Waterford Insider November 2019

Notice of Special Election - Tuesday November 5, 2019

Special Election, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
There will be a Special Election for Oakland Community College - Operating Millage Renewal Proposal on Tues., November 5, 2019. 
In Waterford, the ballot contains ONLY this one question.

For precinct locations, ballot language, absentee voter information and more, please visit the Waterford Township Clerk's election website at: https://www.waterfordmi.gov/159/Election-Information

At this time, there are three (3) elections scheduled for 2020:
Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 10, 2020
August Primary - Tuesday, August 4, 2020
November General - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Single Hauler March 30, 2020 Information

Advanced Disposal Waterford Customers

Advanced Disposal customers in Waterford may have received a letter from Advanced Disposal dated October 16, 2019 indicating the company intends to withdraw from Waterford Township residential collection services effective October 31, 2019.

The letter indicates the following:

  • Current Advanced Disposal residential customers will need to arrange for a new service provider to begin servicing their residence effective the week of November 4th. Thursday, October 31, 2019 will be the last date Advanced Disposal will service Waterford Township residential customers.
  • Carts owned by Advanced Disposal will be removed following your last day of service
  • Advanced Disposal will issue refunds for any prepaid amounts for services not rendered after October 31, 2019.

As you may be aware, Waterford Township will transition to a single-source hauler for residential curbside collection of solid waste, recycling and yard waste beginning March 30, 2020. The company awarded the contract for this service is GFL Environmental, USA.  Find more information on the Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/trash.

What to do now:

GFL Environmental, USA is able to accept new Waterford customers immediately at current non-contract GFL rates. Customers will be charged $33 per month for trash, recycling & yard waste for the next 5 months ($165 total) taking them through March 30, 2020. After that period, contract rates will be in effect.
GFL Environmental, USA can be reached at a dedicated phone line for Waterford Township customers at 248-204-6756.
You may also sign up for service online at: https://signup.gflusa.com
If you are having a difficult time reaching GFL or signing up for service on the website portal, please contact the Supervisor's office at 248-674-6201.

Sorry we're closed

November Holiday Closures

Waterford Township Administrative offices and the Library will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans' Day.

Thanksgiving holiday closures:
Waterford Township offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29, 2019.
The Waterford Township Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Library will also be closed Friday, November 29, 2019.

Women Rock 2019

Women Rock - Fashion Show, Shopping, Lunch

Attention Ladies! Let's rock! 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.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch, mimosas, networking, shopping, fashions and valuable time with other women in business, girlfriends, sisters and moms! Our Speaker, Cheri Schultz, will leave you inspired all day long!

This is a great day out for all business owners, administrative assistants, sales force and other employees who deserve a small token of thanks for their hard work. Everyone is welcome.

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. Tickets $35/person

Sign up link: https://www.waterfordchamber.org/events/women-rock-event-sign-up/


Calling All "Snowbirds"

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.

Fair Housing Survey

Fair Housing Survey

Oakland County Community & Home Improvement is conducting a Fair Housing Survey. Make Sure Your Voice is Heard – Complete the Fair Housing Survey Today!

All surveys are anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

DEADLINE:  Must be submitted by November 22, 2019

Did you know that you have a right to choose housing – free from discrimination?

The goal of this study is to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist in Oakland County; so, your input is very important.
Fair housing laws apply to rental housing, homes for sale, advertising, home loans and home insurance.  Federal and state fair housing acts prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, disability, age, height, weight and marital status.
If you would like to share your housing experiences along with fellow residents or housing professionals in a more interactive environment, please plan to attend one of the Public Fair Housing Forums or Professional Fair Housing Focus Groups:  See below for dates and locations.

International Games Day
Guardians of Detroit
Ask the Tech Guy

Waterford Township Public Library - News & Events

Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Used Book Sale, Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Saturday, 10:00a-4:30p, Sunday, 1:00p-4:00p
Library Community Room
The Waterford Township Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale this weekend. Great gifts at sweet prices - or your next fun read. Stop by and shop! Proceeds support programs and projects at the Waterford Township Public Library. BAG SALE, $5/bag, all day Sunday. 

Library Closed

  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Our drop-in storytimes end this fall the week of November 19-20. 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 – ending November 19
Toddlertime (ages 16 mos. To 23 mos.) Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 am – ending November 20
Two-Year-Old Storytime – Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 am – ending November 19
Three-Year-Old Storytime – Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am – ending November 20

International Games Day – Saturday, November 9, 10:00a – 4:00p
All over the world, people are playing games on this date and our library is participating with a wide selection of board games. Bring your whole family to join in the fun. No registration required
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party – Saturday, November 16, 10:30a – 11:30a
Recommended for ages 9-12. 

Are you a fan favorite of this series?  Come and celebrate the life of Greg Heffley.  Do a "Manny Cereal Toss" of mini boxes in a toilet seat, a "clothes" relay race, trivia, and chat about favorite passages.  Can you say "cheese"?!  No registration required
Family Movie: Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Saturday, November 23, 2:00p
Recommended for ages 5+

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.  Rated PG.  Feel free to bring blankets, pillows, snacks and drinks.  No peanuts, please.  We'll provide the popcorn.  Children under 9 need to be accompanied by an adult.  No registration required
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, November 23, 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.
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
Library Community Room
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 Reference desk, sent to waterfordlib@gmail.com, 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.)

Guardians of Detroit, Thursday, November 14, 7:00p-8:00p
Library Community Room
Join us for a presentation by Jeff Morrison, historian, photographer, and author of Guardians of Detroit: Sculptural Architecture in the Motor City. The presentation features more than 100 spectacular close-up pictures of architectural sculpture from throughout the city of Detroit. You will learn about the symbolism behind the ornamentation and hear some of the untold stories of the artists, artisans, and architects involved in its creation. The Guardians of Detroit book and coloring book will be available for purchase before and after the presentation. Registration required.
Ask the “Tech Guy”
Saturday, November 16,
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.

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
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
Monday, November 18,
1:00 pm in the Community Room
Title: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
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, screenplays, 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, November 13, 4:30p - 8:00p. Work Bee in the Gardens: 4:30p-6:00p.
Seminar: 6:30p-8:00p. Topic: Agriculture Inspectors, Our Silent Partners

(Library Community Room)
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. This month, recently retired Department of Agriculture inspector Jim Loncar describes what inspectors do to insure quality in plants sold at nursery and curb the spread of invasive- and other harmful insects and diseases.

Youth Cheerleading
Super Hero Party 2019

Senior Center Holiday Party 2019
santa approved gifts

Historical Society - Christmas Sale

The Waterford Historical Society will be holding LAST MINUTE shopping during our “Christmas 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, New Waterford attire, made in U.S.A. Historic Folk Toys, gift baskets, 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 Saturday, December 7, from 10:00-4:00.  All proceeds go toward construction of Historic Waterford Village.  Support the preservation of your history of Waterford.  Please call 248-683-2697 for more information.

Dine to Donate - CJs for Open Door Outreach

Greens Market
Save the Date Dec. 7 2019

Save the Date: December 7, 2019

Join Waterford Township as they partner with the City of Auburn Hills, the City of Pontiac and White Lake Township for the annual Holiday Extravaganza Parade and WinterFUN Festival in Downtown Pontiac.

8-10:30am WinterFUN Festival including gallery of ice, petting farm, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, hot cocoa and s'mores.

The parade begins at 11am! Free fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, parade floats, entertainment and of course - Santa and Mrs. Claus!


Tree Lighting 2019

Holiday Baskets Sign Up

In Need of a Little Extra Help This Holiday Season?
If you, or someone you know, lives in Waterford or whose children attend Waterford schools, are in need of a Christmas basket this year come to the Waterford Recreation Center on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This will be the only day to sign up.
Basket pickup will be 12/21/19.

Bring your license with a current address. If your children attend Waterford Schools, please bring their current report card or a letter from their school stating they attend.

The address to the Waterford Recreation Center is 5640 Williams Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48329.

Questions? Email waterfordgoodfellows@gmail.com

Dashing through December

Dashing Through December
Holiday Shopping for a Cause

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and join the Waterford Coalition for Youth at their 4th Annual Dashing through December Holiday Shopping Bonanza on Saturday, December 7 from 10-3 at Donelson Hills Elementary School. 

Admission is $2.00 per person. This one-stop shopping opportunity is great way to kick start your holiday gift giving plans, while supporting the coalition’s work for youth and families in Waterford. Vendors will be on site with a wide variety of gift options to consider.  Donelson Hills is located at 2690 Wewoka in Waterford.  For questions, please contact the coalition at 248-618-7424.

Youth Basketball Leagues

Kindergarten Orientation 2020
Taste of Waterford

Taste of Waterford 2020

SAVE THE DATE! The Waterford Coalition for Youth cordially invites you to the 21st Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford!

This year’s family-fun event for all ages takes us on a magical journey with the amazing Anthony Grupido. Hailed as “Michigan’s Best Magician” by Channel 2, 4 and 7, as seen on Impractical Jokers and America's Got Talent, Grupido is one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 and is an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  Grupido’s spunky, energetic and clumsy characteristics make him a crowd favorite!  Laugh along as your friends have their watches stolen, minds read and your jaw drops with Grupido’s side splitting humor and perfected sleight of hand.

Participate in an amazing pick-a-prize raffle and try your luck at the 50/50. This extremely popular, premier community fun(d)raiser won’t leave you hungry as you beat the winter blues with friends and neighbors, while partnering with the coalition in their efforts to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors and empower our youth to make positive choices.

Admission includes all you can eat food and entertainment from over 30 area restaurants who year after year donate their food and staff to help support youth and families at this important community event. Contact the Coalition at 248-618-7424, or visit 2020wcfytaste.eventbrite.com for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner

Monthly Recycling- December 7

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.

Please note that beginning January 2020, monthly paper and cardboard recycling moves to the second Saturday of each month.

SAVE THE DATE - Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner Chamber of Commerce
Mark your calendars to join us for the WACC Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -

our moment to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and make plans for the new year. It is a time to reflect and acknowledge those who have made a difference within our chamber and community and embrace the blessings we have received among one another... business, friendships, growth. And, all in an atmosphere of FUN! 

This year's theme, in honor of Dr. Adam Apfelblat, is the Grand Prix. 
We have some fabulous surprises for you!   

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