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Friday Musings
2017. Livonia seeking innovation for the public good.
Making Livonia relevant as our hometown works to harness the 
rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.
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Livonia is on the road to building a stable community that has grown better every year for 182 years. If we were to look at the checklist along the way and check off each as they become a part of the foundation of Livonia, it might look like this:
take care of public safety through excellent police and fire departments
t ake care of providing programming for our senior citizens
provide open space and recreation for all ages with emphasis on our youth
maintain a healthy and stable business community with a balance between commercial and industrial
provide services throughout the community while maintaining low tax rates
provide a quality educational system based on a strong public school district
 open up a network of communication between organizations creating a synergy that works to encourage the engagement of all citizens while expanding the volunteer sector
provide support for homeowner groups to assist in building strong neighborhoods
One can conclude that Livonia has taken a path to insure that each succeeding generation has a foundation upon which to continue building a hometown that is stable and successful. 
Our school system was considered one of the best in the state. We still have a great school district but until the state of Michigan returns local control and resolves school financing issues we have school issues that are going to continue leaving open the question of strong public schools. No fault of our local community. The fault squarely rests with the State of Michigan.
On January 19th at 7:00 over 15 community organizations, and more can still sign up, will meet at the offices of Cole, Newton & Duran CPA's to discuss ways to spread the word about the non-profit, art and historic sectors in Livonia; to get the word out to our 97,000 residents.
The Livonia City Council at the encouragement of Councilman Jim Jolly has included mini-grants for homeowner groups aimed at strengthening our neighborhoods. Details are being worked out by the Dennis Wright administration with the expectation that criteria  and process will be announced soon.
So, when candidates pass out literature, look for, ask for and expect more than pictures of police, fire and seniors. Look for creative plans, new ideas and substantive processes to change the culture of involvement to engage and encourage the strengthening of our neighborhoods and non-profit/artistic/historic sectors. And ask of our city candidates what role they want our schools to play in maintaining a strong stable community and what they will do to lobby Lansing to resolve financing issues for the public schools.
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Warm up this Saturday at the 3rd Annual Livonia PTSA Chili Cookoff! LPS PTA Dads (and all LPS PTA dude-types) will compete for the top prize of $500, which will go to the school of the winner's choice, for health and wellness! 
Thanks to Livonia Kiwanis for offering this amazing prize! 
Sample the chilis and cast a vote for People's Choice. 
Raffle, bake sale, free balloon creations by Evan, an LPS sixth grader, and more! This event is a blast! 
Entry is $5 for unlimited samples, while supplies last. 
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Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs is offering complimentary tax preparation to all area reservist and National Guard members called to active duty as well as regular military receiving combat pay. Call (734) 427-2030 to schedule an appointment.
Livonia Networking for Tomorrow
On Thursday, January 19th, 7:00 pm artists, art organizations, service clubs, community groups are invited to attend a networking, session to develop ways to get the word out about all that is happening in Livonia.
Email if you would like to attend. Snacks and beverages will be served.
We will meet at the offices of Cole, Newton, Duran CPAs, northeast corner of Stark and Schoolcraft.
Livonia in January
Frank & Janet Kokanakes are now in Portugal as they
continue their one year trip around the world.  Click here to follow their travels
Voting takes place the entire month of January for Best of Livonia 2017
Week of January 9 - 13
Christmas trees will be collected for composting on your regular trash collection day.  All decorations should be removed and do not leave the tree in a plastic bag.
January 12 @ 11:00 
Discussion on Human Trafficking 
Livonia City Hall
      January 14 @  11:00 - 2:00
3rd Annual Livonia Chili Cook-off
Livonia PTSA Council
@Franklin High School
And yes, the typewriter will be one of the official judges. Oh my.
January 16 @ 2:00 
Livonia Historical Society
Alexander Blue House
Speaker: Dave Trotter
Shipwreck discoverer and deep sea diver 
January 18 @ 6:00
 Wilson Barn 2017 Rental Lottery 
Livonia Recreational Center
Check for details and rental application.
January 19 @ 4:30-6:30
Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan
Clarenceville High School 
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
     January 19 @  7:00 - 8:30
Livonia Networking for Tomorrow
All community groups are invited. RSVP:
Livonia in February
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
February 11 @ 10:00 - 3:00
Motor City Music Convention
Record Show
Livonia Elks, Plymouth Road
February 12 @ 3:00
Best of Livonia 2017 Reception
Blue Plate Diner
February 15 @ 8:00 - 9:30
Health Care Reform
Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs
February 22 @ 7:30
your body. the movement. global change
February 25 @ 4:00pm
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schmidt Auditorium 
Livonia in March
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
March 12
"Shamrocks and Tea"
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Music, Food, Fun, Prizes
Marriott Laurel Park
March 20 
Livonia Historical Society
Speaker  Brendan Roney "Detroit's Island Jewel Belle Isle"
Livonia in April
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
Livonia in May
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
May 18 @ TBA
Alexander Blue House
Livonia Historical Society Banquet
Bill Pringle on Detroit Baseball
May 06  @ 4:00pm
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
May 20 @ 11:30-2:00
"Spring Garden Party Luncheon"
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
 An afternoon of music, lunch and 
garden themed 
silent auction/raffle
May 21 @ 3:00pm
Livonia Civic Chorus Spring Show
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
O'Malley's Bar and Grill
Livonia Excels
This week Livonia's Laura Cox was sworn into the 99th Legislature for her second term as a State Representative with her family at her side. She said "It is an honor and a privilege to continue representing the residents of the 19th district."
Exceptional Livonia
Another exceptional day in Livonia as people will travel for miles while setting records February 11. How great is that. You put a spin on it. 
Discovering the secrets of Livonia
Followers of Bob Hardies on Facebook and readers of Friday Musings have suggested that  Best Kept Secrets  be published and made available to the general public. 
Bob Hardies agreed and publication is underway as we write. On February 12th at 3:00 Hardies will be signing the book at the Best of Livonia 2017 Love Livonia reception scheduled for the Blue Plate Diner.
Details are being worked out but will include the books being made available to Livonia non-profits "free". 
Clubs can sell the books and keep all the proceeds for their community work. 
Also details are being worked out to provide the book "free" to new residents.
Keeping folks warm in the winter
Our Livonia family YMCA is collecting gently used clothes for their annual warm clothing drive. They will be collecting all through the month of January. Simply drop off the clothing at the YMCA on Stark Rd.
Health Care Reform 2.0?
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Since its inception, Health Care Reform has been an on-going and evolving process. 2017 will be no different. However, what can we expect from President Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress? Will the Affordable Care Act be completely dismantled? What can we expect to see take its place? 
You're Invited to join CND, Cole, Newton & Duran Certified Public Accountants as they take an early look at Health Reform under President Trump's administration and its impact on businesses.
The guest speaker is Michael P. James an attorney who specializes in health care and business law. His practice focuses on representing health care professionals and organizations in business formation and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business transactions, health care reform, integrated delivery systems, provider networks, federal and state regulatory compliance, HIPAA, among others.
Learning Objectives
1. Understanding the current status of Health Care Reform and planned events  currently on the horizon
2. Exploring what we currently know about President Trump's plan for Health Care Reform
3. Evaluating what changes may be coming to Health Care Reform under President Trump and how these things could impact your business
Register by clicking here
This session is the first of a 2-part seminar series.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the event, please contact Bryan Besco, chief marketing officer, at  734.427.2030.
They look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 15.
One hour of CPE credit will be offered.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration / Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Presentation
Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs
33762 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Livonia leadership on raising important issues across the state
Livonia leadership reaches wide and far working on issues across the spectrum. Here is another reason that Livonia excels.
Jordyn Sellek lived in Livonia for 35 years, she has children in the Livonia Public Schools, and yes, her mother is Terry Marecki, AKA Wayne County Commissioner. She dropped a dime on Musings readers to tell about a movie that she wants people to see.  She is hosting a movie screening in Brighton for the documentary EMBRACE that follows Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
"For as long as I can remember, negative body image has been a burden that has weighed so many of us down. Enough is enough! So I am doing something about it, and I want you to help me to create positive change," writes Jordyn.
You can watch the trailer:
You can reserve tickets:
She needs to have 70 tickets reserved by Feb. 10 in order for the screening to go forward. Tickets are $11, and the screening is set for Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.  
Livonia Historical Society to host 
talk on shipwrecks
The next meeting of our Livonia Historical Society will be Monday, January 16 th at 2:00 pm at The Alexander Blue House.
Refreshments will be provided.     They have a great speaker planned for the meeting -Dave Trotter, who is a renowned shipwreck discoverer, deep diver, author, lecturer and photographer.  In 20 years of diving, he has been the first to locate, identify and document 80 Great Lakes shipwrecks!
David Trotter has also been featured on television and newspapers through the U.S. and Canada and has written several articles that have been published in historical journals and national scuba diving publications.
David will talk about GREAT LAKES TRAGEDIES AND TRIUMPHS at the  meeting!!  This is a program you will not want to miss!  As always the Livonia Historical Society meetings are open to all!

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All Livonia. All the time. 
All ways positive.
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