November 2016 Waterford Insider

Fire Department Celebrates 75 Years With Documentary

Join the Waterford Regional Fire Department in 2016 celebrating 75 years of protecting the lives and property of Waterford residents and visitors. We are proud of our history, as we started with one station at one pumper and a cadre of people willing to volunteer for their community.
As years went on stations were added and full-time firefighters were added to the rosters.  EMS services were expanded to include Paramedics and today we are the most progressive, best equipped, best trained and technologically advanced fire departments in the State of Michigan.
Waterford Fire Department is now the largest staffed fire department in Oakland County. We serve Waterford Township, the City of Pontiac and the City of Lake Angelus.  We protect 131,000 in an area of 60 square miles.
Resources include 9 fire stations staffed 24 hours a day, 10 fully equipped late-model fire engines, 6 state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support EMS rescue vehicles, 3 100-foot aerial ladder trucks, 2 mobile command vehicles with on-board computer and communications system, 144 full-time highly trained firefighters, of which 105 are licensed paramedics, and 10 volunteer firefighters.
We are so pleased to present this video looking back over 75 years with video, pictures and interviews of past and present Waterford firefighters.  We are confident you will enjoy this and even want to view it again.
Much thanks and appreciation is given to Gary Allison, Waterford Cable Coordinator and Battalion Chief Jim Runyan for their efforts in producing this wonderful video.
Visit the Waterford Township website for photos & a link to the documentary.

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2017 Budget Meetings Scheduled for Nov. 2 & 3

Please be advised that the 2017 Budget Meetings, with the Township Board, will be held on November 2, 2016 and November 3, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Budget Meetings will be held in the Township Hall, 3rd floor conference room and are open to the public.
For a schedule of meeting times, please visit

Election Day - November 8, 2016

Did you know that you are able to track your absent voter's ballot, view your sample ballot and confirm your polling location for Election Day? Visit the Waterford Township Clerk's office Election information page - your source for the 2016 General Election.

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Seeking Board of Review Member

Waterford Township is seeking a member to serve on the Board of Review for the two-year period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. The three-member Board of Review meets to review property assessments, hear assessment appeals, and make any needed corrections to the assessment roll. In addition, they may meet to be advised on assessments, assessment appeals and to sign documents, certificates, affidavits, etc. The Board is also responsible, at its July and December sessions, to hear local appeals on approvals and denials of homestead exemption issues and poverty appeals. The Board members must participate in at least one training session each year.
The Board of Review shall consist of three taxpaying electors of Waterford Township who shall be property owners of land within the Township. The members shall be appointed by the Township Board of Trustees.
If you wish to serve the community as a member of the Board of Review, please submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor by December 2, 2016. Submissions may be emailed to ; mailed to Gary Wall, Township Supervisor 5200 Civic Center Dr. Waterford, MI 48329; hand delivered to the same address; or faxed to 248-674-5451

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November Office & Library Closures

Waterford Township Administrative offices will be closed Friday November 11, 2016 in observance of Veterans' Day. The Library will be closed Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th.
Administrative offices and the Library will also be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2016 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

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Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner

Join us the first Friday of every month (November 4th) at the Waterford Recreation for this popular community event and fundraiser.
Buffet style dinner includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffer or tea. Homemade desserts available for $1.00 each.
CASH ONLY at the door, please. Serving from 4:00-6:30pm
Adults & Children 12 & up $8.00 Children 4—11 years $4.00. Under 3 years are free

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Women Rock Event Returns Nov. 17

Attention Ladies!  It's time to get out of the office, ditch the appointments, take a break and have some fun. The chamber is hosting our third Annual "Women Rock" event. Grab your girlfriends, moms, sisters and any other wonderful lady you might know to come out and have some fun!  Discover this year's "surprise" models as they walk the runway with fashions from Lady La's Boutique and LuLaRoe
Enjoy a wonderful lunch, inspiring women, networking and shopping! This is a great day out for all those business owners, administrative assistants, sales force and other employees who deserve a small token of thanks for their hard work too. And it's the perfect excuse for all our deer widows to enjoy a sip of wine or mimosa. This is a community wide event so everyone is welcome. 
For more information or to reserve your seats click here
When: Thursday, November 17, 2016  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: White Lake Oaks 991 N. Williams Lake Rd. White Lake, MI 48386
Cost: $25 per person, Table of 10 - $250

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Monthly Paper Product Recycling

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 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.

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Waterford Police vs Fire: No Shave November Challenge

Waterford Police Officers & Firefighters Go "Face-to-Face" to Raise Awareness and Money to Fight Cancer
The Waterford Township Police Department and Waterford Regional Fire Department go face to face during No-Shave November to help fight cancer.
The Waterford Township Police Department and the Waterford Regional Fire Department will square off in a friendly competition to raise awareness and money that will go to help fight cancer.
No-Shave November is a month long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow. Police Officers and Firefighters will donate the money typically spent on shaving to help educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
The Waterford Township Police Department and Waterford Regional Fire Department are all-in for No Shave November. Police Department personnel will be permitted to grow a beard, mustache, or goatee. Because of equipment and safety standards, Fire personnel may only grow a mustache.

The growing may begin at 12:01 a.m. on November 1, 2016, and the Police Officers and Firefighters may keep their beard, mustache, or goatee through the end of November. In order to participate, each member who chooses to do so must donate $25.00 through the website.
Team names: Police: Waterford Police Blue Beards
Fire: Waterford Regional Fire Department
The website, will handle all the donations. We will not accept “cash.” The website calculates all donations, per person and per team.
IT’S A COMPETITION, Waterford Police Department vs. Waterford Regional Fire Department.
Our goal is $5,000.00 for the cause and bragging rights to the winner. We are encouraging our Police Officers and Firefighters to tell their friends, family, and citizens when they ask. Donations can be made in the name of the Police Officer or Firefighter and/or the team name. We encourage everyone to spread the word. The website, will link everything and calculate all donations.

Headed to a Warmer Climate?

Attention all “Snowbirds”! 
Please contact the Waterford Assessing Department with your forwarding address if you are leaving town for the winter.  Even though you may have your mail forwarded by the U.S. Post Office, property tax bills and assessments notices are not forwarded. Please call 248-674-6270 to let us know your Winter address.


Stay Warm, Stay Safe This Season

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
Here are some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
2. Never use your oven to heat your home.
3. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
5. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
6. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
7. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
8. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Do not keep the container in your home or garage. Store the container outside at a safe distance away from your home.
9. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
10. Do not use extension cord to operate electric space heaters.
11. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

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50+ Program Keeps Waterford Busy

Provided by the 50+ Programs - Waterford Recreation Center
Veterans/Thanksgiving Dinner
Help us honor those who have served. Our delicious dinner consist of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, rolls and pumpkin pie. Bring a new toy, book or game to benefit Goodfellows Christmas Basket Drive in December.

  • Thursday, November 10 at 12:30pm
  • $8 for Golden Age Club Members, $13 non-members
  • Purchase tickets by November 3
Christmas Dinner
It’s a celebration. Santa will be on hand to greet you. Menu includes: ham, cheesy potatoes, baked apples, mixed veggies, tossed salad, roll and for dessert, hot fudge brownie.
  • Thursday, December 15 at 12:30pm
  • $8 for Golden Age Club Members, $13 non-members
  • Purchase tickets by December 9 

Door prizes and 50/50 will be offered at these events. No refunds.
Come out to our Annual Fall Travel Show to see what destinations are new for 2017. Meet with tour companies and win discount coupons for scheduled trips.
Wednesday, November 9 at 10:00am     Waterford Recreation Center

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Something for Everyone at the Waterford Public Library

Saturday, November 12, 2016 in honor of Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving Day

Children’s program highlights:
Light the Lamp! The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer.  Listen to some stories to "brighten" your day, and, with a few simple ingredients, you can make a "lava" lamp to take home.  Children from preschool through 2nd grade are invited to join us.  Ages 3 – 8 years old. Saturday, November 5, 10:301-11:;30a. No registration required. 

International Games Day. Waterford is joining over a thousand libraries around the world for the ninth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library.  Our goal is to have more than 100 board games, for a variety of ages, available to play with help from volunteers.  Rediscover math and strategy skills as you bring your whole family to join in the fun. All ages. Saturday, November 19, 10:00a-4:00p. No registration required.
Lego Club. Children meet once a month to create their own Lego structure.  These are displayed in the library until the next meeting, then the children can make new structures.  Each day has two session times, please sign up for only one. Saturday, November 19. Two sessions, 10:15a and 11:30a. Please register online for only 1 session.

Adult’s program highlights:
Mini-book charms. Feeling crafty and bookish? Make a mini book charm for yourself, or get a jump on your holiday gifts and make one for someone else! All supplies will be provided. When you register, please let us know what book you would like for your charm so the mini cover will be available on the night of the program. Wednesday, November 2, 7:00p.

Self-inflicted Investment Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them. Not sure if you are making the right choices when it comes to your investments? Our human nature is behind a lot of common mistakes that can seriously damage your portfolio’s rate of return. Become aware of these mistakes so you can avoid them. Presented by the Cygnet Institute. This class is in the Conference Room. Wednesday, November 9, 7:00p

Ask the Tech Guy. Computer/technology help.  One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you).  Our library computer technician will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Held in the Conference Room. Please make an appointment by calling or coming in to the adult desk. Registration required. Saturday, November 19, 1st  of 5 appointment slots, 10:30a.

Poetry Writers Workshop. Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads this monthly poetry writing workshop. Bring paper and a pen/pencil, leave with a poem. Thursday, November 17, 7:00p.
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Small business saturday

Shop Local Waterford Businesses this Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year as one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season. While the big box retailers attract shoppers with Black Friday door busters and early morning sales, small businesses welcome customers into their community stores on Small Business Saturday celebrated on November 26, 2016.
Waterford is home to a diverse and unique selection of small businesses owned and staffed by a large business community that is very supportive of Waterford Township's residents and visitors.
For more information on Small Business Saturday and to locate small businesses near you, visit or

Oakland County is also featuring a contest for Small Business Saturday shoppers with prizes up to $5,000. Visit for more information.

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The Waterford Coalition for Youth is hosting a DASHING THROUGH DECEMBER arts, crafts and home businesses sale on Saturday, December 3 from 10-4 at Donelson Hills Elementary School.  Interested vendors are encouraged to contact the coalition to reserve a space for holiday shopping!  For questions, contact the coalition at 248-618-7424 or visit them on the web at


Last Chance to See Waterford Street Art Exhibition

The Post Impressions Street Art Exhibition at the Kroger Plaza will close the end of November. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the artwork be sure to do so before November 30th.
Dozens of hand crafted and decorated posts by Waterford residents, businesses and the community at large are on display. You don't want to miss this unique and creative exhibit.

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