March 25, 2020         Your News source for All Livonia. All the time. All ways positive. 
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As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. 
Henry David Thoreau
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. 
Carl Sandburg
It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. 
That's always been a tug of war for me.
 Jodie Foster
St. Mary Mercy Livonia is accepting much needed hospital supplies

St. Mary volunteer Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, which includes member hospitals St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, announced plans to accept much-needed hospital supplies from area businesses and the community to support St. Joe's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The following unused and unopened items are being accepted:

PAPRs, Regular masks, Face shields, N95 masks, Gowns, Hot glue sticks, Surgical caps/protective caps, Eyeglass shields/goggles, Nasal testing swabs, M4 viral media, Lysol or Clorox wipes, Hand sanitizer, Transparency sheets, Elastic banding for masks. 

In addition, commercially prepared and packaged food items will be accepted.

At this time, health guidelines do not allow the use of hand-crafted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gowns, surgical masks and shields as they do not offer the same protection for nurses and other health care workers.

Those interested in making a donation should contact Kim Niethammer at   to ask questions and to coordinate supply drop offs at any one of the following Donation Center locations:

 St. Mary Mercy Livonia - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday: Drop off behind Emergency Department, located at 36475 Five Mile Rd., Livonia.  Please use the West Entrance off of 5 Mile Rd. and follow the signs to the donation center, or 

·          St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor  - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily: Drop off at Towsley Health Building (Catherine's House Dress for Success entrance): 5361 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti
·          St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea  - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday: Drop off at White Tent, Near Emergency Department, located at 775 S. Main St., Chelsea
·          St. Joseph Mercy Livingston  - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily: Drop off at Main Entrance, located at 620 Byron Rd, Howell
·          St. Joseph Mercy Oakland  - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday: Drop off at Medical Office Building (MOB), located at 44555 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.  The MOB is located on the hospital's main campus, just north of the Main Entrance. 

To make a monetary donation to support the COVID-19 hospital response effort and the staff who are facing financial hardships with their families due to this crisis, please visit  St. Joe's Giving ( ) and click on our "Make Your Gift" button to select your hospital.
Week two: My hero's. Girl Scouts work to support our hometown hospitals, 
first responders and food banks

"We are looking for $1,000 in donations to "sponsor" boxes of cookies to be donated to our local hospitals, first responders and food banks. Thank you for supporting our community and for helping our troop to sell down the last of our inventory remaining since booths have been cancelled! Any amount of money you can donate is SO appreciated! Thank you so very much!"

Not long after that request she posted a follow up:

"I am SO incredibly proud of our Girl Scout Troop families!! Through donations from our friends and families we will be donating over 200 boxes to the staff at multiple local hospitals and we have sold our remaining inventory. 

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has bought and donated from our girls and to the parents who have helped get donations, take additional orders and made lots of porch deliveries.

"To know we can have a positive impact in a tough time and some good news today really makes me tear up.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Can't wait till I can see you all back together again."
You just gotta Love Livonia
Information for you from our City of Livonia Leadership Team
COVID-19 Update for the City of Livonia from Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan
COVID-19 Update for the City of Livonia from 
Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan
Livonia City Hall and all city buildings, including 16th District Court, will be closed to all residents and visitors starting March 19 until April 6. The City will be restricting its staff to perform essential services.

Below is a list of contact numbers to use during the closure. Staff will be limited, so please be patient with us.
General City Line: (734) 466-2200
16th District Court: (734) 466-2500
Livonia Police Department (non-emergency): (734) 466-2470
Livonia Fire Department (non-emergency): (734) 466-2444
Department of Public Works: (734) 466-2655
Livonia Community Transit: (734) 466-2700
Parks and Recreation: (734) 466-2900
Housing: (248) 477-7086
Inspections: (734) 466-2580
Assessor's Office: (734) 466-2220
Senior Center: (734) 466-2555

Situational Awareness 

⚫ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces Executive Order 2020-21, a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" directive. The order temporarily suspends in-person business operations that are not necessary to  protect life. 
⚫ The order directs Michigan residents to remain at home unless they are a part of the critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing health and safety tasks for themselves or family (e.g. going to the grocery store.) 
⚫ The order remains in effect through April 14, and the full text of the order can be found on the State of Michigan website. 
⚫ Livonia residents should note that the Stay Home order does not restrict food delivery operations of school districts. 
⚫ Positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 37 of Michigan's 83 counties. However about 86% of cases are in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County. 
⚫ Michigan Secretary of State offices will be closed in accordance with Gov. Whitmer's order. Customers can go online for many services and make appointments for a future visit (subject to cancellation) on the Secretary of State page. 

Actions Taken 
⚫ Mayor Brosnan announces closure of Livonia's three golf courses, Bicentennial Dog Park, and all play equipment in city parks to ensure alignment with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order. 
⚫ Mayor Brosnan convenes meetings of City's Leadership Team, now divided into Incident Command Operations team and Community Impact team. Department directors review City's plan to reduce essential services and operations, evaluate supply needs, and plan to meet community needs. 
⚫ City extends closure of Livonia Senior Center, Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia Libraries, and City Hall through April 14 to coincide with the Governor's latest order. 
⚫ Parks & Recreation team works out plan to extend memberships and cancel future automatic payment withdrawals to compensate Kirksey Recreation Center members for current closure period.

 Next Update 
⚫ Situation reports provided daily, or as needed, through Livonia's public information platforms. Visit our COVID-19 page  for more information.

Musings follows our government on the Livonia City Council

Livonia City Council Regular Meeting - March 23, 2020
L ivonia  City Council Regular Meeting - 
March 23, 2020

Follow Musings on his ten days of gift cards from Livonia restaurants
For ten days the typewriter will be going on line or calling a restaurant to purchase a $20.00 gift card. When the virus is vanquished I will have 20 dinners to treat myself to. Pent up party time. Meanwhile patience is the virtue.

Day One
Corsi's on Seven Mile
Called it in. Agreed to mail or pick up.

Day Two
Thomas' on Plymouth Road
Obtained on company website. Mailed.
OHM thomas's 

Day Three 
Koney Island Inn
The original Livonia Mall Coney Island
Seven Mile at Middlebelt

Day Four
Tuscan Cafe
Downtown Livonia--Northville Annex

Musings follows the 2020 elections
None have been certified by Board of Canvassers

Donald J. Trump (I) (R)

Democratic Candidate has yet to be determined

United States Senate
Gary Peters (D-I)

Bob Carr (R)
John James (R)

United States House of Representatives
Haley Stevens (D-I)
Endorsed by:
Michigan Education Association

Kerry Bentivolio (R)
Whitney Williams (R)
Endorsed by:
Eric Esshaki (R)

Michigan House of Representatives
Laurie Pohutsky (D-I)

Martha Ptashnik (R)
Wayne County Commissioner
Terry Marecki (R-I)
Schoolcraft College Trustee
Brian Broderick (I)
Joan Gebhardt (I)
Terry Gilligan (I)
Livonia Board of Education
Dan Centers
Karen Bradford
Tammy Bonifield
Crystal Frank
Clarenceville Board of Education
Matt Boettcher
Brenda Uren
Shari Krazel
Jeffrey Bunker
Musings follows Livonia Happenings
March in Livonia
Skip March and go directly to April
April in Livonia
April 27 @ 4:30
Livonia Rotary Charity Reverse Raffle
May in Livonia
May 1 @ 6:00
Paul Seewald's
The Luck of Livonia Dinner Dance
Livonia Junior Athletic League celebrates 60 years
St. Mary's Cultural Center
May 2 @ 9:00 -- 2:00

May 5 @ 6:30
Livonia Garden Club
Civic Park Senior Center
Plant Legends and Stories
May 16 @ 9:00 - 10:00
Livonia Garden Club Plant Sharing Event
Greenmead Historical Park     Rain or Shine
Everyone is encouraged to come and take plants whether or not they have plants to share
May 17 @ 12 noon
St. Baldrick's Shaving for Kids with Cancer
1 Under Craft Beer and Eats
June in Livonia
June 7 @ 3:00
Livonia Civic Chorus Spring Concert
Churchill High School Performing Arts Center
July 25 @ 9:00 -- 2:00
Touch-a-Truck sponsored by Rotary AM Club
Musings follows these three 
healthy, giving and fun events
in hope that the virus is defeated
May 17 @ 1 Under Craft Beer/Eats @ 12
    The 10th Annual 
St. Baldrick's Shave-A-Thon
Benefits: Kids with Cancer, 
Cancellation under consideration
Decision by end of week

Red Wings Alumni v Livonia All Stars
Tentative rescheduled date
August 16

Starting at Bicentennial Park
Benefiting Livonia Kids and Families
Postponed. Tentative new date to be announced as soon as rescheduled.

Livonia Cheese Factories once produced a million pounds of cheese a year and sold them for 7 to 12 cents a pound.

Livonia Prayer Breakfast reset for October.  Let's make it happen.
Livonia Prayer Breakfast
The Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 1 at Burton Manor.  More details to come. This will be the 46th annual event.  The committee believes strongly that this is a prudent decision. 

"Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, the May 2020 prayer breakfast will be postponed.  Thank you for your understanding,"  Ken McMullen,  Chairman, Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast.

Historically, the leadership of our country has turned to Almighty God in prayer for strength and guidance. In this same spiritual tradition, we join together each year at the Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast. Our attendance and participation in the meal and prayer demonstrates the dependence of our community and ourselves on God and our faith in the future under His guidance.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast is a version of the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. Inaugurated in 1953 by some members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, these events are now held in many states and cities throughout our nation.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast was initiated in 1975 by an ecumenical group of citizens and continues as a voluntary spiritual communion. Its focus has been on bringing inspirational speakers to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that will inspire people to think globally and act locally.

The Mission of the Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast, Inc. is to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that inspire and empower people to reach their maximum spiritual and personal potential. It is a reaffirmation that people of goodwill, standing together, can transcend racial, geographic or cultural differences, and create unparalleled opportunities for community progress.

Committee Members
Ken McMullen, Chairman, Thrivent Financial,  Jay A. Young, Vice Chair,  Livonia Public Schools Foundation 
Sally Butler, Secretary, Community Representative,  Laura Gutierrez,  St. Mary Mercy Hospital
William Fried, Fried & Associates,  Jerry Smith,  First Presbyterian Church, Plymouth
Carol M. Strom, Schoolcraft College,  Lisa Drouillard Community Representative
Debbie Ferensic, Livonia Chamber of Commerce,  Terry Marecki,  City of Livonia, 
Sue Rosiek,  Hometown Life Observer & Eccentric News Papers,  Retired,  Jessie Cox,  Madonna University
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Pastor Kellie Whitlock shares a message for Down Syndrome Day
A Message from Pastor Kellie - World Down Syndrome Day 2020
A Message from Pastor Kellie - World Down Syndrome Day 2020

World Down Syndrome Day 2020 focuses on the theme " We Decide": all people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to, or affecting, their lives. 

Effective and meaningful participation is a core human rights principle.  The overall aim of the events is to:
  • Show how effective and meaningful participation of persons with Down syndrome can be achieved via accessible information and communication, good support and inclusive consultation;
  • Empower persons with Down syndrome, those supporting them and their representative organisations, to advocate for effective and meaningful participation;
  • Reach out to key stakeholders, including education, health and social care professionals, employers, community and public bodies, the wider disability movement, media and the wider community to disseminate this message and bring about change.
State Representative Laurie Pohutsky working with the Michigan Attorney General on covid19 consumer complaints
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessell is still taking your consumer complaints regarding price gouging. Opening most days at noon. You can reach them by calling 877-765-8388 or online here.

Attorney General Dana Nessel with Representative Laurie Pohutsky, House District 19State Representative Christine GreigState Rep. Julie Brixie and Jeremy Moss.

Let's set aside time each night at 7:00 for Storytime

Time to apply for neighborhood mini-grants from the City of Livonia
Councilman Jim Jolly passes along some valuable information regarding Livonia's Neighborhood Grant program for your hometown neighborhood. "Now is the perfect time to talk to your neighbors (via phone, email, and social networking) to plan your block party or neighborhood enrichment effort to reconnect, celebrate, and engage your friends and neighbors after these challenging times - always hope for and expect better days ahead."

EXAMPLES of t he types of projects or events which can be applied for:
  • Community art programs
  • Community events - e.g., neighborhood parties (eligible only once), Rosedale Gardens Parade
  • Public space landscaping/beautification
  • Stewardship of neighborhood parks and common spaces
  • Youth programs - e.g., Beverly Soccer League, Clements Circle Boy Scouts, etc.
More information can be found at

The reaction has been positive from previous grant recipients such as Michael Camilleri "who as a prior recipient  on Parklane I can say this is an amazing thing. Thanks Jim and Livonia!"

New date for Livonia Home Show. May 2.

Proud sponsor of the Detroit Red Wings v Livonia All-stars coming to town May 17, 3:00.