July 8, 2019 
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Music from the Heart starts its summer run this Thursday, July 11, on the back porch of our Livonia City Hall. Featured entertainment is Motor City Soul.
Livonia has it all. Including a Master Chef contestant, new mother, entrepreneur, baker. . .okay you get the point. If you haven't tried the Butter Bear Shop or haven't met Amanda Saab do it today. 
Amanda and her sister Mona at the Wilson Barn
Friday Musings ventured out Saturday morning to brave the heat. The first stop was the Wilson Barn Farmers Market and time spent with Amanda Saab and her sister Mona of the Butter Bear Bakery. While there I purchased a loaf of sourdough bread and a salted brown butter chocolate chip cookie. Yes I had a sandwich at lunch with the bread but not before tasting, or rather eating the whole thing, the cookie.

Oh yes, and lots of great conversation with these two delightful women. 

Livonia continues to be the home to unique and quality bakeries. We have polish, greek, italian, macedonian. Now we can add the influences of Middle East and Mediterranean.

Wow. And then of course there is the Looney Baker. Anyone want to guess the ethnicity?

You can now make your tour of Livonia bakeries by adding the newest in a line of outstanding hometown bakeries. Add them to the typewriter's favorites like the Paris Bakery or Heritage Bakery or West Fenkell or the Italian Bakery. We all are rich in Livonia with so much dough available. I couldn't resist.

Stop in and give the butter bear shop  at Five Mile and Farmington a savory look and smell, next to long time
 French's Flowers, the new Zukins and the even newer Bearfoot Productions. Okay, most know it as the Bench Pub shopping district. 

This is the most unique shopping strip in Livonia. Bar. Flowers. Ribs. Theatre. Bakery. Oh, and don't forget the Livonia Lock and Key. Who says you have to leave Livonia for any shopping. Really.

Okay, now that we know where butter bear is located let's take a look at the bakery and who is behind these savory delights.
First though is my personal favorite the date, molasses cookie. Next trip will take home the baklava cheesecake. Cupcakes? I'm in.

Founded by Amanda Saab in 2017,  Butter Bear Shop  was created with the intention of sharing gourmet cookies with the world, while  caring for others. The butter bear shop creates gourmet cookies, cheesecakes, cakes, cinnamon rolls and a variety of Lithuanian breads, including Lithuanian Rye Sourdough. The sourdough is the typewriters favorite.

This last item, the Sourdough bread comes from previous owners of Alkevicius Breads who passed on all their bread recipes because of their popularity. 

Amanda has enjoyed baking with her mother since she was a child. At the fourth grade book fair, she purchased a recipe book and learned how to make New York Style Cheesecake on her own. Since then, she has been baking cheesecakes for her family. Amanda also baked celebration cakes and all the cookies for her family gatherings. 

In 2015, Amanda's love for food led her to compete on  MasterChef with  Gordon Ramsay! To learn more about
Amanda with Gordon Ramsey on 
MasterChef season six
Amanda and to try some of her recipes, visit 

Amanda's vision is to create an upscale, home-style bake-shop with new wave American desserts with influences from the Middle East and Mediterranean. "At butter bear shop our philosophy is to offer the best desserts and breads that are easily accessible via our online stop and bake shop in Livonia. We use the highest quality ingredients, because good things into the oven, mean great things out of the oven!"

Educated as a social worker, Amanda has come face-to-face with the challenges facing many of our neighbors, including hunger. She has supported #NoKidHungry thru her blog  amandasplate.com and continues to use her platform to bring awareness to causes that matter.

For every purchase made at butter bear shop , they will make a donation to help combat hunger. This means a portion of your purchase will be donated to a food bank. 

"Our impact is always greater together.  Fighting hunger matters and companies of all sizes can make a difference. I love creating beautiful and delicious meals for my family and friends. To me, there is no better way to tell someone you love them, then to create a meal for them."

This dynamo is sharing her entrepreneurial spirit with the Livonia Chamber of Commerce at the Emreging Entrepreneurs Luncheon, September 6th, 11:30, Schoolcraft College's Vista Tech Center.

But there is more as inn May this year  she was selected as a 2019 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow! This 1- year Fellowship included a 4-Day workshop at the Tory Burch Offices last month and a $5K grant for business education.s to the Foundation's online peer-to-peer network.
The Tory Burch Foundation believes in empowering women entrepreneurs On their website the Foundation asks some significant questions giving an insight to this talented woman:

Company description...
butter bear shop is a scratch made bakery, baking unique cookies, cheesecakes, cakes and bread. Our signature dessert is baklava cheesecake, a fusion of my two favorite desserts: baklava and cheesecake! New York style cheesecake starts with a graham cracker crust, the cream cheese filling is spiced with cardamom and rose water and layers of flaky phyllo are filled with walnuts and pistachios.

I started my company because...
I love connecting with people over food and wanted to create a space for creativity and community where I could share our unique desserts with the world.

The impact I want my company to have on the world...
Our mission is to bake the best quality baked goods that bring joy to our community, the state of Michigan and across the United States, and to create an atmosphere where employees can learn and grow.

Top 3 goals for my business are...
  1. Nationwide wholesale of our baklava cheesecake.
  2. Expand our online offerings and begin shipping to Canada.
  3. Reduce our carbon footprint and focus on our triple bottom line (People, Planet and Profit).
Women entrepreneurs are...
The future economic drivers for the United States and beyond! Women continue to innovate, break barriers and stereotypes for what an entrepreneur can and should be.

I #EmbraceAmbition because...
I want to do incredible things and inspire other girls and women to pursue their passions.

Enough said. Let's head out to the Butter Bear Shop today.  Who knows maybe we will cross paths with this young woman, new mother, entrepreneur, and one nice person. Thanks Amanda for picking Livonia for your shop. We are glad you call Livonia home. 

With 12 candidates running for City Council and 8 moving on to the general election how do we decide who to vote for. On Wednesday Musings will take a look at that important decision.

We get a kick out of candidates for city council who think the world revolves around them, their personality changes, they go to hometown events they never knew about until they filed for office, and they talk to people they have passed by hundreds of times and never said a word.

Oh, and they ask people to help them "win" in August. But you win nothing in the primary. You are nominated to campaign in the general election in November. That is why campaign literature is filled with cliches, mantras, the tried and true platform saying "honest", "efficent" "economic development." Statements sounding good but without substance to back them up.

Fortunately this year Livonia has the best crop of candidates we have had in decades. You read that right. We have candidates that will lead this community through to an intelligent discussion of substantive issues between August and November. Really just October and November. 

So how do we narrow the field down to just 8 from the 12 that filed. Musings is not going to provide the top 4 as that comes in the general election. Instead on Wednesday we will take a look at the choices we have. Musings can discuss but you have the vote.

Election Season in our Hometown
Absentee ballots started to be mailed on June 26

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

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 
Mayor Dennis Wright , Former Mayor Jack Kirksey 
Former Mayor Jack Engebretson , 
Councilwomen Kathleen McIntyre and Cathy White 
Councilman Brian Meakin
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request

Bruce Tenniswood 
Yard signs available to request

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
 Former Livonia City Council Members Mike McGee,
 Joe Taylor, and Dale Jurcisin
Two pieces of literature received in the mail
One piece of literature left at door by canvasser
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 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,  Jim McCann, former City Council President,  John Walsh, former City Councilman and State Representative,  John Pastor, former City Councilman
Joe Taylor, former City Councilman,  Patrick Colbeck, former State Senator,  Laura Cox, former State Representative
Randy Liepa, former Livonia Public Schools Superintendent
Shadd Whitehead, former Livonia Fire Chief,Terry Marecki, Wayne County Commissioner, Right to Life Michigan  
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, 
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz, County Commissioner Diane Webb,
State Representative Jewell Jones, 
Former State Senator Patrick Colbeck
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard Signs available to request
Eileen Mc Donnell
 County Commissioners  Glenn S. AndersonDiane Webb, former LPS School Board member  Dianne Zawlocki Laura, former Livonia City Council member Joe Laura, and Schoolcraft College Trustee  Gretchen Alaniz!
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, 
County Commissioner Diane Webb
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, Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz
Yard Signs available to request
Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events at the Phoenix Theatre

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
July in Livonia
Wilson Barn Farmers Market  Every Saturday in July

July 9, " 7:00 - 8:00  
Michigan's Industry in WWI: A Prelude to the Arsenal of Democracy, Bennett Civic Center Library

July 9 @ 6:00
Summer Fun Series
Kirksey Recreation Center
Guy Lewis @ 6:30
Lego Movie @ 8:20

July 11 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music from the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Featuring Motor City Soul

  July 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour with Representative Laurie Pohutsky,  
 Panera Bread, 28851 Schoolcraft Road

July 16 @ 6:30 - 8:30
Livonia Jaycee General Membership Meeting
Rotary Park - Pavilion  #1

July 18 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music from the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Featuring Trilogy

July 19 @ 6:00 - 9:00
Livonia Jaycees Women Self Defense Event

July 20 - August 3

July 21, 2:00-7:00
 Livonia Democratic Club Summer Picnic
 Rotary Park
 Bring the family because the great new kids' play structure is next to the shelter.  This free event will include  burgers, dogs, chicken, and soft drinks and adult beverages.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.

July 21 @ Schoolcraft College
25th Annual
Michigan Jazz Festival
July 23 @ 6:00
Summer Fun Series
Rotary Park
Miss Paula and Candy Bandits

July 25 @ 6:30 - 9:00
City Election Candidate Speed Dating, sponsored by the Livonia Democratic Club @Livonia Civic Senior Center
July 25 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music From the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Rock and Roll Never Forgets- Bob Seger Tribute

July 26-27  
Friends of the Livonia Library 

July 27 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Touch a Truck @  Greenmead 
July 30 @ 6:00
Summer Fun Series
Kirksey Recreation Center
Momford & Sons 6:30
Movie 8:20
August in Livonia
Wilson Barn Farmers Market Every Saturday this month

August 2-3
St. Andrew's Society  170th Annual Highland Games 
Greenmead Historical Park
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
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
Community organizations to date
Blessings in a Backpack
Ian Clemons Foundation
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church
Livonia YMCA
Livonia Civic Chorus
Bob Hardies Best Kept Secrets of Livonia
Livonia Youth Symphony
Rotary AM Club
Livonia Parks and Recreation
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Livonia Community Foundation
Livonia Jaycees
Bob Hardies Best Kept Secrets of Livonia
Community Financial Credit Union
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Livonia Lions

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
Presenting Sponsor
Bob Hardies, Financial & Portfolio Advisors
Bob Hardies continues to share our
hometown secrets that you might have wondered about

Musings readers love to cogitate, contemplate and sometimes share their thoughts with others.

Maureen Miller Brosnan, candidate for Livonia Mayor: Thank you.  Your endorsement is a powerful one, as many of your readers share your belief that Livonia is an incredible city with amazing potential.  Together we are going to make sure Livonia is a city our children want to come home to.   Trust that I am going to continue working hard throughout the campaign to engage voters.  My 17 years of experience on the City Council as an advocate for residents, in addition to my executive leadership experience have taught me the importance of energizing people around a positive message.  There are so many great opportunities ahead for our city, and it is would be my honor to provide the leadership needed to keep Livonia moving forward.  I appreciate your endorsement and confidence in my candidacy.

Gretchen Alaniz, Schoolcraft College Trustee: Put my name under Robert Donovic and Kathleen McIntyre (for Livonia City Council)!

James McConnell: Great article endorsing Brosnan..THANKS! 
Robin Henke forwards your emails to me ever since I messed up and clicked "Unsubscribe" several months ago. Could you try to see if my email will be accepted again? Truly enjoy reading as much as I can each issue. Hope all goes well. Thanks for your work,

Jim Baringhaus: Please add the following Laura Toy endorsements to Friday Musings: Mayor Dennis Wright , Former Mayor Jack Kirksey , Former Mayor Jack Engebretson , Councilman Brian Meakin
Councilwomen Kathleen McIntyre and Cathy White. Thousands of Livonia residents at this time and adding more daily!

Michelle Clemens, President The Ian Clemens Foundation: Good morning Bill, Thank you for the invite. We would love to participate again this year! Count us in.
Kathleen Bilger: I hope everyone understands the importance of this election. It's exciting to vote in the presidential election but choosing a mayor and city council has far more impact on our lives. This election affects our taxes, our schools, chooses the people who will decide how much to spend on local roads or parks, whether or not an apartment complex is built or a company stays here. In these times, we need to choose well. Thank you candidates for your service to our community.

Audra Rons: Please count Blessings in a Backpack in (for the September Corn Roast).  Let us know what time we should arrive to set up. Thank you for inviting us.

Scott Bahr: That's a pretty impressive circulation number (for FridayMusings). (4,200) I know you've been building that for a long time. Congratulations. As if this morning, you can also add Right to Life of Michigan to my list of endorsements. I'll be updating the website with that soon.

Wendy Ernzen, Director of Development, The ARC of Western Wayne County: It was truly a pleasure to meet with you this week. I enjoyed learning the back story about Friday Musings and now have a newfound appreciation for local news. I especially loved reading about our local candidates this week and look forward to reading each edition. I appreciate you generously opening up your network to The Arc NW.
presented by SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE - is fast approaching.

Save the date - Sunday, July 21, 12 noon - 9 p.m. for the biggest one day free jazz event in the Midwest with seven stages of jazz music at Schoolcraft College.  Great jazz. Free admission. Free parking. You can not beat it. Oh, and Henry's Cafe is serving award winning cuisine that Schoolcraft College is known for.

Held on the grounds of Schoolcraft College the very best jazz musicians in Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan converge for this legendary one-day event to showcase their wares, and prove once again why they collectively are some of the very best performers in the world.

Following the grand legacy of musicians who came from this area like Tommy Flanagan, the Jones Brothers, Sir Roland Hanna, Roy Brooks, Harold McKinney, Ron Carter, Yusef Lateef, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Paul Chambers, Paul Klinger, James Dapogny, Louis Smith and Tad Weed among many others, the current crop of veterans and younger players keep that lineage strong and true to its roots and traditions.

Conducted annually on the third Sunday in July, the Michigan Jazz Festival is poised to present a diversified line-up of local all-star jazz names as strong as any festival in the U.S.A.

The beautiful and modern Vis-Ta-Tech Center houses six of the stages, with advanced graphics, high tech electronic audio and visual enhancements. A solo piano room, big band showcase hall, small ensemble concert theater, underground Rathskeller stage, outdoor tent, an expanded seventh stage in the Brew Pub for duets, and the main cafeteria for student performers - are all open throughout the day.

You can also eat in style, as Henry's Café features world class cuisine from the Schoolcraft College culinary program. Several organizations who promote jazz will be there, musicians will have a place to sell their CD's, and many top local media professionals will be on hand to introduce the acts. Souvenirs, t-shirts and other clothing apparel will be available on site, buoying the festival in a financial way.

Scheduled to run July 25, 26, 27
Livonia Community Theatre

Only in Livonia can you combine history and art.
Barefoot Productions does it the best.

Livonia YMCA partnering with Livonia Public Schools Students

Campaign events scheduled for hometown candidates 

Gerald Perez for City Council
Jim Davis for City Council
Laura Toy for Mayor
Maureen Brosnan for Mayor
Rob Donovic for City Council
Brandon McCullough for City Council
League of Women Voters primary forum
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 Miller Brosnan, Laura Toy, Gregory Coppola, Brandon McCullough, Jim Davis, Robert Donovic, Gerald Perez, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce  the Livonia Republican Club, League of Women Voters and the Livonia Democratic Club. As long as the announcements are shared with Musings  they will be shared with our readers.

 Picnic with Perez in the Park every Monday in July

Pack a lunch and have some good conversations at noon on these dates with Gerald Perez. 
Weather permitting.    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 between 5 and Lyndon

Jim Davis for City Council July 11

Laura Toy for Mayor July 11

League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County July 11
The 12 City Council candidates will be featured in two 45-minute segments beginning at 6:30. At 8:10, the 3 mayoral candidates will participate in a forum. The audience may submit questions which will be asked by a League moderator. If you would like to submit questions in advance, you may send them to: lwvmail@yahoo.com

Brosnan for Mayor Canvas July 13 @ 3:00 - 6:00
Sprinklers Fitters Local 704 32500 West Eight Mile
Special Guest Suneel Gupta!

Brandon McCullough for Council BB-Q July 14
16158 Bell Creek Ct. 48152 @ 12:00 - 3:00

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

Rob Donovic for City Council July 18

Livonia Democratic Club Candidate Night July 25