September 2017 News Briefs
Police receive awards
At the August 15 city council meeting, several Wayne police officers were presented with service awards through the Wayne Police Citation Board.
Officer Nicholas Boruta received a Commendation Award Ribbon. He helped locate individuals who did damage to property in the downtown parking structure in January 2016.
Sergeant Robert Amore received a Commendation Award Ribbon. In October 2016, individuals broke into and entered Frasier’s Towing. Sgt. Amore watched the security video and recognized the individuals. They were arrested later that day.
Officer Stephan Perez received Life Saving Award Ribbons for two cases. In January 2016, he responded to a family disturbance call that involved a youth with a severed arm. He applied a tourniquet, got medical help and saved the youth from severe medical issues or death. In September 2016, he responded to a call involving a suicidal individual at Red Apple. The individual was using a knife to cut his/her arm. Officer Perez applied a tourniquet and got the individual transported to the hospital.
Officer Chad Jagotka received a Life Saving Award Ribbon by preventing a woman from dying by suicide in January 2016.
Forest Park update
City council approved a bid award with Giannetti Building Development to install and repair ball fields at Forest Park. This will be paid for by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The work, which includes new player benches, field reconditioning and tee ball field backstops, must be completed by September 30 under the terms of the grant.
Suicide awareness community forum
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Wayne Youth and Family Services will be hosting a Suicide Awareness Community Forum on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Public Library. Mental health professionals will discuss warning signs for suicide and resources on where to get help. Local community agencies and members will be available to answer questions and give more information on local mental health agencies.
All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Carie Vella at (734) 721-7004.
In Michigan, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34. If you miss the event in Wayne, there is an event at Westland City Hall on September 9 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wayne Historical Society upcoming events
• Join the Wayne Historical Society on Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m. for the third talk in their “Made in Wayne Transportation Series.” This presentation will be held at the Wayne Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.
• The Wayne Historical Society will be holding their 4th annual Cemetery Walk on Sunday, October 1, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. This will complete the cycle of all cemeteries within Wayne’s city limits. Past walks were held at the Old Wayne Cemetery, Glenwood Cemetery and West Lawn Cemetery. Light refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.
• The final “Made in Wayne Transportation Series” talk will discuss Bendix aviation, Gar-Wood and the Lincoln/Mercury/Ford plant in Wayne. Program will be Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wayne Historical Museum. Light refreshments will be served.
Join The Senior Alliance as they present a free 2017 Caregiver Conference on Saturday, September 23, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will be workshops, resources, flu shots and food. The conference will be held at the Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus in Taylor. For questions, contact Cortney Esquivel at CEsquivel@tsa-link.org or 1-800-815-1112.
HYPE up for Halloween
Get ready for a Spooktacular family fun event Friday, October 27, at Attwood Park. The 2nd annual HYPE Up for Halloween will be 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. There will be a special time of 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. for disabled children to trick or treat.
Cardio drumming comes to Wayne
Every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. you can now attend cardio drumming in Goudy Park at the Amphitheater. Registration begins at 6:20 p.m. Waivers need to be completed before participating, so be sure to arrive early enough to register. You will need to bring a 65-75 cm exercise ball blown up, 18-21 gallon tub with rope handles, $2 to purchase drumsticks, $5 to purchase a shaker bottle (or you can bring your own-it’s a cup with the metal ball in it. The cup will be used to mix your free post-recovery drink each week), water, and a free-spirited attitude ready to have fun. Bring your family and friends with you! Kids are welcome to play on the play structure in the park or they can drum alongside of you.
Brought to you by Beaumont Wayne, you can visit Beaumont Hospital Wayne every Thursday from now until September 28 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for a weekly Farmer’s Market. The Eastern Market Farm Stand will provide a seasonal bounty of fresh, healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables as well as a selection of specialty items from local food merchants. The market will be located at the canopy area of the Surgery Center entrance drive.
Are you or your organization interested in doing an organized clean-up? If so, the City of Wayne is delighted to receive the help. They only ask that you contact the Department of Public Works Assistant Director Ed Queen at 734-721-8600 so that he can coordinate with you on the pick-up of any litter or debris that was collected and assure it is discarded in a timely fashion. Thank you for stepping up to help keep our city clean. Together, we are better!
Friends project, people helping people
On Saturday, September 9 (rain date: September 16), the FRIENDS program will once again come together to help a resident spruce up their home. FRIENDS was started in 1998 to help a Wayne resident whose home needed some tender loving care. Homes are usually chosen based on the homeowners’ inability to handle the work themselves, due to either financial or health reasons. The Friends committee coordinates with willing volunteers to complete the task. This program is completely funded through donations and volunteers. On the day of the event, volunteers will donate approximately six hours of time to work on projects such as painting and/or planting at a preselected Wayne home. A continental breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the HYPE Recreation Center. Lunch will be served on site. Youth group volunteers are welcome as long as there is one adult for every five youth volunteers. For further information, to volunteer or to donate for this ‘feel good’ program, please call the Community Development department at (734) 722-2000 x1032.
Former library director honored
Join the Wayne Public Library and the Wayne Library Board as they dedicate a room at the library in memory of former children’s librarian and library director, Paulette Medvecky. Paulette passed away two years ago after a long courageous battle with cancer. The dedication will take place on September 20 at 6:45 p.m. at the Wayne Library.
Pop-up flea market
Helium Studio will be hosting their 2nd annual Fall Pop-Up Flea Market in the parking lot behind the store on Saturday, October 7, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. They are currently looking for upcyclers, recyclers, pickers, crafters and makers who would like to rent a space. For more information, contact Kim White-Jenkins at Helium Studio (734) 725-3811. Mark your calendar and be ready to shop!
Community garage sale coming soon
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Community Garage Sale on Saturday, October 7, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the lot next to their building on Wayne Road (between Ash and Elm Streets). If you would like to rent a table, contact Paul Sposite at (734) 748-3771. The Notre Dame lounge will be open for food and drinks. Stop by and enjoy one of their famous sliders.
First annual chili cook-off
The first annual chili cook-off will be held at HYPE Recreation Center on October 21 from 4-7:00 p.m. Do you make a great batch of chili and/or cornbread? If so, plan to enter this contest. It is $10 to enter in either the Chili Only or the Chili and Cornbread category. It is $5 to enter in the Cornbread Only category. Organizers are hoping to have 50 community members bring their best chili to be judged. Awards planned to be given are for best overall, people’s choice, most creative ingredients, best veggie/vegan, best wild game chili and best fire house chili. Individual tickets will be $3 or $12 per family. Each participating chili cooker will have sample bowls at their station that attendees will be able to eat. 16 different fire houses from surrounding cities were invited to compete for the best firehouse chili. For more information or to enter, contact Lenny or Christi Powell at (734) 502-5603.