November 2, 2018                 The  Source for Livonia News and Opinions
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Support for  #SchoolcraftYes  is broad and deep. Those endorsing the effort to maintain Schoolcraft as an anchor for our community include FridayMusings, the Livonia Police Officers Association, AFT Michigan, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2. Vote YES.

November in Livonia

Coming to Livonia November 5th through the 30th from Grand Rapids, Huaming Wang is a multi-talented artist, designer, and engineer. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

His work will be exhibited at the Bennett Civic Library in the Fine Arts Gallery.

November 1 - 14
Seedlings Braille Books for Children's 
3rd Annual Online Auction
Help raise $18,000 for 
1,800 more braille books!

November 3 @ 10:00 - 4:00
Frost's 42nd Annual PTSA 
Arts and Crafts Show 

November 3 @ 8:00
VOCES8 w/ Blake Morgan
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Ann Arbor

November 6 at 6:30 PM
Livonia Garden Club   @ 
Senior Center
November Monthly Meeting
Meet and Greet 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM
Program: Hydrangeas 101

November 8, 9, 19  @  7:00
November 11 @ 2:00
How to Eat Like a Child, 
musical comedy
Motor City Theatre Ages 5-up
All seats $10     313-535-8962
27555 Grantland, Livonia 48150
½ block west of Inkster Rd.

November 11

November 15, 16, 17 @  7:00
November 17 @ 1:00
November 18 @ 2:00
A Little Princess, the Musical
Motor City Theatre Ages 5-up
All seats $10    313-535-8962
27555 Grantland, Livonia 48150
½ block west of Inkster Rd.
November 16-18
CAPA presents
Hands on a Hardbody

November 6 @ All Day
Election-early and often

November 10 @ Noon - 2:00
Mercy Elite Flag Football
Stevenson High School

November 10 @ 2:00 - 4:00
Blessings in a Backpack
Bowling for Backpacks
Merribowl Lanes--Five Mile

December in Livonia

December 1 @ 10:00 - 4:00

December 2 @ 4:00
Livonia Holiday Parade

December 7 @ 9:00- 2:00
Senior Citizen Holiday Craft Show 
9:00 - 2:00
Livonia Senior Center

December 8 @ 11:00
Tickets go on sale Thursday, Nov. 1 for the annual Lunch with Santa at the Kirksey Recreation Center and online at  Lunch with Santa takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Civic Park Senior Center.  The event includes lunch, crafts and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 
For more information, please call (734) 466-2900.

December 8
"Joyous Wonder"
Livonia Symphony Orchestra

December 15 
Livonia Youth Symphony
Holiday Concert
Madonna University
Kresge Hall

December 16 @ 3:00
Holiday Concert
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
Livonia Civic Chorus

Simply click on each of the images below and you will immediately be taken to their website or facebook page to find out more. These are the personal opinions of the typewriter thanks to the feedback of our readers and personal experiences. 

Stevenson High School Class of 1970 Alums 
Helping  Victims of Hurricane Michael

Livonia's Alan Helmkamp sent along a story that links Livonia to the devastation of Hurricane Michael and perhaps a way that our hometown can reach out and help those recovering in the panhandle of Florida:

It started simply enough. On the Stevenson High Class of 1970 Facebook group page, our classmate Suzanne Ganzak Carnill, now a resident of the panhandle area of Florida, recently posted the following:

"Hi classmates, we could use a little help down here."

She posted photos of the devastation left after Hurricane Michael, a near Category 5 storm, hit two weeks earlier making landfall with 155 mph winds, with a storm surge of up to 10 feet of water in some places. Hurricane Michael was the worst storm to hit northwest Florida since record keeping began in 1851.

Offers of cash donations quickly followed, but Suzanne replied that:  "We need shelf stable milk and large and x large adult briefs. We need product. Our stores are gone. Our places where we purchase things are gone. We need food and wipes and living items. We need to keep people fed and sheltered."

So, over the past week or so a number of SHS '70 Spartans from all over the country sprang into action and shipped down cases of evaporated milk and adult diapers.

But as the need persists, the effort continues. It's a story of Livonia love and charity going beyond our borders to assist a classmate who is selflessly helping coordinate life sustaining efforts in her adopted hometown of Panama City Beach and environs.

There is still need for shipment of cases of the following:

Shelf sustainable food such as tuna fish, peanut butter, evaporated milk,  Face, hand and baby wipes,  Clorox wipes.  They can be shipped to:
Suzanne Ganzak Carnill
127 Sandollar Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
If shipments are made by Amazon or other entities that require a telephone number, use: 850-348-0026.

Brian Meakin v Laurie Pohutsky
The most surprising and contentious election facing Livonia is the
race for State Representative featuring long serving city councilman Brian Meakin and political newcomer Laurie Pohutsky. Both candidates have staked out positions that clearly define who they are and what they stand for.

If only the state parties had stayed out of the race we might have had an interesting discussion on serious issues. Politics centered on issues not made up of negative caricatures that have no basis in reality. 

Brian Meakin  is not a corrupt politician as a Michigan Democratic Party ad  would have you believe. He is a good and decent Livonia resident. Where FridayMusings disagrees with Meakin is on the issues or rather his lack of specificity on issues. 

Laurie Pohutsky is not advocating and supporting the creation of sanctuary cities and does not support reparations for slavery as a Michigan Republican Party ad would have you believe. She is a good and decent Livonia resident. Where FridayMusings agrees with Pohutsky is on the issues and her willingness to be specific in detailing her positions.

The Livonia Observer has endorsed Laurie Pohutsky this week writing that " Brian Meakin has been a solid member of the Livonia City Council, but we believe Democrat Laurie Pohutsky could be a fresh voice in Lansing, something the state Legislature could use.

"A scientist with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University, her views and knowledge on health care could prove valuable."

FridayMusings endorsed Laurie Pohutsky  on 10.05 writing that "Laurie Pohutsky is the right choice for State Representative. A fresh problem solving and articulate voice that will well represent Livonia in Lansing with a perspective of which we can all be proud."

Detroit Free Press provided Brian Meakin and Laurie Pohutsky a questionnaire on a multitude of contemporary issue.  One of the most comprehensive questionnaires candidates were given the opportunity to address questions with the answers to be published on line. Here are the unedited answers provided by the two candidates and printed in full in the Free Press. Unfortunately Brian Meakin did not respond to the questionnaire. 

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?
Meakin:  This candidate did not respond to the questionnaire.

What steps, if any, should the Legislature take to make college and other post-secondary training more affordable?

Meakin: This candidate did not respond to the questionnaire.

A commission appointed by Gov. Snyder concluded that Michigan is spending far less than it needs to spend to maintain its roads, bridges, and public utilities. Do you agree? If so, where would you find more money for maintaining and improving Michigan's infrastructure?

Pohutsky: "I do agree that Michigan needs to spend more to maintain our infrastructure, particularly in a way that will last longer than most repairs currently do. Marijuana will most likely be legalized after the November election, and when this happens, revenue from it must go into our infrastructure."

Meakin: This candidate did not respond to the questionnaire.

Pohutsky: "I strongly support this initiative. Democracy is lost when voters no longer have a voice, and gerrymandering takes away that voice. Politicians should be left out of forming districts, and that is why I support independent redistricting."

Meakin: This candidate did not respond to the questionnaire.

FridayMusings Endorsements 2018

Establish a redistricting commission to  draw legislative  lines in Michigan
Legalize Marijuana

A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution

Schoolcraft College Headlee Override

Haley Stevens (D) 
for United States Congress

Laurie Pohutsky (D) 
for State Representative

Terry Marecki (R) 
for Wayne County Commissioner

Liz Jarvis, Colleen Burton, Mark Johnson 
for Livonia Board of Education

Gretchen Alaniz 
for Schoolcraft College Trustee

Suzette Samuels, Bridget Hathaway 
for Wayne County Circuit Court

5th Annual Bowling for Backpacks Fundraiser

Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia is helping feed the Future of America.
There's still time to register for their 5th Annual Bowling for Backpacks Fundraiser, they've added a bake sale too, on Saturday November 10, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Merri-Bowl Lanes..

This exciting event will include 2 hours of bowling, pizza and beverages, Silent Auction, various items for raffle  like Red Wing and Lions tickets, gift cards, and many more items along with a 50/50 raffle, will be held from 2- 4 pm, with registration beginning at 1 pm.

 Tickets for bowling are $20, while the cost for non-bowlers is $10. Click the following link to order tickets - Visit their website at to learn more about sponsorship and donation opportunities.

There are many ways you can become involved in our 5th Annual "Bowling for
Bowling for smiles
Backpacks". All funds raised in Livonia stay here in the community to support their program of Blessings in a Backpack. On behalf of the children who will benefit by your contribution, they thank you in advance for your support and look forward to partnering with you in this very worthwhile event. 

You can contact one of the following members of our Steering Committee for further information: Audra Rons, or 248-701-3277, Jan Wilson, or 248-505-3778.

The funds they raise will allow them to continue to send food-filled weekend backpacks home with at-risk children attending Cooper, Garfield, Grant, Kennedy, Randolph, Rosedale and Webster Elementary Schools, as well as Johnson Upper Elementary. 

This year they are again adding additional students, as well as at least one other school. Your sponsorship, donation and/or participation in this event will help ensure they can meet this goal.

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. Blessings in a Backpack Livonia, P.O. Box 51603, Livonia MI 48151

Kick off the symphony season

What do these pictures of the Bahrs, Jollys and Wrights have in common besides the smiles?

They attended a recent Livonia Symphony Orchestra dinner and concert at Laurel Manor. An annual event that brings people together in support of the arts--in appreciation of music--and for a fun time complete with silent auction, mingling, conversation, and yes, an outstanding concert.

This year you can  join with neighbors and friends in celebrating The Joy of Music with
LSO Director
Volodymyr Shesiuk has fun at this annual dinner/concert
the Annual Fall Banquet Fundraiser benefiting our Livonia Symphony Orchestra and also Maestro Volodymyr Shesiuk's 25th Anniversary with the Symphony.

Enjoy a great dinner, fantastic music, get a head start on holiday shopping with their, always fabulous, silent auction and meet other LSO supporters. 

6:00 PM Doors Open/Silent Auction Begins
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Concert

Tickets are $85 per person, of which $40 is tax deductible.  Reservations are REQUIRED. Click this ticket link to order.