September 2019 Waterford Insider
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Big Wheels 2019
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Monthly Paper Recycling- Sept. 14

Waterford Township offers free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.)

Please note: this service is usually provided the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall, however due to on-campus events in August and September, the monthly recycling date moves to the 2nd Saturday of the month. Bring your paper recycling September 14, 2019.
Beginning January 2020, this service will be held on the second Saturday of every month.

hazardous waste collection event

Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Only 2 Dates Remain

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. The vouchers are available beginning April 1st of the current program year.  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 dates and locations are as follows. All dates and locations hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

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

Oakland County Service Center Campus*
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

*Check back, closer to event, for exact campus location

crossing guard vest

Now Hiring Crossing Guards

Crossing Guards are needed for the Waterford School District.
Pay starts at $10/hour.
Must pass a criminal background and drug screening test. Training will be provided by the Waterford Police Department.

If interested, please see Arlene Ward at the Waterford Township Hall on the 3rd floor to fill out an application  or visit the Waterford Township website at

Any questions may be directed to Shaun Damron at 248-618-7502 or Sgt. Chet Bartle at 248-618-6041.

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Tiger Stadium
Libraries for Life

Waterford Township Public Library - September Events

September is Library Card Signup Month
Students grades K-5 who live in Waterford: Sign up for your first library card and you will receive a coupon redeemable for a free paperback book from the Children’s Department.
Teens (grades 6th through 12th): Get a library card in September and you can pick out a free book at the Adult Reference desk. This offer is valid only for Waterford residents getting their very first Waterford library card and not for replacement cards for active library accounts.
NOTE: Parents or legal guardians must apply for library cards for kids under 18 years-of-age.
Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Our drop-in storytimes resume this fall the week of September 10-11. Storytimes are 30 minutes long and include a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays, and o0ther activities. Storytimes are held in our children’s story and crafts room. A parent or caregiver must accompany children. We ask that parents and caregivers arrive a few minutes before storytime begins in order to get settled in.
Babytime (ages 6 mos. – 15 mos.) Tuesdays 10:00-10:30 am – begins September 10
Toddlertime (ages 16 mos. To 23 mos.) Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 am – begins September 11
Two-Year-Old Storytime – Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 am – begins September 10
Three-Year-Old Storytime – Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am – begins September 11
Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on different Saturdays throughout the fall, 10:30-11:15 am. No registration required.
Very Hungry Caterpillar – September 14
It’s the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s most famous story! Celebrate with your favorite Eric Carle stories and a caterpillar/butterfly craft.
1,000 Books before Kindergarten
For children infant to 5 years. We are a participating library in this early literacy program. Pick up a reading chart and book list from the children’s department. Read to your young child. For every 100 books that you read together, we will put your child’s name on our “Wall of Fame” as well as pick out a book to keep. Reach the 1,000-book milestone and get a book bag.
Lego Club
Saturday, September 28, 10:15-11:00 am OR 11:30-12:15 pm. Recommended for Ages 5 and Up
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure. They are displayed in the library until the next meeting. Then the students can make new structures. No registration required.
Saturday Special
Saturday, September 21, 10:30-11:30 am. Recommended for ages 9-12
Earth’s Neighbor: The Moon. Learn more about our nearest celestial neighbor from phases of the moon to moon travel. Make a moon model.
Teens 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
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 3:30-5:00, September 10 through May 26th
Drop in anytime between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us each month 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.
(NOTE: not held on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, March 10, 2020 or Tuesdays when the Waterford School District is closed because of inclement weather.)

Adults Programs
Books and Brags
We’d like to highlight real-life ways that library books (and online resources) have helped you. Did you use a cookbook to bake a cake for a special occasion? Did you pass your SATs with flying colors using one of our resources? Did your child learn how to do origami using a book from the Children’s Department? Submit a picture showing the result of how a library resource helped you achieve something. Examples: a good grade on a report, a selfie of you working on your car, a photo from a family vacation. Let us know which book(s), magazine(s) or online resource(s) you used. Photos may be submitted in person at the Adult Reverence desk, sent to, Or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will share the photos on social media and in the library.
(NOTE: Registration is required for most adults program. To register please call 248-618-7694, drop by the Adults Reference desk when you visit the library, or register online via the Calendar of Events on our website.)
Fluid Art Painting
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm
Self-taught fluid artist Farra Rust will teach you how to create a whimsically colorful tile. We’ll keep the tiles here at the library for a day or two until they are dry enough for you to take home. Supplies will be provided. Registration required.
Ask the “Tech Guy”
Saturday, September 21,
1:30 – 4:00 pm in the Group Study Room
Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your won device or computer (bring it with you). Our library computer technician will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Thirty-minute appointments beginning at 1:30 pm. Call 248-618-7694 to register or stop by the Adults Reference desk.
Adult Matinee Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13)
Thursday, September 26 2:00p-4:15p
This movie chronicles the life of Freddie Mercury, the legendary singer of the all-time greatest and most influential bands, Queen. Popcorn will be provided. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, provided that your beverages have lids. No registration required.
The History of Tiger Stadium
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm
Doc Fletcher, author of The History of Tiger Stadium: A Love Letter to Baseball at Michigan & Trumbull, will share stories about the characters on the field, in the stands, and those in the neighborhoods surrounding the ballpark, as well as the broadcaster who brought the action to us. Registration required.

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
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Thursday, September 12,
7:00 pm in the Conference Room
Title: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
Monday, September 16,
1:00 pm in the Community Room
Title: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Poetry Writers Workshop
Meets 3rd Thursday each month, 6:00p – 7:00p 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, September 11 2019, 4:30p - 8:00p. Work Bee in the Gardens: 4:30p-6:00p.
Seminar: 6:30p-8:00p – Topic: Bulbs – Planting for color in the spring

In exchange for your helping hands we can promise you an educational experience working with this group of passionate gardeners and connecting with gardening experts during the seminars.
Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Friends General Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 5:30p-6:30p
Library Community Room
Meeting of the members of the Waterford Township Friends of the Library. All current members and prospective members welcome. A great opportunity to get to know other members and find out how you can participate in activities the Friends are planning. Topics include: Review of Events to date, Plans for future events, e.g. Used Book Sales, Book It 2020 5k Family Fun Run/Walk.
Volunteer Opportunity - Michigan Libraries for Life
Thursday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 16
If you could save a life, would you? Most people would say “Yes!” without hesitation. One of the simplest ways to save and improve lives is by supporting organ, tissue and eye donation. Since 2010, libraries across Michigan have participated in a simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about donation and transplantation as well as give them an opportunity to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. This statewide campaign, Michigan Libraries for Life (including public, academic, special and hospital libraries of all sizes) has inspired nearly 4,000 people to sign up as donors! The Waterford Township Public Library is participating again this October. We are seeking volunteers to help staff an information table in our Circulation Lobby over these dates. Interested in helping? Please contact Kim Wilcox,

Unicorn Utopia Party
taxes due

Taxes Due September 16th

Last day to pay 2019 summer tax bill without interest is
Monday, September 16, 2019. 
If you need further information, please call Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.

Payment Options:
In Person
Treasurer’s Office, Town Hall, 5200 Civic Center Dr. 
Office CLOSED Monday, September 2
Hours:  September 4 thru Memorial Day - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
After-Hours Drop Box
An after-hours drop box is located near the lower entrance door of the Township Hall
U.S. Post Office
Taxes may be mailed to our post office box in the envelope provided with your bill at:
Department 771361
P.O. Box 77000
Detroit, MI 48277-2000
This payment is mailed directly to our bank's lock box processing center.
If you do not have a tax bill please mail payments to Town Hall at:
Waterford Township Treasurer
5200 Civic Center Dr
Waterford MI 48329
All payments must be post marked by the US post office September 16 or earlier to avoid late penalties and fees.
Online Through Township Website
Electronic Check (e-check) and Credit/Debit payments may be made electronically by accessing and click on Online Bill Payment

  • E-Check Payments (using a checking/savings account) will incur a Convenience Fee of $1.00 per transaction.
  • Credit and Debit Payments may be processed through VISA, MASTERCARD or DISCOVER.  Please note that you will pay a Convenience Fee of $2.49% based upon the amount of your payment.

Please Note:   It is NOT recommended  to have payment issued through your bank at this late date.    Payments issued through your bank takes 10 to 15 business days to receive payment.   These payments are received in envelopes that are not post marked; anything received after September 16 will be charged late penalties and fees. 

Cash Payments
For those considering making their payment in cash, for safety, efficiency and Township savings, payment by check or cashier’s check is preferred.
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.
Dog Tags
2019 Oakland County Dog Licenses are still available at Oakland County Animal Control located at the 1200 N.Telegraph County Complex, Building 42.   (2019 tags are no longer available at Waterford Treasurer’s Office)
Next year’s dog tags (2020) will be available at Waterford Treasurer’s Office January 2020.

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Summer Sundays

Summer Sundays in the Village

Summer Sundays in the Waterford Historical Village

The Waterford Historical Society presents Summer Sundays in the Village.  No hoopla, just history!  Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon with us walking our Historic Village at your own pace.  Stuff a mattress or “wash” some clothes.  Pack a lunch and enjoy Fish Hatchery Park.  Free admission. 

Last date this season: Sunday, September 15 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  We are located in Fish Hatchery Park at 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford.  For more information please call 248-683-2697.

Bucket of Love Meeting

Junk in the Truck 2019

Smoke Alarms - Fire Safety Tips from the Fire Dept.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Test your smoke alarm at least once a month by pushing the test button. If you can’t reach the alarm, ask for help.
  • For added safety, interconnect the smoke alarms. If one sounds, they all sound. This gives more time to escape.
  • Smoke alarms with sealed (long-life) batteries work for up to 10 years. They can be helpful for people who find it hard to change batteries.
  • Smoke alarms expire. Replace them every 10 years.
People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard or hearing.
  • Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire.
  • When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape.
  • When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound alert device can wake them. A pillow or bed shaker may be helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm.

 Have a great month and please be safe,
Acting Fire Chief Matthew Covey

Walk & Roll for Meals on Wheels

Skeet & Meat

6th Annual Skeet & Meat Event

Register at or call 248-666-8600
Space is limited - Groups of up to 5 can be grouped together. 
Great Team Building for the workplace! 

Save the Date - Harvest Happening Oct. 6

Harvest Happening
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