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February 2016 – News Briefs

The staff at Wayne Memorial High School "stepped up" for their students. Staff members offered to wear tutus for a day if students and other staff members made donations to the Zebra Step Team. This effort raised over $250. The proceeds will be used to help purchase new uniforms for the Step Team. Step Team members made the tutus for the staff members to wear.

The staff at Wayne Memorial High School “stepped up” for their students. Staff members offered to wear tutus for a day if students and other staff members made donations to the Zebra Step Team. This effort raised over $250. The proceeds will be used to help purchase new uniforms for the Step Team. Step Team members made the tutus for the staff members to wear.

Dairy Queen is opening
Dairy Queen plans to open February 2 with hours during the month of 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Daily 50% off specials are planned throughout the upcoming season: Monday (Blizzards), Tuesday (Milk Shakes and Ice Cream Cakes), Wednesday (Peanut Buster), Thursday (Sundaes), Friday (Fruit Smoothies), Saturday (Orange Julius) and Sunday (Cones).
Learn to crochet
Wayne Public Library librarian Adrianne will be teaching basic crochet techniques on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wayne Public Library.  Hooks and yarn will be provided.  Register for this program by calling the Adult Reference Desk at 734-721-7832 ext. 630.
Daddy-daughter dance
Girls can put on their fancy dresses and dads can come out dressed in their best for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at HYPE Recreation Center-Western Wayne on Thursday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  All ages are welcome. If dad is not available, bring grandpa, an uncle, an older brother or any other father figure. Tickets are $15 per couple; each additional daughter is $5 and includes refreshments and a flower corsage.  Pictures will be available for an extra fee.  Tickets can be purchased at HYPE’s front desk or at the door the night of the event.
Valentine’s dinner at White Castle
Wayne’s White Castle is promoting their annual Valentine’s Day dinner on Sunday, February 14.  There will be tablecloths, flowers on the table and hosts serving at the tables that night. You must make reservations to participate.  Call 248-477-1450 ext. 10 on Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to make your reservations now.
Community block grant program
There will be two public hearings for the 2016-17 Community Development Block Grant Program on Tuesday, February 2, at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m.
Spaghetti dinner
Support the Wayne Memorial High School JROTC program by attending their spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, February 19, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at Wayne Masonic Temple, 37137 Palmer Rd, Westland. Six dollars will get you all you can eat salad, spaghetti, rolls and dessert. Proceeds will help send the JROTC drill team to the U.S. Army National Guard Drill Championship in Louisville, KY in April.
Wayne music fest
If music is your thing, attend the Wayne Music Fest Up and Coming Artist Showcase on Friday, February 19, being held at HYPE Recreation Center-Western Wayne 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. There will be multiple acts and multiple genres of music.  Tickets are $15; only 400 are available. Pizza slices and soft drinks will also be available for $1 each. Come support local artists.
Play indoor mini golf
The Friends of the Library are holding their annual indoor mini golf fundraiser on February 20, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  There will be a gift basket raffle.  Lunch will be available for purchase at the 19th hole.  All proceeds will be used to purchase children’s books and audio visual materials. Tickets are $5 for adults (ages 18 and up), $3 for students (ages 6-18), $15 for a family ticket (up to 6 people) and children under age 5 are free.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Wayne Public Library.
Upward Bound fundraisers
Upward Bound students from Wayne Memorial High School are holding a few fundraisers to help defray costs of transportation for upcoming trips as part of their program.  Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings on February 24 and Texas Roadhouse on March 23 and a portion of sales will go to the program.  You must mention you are supporting Upward Bound when you go.  There will also be a bowling fundraiser at Town and Country Bowl on March 4.
2015 free tax services
If your annual household income is less than $54,000, you may be able to get your taxes done free through the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.  Services will be available at the Wayne Public Library on Wednesday, March 16 and March 23, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  Walk-ins are accepted, but an appointment would be preferable.  Call 734-284-6999 or 313-388-9799 for more information or to make an appointment.  You must bring social security cards for yourself and all claimed dependents and a valid picture ID.  Call to get the full list of additional items you will need to bring.
Kindergarten round-up
Kindergarten Round-Up for Wayne Westland Community Schools will be March 22.  For more information, call 734-419-2083.
Marshmallow drop
Wayne’s annual Marshmallow Drop will be on Friday, March 25, and is free.  There will be three drops: 10:00 a.m. for children up to age 4; 10:15 a.m. for ages 5-7; 10:30 a.m. for ages 8-10.  The drop will be at Anderson Field in Attwood Park.  There will also be a Bunny Brunch at HYPE after the drop for a fee.  Call HYPE for more information. The drop is partially sponsored by CrossPointe Community Church.
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.
NHS tutors wanted
HYPE is looking for students in the National Honor Society to tutor.  In exchange for 12 hours a month of community service, the student would receive a one month membership to HYPE.
Community development director hired
Lori Fodale has been hired as Wayne’s Community Development Director and liaison to the Downtown Development Authority. Lori was Westland’s Economic Development Director and prior to that, Westland’s Chamber of Commerce Director. Her $70,000 salary will be split between the City and the DDA.
Health expo at Hype
HYPE Recreation Center-Western Wayne is looking for vendors for their upcoming Healthy You Health Expo on April 2.  They are looking for anything health-related that relates to wellness-physical, social, occupational,environmental, intellec-  tual, emotional or spiritual.  Vendors may sell items, but they also must have something to give away for free to attendees.  The public is invited to attend the Health Expo for free.   For further information, contact Irene at HYPE  734-721-7400.
Police statistics for January 2016 and year of 2015
Police Chief Al Maciag reported the following statistics for January: 9 traffic crashes, 1 residential burglary, 1 other burglary, 9 larcenies, 4 motor vehicle thefts, 0 robberies, 9 damage to property calls, 0 arsons and 29 assaults.  Seven people used the online reporting system. Recent crime trends include malicious destruction of property. Three subjects were arrested for causing auto damage in the parking structure.
For those who wonder what trouble might lurk in the parking structure, here are the statistics: The police patrolled the garage 238 times in 2015.  They found 2 juveniles causing trouble, 1 malicious destruction of property, 1 trespass/disorderly conduct and 1 narcotics incident.
Strategic planning meeting for schools
John Silveri, MI Leadership Institute, led a group of community members in strategic planning exercises to help the Wayne Westland Community School District with their long-range strategic plan. Superintendent Michelle Harmala has not appeared at the meetings (there have also been meetings geared directly to students, teachers and parents) because they want to receive honest feedback from people. Attendees were told to envision their perfect school-buildings, teachers, etc, with no thought to cost.  John also noted, with the audience’s help, what were considered barriers and what were considered boosters in the current school district.   An ad hoc steering committee will be formed with about 20-25 representatives from the community, students and staff that will start meeting in March.
Community financial task force
A new Community Financial Task Force was formed and 9 citizens were appointed to the committee.  They will meet for 2 or 3 evenings to address the fiscal state of the City.  They will then come up with recommendations for the City.
Open House
St. Michael Lutheran School (Preschool-8th Grade) is hosting an open house to current and prospective students, Saturday, February 20th, between 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Take a guided tour of the school, meet with teachers and learn more about how a Christian education can help your child build a successful future! St. Michael is a fully accredited (MANS & NLSA) parochial school celebrating its 33rd school year instilling Christian values, confidence and  academic achievement in each student by offering challenging academics, small class sizes (average 15 students per class)  with personal attention, technology enhanced classrooms and a wide variety of extra curricula activities in a Christian environment.  The school offers AM & PM licensed latchkey and also bus service for residents of Wayne- Westland Community Schools.   St. Michael is conveniently located just 2 miles east of I275 and 1 mile north of Michigan Avenue at 3003 Hannan Road in Wayne.  For more information contact the school at (734) 728-3315 or visit www.stmichaellutheran.org.
Police commendations
Retired Lt. Patrick Lindberg and Sgt. Andrew McKay were presented with Certificates of Commendation at the January 19 City Council meeting for their actions taken when a child went missing in February, 2014.  They were able to recover the child in less than 13 hours and prevented the child from becoming a victim of human trafficking.
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