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WALLED LAKE GRADUATE RELEASES FEATURE FILM PAGE 2A Fresh Italian Cuisine Now In Wixom PAGE 6B Spring landscaping, gardening and home improvement tips W E S T O A K L A N D ’ S N E W S W E E K LY PAGES 6A-10A Check out our e-edition at BECAUSELOCALMATTERS. WEDNESDAY APRIL 3 2013 HIGHLAND • MILFORD •WHITE LAKE • WIXOM • WALLED LAKE • WOLVERINE LAKE • COMMERCE VOL 51/ISSUE 13 Hundreds show up for Passion For Life 5K WEST OAKLAND COUNTY SHOP LOCAL•THINK LOCAL•LIVE LOCAL Million Penny Project Launched at the Wixom Public Library The Wixom Public Library is kicking off its “Million Penny Project” this month. Sponsored by the Friends of the Wixom Library and Genisys Credit Union, the activity is part of the Library’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will run all year long. “We did the math, and one million pennies will generate $10,000,” said Project Chair and Friends VP Mary Killeen. To make counting and processing the pennies easier, the Friends decided to distribute penny wrappers. Residents, businesses, and library patrons can stop by the library and pick up penny rolls. All of the rolls will be stamped, “When filled, please return to the Wixom Public Library.” Loose coins can also be inserted into coin canisters located throughout the library. “As many of you know, the last several years have been very hard on the library,” said Library Director Cindy Mack, “We’ve lost more than $300,000 from our tax base, which means we’ve had to close on Sundays, and on Fridays in the summer, and postpone a number of capital items.” The money raised will be used to fund technological equipment such as computers, that will benefit children, teens and adults. An estimated 1,000 walkers and runners took part in the sixth annual Passion for Life 5K Walk/Run that was held March 23 in Walled Lake. Photo 2, The event benefited the Pesta family, whose eight-year-old son Jake was diagnosed with an aggressive thalamic brain tumor in 2009. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CURTIS DROGMILLER, DROGMILLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR in 2009 when he was just five years old. Since then, he has endured two craniotomies, emergency shunt surgery, proton beam radiation for 35 days and 126 days of aggressive chemotherapy. The second craniotomy performed removed the final chunk of tumor and increased Jake’s chances of survival to 60 percent. As Passion For Life’s “inspirational family,” the Pesta family automatically receives $1,000 and $500 each year until Jake turns 18. “Which ever family we chose, that family automatically gets $1,000 from us and $500 each year until the child turns 18 years old to use for medical expenses, a trip or prescriptions,” Shannon Waybrant, Passion for Life marketing director said. “They can use it for anything they want, we just ask that it benefits the child.” In its sixth year, the non-profit group has raised over $100,000 to support local families and medical research. Nebojsa Stojkovic founded the organization in 2008. Stojkovic is a Walled Lake Central High School math teacher and track Hundreds of walkers and runners of all ages and backgrounds braved the cold weather to support the Pesta family (of Commerce Township) at the sixth annual Passion For Life Run/Walk in Walled Lake on March 23. More than 800 runners pre-registered for the event and an estimated 1,000 walkers and runners took part. Ryan Johns of White Lake won the fivemile race and his sister, Melissa Broyles, won the women’s 35-44 age group five-mile race. Jonathan Clayton of Hazel Park was the individual winner of the 5K race. Michael Hoef was second, Jeff Dunagin was third, Ron Penny was fourth and Zane Coplai was fifth. The 5K walk/run benefited the Pesta family whose eight-year-old son Jake has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive thalamic brain tumor. Jake was diagnosed with the brain tumor Milford Aims to Build Amphitheater in Downtown District INSIDE One Minute Interview....2A Education........................3A Lake Area News..............4A Entertainment................5A Outdoor Guide.......6A-10A Sports........................1B-2B Real Estate................3B-4B Classified..................5B-6B Legal Ads..................7B-8B 248.360.7355 scan to Call BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR Milford is planning to welcome a new addition to Central Park over the next year. AMP in Central Park, a community-driven initiative, represents an effort to build a one-of-kind outdoor amphitheater in the park, located in downtown Milford. The project represents a strong dedication to the performing arts in Oakland County. It’s estimated to cost about $500,000 and will be funded primarily through private donations and grants. The AMP in Central Park project is a joint venture made possible by the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Milford Downtown Development Authority. In 2012 the Rotary Club of Milford and the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce sought a community-based initiative that would enhance the area. Fourteen projects were submitted by area residents. It was set to a vote and the amphitheater was ultimately selected as the winner. In September 2012, the Milford Downtown Development Authority joined the partner- ship to assist in its development. According to their website ( a permanent location for the community’s summer concert series, which runs from June to August and draws 1,000 people each week, was desired. Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority, said the amphitheater may also have many other potential uses. “Central Park is already the primary venue for events in our community and this is just a way to put a permanent structure there. Barnette said. “Potentially there could RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER ECRWSS PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID ROYAL OAK, MI 48068 PERMIT #792 Affinity We Provide Senior Care Services in Michigan AS LOW AS $ • Companion Care • Personal Care • Visiting Nurses • Transportation • 24/7 Live-In and more... NOW HIRING Caregivers in Oakland | Wayne | Lapeer | Livingston | Macomb Email Resume to: 2569 Union Lake Road • Commerce Twp., MI 48382 • 248-363-8430 be weddings, plays, a lecture series. There could be a lot of things but were not in that phase just yet.” The fundraising effort to support AMP in Central Park began earlier this year. “We’ve already gotten quite a few private donors, but just because of the nature of the project it’s easy to get people behind it who want to support it,” Beether said. “It’s gotten a lot of excitement and enthusiasm already.” Community members wishing to contribute to the project are invited to join the First Chair Club. The exclusive sponsorship program is limited to the first 100 donors contributing $1,000 to the AMP in Central Park project and provides: two tickets to “The Prelude” event; the donor’s name on a permanent plaque at the amphitheater; and recognition in all AMP publications, including the AMP website and Facebook page. The 3-phase project is expected to take about 18 months. First, the amphitheater and stage will be completed, followed by the construction of permanent restroom facilities in the park. 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