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December 2015 News Briefs

Volunteers L-R: Corky Hayes, Councilman John Rhaesa, Amanda Dybus, Family Resource Center; Brian Haddad; Kelly Bohl, WWCS assistant superintendent,  Ali Sayed, CEO HYPE (front row third from right); Irene Ivanac, HYPE (second from right), Pat Hartford and Jenny Johnson (not pictured) helped pass out the Thanksgiving meals. Photo by Jenny Johnson

Volunteers L-R: Corky Hayes, Councilman John Rhaesa, Amanda Dybus, Family Resource Center; Brian Haddad; Kelly Bohl, WWCS assistant superintendent, Ali Sayed, CEO HYPE (front row third from right); Irene Ivanac, HYPE (second from right), Pat Hartford and Jenny Johnson (not pictured) helped pass out the Thanksgiving meals. Photo by Jenny Johnson

Christmas meals at HYPE
HYPE will be receiving 200 boxed turkey meals on December 18th and will have them available for distribution soon after.  They are working with local organizations such as churches and schools, to collect names of Wayne families who might not otherwise have a Christmas dinner.  If you or someone you know in Wayne needs a meal,  go to the center and inquire about signing up.
Star Wars marathon
Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday,  December 17, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens will begin playing at the State Wayne Theater.  It will play on the big screen all night long and into the morning. The earlier you get your tickets, the better chance you have of getting a ticket for the time you want to see the movie.
If you ever thought you’d like to go to a movie in the middle of the night, here is your opportunity.  Each showing of the movie requires a new ticket.  This is not a buy-one-ticket-stay-all-night event.
Veteran receives car
Jack Demmer Ford partnered with Progressive Insurance in Livonia to give away a vehicle to a veteran on Veteran’s Day. The collaboration is part of the Recycled Rides program of the National Auto Body Council. A 2009 Ford Explorer was given to a single mother who had demonstrated need and had served our country overseas.  The program takes a repairable vehicle and restores it for service.  The labor and repair costs were donated by Jack Demmer Ford and the employees there.  Tommy Ryan of Progressive Insurance stated, “It’s a special moment” to give a vehicle away to a veteran. The veteran’s named could not be released.
Frosty the snowman holiday event
The Wayne Public Library invites children of all ages to join in the snowman event  being held on Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be reading, music and a fun time with a warm snowball fight. Frosty will be built right in the library!  Cocoa and cookies will also be shared.
Public budget meeting
There will be a City of Wayne public budget meeting on Tuesday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Wayne City Hall.  The meeting will be prior to the council meeting and will provide residents and businesses with an opportunity to understand the current state of the City’s finances. Input and suggestions will be appreciated.
Keep your home safe
There has been an increase in home invasions in surrounding communities.  Remember to keep your doors and windows locked.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Report anything that appears suspicious.  Tips to protect your property include not advertising new purchases, especially on social media;  installing motion sensors for lights; setting timers for indoor lights, reinforcing strikeplate on doors with at least 3 inch screws, shielding windows near doors, installing deadbolts; installing and always setting an audible home alarm; knowing your neighbors; and pruning your shrubs so they don’t conceal intruders.  Keep these thoughts in mind as you go about celebrating the season.
Help of veterans needed
Several veterans who are graduates of Wayne Memorial High School want to have a Veteran’s display at the Wayne Historical Museum.  They are inviting veterans to loan an artifact from their service years and a short story about themselves.  Contact Ann Zimmerman at the museum if you can help.
Brunch with Santa
HYPE is having a Brunch with Santa event on Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  There will also be arts and crafts, a dance performance and of course, Santa.  Pictures with Santa will be available for an additional cost.  Tickets are $6 each for children and $8 each for adults.   Children 2 and under are free.
HoliDay Camp
Want to get the kids out of your hair for a few days? Do you work full-time and need a place for the kids to go during winter break? Swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, games and other activities will be available to those who sign up for HoliDay Camp to be held at HYPE December 21-23 and December 28-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The camp is available to those ages 5-13.  Costs for HYPE members are $30 per day or $80 for a week.  For non-members, the costs are $40 per day or $100 for a week.  Before and after care will be available for an additional price.
Trip to casino
Join the Wayne Rotary for a Fundraiser trip to FireKeepers Casino on  Saturday, January 9th, at 2 p.m. The cost of the trip is $35 and you get $20 in slot play and $5.00 for food. Please reserve your spot by December 23, 2015. Please contact Trish Hampton 734- 890-6934.
Human Trafficking
Awareness Event
Michigan is the 2nd highest state with human trafficking after Nevada, a surprising statistic.  You can learn more at the Human Trafficking Awareness Event on December 14, 6:30 p.m., at Westland City Hall.
Volunteers Needed
WANTED:  Volunteers to assist at the Wayne Historical Museum! Do you enjoy history and antiques?  We are looking for volunteers to help with various jobs at our museum.  Greeters, tour guides, display assistants and promotions are some of the areas that help is needed.  Training will be provided.  You may choose the days and number of hours that you would like to be involved.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about our community, meet new people and provide a service to our city.  Stop by the museum on Thursday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and pick up a volunteer application or call the museum for more information at 734-722-0113.
Great deals at West Town
West Town Market, 4098 Howe Rd, has been open for over 25 years and  carries a line of holiday gift liquor boxes and holiday gift accessories.  They will beat or match any advertised beer, liquor of tobacco prices that other big chain stores sell to keep business here in Wayne.  If you need holiday “cheer” for a party, this is a place you can stop to get it. See their ad in this paper.
Regional Transit Authority seeking help
The Regional Transit Authority is tasked with developing the plan for mass transit along several major roads, Michigan Avenue being one of them.  They are planning a system along Michigan Avenue between Detroit and Ann Arbor. This means it will come right through Wayne.  Do you want to take an active role in advocating for the RTA in Wayne?  Do you have insight from the community you would like to bring to the RTA?  If the answer is yes, you might like to join the  Citizens Advisory Committee.  Members will be asked to advise on transit-related issues and advocate on behalf of the RTA.  The group will be critical so that the voices of the community are heard.  As a member, you will be asked to participate in a monthly meeting and are expected to have five hours additionally of advocacy or community education. This means that you are talking to your neighbors, co-workers, and organizations you are involved in to help spread the word and get their feedback.
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