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Friday, December 4th, 2009
6:49 pm
Host a fun & free girls night with lots of free rewards!
Hey everyone! My name's Toni and I'm from Dearborn. I'm a PartyLite consultant and wanted to inform you about a fun and free girls night with lots of rewards for you. We have CRAZY deals for January, so I wanted to let everyone know so they can take advantage of them.

PartyLite is a company that sells candles, candle holders, home decoration, flameless fragrances, bath and body products, and much more. We also have special products for weddings, special occasions, and fundraisers. Hosting a PartyLite party is very simple and earns you TONS of free stuff! All it takes is an hour out of your time. I can come by whenever is best for you. The party will only last about an hour. An hour is worth all the free stuff you get! Don't even worry about the invites- I'll send out the invites via email or through the mail for you. I'll bring snacks as well. :) Anyways, onto the hostess deals!

I'm currently booking shows after December 18th or shows in January.

December shows hostess rewards include 25% hostess credit, 5 dozen votive candles for $15, and tons more specials including many gifts under $5.

The real place to save money is January though. In January we're running a HUGE special for FIFTY PERCENT hostess credit for only $15!!!!!! What this means is that for $15, you get 50% of the total of your party in product. For example, an average party with ten people sells $400. That means you'd get $200 in product for $15!!!!!! You choose the products you'd like. You can't beat it! We also have 10 dozen tealight candles for $10 in January, and many other specials I can tell you about if you are interested. We also will have the 2010 items available starting December 16th. They aren't up on the website yet, but they are gorgeous! You can check out some examples of our products on our website though. www.partylite.com.

My email address is: Tonijmccann@aol.com. If you have any questions or are interested in a fun, free girls night with lots of great rewards, let me know!

I also have a friend who sells Mary Kay cosmetics, and so we could do a joint Mary Kay and PartyLite party if you are interested in that as well!

Also- if you're looking for a great job where you create your own hours, ask me about becoming a consultant!
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
12:08 pm

NKOTB tickets for sale!!

The New Kids on the Block concert is tomorrow - Saturday, 4/4 @ 7:30 pm. It's in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena, Section 107, row E. They're $75 a piece, so it would be $150 for both. That's what we paid after all of the fees and stuff. Let me know here, on my cell (313.737.3007), or by e-mail (jendaswims@gmail.com). These are 2 extras because some people had to hoe out. Jabbawockeez are opening.
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
9:42 am
This is sad news to me. I always make a point to come back down for the fireworks...


Fireworks canceled; summer festival cut back to two days

Although the fireworks show was the biggest draw to the Meijer Taylor Summer Festival, the carnival that runs the length of the festival also is a popular attraction with families.

Taylor put on the most spectacular fireworks display Downriver for years. Estimates are that 100,000 people watched the fireworks in Heritage Park during last year’s Meijer Taylor Summer Festival. The fireworks have been cancelled this year and the festival cut back to two days.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:48 AM EDT

By Anne Sullivan

TAYLOR — The annual summer festival in Heritage Park will have a new name and no fireworks display this year.

The Meijer Taylor Summer Festival has been renamed the Taylor Family Festival, city officials said Friday.

It will be held over two days, July 11 and 12, and will include a carnival, concerts, the Taylor Rotary Fishing Derby, a five-kilometer run and a mud volleyball tournament.

Parks and Recreation Director Michael O’Malley said his department had several discussions with the City Council and other city officials regarding changes to the festival.

Eliminating the fireworks display is being done because of the cost, O’Malley said.

“To spend $50,000 on 20 minutes of fireworks in this economy — plus an equal amount in associated costs — would be fiduciarily irresponsible,” he said.

There are several contributing factors for the change, including declining sponsorships caused by a poor economy, and concerns about safety and security at the site and as the crowds are dispersing after the fireworks display.

The City Council discussed several options, Chairwoman Jacklyn Molner said.

“We have to decide what we want to do and make it work,” she said.

City officials said they want to be transparent with the public regarding the changes and the reasons for them.

At their meeting Friday, city officials reached a decision.

“Dozens and dozens of people have been weighing in on this topic,” O’Malley said. “Part of that is because there has been an awful lot of discussion about change.”

The decision was to downsize the summer festival and focus on several events rather than having one festival as the primary event.

The fireworks show, traditionally on the Friday of the festival weekend, attracted more than 100,000 people, Mayor Cameron Priebe said, adding that keeping the crowd under control became a challenge. Numerous police officers were needed last summer when the fireworks show ended.

“We allowed it to become regional; it shouldn’t be,” Priebe said. “It’s not just the park. The issue is three-quarters of a mile from the park. It’s a huge traffic problem. There are rowdies.”

In the past two years, more fights were reported at the festival, which led to more arrests. Police officers and firefighters also raised concern about violence, property damage, intimidation, crowd control, traffic control and alcohol-related issues, O’Malley said.

Last year, the city increased its public safety budget for the festival weekend by $7,000, to $41,000.

But neighborhoods close to the park still reported increased vandalism.

An incident on Phyllis Street after last year’s fireworks, where at least four cars were vandalized by a large group of teens, upset residents and brought several police cars to the neighborhood.

Initially, police thought the incident might be gang related. No arrests were made in the Phyllis Street incident, but several were made for disorderly conduct at the festival, police said.

Several police agencies helped with patrol and traffic duties after the fireworks.

Councilman Richard Sollars said the summer festival is a tradition he doesn’t want to end, but he acknowledged that crowds have been getting too large said.

“One thing we’re guilty of is putting it on the radio and telling everyone in the world,” Sollars said, adding, however, that he is “OK with changing it.”

In addition to public safety issues, cost was a significant factor in the change.

“It costs too much with the overtime for staff and police officers, the preparation, cleanup and preparation after because that size of a crowd damages the grass and it has to be repaired if you want to be able to use it after the festival,” Priebe said.

This was not the first year the council reevaluated the festival because of costs.

In 2005, it cost $350,000 to put on, and when all the receipts were tallied, the city had lost about $126,000.

In 2006, the city reduced the budget for the festival. City employees and their families volunteered at the event, saving overtime pay, and more than 20 sponsors absorbed some costs. The festival made a $700 profit. It broke even in 2007. But last year, it lost $50,000 due to a decline in sponsorships and concert ticket sales.

Sponsors are lined up for this year, but there has been no commitment on the amount of sponsorship, Priebe said. The city is expecting only 60 percent to 70 percent of what was donated in the past.

This is not just a Taylor issue, Priebe said. Other communities have eliminated or reduced their festivals because sponsorship money isn’t as plentiful.

“Without private money, these events are not doable,” Priebe said.

Councilman Herman Ramik said safety of the public must be the top priority. He said he doesn’t want another incident like last year on Phyllis Street. He also is concerned about the costs.

Another concern is if the city goes ahead with plans for the festival, and sponsorships decline, will it be able to afford to pay the cost, he said.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
3:24 pm
Who loves taylor?
Alright,  first of all Who loves Taylor? I know I do. I grew up there and my cousin has been born and raised. Well a group called PMS dissed the city and made us all look like asshole hicks. So me and my cousin made a song about Taylor and it's a Taylor pride song as well as a retalation song to PMS. Check it out if you have Taylor pride. It's tight.

Here's the link to our Music page. Our group is the Beech Daly Boyz! Gotta rep. Taylor to the fullest!!!!!! Check us out and add us on MySpace.


Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, December 7th, 2008
12:33 am
Santa's Magic Forest -- Downriver's finest holiday display -- opens for the season on Friday, November 28, at the Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road, Taylor.

The Magic Forest will be open weekends through Sunday, December 21. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

The magical winter wonderland includes hundreds of animated characters, dozens of Christmas scenes and beautiful holiday light displays. Visitors have an opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year, entertainment will be provided.

Santa will make a grand entrance to Santa’s Magic Forest by fire truck on Saturday, November 29. That day, Santa will meet with Taylor firefighters about 12:30 p.m. at the Midtown Taylor Fire Station on Goddard Road and be transported to the Magic Forest in the Heritage Park Activity Building at 12111 Pardee Road by 1 p.m.

Residents are invited to stand along the route from the Fire Station to the Activity Building and welcome Santa to Taylor.

Admission to the Magic Forest is only $3 -- $2 for seniors and children 10 an under. Photos will Santa by Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography are only $7 each.

All proceeds from the Magic Forest benefit the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, a nonprofit organization that is operating the holiday display as a fund-raiser. Fish & Loaves, located at 25670 Northline Road, provides food and nourishment to shoes in need in Taylor and surrounding communities.

For more information about the Magic Forest, call the City of Taylor Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation at (734) 374-3906.

For more information on Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, call (734) 778-1611 or visit the Web site www.downriverfishandloaves.org.

*My litle brother Christopher is playing in a concert there tomorrow at 5 - everyone should come out and support him! :)
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
12:10 pm
Just a little FYI for voting day...

Three precincts to move for November election
By Anne Sullivan, The News-Herald
PUBLISHED: September 19, 2008

TAYLOR — Voters in three precincts in the city will be casting ballots in a new location in the Nov. 4 general election.

City Clerk Mary Ann Rilley has made a few changes to help streamline the process and make voting more efficient.
"Michigan has been characterized as a battleground state and we anticipate that there will be a record turnout of voters at this year's election," Rilley said. "So, in an effort to process voters with more comfort, efficiency and ease, we have relocated three precincts to new polling locations."

Voters in Precinct 9 will head to the Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy, to cast ballots Nov. 4 in this year's presidential election.

The new polling location for voters in Precincts 27 and 29 is at Eureka Heights Elementary School, 25125 Eureka Road.

Any U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and wanting to cast a ballot in the November general election has until Oct. 6 to register to vote.

Voters can register at the clerk's office in the city or township where they live or at a Secretary of State Office.

Residents of the city of Taylor who are not certain of their voter status or want to verify the precinct where they vote and its location can call the clerk's office at 1-734-374-1474.

When going to vote Nov. 4, bring a piece of photo identification. A registered voter can show a Michigan driver's license or personal identification card at the polling location.

Voters who do not have a Michigan driver's license or Michigan personal identification card can use any of the following pieces of identification:

-Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state.
-Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
-U.S. passport.
-Military identification card with photo.
-Student identification card with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
-Tribal identification card with photo.

Under Michigan election law, a voter without picture identification will be allowed to vote after signing an affidavit verifying identity.

Residents who qualify to vote absentee can request an application from the city clerk's office.

"Every effort is being made to ensure a smooth voting experience for our electors," Rilley said.
Sunday, June 15th, 2008
2:14 pm
hi, i need friends<3
my name is aimee
i'm 18
i live in taylor, mi
i'm from lincoln park
i work at mcdonalds on telegraph road in taylor
i need more lj friends, none of my friends really use it anymore.
if you would like a new friend, feel free to add me<3


::cross posted to other michigan communities::

Current Mood: hungry
Friday, April 11th, 2008
12:45 pm
Attention! Students of the Japanese language!
Hi! My name is Danielle, I'm 24 and currently studying Japanese at EMU. I'm interested in getting a study group together with other students of the language. The idea is, study through the summer making sure nothing is forgotten before the fall semester! My reason for concern is the two classes I'll be taking in the fall are pretty intense from what I hear, and I don't want to be playing catch-up for the first few weeks. So I figure, get a group of Japanese speaking students together, meet something like once a week someplace close and just study. Talk, translate things, do some reading practice and things like that. Who knows, if you've got everything you've learned so far down pact, maybe pick up some more advanced kanji, vocab or grammar points! Actually, I live in Woodhaven right now, but I'm a Taylor native ^_^ so if this sparks your interest at all, please do let me know!

I'm posting this to a few other communities, so I apologize if you see this more than once.
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
12:29 pm
This is an article from the Redford web page, but I thought it was really good. I love Taylor, but I had to move to pursue my career. So many people I know are having to do the same thing and I think this article hit the nail on the head...

by Garth Christie

A few weeks ago Town Hall said good-bye (for now) to one of our community’s best and brightest young citizens, Molly McKellar. Four years ago, Molly was our second Youth Trustee and chair of the Youth Commission as a 16yr old R. U. Panther. She just completed an internship in Supervisor Handy’s office and is back finishing her degree at Albion College. However, after she graduates, where will she begin her career and start her family? Conversations with Molly and our current crop of Youth Commissioners raise serious questions about retaining our best and brightest young citizens in Southeast Michigan.

The situation in our region is dire. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) reported that Wayne County lost over 24,000 people in 2006 and over 44,000 residents in 2007. These losses are largely attributed to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the auto industry. The bleak prospects of the Big Three not only deter young people from moving here but also encourage young college educated Michiganders to leave.

Too many Youth Commissioners tell me that after college, they plan to move to Chicago. Chicago offers hope, growth and jobs and is only a short train ride away so they can still visit Mom and Dad. A recent Detroit Free Press study confirmed what the Youth Commissioners told me. Two-thirds of this years graduates from Wayne State, U of M, and MSU plan on leaving the state after graduation.

Young citizens are the most mobile in our society. In 1999, over one third of citizens 20-29 years old moved and over 20% of 30-34 year olds moved. Competition between companies and communities to attract these highly educated citizens is fierce because if we do not get younger and better educated we will get poorer. If we continue to age faster than the rest of the nation we will have a labor shortage within a decade. Education is the most reliable predictor of prosperity. Consequently, the goal for municipalities and our region is to meet the needs of an aging population while at the same time retain and attract younger educated citizens.

To accomplish this goal we must have communities where young citizens want to live. These citizens are not attracted to cities because they call themselves “cool” and governing by pop slogans has never been effective. Instead, these citizens are attracted by safe, clean, diverse communities with ample opportunities for entertainment and recreation. In this regard, Redford Township has done a lot of things right.

We have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in our industrial corridor which led to hundreds of jobs and funds for road paving. We responded to the recreation needs of young families with programs and construction of a splash park. We are proud to be part of a mass transit system that connects us with the entire region. Our efforts to turn our downtown into an area for outdoor dining and fun and our exciting and diverse Cinco de Mayo festival have been lauded by SEMCOG.

Michigan has said good-bye (permanently) to too many of our best and brightest young citizens. Moms and Dads fret while our state government flounders aimlessly in a sea of ineptitude. Conversely, Redford Township continues to battle for our community’s future even if it means fighting for one Panther or one Eagle at a time.
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
11:17 am
I personally think this is great. I hope it works out as planned...

Taken from www.cityoftaylor.com:

In an effort to help end the cycle of poverty for lower-income families, the City of Taylor kicked off its affordable home sales program at November 28, 2007, at City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road.

The city has purchased 11 homes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $1 each. The city will refurbish the homes and then offer them at market or below-market rates. Early income generated from the sales of homes will go toward rehabilitating homes that need work.

U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell brought the idea for the program to Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, who said the city will be aggressive in the marketplace.

Mayor Priebe said the program, known as Taylor Cares, is important because it provides affordable housing to people interested in becoming homeowners, reduces the number of vacant homes in the city and can eliminate blighted homes from a neighborhood.

The FHA-foreclosed homes became available after HUD was unable to sell them for six months. They were made available to the City of Taylor for $1 each.

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007
11:13 am
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There are so many started developed sections of Taylor that could be used for this. The house development by the Post Office, they started that and didn't finish. torn down all of those trees and everything. The section of land across from the Seventh Day Adventists church on Holland and Goddard....same. they tore down the trees, drug it up and haven' done a single thing with it in over a year. This is bullshit. I'll be there.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
9:54 am
So, I guess the Taylor Library is being renovated to the tune of $350,000. The article is here.

The front portion of the library will become a lounge with vending machines and a wide-screen television where patrons can sit, read a newspaper and get a snack, she said.

"We're trying to create a bookstore, coffeehouse atmosphere," Baum said.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm kind of excited...
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
8:37 pm

Last night my puppy went missing in the Downriver area.

Please read for Descripton and picture. Please Help!!Collapse )

Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
1:46 pm
Interesting little news article...

Taylor doctor involved in illegal drug ring
Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
11:32 am
The rumors are true!! Sonic is coming downriver!

Monday, July 16th, 2007
5:12 pm
This should have surprised me, but it didn't. Pretty messed up, if you ask me. And I'd be suing the shit out of the school/facility/whoever if I were her parents.

Wasn't block scheduling supposed to be the answers to all of Taylor's educational problems?? And yes, that's sarcasm.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
5:01 pm
Funding for Teen Centers Needs Help!
Hi Everyone,

We need help!!! Our teen centers (among other programs) may lose funding! The teen centers provide low cost medical services to adolescents ages 10-21. Although we do accept insurance, most of the teens who use our services do not have health insurance. Without the teen centers, many adolescents would not have access to medical care. There is an online petition to support the governor's tax proposal which will help fund education, health and human services and public safety programs.

Please click the link below to sign the petition and pass this e-mail on!


Thank you for your support!

Most Sincerely,
Jessi Ruelle
(Health Educator, Peer Education Coordinator)
Taylor & Romulus Teen Health Center

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans"
~John Lennon

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, April 7th, 2007
2:57 pm
Last night/early this morning......
So, around 12:45am this morning, I was heading home from Snookers in Southgate. I turned from Eureka on to Allen, and a little bit before the I75 bridge there were a TON of cops, fire trucks and some EMS. They were forcing everyone to turn around and go a different direction.... So, does anyone know what the hell happened?
Friday, March 30th, 2007
3:58 pm
Just a request from a fellow resident......
Lovely weather isn't it? Our riding your bikes, skateboarding, playing basketball, or other various sports I'm sure. That's great. I'm all for being out in the air, exercising, enjoying the sun and all that good stuff.

But could you PLEASE do me everyone who owns a car one tinny little favor? If you insist in playing basketball, skateboarding, rinding your bike, or whatever, in the street, for the love of God move out of the way when a car is coming. I know I speak for many people when I say that, I really don't want to run you over. And jumping in front of a car just as it's about to pass, IS A REALLY BAD IDEA! I'm sure you think it's funny, and you probably get some sort of a rush from watching people like me suddenly jerk to a stop as we try not to hit you. But you know theres someone out there who isn't gonna stop. Who isn't gonna see you. Or just simply won't care. And will run your ass over. Possibly killing you if they hit you just right or are going fast enough. And if they don't kill you, you're damn lucky... but lets not test that, okay? No one wants to read about you in the Sunday paper Police blotter, or God forbid the obituaries. So just move out of the way, we'll drive by, and all ends well, okay? Thank you.
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
12:07 pm
Bald Eagle sighting
I spotted a bald eagle today while driving down Pardee between Superior and Northline. It's so rare to see them. I usually only see them when I'm up on the Riffel River.

Get your small animals inside, lol.
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