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Business Recognition Awards Event

Tickets now on sale for the 23rd Annual Business Recognition Breakfast

Waterford Township’s business community will be recognized for outstanding achievements at the 23rd Annual Business Recognition Breakfast on Friday May 5, 2017. The Charter Township of Waterford together with the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce host the annual event to acknowledge longevity, commitment, community service, and beautification efforts of Waterford business owners.

The awards breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. at Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes Campus - Student Center. Tickets are $20 each and are available for purchase online at www.2017waterfordbizbreakfast.eventbrite.com and from the Waterford Township Supervisor's office 248-674-6201 or supervisor@waterfordmi.gov
Beautification awards are bestowed based on the extra effort put forth by business owners to create and maintain appealing commercial space and landscape that demonstrates pride in serving the community. 

“This annual spring event provides an opportunity for the Township officials to say ‘thank you’ to and recognize businesses that have grown up in the Township over the years and to business owners that go above and beyond to improve their properties both architecturally and aesthetically” said Larry Lockwood, Waterford Township’s Superintendent of Planning & Zoning. “The Business Recognition Breakfast is a great event for the business community.”

Anniversary awards are given to businesses that have operated within the Township for more than 25 years at varying intervals.

“It's important to express our appreciation to those who have decided and continue to do business in Waterford Township understanding that they are the stakeholders that drive our local economy and provide jobs” said Marie Hauswirth, Executive Director of the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The Annual Business Recognition Breakfast is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’.”
Selected from Chamber of Commerce member nominations, Business of the Year candidates are singled out based on their contributions to the well-being and development of the Waterford business community, supporting projects and activities which further the community as a whole. The Business Person of the Year recipient contributes their time and expertise to promote and support both the business and community philosophy with an emphasis on making Waterford a better place to live, work and play.

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Waterford Police Launch Initiative to Curtail Sale of Alcohol to Minors

Liquor enforcement leading up to Prom and Graduation time

March 29, 2017 - With prom and graduation time quickly approaching, the Waterford Police Department in cooperation with the Waterford Coalition for Youth has launched an initiative to curtail the sale of alcohol to teens and young adults less than 21 years of age.

Our intent is to ensure those establishments licensed through the Michigan Liquor Control Commission are being diligent about checking identification and operating responsibly under the terms of their license. As licensees of the Liquor Control Commission, and responsible members of the Waterford community, these establishments have a duty to ensure they are only selling beer, wine and liquor to people that are old enough to legally make those purchases.

We began last week by deploying underage decoys that attempted to purchase alcohol at 12 of the 36 licensed beer, wine, and liquor establishments in the Township. These retailers are licensed to sell beer, wine and liquor for consumption off of their premises. During our initial launch, 3 of 12 licensed establishments sold alcohol to our underage decoys. Just as important to recognize, 9 of the 12 establishments checked and acted responsibly by asking for identification and refusing to sell alcohol to a person under 21. The 3 violators were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor and the licensees will be referred to the Liquor Control Commission for further action. All licensees within the Township will be checked at some point during this initiative.

We will continue, at random times, throughout the prom and graduation season and beyond, to employ these and other investigative techniques as well as random uniform patrols to help curtail the purchase and consumption of alcohol by teens and young adults in our community.

"Policing is a Partnership"

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9th Annual Moves Under the Moonlight - June 23rd

Pack up the kids, lawn chairs and blankets and join the Waterford Coalition for Youth, the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Genisys Credit Union as they present the 9th Annual Movies under the Moonlight on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Pierce Middle School, located at 5145 Hatchery Road in WaterfordGates open at 6:30 pm and the movie begins at dusk.  There will be  a multitude of pre-movie activities including face painting, activity stations, music, a rock climbing wall, inflatables and much, much more!  Don’t miss this exciting family-fun event for all ages that will kick off your summer months on a happy, healthy, fun note!

Waterford Youth Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Kevin Sheppard, age 9, was publically recognized Waterford Township’s Board meeting on March 27th, for his act of honesty displayed at the 51st District Court earlier this year.  Young Mr. Sheppard found two, $20 bills on the floor of the 51st District Courthouse, and proceeded to turn the money over to nearby Waterford Township Police Officer, Rich Haefner.  Officer Haefner then turned the money over to Lisa Forsyth and Andrea Fletcher from the court’s criminal division. 

Officials at the 51st District Court and the Township of Waterford were so impressed by Kevin’s actions they decided to recognize the good deed and invited Kevin and his mom, Shari, to Monday night’s Board meeting. 

Judge Todd A. Fox appeared on behalf of the court to present Kevin with a certificate of appreciation for the act of honesty he displayed at the 51st District Court.  The Judge congratulated the young honoree, explaining “integrity is often defined as choosing your thoughts and actions based upon your values rather than your personal gain”, and went on to state that “Kevin’s choice to turn the money over had demonstrated both integrity and strength of character.” 

Since the money Kevin turned in had remained unclaimed, pursuant to local ordinance, it was deemed surrendered.  Kevin was awarded the found funds, proving doing the right thing always pays off in the end.     

Kevin receives his award

Waterford Township Public Library: April Events

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  • Poetry Readings & Discussion
    Thursday, April 13, 5:30p-7:30p. Published poets John Hazard, Glen Armstrong, and David James will read and discuss their work.
  • Saturday Story Time: Foolish Fables (ages 3 & up)
    Saturday, April 1, 10:30a-11:15a.  Children in grades preschool through third grade are invited to celebrate April Fool's Day with a variety of stories and crafts.  Children should be able to color, cut , and glue independently.  No registration required.
  • Teen Bingo (grades 6-12)
    Thursday, April 6, 2:00p-3:00p
    6th through 12th graders can join us for Teen Bingo.  Prizes will include books, snacks, gift cards and other fun stuff.
    Please note: this program will be cancelled if fewer than 5 kids register by 1:00 pm on April 6th. 
  • Library Garden Club
    Wednesday, April 12, 4:30p-8:00p. First half of meeting will be hands-on experience caring for the Children's Sensory Garden. Bring your gardening gear. Spring clean-up & maintenance of beds this month. Crew leader: Janet Macunovich. The second half will be an educational presentation on a new virus affecting hostas
  • Send Us Your Poem
    Poetry Leaves 2017 now accepting your poem for the Exhibition on Civic Center Campus in May 2017. Follow the link above to see guidelines for submittals and to send us your poem electronically.
  • Annual Genealogy Lock-In
    Saturday, April 22, 6:00p-Midnight. The Waterford Genealogical Society Lock-in will be held in the evening after the library is closed to the public.  To register, ask for a registration form at the adult desk in the library in March, or print one from the Genealogical Society's website http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~miwatgs/ in March. There will be a registration fee. 
  • Poetry Writers Workshop (meets monthly)
    Thursday, April 20, 7:00p-8:30p. Bring paper & Pencil/Pen and leave with a poem.
  • Friends of the Waterford Library meeting
    Sunday, April 30, 2:00p-3:00p. Membership meeting of the Friends of the Waterford Library. Organizational matters to be discussed. Current members and those interested in joining are welcome
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Winner - Winter 2016-17 Photo Contest: Brandon Haworth

With a beautiful sunset photo of Cass Lake, Brandon Haworth snagged the top prize in Waterford Township's Four Seasons Photo Contest for Winter 2016-17. The stunning photo (above) was one of several dozen submitted for voting on Waterford Township's Facebook page. Mr. Haworth and many other photographers successfully captures some of Waterford's most remarkable views showcasing the beauty of our Township. For more information and to see all the photos, please visit www.waterfordmi.gov/photocontest
Entries are now being taken for the Waterford Four Seasons Spring Photo Contest now through June 30th by email.
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Severe Weather Awareness Week

The Oakland County Homeland Security Division will conduct a test of the Outdoor Warming System sirens Wednesday, April 19th at 1pm during Severe Weather Awareness Week. 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 16-22, 2017 as 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.

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of the Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 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

Waterford Parks & Rec

Cable Commission Offers Scholarships

The Waterford Cable Commission is happy to announce the 2017 Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship. Four scholarships are available, each one in the sum of $1,000. Any 2017 graduating senior pursuing further studies in the media arts, and is a Waterford resident, may apply.
The application process opens on Wednesday, February 1st , 2017 and closes on Friday, May 12th, 2017. Applications are available on the Township website only, as well as further information and guidelines regarding the scholarship and application process. www.waterfordmi.gov/cable


Dog Licenses Now Available

2017 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed. 
Resident who pays on or before June 1
$15.00 (if not spayed or neutered)

Senior citizen (65 years or older) who pays on before June 1
$13.50 (if not spayed or neutered)

Any resident who pays June 2 or later
Please note: the Township sells only the 1-year license. 3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 391-4102 for more information.


Get Serious About Home Safety

Waterford Regional Fire Department offers 5 tips for getting serous about home safety
Learn CPR

According to the American Heart Association, children as young as 9 can be taught CPR. Knowing CPR can be especially helpful if you have senior citizens or people with heart complications in your home. To find a CPR class near you, use the American Heart Association’s class connector. See below web site for Fire Department CPR classes.

Establish a stash of emergency supplies
When emergencies happen, you’re going to need things like first aid items, food, water and other items necessary for survival. Some of the things to keep in your stash include:
Water – make sure you have one gallon of water per person per day for at least three (3) days
3-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio along with a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight with extra batteries
Wrench or pliers that will help you turn off utilities
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air

Inspect and update smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide, and radon sensors. 
Your extinguishers and alarms should be inspected monthly and replaced as needed.

Get into the habit of checking your home for potential safety hazards.
Among the most common outdoor hazards that could spell trouble for your home are clogged gutters; slippery, broken or uneven pavement; and dead tree branches that may fall onto your home.
Potential indoor safety hazards include appliances and outlets that aren’t in good working condition; small objects that could cause children and animals to choke; and areas that may cause someone to trip and fall.

Get serious about fire safety.
The National Fire Protection Association says that in 2015, more than 365,000 homes  were damaged or destroyed by fire. Take a moment to visit their fire safety tip sheet.

Be Safe,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

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