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FridayMusings Friday, October 21, 2022    Helping define Livonia Quality of Life

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Clarenceville Engineering Lab moving on up to be state of the art

Deb Kummer "my end goal is that in a few years when 8th-grade parents in metro Detroit are shopping for a high school for their STEM-bound kid, they know Clarenceville is their GO-TO STEM school."

At the end of June a partnership between Masco, AlphaUSA, and Livonia Kids & Families set out to transform the Clarenceville High School Engineering Lab into if not a state-of-the-art lab one that was pretty damn close to being the best.

One of the key ingredients was the hiring of teacher Deb Kummer (pictured left), a degree in engineering from Michigan Technological University, who during the summer continues working in the engineering field. But you can tell she combines her degree with her love for working with and teaching students. Equally important, encouraging them to look down the road to what they will do and where they will go to college or trade school. 

I digress from the community-school partnership for just a moment as I am still captivated by one of the requirements she has in the class. She has each student write what they want to learn and where they want to go to school. As these are seniors expecting to graduate in the coming year she has them each take time to start the application process, online and in class, for the college they want to attend.

The new equipment provided by the partnership includes 6 lab stations with two more on the way, a 3-D printer, a laser wood cutter, tools for each workstation, soldering irons at each station, and 4 Dobot robots that offer leading all-perceptual robotics solutions for education as well as active use in manufacturing.

Additional support comes with the donation of 6 laptop computers, one for each workstation, including the platform provided by SolidWorks to empower students to learn about design, engineering, and creativity.

With windows lining the classroom and the hall with passing students the lab is now a focal point for students looking in and wondering, then asking what is going on that looks interesting and fun. The world is opening up in so many ways, for the students at the Lab Stations, for the students walking by allowing their curiosity to come to the forefront as they see a new world of possibilities.

Chuck Dardas, President of AlphaUSA, aimed to provide students with the tools to benefit their learning, which will open up the desire for a career and excitement enough to pursue the applications of what they learn in the world after school.

Clarenceville students are benefiting from a community partnership. The engineering lab is aiming to be the best. Who benefits? The students learning. The companies that will be hiring the students.

We all are better for it.

LDC Partners with YOU ARE LOVED to help the homeless this winter

The Livonia Democratic Club (LDC) is pleased to be working with a new community outreach partner, You Are Loved. This great organization collects sleeping bags, clothing, toiletries, etc. for the homeless in downtown Detroit.

As part of a winter outreach project, they will be collecting the following items:

  • Size Large and X-Large sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Warm winter gloves
  • White crew socks

Bring your unwrapped donations to the Livonia Senior Center located at 15218 Farmington Road. They have a box in the lobby for your donations. Please make sure you put your items in the LDC donation box (as there is another box in the lobby collecting donations). Our donation box is clearly labeled LDC. 

Donations gratefully accepted from now until November 5th.

LDC members are known for their generosity and we hope you consider giving to this great cause!

Please contact Mitsy Morris, Social Justice Director, at [email protected] with any questions you may have!

Come on out and celebrate a community dinner hosted by our

two Livonia Rotary Clubs

Next Wednesday, October 26, our two Livonia Rotary Clubs, noon and AM, are joining together for a community dinner at Christ our Savior Lutheran Church from 5:00 - 7:00. This is a fun event with the perfect setting to have a family dinner, meet up with friends and neighbors, all while supporting our two Livonia Rotary Clubs working to help others. 

Tickets can be purchased from a Rotary member or at the door on the night of the dinner. 

You just gotta love the Open Stage at Trinity House Theatre

Open Stage at Trinity House Theatre October 18, 2022. Art White, Joe Judge, Jim Humphries and Wolf Tytschkowski joined together on stage

Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 32 present flag to City of Livonia

Mayor Maureen Brosnan says that the favorite part of her day was "being presented with a new American flag by the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post 32 to be flown over the Veterans Memorial Park. What an honor to have these strong women share their time with me."

Partners are needed and Musings is asking for your help

This typewriter is asking you to join in this partnership as explained in the top-of-the-fold article with Masco, AlphaUSA, and Livonia Kids & Families. The equipment is in place, the electrical power has been set up, and the students are already working and learning at the Nick Strumbus workstations.

There is a need now for supplies. The rolls of materials for the 3-D printer, sheets of special lumber for the laser printer, and electronic circuit boards.

FridayMusings is partnering with Livonia Kids & Families to raise $1,000 (as a start) for supplies that will take the Engineering Lab through the end of the year.

With your help, we aim to make this a community partnership.

20 families at $50, 40 families at $20, or even a contribution of $5 or $10. I wrote the first check for $20.

If you are able to partner with us and make this happen simply send a check made payable to Clarenceville Public Schools. We will bundle the checks and present them to the Engineering Lab teacher Deb Kummer and watch the smile on her face get even bigger as she expresses gratitude for your partnership.

Mail your check payable to Clarenceville Public Schools to:

Bill Joyner

19514 Bainbridge

Livonia, Michigan 48152

Thanks for considering this request. I was blown away by the effort of Masco, Livonia Kids & Families, and AlphaUSA and that is why I am joining the effort to help the oldest school district in the state make a difference for the students and for all of us.

MerriBowl partners with Blessings in a Backpack for an afternoon of bowling

After three long years, Livonia will once again be gearing up for the Annual Bowling for Backpacks fundraiser, November 19, at Merribowl Lanes!

Please see links below to register and information for donations and sponsorships available. They are offering a discounted price for early registration!

Please come out and have a fun afternoon of bowling, with a great door prize and exciting raffle items! But most importantly showing your support for Blessings in a Backpack.

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 2:00 - 4:00 (registration begins at 1:00pm)

$22.50 (bowler) $12.50 (Non-bowler)


$25.00 (bowler) $15.00 (Non-bowler)


Bowler includes: 2 hours of bowling, shoes rental, 2 slices pizza and pop

access to raffle gifts, door prize

Non-bowler includes: 2 slices pizza and pop, access to raffle gifts, door prize


Please register online prior to the event!

Get tickets at

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19514 Livonia 48152
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On Saturday the 22nd,  head over at 4:00 to the historic Louis Schmidt Auditorium for "Autumn Reflections" hosted by our Livonia Symphony Orchestra Featuring – Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto with Leroy Fenstermacher Trio: Ania Sorokhtel, Piano; Lillian Fenstermacher, Violin and Yawen Hsu, Cello. An outstanding Livonia cultural gem, the LSO, provides an afternoon of music for only $25.00.

Have a Bourbon

with the Livonia Community Foundation

Support Livonia's charitable, cultural, historical, educational, and recreational institutions while having a great time! Get a ticket to join the Livonia Community Foundation on October 27th. Get your tickets here:

Where in Livonia are we teaching

Critical Race Theory?