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1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame set to be announced May 15th with the induction set for October 3rd

On October 3rd at 7:00 the 15th Class of the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame will be inducted. 
On Wednesday, May 15th the Class of 2019 will be announced on the pages of FridayMusings.

Hall of Fame 2013
What is the Livonia Hall of Fame?

Every year the date of the annual 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame is circled bright red on the calendar of many Livonia residents. This year is no exception for the first Thursday in October, October 3rd.

The Induction Ceremony has been the gathering place for an incredible community of creative thinkers and innovators, the source of so much of what has been given to Livonia since our incorporation as a Township in 1835 and as a City in 1950.

The efforts of those inducted have helped create a sustainable hometown of which we are all proud.

Please join us and our esteemed friends from Livonia at the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame Induction. We gather to advance the work and
continue the recognition of leaders who have dedicated a portion of their existence to bettering a town they live in or work in.
Hall of Fame 2013

Livonia is a great hometown

Sense. Feel. Cultivate. Enjoy every aspect of Livonia. If earth's great treasure lies in human personality then Livonia is a rich community indeed. The personality of this hometown was formed and shaped from the first farmer planting seeds in the fertile soil of Livonia Township. To recognize the work put into building the foundation of a long lasting, stable community the 1835 City Hall of Fame was established with the Inaugural Class being inducted in 2005.

Everyone who has lived, shopped or played in Livonia should give pause to thank those who gave of their time and energy so that those who call Livonia home will have that opportunity to enjoy the institutions already in place, the culture defined and the heritage appreciated.

The 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame is conferred on those whose vision helped shape a community of which we are proud.

This commission given to the those hardworking founders carries with it a recognition that their work and deeds have advanced the good name, image and reputation of a hometown built with a desire to redefine community; engaging citizens, creating traditions and institutions of which we can all be proud. Their singular efforts will forever be recorded as playing a significant role in challenging future generations to raise the bar of excellence. This commission carries with it a responsibility to be Livonia's continued ambassador of good will and fellowship around the world.

Meet those previously inducted into the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame

Meet the inductees who have shaped, defined and established the traditions that have come to be known as the cornerstones of the City of Livonia. With heritage and history  tracing back to 1835 these individuals  should never be forgotten and should for years to come be respected for the time, energy and effort put into our hometown. 

An amazing group of individuals  and organizations:

Class of 2018
Matt Collins, Virginia Bosak, Harriet deGarmo Fuller, Gordon Draper, Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers, Janice Newsome

Class of 2017
Art Cole, Dr. Peggy Gaskill, Josie Smith, Strelsa Schreiber, Livonia Jaycees, Livonia Symphony

Class of 2016
Timothy Kenny, Richard Gaskill, Dennis Wright, Dave Spivey, Livonia Junior Athletic League, Creative & Performing Arts

Class of 2015
Carol Strom, Livonia YMCA, Friends of Greenmead, Joe Neussendorfer, Laura Toy, Alan Helmkamp,  Carl Riegal, Dr. Janet Haas

Class of 2014
Dr. Conway Jeffress, Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, Dr. Jerry Smith, Harry Tatigian, Livonia Civic Chorus, 
Steve King, Livonia Heart Fund

Class of 2013
Mary Dumas, Friends of the Wilson Barn, Janet Welch, Bill Bresler, Joan McCotter, Robert Nash, AlphaUSA

Class of 2012
Bill Brown Ford, Felician Sisters, Livonia Rotary Club, Marge Roach, Robert Bishop, Alice Gunderson, Francesco Di Blasi, Livonia Youth Symphony 

Class of 2011 Charlie Mahoney, Laura Callow, Harvey Moelke, Midge Ellis, Livonia Town Hall, St. Mary
 Mercy Hospital,  Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment (OHM)

Class of 2010
Richard McDowell, James McCann, Keith Geiger, Ed Katz, Bill Heaton, Lee Morrow, Jack Engebretson, Joe Taylor, Edgar Oren Durfee

Class of 2009
James Mies, Lyn Bankes, Bob Dietiker, Rosina Raymond, Stan Anderson, Sue Rosiek, Friends of the Library, Alfred Noble, Sheldon Land Company
Class of 2008
Dan Andrew, Bill LaPine, Harry Greenleaf, Paul Kadish, Sheila Taormina, Joe and Jane Soltesz, William 
Brashear, Paul Chandler, John Vroman, Conrad Gniewek

Class of 2007
Lee Landes, Fernon Feenstra, Sam Prisk, Louis Schmidt, Sister Mary Giovanni, Rudy Kleinert, Bill Warren, Roland Upton, Sister Mary Francilene

Class of 2006
Dr. Don Friedrichs, Jack Kirksey, Patrick Duggan, Joan Duggan, Mike Duggan, Debra Bonde, Alexander Blue, Ken Bourgon, Electra Stamelos, Sue Daniel, Bill Fried, Peter Ventura

Class of 2005
Ira Wilson, Alexander McKinney, George Nelson Benley, Mable Ault, Jesse Ziegler, Ben Yates, Dr. 
Maxwell Stewart, Richard Joyner, Geraldine Joyner, John Dufour, Edward H. McNamara, Phil Power, Bob and Janet Bennett

Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events 
at the  Phoenix Theatre

What We Left Behind: Star Trek DS9
May 13 - 7:00 PM

Batman & Robin Event
May 14 - 4:00 PM, 7:00 P M

Saga of Tanya The Evil - The Movie
May 16 - 7:30 PM

Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite/Petrushka
May 19 - 12:55 PM

Steel Magnolias 30th Anniversary (1989)
May 19 - 4:00 PM
May 21 - 7:00 PM
May 22 - 7:00 PM

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 
Studio Ghibli Fest
May 20 - 7:00 PM
May 21 - 7:00 PM

The Cold Blue
May 23 - 7:30 PM
Click on this image for all movie times

Election Season in our Hometown

Livonia Board of Education
The Livonia schools will have two proposals on the ballot in August. The first is a renewal millage. The second is a sinking fund proposal. 

City of Livonia
Mayor primary in August

Laura Toy 

Bruce Tenniswood 

Maureen Miller Brosnan 

City Council primary election in August
Top eight nominated for general election in November
Four to be elected. Top three for 4-year term. 
The 4th for a 2-year term. 

You may vote for up to 4 of the following 12:

Scott Bahr              Gerald Perez 
Robert Donovic            Eileen McDonnell 

Send your calendar notices to

May in Livonia

May 16 @ 5:30
Civic Park Senior Center

May 18 @ 12:00 noon
Maureen Brosnan Canvas Kickoff
Civic Center Senior Center

May 18
Spring Garden Party
Livonia Symphony Orchestra

May 18 @ 2:00
Livonia Youth Symphony of Michigan
Annual Spring Concert
Madonna University-Kresge Hall

May 19 @ 8:00 start
Clarenceville Education Foundation
5K Walk/Run

May 16-27
Livonia Rotary AM Club   
Spring Carnival  
Seven and Middlebelt

May 18 @ 9:00 -10:00 rain or shine
Livonia Garden Club Plant Sharing
Greenmead Historical Park

May 19 
St. Baldrick's 
9th Annual Shave-A-Thon  
@ Claddagh Irish Pub

May 19
Spring Concert at Churchill Performing Arts Center
54th Annual by the Livonia Civic Chorus

May 21 @ 6:00
Bruce Tenniswood campaign kickoff
Quality Inn on Plymouth Road

May 22 @ 7:30 am
Scott Bahr campaign kick off
Andiamo Livonia

May 22 @ 7:30 pm
Schoolcraft Road Panera Bread

May 23 @ 5:00 - 7:00
Brandon McCullough for City Council
Fundraiser at Wintergarden

May 23 @ 7:00 - 8:45
45th Annual Livonia Prayer Breakfast
Burton Manor

May 29 @ 7:00
Livonia Republican Club Candidate Forum
Civic Park Senior Center

June in Livonia
June 1 @ 9:00 - 2:30
Dr. Thomas A. Dooley 
Knights of Columbus Council #5492
Kick off to Summer Car Show

June 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:00
Livonia City Hall Campus  Save Our Youth Run

June 7 @ all day
Robert Bennett Memorial Golf Outing
Benefiting the Livonia Symphony Orchestra

June 8 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Livonia's Annual Passport to Safety
Livonia Police Department
Safety stations where children learn about safety 
in a fun, family setting.
June 9 @ 9:00 - 5:00
32nd Annual Barn Car Show
Wilson Barn

June 13 @ 5:45-7:00 & 7:00 - 9:00
Ice Cream followed by Patriotic & Pops
Kirksey Recreation Center

June 25 - 30
Livonia Spree 69
Happy Birthday Livonia !

July in Livonia
July 11 - August 29
Every Thursday 
Music From The Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch

July 20 - August 3

July 27 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Touch a Truck @  Greenmead 

September in Livonia
September 15 @ 1:00 - 4:00

Good Old Fashioned  Neighborhood Corn Roast
John Stymelski Park

September 28 @ 10:00 - 6:00
Guns and Gowns @ Greenmead

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Hall of Fame 2013
Hall of Fame 2013 

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Laurie Pohutsky, State Representative: At approximately 2:00 am Thursday morning, the House of Representatives in Lansing voted on a drastic change to Michigan's auto insurance law. Many of the Representatives were not given a chance to read the bill, which contained no guarantee for rate reduction or the elimination of rate-determining, non-driving factors such as what your job is, or if you are a man or a woman.  You asked for better; you asked for reforms to the system which protect your coverage and uphold a promise of lowered rates.

I live in our community and pay the same rates you do, which is how I know that the rates are too high and that we must address this for the residents of the State of Michigan, but this is not the way. In Lansing, I plan to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be a voice for the people of Livonia in the discussion on auto insurance rates.  Will you support me in this fight to maintain our coverage, while lowering our rates?

I am honored to be working for the people of Livonia and the State of Michigan, and will always work to keep folks informed of important legislative updates such as this, and continue to work on your behalf.

Kate Mackie: Thank you, Friday Musings, for always being so good to us and our ministries! We appreciate you! Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church.

Debra Bonde: Thanks FridayMusings for featuring our faithful volunteer, Shirley Brown! She's amazing!

Timothy J. Klisz:  So sorry to hear about Judge McCann. He was still active in the Livonia Bar Association in his 90's! My sympathies to the entire McCann family.

Robb Drzewicki:  There's still time to sign up and "Brave the Shave" with us by clicking

Best of the Bob Hardies Best Kept Secrets of Livonia

In case you missed them the first time, in the coming weeks, FridayMusings will be posting some of the "best" of the "Best Kept Secrets of Livonia." I hope you enjoy these little-known, interesting facts about your hometown Livonia. Be sure to share with your friends.

Motor City Youth Theatre does it again with another great show coming up next weekend. Check it out.

Motor City Youth Theatre presents  The Rainbow Fish!  It's a wonderful musical that is s hort and very sweet; just over an hour.  Great costumes, great songs, awesome MCYT actors!!

Performances are scheduled for 7 PM May 16, 17, 18 and 2 PM May 19. ALL SEATS $10 FOR ANY SHOW.

There is a 1:00 PM Saturday, May 18 special performance for pre-school children and families, includes craft tables.. Contact or purchase tickets on EVENTBRITE

Memorial Day Remembrances
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church
City of Livonia in partnership with Allied Veterans

Campaign events scheduled for three Livonia candidates:
Rob Donovic for Council
Maureen Miller Brosnan for Mayor
Bruce Tenniswood for Mayor
Brandon McCullough for Council
Candidates are out and about Livonia. Retail is so cool.

Maureen Miller Brosnan for Livonia Mayor May 18

Join Maureen for her canvass kick-off, where she will be knocking doors around Livonia to talk to voters about her campaign for mayor. Never canvassed before? Maureen says, "We'll meet in the Senior Center conference room at noon for a brief training, and we'll pair you up with an experienced canvasser. And join us back at the Senior Center at 3:30 for a volunteer appreciation meal.  Feel free to invite your friends, family, and first-time canvassers alike! "

Can't make it to our canvass at noon? Join them at 3:30 to learn more about the campaign and talk about being involved going forward. 
Bruce Tenniswood for Livonia Mayor May 21
Bruce Tenniswood is having a Campaign Kickoff - Fundraiser Event on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:00 - 9:00 at the Quality Inn and Suites, 30375 Plymouth Road. The event will begin at 6:00 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM.  Appetizers and refreshments provided. Cash bar available.

Bruce says, "Please consider donating to help support The Bruce 4 Mayor Campaign. This is a campaign by the people and for the people. We would appreciate any contributions made by you, the people! You have the option of bringing a personal check or making a donation via our website."

Rob Donovic for Livonia City Council May 22

Join Rob on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:30, for Coffee and Conversation at the Schoolcraft Road Panera Bread. Rob says that he is  "running for Livonia City Council and believe it's important to talk to residents and learn more about our community and coffee hours are great for informal discussion.  I will be doing this twice a month--An AM and PM coffee hours."

Scott Bahr for Livonia City Council May 22
Join the Scott Bahr for re-election to City Council at his campaign kick-off breakfast. This event, at Andiamo Livonia is set for Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 - 9:00. A free will donation is appreciated and may be brought to the event. RSVP at

Brandon McCullough for Livonia City Council May 23

The McCullough Campaign Fundraiser is set!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23rd @ Wintergarden Tavern from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Brandon says that they "are raising funds to cover expenses such as; yard signs, mailers, door hangers, and other campaign necessities.  Please consider attending the fundraiser and investing in Livonia's future."

Candidate Night May 29. 7:00.