February 17, 2021 FridayMusings is your source for what we love about Livonia
Community policing
coming to Livonia

Councilman Jim Jolly one of the early outspoken hometown leaders for community policing, the proposal originating with Mayor Maureen Brosnan, acknowledges that the Livonia City Council will vote on the issue at the March 8th City Council. "Livonia will be at the forefront of community policing with the addition of two social workers. This is a big change, but one I believe will serve the community well and allow for our police officers to partner with mental health professionals who can provide help and intervention once a situation is de-escalated. I support this effort and commend all involved in its creation. It is important to me that there is an ongoing assessment of effectiveness and officer safety, I trust that these operational issues will be monitored by the administration and police representation."
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System opens St. Joe’s MercyElite Sports Center on the campus of
Schoolcraft College

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is excited to announce the opening of the MercyElite Sports Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College.  MercyElite specializes in athletic development and offers specialized services for sports medicine, physical therapy, and sports performance training. This new 7,600 square foot training facility, with 75,227 square feet of dedicated space for indoor volleyball and soccer, will be a great resource and support for students, faculty and the surrounding community.
“The relationship between St. Joe's and Schoolcraft College has grown significantly in recent years, which has increased the campus' access to high-quality health care and sports medicine services," said Dave Spivey, president of St. Mary Mercy Livonia, a member hospital of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. "MercyElite Sports Performance is doing a remarkable job working with athletes, specifically young people, to get them healthy and back competing on the field of play. Our increased presence on Schoolcraft's campus will benefit everyone -- students, faculty, and local residents."
As part of its continuing mission to serve the community, Schoolcraft College expanded both youth and adult continuing education programs within this facility. Students, athletes, faculty, and staff also benefit from expanded access to the facility's wellness and fitness services.
The facility is the new western suburban home of Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy and houses a state-of-the-art Fitness Laboratory, classroom space, and faculty offices for Schoolcraft College’s Associate Degree program in Movement Science. 
The Fitness Lab is designed to train students in performance testing, applied exercise physiology, and other skills. The Movement Science program takes advantage of MercyElite’s presence on campus to support academic programs, job shadowing and internship opportunities.
“We’re so pleased to welcome the St. Joe’s MercyElite Sports Center, a facility that provides another win-win for our students and the area,” said Dr. Glenn Cerny, Schoolcraft College president. “With its many amenities, we anticipate this state-of-the-art complex will quickly become an active hub for our campus community, community members, and sports teams from across the area and beyond.”
The new facility is at 18600 Haggerty Rd. in Livonia, just across from the St. Joe’s Sports Dome, which draws numerous youth sports organizations in addition to serving Schoolcraft College teams. This includes the Michigan Wolves Soccer Club, which plays in the St. Joe’s Sports Dome and now will have a dedicated practice field to maximize player development and training.
The St. Joe’s MercyElite Sports Center also has a 1/7-mile walking track available for members of Schoolcraft College’s Fitness Center as well as pickleball courts that can be reserved for a nominal fee. Also inside is the self-service Elite Market & Smoothie Bar, which conveniently offers a variety of nutritional snacks.
For more information about the St. Joe’s MercyElite Sports Center or MercyElite services, please visit MercyElite.org or, to make an appointment, please call 734-655-8240.