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Join your friends and neighbors for the Annual Livonia Spaghetti Dinner at Christ our Savior Lutheran Church
October 24th from 5:00 - 7:00. Adults only $10. Children 12 and under $5. A fun dinner for a good cause .
What a night as a packed audience celebrated the Induction of the Class of 2019 to the
1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the Class of 2019
Paul Soucy shows off his boxing skills at 80
Andrea Oquist accepting on behalf of Dominic Paris

Pictures say it all. By all I mean all. There was Paul Soucy national boxing champion and mentor to young people challenging anyone in the room to a match at his gym. Paul is 80 years old with multiple heart surgeries and still going strong. There was Livonia Public School Superintendent Andrea Oquist telling how a man born in Italy, Dominic Paris, raised in the upper peninsula of Michigan came to teach at Bentley and Franklin High School while writing a definite history of Livonia.

Denise King who spent her 40 years of service to the developmentally disabled in Livonia and throughout western Wayne County. How she watched young people grow as they left
 their parents home, moved into a community opportunity center home and then moved out to live on their own. 40 years. Retiring this year.

Charlie Mahoney, herself an inductee in the Hall of Fame, who accepted the Class of 2019 called "This is a great event - it is so awesome that we have so many individuals and organizations involved in making Livonia great - what a inspirational evening."

Denise King
Dan MacIver representing Bob Hardies who passed away just a month ago. His poignant remarks challenging other businesses to adopt the Hardies template of supporting Livonia art and service organizations, not just with money but with expertise, leadership and manpower. And telling the audience that the work of Hardies will continue on with the company he founded, now run by MacIver.

There was Chuck Dardas inspiring the audience to become accustomed to the terms "we" and "us" and move away from using the word "I" as it is all about community, involvement, making a difference in the lives of so many others.

On hand were school board members Karen Bradford, Liz Jarvis and Crystal Frank. City officials Susan Nash, Lynda Scheel, Kathleen McIntyre. Our state and county officials Terry Marecki, Dayna Polehanki and Laurie Pohutsky. 

Robert Stewart described the evening this way. "These are leaders who have worked tirelessly to shape our city into the wonderful community that it is.
Dan MacIver accepting on behalf of Bob Hardies
 Congratulations and thank you for your service."

Seedlings, growing from a basement start up to now providing braille books to every state in the nation and 75 countries around the world. From right here in Livonia thanks to the efforts of over 100 volunteers working to keep the cost of braille books to $10 with thousands provided free of charge. From right here in Livonia. Making a difference in the lives of the sight impaired youth who are now enjoying the world found in books. Wow.

Chuck Dardas

Co-Master of Ceremonies Wayne County Commissioner  Terry Marecki described the evening as  " What an inspiration all of the inductees were tonight. Thank you to all."

Bill Heaton himself an inductee of the Livonia Hall of Fame called the evening "another great program involving inductees into the Hall of Fame.  I know this meant a lot to all the inductees, and especially to Denise King.  She has been so giving, and this was her time to receive."  

Jim Davis commented that he has "been asked what makes the City of Livonia so great? Here are six reasons presented at the Livonia City Hall of Fame. Thanks and remembrance to the inductees. It was an emotional night!"

It was an evening with laughter, smiles, congratulatory comments, lots of hugs, and plenty of reasons to understand why Livonia is such a
 wonderful town, full of personality, spirit of giving and volunteerism. Hosted by Rev. Kellie Whitlock the historic Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church was the perfect venue to blend so many personalities, so much history and so much personality into one evening. One evening not to be forgotten soon.

The night was best summed up by Cate Strumbos. The typewriter will let her words say it all,  "It was wonderfully inspirational!"

Photo credits: Katelynn Lucas (Gaskill). Note: the typewriter is not growing a weird looking mustache. He had oral surgery on Monday and he just looks weird. Soon to wear off. He hopes.
Livonia should make it Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan
In making an endorsement for Mayor the typewriter looked at the qualities that are important and that we need to lead the 9th largest city in Michigan.
It takes a passion for government. It takes an ability to collaborate. It takes courage to be able to stand up and take on issues that might be uncomfortable. To address issues that might create a sense of anger among certain segments of the community because they do not like the truth.

I am looking for temperament, experience as an executive and judgement. These are the three qualities at the top of my list.

Additionally there must be a willingness to educate oneself while being able to educate others so that when a decision is made it is in the best long-term interests of the city.

It is important to love Livonia but it needs to be understood that the city is at an important time in its history. That is the key reason temperament and experience are so important. Important so that collaboration with residents, city council and city staff are unified in maintaining the quality of life for everyone in the city. The willingness to engage citizens, especially new residents, to take ownership of issues and participate in solutions. 

Livonia is entering a period of great economic growth. We are coming out of a period of a decade of cuts and so we need a Mayor who can translate that
 growth into better infrastructure and improvements; can work to see that we put a priority on reversing the decade long retention and recruitment problems facing our police and fire departments.

On balance Livonia needs and should elect a proven executive. We have a candidate in Livonia that fits that description. Her name is Maureen Miller Brosnan.

Maureen Miller Brosnan will bring to Mayor her vast executive experience developing and implementing multi-million dollar budgets while supervising numerous employees for a number of organizations in the private sector. She ran a company at age 27, was the Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capitol Association, putting  Michigan's $3.5 billion industry on the map while traveling throughout the country and around the world to encourage investment in Michigan's bright and talented entrepreneurs.  Prior to announcing her campaign for Mayor Brosnan served as the Interim CEO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, a $10 million organization providing services to more than 20,000 people throughout six counties in southeast Michigan. 

In comparison her opponent, Laura Toy, has a love for Livonia that is admirable but she has a lifetime of experience that is almost exclusively public sector, specifically the legislative branch. In city government, apart from three years as the Treasurer, she has served 17 ½ years on city council, our hometown legislative branch. She served 8 years in the state legislature, four as state representative and four as state senator. She also worked for the Michigan Senate as a staffer for a former senate colleague for approximately 5 years. She, while bringing this array of legislative experience, has virtually no executive experience. A significant difference making this endorsement. 

The positions that elected officials take on controversial issues at times require courage to do the right thing, and it provides insight into their ethical orientation. One of those issues was in 2008, when an election was held in the August primary for Livonia to annex a portion of Northville Township in the Haggerty/7 Mile
 area. The "Yes" campaign was led by former Mayor Jack Kirksey and was supported by most Livonia office holders. But Maureen Miller Brosnan authored an opinion printed in the Livonia Observer in July 2008 entitled "Annexation: may be legal, but it's still wrong" in which she reviewed the arguments against annexation and emphasized "I will not be voting in favor of taking property from our neighbor." Toy abstained when the council voted on the issue, but it's still accurate to state that she did not oppose it. The annexation measure was defeated 57-43%.

The annexation issue clearly draws a line in the leadership style between Brosnan and Toy.

The energy Brosnan brings while engaging residents, young and old alike, seeking their input, asking for their support, not just of her candidacy but support for the agenda she has set for Livonia. An agenda that will move Livonia forward with all citizens represented. This engagement is a clear indication of her breaking from the past. Asking our neighbors to take ownership of issues and participate in solutions. It will require the energy, knowledge and determination to reach out and seek the involvement of new residents saying "become a part of continuing to make Livonia a great hometown."

Brosnan is a life-long resident of Livonia.  She met her late husband Sean while attending St. Michael Catholic School in the fifth grade.  They bought a house in Livonia's historic Old Rosedale Gardens neighborhood raising their three children, sending them to St. Michael Catholic School as well.  The children are grown and nearly gone, but it's her hope that Livonia will one day call them back home. 

It is the belief of FridayMusings that Brosnan is the leader that can define Livonia quality of life, parks-healthy Livonia-public safety-schools, which will continue to attract young families who will one day proudly call Livonia home. It is the ability to not only attract young families but to engage them in taking ownership of the community they call home. Brosnan can do that. Her vision for the future of Livonia is one shared by most of our neighbors and is a strong reason to vote Maureen Miller Brosnan as Mayor on November 5th.
Livonia should add Brandon McCullough to the Livonia City Council

Whether we like it or not, for good or bad, our city council government has a big impact on our life in Livonia. For the most part, the impact is good. A well run, financially strong, clean local government is a great asset for raising a family, maintaining strong property values and defining a hometown of which we can all be proud.

We are fortunate to have strong neighborhoods, multiple shopping opportunities and more community festivals and culture that would make most hometowns envious.

We also are in need of a forward looking progressive approach to moving Livonia into a new generation of leadership. New ideas.

We have 7 highly qualified candidates seeking the office of City Council and we must take a look at 4 to receive our votes. One candidate, Brian Duggan, does not deserve our consideration as he chose to ignore the political process in the primary barely scratching out a last place finish based solely on his name recognition. He now wants us to consider him for the top four finishers and be deserving to serve on the City Council. There are 7 other candidates who campaigned, met voters, raised and spent money who should receive votes before Duggan is considered.

When looking for Council candidates let me start by saying what I am NOT looking for. I do not want people who are dishonest and corrupt, I do not support people who are agenda-driven anti-progress ideologues, I am not interested in people who are uncommitted to the community and the job of Council, and I am not interested in novices who have shown little interest in civic engagement.

In contrast to that are a five things I want to see in City Council candidates: Honesty in both their actions and being intellectually honest with their approach to issues. Balanced andwilling to be the representative of all of the people, not a champion of a special interest group or a narrow perspective. Committed to doing the job right which requires a significant dedication of time and energy.

Motivated to serving the public interests and motivated enough to campaign vigorously for the position. Experienced in their work and civic life that lends itself to this position.

Today Musings will add one more endorsement to the one made on Wednesday for City Council, Jim Davis. Today FridayMusings is endorsing Brandon McCullough for Council.

Brandon is a son of Livonia having been raised here, attending Franklin High School, marrying his high school sweetheart, buying a house and turning it into a home to be shared with their daughter. His priority in running is to ensure that Livonia remains the premier destination suburb in Metro Detroit. He takes pride in being a lifelong Livonia resident and feels that it is his duty to use his knowledge base and skill set to make Livonia the best it can possibly be.

What sets Brandon apart is his desire to reach out and engage citizens, to actively involve them in owning a part of Livonia. Not just property but owning through volunteerism, seeking answers and involving themselves in working to create solutions to issues that may be facing the community or their neighborhood.

Brandon does not want our community to grow complacent and he firmly believes that it is time for Livonia to own up to the next steps and work to see that progress is a part of the next four years. He wants to work to develop a marketing plan, both external to surrounding communities and internal to our own residents. He supports the creation of a stand alone dedicated economic development department to tell Livonia's story. He wants to find the resources needed to operate all Public Safety services at the highest levels. He wants to raise the bar on the level we consider acceptable for our neighborhood roads and develop both a long term and short term capital plan for replacement and rehabilitation. 

What sets Brandon apart from other candidates is that he has a plan based on the knowledge he has obtained as construction manager for over 100 homes for Habit for Humanity and as facilities manager for the city of Novi. 

FridayMusings is proud to endorse the future of Livonia, our young families moving into or staying here to call Livonia their hometown. Brandon McCullough deserves one of your 4 votes for City Council.
For Mayor: Maureen Miller Brosnan
For City Council: Jim Davis, Brandon McCullough with two more to come on Monday
Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events 
at the Phoenix Theatre
Elvis Unleashed
October 7 - 7:00pm
October 10 - 7:00pm

Turandot - The Met Opera Live in HD
October 12 - 12:55pm
October 16 - 1:00pm (Encore)
October 16 - 6:30pm (Encore)

Alien - 40th Anniversary (1979)
October 13- 1:00pm
October 13- 4:00pm
October 15 - 7:00pm
October 16 - 7:00pm

Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell - Encore
October 14 - 7:00pm

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
October 15 - 7:00pm
October 17 - 7:00pm (Double Feature)

QT8: The First Eight
October 21 - 7:00pm

The Reliant
October 24 - 7:00pm

Manon - The Met Opera Live in HD
October 26 - 12:55pm
October 30 - 1:00pm (Encore)
October 30 - 6:30pm (Encore)

Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
October 27 - 12:55pm (DUB)
October 28 - 7:00pm (SUB)

Raymonda - The Bolshoi Ballet
October 27 - 12:55pm

Faustina: Love and Mercy
October 28 - 7:00pm

LUZIA - Cirque de Soleil 
October 29 - 7:00pm

Click on this image for all movie times

November 5
Absentee Ballots out September 25

City of Livonia  Mayoral Race
Vote for one candidate in November

Maureen Miller Brosnan
  Livonia Mayor Dennis Wright
Councilman Jim Jolly,
Livonia Police Officers Association
Police Officers Association of Michigan
Livonia Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association
Livonia Firefighters Local 1164
Westland Mayor Bill Wild
Congresswoman Haley Stevens
State Senator Dayna Polehanki
County Executive Warren Evans
County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
AFSCME, UAW, Teamsters Local 299 
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, 
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
Dan Centers, Livonia School Board Trustee, 
Karen Bradford, Livonia School Board Trustee
Tim Klisz, Zoning Board of Appeals Member 
Gretchen Alaniz, Schoolcraft College Trustee
Brian Broderick, Schoolcraft College Board Chair
Schoolcraft College Treasurer Terry Gilligan
Janice Centers, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
Citizens Roads Advisory Committee Member Brett Gierak
 Former Livonia City Council Members Mike McGee,
 Joe Taylor, and Dale Jurcisin

Laura Toy
Mayor Dennis Wright , 
Former Mayors Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson
Councilwomen Kathleen McIntyre and Cathy White 
Councilman Brian Meakin
Right to Life of Michigan  

City of Livonia Council Race
Vote for up to four candidates in November 

Scott Bahr  
Mayors Dennis Wright, Jack Engebretson, Jack Kirksey
Council members Laura Toy, Jim Jolly
Brandon Kritzman, Kathleen McIntyre, Cathy White
Brian Meakin
Former Council members Jim McCann, Joe Taylor
John Pastor, Treasurer Lynda Scheel
Commissioner Terry Marecki
Livonia Public School Trustees Mark Johnson
Colleen Burton, Karen Bradford, Crystal Frank
Former LPS Superintendent Randy Liepa
Former Representatives John Walsh, Laura Cox
Former Senator Patrick Colbeck
Former Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead
Livonia Firefighters Union 1164
Schoolcraft Trustee Dillon Breen
ZBA Members Chris Boloven, Joel Turbiak,
Jim Baringhaus
Planning Commissioners Sam Caramagno  Carol Smiley
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Right to Life of Michigan

Gregory Coppola
Councilmembers Laura Toy,  Brian Meakin,
Brandon M. Kritzman, Kathleen McIntyre
County Commissioner Terry Marecki
Former Councilmen  John Walsh and  John Pastor
Jim McCann and Joe Laura
Zoning Board of Appeals Jim Baringhaus and Tim Kliz
Schoolcraft Trustee Dillon Breen
Right to Life of Michigan

Robert Donovic
Bruce Tenniswood
Livonia Police Officers Association 
Livonia Fire Fighters Local 1164
 Police  Officers Association of Michigan
 Park Commissioner Paul Condon
Schoolcraft Trustees Gretchen Alaniz, Dillon Breen, 
Mayor Dennis Wright, 
Councilwoman Laura Toy, Councilman Brian Meakin, 
Former Livonia School Trustee Steve King
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, 
County Commissioner Diane Webb,
State Representative Jewell Jones, 
Right to Life of Michigan

Brian Duggan
Laura Toy, Joe Laura, Jim McCann, Steve King
Livonia Police Officers Association
B randon McCullough
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Livonia Police Officers Association
Police Officers Association of Michigan
Livonia Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association
Livonia Firefighters Local 1164
Mayor Dennis Wright, 
Wayne County Commissioner Glenn Anderson
Former City Councilwoman Maureen Miller Brosnan    Councilmen Jim Jolly, Brandon Kritzman, 
Great Detroit Building & Construction Trades Council,  Sheet Metal Workers' Local 80,
 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, 
County Commissioner Diane Webb
Eileen McDonnell
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
County Commissioners  Glenn S. Anderson Diane Webb former LPS School Board  Dianne Laura
former Livonia City Council member Joe Laura, 
Schoolcraft Trusteew  Gretchen Alaniz and Joan Gebhardt

Kathleen McIntyre 
Mayor Dennis Wright,  Former Mayors Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson,  John Grzebik, Greenleaf Commission,      
Zoning Board of Appeals Tim Klisz and  Jim Baringhaus
Arts Commissioner Lindsay Spence
Recreation Commissioner Katie Jolly
Livonia Police Officers Association
Police Officers Association of Michigan
Livonia Firefighters Local 1164
Treasurer Lynda Scheel,  Council members Laura Toy, Jim Jolly,Brian Meakin,  Cathy White, Brandon Kritzman
 Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki, 
Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz
Send your calendar notices to  rwilliamjoyner@gmail.com
October in Livonia
October 1 - 30
Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest Every day in October

October 19 - 31
Pumpkin Place fundraiser for Livonia Cares

  October 4, 5, 6
Friends of the Library
October 12 @ 4:00
Old World-New Season  Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Clarenceville High School  Louis Schmidt Auditorium

October 14 @ 4:00 - 7:00
Seedlings Annual Open House
Piano prodigy Avett Ray Maness/American Idol fame
Greeters: The typewriter and Bodyguard

October 21
Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Club
Dinner Dance @ Italian Club Livonia
October 24 7:00 - 9:00

October 24 @ 5:00 - 7:00
Rotary Community Spaghetti Dinner
Help Eradicate Polio
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
October 28 @ 5:00 - 7:00
Flemings support for the ARC
People with Disabilities
tickets @  TheARCNW.org
Executive Financial Services, Inc. 
Now Doing Business as CND  Financial

Cole, Newton & Duran's building is home to CND CPAs, CND Law, and Executive Financial Services, Inc. (EFS).
In order to help highlight their family of services, they have added an assumed doing business name of CND Financial to their legal name of Executive Financial Services, Inc. Beginning October 1st, 2019, EFS will be known as CND Financial.

"We are excited to announce this name change", said Arthur Cole, managing partner at Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs. "Aligning together our family of services provides a true representation of our brand and service capabilities for clients. Our commitment to our clients remains our top priority".

CND Financial is an affiliate entity that works in concert with Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs to coordinate investment and tax planning strategies. CND Financial provides comprehensive financial planning advice in areas such as investment management, estate planning, insurance planning, educating funding, and retirement plannin
Livonia Warriors robotic team Pancake Breakfast

Annual Fire Safety Open House October 12

Mark your calendars for the Livonia Fire & Rescue Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at Fire Station #3, 35000 Seven Mile Road at Bicentennial Park. Join your Livonia firefighters for games, fun with water hoses, cooking demonstrations, fire safety information, fire truck tours and much more!

Bring the whole family and don't forget your camera!

Scary Fun at the Livonioa YMCA and you are invited October 25

We are SCARY excited for our biggest event of the year!! Join us Friday October 25th from 5:30pm - 8pm for community, fun, games, spooky stories, crafts, and even a costume contest 

This is a free community event, and membership is not required to attend!

Why leave home for a pumpkin !!! 
Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest every October day
Join us for Pumpkin fest at the Wilson Barn! Every day in October. EVERY DAY.
 No admission charged, however fees for some activities apply.

WEEKDAY ACTIVITIES (Monday-Friday), 12noon-7pm
-Pumpkins, Gourds and cornstalk sales
-Pony Rides (3-7pm)
-Hayrides (By appointment only and weather permitting)
** Call 313-909-1870 for an appointment

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES (Saturday and Sunday) 11am-7pm
-Cider, Donuts, Refreshments
-Pumpkins, gourds and Cornstalk sales
-Pony Rides and Hayrides (12-7), weather permitting
- Art and Craft Show

Halloween and history. Together. October 25.

Culinary Art

The  official 
artisan chocolate of FridayMusings.


Designed and created right here in hometown Livonia by  Joe Gilligan.
It is his mission to deliver high quality chocolates made with 100% organic butter and cream with the finest chocolates available with his flavors varying season to season.
For more information check this out: https://www.facebook.com/DoughJoesChocolates/

Update on the November general election
Rob Donovic Gun Safety and Range Night   10/05
Maureen Miller Brosnan Breakfast of Champions   10/10
Rob Donovic Pizza and Pasta   10/11
Jim Davis coffee and conversation 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
Wayne 11th Republican dinner/dance   10/21
FridayMusings will continue to post information about the 8 candidates running for City Council and the 2 candidates running for Mayor. When we receive notification of an event and as was done in the primary we will post announcements  without editing.