Waterford Insider - October 2018
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Waterford Lake Assoc. Meeting 10/2

Waterford area Riparians: You are invited to attend the Waterford Lakes Association Meeting on October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Waterford Township Office Auditorium (5200 Civic Center Drive).  For those of you that are new, this group meets twice a year to discuss topics and share information that are important to keeping our lakes healthy and beautiful (it is open to any Riparian in Waterford or in Oakland County).  As we all know, we feed into each other and we all have the same issues so it is good to compare information and learn from each other.
The Fall meeting topics are:  Aeration of Lakes, Optimizing Fish Population and a General Open Discussion of other topics. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Nettler at heidinettler@gmail.com.  

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Monthly Recycling- October 6th

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.

Household waste collection

Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Last 2018 Date

Waterford Township has partnered with the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO HAZ). NO HAZ provides residents of participating communities a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Waterford residents must receive a voucher prior to attending a collection event. They may be picked up at the Development Services Department on the 3rd floor of Township Hall for $15.Vouchers are limited and are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers must be used during the program year they are purchased.

This year's remaining collection date, time and location is:

Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford
(Enter from Hospital Road)

Register To Vote - Deadline Oct. 9th

Verify Your Polling Location - November Election

Polling locations were consolidated in February 2018 and new voter identification cards were mailed to every voter.  Please verify your polling location before the November 6, 2018, General Election. 
For precinct location, sample ballots, and answers to the most frequently asked questions, visit the Waterford Township Clerk's website or the Secretary of State's web-site
For more information please call 248-674-6266.

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Offices Closed for Columbus Day

Waterford Township Administrative Offices and the Library will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 8th. Standard hours will resume Tuesday, October 9th.
The regularly scheduled Township Board Meeting will take place Tuesday, October 9th at 6pm in the Town Hall Auditorium 5200 Civic Center Dr. in Waterford.
Emergency Services remain available during this closure.

Spaghetti Dinners first Fridays
Harvest Happening Oct. 7th
Community Center Information & Calculator

Community Center Ballot Proposal
Information Page & Calculator Now Available

An information page is now available regarding the November 6, 2018 ballot proposal on a bond to build, equip, and furnish a new Waterford Community Center on the Civic Center Campus.
The page includes the approved ballot language, a fact sheet, renderings and a concept booklet of the proposed building, a link to the September 13th Town Hall meeting, and a calculator for taxpayers to determine their individual cost for the proposal.

Fire Dept. Open House 10/13


Simple Fire Safety Saves Lives

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more.  U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.
A home is often referred to as a safe haven.  This month, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire.  Here are some simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:

Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
Prevent Electrical Fires – Don’t overload circuits or extension cords.  Cords and wires should never be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas.  Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet.  If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away.  A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.
Keep Plugs Safe – Unplug all appliances when not in use.  Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use your senses to spot any potential disasters.  If a plug is overheating, smells strange, shorts out or sparks – the appliance should be shut off immediately, then replaced or repaired.
Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit.  Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.  Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.
Create An Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house.  Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.  It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.
Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains.  If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.  Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage which can lead to a fire.
Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas.  Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete.  Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil.  Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.
Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.  Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.
Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.  Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.
Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.  Pass this list on to your friends and family and make this fire prevention month count!
Be safe
- Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

Community Profile Collage

2019 Waterford Community Profile & Buyer's Guide

Would you like to include your business or organization in the 2019 Community Profile & Buyers' Guide? Contact the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-666-8600 or email info@waterfordchamber.org or simply click here to become a member.

Your business will automatically be included alphabetically and categorically in the Buyer's Guide section - 10,000 copies are distributed throughout Waterford and nearby communities. 

5k Zombie Run & Mini-Monster Mile: Sign up Today!

It's almost time for the 5th Annual WCFY 5k Zombie Run and Mini-Monster Mile! Run or walk through the beautiful trails of Hess Hathaway Park at dusk. Just be on the lookout for zombies along your travels in the woods.
This spooktacular family-fun event for all ages takes place on Saturday, October 13. Overall Male and Female Medals and Best Dressed Zombie Medals will be awarded.
www.imathlete.com/events/wcfyzombie18 to register online or print off a mail-in registration at wcfy.org

Register before October 1 to be guaranteed a run t-shirt. For questions contact the Waterford Coalition for Youth at 248-618-7424
Zombie Run 2018
Santa Approved Gifts

Christmas In October Sale
Waterford Historical Society

Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018
The Waterford Historical Society will be holding their not to be missed “Christmas in October” sale at Fish Hatchery Park, 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford. 
Leave the crowds and hassle behind in our Log Cabin and Jacober’s General Store.  Unique gift items for all ages await you:  Fish Hatchery & Drayton Plains T-Shirts and New sweatshirts, Alice’s Cottage gift items, Stocking Stuffers, Aprons, Handmade greeting cards, Waterford attire, made in U.S.A. Historic Folk Toys, made in the U.S.A. Sweet Romance Jewelry, gift baskets, Michigan hand thrown mugs, collectibles, gently used children’s books, and much more. 
Something for everyone with most items priced $10.00 and under!  Get your list ready and come shop on October 19 & 20, from 10:00-4:00 each day.  All proceeds support the preservation of your Waterford history.  Please call 248-683-2697 for more information.

Libraries for Life
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Waterford Township Public Library - November Events

Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, October 13, 10:00a-1:00p. Library Community Room

The library accepts donations of used books in saleable condition on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month, 10am-1pm in our Community Room. Items can be dropped off in the library's Community Room at this time each month. Donations are first considered for use in the Library's collection and second as merchandise included at the Friends Used Book Sales. While we appreciate your generosity, there are some items that we do not accept. These include: Encyclopedias, Magazines (including National Geographic), Musty or moldy items, Reader's Digest condensed books, Text books, VHS tapes, Vinyl records. You can obtain a receipt for number of books you donate for tax purposes. For a receipt, please count the number of hardcover and soft cover books being donated prior to arriving at the monthly Donation Drop-off event.

Libraries for Life
October 9 through 16

Our library is participating in a state-wide initiative to raise awareness about organ, tissue, and eye donations. For one week we will have a table in the lobby where you can find information, talk to a volunteer about how organ donation can save lives, pick up a little swag, and possibly get yourself registered as a donor.
If you would like to volunteer to help, even for an hour, please contact Kim Wilcox at Children's Services: 248-618-7692.
Children's Programs (through age 12)
Spooktacular! Wednesday, October 3, 7:00-7:45p (ages 5 & up)
Joel Tacey’s hilarious Halloween show that features costumes, comedy, juggling, magic and more. Nonstop jokes and visual surprises highlight this fun, interactive performance. Registration required, begins Wednesday, September 26.
Spooky Stories. Saturday, October 6, 10:30-11:15a, (ages 3-8)
Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on the first Saturday of the month.  Today's theme: Spooky Stories!  Halloween is near!  Join us for some spooky and silly stories, make a crazy craft, and a treat with no tricks.  Feel free to wear a costume.  No registration required. 
Book-a-Palooza. Saturday, October 20, 10:30a-11:15a (ages 6-12)
Come dressed in your costumes for stories and crafts. Then visit the librarian at the desk for a sweet surprise!  Photo ops with legendary monsters on site.  No registration required.
Lego Club. Saturday, October 27, 2 sessions: 10:15a & 11:30a (ages 3 and up)
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure.  On display in the library until the next meeting.  Then the students can make new structures.  No registration required. 
Teen Programs (grades 6-12)
NOTE: for students in grades 6-12 only.  Please be respectful of the teens as they enjoy library programs planned just for them. Thank you.
Tuesday Teens. October 9 & 23, 3:30-5:00p
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.
Teen Movie: “Poltergeist.” Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8:30p
Get in the spirit of Halloween with this scary movie from 1982.  In this movie, a family discovers that their house is haunted by malevolent ghosts. Feel free to bring a blanket and pillow if you want to stretch out on the floor.  
We’ll provide the refreshments.No registration required
Parents: Check out commonsensemedia.org to determine if the movies are suitable for your teen.
Adults’ Programs
Tips for Job Searching. Monday, October 1, 6:00-8:00p
Learn effective ways to get results in your job search. Presented by Michigan Works.
Thursday Matinee Move Series. 2:00-4:00p.
October 4: Dark Victory (1939) with Bette Davis and George Brent
October 11: The Hunt for Red October (1990) with Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin
October 18: Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant
October 25: Gas Light (1944) with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer
How to Create a Resume. Monday, October 22, 6:00-8:00p
Create a resume that will get read! Also, learn how to write cover letters, follow up letters and more. Presented by Michigan Works.
Frankenstein on the Big Screen. Tuesday, October 23, 6:00p
Join us for a showing of the 1931 Universal Pictures film, Frankenstein. Before the showing, associate professor Kyle Edwards from the Oakland University Cinema Studies Department will provide background on the making of the movie. He'll provide a Q&A afterward.Film begins at approximately 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. NOTE: Part of the Frankenreads international celebration. 
Adults – Enrichment Groups, drop-ins welcome.
Knitting Group
very Wednesday 10:00a – 12:00p in the Community Room
Share patterns, exchange project ideas, and socialize while you knit! Bring your own supplies. Refreshments
Poetry Writers Workshop
Meets 3rd Thursday each month, 7:00p – 8:30p in the Conference Room
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
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30p-8:30p in the Conference Room
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. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.

Library Garden Club
Wednesday October 10, 4:30p-8:00p in the Community Room
4:30p-6:00p - Join us for a work bee in the Children's Sensory Garden as we get hands-on experience with crew leader Janet Macunovich, with garden maintenance and plant inspection.   
6:30p-8:00p Topic: “Overwintering Perennials in Pots”

Trick or Treat

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Suggested trick-or-treat hours for Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Waterford are 6-7pm. Some neighborhoods choose to extend that time by leaving porch lights on as indication they are distributing treats.
Here are few tips to help our community stay safe this Halloween:

Motorists - please exercise extra caution this evening. Obey posted speed limits, avoid distractions while driving, and watch for pedestrian traffic. Allow extra travel time as rush-hour traffic is usually heavier on Halloween.
Trick-or-Treaters - please look both ways before entering a roadway, utiilze reflective items on dark clothing and carry a flashlight, go out in groups and/or with an adult chaperone.
The Waterford Police Dept. will scan candy between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Waterford Police Station, 5150 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, Michigan 48329.
Funtober 2018

Youth Basketball

Women Rock 2018
Tickets now on sale
HGTV Susan Packard

Women Rock Event November 15 -  Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets are now available for the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Women Rock Event! Today's Inspirational Women featuring a morning of fashion, shopping, keynote speaker and lunch held at Bay Pointe Golf Club. This year's keynote will be 
Susan Packard, Co-founder of HGTV.

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 its Annual "Women Rock" event.

The holidays are around the corner, check some items off your shopping list from an array of our local featured vendors. Discover this year's "surprise" models as they walk the runway with fashions from our signature boutiques.

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.

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