Waterford Insider November 2017
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2018 Budget Meetings: Nov. 7 & 8

Waterford Township will hold its 2018 budget discussion meetings on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

These meetings will be held in the 3rd floor conference room at Township Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr. and are open to the public.
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Update Your Winter Mailing Address

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 and are returned to the Township.  Please call 248-674-6270 to let us know your Winter address.

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Monthly Recycling- November 4th

Waterford Township offers 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.
Waterford residents only, please.

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Waterford Police Dept. Participates in No-Shave November

What is No-Shave November?
No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The Concept
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow.  Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
Waterford Police Dept. Participation
The Waterford Police Department is all-in again for No Shave November.  All Department personnel who wish to participate will make a donation, then grow a beard, mustache, or goatee November 1-30, 2017.

The Waterford Police Department Team is registered under the team name: "Waterford Police Blue Beards" on the NO-Shave November website at https://no-shave.org/team/Blue_Beards
Donations for specific participants or the team as a whole can be made directly on the website - officers cannot accept donations directly.

No Shave November has been around since 2009.  They fund American Cancer Society, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Fight Colorectal Cancer organization and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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What is a Human Library?

The community is invited to join the Waterford Coalition for Youth, working with Oakland Community College’s Library, to present a Human Library on Tuesday, November 7 at Pierce Middle School anytime between the hours of 5 and 8 pm.

The Human Library concept was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000, and is a place where real people are on loan to readers.  It’s a collection of individuals who may have been unfairly or negatively labeled and are available for “check out,” creating a cross section of “books” that represent diversity of our population. This allows “books” and “readers” to interact and learn more about people from all walks of life, with the hope of breaking down the barriers that are cornerstones of prejudice.

15 different human books will be available to “check out” at this event.  Adults and students are welcome. For questions, please contact the Waterford Coalition for Youth at 248-618-7424.

November Office Closures

Waterford Township Administrative Offices and the Library will be closed in observance of Veterans' Day on Friday, November 10th. The Library will also be closed Saturday, November 11th.

Administrative Offices and the Library will also be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd & 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.
Emergency Services remain available during this closure.

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Women Rock Annual Luncheon, Shopping, Fashion Event

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 Annual "Women Rock" event. The holidays are around the corner, we welcome vendors who have cool holiday gifts for sale to join us. Non-member vendors are also welcome. Enjoy inspiring speakers as they share their stories on what led them to success.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Bay Pointe Golf Club - 4001 Haggerty Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Cost: $30 per person, Table of 8 - $240, Table of 12 - $360

Discover this year's "surprise" models as they walk the runway with fashions from our featured boutiques. We are also providing an opportunity for our local salons, cosmetic vendors and jewelry stores to adorn our models and gain exposure throughout the morning.
Enjoy a wonderful lunch, networking and valuable time with other women in business, girlfriends, sisters and moms! 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. Everyone welcome.

Featuring these inspiration speakers:
Kelly LaFontaine,
Vice President LaFontaine Automotive Group
Linda Taliaferro, Vice President Global Quality Meritor, Inc.
Jay Towers, Event Emcee, Morning Radio Show Host 100.3 WOMC & Co-Anchor
Fox 2 News Detroit

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Library Announces November Program Highlights


Waterford Township Friends of the Library
General membership meeting, Sunday, November 19, 2:00p-3:30p in the Community Room. All members and prospective members welcome.

Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, November 4, 1:00p-4:00p, Library Conference Room

This month, AND THIS MONTH ONLY, we are holding the used book donations collection on the first Saturday from 1:00p-4:00p in the Conference Room in the Library proper. This change is due to the Library closure on Saturday this month, November 12th in honor of the Veterans Day holiday. 

Children’s Programs (through age 12)

Weekly Storytimes for ages 6 months – 3 years. Our drop-in storytimes continue through the week of November 14. Storytimes are a fun half hour aimed at developing reading readiness through a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities.
Sessions: Babytime (6 -16 months), Toddlertime (16 – 23 months), Two-Year-Old Storytime and Three-Year-Old Storytime. Contact the Children’s department at 248-618-7692 for details.

Saturday Storytime for ages 4-7 years. Saturday, November 4, 10:30a-11:15a.m.
Moving on the Mayflower: Preschoolers through second graders are invited to join us to set sail on the Mayflower with stories and a ship project.

International Games Day for all ages. Saturday, November 18, 10:00a-4:00p
All over the world, people are playing games today, and our library is participating with a wide selection of board games.  Bring your whole family to join in the fun.  This program is held in the library’s Community Room.

Lego Club – recommended for ages 5 and up. Saturday, November 25, 10:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
Students meet once a month to create their own Lego structure. These are on display in the Library until the next meeting when students make new structures. Offered at either 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Teens Programs (grades 6-12)

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meetings – First Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday, November 7, 3:00p-4:00p

The purpose of the group is to give input to the Teen librarian on the Teen collection, programs, volunteer projects, etc.  Each meeting we’ll start by talking about some of our most recent favorite books, movies, and music and then we’ll get down to business.  High school kids interested in joining can show up at any meeting.  

Pizza & Pages
Saturday, October 7, 1:00p-2:00p

We’re kicking off Teen Read Week with a book discussion of Gary Schmidt’s book, Orbiting Jupiter.  We’ll be having a lunch of pizza and pop while discussing the book.  Copies of the book will be available at the Adults’ Reference Desk.

Tuesday Teens
November 14 & 28, 3:30p-5:00p

Middle and high school students are welcome to join us every other Tuesday to hang out with friends and to meet new ones.  We'll provide games, activities, craft materials, and light refreshments for you to enjoy.  Or, just come and work on homework or socialize with other kids your age. 

Adults Programs

Library Garden Club
Wednesday, November 8, 4:00p-8:00p
Work Bee in the Children’s Sensory Garden, 4:00p-6:00p

Due to the mild weather, we have added this final work bee. Feel free to bring your gardening gear and help us put the beds to bed for the winter
Educational presentation: 6:30p-8:00p in the Community Room
Topic: The philosophy and science of creating a labyrinth.

Ask the Tech Guy computer help
Saturday, November 18
Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you). 30-minute appointments available at 11:00a & 12:00p. Registration required.

Book Discussion Groups

  • Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Monday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Poetry Writers Workshop (meets monthly)
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads this monthly poetry writing workshop. Bring paper and a pen/pencil, leave with a poem.

Waterford Writers Workshop – now forming
Tuesdays, November 7 & 21, 6:30p-8:30p

Beginning this month the workshop will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Conference Room of the Library. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.
The goal is to write, share, and develop works that make us feel; to celebrate the art of words; to provoke, evoke, and inspire; to write confidently. Each writer will have the opportunity to read their work to the group. Participants should bring at least five copies of their work (limit of 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, screen plays, etc.) for peer review and discussion. All copies will be returned to the writer with edits, constructive critiques, and suggestions by fellow group members.

Waterford Regional Fire Department

Fire Department Reminds Residents:
"Plan Two Ways Out Of Your Home"

Every second counts plan two ways out is extremely important message! Do to the following issues.  The synthetic fibers used in modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, all contribute to an increased rate at which fire burns.

Experts say you could have less than two minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
“Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important please follow the below steps.

  1. Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  2. Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  3. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  4. Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  5. Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  6. Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
  7. Pick a meeting place. Example mail box, neighbors home, flag pole.

Please be safe and have a great fall,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

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Waterford Senior Center Hosts Annual Senior Expo

Join the Waterford Senior Center for its Annual Senior Expo November 14, 2017 9am to 1pm at the Senior Center located at 3621 Pontiac Lake Rd. in Waterford. Please call 248-682-9450 for more information. Event highlights featured below:

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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 25, 2017.

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
https://shopsmallnow.americanexpress.com or www.waterfordchamber.org.

Save The Date: Annual Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 2nd

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