Insider September
September 2011
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Upcoming Dates
Central City Park Update
Charity Golf Outing
Patriots Day
Ice Arena Opens
Community Garage Sale
Senior Olympics
Youth Assistance Program
Neighborhood Energy Outreach
Disability Concerns Committee
Builing Community in Norwayne
Westland Works!
August in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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The City of Westland in conjunction with the Alliance of Rouge Communities will host a second Rain Barrel Truckload Sale on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Westland Department of Public Services located at 37137 Marquette, just east of Newburgh. For more information click here.


Rain Barrel

Michigan Humane Society


Make a Fleece Blanket for Homeless Cats and Kittens


Do you want to use your craft skills to help homeless animals? The Michigan Humane Society needs cozy fleece blankets for the cats and kittens to curl up on while they await loving homes. The following fleece blanket craft project is a great way for your family or friends to spend time together - while helping animals!


First, decide how many blankets you will make, and visit a craft store to purchase the fleece fabric. Then, just follow the easy directions below. Remember to ask an adult before beginning your craft project.



Sharp scissors for cutting cloth

Measuring tape

Fleece fabric: Machine-washable fleece in any color (solids preferred), or a printed pattern for one layer and a coordinating solid color for the other layer. One yard of fabric will make two large kitty blankets or four small ones. If sale fabric is purchased, the cost will be about $1.25 for a small blanket or $2.50 for a large one. See the downloadable instruction sheet for more complete instructions.



You can donate your fleece blankets at any MHS location (see our locations and hours).

Time to Tee Up!

Golf Course


There is still some time to tee it up! Check out some of the best greens in the state of Michigan in your own backyard, at Westland Municipal Golf Course. There you will find great deals including twilight rates everyday at special times. Grab your clubs and come see why this is rated as one of the best deals for golf in Metro Detroit! Visit our Facebook page to see our weekly specials and updates. Call (734) 721-6660 to book a tee time today!

Blues, Brews & Barbeque



In partnership with the City of Westland and Westland Chamber of Commerce, residents are invited to attend the 1st Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on City Hall Grounds, located at 36601 Ford Road.


This event will showcase some of the area's best known blues bands performing live on stage all afternoon including the Front Street Blues Band, The Boa Constrictors and The Alligators. Event goers will also be able to taste some of Westland's best BBQ & sample some of Michigan's best micro-brewed beers. There will also be a classic car show and an incredible kid's zone to make it an event for the entire family.


The event will be manned by several of the area's non-profit organizations and the goal of the event is to distribute a portion of the proceeds back to the non-profit organizations to help them in their fundraising efforts.

Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


During these difficult economic times, it is with great pleasure that the City of Westland brings many FREE or low-cost events, programs and activities to the residents of our All American City. Below is a list of upcoming events, programs and activities that I encourage you and your family to take advantage of.


Westland homeowners and renters are encouraged to take advantage of a new Mission: Green FREE Neighborhood Energy-Savings Program to help take control of energy use and make their home more efficient.


Under the plan, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy will come to your home and first assess the energy efficiency of your home and give you a better understanding of your energy costs. They will then discuss ways to lower your energy usage and make your energy costs more affordable.


They will also professionally install energy-saving and water-saving products in your home FREE OF CHARGE, including water-saving showerheads, water-saving faucet aerators in the kitchen and bath, hot water pipe wrap and ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs.


You can schedule your Home Energy Consultation today by calling (877) 497-2191.


In partnership with the Westland Chamber of Commerce, the City of Westland will host the 1st Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on City Hall Grounds, located at 36601 Ford Road.


This event will showcase some of the area's best known blues bands performing live on stage all afternoon. Event goers will also be able to taste some of Westland's best BBQ & sample some of Michigan's best micro-brewed beers. There will also be a classic car show and an incredible kid's zone to make it an event for the entire family.


The event will be manned by several of the area's non-profit organizations and the goal of the event is to distribute a portion of the proceeds back to the non-profit organizations to help them in their fundraising efforts.


In addition, the Westland Municipal Golf Course, located at 500 S. Merriman, is the perfect place for a business meeting, back to work get-together, kids back to school celebration or for friends and family to play a quick, challenging 9 holes of golf.



Prices start as low as $9 per person. Tee times and pricing are available at or by calling (734) 721-6660.



After golfing, make sure you stop by Snack Alley on the Links Café, the game room featuring all of the latest arcade games, play a game of Keno or try out the indoor golf simulator.


I look forward to seeing you and your family soon!




Mayor Signature



Mayor William R. Wild   



Upcoming Dates - September 2011

Mark your calendar...    


September Dates 


Farmers Market
The Westland Farmers Market will run through October 28. It will be open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Westland City Hall on Ford Rd. 






For more information on each event click on the calendar of upcoming events at

Central City Park Update

Central City UpdateIn the month of August, much progress was made on Central City Park including the concrete sidewalk/walkway being poured. The walkway will lead to all the amenities of the new Central City Park. Sod has been installed along Carlson Road. The area is along the right of way between the sidewalk and road. In addition, the fence along the western part of the park is has been installed. You can follow the progress at

Charity Golf Outing
Westland FDThe Westland Firefighters are proud to have joined the Michigan Academy of Emergency Services in presenting the 1st Annual Todd Stanaway Charity Golf Outing, The charity fund sponsors the Todd Stanaway Scholarship Fund, American Cancer Society, Troops First, MDA, Local Injured Firefighters and Make-A-Wish Foundation. For sponsorship information or particiant entry forms click here.


Todd was a firefighter for the Westland Fire Department for 13 years before losing his year-long courageous battle with brain cancer on March 24, 2008.


The outing will be held on October 7, 2011 at the Northville Hills Golf Club. It will be a 10am shotgun. The cost is $125 per person. For full details on what that includes click here.

Patriots Day - 9/11 Memorial Service

Patriots DayOn Sunday, September 11, 2011, the City of Westland will host a 9/11 Memorial Service commemorating the 10 year anniversary, which will be conducted by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School. The program, which is scheduled for 11 a.m., will be held on the south steps of Westland City Hall, located at 36601 Ford Road. This marks the eighth year for the service, which remembers those who perished due to the attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as honors members of our Armed Forces and those who continue to serve and protect our community.


Pastor Kurt E. Lambart of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School in Westland will preside over the memorial service, which will include performances by the St. Matthew Jubilee and Cherub Choirs as well as the Lutheran High Westland Choir.

Mike Modano Ice Arena Opens for Season

ModanoWe are open for business! Mike Modano Ice Arena opened its doors for business on August 22nd. With some of the best ice around thanks to the new compressor unit, and newly installed heating system for the arena, this will definitely be the place to be this winter. The Westland Hockey Association is coming off one of the most successful season in history, sending an unprescedented 4 teams to the state playoffs. The Westland Figure Skating Program capped our terrific year at the arena with another spectacular ice show. We are always looking to expand our programs and off an array of learning programs including the learning to skate program, and our tim bits program, geared at begginers hockey. We also offer open skating Tuesdays and Thursday from 1:00pm till 1:50pm, Saturdays from 1:30pm till 3:20pm, and our ever famous glow skate on Friday nights from 8pm till 9:20pm. Please see our page on the city's website at for more information!




Community Garage Sale

Community Garage SaleTired of spending the weekend driving from garage sale to garage sale looking for that special item?  Come find all those treasures in one place!  The Westland Community Garage Sale will be Saturday, September 17, 2011 in the parking lot between Westland City Hall and Westland Police Department, located at 36601 Ford Road. The sale provides an opportunity to find unique, gently used items for home and hobbies.  At the 99 vendor locations customers often find one-of-a-kind items they have been searching for at flea markets and on line websites at bargain prices.  What ever your hobby - gardening, antiques, reading, crafts - you can find something at the Westland Community Garage Sale.  Come early for a better selection or later in the day for the best deals.  Don't forget to buy a hot dog at the Westland Jaycees' concession!  The event runs rain or shine.  All proceeds will benefit Westland Youth Assistance Program, Westland Therapeutic Recreation Program and Westland Parks and Recreation.  After the Garage Sale, a St. Vincent De Paul truck will be available to accept donations.  For more information call (734) 722-7620.

Senior Olympics 2011

Senior OlympicsThe 2011 Western Wayne County Senior Olympics was a spectacle to behold. Hundreds of participants from 16 communities, merged at different events throughout the week for friendly competition and to simply engage in life. Westland facilitated the Football Throw, The Group Trivia, Party Bridge, Marksmanship, Wii Bowling and the Bean Bag Toss. With hundreds of seniors in and out of the building all week - it was bustling with activity. The staff at the center and the volunteers made hosting so many events possible, and we are thinking of taking on one or two more next year. This event accomplishes more than a score or medal at the end of an event. It promotes socialization and enhances the intercommunity friendships we have developed over the years. The scores and medals don't even come close to exhibiting the other components such as the camaraderie, pride and joy that the Senior Olympics brings.

Tips for Back to School Success

It's that time of year again - back to school! Help your child prepare for a successful academic year with the following study tips:


  • Set aside a specific time to study. Many kids find it easiest to come home, have something to eat, and then study right away.
  • Insist that your child studies every day. If your child does not have homework to do, take a few minutes to review topics that your child finds hardest. Review due dates for assignments and when tests and quizzes are scheduled.
  • Create a specific study space for your child. A desk or the dining room table is usually a good place to work at home, but consider going to the library if working at home is not effective.
  • Encourage your child to focus only on their work while studying. Most kids claim they can study better with music playing or while watching TV, but distractions will decrease productivity. Make a rule that talking on the phone or texting is not allowed during study time and stress the importance of getting assignments done before the deadline.

The Westland Youth Assistance Program offers free tutoring and other services to help kids be successful in school and in life. If you are seeking help to address problems with your child at school or at home, please call the Westland Youth Assistance Program at (734) 467-7904 for more information.

FREE Neighborhood Energy Outreach

DTE EnergyDTE Energy continues the Home Energy Consultation Program for all Westland residents. This program will help residents save money and take control of energy costs. DTE representatives will assess the energy efficiency of your home and discuss ways of lowering your overall energy costs. This program is FREE and available for homeowners and renters. The program will provide free ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, require replacement on average once every 5 years and save about $30 over the life of each bulb.  Bulbs are provided for all fixtures and lamps.


For more information, and to schedule an appointment for this FREE program, contact DTE at (877) 497-2191.

Disability Concerns Committee

The Disability Concerns Committee would like to remind Westland residents that we are here and ready to help you should you be experiencing difficulty in accessing services or other matters related to physical challenges. The Committee, comprised of Westland residents with differing backgrounds, all share one thing in common; either being one or having loved ones with disabilities.


The DCC is a recommending body to the Mayor and City Council who, like these officials, share a goal that all Westland businesses and services are accessible to every resident, including those who may be wheelchair bound, hard of hearing, blind, or in need of other accommodations in order to fully access those services or area businesses.


Recently, the DCC, with the assistance of WLND Cable, produced a video on the handicapped-accessible voting equipment used by City Clerk Eileen DeHart and her staff on Election Day. Are you aware that some gas stations in Westland have electronic devices you can activate so that someone can assist you should you be unable to pump your own gas?


Have you experienced difficulty in gaining access to a business? Have you been challenged to enjoy a service others take for granted? If so, let us know. The DCC can serve as a conduit to the City Administration for finding a solution to the challenge you face.


Inquiries may be made to the DCC through Cindy King, City Personnel Director, and the City's liaison to the DCC. She may be reached at 734.467.3225 or via email to .


Future goals of the DCC are to create public service announcements (PSAs) to share with area businesses that may be unaware of the challenges those with disabilities face. We also hope to increase our awareness through the City e-newsletter, The Insider, the City's website, , and through other means.


If you or a loved one face a physical challenge with regard to a business or service in Westland, let us know; we care.


Building Community Awareness in Norwayne

Norwayne GardenThe Norwayne Community Citizens Council is building community awareness in Norwayne. The greatest visual evidence is the Norwayne Community Garden. The garden is thriving, thanks to the volunteer efforts of many organizations and neighborhood churches. Garden produce is distributed to Norwayne residents at the Dorsey Community Center.


The Norwayne Citizens Council is active in establishing the new Norwayne ordinance outreach, by providing ideas for ordinance enforcement, directing citizen concerns to City staff and identifying areas of need.


The Norwayne Citizens Council's newest initiative is the Wayne Westland TimeBank. TimeBank is a community of people who support each other. When members spend an hour to do something for an individual or group, with TimeBank, they earn one Time dollar. Members then use the Time bank dollar to buy one hour of a neighbor's time or engage in a group activity offered by a neighbor. The Wayne Westland TimeBank is for all residents of Wayne, Westland and neighboring communities.


For more information on all of these activities, contact the Dorsey Community Center at (734) 595-0288. 

Westland Works!
Westland Works!If you're a job-seeker, you probably know that in these tough economic times jobs seem to be hard to come by and yet there are a many websites to help you find an employer, but none quite like Westland Works. This program is designed to inform you of job opportunities that are available right here in the City of Westland. A variety of positions are currently listed under the "Jobs" heading on the city website. In an effort to make these postings even more available to you at your fingertips, the Westland Works program has now been integrated with the quickly growing social media site, LinkedIn. By going to and joining the group "City of Westland," you can get instant e-mail notifications of the most recent job postings on Westland Works and network with other business professionals. If you are an employer and would like the City to list a job posting for our residents, please call Lori Fodale at 734-467-3210. By our community coming together in this joint effort we can make sure Westland Works.

August in Review
Community Gathering

Mayor Wild with All-American kids celebrating Westland's 45th Birthday.

The month of August brought se sense of community to the City of Westland. Residents joined together in Norwayne for the Red Wagon Picnic and Mayor Wild's second Community Gathering of the year celebrating the City's 45th birthday. In addition, kids and adults alike came out for the FREE Movie Nite which featured Yogi Bear. Car lovers cruised down Hines Drive for the 1st Annual Hines Park Cruise and Westland Seniors made a name for themselves once again at the Annual Wayne County Senior Olympics. In Westland, we are always honored to recognize businesses and their history in our city. This past month, Dairy Dan on Ford Road hosted a Clown Night to celebrate 20 years of business. Congratulations Dairy Dan!

City of Westland Municipal Departments
MayorWilliam R.  734.467.3200
Follow on Twitter @MayorWild
Deputy MayorJade Smithjsmith@cityofwestland.com734.467.3200
BudgetJessica Letourneaujletourneau@cityofwestland.com734.467.3166
Building/PlanningBruce Thompsonplanning@cityofwestland.com734.467.3266
Clerk  Eileen Dehart  734.467.3185
Downtown Dev. AuthorityLori Fodalelfodale@cityofwestland.com734.467.3264
Golf CourseBrian  734.721.6660
Housing/Community Dev.Joanne  734.595.0288
FinanceSteve  734.467.3169
PurchasingBill Gabrielbgabriel@cityofwestland.com734.467.3204
Economic Dev.     Lori Fodale  734.467.3264
FireChief M. Reddy  firedept@cityofwestland.com734.467.3201
Library Marilyn Kwik (Interim)marilyn.kwik@westlandlibrary.org734.326.6123
Mike Modano Ice ArenaBrian    734.729.4560
Nankin TransitDick Fernandez  734.729.2711
Parks & Rec.        Bob Kosowskiparks@cityofwestland.com734.722.7620
PersonnelCindy King  cking@cityofwestland.com734.467.3263
PoliceChief G. Angelosanto  chief_of_police@wlpd.net734.722.9600
Public ServiceKevin 734.728.1770
Water & Sewer      Benny McCusker      bmccusker@cityofwestland.com734.728.1770
Senior Resources  Barb Marcum 734.722.7628
Information Tech.Dan Bourdeau        dbourdeau@cityofwestland.com734.467.7952
WLND - Cable       Craig Welkenbach cabletv@cityofwestland.com734.467.3198
Youth Assistance   Paul Motz    734.467.7904

City Council

James R. Godbout     Michael A. Kehrer     Christine Cicirelli Bryant     Adam Hammons          

                    James R.             Michael A.              Christine                  Adam                     
                    Godbout                 Kehrer              Cicirelli Bryant          Hammons         
                           President               President Pro Tem

Bill Johnson     Meriem Kadi     Dewey K. Reeves    

                                        Bill                     Meriem                 Dewey K.                  
                                     Johnson                  Kadi                     Reeves
Eileen DeHart, CMC - City Clerk
*Click the above pictures to e-mail the respective Council members.