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Annual State of the Township Address

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 2016 Annual State of the Township Breakfast. Featured speakers include Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor; Dr. Keith Wunderlich, Superintendent, Waterford School District; and Dr. Cynthia Roman, President, Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus. Come hear what’s in store for the Waterford community in 2016. Cost is $20 per person advance paid RSVP only, $145 for a table of 8. Visit the Chamber website at www.waterfordchamber.org for more details and registration options.

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Monthly Recycling at Town Hall

Free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.) This service is provided the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr. No cost. Waterford Township residents and business owners only, please.


Presidential Primary Election March 8, 2016

The Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices:
 
For the purpose of:

  • Republican Party President of the United States
  • Democratic Party President of the United States
  • Waterford School District – Bonding Proposal
  • City of School District of The City of Pontiac
    • Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
    • Millage Proposal, Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Levy

 
Persons wishing to obtain an absentee ballot may do so by contacting the township clerk’s office.  The Clerk, or their designee, will be available in the Clerk’s Office on the Saturday preceding the election, March 5, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot which will be mailed.  For full text of proposals or any other information, please contact the Charter Township of Waterford Clerk’s Office at 248-674-6266 or visit www.waterfordmi.gov.

Have you Registered to Vote?

Voter Registration Information

The last day to register for the March 8, 2016, Presidential Primary Election will be Monday, February 8, 2016.

If you are not currently registered to vote or need to register at a new address, you may do so at the following locations and times:
 

In Person:

  • Waterford Township Clerk’s office 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • County Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.
  • Secretary of State Branch Offices.
  • At specified agencies for clients receiving services through Family Independence Agency, the Department of Community Health, Michigan Jobs Commission and some offices of the Commission for the Blind.
  • At military recruitment offices for persons who are enlisting.
By Mail:
  • Voter Registration Application - Mail to the election official as directed on the application by the close of registration deadline.

 
Note:  Persons registering by mail are required to vote in person unless they have previously voted in person in the state or are at least 60 years of age or are handicapped.

Taxes Due

Winter 2015 Taxes Due February 16th

Taxes due Tuesday, February 16
Last day to pay 2015 winter tax bill without penalty is Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   If you need
further information please call Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
 
Payments received February 17 – 29
2015 late summer and/or winter tax payments are accepted at the Township Treasurer Office through February 29, 2016.  Interest and penalty will be charged on any unpaid balance.  Payments must be paid at Town Hall or mailed to the Township Treasurer’s Office, 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.    Payments must be received on or before February 29, 2016.  Postmarks will not be honored.   Please call the office at (248) 674-6220 for amounts due.
 
Beginning March 1
Beginning March 1, 2016, all unpaid 2015 taxes are to be paid to Oakland County with additional penalties (Township cannot accept payments).    Mail payments to Oakland County Treasurer, 1200 N Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341.  During the month of March, a revised statement from the Township Treasurer needs to accompany your remittance to the County Treasurer. 
 
Do You Need Amounts Paid for Income Taxes?
Tax amounts for 2015 and prior years may be attained on the Waterford Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes .  This site will report the base tax amounts and will not give you payment status.   Receipts of tax payments with amount and date paid are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  There is a fee of 50 cents for each photocopy.
Receipts are available online through Oakland County for a fee of $2.50 at www.oakgov.com/propertygateway - select Current Tax Report.

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Taste of Waterford Showcases Community's Culinary Offerings

The Waterford Coalition for Youth cordially invites you to join them at the 18th Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford! 

This year’s family-fun event for all ages celebrates cultural diversity as they “Taste the World.”  Sample food from over 30 area restaurants, each featuring their own special cuisine.  Enjoy the music and dance of different countries, including Scotland, Germany, Polynesia, Egypt, Mexico and China. Participate in an amazing raffle that includes products and services for everything from jewelry and music to travel, beauty and sports, including an autographed hockey puck from Waterford’s own hometown hero Dylan Larkin.

The Coalition’s selection for Citizen and Youth Group of the Year will be honored and there will be fun and exciting activities for kids to participate in throughout the night, including but not limited to Henna tattoos, learning the art of origami and how to write your name in Chinese.

This popular, well attended premier community event won’t leave you hungry and you can beat the winter blues with friends and neighbors while partnering with the coalition in their efforts to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors in the community’s youth.  Mail-in ticket orders and table reservation options can be found at wcfy.org and can also be purchased online at 2016tow.eventbrite.comFor more information contact the WCFY at 248-618-7424. 

Alert

Waterford Township Launches New Emergency Notification System

Waterford Township launches CivicReady, its new emergency notification system, January 1, 2016.  The new system allows Waterford Township officials and emergency personnel to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to the community with phone calls, text messages, and emails.
 
CivicReady will also allow Township officials to send messages specifically targeted to geographic areas within Waterford which may be affected by a situation such as a water service interruption or a lost child or senior citizen.
 
Residents, businesses, visitors and those who work in the community are encouraged to log in to Waterford’s CivicReady website at www.waterfordmi.gov/emergency to complete a quick registration process. Community members will also have the option to receive non-emergency messages regarding community events, news, and other Township information. The Waterford CivicReady helpline at 248-618-6097 is available for those without Internet access or who require additional assistance.
 
“To ensure your contact information is included in the database, simply visit the website to sign up or call our helpline,” said Township Supervisor Gary Wall. “Be sure to include your physical address and your preferred method of contact to receive notices targeted to your neighborhood.”  
 
CivicReady is a replacement for the Waterford Connect system the Township has been using. Waterford Connect will no longer be active as of January 1, 2016. Users who registered with Waterford Connect must now sign up with CivicReady to continue receiving both emergency and non-emergency notifications.
 
For an overview, sign-up instructions and a list of FAQs, please visit the Civic Ready information page at www.waterfordmi.gov/500/civic-ready


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Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Waterford Parks & Recreation 50+ program will host its monthly fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, February 5th. Buffet style meal served 4:00 to 6:30pm includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffee.

Cost is $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $4 children 11 and under. Homemade desserts available for $1 extra benefit the Recreation Center building enhancement fund. Cash ONLY!

Poetry Leaves Waterford Township Public Library

Poetry Leaves Returns in 2016

Join us in celebrating poetry with this year’s Poetry Leaves project. The heart of this annual project is an Exhibition of poetry on the Waterford Township Civic Center campus in the spring to bring poetry into the everyday experience of Waterford residents. The Library is hosting the following events to help you discover some of the creative processes involved in writing poetry, develop a new appreciation of poetry you read, and an opportunity to write poetry and submit a poem for inclusion in this year’s Exhibition.

  • 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00p-8:00p. Poetry Writers Workshop, led by Glen Armstrong in the Library’s Conference Room
  • Thursday, FEB 11, 7:00p-8:30p. The Creative Process of Poetry, a panel discussion by Metro-Detroit area poets Alise Alousi, Mariela Griffor and Glen Armstrong in the Library’s Community Room.
  • Saturday, MAR 4, 10:00a-11:30p, Kids’ Poetry Camp. A workshop for elementary students in grades K-8. Location: Library’s Community Room.
  • Saturday, MAR 19, 1:00p-4:00p, Open Mic Poetry Readings and Small Press Book Fair. Location: Library’s Community Room
  • Thursday, APR 7, 5:30p-7:30p, Poetry Readings and Discussion of Their Work by David James, John Hazard, and Michael Lauchlan. Location: Library’s Community Room.
  • Tuesday, MAY 3, 5:30p-7:30p, Poetry Leaves Exhibition opening, Ribbon Cutting, Reception and Community Readers sharing their original poetry. Location: Library’s Community Room.

 
Visit the Poetry Leaves website, www.poetry-leaves.com for detailed information on this year’s project, to submit your poem for the Exhibition and to register for the events above.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Anton Art Center.

Waterford Township Wellhead Protection

Wellhead Protection Committee Seeking Volunteers

The Waterford Township Wellhead Protection Committee is seeking community-minded individuals who are interested in serving. The Committee seeks to add citizen representation from within the community to attend quarterly meetings and provide input on how to improve our Wellhead Protection Program.
Contact Dan Stickel at the DPW for details if you are interesting in serving 248-618-7451.

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Parks & Rec Features Variety of Programs and Activities for All Ages

FOOTBALL SKILLS CAMP (Ages 5-17)
Instructor:  Kevin Bellant, Varsity Coach, Bishop Foley H.S.
This camp gets players ready for flag or tackle football, teaching sportsmanship and teamwork.  Specific skills & drills are taught for these positions, quarterback, wide receiver, running back, line backer, defensive backs & lineman.
Sundays   2/28-3/20   1:00P-3:00P   Recreation Center Gym   4 wks    $79/includes t-shirt
 
JUNIOR GOLF LESSONS (Ages 4-14)
Instructor – Brent Davies USGTF & WGCA Certified Golf Teaching Professional & Golf Coach, Michigan Ontario Golf Teachers Tour Player, and 2015 CGTF Canadian Cup Champion. 
During this four week course students will learn the fundamentals of the golf swing, proper grip, posture and alignment. The long game, iron play, chipping, putting, basic rules of the game and proper etiquette will also be covered. Kids will have fun hitting balls while learning skills to play golf that they can enjoy throughout their lives.  All equipment is provided.
Tuesdays   3/1-3/22   6:00P-7:00P   Recreation Center   4wk    $70
 
MOTORCITY CASINO (NEW) February 16
Travel with us to MotorCity Casino in Detroit. This trip includes: round trip motor coach transportation and  $25 bonus play. Depart time from Recreation Center: 9:00AM  Return Time: 4:30PM appx.
 
SPRING TRAVEL SHOW  March 9  (9:00AM)
Join us at the Recreation Center for this event. Representatives from Collette and Shoreline will present extended travel information and answer your questions about upcoming trips. Win gift certificates for $10 to $25 off travel!
 
PASSIONATE PROJECT ART CLASS – NEW PROGRAM
Young students, ages 7 through 12, will create a project with the guidance of a local Waterford artist, Tammy Chouinard. They will explore different medium and studio inspirations to decide on a unique, individual project that will be successfully completed (such as a 16” x 16” canvas). Please visit thrivecommunitystudio.com for more details. Upcoming classes are offered in 2-hour blocks morning and afternoon on Thu and Fri, Feb 18 and 19 at the Thrive Community Studio for $25. Try this new program and bring out some of your child’s artistic ability and passion.


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Wanted Election Inspectors

Election Workers Needed

Election Inspectors are needed for the March 8, 2016, Presidential Primary.  Computer experience helpful but not required.  Please visit the Clerk's webpage for more information or call 248-674-6266.


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February Events

Check Out Waterford Senior Center's February Events

It’s Tax Time
Income tax appointments with AARP trained volunteers are now available at the Waterford Senior Center
Please call 248-682-9450 to make your appointment.
 
Community Forum 
Older adults and caregivers in Oakland County – the Senior Center needs to hear from you!  The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is hosting a Community Forum on Thursday, February 18th from 10-Noon at the Waterford Senior Center. The purpose of this forum is to gather feedback from Oakland County residents interested in issues related to older adults and caregivers.  AAA 1-B receives federal, state, and local funding to provide services in our county through local partners, and this is your opportunity to have a voice in what programs and services are needed in your area.  Save the date – Your opinions matter.  Refreshments will be served.
Please call 248-682-9450 to reserve your seat.

Valentine's Day Party
Join the Waterford Senior Center for it's Valentine's Day Party on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at noon. Featuring musical guests Bidin' Our Time Barbershop Quartet and a lunch menu offering A Taste of Italy. Members $7, Non-Members $11. Door prizes and raffles! Reserve your spot by February 5th. 248-682-9450.


WSD Kindergarten Orientation
Seeking Volunteers Waterford Youth Assistance

Dave Bennett In Concert with Waterford Kettering Bands

Please join the Waterford Kettering Bands as they proudly present DAVE BENNETT IN CONCERT on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Waterford Kettering Performing Arts Center located at 2800 Kettering Drive. 
Bennett, a Waterford Kettering graduate, is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes.  He has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops and has performed with 35 other US and Canadian orchestras.  A Mack Avenue Records artist, Bennett has been featured on NPR Radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk” and made his European debut in 2008 at the The Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in a combo with jazz legends and Benny Goodman band alumni guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and vibraphonist, the late Peter Appleyard. 
His second CD is currently in production and his shows always brings down the house!  Reserved seating tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online at waterfordpac.com or by mail by sending your check for $10.00 per ticket to:  Waterford Kettering Bands, 2800 Kettering Drive, Waterford, MI  48329, Attn:  Ben Frick, Performing Arts Center.  For questions, please call 248-396-1285.

Dave Bennett in Concert
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Office Closed for President's Day

Waterford Township Administrative offices and the Library will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of President's Day. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, February 16th.
Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

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Current Fashions Featured at Historical Society's Fashion Show

The Waterford Historical Society presents our 15th annual Fashion Show on Saturday, March, 26, 2016.  The show is styled exclusively for this event by The Clothing Cove of Milford and modeled by beautiful women of Waterford! 

The show takes place at the Silver Lake Golf Club at 2602 W. Walton Blvd. in Waterford.  Lunch is provided along with an opportunity to shop from The Clothing Cove travelling boutique.  So, ladies, gather your friends for a fun and elegant afternoon with us.  Tickets are $30.00 each and benefit the Waterford Historical Society.  Event starts at 11:00 a.m. For tickets please call Betty Seymour 248-666-4265. For questions please call Sally Strait 248-683-2697 or sstrait649@comcast.net .

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Peacefest Now Accepting Sponsors, Artists & Vendors Applications

Waterford's Annual Artist festival Peacefest is set for the weekend of June 4 & 5, 2016. This annual festival hosts thousands of visitors in a celebration of music, art and food.
Peacefest is now accepting Sponsors- Artist - Vendors - Volunteers for this year's event! Artist and vendor applications as well as sponsorship information can be found on the event Facebook page.
Featured artist for 2016 is Mark Arminski -famous Poster Artist. Come meet Mr Arminski at Peacefest, he will have a booth.


Waterford Garden Club

Garden Club Offers Workshop

Join the Garden Club for a Make and Take Workshop where you will be creating Milk Jug Greenhouses, a winter sowing of seeds for the club's Spring Plant Sale. This workshop will be at the Waterford Senior Center on Thursday Feb. 4, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. All are welcome!
 
Mark your calendar for the March Meeting, Thursday March 3, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. Details of the club's projects and events can also be found on their website and Facebook page. 
WaterfordGardenClub.org
https://www.facebook.com/waterfordgardenclub/


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