November 2016 News Briefs
The City of Wayne will hold their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Wayne Historical Museum grounds. Hot chocolate, coffee and treats will be donated by local non-profits and businesses. There will be activities donated by local businesses for the kids which will include face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and a drawing for free prizes. The event will also feature the Wayne Memorial High School Choir and the Wayne Memorial High School Marching Band along with a visit from Santa Claus who will arrive on the Wayne Fire Truck with the 2016 Diamond of the Community Beverly Campbell. The kids will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and share with him what they would like for Christmas this year.
Join the Friends of the Wayne Public Library for an Afternoon Tea Fundraiser catered by Victoria’s Tea Salon. The event will be held in the library’s meeting room on Saturday, November 12, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, or you can get a table for eight for $240. Tickets are available now at the library’s front desk. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Wayne Public Library.
The City of Wayne would like to congratulate and welcome the new Fire Chief, Michael Stradtner. Chief Stradtner has proudly served as a firefighter for 22 years. The new Chief was formally introduced at the Wayne City Council meeting on October 18. Per the agreement with Westland, Chief Stradtner will serve as Fire Chief for both Wayne and Westland.
The City of Wayne welcomed Shaun Pek, Shane O’Neill and Andrew Loudon to the Wayne Fire Department. These three gentlemen were hired under the SAFER grant and are already sworn in and have started with the Fire Department.
Wayne Memorial High School will be presenting “Pollyanna” as their fall show November 17-19 at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5.00 for students/children and $8.00 for adults. Additionally, they will be presenting Mary Poppins in the spring. Performances will be the first weekend in May. More details to follow!
Wayne Memorial High School JROTC will be presenting a Veteran’s Day event on Friday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. at the high school’s flagpole. All are welcome to attend and honor those who have served.
If you are interested in serving on a city board or commission, there is now a link on the city’s website at www.ci.wayne.mich.us that you can click on to get information and to apply. Although there are no positions currently open, “We’d love to have a log of people,” City Manager Lisa Nocerini has said. She encourages everyone to apply for something that interests them. Committees include beautification, board of review, building authority, cemetery board, commission on aging, dangerous buildings, downtown development authority, historical commission, housing commission, library board, local officers compensation commission, mechanical building construction board of appeals, personnel board, planning commission and zoning board of appeals.
The Wayne Police Department was awarded $3,600 for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the officers. The grant is from the 2016 Bullet Proof Vest Partnership through the United States Department of Justice Office of Justice Assistance Programs. It is a 50% matching grant and will provide enough funding for approximately 12 vests. Officers in Wayne get a new vest every five years. Any funds not spent by the grant’s funding cycle end date of August 31, 2017 will need to be returned to the Department of Justice.
All are cordially invited to the Wayne Westland Community School District Family Resource Center’s Annual Fundraiser event, a Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch provided and hosted by Chef Tony and his culinary arts students at the William D. Ford Technical Center on Wednesday, November 16, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The event will be at the Technical Center located at 36455 Marquette in Westland. Cost is $10 per person. Proceeds from the event will help support the Family Resource Center. This is a great time to catch up with friends and help raise funds for Wayne/Westland families in need.
HYPE will be continuing the annual tradition of helping local families at Thanksgiving with turkey and all the trimmings. The items to make the meal will be given out at HYPE to families that will be recommended by the Wayne Westland schools.