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December 2014 News Briefs

New Urgent Care
City of Wayne officials and Chamber of Commerce members welcomed a new business to Wayne with a ribbon cutting. Wayne Urgent Care, located at 34815 Michigan Avenue, Suite 1. They are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily including weekends and holidays. No appointments are necessary. All major insurance plans are accepted. They treat strains, sprains, fractures, wounds, respiratory infections, earaches, and more. They have Digital X-Rays, EKG, ultrasound, lab testing, physicals and immunizations.

Join Rotary
The Wayne Rotary Club is looking for new members who are looking to be involved in the community. They meet at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Road, Wayne. They have lunch, network and have guest speakers. For more information, visit their website at www.waynerotary.org.
Join Wayne Coin Club
The Wayne Coin Club is looking for new members, young or old, familiar with coin collecting or not, but interested in collecting coins, currency, tokens, or other numismatic items. They meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month at St John’s Episcopal Church, 555 S.Wayne Rd, Westland.
The Wayne Club sponsors a yearly coin show, members will appraise your collection and there is a coin auction at every meeting, along with raffle prizes, door prizes and a lot of fun and camaraderie. Young coin collectors receive a collectible coin for every meeting they attend. So bring your family and join the Wayne Coin Club.  For more information, visit www.waynecoinclub.org.

Veterans Project
St. John Lutheran School and Church, 2602 S. Wayne Rd., Westland, is looking for donations of canned food, boxed food and blankets for our Veterans. They will be collecting items at St. Johns School in Westland on Wayne Rd. and Glenwood or at Elite Realty in Livonia 31077 Schoolcraft. All donations will be delivered to the homeless and inpatient veterans at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. They also send care packages to active troops overseas.
For more information on the project, call 734-721-5377.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Support Program
Hospice of Michigan will host a grief support program from 10-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Canton Senior Center, 4600 Summit Parkway, Canton.
It will feature a presentation from Ron Gries, author of “Through Death to Life.” Gries’ book is a collection of poetry and prose he wrote during his wife’s five- year battle with cancer, which eventually took her life. During his presentation, Gries will reflect on his experience and discuss dying, living, grief, healing and hope. The program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Margaret Martin at 734.769.5821 or mmartin@hom.org.
Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Calling all Youth
The Wayne Masonic Lodge will host an Informational Day at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10 for Michigan DeMolay, a youth movement for men ages 12-21. There will be a meet and greet, video and board games. For more information, call Ray Lemons at 734-552-3125 or email Raymond.Lemons-
@gmail.com. The Wayne Lodge is located at 37137 Palmer Road, Westland.

Demmer Automotive Vehicle to Veteran
Jack Demmer Automotive Group and Progressive Insurance donated a vehicle to Army veteran Amy O’Neil on Veteran’s Day. Amy served in Iraq in 2003 focusing in the laundry and hygiene division of the Army. She currently works at the Veteran’s hospital in Ann Arbor and doesn’t have her own means of transportation to get to work.
With parts donated from their vendors, the staff at Jack Demmer Collision Centers repaired and refurbished a 2005 Escape to gift O’Neil. O’Neil was one of 100 veterans across the country who received a special vehicle on Veteran’s Day through Progressive’s “Recycled Rides” project.

TEARS Brings Monument to Wayne
It will be a place to heal and remember. Wayne will soon be home to a TEARS monument. TEARS provides financial and emotional support to parents who lost children under the age of 1.
Wayne resident Buddy Shuh, president of the Michigan Chapter of the TEARS Foundation brought this great news to the last city council meeting. Shuh shared that his daughter, Isabella, was born in 2005 and lived for 5 ½ months.
“To compound the grief we didn’t have money for the funeral,” he said. “That is common. Most people are saving for cribs and not caskets. We always vowed we wanted to be on the other side one day.”
Five years later Shuh appeared on the NBC show The Biggest Loser and the founder of TEARS saw his story and contacted him. The Michigan Chapter of TEARS was launched and is now able to help Michigan families in need of support.
“With infant loss, often, and in miscarriage parents don’t have a place to go,” Shuh said. One in four women experience this loss- 500 in Wayne County alone.
The granite monument will be the fourth one in the country.
“People will be flying in from across the country for the event. It will be an incredible thing for our city when coming down eastbound Michigan,” he said.
Shuh worked with Harry J. Will Funeral Home and the monument will be placed on their eastern most property. It will be dedicated on Oct. 10, 2015. October is Infant Awareness Month.
Councilman John Rhaesa said, “Thank you for everything you do. Your family is an inspiration to the city.”

Main Street Benches
There will soon be a place to sit when visiting Downtown Wayne. Wayne Main Street acquired eight benches to be placed along westbound Michigan Avenue in the downtown area.
Benches will be placed in line with tree plantings as a way for residents and businesses to interact and to encourage the walkability of the downtown. They will not be placed near establishments that serve alcohol or bus stops.
Wayne Main Street is asking citizens, businesses, and other interested individuals to sponsor a bench for $500. The armrest, legs and braces are cast iron and the wood bench is teak.
Benches will be installed this spring.

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