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Presidential Primary Election
March 8, 2016

The Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices:
For the purpose of:

  • Republican Party President of the United States
  • Democratic Party President of the United States
  • Waterford School District – Bonding Proposal
  • City of School District of The City of Pontiac
    • Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
    • Millage Proposal, Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Levy

Persons wishing to obtain an absentee ballot may do so by contacting the township clerk’s office.  The Clerk, or their designee, will be available in the Clerk’s Office on the Saturday preceding the election, March 5, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot which will be mailed.  For full text of proposals or any other information, please contact the Charter Township of Waterford Clerk’s Office at 248-674-6266 or visit www.waterfordmi.gov.

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Monthly Recycling at Town Hall

Free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.) This service is provided the first Saturday of every month (March 5th) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr. No cost. Waterford Township residents and business owners only, please.

2016 March Board of Review Dates

2016 Assessment Change Notices have been mailed out.  If you wish to appeal the Assessed Value of your property, please call the Waterford Assessing Department at 248-674-6270 to make an appointment.  The dates of the March Board of Review are:

Tuesday, March 8th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9th 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, March 14th 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 15th 3:00pm - 9:00pm


Seeking Volunteers:
Neighborhood Preservation Corps

The Waterford Township Neighborhood Preservation Corps now has three full seasons out in the field and is gearing up for the 2016 season. The NPC is a dedicated group of volunteers helping to identify Municipal Code violations in Waterford Township. The  volunteers were able to work with the Code Enforcement staff at Waterford Township to identify and report simple “nuisance” violations in an effort to help maintain Waterford’s neighborhoods and business areas to keep Waterford a great place to live, work and play. The success of the program is evidenced by the fact that the vast majority of these violations are corrected after just a simple warning letter.
As a Neighborhood Preservation Corps volunteer, you must be a Waterford resident and agree to work a minimum of 2 hours per week without compensation. Volunteers use their own vehicles, fuel, digital cameras and must have Internet access. Volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the Code Enforcement officers to pro-actively identify, and report code violations for correction.
For application or further information, please contact the Township Supervisor’s office at 248-674-6201 or by email gwall@waterfordmi.gov. Or visit us online at: http://www.waterfordmi.gov/156/Neighborhood-Preservation-Corps

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Winter 2015 Tax Information

Winter 2015 Taxes were due without penalty February 16th.

Beginning March 1
Beginning March 1, 2016, all unpaid 2015 taxes are to be paid to Oakland County with additional penalties (Township cannot accept payments).    Mail payments to Oakland County Treasurer, 1200 N Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341.  During the month of March, a revised statement from the Township Treasurer needs to accompany your remittance to the County Treasurer. 
Do You Need Amounts Paid for Income Taxes?
Tax amounts for 2015 and prior years may be attained on the Waterford Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes .  This site will report the base tax amounts and will not give you payment status.   Receipts of tax payments with amount and date paid are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  There is a fee of 50 cents for each photocopy.
Receipts are available online through Oakland County for a fee of $2.50 at www.oakgov.com/propertygateway - select Current Tax Report.

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Parks & Recreation News & Events

TRAVEL SHOW  (March 9th at 9am)
at the Recreation Center

Open to everyone!  Join us to see what great trips we have planned for you in 2016 and 2017.  Travel is open to anyone! Representatives will be on hand to answer questions.  You can win prizes and gift certificates toward travel!
Soccer league for boys ages 4-14 and girls ages 4-16.  Practices will be scheduled by coach at various schools in Waterford.  Season runs for 7 weeks.  U12 – U14/U16 age groups may play games in surrounding communities with games on weekends or weeknights. Registration is now online!
REGISTRATION:  January 11– March 3
LATE REGISTRATION:  March 4-10, $10 fee is added
WHEN:  Sundays, April 17 – June 12 (not 5/8 or 5/29)
LOCATION:  Civic Center Soccer Fields
COST:    U6, U8 & U10 $60 with shirt, $45 without shirt
               U12, U14 & U16 $65 with shirt, $50 without shirt
Age Division                                 Born on or Between
*Under 6 (Coed only)                      August 1, 2009-July 31, 2011
Under 8                                           August 1, 2007-July 31, 2009
Under 10                                         August 1, 2005-July 31, 2007
Under 12                                         August 1, 2003-July 31, 2005
Under 14                                         August 1, 2001-July 31, 2003
Under 16 (Girls only)                       August 1, 1999-July 31, 2001
*Under 6 Coed Division will be played at 11 AM every Sunday. It is suggested that one session of Super Saturday be played before registering your child up for the U6 Division.
Buddy Soccer is a new program that we are offering for kids with special needs!  Each child will be paired with a buddy that they will play with each week.  Buddy Soccer will be a six week long season. Games are one hour long with a 30 minute practice before each game.  Volunteer coaches will be needed!  Coach & Buddy meeting will take place before season starts.  For questions regarding player and buddies please contact Sara at 248-674-5441.
Ages: 7-13 year old boys and girls with special needs. Buddy ages are 7-17.
REGISTRATION:  January 11– March 3
LATE REGISTRATION: March 4-10, $10 fee is added
WHEN:  Saturdays, April 16 – May 21
TIME:  11:00AM – 12:30PM
LOCATION:  Civic Center Soccer Fields – Green Field
COST:  $50/player, $10/buddy – program fee includes a team t-shirt
3rd-8th Grade Recreational League:  Individual & team registration accepted.  Teams will be formed according to the child’s previous coach or the school the child attends. If there isn’t a school team, individuals will be placed onto a team based on the league’s best interest.
New this year we will be partnering with Waterford Little League.   Tryouts will be available for those interested in playing in Little League Districts towards the end of the season.  Please note that if you are playing-up during the regular season you will have to try out with your age division according to your birthday.
Volunteer coaches are needed.  For more information please go to our website at www.waterfordmi.gov/parksandrec. Online registration is available!   
REGISTRATION:   January 11– March 3
LATE REGISTRATION:   March 4–11, $10 fee is added
WHEN:  Saturdays, April 23 – June 4 No games 5/28   
GAME TIMES:   Between 9:00AM-5:00PM
LOCATION:   Waterford Softball Fields
COST:  $55

50+ PROGRAMS at the Rec Center are in abundance!  We have everything from Pickleball, volleyball to cards and Tai Chi and special luncheons.  Please check out our newsletter on line for details at www.waterfordmi.gov/parksandrec. Click on 50+ Recreation Activities then click on Newsletter.   

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Library Now Offers Consumer Reports Magazine Online!

Consumer Reports magazine now available to you online!
The Waterford Township Public Library has recently added a new service! If you have a Waterford library card and can get online, you can now access the online version of Consumer Reports from home (or wherever else you get online).  
Get expert, unbiased advice on how to save money on products and services.  Find the best products using brand-name product ratings and reliability history of individual brands. Next time you need to buy a new dishwasher, or vacuum cleaner, lawn mower, etc., this should be useful for you!
Just use this link, http://waterfordmi.gov/577/Online-Databases , click on Consumer Reports, and be ready to enter your Waterford library card number. Note:  once you are at the EBSCO host page, look down at the very bottom of that page.

Employee of the Year Dawn Cito

Waterford Employee of the Year:
Dawn Cito!

The Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce and congratulate Dawn Cito from the Clerk’s Office who has been selected as Waterford Township’s 2015 Employee of the year!

Dawn is primarily assigned to the Accounting Department as the Purchasing & Accounting Coordinator. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are second to none, and she goes above and beyond in her role to communicate, educate and assist everyone she works with. Dawn also serves as Precinct Coordinator for Elections, so she is exceptionally busy with three elections in 2016!

In addition to her duties on the job, each year Dawn makes and donates a quilt to be raffled off, the proceeds of which are donated to support American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Dawn is also an active member of the Employee Recognition Committee and serves as the group’s Treasurer.

Congratulations Dawn, and thank you for all the hard work you do!!!

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Poetry Leaves Returns in 2016

Join us in celebrating poetry with this year’s Poetry Leaves project. The heart of this annual project is an Exhibition of poetry on the Waterford Township Civic Center campus in the spring to bring poetry into the everyday experience of Waterford residents. The Library is hosting the following events to help you discover some of the creative processes involved in writing poetry, develop a new appreciation of poetry you read, and an opportunity to write poetry and submit a poem for inclusion in this year’s Exhibition.

  • 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00p-8:00p. Poetry Writers Workshop, led by Glen Armstrong in the Library’s Conference Room
  • Saturday, MAR 4, 10:00a-11:30p, Kids’ Poetry Camp. A workshop for elementary students in grades K-8. Location: Library’s Community Room.
  • Saturday, MAR 19, 1:00p-4:00p, Open Mic Poetry Readings and Small Press Book Fair. Location: Library’s Community Room
  • Thursday, APR 7, 5:30p-7:30p, Poetry Readings and Discussion of Their Work by David James, John Hazard, and Michael Lauchlan. Location: Library’s Community Room.
  • Tuesday, MAY 3, 5:30p-7:30p, Poetry Leaves Exhibition opening, Ribbon Cutting, Reception and Community Readers sharing their original poetry. Location: Library’s Community Room.

Visit the Poetry Leaves website, www.poetry-leaves.com for detailed information on this year’s project, to submit your poem for the Exhibition and to register for the events above.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Anton Art Center.

Waterford Township Wellhead Protection

Wellhead Protection Committee Seeking Volunteers

The Waterford Township Wellhead Protection Committee is seeking community-minded individuals who are interested in serving. The Committee seeks to add citizen representation from within the community to attend quarterly meetings and provide input on how to improve our Wellhead Protection Program.
Contact Dan Stickel at the DPW for details if you are interesting in serving 248-618-7451.

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Fire Department Offers Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it's important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers present in the home for seniors living alone and prepare accordingly. You can help prevent falls and accidents by making changes to unsafe areas in the home with these tips.

The following home safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
  • Never smoke when alone or in bed.
  • Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure you have your balance.
  • Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
  • Use a correctly measured walking aid.
  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
  • Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors.
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
  • Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house, or, if necessary, purchase a stairlift.
  • Make sure that all stair cases have good lighting with switches at top and bottom.
  • Make sure that staircase steps should have a non-slip surface.
  • Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.
  • Use recommended bath aids, securely installed on the walls of the bath/shower stall and on the sides of the toilet.
  • Skid-proof the tub and make sure the bath mat has a non-slip bottom.
  • To avoid scalds, turn water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
  • Mark cold and hot faucets clearly.
  • Use door locks that can be opened from both sides.
  • If possible, bathe only when help is available.
  • Keep floors clean and uncluttered.
  • Illuminate work areas.
  • Mark "on" and "off" positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.
  • Store sharp knives in a rack.
  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut-off.
  • Store heavier objects at waist level.
  • Store hazardous items separate from food.
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.

River Walk Cleanup -
Volunteers Needed

Please join us for the bi-annual River Walk Cleanup. We'll be clearing brush, cleaning up trash and generally getting the area ready for warm weather months and use this Spring and Summer! Save the Date, Saturday April 16th. 9am to Noon. Meet behind Planet Fitness by the Cedar Bridge. If you have any questions, please contact Clerk Sue Camilleri at 248-674-6211 or email.

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Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Waterford Parks & Recreation 50+ program will host its monthly fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, March 4th. Buffet style meal served 4:00 to 6:30pm includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffee.

Cost is $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $4 children 11 and under. Homemade desserts available for $1 extra benefit the Recreation Center building enhancement fund. Cash ONLY!

Live Work Play Expo 2016
Happy Anniversary

Celebrating 25+ Years in Business?

The Business Recognition Committee comprised of representatives from Waterford Township, the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, and at-large community members hosts an annual Business Recognition Awards Breakfast in May. If your business will celebrate a milestone anniversary this year (25+ years), please let us know ASAP srobinson@waterfordmi.gov or 248-674-6201.

Earth Day April 22

Earth Day Township Cleanup

Join Waterford Township, the Waterford School District, and various community organizations for a Township Cleanup Day in conjunction with Earth Day.
On Friday, April 22, 2016 volunteers will be out in the community doing our part to collect and clean up rubbish along roadways and in visible areas in the Township.

If you'd like to be put on a list to receive volunteer information, please call or email the Township Supervisor's office at 248-674-6201 or supervisor@waterfordmi.gov. We will soon be creating sign-up lists. Looking forward to seeing individuals and groups from all around Waterford join us for this terrific event!

Marshmallow Drop
Tickets now on sale

Enchanted Evening - Tickets on Sale

Join the Waterford Senior Center for its 7th Annual Enchanted Evening event! "A Time to Celebrate" is Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5pm. Featuring a catered gourmet dinner by Bon Appetite, live entertainment by the Dave Bennet Quartet, silent auction and delicious appetizers.
Tickets on sale now $65 each - Waterford Senior Center Members receive a $5 discount. Limited seating. This event sells out every year, so no walk-ins, please!
Contact the Waterford Senior Center for tickets and more information 248-682-9450!

Fashion show

Current Fashions Featured at Historical Society's Fashion Show

The Waterford Historical Society presents our 15th annual Fashion Show on Saturday, March, 26, 2016.  The show is styled exclusively for this event by The Clothing Cove of Milford and modeled by beautiful women of Waterford! 

The show takes place at the Silver Lake Golf Club at 2602 W. Walton Blvd. in Waterford.  Lunch is provided along with an opportunity to shop from The Clothing Cove travelling boutique.  So, ladies, gather your friends for a fun and elegant afternoon with us.  Tickets are $30.00 each and benefit the Waterford Historical Society.  Event starts at 11:00 a.m. For tickets please call Betty Seymour 248-666-4265. For questions please call Sally Strait 248-683-2697 or sstrait649@comcast.net .

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Cable Commission Taking Applications for 2016 Scholarships

The Waterford Cable Commission is happy to announce the 2016 Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship.

Four scholarships are available, each one in the sum of $1,000. Any 2016 graduating senior pursuing further studies in the media arts, and is a Waterford resident, may apply.

The application deadline is Monday, May 9th, 2016. Applications are available on the Township website only, as well as further information and guidelines regarding the scholarship and application process.

Film workshop

Media Network Offers Free Workshops for Waterford Residents

Media Network of Waterford offers free workshops in video editing, special effects using After Effects, videography, and live broadcasting throughout the month of March. Workshops are one on one and in group settings. Call  (248)682-0401 to set up an appointment. All workshops are held at the Covert Center on Scott Lake Road and are taught by media professionals in both television and film.
Media Network of Waterford is the people’s television network. Use of equipment and facilities is free to all Waterford residents. This service is made possible through PEG (Public Education Government) and we encourage all residents to explore their inner Spielberg and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. From exercise shows to financial advice and music shows to sitcoms, our programming is eclectic, informative and fun. Make those ideas swimming around in your creative brain come alive with Media Network of Waterford!

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Bryan's HOPE Welcomes Speaker

Oakland County Community Mental Heath Authority Substance Abuse Office, PACE, will do a community presentation for Bryan's HOPE March Community Action Meeting to share what services they provide and how you can go about getting them. This meeting will be held March 22, 2016 at 7pm at the Bryan's HOPE offices located at The Covert Center 1150 Scott Lake Rd.  Waterford, MI 48328. For more information please call 248-410-4163.
Bryan's HOPE will also host at Q&A on April 26th at 7pm with the pharmaceutical company that makes Vivitrol - one of three drugs approved by the FDA to treate opiate addiction. This meeting will also be held at the Covert Center.

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Offices Closed for Good Friday

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Library will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, March 25, 2016. All emergency services are available during this administrative closure.
Waterford Garden Club

Spring Gardening Workshop

“Planning Now for Spring”
Spring is almost here! Now what do I do in my garden?  The Waterford Garden Club presents guest speaker Heather Glenday, Bordines’s General Manager in Rochester Hills, who will inform us on how to get a jump start on spring. Heather will teach the basics of spring mulching, fertilizing, pruning, cleaning up and a whole lot more. Guests are welcome. For more information visit the Garden Club website at: http://waterfordgardenclub.org/.
Date:     March 3, 2016
Time:     Coffee & refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. with program following at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Waterford Senior Center, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road (former Leggett Elementary School), Activity Room 1, Waterford, MI 48328
Cost:      $5.00 non-member donation
Reservation:      Reservations are not required

Waterford Youth Assistance

Waterford Youth Assistance - Free Classes & Youth Recognition

The Waterford Youth Assistance Family and Youth Education committee is hosting a seminar on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - Life is busy. Distractions are everywhere! Life's distractions take away quality time spent with your family. Learn methods to balance day-to-day responsibilities while giving your family the attention they need to thrive in life.  The event is March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Waterford Parks and Recreation Center 5640 Williams Lake Road, Room 109. RSVP at 248.618.7383 or waterfordya@msn.com for the free event.
The Waterford Youth Assistance Family and Youth Education committee is hosting Love and Logic classes at Stepanski Early Childhood Center for parents of preschool or elementary students. The classes are on Wednesday, March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23 at 6:00 p.m. Attendance to all sessions is essential. RSVP at 248.618.7383 or waterfordya@msn.com for the free event.
Do you know a Waterford student whose actions make our community a great place to live, work and play? Nominate them for their contributions to make our community great! Deadline for nominations is March 18, 2016. The Waterford Youth Recognition Night is April 27, 2016. Email waterfordya@msn.com for a nomination form or download it at www.waterfordyouthassistance.com

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week

The Oakland County Homeland Security Division will conduct a test of the Outdoor Warming System sirens Wednesday, April 13th at 1pm during Severe Weather Awareness Week. 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 10 - April 16, 2016 a Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oakland County Homeland Security Division will be engaged in various public education efforts during Severe Weather Awareness Week. These efforts include instruction on suggested preparations for minimizing the loss of life and destruction of property that can result from severe weather.

During the 2015 severe weather season there were 79 storm-based warnings issued for SE Lower Michigan. There were 10 recorded tornadoes (our average is 6). The warning lead time average was 18 minutes for all severe weather events.

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of the Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this test is to raise the awareness level of our citizens and offer schools and businesses the opportunity to test their internal disaster plans during normal business hours.
For information, please visit Oakland County's Homeland Security website at www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity

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