Insider October
October 2011
In This Issue
Historic Village Park
Bailey Center Amenities
Concrete Jungle
Upcoming Dates
Turn Off the Violence
Central City Park Update
Charity Golf Outing
Jaycees Haunted House
Halloween Festivities
Mike Modano Ice Arena
Habitat for Humanity Dedication
Counterfeit Money
DCC Member Recognized
Senior Spelling Bee
Clerk's Corner
Westland Works!
September in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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The City of Westland took another step to expand its award-winning recycling program by partnering with Vintage Tech to provide the City with electronic equipment recycling.


Vintage Tech will pick up collected electronic equipment from the City, recycle the equipment and pay the City based upon the type and weight of equipment. The permanent drop-off site will be located at the Westland Recycling Center, 37137 Marquette, Westland, just east of Newburgh.


Items to be collected, include Covered Electronic Devices (CED's), including computers, computer monitors, televisions and printers, Eligible Electronic Devices (EED's), including mobile telephones, computer cable, mouse or keyboards, facsimile machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders/players, digital video disk players, or similar devices; zip drives and scanners. Other electronic devices include microwave ovens, telephones, stereos, radios and small household appliances. Vintage Tech cannot accept large appliances such as air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, etc. Vintage Tech cannot accept hazardous waste including paint, cleaners and any items containing mercury. 

Michigan Humane Society


Indoor Cats


Many people believe that cats must go outdoors to be happy. In fact, cats can be perfectly content living indoors, and those who do have a life expectancy three times longer than a cat allowed outside. There are other compelling reasons to keep your cat safely inside: 

  • Millions of cats are hit by cars each year
  • Encounters with dogs, other cats, wild animals, and even cruel humans can result in serious injuries or death
  • Unsterilized, free-roaming cats are the single greatest cause of cat overpopulation, which results in the euthanization of untold millions of cats, as well as suffering and death for countless stray and feral cats
  • Outdoor cats are at risk of debilitating parasites such as worms, ticks, mites and fleas, as well as many dangerous and even deadly diseases

Tips to Keep Your Cat House-Happy

  • Window shelves and secure enclosures such as a screened porch provide endless hours of entertainment and let your cat "monitor" the world outside while remaining safe
  • Quality time playing with your cat every day, and activities such as catnip toys, rubber balls and even cardboard boxes will help keep your cat stimulated when you're not available
  • Cats need buddies, too. Two or more cats living in a home can be playmates and provide comfort for each other.

For more information on how to keep your indoor cat happy, please visit

Historic Village Park

Historic Park


The Westland Historic Village Park is celebrating American Folk Arts in the Modern Era. The "Modern Americana" will be on Saturday, October 15, 2011, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Westland Historic Village Park located at 857 N Wayne Road. There will be tons of activities that include spinning, chair caning, candle dipping, corn husk dolls, paper cutting, quilting, historic children's games, storytelling and live dulcimer music. For more information call (734) 776-3695.

 Bailey Center Amenities



The Bailey Center offers a variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, Karate and Aerobics for all skill levels. If classes aren't your forte; the Bailey Center also offers weight room and cardio equipment!   If you need to get rid of some that energy the Bailey Center offers open gym, Racquet ball and Wallyball courts.


The Holidays are fast approaching! The Bailey Center has rooms for parties that accommodate 50-170 people. Perfect for weddings or baby showers, family reunions, anniversary parties, and holiday gatherings.


For more information contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620 or visit our website.

 Concrete Jungle

Skate Park

Scooters are now allowed at the Concrete Jungles Skate Park!! Come test your skills on the many obstacles! The highlights of the park include double and single bowls, ramps, stairs, and a volcano. The Skate Park also offers daily open skating sessions 7 days a week; Bike Nights, Friday Night skate under the lights, birthday party packages and private rentals.   Helmets and other protective gear are available for rental at the Bailey Center. For more information on our amazing skate park contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.




Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


Autumn has officially arrived and the children have begun another school year, but not before our All American City experienced another fun-filled summer. Residents had the opportunity to cool off at the H˛0 Zone and the Bailey Pool, see Carl Edwards' No. 99 NASCAR race car at the Westland Farmer's Market and enjoy free music concerts at the William P. Faust Public Library. Some of our favorite events returned for another year, including the Westland Summer Festival, the Kelly Miller Circus, Park-It Free Family Movie Night, the Westland Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Rally and several Community Gatherings celebrating the City's 45th Birthday.


The final fest of the summer was the 1st Annual All American Blues, Brews and BBQ. The event, which was sponsored by the Westland Downtown Development Authority, was a huge success and talks are in the works to make this an annual weekend event in the future.


Event goers were treated to live performances by some of the area's best blues bands. They had the opportunity to taste some of Westland's best BBQ and sample a variety of micro-brewed beers made right here in Michigan. Families were treated to a classic car show, a kid's fun zone and much more.


This event, which benefited the non-profit organizations in our community in their fundraising efforts, would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contributions.


Sponsors included the Westland Downtown Development Authority who was this year's Title Sponsor and the Gold Sponsors, which included Empower 9 Hour Energy Drink, Michigan Chiropractic Specialists - Dr. Amanda Apfelblat, McKenna/Buccilli and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, 12 Silver Sponsors, 15 Bronze Sponsors, 14 Patron Sponsors and 10 Friend Sponsors.


I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who worked setting up, tearing down and making sure that all locations ran smoothly during the event.


If you attended the event, I hope you had a great time. If you have any recommendations for the future, please feel free to contact my office, your opinion is very important to me and my administration.





Mayor Signature 


Mayor William R. Wild      


Upcoming Dates - October 2011

Mark your calendar...    


October 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. It is a great place to get pumpkins!






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

Turn Off the Violence

Turn Off the ViolenceMark your calendars for Thursday, October 13th, 2011 for a great "Free" family night out! The City of Westland would like to invite you to the annual "Turn Off the Violence Night." at the Bailey Center. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and run to 8:30 p.m. There will be something for everyone - whether you're an animal lover visiting the exotic animals or exploring your adventurous side on the many inflatable bouncers. Join the Fire Department and be a firefighter for a night or just sit back, relax and enjoy one of the live performances. Entertainment will include the Amazing Clark who will astound and entertain you with magic and puppets, Cirque Amongus will amaze you with their circus performances and Park It will return with an outdoor movie. Pledge to Turn Off the Violence with a Westland Police Officer and get a prize! Information will also be available about personal, home and driving safety as well as ID information for children. All this amazing fun-filled family night is free; food is available for a nominal cost. For more information call the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.

Central City Park Update

CC ParkLast month, W.F. Cannon has started spraying a seed mix on the south side of the park. The picture to the left was taken from the Bailey Center showing the overview of the park layout. The south end of the park was hydro seeded with seed and fertilizer producing a fast acting growing period. You can follow the progress at


Charity Golf Outing
Westland FD

With only two weeks this is the last call for the 1st Todd Stanaway Memorial golf outing. If any of you would like to enter a foursome or sponsor a hole please contact Kevin Tomaszewski at (313) 505-8130.

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.

Westland Jaycees - Haunted House

Haunted HouseThe Crypt of Carnage will include many of your favorites from years past, along with the addition of modified scares! The 2011 Crypt of Carnage Haunted House will be full of ingenuity, creativity, and many years of experience; which will ensure each victim that enters a terrifying experience! The Crypt of Carnage will be at the top of everyone's must see list! So don't miss out on our frightening scares, ghastly monsters, and movie quality props! Come pay your respects to the Witches, Warlocks, and Ghouls of the Westland Jaycees, who will have you screaming with fright, as you try and make it through the "CRYPT of CARNAGE!" This awesome haunted house will run October 14th, 15th, 21st,22nd, 28th and 29th from 7 pm to 11 pm. Admission will be for Adults $10 and children, 12 years and under are $5. The location of this scary event is at 1645 Wayne Rd Westland MI behind the Wayne Ford Civic Center. The Crypt of Carnage will be hosting a friendly monster event with no scares and the lights on for children 12 and under on Saturday, October 22nd from 4pm - 6 pm. Admission to the friendly monster event will be 1 can food item, which will be donated to the Salvation Army. For more information call (734) 837-8320.

Halloween Festivities

Come join us at the Halloween Walk and take a tour in the Friendly Forest at the Bailey Center 36651 Ford Rd, Westland on Friday, October 21, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 22, 2011 beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.!! This Halloween adventure is a non-scary, guided tour for all ages that depart every ten minutes. All Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. For more information on tickets and registration please contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.

Ghosts and Goblins beware; the Amazing Clark will present a Halloween magic and puppet show especially for families! Treat all of your friendly monsters to a frightfully fun experience, all while playing it safe. This performance includes both puppetry and magic, and it is appropriate for all ages. This fun-filled performance will be on Friday, October 21, 2011,

6:45 pm to 7:30 pm at the Bailey Center located at 36651 Ford Road. For more information please call (734) 722-7620.

Glow Skate is Back at the Modano Ice Arena.


The Mike Modano Ice Arena offers open skating! This would be a perfect time to learn how to skate, host class field trips, home school kids, practice figure skating, mom-toddler time, or just a great way to stay fit!


The Mike Modano Ice Arena also offers Glow Skate every Friday night from 8:00 pm to 9:20 pm.


The open skating schedule is Tuesday - Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.


The Timbit Program runs every Saturday morning from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. This is a great way to introduce your child to the exciting game of hockey.


The Breakaway Café at the Mike Modano Ice Arena is a perfect place to have a bite to eat. The café is open 7 days a week!


For more information and prices, please contact the Mike Modano Ice Arena at (734) 729-74560 or stop in at 6210 N. Wildwood.

Habitat for Humanity Dedication

Habitat for HumanityUnder the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the City of Westland has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing opportunities for Westland residents. Recently, Mayor Wild joined Habitat executive director Alice Dent to raise the walls for a new house located at 5315 Middlebelt, between Annapolis and Van Born. The house is sponsored by Delta Airlines.   For information on becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner or to volunteer on a Habitat build project, contact Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County at (734) 459-7744.





 Michigan Chiropractic Specialists


Counterfeit Money

Westland PoliceMaking counterfeit bills has become easier for criminals as computers and printers are becoming more advanced. The cases the police department has been seeing are the computer generated (scanned) bills. These bills are easy for businesses to detect in both the bills and the actions of the persons passing the bills.


Detecting the counterfeit bill itself:

  • Borders and details should be crisp.
  • Red and blue fibers are either not present or are printed on the bills. (real bills will have red and blue fibers embedded into the paper).
  • Money just doesn't seem real.
  • Serial numbers should be evenly spaced, and the color should match the green treasury seal.
  • Two or more bills of the same denomination with the same serial number are a sure sign on counterfeits.
  • Look for a security thread (a plastic strip) running from top to bottom. Beginning in 1990, an embedded (not printed) security thread was added to all bills with the exception of the $1 and $2 bills. If you hold the bill up to the light you easily see the strip and printing on it. The printing will say "USA" followed by the denomination of the bill, which is spelled out for $5, $10, and $20 bills but presented in numerals on the $50 and $100 bills.


Advanced Detection:


Hold the bill up to a black light. If authentic, the Security Strip in the bills will glow as follows:

  • $5 bill glows blue
  • $10 bill glows orange
  • $20 bill glows green
  • $50 bill glows yellow
  • $100 bill glows red


Detection by the persons actions: 

  • People who make small purchases using large denomination bills.
  • People who ask confusing questions, to distract the clerk as the money is being passed.
  • People who ask for change for other bills after the first transaction is done.

If you suspect you are receiving counterfeit bills, do not return the bill to the customer. Attempt to delay the customer and notify the police department. If the person does leave, note their physical description and attempt to obtain a vehicle description including plate and direction of travel. Update the police department with that information if the person does leave. Handle the suspected counterfeit bill as little as possible and turn it over to the responding police officers.


Contact information:


Lt. Mike Matich (734) 721-6311 or

DCC Member Earns Peer Mentor Certification from State of Michigan

SchuholzThe Disability Concerns Committee is pleased to inform Westland residents that Ray Schuholz, a member of the Committee, has been certified by the Developmental Disability Council of Michigan as a peer mentor for people with disabilities in the state of Michigan. He is one of only two who have earned this certification from the State.


Ray is a frequent attendee at City events and can often be heard speaking at City Council meetings. He is a strong advocate for the disabled seeking to ensure that those with challenges have access to services and programs available in the City. Now that he has earned peer certification he can teach peer mentoring classes to others and he can serve as a speaker at conferences.


Ray is also involved with Community Living Services (CLS) located at Metro Place Center in the City of Wayne where he serves as a Spirit of Support Advocate. A non-profit organization, CLS provides services to people with disabilities within Wayne County.


Ray and the DCC encourage you to contact us if you've experienced difficulty in gaining access to a business or a service here in Westland. 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

Westland Senior Wins Spelling Bee

NashIt wasn't quite the national spelling bee, but it seemed like it for 18 Wayne County seniors who competed in the fourth annual Wayne County Spell-Off Thursday. The competition was fierce with 18th District Judge Sandra Cicirelli officiating the event and handling challenges of the spelling a word. The 18 seniors earned a spot in the finals after winning six senior spelling bees held at locations around Wayne County. In then end Evelyn Nash of Westland proved her mastery of words, placing first in the competition.

Clerk's Corner

Eileen DeHartMost of you know there is another election right around the corner. The City's November General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2011. We did not have a City Primary this year as the number of candidates for office did not warrant one.


The last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by 4:00 p.m. REMEMBER - YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE. Everyone should exercise your right and privilege to decide who will represent them in government.


The issues on this November's ballot will be city offices including City Clerk and City Council. I will list all the candidates for those offices. Please remember - this in no way asks you to vote for any candidate - simply VOTE! For City Clerk, there is one candidate - Eileen DeHart running for a four year term. For City Council, there are seven candidates for four positions. The candidates in alphabetical order are: Rick Ciaramitaro, Kevin Coleman, James Godbout, Adam Hammons, Peter Herzberg, Bill Johnson and Michael Kehrer. As with every City Council race, the top three highest vote recipients will receive four year terms and the fourth highest candidate will receive a two year term.


For residents in the Taylor School District in Precinct 28, there will be six candidates running for two Trustee positions. Those candidates are: James Lakatos, Bobby Masters, Ron Miller, Lisa Norris, Craig Raich and Todd Tumas.


Westland residents who live in the Livonia Public School area will have two offices for Trustee on their ballots. Running for a regular term are: Dianne Laura, Eileen McDonnell, Lynda Scheel and Lee Yesh. The top two candidates will receive four year terms. Also, running for a partial term ending 12/31/2013 is Randy Roulier.


As always, voters have an opportunity to write in a candidate's name. However, any candidate who is interested must file an affidavit in my office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 28th.


The City will again be using our state of the art Electronic Poll Books for this and all future elections. If anyone is computer savvy and is interested in working this or any other election, please come to my office to fill out an application. There is compensation for working elections as a precinct official. If we can't use you immediately in this election, we will use you in future elections.


Absentee Ballots are anticipated to be mailed sometime during the week of September 26th. If anyone is interested in becoming a permanent absentee voter or you anticipate being away from the City on election day, please contact my office and we will send you an application for a ballot and, if you qualify, will place you on the permanent absentee voter list in our computer. If you are currently a permanent absentee voter, then you don't need to call - you will be maintained on that list. REMEMBER - we cannot send you a ballot until you complete the application for a ballot.


Our Public Accuracy Test will be Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall. We will be checking our equipment and the programming for the election to make sure there were no errors or omissions in setting up the ballots or in the testing process.


Just as with every election, there will be ADA compliant equipment at the polling places to assist any voter with special needs.


My staff and all our election officials work in an effective, efficient and professional manner to make sure your vote is counted accurately and honestly. I usually get the credit for smooth elections but I assure you, I couldn't do it with all the work everyone puts into it. My staff and the election officials do a wonderful job and I want to thank them personally and publically.


If you have any questions about the upcoming election or anything pertinent to my office, please call and someone will be more than happy to assist you.



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.

September in Review

Community GatheringThe month of September was packed with events of all sorts in the City of Westland ranging from memorial services honoring Patriot Day and POW MIA Recognition Day to community celebrations such as the Community Gathering in Corrado Park, American Cancer Society Gives Back and 1st Annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque event. The All American City welcomed new residents with a Habitat for Humanity Wall Raising and once again welcomed ACO Hardware and Domino's Pizza on Wayne Rd. with their Grand Re-Openings. As part of Westland Mission: Green, the city hosted a successful rain barrel sale, Westland seniors participated is the Wayne County Spell Off and to wrap up the month the Westland Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dahs faced the La-De-Dahs of Greenfield Village at Jaycee park for the 5th Annual Vintage Baseball Game benefiting Westland Historical Village Park.

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 Sheila Collinssheila.collins@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.