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FROM THE MAYOR Dear Friends~ Happy New Year 2012 to all residents and businesses in our hometown of Wixom! It seems like just a couple of months ago, I was writing this for 2011. The year has passed quickly and our City was once again spot on with some of the greatest world class services. From our Police and Fire Department, to the DPW, Library, Finance, Clerks & Assessing, Building, Community Service & Parks and Recreation Departments, to our City Administration, all have done a terrific job. Together, they have found ways to provide us with unparalled service, while keeping our City’s budget balanced. In addition, we are the proud recipients of two prestigious awards: The Fredrik Meijer Keep Michigan Beautiful Award, for world class cities along with, once again, the University of Michigan, Dearborn award for entrepreneurial excellence. When you see our administration and staff, please thank and congratulate them all for doing a stupendous job for our city. Thank you to all residents who voted this past November in our City’s General Election. We had a good turn out to elect Library Board Members, three City Council Members and the Mayor’s seat. I would also like to thank the volunteers who serve on Boards and Commissions. Your dedication and service make Wixom what it is today, “The Best Hometown in the Midwest”. Thank you again for your good work. It does not go unnoticed. I would be remiss if I did not thank the City’s contractors. These companies provide us with a host of services that include accounting, legal, engineering, planning, water and sewer services and inspection services, just to name a few. Thank you to all. Finally, a huge Thank You to our businesses and residents, who without your presence and your financial contributions we would be just another city struggling to make budget, keep staff, maintain police and fire, struggling to just survive. Instead, however, we are thriving, building, growing and becoming the best place to work, live and recreate in the whole world. “World Class”, that’s Wixom, that’s our City. My hat is off to all of you and I could not be more proud to serve you and your community as your Mayor. Sincerely,

Kevin W. Hinkley

CITY CLERK NEWS February Election The Closed Presidential Primary Election is set for February 28, 2012. Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 am until 8 pm. As with all other elections held in Wixom, Precincts 1 and 3 vote at the Wixom Community Center (49015 Pontiac Trail) while Precincts 2 and 4 vote at Wixom City Hall (49045 Pontiac Trail). If you live in the City of Wixom and are not currently registered to vote please give the Clerk’s Office a call (248-624-4557) for more information on registering or stop by during regular business hours. The deadline to register to vote in the February 28 Presidential Primary Election is January 30. Qualified and registered electors who are not permanent absentee voters who wish to vote an absentee ballot may contact the City Clerk’s Office to request an absent ballot application. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is February 25 at 2 pm. Passport Info The Wixom City Clerk’s Office is a Passport Acceptance Facility, and we’ve been kept very busy in that regard since new passport requirements went into effect. Please consider this a friendly reminder that the hours we accept passport applications are between 9 am and 4 pm (closed for lunch between 1–2 pm), Monday thru Thursday, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Dog Licenses In December Oakland County Animal Control sent out reminder cards concerning dog licenses. Watch your mail for your 2012 license reminder, and be sure to purchase your dog’s license before the June 1 deadline to avoid being assessed late charges. Don’t forget you will need to provide proof of current rabies vaccination (and spade/neutering, if applicable) when licensing your dog.


MARCH 2012 BOARD OF REVIEW March 2012 Board of Review dates are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, Monday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 14. Please check your 2012 assessment notice for actual dates and times, or call the Assessing office at 248-624-3280.

OPERATION THANK YOU

SOLDIER

Thank you all for the care packages that were sent out, and for the hard work that was provided in putting the care packages together. All my fellow soldiers along with the U.S contractors that work with us, enjoyed the gifts and cards sent out. We truly appreciate the support and prayers. Thank you, SGT Taylor, Tim 785th MP BN OAKLAND COUNTY AND RECREATION CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING

PARKS OFFER

In partnership with Bordine's Nursery Ltd., Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree Recycling at 11 park locations. The recycling program runs December 26 until January 16 from 9 am – 4 pm, seven days a week. Self-serve recycling sites include Lyon Oaks in Wixom. There is no charge to drop off trees. All decorations, plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Large quantities from commercial lots will not be accepted. Those who recycle their tree can sign up to receive a free tree seedling from the Oakland Conservation District! The parks system processes trees to make compost and wood chips. For more information, contact 248-858-0906 or visit www.destinationoakland.com.

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DPW/ DPS NEWS

FIRE NEWS

Street Light Out?

FIRE HYDRANTS Fire hydrants on your property must be clear of snow. Hydrants must be visible and readily accessible to the Fire Department. Residents in need of assistance in removing snow from hydrants should call the Fire Department administrative office at 248-624-1055.

Street lighting is provided by both the City of Wixom and DTE Energy. The City is responsible for the maintenance of the downtown decorative street lights and DTE Energy is responsible for the maintenance of all other public street lights. Residents and businesses may input outages information on DTE Energy’s website at www.dteenergy.com under Problems/Safety, Report Streetlight Program. It is important to input outage information by the appropriate intersection or address and remember to enter a contact name and phone number so DTE may call back with updates. Tips: Before you call or visit DTE’s website, please be sure to note if the pole is wood or metal, obtain the pole number and the exact location of the pole (i.e., 3 poles north of Main, NW corner of Main & Grand River, etc.). The more information DTE Energy receives the quicker the repair with less return visits to the location to correctly identify the outage. Call DTE Energy’s Community Lighting at 1-800-548-4655 immediately if you are having any problems with the system or need any update on an outage.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector on each floor. CO detectors save lives. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and it kills. Warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, nausea and/or vomiting and fatigue. Severity of symptoms varies with age, existing medical conditions and physical size. If your detector activates, leave the house immediately, then call 911. Do not open doors or windows to air out the house. Fire Department personnel will test your home for the presence of carbon monoxide and evaluate your family for symptoms of CO poisoning. SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES Did you change your detector battery when you changed your clock on November 6? If not, change the battery now. Test your smoke detector monthly.

NOTIFY ME Sign up today to get City updates via email or text messages! Simply follow these simple steps:  Visit www.wixomgov.org  On the left side, in the red boxes, click on ‘Notify Me Sign Up’  Enter your email address and click ‘sign in’  Choose if you would like to receive Email or Text Messages  Choose icon next to which List Name(s) in which you would like to be included.


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NAME * WEB * ADDRESS HAVEN www.haven-oakland.org Mailing Address P.O. Box 431045 Pontiac, MI 48343

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24 hour crisis Maintains a 24-hour emergency shelter & support line exclusively for domestic violence victims and their children and sexual assault survivors who 1-877are afraid to stay in their own home. HAVEN 922-1274 offers counseling and education that help families stop the violence, begin the process of healing, and create the hope that their future will be free of abuse.

HOSPITALITY HOUSE

248-960-9975 Helping people by distributing food and personal care items to low income Wixom www.hospitalityhousefoodpa residents and connecting them to other service ntry.org organizations. 1600 W. West Maple Suite C PO. Box 284 Commerce, MI 48393 LAKES AREA YOUTH ASSISTANCE www.oakgov.com/circuit/ division_committee/youthassistance.html 615 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake, Michigan 48390 ST. VINCENT DE PAUL www.svdpusa.org

531 Common Street Walled Lake, MI 48390

WIXOM LIBRARY www.wixomlibrary.org

49015 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393

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248-956-5070 LAYA is a community based non-profit organization. LAYA’s Mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer services. LAYA provides counseling services at no charge for youth, family and youth educational programs, camp scholarships, skill building scholarships, Youth Recognition, Adopt-aFamily, mentoring, Shop With a Cop and more.

248-624-1421 Funds are available to assist low-income and (St. Williams) disadvantaged City of Wixom residents in meeting emergencies such as provision of food, payment of utility bills, rent/mortgage payments, medical expenses, transportation and camping sessions for children.

248-624-2512 Visually impaired readers- The Wixom Public Library has a tremendous array of large print books and books on tape for your enjoyment.


2012 ROAD MAINTENANCE PROGRAM Northridge Estates The 2012 Road Maintenance Program will consist of road improvements within the Northridge Estates Subdivision along Palmer, Palmer Court, part of Branch Drive, Hopkins Drive and Branch Court. Also included are minor storm and sanitary sewer repairs. Construction plans are being developed with the expectation to start after the school year ends. All major construction is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day 2012. Please contact the Department of Public Services if you have any questions, comments or concerns 248-624-4664. 2012 SIDEWALK/SAFETY PATH PROGRAM

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS IN NEED OF HOME REPAIR ASSISTANCE? The Rebuilding Together Oakland County Chapter “Commerce, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake” is accepting home improvement applications for 2012. This non-profit organization provides free home repairs to low-income, especially elderly, disabled, military veterans, and families with children. Repair items include: handicap ramps, plumbing, electrical, etc. Call 248-889-5450 for more info. or check their website www.rebuildingtogetheroaklandcounty.org. Applications are being accepted until January 31.

Wixom Road Gaps The 2012 sidewalk safety program will include the construction of an 8’ wide concrete safety path filling in sidewalk paths along parts of Wixom Road between Maple and West Roads. Construction is planned to start after July 1, 2012 and construction completed by Labor Day 2012. Please contact the Department of Public Services if you have any questions, comments or concerns 248-624-4664.

FORD-WIXOM ASSEMBLY PLANT UPDATE It has been some time since we have reported to you on the redevelopment/repurposing of the former Ford-Wixom Assembly Plant. The following is the latest information available. The two potential anchor tenants, Xtreme Power and Clairvoyant Energy, due to lack of financing have left the program with Ford Motor Company. However, a new company has shown a great deal of interest. Townsend Energy Solutions LLC, a Maryland investment group tied to the Dow Kokam (Dow Chemical Company) battery plant project in Midland, is proposing an out-of-pocket investment of $238 million to develop three new technologies at the plant. Also, Townsend is seeking a $50 million state tax credit with a promise to create a minimum of 750 jobs, 250 more than the former project. 4 Crossroads Jan-Apr 2012

Townsend invests in real estate, energy, sporting and manufacturing companies. Their investment holdings topped $1.5 billion in 2008. For more information visit www.Townsendcapital.com. According to Townsend, their proven improvements to battery technology makes batteries more cost efficient, reduces charging time and solves the problem of sluggish acceleration for electric vehicles. Through development of these technologies their objective is to cut the effective cost of the electric vehicle (EV) battery system by at least 50%, making EV’s an economically compelling alternative, lower the cost of EV’s to make it a profitable business line while creating three new and profitable businesses that will employ residents and pay taxes in the State of Michigan. Stay tuned.


COMMUNITY SERVICES– Recreation, Rentals & More! The Community Services Department has many facilities and properties for your use. 2012 & 2013 reservation dates are available for the Community Center facility. PARKS & COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS The Community Center is available to rent with a capacity range of 30 to 250 people. Information is available online at our City website, www.wixomgov.org or by calling 248-624-2850. Seasonally, there are also park pavilions available to rent for your company picnic, family get-together or graduation party. PARKS & RECREATION P a r k s & Recreation has classes available for children and adults! Offices are located in the City Hall Building at 49045 Pontiac Trail to better serve you. Registrations will be accepted here, while classes will remain at the Community Center. You can find a brief listing of classes on pages 9-11 and a full listing of classes at www.wixomgov.org. S E N I O R PROGRAMS Contact Tracy if you have any specific questions pertaining to the Senior Citizens Program at 248-624-0870. Classes and special events are offered to those 50+ and can be found at www.wixomgov.org or by stopping in the Community Center Lounge. Please give us a call or stop by. We are happy to help you! 5 Crossroads Jan-Apr 2012

WIXOM HISTORICAL SOCIETY The twinkling lights of the holiday season that dotted our neighborhoods have been extinguished and celebrations and festivities tucked away for another year. From the Wixom Historical Society to all, best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive NEW YEAR! To help pass the time of snow season, check out our line up of programs…come for one or come for all of the monthly program meetings held on the third Monday of the month beginning at 7 pm at the Wixom City Hall complex unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome, there is no charge. We continue our program year on Monday, January 16 with a Potluck Supper get together at City Hall beginning at 7 pm. It’s a great way to meet new friends while enjoying a tasty supper topped off with musical entertainment and great conversation. Bring a dish of your choice to pass along with your own place setting. Our February President’s month tradition of welcoming Dr. Weldon Petz and his wonderful stories of Lincoln have ended with his passing. For over 30 years Dr. Petz presented programs exploring all aspects of Lincoln’s life and even added tidbits of his own exploits during the Big Band era. We change direction for our meeting set for Monday, February 20 by welcoming Ron Gay, author, musician and member of the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society. Gay owns the historic Sibley-Hoyt House which played an integral role in the founding and early history of Pontiac. His program will include his experience and research surrounding the restoration of his home. Gay is a master carpenter specializing in historic homes, author of two books and a singer songwriter. Let’s go traveling is on schedule for Monday, March 19 as society member Nancy Dingeldey retraces her summer trip steps through Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Her presentation includes a slide show and stories of her exploits in these historic European cities. Steve Stier joins us on April 16 for a program on Barn Preservation. Wixom and its surrounds used to house a variety of barns that have either lost their way to development or decay. Stier will guide us through the restoration process using our own Wixom Wire and Munshaw Barn as the “projects” of the evening. Fast forward to warmer breezes and spring flowers and the annual May WHS Field Trip to a local point of interest, the annual Ice Cream Social June 10 followed by the program year finale, our annual picnic at Gilbert Willis Park. Interested in a tour of the Wixom-Wire Museum? The WHS is delighted to share a snapshot of Wixom’s past. Arrangements for group and special tours can be made by contacting us at whs@yahoo.com or by calling 248-624-4557.


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LIBRARY NEWS The library has many wonderful programs planned this winter. We have computer classes, enlightening adult programs and many wonderful Teen and Children’s programs. For a detailed description of our programs please visit the library’s website at www.wixompubliclibrary.com or stop by the Library to pick up a copy of the Source. It’s Your Lucky Day!

Children’s Highlights

Have you ever wanted to read the newest title by a popular author but found that there was already a long hold list? Our new Lucky Day Collection has many of the bestselling titles, but here's the difference they aren't available for holds, so they sit on the shelf waiting for a lucky patron like you to check them out. The Friends of the Wixom Public Library have graciously donated funds to begin this collection. The Library will have a selection of popular titles available for a 7 day loan period with no renewal. It is a great way for patrons to find high demand titles while browsing our new book collection.

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Adult/Teen Programming Highlights

Meet Author D.E. Johnson Come meet D.E. Johnson, on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm. Johnson is the Kalamazoo author of the best-selling mystery novels The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown. His historically accurate stories are set during the development of the auto industry and are populated by gangsters, union organizers, crooked cops, and lawyers. He will give a presentation and answer questions. Books Calendar dates for 2012 have been set will be available for purchase and as follows: autograph. Register at the Information  One Day Winter Fiction Sale-January 31 Desk!  Spring Used Book Sale-April 18-21  School's Out Children's Sale-June 26 Buttercream Bakeshop Presents…  Fall Used Book Sale-October 17-20 Join Marsha from the Buttercream Bakeshop on Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. We will be decorating tasty treats just in time for Valentine’s Day. Marsha will teach decorating styles and you will make your own creation. The program includes All current Friends Officers agreed to cookies and a recipe to take home. serve another year. Thank you for your exceptional service and commitment. Computer Classes The Friends always welcome new The Library is offering a variety of members. Just stop at the checkout computer classes this winter, including counter for an application form. Computer & Internet Basics, Email Quarterly Meetings for 2012 are Explained and Microsoft Excel 101. We scheduled for January 10, April 24, also have one-on-one computer sessions July 10, October 23. Minutes from each for those looking for individual help. quarterly meeting are posted on the Information is available at the library or on the library’s website. library website. Patrons of the Wixom Public Library will notice a new feature in the adult section sponsored by the Friends. This is a result of a very successful Fall Used Book Sale. The Friends donated an initial $1,000 to "It's Your Lucky Day," $2,230 was also approved to fund programs and materials across Children's, Youth, and Adult Departments.

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CREATE YOUR OWN APP Celebrate Teen Tech Week by learning how to use App Inventor to create your own apps for Android phones. No phone necessary – just bring your ideas! Please register in advance at the Information Desk. The program is on Monday, March 5 at 6 pm and space is limited.

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK SPECIAL : It’s a…Dora and Diego Party! Join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30 am for 45 minutes of all things… Dora and Diego. Program attendees must be at least two years old. Preregistration is required. Parents and older siblings are welcome, too! DOUBLE DIGIT CLUB Launch Party! Announcing an exciting new Club for Tweens ages 10 and up! Join us for our first meeting during School Vacation Week, on Thursday, February 23 at 2 pm. On tap for our first meeting is a Double Digit Club CHOCOLATE PARTY! GLOBAL SAFARI We can’t wait to give special guest Vikki Gasko-Green a warm Wixom welcome on Saturday, January 28 at 10:30 am. Vikki is a Ventriloquist, so this show is sure to be very entertaining! WINTER TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC Bring a blanket to sit on and your favorite teddy bear to hug! Join us for a super sweet puppet show with Rick Morse, on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 am.


NEWS FROM RRRASOC On Tuesday, December 20 the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) and ReCommunity had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newly upgraded Material Recovery Facility in Southfield. The $4.5 Million upgrade to the Material Recovery Facility has been funded entirely through private investments by ReCommunity. The Material Recovery Facility has been converted from dual-stream to a single-stream system. The new system allows all recycling materials to be mixed together at pick-up, and all sorting will be done at the facility. This allows for increased recycling volume, increased collection efficiencies, improved municipal services for RRRASOC communities, and increased facility capacity. Work at the Material Recovery Facility began October 1, and finished ahead of schedule. In addition to increasing the plant’s processing capacity and the jobs associated with that increase, the upgrade is responsible for manufacturing and skilled trade jobs associated with the equipment installation. “This project serves as a successful example of municipal service sharing through intergovernmental cooperation and public/private partnerships. With our communities working together across municipal boundaries and engaging in a partnership with our private sector partner, we can ensure that our residents have access to high quality, cost effective services that have a positive impact on the both the economy and the environment,” adds Michael Csapo, General Manager of RRRASOC. For more information, RRRASOC can be reached at 248-208-2270 or at www.rrrasoc.org.

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PARKS & RECREATION EVENTS & ACTIVITIES You can now register for classes at www.wixomgov.org, by phone (248-624-2850), fax (248-624-3090) or mail! Also, visit our web site www.wixomgov.org for full listing of classes, trips & events! All classes occur at Wixom Community Center unless otherwise noted.

ENTER THE WIXOM FOUNDERS DAY ROUNDUP CHILI COOK-OFF

When: Sun May 20 Where: Gibson Park on Pontiac Trail Bring it on! Roundup your friends & families, and enter the 11th Annual Wixom Roundup Chili Cook-off held during the Founders Day Festival! Slice & dice and cook onsite. Rip Roarin’ Good Time! The public will judge your samplings. Goldmine of prizes for the best chili, best dressed and best presentation. Entry fee is $20 per team. Call Parks & Rec at 248-624-2850 or check online www.wixomgov.org for Registration & Rules Form. You may also register your team online. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONWIXOM YOUTH SOCCER Who: Ages 3-13 Season: Starts Sat Apr 14 (8wk) Where: Gilbert Willis Park Stay local and play soccer right here in the Wixom parks with your neighbors and friends. End of season Jamboree includes inflatables, hot dogs & team medals. Deadline to register is Feb 29. Don’t miss out, register today. LITTLE KICKERS - PARENT & TOT PROGRAM Who: Ages 3-4 When: Monday Apr. 16 Time: 6-6:45 pm Where: Gunnar Mettala Park Fee: $80 includes- T shirt & Pizza/Medal Party Fun way to learn a lifetime sport. Little Kickers is for ages 3 thru 4 with birthdates falling between 8/1/2007 to 7/31/2008. Sponsored by Wixom Parks & Recreation. No jewelry-for safety. Must have shin guards. Soccer shoes not required. Fee includes t-shirt, pizza & medal party. To register, Call 248-6242850 or register online www.wixomgov.org.

SKATE NIGHT Who: Everyone When: Thur Jan 19 Time: 6-7:30 pm Where: Civic Center Ice Free! Bring your skates and listen to some great music! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Dress for the weather. Event weather permitting. No pre-registration is required. DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Who: Girls Age 2-12 with Dad, Grandpa or Uncle When: Thur Feb 9 Time: 6-8 pm $25 per couple/ $5 each additional Fee: Calling all girls, join us for an awesomely fun evening! Dress up to enjoy a pizza dinner, DJ and dancing. Fee includes goodie bag, picture & corsage. Bring your camera to capture your memories of your special night! Must pre-register early! Limited to first 100 girls. 9TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING Who: Age 21 and up When: Fri Feb 10 Time: 7-9 pm Fee: $15 per person Come with your sweetheart for a special night out, or just a fun evening out with friends! We will be working with Colasanti’s who will bring a delicious (red & white) assortment of wines, complimented by an array of cheeses, crackers & fruit. Pre-register by 3 pm Feb 2. MAKE MONEY BY SAVING ENERGY IN YOUR HOME When: Tue Jan 24 Time: 6-8 pm Free, light refreshments provided Fee: Utility prices keep going up, yet 10-50% of the energy used in most American homes is wasted. Come find out what you can do to save money by saving energy. And by the way, it helps save the environment, too. Learn: What works and what doesn’t for saving energy, inexpensive materials that lower the bills, how to shop for energy efficient appliances and more. Sponsored by OakGreen in partnership with WARM Training Center and hosted by the City of Wixom. Please pre-register.


MORE PARKS & RECREATION EVENTS & ACTIVITIES You can now register for classes at www.wixomgov.org, by phone (248-624-2850), fax (248-624-3090) or mail! Also, visit our web site www.wixomgov.org for full listing. ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKES “CENTS” IN YOUR BUSINESS When: Wed Jan 25 Time: 9-11 am Fee: Free, light refreshments provided Make your customers and employees healthier and happier and save money at the same time. Many energy improvements make your building more comfortable and provide better lighting, so that your image is better and people in the building are happier. Cover essentials of making your business more energy efficient including best practices, financing options and how to prioritize the best steps to take. Sponsored by OakGreen in partnership with WARM Training Center and hosted by the City of Wixom. Please pre-register. HIGHTECH CRIME INFO SEMINAR Who: C e l l p h o n e o w n e r s & computer users Age 10+ When: Tue Jan 31 Time: 5:45 pm Where: Wixom Community Center Fee: Free Prosecutor Cooper will address students and parents regarding the problems associated with cell phone & computer crimes. Will focus on the laws, the social consequences, and the risk of unintended viewers/internet predators. Concentration on the topic of sexting [sex + texting/the transmission of sexual images between cell phones]. The Prosecutor is committed to assisting communities with addressing these problems. Jessica Cooper spent 28 years as a judge, first at the 46th District Court, followed by the Oakland County Circuit Court, and ending with the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 2007, she left the bench to become both a commercial and labor arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She was elected the Oakland County Prosecutor in November 2008, and is the first female Prosecutor in Oakland County’s History. Keep your kids & family safe! Please call 248-6242850 to pre-register by 2 pm Monday, Jan 30.

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NEW! BASIC CAR CARE FOR WOMEN Who: Women age 16+ When: Tue Feb 7 Time: 6:30-8:30 pm Fee: $20 Yea, unfortunately, perception is sometimes reality. If you feel less than confident talking to a mechanic, or if you just want to learn in a nonintimidating atmosphere, this class is for you. We will cover how to check your car’s vital fluids, giving your car a safety inspection, how to jump a battery, when you need new tires and learn how to listen and smell for when things might be going wrong. Will also delve deeper into common repairs and when you actually need them done. Pre-register by 3 pm Thur Feb 2. 3 min/ 15 max Inst: Mark Clancey NEW! DINNER PARTY 101 When: Tue Jan 31 Time: 6-7:30 pm Fee: $20 Entertain with ease using these tips and recipes. Participants will learn ideas for starters, entrees, side dishes and desserts. Samples provided for each recipe demonstrated. Inst: Chef Jessica. NEW! ART OF JEWELS When: A. Wed Jan 25, 6-7:30 pm B. Wed Feb 8, 6-7:30 pm C. Wed Mar 7, 1-2:30 pm D. Wed Apr 11, 6-7:30 pm Where: A, B Community Center, C, D Bead Boutique, 1123 E. West Maple Rd, #4, Walled Lake Fee: $30 per session Learn all there is to know about basic beading. This introduction to jewelry will teach you the different types of wire to use, crimping & which tools to use. Start making your own one of a kind jewelry or just a fun night out with some friends this is where you want to be. The class fee includes material for a bracelet and the use of our tools. Other kits will be available for purchase as well as tools. No prior experience necessary. Inst: Bead Boutique.

BUNNY HOP Who: Everyone When: Fri Mar 30 Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Fee: $7 per person Come hop about and the Easter Bunny will hop out to shake his tail, too! Fun family dance with pizza dinner & DJ. Must pre-register by 2 pm Mar 29. Will also have photo-op with Bunny, so wear your Sunday best! EASTER EGG HUNT Who: Age 2-12 When: Sun Apr 1 Time: Registration starts at noon Hunt starts at 1 pm Where: Gilbert Willis Park Fee: $3 per child The Easter Bunny will hop into Wixom with lots of candy filled eggs for children to hunt in this traditional Easter Egg Hunt. To be sure everyone leaves happy, limit 10 eggs per child. Fee includes basket. Easter Bunny will be on site for hellos and pictures; be sure to bring your camera!

BUS TRIPS

All trips depart from Wixom Community Center. Fee includes bus, snack & admission. Seats are assigned on a first come first served by date of registration.

RED WINGS VS. BLACKHAWKS When: Sat Jan 14 Time: 10:45 am-5 pm Venue: Joe Louis Arena Fee: $55- Sections 215, 216 A From the Windy City to Detroit- the Chicago Blackhawks blow into town to play the Wings! Special bus prize for the best dressed Red Wings Fan! So show your spirit and wear your Red Wings ball caps, & jerseys, and maybe even paint your hair or face red! PreRegister early. SESAME STREET When: Sat Jan 28 Time: 9:15 am-1 pm Venue: Fox Theater Fee: $32 -GA4/ $47- Main Floor You’ll be feeling good when Elmo’s Super Heroes come to town! PreRegister early- must have 20 minimum to take trip.


MORE PARKS & RECREATION EVENTS & ACTIVITIES You can now register for classes at www.wixomgov.org, by phone (248-624-2850), fax (248-624-3090) or mail! Also, visit our web site www.wixomgov.org for full listing. BUS TRIPS CONTINUED CIRQUE DU SOLEIL QUIDAM When: Sat Feb 5 Time: 11:45 am-4:30 pm Venue: Joe Louis Arena Fee: A. $69 Section 126 B. $39 Section 128 Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. Quidam brings artistry to a lonely world. Pre-Register early- must have 20 minimum to take trip. DISNEY ON ICETREASURE TROVE Who: Everyone When: Sat Mar 17 Time: TBA Venue: The Palace Fee: TBA- will have upper & main floor seats available Get Tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with fun & adventure for boys and girls, moms and dads! Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime. Pre-Register early- must have 20 minimum to take trip.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST Who: Age 6+ When: Fri Apr 20 Time: 6-11 pm Venue: Fisher Theater Fee: A. $40 Upper Balcony B. $55 Balcony C. $71 Loge D. $80 Main Floor Romantic Broadway musical for all generations. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment! Register early - must have 20 minimum to take trip. 11 Crossroads Jan-Apr 2012

BLUE MAN GROUP Who: Age 6+ When: Sat May 12 Time: 12:45-4:30 pm Venue: Fisher Theater Fee: A. $46 Upper Balcony B. $82 Loge C. $91 Main Floor BLUE MAN GROUP is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. BLUE MAN GROUP is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. Register early- must have 20 minimum to take trip. ERNIE Who: Everyone When: Sat Jun 2 Time: 6:45-10:30 pm Venue: City Theater Fee: $35 Mitch Albom’s "Ernie" is a play set on Ernie Harwell’s last night at Comerica, when the Hall of Fame broadcaster is about to give a moving thank you to a grateful city. Just before he walks onto the grassy field, he encounters an unusual boy who is eager to know all about him, coaxing Harwell into giving one final broadcast - the "broadcast of his life." Features actual footage from historic baseball moments, supplied courtesy of Major League Baseball, and will boast many unmistakable Harwell calls. Tiger fans will get a glimpse of the time that Ernie met the Great Bambino and Ty Cobb. They’ll witness how he ’recreated” games in his early days, and what was behind his broadcasts of the Tigers’ 1968 and 1984 World Series. Register early- must have 20 minimum to take trip.

Crossroads Jan-Apr 2012 Published by: City of Wixom 49045 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393 (248) 624-4557 Fax (248) 624-0863 www.wixomgov.org

City Council: Mayor Kevin Hinkley Richard Ziegler, Deputy Mayor Patrick Beagle James Cutright Michael Giddings Lori Rich Thomas Rzeznik City Manager: Mike Dornan Assistant City Manager: Tony Nowicki Crossroads is the official newsletter of the City of Wixom. Please address all comments or possible articles to the above address. This publication is dedicated to providing news to our community, educating our readers, and offering critical comment.

City of Wixom Phone Directory EMERGENCY……………………….…….911 Fire, Police, Ambulance

NON-EMERGENCY Fire Admin…………………(248) 624-1055 Police Admin………………(248) 624-6114 City Manager………………(248) 624-0894 Clerk/Voting………………(248) 624-4557 Community Center/ Parks & Recreation…..…(248) 624-2850 Senior Center……………...(248) 624-0870 Finance/ Taxes……………(248) 624-0885 Library………………………(248) 624-2512 Public Services……………(248) 624-4664 Public Works, Roads, Recycling, Garbage …………………….(248) 624-0141 Solid Waste, Sewer, Water/Sewer Operations………………….(248) 624-6421 Building………………….…(248) 624-0880 Assessing……………………(248) 624-3223


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