June 28, 2019 
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The ballots have been mailed.  11,600 applications for an absentee ballot were mailed to our hometown residents. Wednesday over 7,000 were mailed to those who had turned in their applications. Mail boxes should be filling soon with candidate literature. Gotta love the campaign season.

LIVONIA'S SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE LAUNCHES ST. JOE'S MERCY ELITE SPORTS CENTER
Schoolcraft is on target to be the home for the best in youth athletic training

Schoolcraft College is proud to announce an expanding partnership with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System with the construction of the St. Joe's Mercy Elite Sports Center located on Schoolcraft College campus. The new St. Joe's Mercy Elite Sports Center will be the western suburban home of the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, Detroit's premier volleyball development academy, featuring 74,000 square feet of multi-purpose space. The addition of Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy to the SC Elite Program brand expands the partners to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, MercyElite Sports Performance, the Wolves and Hawks Soccer Club and the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy. SC Elite is dedicated to the growth of youth and adult sports on the I-275 corridor of metropolitan Detroit. 
    
The St. Joe's Mercy Elite Sports Center will house eight volleyball courts, a running track, soccer training space, and fitness and rehabilitation space. Construction (groundbreaking) will begin in August 2019 with completion and a grand opening event in the spring of 2020.

An overhead cutaway view of the sports center--
what it will look like inside the building.
Schoolcraft College will be deploying a state-of-the art Fitness Laboratory, classroom space and faculty offices for Schoolcraft College's Associate Degree program in Fitness Leadership.  The Fitness Lab is designed to train students in performance testing, applied exercise physiology and other skills.  The Fitness Leadership program will take advantage of Mercy Elite's presence on campus in the support of academic programs, job shadowing and internship opportunities. Schoolcraft
  College will be expanding both youth and adult continuing education programs within this facility.  Schoolcraft students, athletes, faculty and staff will also have expanded access to wellness and fitness components provided.

Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy will use the St. Joe's Mercy Elite Sports Center for daily training for their club teams (serving over 1,800 families), and to host local, regional and national youth volleyball tournaments. Combined with the St. Joe's Sports Dome, Schoolcraft can now host regional and national volleyball tournaments for 216 teams, bringing thousands of families to greater Detroit for these events. The addition of the Michigan Elite brand to the SC Program continues Schoolcraft's mission of being the home to the best youth athletic training, in a safe, empowering environment, with a focus on academic and athletic excellence, health, and nutrition. 

Mercy Elite will be growing their services on campus in the Sports Center to provide further sports performance and training programs and on-site sports medicine physician services. Physical therapy, strength and conditioning for athletes and fitness training for all levels will be available for interested schools, clubs, teams or individuals.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, its multi-specialty physician group partner IHA, and Schoolcraft College are collaborating in the development of a new 80,000- square-foot medical center on the Schoolcraft campus that will include primary, specialty and urgent care as well as imaging services. The health center will also support Schoolcraft College's Healthcare and Health Sciences programs with hands-on educational opportunities for students to prepare them for in-demand jobs in the growing health care fields.    

Meet the partners helping define a healthy Livonia
Schoolcraft          Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy            Michigan-Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club            Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Schoolcraft College is a public community college, offering classes at and online at  www.schoolcraft.edu. The college enrolls more than 30,000 students each year in both credit programs and continuing education and professional development (non-credit) courses. The college has 70 different academic majors and programs leading to a skills certificate, certificate, associate degree, or post-associate certificate. Students can also take advantage of bachelor degree-level courses and programs offered by several university partners onsite or transfer credits to other four-year institutions saving time and money in pursuit of a bachelor's or higher degree.

Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy was established in 2010 and has become the largest and most successful club in Michigan, consistently developing players at the highest levels of amateur volleyball competition (four players awarded Miss Volleyball in past 9 years).  Our Academy offers the finest coaching staff in the region and provides an opportunity for young individuals to further their experience and training in volleyball through instruction from qualified coaches in practice and increased competition in tournaments throughout the state, regionally and nationally. Michigan Elite is dedicated to serving our student-athletes and parents in all aspects of club volleyball and is committed to developing young women into ethical competitors.  Michigan Elite operates across six locations in Warren, Wixom, Downriver, Monroe, Midland and Washington Township and also runs a large variety of competitive club and high school tournaments.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 16,200 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Michigan, with operations in 22 states. Trinity Health employs about 129,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion, assets of $26.2 billion, and returns about $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

The Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club is a premier level soccer club based in Livonia that provides a unique opportunity for the serious, skilled and dedicated soccer players.  The club was formed in 1974, and is a 501c-3 non-profit organization. www.michiganwolveshawks.com 


Partnerships make it happen. Livonia benefits from the partnerships created at Schoolcraft College. 
Thank you for the vision.

Students travel from Livonia to Tennessee, reaching out and touching the lives of new friends, developing new skill sets, and gaining experiences to be remembered for the rest of their lives.


The typewriter first learned of the Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church 2019 Mission trip was when I caught up with the news that they were planning on having a Wilson Barn Dance to raise some money. They brought up a band from Tennessee, their eventual destination, and had a foot stomping good time, raised some money, smiled a lot and perhaps embarrassed a few with their dancing or lack of dancing skills.

June arrived and they were off to Appalachia. 17 fun loving young folks from Rosedale heading down to work on houses, improving the lot in life of a family or families that were in need of an uplifting spirit. From Livonia with smiles to Tennessee still smiling and back home a little tired but still smiling.

Building a porch, insulating an attic, learning new skills, and meeting new people. All for an experience that may very well be with them for the rest of their lives.

How wonderful would it be if all teenagers at some point during their high school years could travel on a mission trip and get a clearer understanding of how other people live, of the struggles first hand of the hardships in a community they may never have another opportunity to visit and live for  a week. 

How awesome is it that Rosedale Presbyterian Church has a staff, including Pastors Kellie Whitlock and Kate Mackie, and a congregation who encourage, support, equip, and partner with students to make these missions every summer possible. An outreach into the community and across the country, providing our hometown students an experience  they might not have otherwise and which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.


These pictures do not do justice to the work, fun, experiences these students had. They are just a snapshot of one week. Thank you Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church for showing us how a village can enhance the quality of life as it did for these students and the people they met in Appalachia. 

Election Season in our Hometown
Absentee ballots are scheduled to be mailed June 26

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.  Both proposals were e ndorsed by FridayMusings on May 31st.

City of Livonia

Mayor primary in August
Top two nominated for general election in November. You may vote for one of the following three:

Laura Toy 
Endorsements requested but not received
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request

Bruce Tenniswood 
Endorsements requested but not received

Maureen Miller Brosnan 
Councilman Jim Jolly,  Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters,  UAW,  Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
Teamsters Local 299,  Dan Centers, Livonia School Board Trustee,  Tim Klisz, Zoning Board of Appeals Member 
Gretchen Alaniz, Schoolcraft College Trustee
Brian Broderick, Schoolcraft College Board Chair
Janice Centers, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
Joe Taylor, Former Livonia City Council Member
Mike McGee, Former Livonia City Council Member
Dale Jurcisin, Former Livonia City Council Member
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request

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. As candidates announce their endorsements they will be listed:

Scott Bahr 
Mayors Dennis Wright, Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson, Treasurer Lynda Scheel, all members of the Livonia City Council, School Trustees Mark Johnson, Colleen Burton, Crystal Frank. Karen Bradford
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request
            
Gerald Perez

Robert Donovic 
Schoolcraft Trustee Dillon Breen, Mayor Dennis Wright, Councilwoman Laura Toy, Councilman Brian Meakin
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard Signs available to request
   
Eileen Mc Donnell
Yard Signs available to request
 
Mayor Dennis Wright, Councilmen Jim Jolly, Brandon Kritzman
Great Detroit Building & Construction Trades Council, Sheet Metal Workers' Local 80, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard Signs available to request

Kathleen McIntyre  
Mayor Dennis Wright, Livonia Police Officers Association 
Treasurer Lynda Scheel, Commissioner Terry Marecki
Yard Signs available to request

Campaign websites or campaign facebook pages are listed where identified for each candidate. Yard sign availability suggests that you can request but the candidate will determine when they would like you to put them up.
Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events at the Phoenix Theatre

Kinky Boots the Musical
June 29 - 12:55pm
Whisper of the Heart - Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
July 1 - 7:00pm
July 2 - 7:00pm
Hamlet - Nation Theatre Live
July 8 - 7:00pm
The Met Opera: II Barbiere di Siviglia - 
Summer Encore
July 10 - 7:00pm
Sound! Euphonium: 
The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day
July 11 - 7:00pm (Subbed)
July 15 - 7:00pm (Dubbed)
The Met Opera: Aida - Summer Encore
July 17 - 7:00pm
Glory 30 th Anniversary (1989)
July 21 - 1:00pm
July 21 - 4:00pm
July 24 - 4:00pm
July 24 - 7:00pm
This Changes Everything
July 22 - 7:30pm
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: 
Arrow of the Orion
July 23 - 7:30pm
The Muppets Movie 40 th Anniversary (1979)
July 25 - 12:30pm
July 30 - 12:30pm
Kiki's Delivery Service - Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
July 28 - 12:55pm
July 29 - 7:00pm
Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
July 31 - 8:00pm
Click on this image for all movie times

Send your calendar notices to  rwilliamjoyner@gmail.com

June in Livonia

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 19 @ 6:00 - 9:00


July 20 - August 3

July 21 @ Schoolcraft College
25th Annual
Michigan Jazz Festival

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

August in Livonia

August 10 @ 5:00
Livonia Jaycee Bar Crawl

August 17 @ 11:00 - 3:00
Campus of City Hall and Kids Art from the Heart

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

A project of FridayMusings

Sponsored by
Livonia YMCA
In coordination with
Livonia Parks and Recreation
In partnership with
Livonia Rotary AM Club
AlphaUSA
Community Financial Credit Union
Bob Hardies F&PA
Corn prepared by
Livonia Lions
Beverages provided by
Livonia Jaycees
Pulled Pork sandwiches provided by
Blue Plate Dinner

September 6 @ 11:30
Chamber of Commerce @ Vista-Tech Center

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

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Hall of Fame 2013
This is the weekend for some of the typewriter's 
favorite Spree events--see you around our birthday party.

A favorite Friday night in the Kid's Tent, 8 - 10
 Earth Angels--a must see--fun entertainment

One of our best- Livonia Youth Symphony

A favorite Saturday in the Kid's Tent, 12 noon - check it out



The favorite Sunday for the typewriter is the Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausage and juice and lots of candidates.

I must have a Kiwanis Early Risers 
lemonade.

So good for sure.

Livonia YMCA partnering with Livonia Public Schools Students


Fuel up Livonia once again to serve Livonia Public School students this summer. Livonia Rotary and Livonia YMCA partner to make it work.  Volunteers are needed.

The Rotary Club of Livonia is partnering with the Livonia YMCA to once again be supporting the YMCA Fuel Up Livonia program this summer.    Compton Park once again will be the site. Fuel Up Livonia will host an Open House June 28th. The program will run weekdays, July 8th to August 16th from 11AM - 1PM. Their last day, August 16th, will be the Back to School Bash with backpack drive. 

Both the YMCA and the Rotary Club are seeking out volunteers who will be needed about a half hour before and after each day for set up and take down as well as an evening or two the last week to stuff backpacks.

What you need to know about this community program:
 
* 30% of LPS Kids receive free or reduced lunch throughout the school year. 
* On the Average 2 months of reading skills are lost during summer break.
* Last year Fuel Up served 112 unique youth, served 566 meals.  45 was the highest attendance day, with an average of 23 per day.
 
Again,this year Fuel Up Livonia is July 8 - August 16 at Compton Park on Lyndon.
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP and be a part of this necessary program, and I might add fun program:

1.  Volunteer!  Between 11 - 1:30 to help serve healthy lunches, assist with sport and learning activities, as well as engage youth in play.  Come out for a day or two, or the whole summer!   Use the link below to get started. 
 
 
2.  Donate Healthy snacks and water.  Bring them to the park or to Rotary on Monday (12:00 at Zukins Rib Shack on 5 Mile)  and Laura Perlowski will take them.  examples: Packs of raisins or other dried fruit, healthy granola bars, healthy popcorn, trail mix, applesauce, veggie straws/chips, pretzels, go-go yogurt, rice cakes...
 
3.  Donate school supplies and backpacks.  Last year our club donated 50 packs and supplies.  You can pick these up anytime and bring to a weekly meeting of the Rotary Club (noon at Zukins) and Perlowski  will collect them.  


The Summer Fun Series kicks off July 9 and 
lasts through August. Check it out.
The Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is adding family fun to your Tuesdays this summer.  The Summer Fun Series features inflatables, games and food along with an outdoor family concert or movie at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from July 9 - August 20. 

The series begins on Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. with family activities, live music from Guy Louis at 6:30 p.m., and Lego Movie 2 at 8:20 p.m. at the Kirksey Recreation Center (Five Mile and Hubbard).  

The fun continues at Rotary Park (Six Mile and Hubbard) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 as Beverly the Music Lady takes the stage.  

The following Tuesday, July 23, return to Rotary Park for an evening with Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits. 

Catch the movie Mary Poppins Returns at 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Kirksey Recreation Center. Live music from Momford & Sons will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 8:20 p.m.

 The series continues at Rotary Park at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 with Patricia Kjolhede followed by Copper Tom on Aug. 13.   The series concludes Aug. 20 with Gemini.

 For more information, please call (734) 466-2900 or visit  www.LivoniaParks.org

While you enjoy Summer, some will be getting ready for Fall.


Campaign events scheduled for hometown candidates 

Maureen Miller Brosnan for Mayor
Laurie Pohutsky for State Representative
Gerald Perez for City Council
Jim Davis for City Council
Chamber of Commerce Mayoral primary forum
Livonia Democratic Club candidate night

Candidates are out and about in Livonia. Gotta love retail politics.
FridayMusings will continue to post campaign events and fundraisers for candidates seeking office. We have over the past month posted announcements from Laurie Pohutsky, Bruce Tenniswood, Maureen Brosnan, Laura Toy, Gregory Coppola, Brandon McCullough, Jim Davis, Robert Donovic, Gerald Perez, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce  the Livonia Republican Club and the Livonia Democratic Club. As long as the announcements are shared with Musings  they will be shared with our readers.

Maureen Miller Brosnan for Livonia Mayor June 30
Join supporters as they knock doors in support of Maureen Miller Brosnan's run for Livonia Mayor.

Never canvassed before? No worries! They will provide a brief training and pair you with an experienced canvasser.

Join them at Panera as they  go over the script before heading out into the community.  For complete Saturday and Sunday schedule including times  click here .


Representative Laurie Pohutsky re-election Kick-off June 30

J une 30--1:00 - 3:00 at the Supernatural Brewing, Plymouth Road in Livonia. She wants you to be one the first to know that she is officially launching her re-election campaign for State Representative!




 Picnic with Perez in the Park starting July 1st
Pack a lunch and have some good conversations at noon on these dates with Gerald Perez. Weather permitting.
7/1 Rotary Park near the Pavillions
7/8 Bicentennial Park /  Fire Station
7/15 Stymelski Park by the YMCA
7/22 Pastor Park by Jackson Center
7/29 Nash Park by Roosevelt Elementary School bet 5 and Lyndon



Jim Davis for City Council July 11


Please join Jim for a breakfast fundraiser on July 11th at 7:30 am. His host location is a great Livonia mainstay, Thomas's Dining on Plymouth.








Livonia Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum July 17
7:00 - 9:00 Bennett Civic Center Library

Livonia Democratic Club Candidate Night July 25