they help to create it. So,      p.m.
bring your children to this hands-on             The classes will be taught by                     Your Way!
adventure in the kitchen. We will stir up   Lorraine Stefano, A.C.S.W., a Troy resi-
a super healthy trail mix, create deli-     dent and Founder and Director of I                                                               Make an appointment today
cious and nutritious snacks for after       Choose Health®, a Michigan based             Our Nurse Midwives Deliver at                         to meet our midwives:
school and sports, discover ways to         wellness prgram. The Community
add fruits and vegetables to any            House is located at 380 S. Bates,              Troy Beaumont Hospital
favorite recipe. Taste some new fruits      Birmingham . The fee for each class is      Rochester Hills/Wellpointe Bldg.                                Kathy Figurski, CNM
and vegetables you've heard about but       $21.00. For more information or to reg-
never dared to try. Parents are wel-        ister, 248-644-5832 or
                                                                                        1701 South Blvd. East, Suite 200                                Tanya Vaughn, CNM
come to attend and participate.
Thursday 3/8 7:00-8:30 p.m.
                                   or contact Lorraine Stefano
                                            at 248-828-7333 or
                                                                                          248-997-5805                                                  Louanne Case, CNM
                                                                                                                                                        Danette Lee, CNM
    Teens in the Kitchen (ages 13 & up)                                      
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    “In order to change we must be              “He who takes medicine and neg-                  “If I'd known I was going to live so
sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
                   — Author Unknown
                                            lects to diet wastes the skill of his doc-
                                            tors.”              — Chinese Proverb
                                                                                             long, I'd have taken better care of
                                                                                             myself.”                — Leon Eldred
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       have a sedative effect on the nerves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            It generally contributes to a person’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                       well-being and aids in healing. It is bene-
                                                                                                                         Consultation             masseuse in her native China. She is the             ficial in certain forms of arthritis and can
                                                                                                                                                  equivalent of an educated medical pro-               help get a return to function from bruis-
                                                                                            Includes 2 FREE bitewing x-rays,                      fessional and worked in a hospital.                  es, sprains or strains.
                                                                                                 oral cancer screening &                               “I went to college and specialized in                At Great Hands Massage the staff is
                                                                                                 periodontal (gum) exam                           shoulder and neck massage therapy,”                  knowledgeable in all aspects of massage
                                       755 W. Big Beaver Rd.                                 Not valid with any other offer. New patients only.   says Li, who has been in the profession              including; Swedish, Deep Tissue,
                                            Suite 415                                             Good for each member in your family.
                                                                                                                                                  for 11 years.                                        Myfascial, Reflexology, Sports Massage,
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                                           (248) 362-1100                                        We Now Offer                                     pathology and has a physician’s under-                    “I wanted to do something to help
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                                                                                                         Botox                                    AT GREAT HANDS MASSAGE Li (above) specializes in the traditional Chinese
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 Before                                                               Before                           Treatment                                  standing of the body. She specializes in people,” Li explains. “Lots of times I can
                                                                                                      on One Area                                 Traditional Chinese Massage by using do good in just one week.”
                                                                                                                                                  acupressure as a factor of her therapy.        That fact is attested to by her clients,
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                                                                                                       of $500 or More                                 Li has been in the United States both in China and the U.S., who continual-
 After                     Before               After                 After                                                                       since 2009, when she joined her sister ly comment on her great hands and how
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            Brows                           Cheeks                             Lips                                                               who already lived here and would intro- wonderful they feel after Li has given them
                                                                                                                                                  duce her to her future husband.           a massage. Thus she chose to name her
                                                                                                                                                       She says she learned English by business “Great Hands Massage”
                                                                                                                                                  reading kids books and a children’s Bible       “It makes me happy to help people.
                                                                                                                                                  for the first six months she was here.    We have a different philosophy in Eastern
                                                                                                                                                       “I had to learn English,” she com- medicine. Sometimes I cannot speak it, but
                                                                                                                                                  ments, only referring to her computer/ my hands can help people,” says Li.
                                                                                                                                                  dictionary occasionally, “my husband           Massage does not just have to be
                                                                                                                                                  does not speak Chinese!” She now has about therapy. If you are lucky enough to
                                                                                                                                                  become proficient in reading newspa- be pain-free; an expert massage can be a
                                                                                                                                                  pers and other publications.              refreshing source of relaxation.
                                                                                                                                                       Though Eastern medical practition-        Great Hands Massage is located in
                                                                                                                                                  ers have long touted the therapeutic the Troy Point Plaza at 3297 Rochester
                                                                                                                                                  advantages of massage, the benefits are Rd., just N. of Big Beaver. For informa-
                                         Michigan Institute of Urology is the most comprehensive                                                  not lost in Western medicine.             tion, or an appt. call 248.403.6133. In
                                         private-practice urology group in Michigan. MIU has over                                                      Massage is said to increase metabo- Farmington Hills, call 248.477.5977
                                         60 doctors and nurse practitioners, affiliation with 17 area
                                         hospitals, and 20 conveniently located offices.                                                                                                                                                     M
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                                                                                           “The... patient should be made to           “I reckon being ill as one of the         “Health is a state of complete
Drive Safely as We Age                                                                 understand that he or she must take
                                                                                       charge of his own life. Don't take your
                                                                                                                                 great pleasures of life, provided one is
                                                                                                                                 not too ill and is not obliged to work
                                                                                                                                                                             physical, mental and social well-being,
                                                                                                                                                                             and not merely the absence of disease
                                           address the effects of aging on drivers     body to the doctor as if he were a        till one is better.”   — Samuel Butler      or infirmity.”
                                           and keep them up to date on traffic         repair shop.” —Quentin Regestein                                                               — World Health Organization
ASK GRACEFUL                               laws and auto technology.
                                                Make sure she stays healthy.
AGING                                      Regular exercise, good nutrition and
                                           visits to the eye and medical doctor                                                                                    Brace Yourself For
                                           will ensure that there are no physical
                                           limits to keep her from driving. Check
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has always been very independent           transportation to her activities and                                                                                      • We take pride in giving back
and still drives herself wherever          appointments will give her peace of                                                                                         to our communities
she needs to go. What can she do to
strengthen her driving skills and
                                           mind to more accurately assess her
                                           own driving abilities.
                                                                                             G. Michael Kabot, DDS, MS
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oped by the American Occupational
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                                           To Eat Green Veggies
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                                                                                                                        Ophthalmology, P.C.
                                           those who ate the least.
     What about having your mom take           Possible reason: Leafy greens have                                     ANNA LUISA DI LORENZO, M.D.
                                           magnesium, an antioxidant involved
a “refresher course” in driving? Many
insurance providers even offer a dis-      with glucose metabolism. And the                                              SUE LIM, M.D.        2012
count to seniors who participate in a      alpha-linoleic acid in leafy greens helps
                                           increase insulin sensitivity.                              We are accepting new patients.
mature driver class. These classes
                                               —British Medical Journal                         Call our office to schedule an appointment.
                                                                                            • Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology
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Beaumont First to Perform Robotic Surgery                                                 When Should Kids See the Dentist?                                                           Beaumont Offers Yoga
     Button Gallbladder Surgery Is New            Unlike traditional robotic surger-                                                                                                  for Pregnant Women
Type of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy         ies that require three to four small inci-                                                may create a need for orthodontics                  Pregnant women can reap the
     A surgical team at Beaumont             sions used as access ports for the                                                        (braces) or make the treatment with            health benefits of yoga – decreased
                                                                                                                                       braces more complicated.                       back pain and swelling, increased
Hospital, Troy performed Michigan’s
first single-incision, robotic-assisted
                                             robotic arms, the new technology
                                             allows for a single incision at the belly
                                                                                          DENTALLY SPEAKING                                 3) What are sealants?                     strength, less fatigue and a calm,
gallbladder removal surgery (laparo-         button where instruments are placed                                                            When your child's permanent first         focused mind – in classes offered just
scopic        cholecystectomy)         on    and the diseased organ is removed.                                                        molars erupt (around age 6) sealants           for them by Beaumont Health System.
                                                                                                            by                         can help prevent cavities from forming              Each session includes warm-up
Wednesday, Feb. 22.                               Most people who require gallblad-
                                                                                                            DR. MICHAEL YOUNG          on the biting surfaces of those teeth. A
     Led by Bruce McIntosh, M.D., chief      der removal are candidates for the                                                                                                       exercises, breath regulation, stretch-
                                                                                                            DDS                        sealant is a resin placed in the grooves
of General Surgery, Beaumont, Troy, the      robotic,     single-incision     surgery.                                                                                                ing, meditation and relaxation. This
team removed the gallbladders of three       According to the American College of                                                      on the biting surfaces of back teeth,          class is recommended for women at
                                                                                                            FOREVER YOUNG
local patients through robotic surgeries     Surgeons, surgery is the recommended                           DENTISTRY
                                                                                                                                       which acts as a barrier to food and bac-       any stage of pregnancy.
through a belly button incision of less      treatment for gallbladder pain from gall-                                                 teria that could cause a cavity in the              Classes    are     now     offered
than one inch. The Food and Drug             stones and non-functioning gallblad-                                                      hard to clean grooves.                         Saturdays, March 17 - April 21, 10 -
Administration approved the new pro-         ders.                                                                Parents     often         Your child's teeth are important for      10:50 a.m. at Sola Life & Fitness, 1555
cedure in Dec. 2011 for the Intuitive da          About 1.2 million gallbladder           have many questions as their young           chewing, speaking, and smiling. They           E. South Blvd., Rochester Hills, inside
Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.              removal surgeries are performed in the       children begin seeing a dentist regular-     are there for a reason: for a healthy          the Beaumont Health and Wellness
     Dr. McIntosh is one of 16 surgeons      U.S. each year, including about 12,000       ly for care. Here are the top three ques-    mouth and body until their replace-            Center. This six-week series of classes
in the country who has received special      performed in metro Detroit. It’s estimat-    tions (and answers) most frequently          ment adult teeth are ready. No child           is $70. A physician’s approval is
training to perform the surgery.             ed that 80 percent of elective gallblad-     asked:                                       should suffer from unnecessary tooth           required.
     Benefits of the new surgery can         der removal surgeries could be done               1) When should I bring my child in      pain.                                               Register online at https://class-
include minimal scarring, less pain, less    using the single-port, robotic-assisted      for a "cleaning"?                                 Dr. Michael Young is a general   or call Beaumont’s
bleeding, faster recovery and a shorter      approach.                                         All children should have a "well"       Dentist who lives in Troy with his             Referral & Scheduling Center toll-free
hospital stay, enhancing quality and              Beaumont offers various types of        exam when their first tooth erupts (usu-     wife and children. Forever Young               at 1-800-633-7377 for more information
safety and improving patient satisfac-       robotic-assisted surgeries at its three      ally around 6 months), or no later than      Dentistry is located at 39242                  or to register.
                                                                                          one year of age. At that time, the den-      Dequindre Rd., Suite 106 in Sterling
tion. The surgery can be performed in
less than one hour with a typical hospi-
                                             hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak
                                             and Troy. In addition to gallbladder         tist will check for cavities and other       Heights, and can be reached at (586)           Kids are Costly
                                                                                          problems, discuss homecare and               795-5678 or by visiting www.forevery-              A child born in 2010 will cost
tal stay of two hours.                       removal, Beaumont surgeons perform                                                                                                       about $226,902 over the next 17 years
     During the procedure, the surgeon       robotic-assisted surgery in urology,         diet. Most children are ready for a
                                                                                          "cleaning" by the age of 3.                                                                 (excluding college). The biggest cost
sits at a console viewing 3-D, high-defin-   gynecology, cardiology, general surgery,                                                                                                 increases included child care, health
                                                                                               2) Should "baby teeth" with cavi-
ition images while using controls below      otolaryngology        and      oncology.
                                                                                          ties be repaired since they're not per-      Friends of Troy Seniors                        care and transportation.
the display to move robotic arms with        Beaumont also offers a wide range of                                                                                                         --U.S. Department of Agriculture
attached surgical instruments. The sys-      non-robotic, minimally invasive laparo-      manent?                                      Offer Presentations
tem translates the surgeon’s hand,           scopic surgeries.                                 The answer depends upon how                  Friends of Troy Seniors sponsor pro-      Home Work
wrist and finger movements into pre-              For information on robotic and          soon the tooth in question will be           grams that enrich senior living. The               Eighty-six percent of employees
cise, real-time movements of surgical        other minimally invasive surgeries at        lost. If the adult tooth will replace it     Friends of Troy Seniors and Oakmont            say they work more productively at
instruments inside the patient.              Beaumont, call 800-633-7377.                 soon and the cavity is small then it may     Senior Communities will host Oakmont           home than in the office. And 40 per-
                                                                                          be worth the risk to wait. However, if it    Presents, a series of informative presen-      cent would be willing to take a pay cut
                                                                                          will be sometime before the adult tooth      tations at the Troy Community Center,          to be able to work from home.
                                                                                          erupts then the cavity should be             3179 Livernois. Continental breakfast will
                                                                                          filled. A cavity left untreated will         be provided, courtesy of Oakmont Senior
                                                                                          progress to the point where the nerve        Communities. To register: 248.526.2608
                                                                                          of the tooth dies and/or the tooth is not    The Zoo, Then & Now                                             CITY OF TROY
                                                                                          fixable. If the nerve dies, an abscess (or        Wednesday, March 28 from 9-10a.m.,                   NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
                                                                                          infection) may result that will likely       Room 303.                                      A Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of
                                                                                          cause pain and swelling, requiring                Enjoy a visual history of the zoo, then   Appeals of the City of Troy at City Hall in the Council
                                                                                                                                                                                      Chamber, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan, on
                                                                                          extraction of the tooth. Removal of a        and now. There are many newly acquired         Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the
                                                                                          "baby tooth" prematurely may cause           animals and old favorites in new settings.     following:
                                                                                          crowding and shifting of the teeth, and      The Detroit Zoological Society, a non-prof-           A variance to place/construct the following
                                                                                                                                                                                             improvements in the front yard: a trash contain-
                                                                                          can cause problems with the eruption         it organization, operates both the Detroit            er, a loading area, and a maneuvering lane. The
                                                                                          and bite of the permanent teeth. This        Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo.                    Zoning Ordinance does not allow these items in
                                                                                                                                                                                             the front yard.

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                                                                                            • State of the Art Diagnosis and                                                          can be purchased at the Planning Department, City of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Troy, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084.
                                                                                            • Non Surgical Laser Used                                                                 Comments can be expressed at the Public Hearing, or
                                                                                                                                                                                      written comments can be directed to the attention of
                                                                                            • No Stripping or Scarring                                                                the Planning Department at the above noted address,
                                                                                                                                                                                      or by email to no later than 4:00
                                                                                            • Minimal Discomfort and                                                                  p.m. on the date of the meeting. If you have questions,
                                                                                                                                                                                      you may contact the Planning Department by email or
                                                                                              Short Recovery Time                                                                     by phone at (248) 524-3364.
                                                                                                                                           Before                 After
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                                                                                              Plan Included                                                                           posted       on     the      City       website       at

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                                                                                                             Clinic AT UNASOURCE                                                      NOTICE: Persons with disabilities needing accommo-
                                                                                              TIMOTHY BIEREMA, M.D. • DANIEL BROWNING, M.D.                                           dations for effective participation in this meeting should
                                                                                                                                                                                      contact the City Clerk by e-mail at or
                                                                                                        BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEONS                                                      by calling (248) 524-3317 at least two working days in
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Cadillac SRX is a Leader in the Class                                                                                                                   Keep E-mails Short, Sweet and Easy
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                                             place position – hot on the heels now of          new, more potent and fuel efficient 3.6-                 can communicate your message in a          text line in the body of the message
                                             the industry leader, the Lexus RX series.         liter, V-6 to power all SRX trim lines.
WEBER                                              The SRX has also taken over the #1
                                             spot for total sales in the Cadillac
                                                                                                     Those 308 horses being kicked out
                                                                                               now by the new V-6 are managed by an
                                                                                                                                                        few words, do so in the subject line,
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ON WHEELS                                    Division.
                                                   Things really started to take off in
                                                                                               also-new Hydramatic 6-speed automatic
                                                                                               transmission that encompasses an ECO

                                             ’10, when Cadillac brought out the sec-           mode for fuel savings.
                   HAL WEBER
                                             ond-generation of the SRX. They literally
                                             started over from scratch – changing the
                                             SRX from a truck-based, 7-passenger,
                                                                                                     They’ve tweaked the SRX’s suspen-
                                                                                               sion to firm up the ride a bit, added more
                                                                                               sound insulation throughout to make for
                                             rear-wheel-drive design to a more                 a quieter interior, and added content to
                        Whoever       has    amenable and driver-friendly 5-passen-            their features packages – heated steering                   I TA L I A N                            C U I S I N E
                   been moving around        ger, front-wheel-drive, car-based plat-           wheel, Bluetooth, 20” bright finish alu-
                   the chess pieces for
                   the SRX at Cadillac
                                                   That did it. Sales of the SRX doubled
                                                                                               minum wheels, “all Ebony” interior
                                                                                               leather trim.
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sure has been doing a bang-up job of it      and haven’t slowed down since, and by                   A second set of interior door lock
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     Almost a non-entity in the premium      either!                                           panels – redundant switches remain on                                                                     Wednesdays for our
midsize “crossover” utility segment since          For ’12, Cadillac makes a major             the center console.
its introduction back in ’04, the Cadillac   change to the SRX’s powertrain – drop-                  Cadillac offers the SRX in four trim                        Fish &                                     PRIME RIB
SRX has suddenly zoomed up to the #2
spot in segment sales from its former 9th
                                             ping their 3.0-liter, V-6 and turbocharged
                                             2.8-liter V-6…replacing them both with a
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The Cadillac SRX Passes Reviewers 33 Hour Stress Test With Flying Colors
From CAR, page 13                                                             I’ll try to make this long and VERY                        GOD”…the vehicle had been sitting there       though I was over 1500-miles away with                             Hey, but now that YOU’VE been
lines for ’12 – the base SRX FWD (M.S.R.P.                               embarrassing (for me – not Cadillac)                            running all the time I had been down to       the keys in my pocket!!! Weren’t these                        warned, the rest should be easy sailing
$35,185); SRX Luxury ($39,715                                            story a short one!                                              Florida and back…idling for the 33            things supposed to shut down when you                         for you with the 2012 Cadillac SRX!
FWD/$42,210 AWD), Performance                                                 Flying out of town to attend an                            straight hours I’d been gone!                 got out of range with the key sensor???                            LIKES: styling, engine performance,
($43,570/$46,340),        and   Premium                                  overnight press event in Florida, I left my                          Did I not push the “stop” button long    Guess not!                                                    safety features, seat comfort, cargo
($45,975/$48,785).                                                       test-drive Cadillac SRX in one of the lots                      enough when I left??? Had I inadvertent-           Fortunately (and miraculously!)                          space, instrument controls, ride/handling
     Looking over my checklist of every-                                 out at Metro Airport. Returning the next                        ly hit the “start” button before I left the   there were enough gas fumes to get me                              DISLIKES: b-pilar blind spots
                                                                                                                                         vehicle and jumped on the shuttle???          to the nearest service station for a $75 fill-                     WISH LIST: automatic cut-off for
                                                                                                                                              No matter…the SRX kept on run-           up – my $75 lesson in operating a vehicle                     #@%&*^ push-button start/stop ignition
                                                                                                                                         ning, and running, and running – even         with push button start/stop technology!                       system, blind spot warning system

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The 1% Factor Will Doom Romney & the GOP Who Can’t Relate to the Middle Class
                                           because he is adored by an over-            his lack of character, not to mention     to take charge, and say and do things      poster child of the Occupy Wall Street
                                           whelming majority of voters, but            integrity, and Ron Paul has been suc-     that are good for the country, even IF     movement.
PERSPECTIVES                               because by comparison to the                cessfully marginalized by a party that    we may not like it. Being the president         Quite simply, he is the very
                                           Republican candidates, he IS the less-      worries his views aren’t conservative     of the United States is not unlike being   embodiment of what the Occupy
                                           er of two evils.                            enough. And don’t even mention            a parent – to do your best job, some-      movement is all about, and the very
                                               When you look at the Republican         Sarah Palin, the laughing stock of        times you have to give a stern lecture,    reason it exists in the first place.
                  by                       primary race, you saw a field that was      Alaska, the Republican Party, and now,    or impose some rules that you don’t             In the final analysis, the problem
                  PETER MAURER             largely composed of what I would            the entire country.                       like but know that in the long run are     facing the Republican Party this fall
                                           characterize as second-tier candi-              Which leaves us with Mitt Romney      good for you.                              isn’t that they don’t have the right
                      Now that the         dates. Rick Perry demonstrated that,        and Rick Santorum, neither of whom             But if Romney is the candidate,       message, but that they have the wrong
                  Michigan primary is      once again, Texas pumps out presi-          can seem to gain enough traction to       the biggest obstacle for him to over-      messenger.
                  finally over, and Mitt   dential candidates whose intelligence       put some distance between them and        come will be the fact that he is a proud        [Comments/remarks can be
                  Romney eked out          hover around – if not temporarily dips      the other. And with Romney limping        member of the 1% that represents the       directed to me via the email link at
the smallest of victories, the             beneath – average, hardly the stuff         across the finish line in his supposed    wealthiest segment of the ruling class]
Republican race moves on to Super          that instills faith among the electorate,   ‘home’ state, it doesn’t bode well for    of this country. As a billionaire who
Tuesday, after which – hopefully – the     not to mention world leaders.               him this fall.                            has oversea accounts to avoid taxa-             “We awaken in others the same
GOP will once and for all have a clear         Congresswoman               Michelle        At a time when America is chal-       tion, and with a tax rate far beneath      attitude of mind we hold toward
front-runner.                              Bachmann didn’t have the experience,        lenged from seemingly every direc-        what many other hard-working               them.”             —Elbert Hubbard
     But regardless of who prevails,       and was plagued constantly by com-          tion, we need a leader who isn’t afraid   Americans pay, Romney is the virtual
and I believe that Romney will ulti-       ments that defied explanation, like
mately get the nod, it will be Obama       suggesting that the movie ‘Lion King’
who wins this autumn, not because he       was gay propaganda, or that carbon
is the superior candidate, but because     dioxide was harmless, not to mention
by comparison, the Republican Party        likening the Mall of America to
doesn’t have a viable alternative that     Iraq…because they both have lots of
will resonate with a majority of the       marble.
voters.                                        Newt Gingrich’s past is more
     Obama’s victory won’t be the          checkered than a Parisian table cloth,
result of superior leadership, nor         John McCain’s philandering spoke to

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